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October 2014 Upcoming Events!

Fabulous First Friday: Classroom Strategies to Enhance Academic Integrity

Integrity Compass

Friday, October 3, 2014

9:30 - 11:00 a.m., CH-119

Academic Integrity is essential if we are to maintain the value of a USD education. Yet faculty struggle to figure out the best ways to minimize academic misconduct and encourage a culture of academic honesty. Student honor council members will also be there to discuss our current policies and initiatives on campus.

Join us for a discussion on how you might design your courses to help minimize dishonesty.

Please RSVP

Faculty Writing Retreat

Hand and Pen

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Manchester Executive Conference Center (Boardroom 208)

Need some time blocked off to sit-down and write? Never feel you have enough time to get in your scholarly writing? The Center for Educational Excellence, at the request of Lauren Benz (Chemistry & Biochemistry), has organized space to foster the writing productivity for all interested faculty. The aim is to assign a block of time that will help faculty incorporate writing into their schedules. The format for these sessions is for faculty to work quietly on their own items, and with plenty of coffee and snacks provided.

Please RSVP

Research Colloquium: Linking USD with Local Urban and Tribal American Indian Communities

Friday, October 10, 2014

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., CH-130

Presented by

Persephone Hooper-Lewis, Tribal Liaison and Professor of Practice, Sociology

This presentation will provide an overview of the goals and objectives for the new Tribal Liaison position at USD for the 2014-2015 academic year. We will also discuss specific strategies for building and sustaining relationships with the local urban and tribal American Indian communities.

Please RSVP

Inclusive Education Series: Developing LGBTQ Inclusive Curricula


Friday, October 10, 2014

1:30 - 3:30 p.m., KIPJ-A

Presented by:

Evelyn Kirkley, Associate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
Lisa Nunn, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, Director, Center for Educational Excellence; Professor, Psychological Sciences
Steve Sumner, Associate Professor, Economics (School of Business Administration)  

Expanding our definition of diversity to include LBGTQ themes is an important step to having more inclusive educational experiences for all our students. To help faculty develop courses that are more LBGTQ inclusive, a group of faculty worked together to design a set of interdisciplinary and integrated courses with sexuality as the key diversity component.

Come hear how these courses were developed, implemented and assessed and how you may expand your curricular offerings and incorporate LGBTQ themes into your syllabi.

Please RSVP

Brown Bag Briefing: A Cautionary Tale - Thinking Critically about Neuroscience


Monday, October 13, 2014

12:15 - 1:15 p.m., Salomon Hall


Annette Taylor, Professor, Psychological Sciences; CEE Travel Grant Recipient

Neuroscience is in the news and with it comes misinformation. Dr. Taylor will provide a few examples about the misguided use of brain scans and other neurotechnologies and how we all have to be cautious about the far reaching and often inaccurate interpretations that pervade the media.

Please RSVP

Alcala Park Readers Book Discussion on Stuffed and Starved

Stuffed and Starved

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

12:30 - 2:00 p.m., Salomon Hall

All faculty and staff are invited to join us for lunch and to discuss Stuffed and Starved, Raj Patel’s account of the global food system which has resulted in a paradox of having the greatest number of starving people in the world than ever before and an even greater number of obese. Students from courses using the book will facilitate the discussion. 

A special thank you our cosponsor, the Department of Human Resources.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday, October 10

Promise and Predicament: The Experience of Catholic Professors (across the disciplines) in Catholic Universities


Friday, October 17, 2014

12:15 - 2:15 p.m., Salomon Hall


Florence Gillman, Professor, Theology and Religious Studies; CEE Travel Grant Recipient


Tim Clark, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

John Glick, Professor, Mathematics and Computer Science

Alma Ortega, Assistant Professor, Copley Library

This panel will open a discussion of Catholic professors speaking about their experiences and specific issues as Catholic intellectuals teaching within a Catholic institution.  Catholic professors function to a great extent between an institutional church of seemingly great rigidity and an academic framework that is seemingly highly fluid and secularized. At the university level, Catholic professors also frequently experience themselves as a minority within institutions of their own tradition. What are the concerns of Catholic professors as they assess their expectations and experiences and look to the future?

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Wednesday, October 15

Inclusive Education Series: Stories from the Podium -                                       Diverse Faculty and the Classroom

Diverse Speaker

Thursday, October 23, 2014

12:15 - 2:15 p.m., Degheri Alumni Center Boardroom 120

What are the ramifications in the classroom for USD professors who are foreign born, first generation, or are other than heterosexual? Faculty from diverse backgrounds and identities will share their stories, their challenges, and strategies they have developed for meeting these challenges.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 21

Community Based Research Development Grant Proposal Writing Workshop

Degheri Alumni Center

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

12:30 - 2:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

The Office of Undergraduate Research and the Center for Educational Excellence invite you to a Lunch & Learn workshop on how to engage in community based research (CBR) and draft a proposal for funding to support your CBR project. 

Items that will be covered at the workshop include:

  • How to work with your community partner to identify needs

  • How to design research projects for undergraduates

  • How to draft a research proposal that includes background, research question(s), methods, expected results/impact.

  • How to assess the impact on the community, the community partner and the undergraduate researcher

For a more information about the Community Based Research Development Grants (CBR-DG), please visit the CBR-DG website:

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Friday, October 24

Inclusive Education Series: Using Debate as a Pedagogical Tool to Develop Tolerance


Photo Courtesy of: Lisbon Council

Presented by:

A Batnitzky, Associate Professor, Sociology; CEE Travel Grant Recipient

Thursday, October 30, 2014

12:15 - 2:15 p.m., UC Forum B

How can we foster community in the classroom? Can tolerance be taught?  How can we activity encourage both the appreciation of diversity and function as an assessment tool? This interactive workshop will introduce the use of debates as a pedagogical tool to both promote active classroom participation and create a “safe space” for students to express diverse opinions on controversial topics.  During this hands-on session, the idea of utilizing classroom debates as a tool for assessment will also be discussed. Come ready to participate in a debate and learn how to incorporate this activity into your own classroom!

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Tuesday, October 28

CEE & ATS Tech Talk: GroupSolver


Presented by:

Kristine Ehrich, Assistant Professor, School of Business Administration

Friday, October 31, 2014

2:00 - 3:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

GroupSolver is a free web-based program for consensus building. The USD community is lucky to have some early faculty adopters such as Dr. Ehrich, who will be sharing how she uses this technology in her classroom to assist students with their collaborative efforts to solve problems.

The developer will also be on hand to answer your questions.

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 30

USD Just Read 2014-2015

Stuffed and Starved


USD Just Read! encourages literacy and deep dialogue on social themes presented through outstanding literature. The program promotes active learning and reading not only within the USD community but within the San Diego community at large. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the book selection is Stuffed and Starved, written by Raj Patel.

Visit the USD Just Read! page for more information.

Stuffed and Starved in the Classroom


To learn more on about how USD faculty are using Stuffed and Starved in their courses, click here to read this month's interview with Lisa Burgert.

Faculty Highlight


Interview with Veronica Galvan Winner of Davies Award

Click here to access full interview.

November's Events!


• Course Development Grant (Office of Undergraduate Research)

• USD Just Read! Fed Up Film Screening and Discussion


• Faculty Writing Retreat


• Research Colloquium #2


 USD Just Read! Raj Patel, Author of Stuffed and Starved


• FFF: Flipping Your Classroom


• Academic Integrity in a Culturally Diverse Classroom—Myths and Realities


• USD Just Read! Panel Discussion on Stuffed and Starved

• CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Technology Tools for Wellness