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November 2014 Upcoming Events!

Fed Up Film Screening and Discussion

Fed Up

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

5:00 - 7:00 p.m., UC Forum B

     “Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. Fed Up is the film the food industry doesn't’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of An Inconvenient Truth) and director Stephanie Soechtig, Fed Up will change the way you eat forever.”

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Please RSVP by Monday, November 3

Faculty Writing Retreat

Writing Retreat

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

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

Cosponsored by:


     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. Boardroom 208 in the Manchester Executive Conference Center has been reserved on the dates listed below. 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 note: you may drop in and out as your time allows.

Please RSVP here

The Transnational Migrant and Other Spoils of Philippine Dictatorship

Friday, November 7, 2014

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

Presented by:

Josen Masangkay Diaz, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Ethnic Studies;

    This talk investigates a few of the cultural projects of the Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos conjugal dictatorship of the Philippines in order to discuss the foundation and construction of a labor export economy that sends millions of Filipino workers to countries all over the world. 

Please RSVP here

USD Just Read!How to Move Beyond a World That's Stuffed and Starved

Raj Patel

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Shiley Theatre

Guest lecture by:

Raj Patel, author of Stuffed and Starved

     Patel will speak about why we live in a world with nearly 2 billion overweight and almost 1 billion starving. He will show that the private sector's control of the food system is at the heart of the problem, but encourage you to think about why that is. More importantly, he will suggest some concrete alternatives to the current system that involve going beyond farmers markets, to a system change - one that I'll use some of his latest research in Africa as an illustration.

Click here to register for the Raj Patel guest lecture.

Bullying in Academia: Prevention and Response Webinar

Bullying Webinar

Thursday, November 13, 2014

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., KIPJ-I

Cosponsored by:

College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

     Slander, physical threats, unrealistic workloads, and isolation are just some of the bullying tactics that campus faculty and staff have identified when reporting alleged bullying within the campus environment. Allegations of bullying can negatively impact your faculty (including adjunct) recruitment and retention and can cost institutions millions of dollars between employee turnover, liability issues and potential legal expenses. And, in today’s workplace environment, faculty are increasingly aware and concerned when bullying crosses the line from annoying to dangerous behavior. 

Join our expert presenter as he guides you through critical considerations related to bullying in the campus workplace, such as:

•Legal and liability issues

•Prevention and response strategies

•Early warning signs and risk factors

•Safety, health and disability issues

•Dealing with a troubled/dangerous employee

Please RSVP here

Fabulous First Friday: Flipping Your Classroom

Girl and Computer

Friday, November 14, 2014

9:30 - 11:30 a.m., CH-130


Keith MacDonald, Adjunct Instructor, Biology; Faculty Learning Community Member (2013—2014 “Flipping your Classroom”)

     For this Fab Friday session, we will be discussing the flipped classroom and how preparation before the semester and even before each class differs from traditional instructional preparation. We will also discuss the dos and don’ts of designing both out-of-class instruction materials and in-class participatory activities. The session will wrap up with a focus on guarding against student misconceptions, tangential time diversions, and how assessment of student learning has to change in a flipped classroom.

Please RSVP here

Inclusive Education Series: Academic Integrity and Classroom Management in a Culturally Diverse Classroom

International Expo

Thursday, November 20, 2014

12:15 - 2:15 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 131 

Cosponsored by:

 International Students and Scholars & Center for Inclusion and Diversity

     As USD's international student population continues to grow, creating a culturally inclusive classroom environment and managing potential academic integrity issues remain challenges for faculty. Session attendees will hear suggestions and best practices from seasoned faculty on how to address these concerns and learn more about USD's changing international student demographics.

Please RSVP here

CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Supporting Student Wellness Through Technological Tools

Tech Talk

Friday, November 21, 2014

2:00 - 3:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 131

     Supporting the wellness of students can occur through various technological tools. Faculty are often the first to recognize students experiencing distress and through the use of technology faculty can positively impact the overall wellness of the USD community .

     Kognito At-Risk is an interactive tech tool that will prepare faculty to recognize signs of psychological distress such as depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Through role-play conversations with virtual students, faculty attain hands-on practice managing challenging, and often sensitive, conversations surrounding mental health. Faculty will master the skills necessary to identify concerns and connect students to help.

     Faculty will also learn about mental health assessment tools, on-line chat opportunities for students experiencing distress, and academic support tools that help students manage time and stress, and enhance organization.

Please RSVP here

USD Just Read! Interdisciplinary Panel Discussion: Stuffed and Starved, The Hidden Battle for the World Food System

Stuffed and Starved

Friday, November 21, 2014

3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Manchester Executive Conference Center (MExCC) Auditorium


Colin Fisher, History


Lauren Benz, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Stephen Conroy, Faculty Director, Center for Peace and Commerce, Economics (SBA)

Simon Croom, Supply Chain Management (SBA)

Karma Lekshe Tsomo, Theology and Religious Studies

     A panel of USD faculty will discuss how themes (e.g., global food economy, nutritional health, food sovereignty) in Stuffed and Starved can be considered across their various disciplines. Ample time will be given for questions and discussion.

     This event is open to everyone and students are especially encouraged to register and attend.

Please RSVP here

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

Adina Batnitzky

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 Adina Batnitzky.

December's Events!


• Fabulous First Friday:Wellness—Helping Your Students Decompress with Finals


• SBA Brown Bag Briefing: Syllabus and Reflection


• New and Junior Faculty Social


• Post Doc Research Colloquium #3