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March & April 2015 Upcoming Events!

AFFIRM Distinguished Lecture: Resilience, tenacity, and hard work- My story, your future, and our responsibility to create a strong quantitative community

Erika Camacho

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
5:30 – 6:30 p.m., MRH (SOLES)-Warren Auditorium

Please join us for refreshments from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Hilton Loggia
Dr. Erika Tatiana Camacho, Associate Professor, School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences, Arizona State University
Faced by rapidly accelerating social, environmental, and medical/health challenges there is an urgent need to create a strong quantitative workforce. Addressing these challenges requires intense, aggressive, and innovative efforts at every level. As students, we need to work very hard, have tenacity, and be resilient so that we never give up, take every opportunity in our path, and ensure that we are educating ourselves as best as possible and becoming very quantitative regardless of our academic focus. As educators and members of a larger community we need to create an environment where our student can be more quantitative and thrive. We need to entice and recruit our students to scientific careers and successfully retain them. We need to create a quantitative proficient student population capable of contributing in a significant way to our solution. We all have an important role in the attainment of economic growth and global competiveness of our nation. In this talk I will provide insights into these challenges through my story (including highlights of my research), what the story of our students should be if we are to address these challenges, and what we as a community need to do to create a successful story for our students and our nation. RSVP Here

AFFIRM Distinguished Lecture Workshop: Interdisciplinary research and making a successful transition from student or postdoc to faculty in a student focused environment


Thursday, March 26, 2015
12:15 – 2:15 p.m., UC Forum B
Dr. Erika Tatiana Camacho, Associate Professor, School of Mathematical & Natural Sciences, Arizona State University
In this interactive presentation Dr. Camacho will address how to incorporate a global perspective in STEM education while expanding your research in a student focused environment.  In particular, she will provide some insights on how to incorporate real world problems into existing STEM curricula, especially as it relates to Latinos and other underrepresented minority (URM) groups in the STEM disciplines. She will share her experiences and insights on successfully transitioning from postdoc/ graduate student to faculty, creating a research agenda through student interdisciplinary projects, and leveraging from the institution’s surrounding industries and environment to enhance the students’ learning experience and your ability to entice URMs and women to STEM disciplines. RSVP Here

CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Using Blogging Effectively in Your College Courses

Friday, March 27, 2015
2:00 to 3:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

Presented by:

Richard Custin, Clinical Professor of Business Law and Ethics (SBA)

Hi'ilani (Lani) Ng, University of San Diego, Class of 2015

Blogging has become more and more common in college classrooms. Blogging can lead to improved student involvement in and outside of the classroom, improved writing with an emphasis on reflection, as well as allow students to incorporate various multimedia into classroom discussions. Blogging is also a great collaborative tool that students can use during group projects to facilitate a better discussion in order to submit improved assignments. Are you interested in possibly incorporating blogging into your course, but are quite not sure how to go about it? Join us as our presenters discuss the various ways they incorporates blogging into their courses.

Coffee and biscotti will be provided. RSVP Here

View an electronic flyer for this event here.

Faculty Mentorship: How to Advise an Honors Thesis

Thursday, April 9, 2015

12:15 to 2:15 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 131

Presented by:

Dr. Jim Bolender, Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Dr. Veronica Galvan, Associate Professor, Psychology

Dr. Stephen Conroy, Professor, School of Business & Administration

Mentoring Honors student theses is a rewarding and educational experience. Each year, Honors students rank completing a senior thesis as the most valuable experience in the program and working with theses advisors as one of their most meaningful relationships. For faculty, the program gives them a chance to mentor promising scholars who are often headed to graduate programs.

In order to graduate from USD’s Honors Program, students must complete the Honors Senior Thesis Colloquium, a capstone course for seniors in the program. During the colloquium, students present the results of independent and original inquiries to faculty and peers in the Honors Program. During this luncheon discussion, experienced faculty members will answer questions and give guidance on the thesis advising process. And there is food!  Come join us for an insightful and useful look at mentoring Honors theses. RSVP Here

View an electronic flyer for this event here.

CCTC Catholic News Round-Up

Thursday, April 9, 2015

3:30 p.m., UC 107


Fabulous First Friday: The Continuum of Pedagogy from Classroom to Online

Friday, April 10, 2015

9:30 to 11:00 a.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

Presented by:

Dr. Mark Nissen, Professor, Information Sciences; Director, Edge Center

Just imagine how happy your students would be if they could spend an additional week at home after the spring, summer, winter or other breaks, yet still learn the required course material. Just imagine how happy you would be if you were not required to spend time in the classroom during those weeks, yet still teach the required course material. This is possible through integration of an online module into your existing course. You might want to shift your pedagogic approach to that week’s coursework in order to match the online environment and activities that you choose, however. Indeed, a continuum exists between classroom and online pedagogy, and far from a binary, all-or-nothing proposition, one can deftly integrate different approaches, techniques and technologies from anywhere along this continuum.

This FFF is intended to identify different waypoints along the pedagogic continuum and to articulate practical approaches to integrating one or more online modules into existing classroom courses.

Dr. Mark Nissen has 20 years’ teaching experience at top universities (e.g., Berkeley, Stanford, Naval Postgraduate School), working extensively for the past dozen years with online and blended curriculum development, course design and instruction. He is passionate in the classroom, online, and every mode in between. RSVP Here

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Adjunct Reception: Highlighting Mentoring

Friday, April 10, 2015

4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Olin Hall East Patio

The Center for Educational Excellence will be hosting a reception for adjunct/part-time USD faculty on Friday, April 10, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the Olin Hall East Patio. This year, we will be highlighting mentoring on campus, and plan to have several offices on campus available to answer any questions you may have. The reception will be very informal, giving you plenty of time to mingle with your peers and a chance to have a more personalized discussion with the representatives on hand.

We appreciate how busy you are at this time of the year. This event is designed to give you some time to relax and enjoy the company of your colleagues and gain information about mentoring at USD. Plenty of wine and appetizers will be served. RSVP Here

View an electronic flyer for this event here.

Post Doc Research Colloquium

Friday,  April 17, 2015

11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 145


Preceptor/LLC Team Training

Friday, April 17, 2015

3:00 to 5:00 p.m., KIPJ - A,B,C,D

This training-and-workshop is an opportunity for preceptors to receive essential updates related to the Preceptorial Program and the Living Learning Community Program, and also includes a break-out session for preceptors and preceptorial assistants to meet with each other and begin a rapport that could continue in their respective roles in the Preceptorial program. Even more significantly, this is an opportunity for all members of the LLC Theme Team (Preceptors, Preceptorial Assistants, Faculty Directors, Theme Coordinators, Resident Assistants, Community Directors, etc.) to meet as a group and begin working on theme development and event integration for the 2015-2016 iteration of the Preceptorial and Living Learning Community Programs. RSVP Here

CEE & ATS Tech Talk: New Apps for the Classroom

Friday, April 24, 2015

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


CEE Faculty Writing Retreats are Back for the Spring!

Cosponsored by:


Monday,  April 27, 2015

1:00 to 4:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

Back by popular demand—The Center for Educational Excellence, at the request of Lauren Benz (Chemistry & Biochemistry), has organized a private 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. RSVP Here

Please note: you may drop in and out as your time allows.

View an electronic flyer for this event here.

New Faculty Reflection

Thursday, April 30, 2015

4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Founders Faculty Lounge

Come enjoy food and drink as you reflect back on this academic year and think about plans for the future. In order to examine faculty experiences, and improve support mechanisms, a series of reflection questions will be presented. Facilitators advocate an open and honest discussion about new faculty impressions of their time at USD. RSVP Here

View an electronic flyer for this event 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

To learn more about how USD faculty are using Stuffed and Starved in their courses, click here to read February's interview with Kokila Doshi.

Upcoming Events!


• Sexuality, Women, and Gender Studies  Banquet


• CEE Recognition Reception