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Fall 2015 Upcoming Events!

ARRT Demystified: Presenting a Balanced Portfolio

The Four Criteria

Friday, September 4th, 2015

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., KIPJ-A

Presented by:

Center for Educational Excellence and College of Arts and Sciences

Submitting your file for rank and tenure can be a daunting task.

  • How much is enough?
  • What is too much?
  • Is my self-evaluation letter setting the right tone?

Having the right balance is key to a successful file.

Please join us to hear from members of the ARRT committee, listen to the experiences of some recently tenured/reappointed faculty with the process, and get your questions answered. RSVP Here

View the Event Flyer.

Faculty Writing Retreats Fall Series

All sessions will take place in the KIPJ Manchester Board Room

  • Monday, September 14, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 9am to 12pm
  • Thursday, November 5th, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm

Hosted by:

Center for Educational Excellence and femSTEM:

Back by popular demand—The Center for Educational Excellence and femSTEM Faculty Cohort have 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, with plenty of coffee and snacks provided. Occurring once a month, this will be the first of three retreats this Fall. Please note: you may drop in and out as your time allows.  

RSVP Here 

View the Event Flyer.

Inclusive Education Series (IES) Workshop: Teaching about White Privilege 

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Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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

Presented by:

Center for Educational Excellence and Center for Inclusion and Diversity 

This interactive workshop will explore the meanings and limitations of the phrase “white privilege.” Drawing on her own research and experiences, especially in the classroom, Dr. Karen Teel (Theology & Religious Studies) will facilitate critical reflection on how white privilege functions. The workshop will demonstrate several strategies for teaching about white privilege. Lunch will be included. RSVP Here

Recommended advance reading: Peggy Macintosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”

Catholic News Round Up

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Thursday, September 17th, 2015

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Salomon Hall

Presented by:

Center for Catholic Thought and Culture and Center for Educational Excellence

Please join us for an open forum to discuss current Catholic news developments. Sister Tobie Tondi of Theology and Religious Studies and Timothy Clark of Chemistry and Biochemistry will serve as commentators to direct and inspire our conversation.

Of special note will be Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment and the upcoming Synod on the family.

This event is free, open to students. Cookies and coffee will be available for your enjoyment.  RSVP Here

Inclusive Education Series (IES) Recognizing Misconceptions & Stereotypes of American Indians

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Friday, September 18th, 2015

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

Presented by:

Center for Educational Excellence and Center for Inclusion and Diversity 

Join us for a discussion with USD's Tribal Liaison, Persephone D. Lewis (Professor of Practice, Department of Sociology) to unpack common misconceptions and stereotypes of Native Americans. Macro- and micro- aggressions, as well as common misconceptions, drastically affect how native students engage in the classroom and USD campus community as a whole. Perse will discuss ways faculty can engage, include, and not discount Native Amercan students and thier voices in classroom discussions. 

As Tribal Liaison, Perse develops programs, activities and networks that link the the University and its resources to surrounding American Indian communities. Perse will present on the work she does on and off campus, as well as dicuss her role as a campus resource for both faculty and students.

Lunch to be included. RSVP Here

CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Implementing Kahoot! & WISE to Effectively Engage Students

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Friday, September 25th, 2015

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

Presented by:

Center for Educational Excellence and Academic Technology Services

Join CEE Travel Grant recipient Copley Library reference librarian, Lisa Burgert, for a presentation on intergrating technology into the classroom.

Learn about the USD application, WISE or World Interactive Study Environment, which allows students to interact with each other on a closed social media platform combining maps, photos, and text. To overcome student’s texting in class, come learn about Kahoot! - a game-based, free software which leaves students competing to get correct answers faster than their peers. Professor Burgert will discuss the ways she effectively integrated WISE into a field trip assignment to have students document locations and landmarks to build an interactive map, and had students begging for more text based quizzes with Kahoot! Learn what worked, what challenges were faced, and how to implement these learning applications in your classroom effectively. Coffee & biscotti will be available for your enjoyment. RSVP Here


“A Good Teacher is Like a Candle: It Consumes Itself to Light the Way for Others.” Anonymous

September 2015 Newsletter

  A digital copy of this month's newsletter is available here.

USD Just Read 2015-2016

Bottled & Sold


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 2015-2016 academic year, the book selection is Bottled and Sold, written by Peter H. Gleick.

Visit the USD Just Read! page for more information.