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October & November 2014 Upcoming Events!

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:

Adina 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

OUR Course Development Grant (CDG) Information Workshopp

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

12:30 - 2:00 p.m., KIPJ-I

     Please join the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Center for Educational Excellence for a Lunch & Learn workshop on how to incorporate research methods/research into your course and how to assess the impact of its inclusion on student learning.

Grant Applications are Due on December 4, 2014 at 5 p.m. For more information, see page two of this newsletter or visit:

Please RSVP by Friday, October 31

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.”

Text courtesy of:

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., MRH (SOLES) 135


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

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. How we might consider the

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