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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)

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, 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

LGBTQ Youth

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

Nueroscience

Monday, October 13, 2014

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

Presenter:

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

Cross

Friday, October 17, 2014

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

Moderator:

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

Panelists:

Tim Clark, Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Esteban Del Rio, Associate Provost, Inclusion and Diversity; Director, Center for Inclusion and Diversity; Associate Professor, Communication Studies

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: http://www.sandiego.edu/ugresearch/faculty/cbr-dg.php

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


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

Photograph_Student_Debate

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

Computer

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.

Next Month's Events!

11/4: 

• Course Development Grant (Office of Undergraduate Research)

• USD Just Read! Fed Up Film Screening and Discussion

11/5: 

• Faculty Writing Retreat

11/7:

• Research Colloquium #2

11/11

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

11/14

• FFF: Flipping Your Classroom

11/20:

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

11/21:

• USD Just Read! Panel Discussion on Stuffed and Starved

• CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Technology Tools for Wellness