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February & March 2015 Upcoming Events!

Tech Talk: Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities

Friday, February 27, 2015

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

Presented by:
Maura Giles-Watson (English) and Kelly Riddle (Copley Library)

Technology is changing the ways that we teach as well as the methods for performing and publishing re- search in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences. As Digital Humanities arrives at USD, come and learn about model digital humanities projects, useful resources and technical tools, and ways to engage students mean- ingfully in digital research. 


CEE Travel Grant Presents: Case Studies in STEM


Thursday, March 5, 2015

12:15 to 2:15 p.m., KIPJ-E

Case studies are an effective way to increase active learning in the classroom.  The direct application of course content through the use of stories heightens student interest and engagement, leading to deeper learning.  This approach fits naturally into courses involving group/cooperative learning and problem-solving methods.  In this interactive workshop faculty will be introduced to a variety of case study techniques that can be tailored for different classes.  Faculty will be encouraged to consider ways to incorporate case studies into their courses and will be provided with resources to aid in designing appropriate activities and assessments. RSVP Here

Fabulous First Friday: CSL 101


Friday, March 13, 2015
9:30 to 11:00 a.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

Facilitated by:
Judith Liu, Professor & Interim Chair, Sociology; Faculty Liaison, Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action
Chris Nayve, Assistant Provost of Community Engagement; Director, Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action
Maria Silva, Assistant Director for Community Engagement, Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action

Are you interested in incorporating Community Service-Learning into your course curriculum? This FFF session will offer valuable ideas, tools, and support for anyone who has begun to or is interested in doing so. Join us to learn more about:

· The key principles of service-learning—reflection and reciprocity

· The benefits of service-learning for both students and communities

· How to link learning in the classroom to the wisdom of the community

· The different types of service-learning

· USD's presence in the community

Supplemental resource materials will be available. RSVP Here

Post Doc Research Colloquium

Friday, March 13, 2015
11:00 to 12:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 145

Presented by:
Kate S. Boersma, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology

Although variability among populations in morphological and life history traits is widely documented, the environmental drivers of this variability and its consequences for species coexistence are less well-understood. My research uses freshwater invertebrates as model organisms to understand the relationship between species traits, biodiversity, and environmental change. RSVP Here

CEE Faculty Writing Retreats are Back for the Spring!

Writing Retreat

Cosponsored by:

Tuesday,  March 17, 2015
1:00 to 4:00 p.m., KIPJ Manchester Boardroom

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.

Inclusive Education Series & CEE Travel Grant Presentation: Gendered Intersectionality in the Classroom


Presented By:
Karen L. Shelby, PhD – Visiting Professor, Political Science and International Relations; Assistant Director, Institute for Civil Civic Engagement

Thursday, March 19, 2015
12:15 to 2:15 p.m., KIPJ-A

Intersectionality takes seriously the idea that our identities and experiences are shaped by the intersection of the multiple axes of identity that we live, and seeks to understand the political implications of those intersections.

How does intersectionality affect our students’ engagement in the classroom? How can we invoke a multiplicity of perspectives and shift perspectives when asking our students to think through membership and presence in a variety of communities? How do we help students link these multiple perspectives to concrete realities that are shaped by the political system and the laws that follow from it? Please join us as we discuss these questions and more in this interactive discussion.

Join us as these questions and more will be discussed and dismantled as we strategize how faculty can effectively implement pedagogy that addresses these issues of intersectionality in the classroom. RSVP Here

USD Panel on Ethical Eating

Ethical eating

Cosponsored By:

The Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

The Changemaker HUB

The Center for Educational Excellence

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

12:15 to 2:15 p.m., KIPJ-A

Join us for this special panel where various food and ethics experts will discuss ethical dilemmas related to food consumption: meat-eating vs not, sustainable vs factory farm (plant & animal), local vs distant, as well as environmental  impact of these choices, the labor issues revolving around these choices, and more.  More info on this panel and how to register will be forthcoming. RSVP Here

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
6:00 – 7:30 p.m., MRH (SOLES)-Warren Auditorium
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)

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

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 last month's interview with Kokila Doshi.

Upcoming Events!


CCTC Catholic News Round - Up


How to Advise an Honors Thesis


• Fabulous First Friday: Just in Time Teaching

• AFR: Highlighting Mentoring


• Post Doc Research Colloquium

• Preceptor/LLC


IES: Teaching Ferguson


Tech Talk: New Apps for the Classroom


Writing Retreat


New Faculty Reflection