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Summer 2015 Upcoming Events!

Faculty Writing Retreats Summer Series

Three sessions available this summer in the KIPJ Board Room

  • Monday, June 29th, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm
  • Thursday, June 23rd, 2015 from 9am to 12pm
  • Wednesday, August 12th, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm

Hosted by:

Center for Educational Excellence and femSTEM:

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. The Boardroom in the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice has been reserved on the dates listed above. 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.  RSVP Here 

View the Event Flyer.

Syllabus Construction Workshop

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 201 

Presented by:

Center for Educational Excellence

The course syllabus is indispensable guide for your students. Often described as contract, the syllabus should make clear both the students’ and your responsibilities. What goes into your syllabus and the tone are key to facilitating a positive learning environment for all of your students.  Bring your ideas and existing syllabi and find out more about designing a comprehensive learning-centered syllabus for your courses.  RSVP Here

Syllabus Design Drop-In Clinic

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 201 

Presented by:

Center for Educational Excellence

Faculty and CEE staff will be on hand to consult with you about any and all aspects of your syllabus design from developing learning outcomes to creating assignments and other assessments to enhance student learning.  Please note, you may drop in and out of these sessions as your time allows.  RSVP Here

Team-Based Learning Workshop

Integrating Team-Based Learning Into Your Classroom

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Degheri Alumni Center Boardroom 120

Lunch Included

Team-based learning (TBL) is a structured form of small-group learning that emphasizes student preparation out of class followed by application of knowledge in class. Small group learning is on the rise, in part because of a pedagogical cultural shift from the traditional lecture to active learning, an overwhelming amount of content in any given discipline, and the potential small group uses have to facilitate deep learning.  Additionally, employers repeatedly cite the ability to work effectively in a team as one of the important characteristics they look for in an applicant.

This past academic year, various faculty from across campus and disciplines formed a TBL Faculty Learning Community (FLC) tasked with researching and practicing, through trial and error, effective ways to incorporate TBL into their respective course(s). This FLC team would like to share what they’ve learned about TBL with you.

Participants will learn how to effectively implement TBL classroom strategies and pedagogical techniques in their courses through a hands-on, backwards course design workshop aimed at:

Morning Session

  • Defining the tenets of TBL
  • Identifying techniques for forming teams that are equitable
  • Peer accountability measures
  • Team Management Ideas

Lunch Session

  • Team Formation and Ice Breakers

Afternoon Session

  • Identifying desired course learning outcomes
  • Planning learning experiences and instruction
  • Developing Readiness Assessment Tests and other ideas for class preparedness
  • Developing an assessment plan

Although we recommend that individuals attend the entire to day to get the full benefits, the workshop is divided into segments so that those who are interested in attending only some parts can do so. All participants will be asked to complete a small amount of work in advance of the workshop so that teams can be formed in order to fully engage in activities.

The first 10 faculty to register and complete the full day workshop will receive a $100 stipend. 


Adjunct and Part-time Faculty Welcome & Orientation

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

4:30 –7:30 p.m., Degheri Alumni Center Boardroom/Courtyard

All adjunct faculty, new and continuing, are invited to join us for dinner and networking at the annual Adjunct Faculty Welcome and Orientation. You will learn about the founding and mission of USD, employee perks and training opportunities, important policies regarding students and faculty, syllabus essentials, and the liberal arts education at USD. Representatives from several campus resource centers including Human Resources, Academic Technology Services, Student Wellness, and many more will be on hand to answer your questions. RSVP Here

View the Event Flyer.

Course Design Drop-In Clinics


Three Sessions Available in August

  • Friday, August 21, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in MRH (SOLES) 145
  • Monday, August 24, 2015, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.,  in MRH (SOLES) 133
  • Wednesday, August 26, 2015, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.,  in MRH (SOLES) 133

As the fall semester approaches, maybe you are in the midst of revising an old course or even designing a new one, or maybe you just want to breathe new life into your old syllabus. Faculty and CEE staff will be on hand to consult with you about any and all aspects of your course design from developing learning outcomes to creating assignments and other assessments to enhance student learning. Please note, you may drop in and out of these sessions as your time allows. RSVP Here

Summer 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.