New Faculty Orientation

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Resources for New Faculty

Calendars, Catalogs and Course Information
Center for Catholic Thought and Culture
Center for Educational Excellence
The Mulvaney Center for Community, Awareness and Social Action
DARS (Degree Audit Report System)
Disability Services
International Center
Research Opportunities

Academic Calendars and Catalogs
Final Exam Calendar (non-law): Go to MySanDiego portal, click the Teach/Advise Tab, and then on the Banner Channels click the Final Exam schedule.
Course Information: Go to MySanDiego, click on Teach/Advise Tab, and then click the Faculty Dashboard channel.
Course Search: Go to MySanDiego, click on Teach/Advise Tab, and then click the Banner channel.

Maher Hall, Room 253
The Center for Catholic Thought and Culture (CCTC) was inaugurated July 1, 2008 to promote dialogue with, and about, the rich and variegated intellectual, social, cultural and spiritual heritage of the Catholic Church in which the university’s identity is rooted. Through the development of various programs and events, the center will provide the university and local community with opportunities to engage this religious tradition in its various expressions. Dr. Gerard Mannion, Director, and a faculty advisory council will develop and deliver quality programs and events for the university and local community. The CCTC will focus on four areas: faculty development workshops; thematic faculty seminars with travel immersion to reflect on how Catholic social thought and the Catholic intellectual tradition have contributed to specific disciplines; new faculty seminars; and Catholic cultural events and exhibits.

Sandra Sgoutas-Emch, Director
Professor of Psychology
Copley Library, Main Floor
(619) 260-7402
USD promotes a learning and teaching environment that reflects its essential values of academic excellence, individual development, community, ethical conduct and service. The Center for Educational Excellence (CEE) provides a series of integrated programs and events and a variety of resources to assist faculty in creating an intellectually challenging environment for learning. Additionally, CEE offers workshops designed for new and junior faculty, and offers a social network for new faculty to get to know colleagues and share information about events, policies, technology, the USD community and anything that new faculty need to know.

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Chris Nayve, Director
Maher Hall, Room 218
(619) 260-4798

Faculty have numerous avenues for community involvement through the Center for Community Service-Learning. They may select community-based assignments to achieve the objectives of their courses through service-learning. The Center supports this work by developing partnerships, training and encouraging student leadership, and connecting faculty to resources, conferences and other opportunities.

DARS (Degree Audit Report System) is a software tool for tracking a student’s progress toward his/her degree. A training manual is available on the DARS Web site. You can also access DARS in the MySanDiego portal, by clicking the Teach/Advise Tab and click on DARS in the Banner channel.

Chris Burden, Director
Serra Hall, Room 300
(619) 260-4655

Disability Services specialists facilitate academic support services and accommodations for qualified students with disabilities. Disability Services provides in-service training and individual consultations for faculty and staff, resolution of accessibility issues, community outreach, and facilitates collaboration between students and academic departments regarding disability policies, procedures, and accommodations.

Students with disabilities who request accommodations should go to Disability Services in Serra Hall, Room 300. As a faculty member, you are not obligated to accommodate a student who has not submitted official documentation to Disability Services and has not presented you with a memo from the director that outlines the appropriate accommodations for that course. It is recommended that your syllabus contain a statement similar to the following: “Students with disabilities who believe that they may need accommodations in the class are encouraged to contact Disability Services in Serra 300 (260-4655) within the first three weeks of the semester to better ensure that such accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion.”

FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, is a federal law that protects the privacy of education records of all students enrolled in schools beyond the high school level. Schools are required to maintain that privacy, primarily by restricting release of records and the access provided to those records. Any educational institution that receives funds under any program administered by the U.S. Secretary of Education is bound by FERPA requirements.

Faculty who will have access to student records must first complete the FERPA tutorial before access to student records will be granted.

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Denise Dimon, Associate Provost for International Affairs

Professor of Economics
Serra Hall, Room 315
(619) 260-4598

The Office of International Affairs oversees the International Center which consists of two main offices: Office of International Studies Abroad and Office of International Students and Scholars. Together, these offices work to increase the international profile of USD, internationalize the campus and provide services for U.S. students and faculty to go abroad, as well as support for incoming international students and faculty. Below is a listing of unique international opportunities for USD faculty members.

  • International Research: International Opportunity Grants are available to promote research and scholarship abroad as well as to help USD to internationalize its campus and curriculum by giving faculty and staff the opportunity to work on projects with their counterparts in other countries. Calls are sent out twice a year and are based on the fiscal calendar.
  • Faculty-Led Study Abroad Programs: These programs are an excellent opportunity for faculty to travel with and teach students on-site in a variety of exciting international locations. The majority of USD students who study abroad do so in a faculty-led program and we believe that these programs really are the core of our international programs. Faculty are invited once a year to apply to participate and are selected by the International Studies Abroad Faculty Committee.
  • Faculty Exchanges: In certain locations, we are able to offer faculty members the opportunity to teach abroad at one of our partner institutions. This offers faculty an excellent opportunity to live abroad for up to one semester and to more deeply engage in international local culture and collaborate with international colleagues.
  • Faculty Committees: Faculty members serve on both the International Council and International Studies Abroad Committee. These committees help the Office of International Affairs to carry out the mission and vision of internationalization at USD.

For more information about international opportunities at USD, please contact Dr. Denise Dimon, Associate Provost for International Affairs, at

The Pardee Legal Research Center, the law library collection, located on the east end of campus, is available to members of the USD community and other legal researchers. Along with a rich concentration of law-related materials, the library also offers researchers electronic databases, Internet connectivity, ample study space, and expert reference assistance.

The Helen K. and James S. Copley Library, located on the west end of the campus, houses over 500,000 volumes. Collections include books, journals, reference works, government documents, newspapers and electronic journals in many languages, as well as maps, videos, sound recordings, microforms, and rare books.

The libraries at USD are members of The San Diego Library Circuit Consortium, which maintains a database linking four university libraries and the San Diego County Library. Through this consortium USD students and faculty can easily access library materials from other campuses. A delivery system enables timely movement of materials from one campus to another.

In addition to its own collection and The Library Circuit, Copley Library has Internet connections with academic and large public libraries throughout the world and with major bibliographic and information databases, and makes this information available through the World Wide Web both inside the library and also to the dorms, offices, and homes of USD students and faculty.

Copley Library Liaisons

Library Instruction
Copley Library maintains an active instructional program to teach users how to take full advantage of the wide range of services and resources offered by the library. Our program consists of several components:

  • TILT: The Information Literacy Tutorial
    The information literacy tutorial is designed by the University of Texas and shared with Universities around the world. It is a web-based educational tutorial that focuses on fundamental library and internet research skills. It takes about 30 minutes to complete and has a printable certificate upon completion of each quiz. TILT is designed to be used individually and can integrate information literacy across USD’s curriculum by being assigned as a homework assignment.
  • Library Orientation Workshops
    These are basic library orientations in which students will learn about the wide variety of research resources available through Copley Library. These workshops are open to all USD students.
  • Course-Integrated Library Instruction
    These are available on request from any of the librarians. We are able to work with you to develop a presentation targeted to the needs of students in a particular course or discipline. These can be held in the instructional classroom in Copley Library or we can come to your classroom if that is appropriate. We can work with you to develop assignments that maximize the library skills of your students.

    Contact your discipline's Library Liaison to schedule a session.
  • Library Tour
    The web-based tour is designed to give users a sense of the different areas and services that are available at Copley Library.
  • Library Courses

    Library 101: Research Methods (3)
    The goal of this course is to instruct students in the use of an academic library’s printed and electronic resources to find and evaluate critical information for all disciplines both within libraries and on the Internet. Students are encouraged to think about how information is structured and disseminated as well as the ethical use of information in society.
    Library 103: Information Literacy and Research Strategies (3)
    This course will teach the skills needed to effectively gather information to support educational and research needs in diverse formats. Topics include formulating research questions, the evaluation and presentation of information, ethical uses of information, effective search methods, citation practices, exploration of multiple literacy’s, and relevant readings and writings with discussions prompted by current issues.
  • Off-Campus Access
    Copley Library provides remote access to nearly all of the article databases. Databases are accessed from outside the USD campus via the library's home page. The system will validate you as an authorized user by asking for your name and 14-digit bar code number (as it appears on your USD ID) Only current USD students and employees may use the USD Libraries' subscription databases. Web Access Management Login

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Office of Sponsored Programs
Traci Merrill, Director
Maher Hall, Room 264
(619) 260-6825

Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) promotes externally funded research, training and demonstration projects. It is a central source of information on government agencies, foundations, and corporations which support research and scholarship. OSP staff provides assistance to faculty, administrators, and students from conceptual development and planning through implementation and management of funded projects.

Office of Undergraduate Research
 Sonia Zárate
Maher Hall, Room 264B
(619) 260-7840

Office of Undergraduate Research supports faculty in course development as well as through the Keck Faculty Fellows program. Faculty from all undergraduate departments on campus are encouraged to integrate research activities into their course offerings. The Office provides course development support in order to help faculty re-design existing courses. Additionally, the Office of Undergraduate Research runs the Keck Faculty Fellows program. This program was designed to promote formal research and scholarship programs in departments that traditionally have not had such programs. Please see the Faculty Fellows Program for more information.

Faculty Research Grants: Each year, approximately $900,000 is made available by the Office of the Provost to faculty members throughout the college and schools at USD under the heading of Faculty Research Grants (FRGs). These grants vary in their amounts and may include both actual cash grants and/or course release time. The decisions on when, how, and under what circumstances the FRGs are allotted are made by the deans of the individual units and vary according to guidelines set by each dean. Please check with your respective dean to learn more about FRGs and the guidelines set for your college or school.

Sabbatical Leave: The sabbatical leave with pay is an investment by the university for the purpose of aiding the faculty recipient to become more productive and useful to the University as a teacher and scholar. Sabbatical leave with pay may normally be granted to those who have held full-time faculty appointments for at least six full consecutive years at USD. The Sabbatical Leave Policy is found in the USD Policy Manual.

USD Funding Resources: USD provides various internal funding resources to support internal grant programs for professional development and to enhance student faculty interaction at USD.
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