Resources for New Faculty

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

Calendars, Catalogs and Course Information

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.

Center for Catholic Thought and Culture

Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, 213

The Center for Catholic Thought and Culture (CCTC) was inaugurated July 1, 2008 to promote dialogue with, and about, the rich 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 faculty and community with opportunities to engage this religious tradition in its various expressions. Dr. Jeffrey M. Burns, Director, and a faculty advisory council will develop and deliver quality programs and events for the university. The CCTC will sponsor faculty development seminars, new faculty Catholic Identity seminars, faculty travel immersion seminars, lectures, and Catholic cultural events and exhibits.

Center for Educational Excellence

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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Counseling Center

Stephen Sprinkle, Director
Serra Hall, Room 300
(619) 260-4655

The Counseling Center provides free, confidential, counseling services to enrolled students. Most students’ counseling needs can be readily addressed by the center’s professional staff, which includes psychologists, and supervised trainees from doctoral programs in clinical and counseling psychology, and a contract psychiatrist.

The Counseling Center offers group therapy and support groups, individual counseling, psychological and psychiatric consultation and community referrals. The easiest way to secure services is to go to the center, Serra Hall 300, during walk-in hours, but initial appointments can also be arranged by telephone at (619) 260-4655. Walk-in hours are available when undergraduate classes are in session from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Emergency Services: A counselor on-call is available to consult about after-hours psychological emergencies at all times. The counselor on-call can be reached by calling Public Safety at ext. 2222 on any campus telephone, otherwise call (619) 260-2222. The 24-hour San Diego Access and Crisis Line at (800) 479-3339 also offers crisis intervention, information and referrals.


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.

Disability Services

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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International Center

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 contains over 500,000 books and approximately 6,000 media items. The Library subscribes to 125 online databases that provide access to over 60,0000 electronic journals. The library also maintains subscriptions to over 2,500 print journals that are housed in our journal stacks. Our online catalog offers access to all of the library’s book, journal, and media collections. USD students, faculty, and staff can access most databases and other electronic resources when off-campus by using their MySanDiego login via our authentication system.

Copley Library is open 114 hours each week and its resources are organized in accessible, open stacks. Library faculty, additional professional and support staff, and student workers make the collections available to the university community. Copley also offers access to course materials via traditional print reserves as well as electronic reserves (E-Res).

Library faculty provide extensive reference service and spend time working individually with students as they complete assignments and prepare papers, speeches, and research reports of all kinds. In addition to traditional reference desk service, the library also offers online reference through our Ask a Librarian service.  Library faculty members also offer assistance by providing course-integrated library instruction sessions and preparing online guides in their subject specialties. Additionally, the library offers workshops on topics such as citation styles and database searching to assist users with developing better research skills.

The libraries at USD are members of the San Diego Library Circuit Consortium, which maintains a database linking four university libraries (UCSD, SDSU, CS San Marcos, USD) and the San Diego County and Public Library systems. 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.

Study spaces are available for over 700 students and include group study areas, quiet carrels, and pleasant reading rooms furnished with antiques and contemporary art. Group study rooms can now be easily reserved via our online booking system. The library has over 80 computer workstations and 30 laptops for checkout. Other available equipment includes photocopy machines, microform reader/printers, and media hardware. 

Please see our Faculty Services web page for additional information on special services for faculty.

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Mulvaney Center For Community, Awareness And Social Action

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.

Research Opportunities

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 Zarate, Director
Maher Hall, Room 280
(619) 260-7840

The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is to support USD undergraduates from all disciplines and the faculty that mentor them in research, scholarly activities and creative works.  Some of the resources and opportunities available to students include awards for academic year and summer research programs,professional development, grants for travel associated with research and an annual undergraduate research conference.  Resources for faculty research mentors include awards to foster student-faculty research collaborations, development grants and support for faculty interested in incorporating research into the curricula or community service activities, trainings and an annual award that recognizes excellence in research mentoring.  Underlying the OUR mission is a commitment to equity and access to ensure that all students are able to benefit from engagement in research, scholarly activities and creative works.

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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