The Center for Educational Excellence (CEE) is USD’s resource for faculty development and innovation. The CEE provides the tools and resources for USD faculty to develop collaborations in pursuit of academic excellence and innovative and inclusive learning across the University.

Mission: The mission of the CEE is to support the USD community by providing integrated programs, events, and resources to promote the institution’s core values of academic excellence, knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, ethical conduct, and compassionate service.

Vision: The CEE strives to enhance the quality of learning, teaching, scholarship, and service at USD by facilitating faculty growth and by being an institutional change agent supporting the transformation of the university into an inclusive community of learners.

At the CEE we promote exploration of pedagogical and curricular advancements that can improve the student learning experience. Units from all over the campus collaborate with the CEE to create interdisciplinary workshops, learning communities, and other development opportunities that engage our teaching community.

The mission of the CEE aligns with USD’s Envisioning 2024 Strategic Plan.  The CEE works to elevate faculty and staff engagement (Goal 4) by developing high-impact teachers, who then work to enhance student learning and success (Goal 1) by bringing their knowledge of pedagogy into the classroom to impact student learning and engagement. CEE programming also strengthens diversity, inclusion, and social justice (Goal 2) by developing faculty awareness and knowledge of diversity issues in the classroom.  CEE programming touches many of the Envisioning 2024 pathways. For example, our programs involve an emphasis on liberal arts, critical thinking, and the CORE curriculum (Liberal Arts Education for the 21st Century), support community engagement, experiential learning, and undergraduate research (Practice Changemaking), reflect on diversity and inclusion in the classroom (Access and Inclusion), and support the scholarship of teaching and learning (Engaged Scholarship). The CEE is in a prime position to help USD move ahead and accomplish its goals for 2024.

Working with our partners on campus, we provide various opportunities for faculty development and growth, including:

  • Workshops on various pedagogical techniques, course design, assessment, inclusion and diversity, and the core curriculum
  • Just Read! Campus-wide Programming
  • New and Adjunct Faculty Orientations
  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Consultations
  • Classroom observations
  • Travel Grants
  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Support
  • Writing retreats
  • Resources via a Blackboard Organization

Our programming is open to all members of the USD community.  We also have School of Business and School of Education and Leadership Sciences, and Adjunct Faculty Liaisons who help to create programming to engage these faculty groups.  Please let us know if you have any programming ideas!

Follow us on Twitter @USDCEE and Facebook @CEEUSD and stop by to see us in person in Camino 1F!