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Fall 2015 Upcoming Events!

Diverse Learning Environment (DLE) Survey Results Presentation


Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

3:00 – 5:00 p.m., KIPJ-A

Join us for a conversation about the 2015 DLE Survey Results with
Assistant VP of Strategic Initiatives & Programs, Margaret Leary.
The focus of this discussion will be on the academic and institutional climate for students who are underrepresented including students with disabilities, veterans and LGBTQ+ students; as well as comparing the experiences of students of different genders and ethnicities. RSVP Here

Fabulous First Fridays (FFF): Reflecting & Debriefing Your Classroom


Friday, December 4th, 2015

9:30 – 11:00 a.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

The end of the semester is often a hectic time with a rush to make sure we get through all the content we had planned. There is little time for us to think about where we are and where we have been. However, the end of the semester can be a perfect time to review student learning and be reflective about our courses. During December's session, we will discuss various ways in which faculty can reflect about their semester and build upon what they have learned for the next semester. RSVP Here

Electronic flyer available. View flyer.

CORE Training Workshop 3—Engaging Practices to Immerse Students in the Core 


Friday, December 4th, 2015

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., UC Forum 107, 103AB, 128

This final core workshop of our three part series will focus on the topics of Integration, Writing, and Diversity, Inclusion, and Social Justice within the new core. Specific attention will be given towards the outcomes associated with each area and how these differ from the current core model – especially as it pertains to current W and D courses. After the initial presentation and subsequent discussion of the course developmental process involved, attendees will work on their individual courses with guided feedback from members of the Core Logistics Task Force.

To get the most out of the workshop faculty are encouraged to bring their own syllabus for a course they will submit for inclusion in the new core. Lunch will be provided. RSVP Here

Webcast— Faculty Civility and Academic Freedom: Protecting the Workplace while Preserving Academic Culture


Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

2:00 – 4:00 p.m., KIPJ-A

Learn how to address faculty incivility before it becomes toxic or libelous. Addressing issues of civility among faculty can be a thorny issue when you consider the scope of free speech, academic freedom, and how social media blurs the lines between the personal and professional context.
Join us online for an in-depth examination of this increasingly important issue, including practical steps academic leaders can take to improve civility on campus and address issues as they arise.
This online training is appropriate for faculty, department chairs, deans, legal counsels, and senior administrators who deal with faculty and personnel issues. RSVP Here

New and Junior Faculty Holiday Social

Holiday Social

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Founders Faculty Lounge

All new and junior tenure-track faculty are invited to attend this purely fun celebration of the holidays and semester’s end. We hope you will be able to join us for a time to mix and mingle with your peers at this wine & cheese event.

Please RSVP Here by Monday, December 7th, 2015

CEE Course & Syllabus Design Sessions in January

Course Design

Course Design Workshop

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Salomon Hall

Syllabus Essentials

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 145

Syllabus Design Drop-In Session

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Center for Educational Excellence

Course Design Drop-In Sessions

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

1:00 to 3:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

  • Developing a new course?
  • Breathing new life into your syllabus?
  • Creating assignments to enhance student learning?
  • Writing new or refining existing course learning outcomes?
  • Looking for powerful tools to assess your course learning outcomes?

If so, stop by and take advantage of the resources that the Center for Educational Excellence has to offer in the areas  of course design, syllabus construction, writing course learning outcomes, creating assignments, and designing assessment tools. Faculty and CEE staff will be on hand to consult with you about any and all aspects of your course design to enhance student learning. Please note, you may drop in and out of these sessions as your time allows. RSVP Here

CORE Full Day Workshop


Friday, January 15th, 2016

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., KIPJ-EFG

During the fall semester, the CEE and Core Logistics Task Force hosted a 3-part workshop series that served to as a space for faculty proposing courses for inclusion in the new core to actively work on redesigning and aligning their courses for approval in the new core. Members of the core logistics task force guided the sessions, providing faculty real time feedback.        
This full day workshop will integrate all 3 sessions from the fall into one day.  All faculty who will be proposing a course to be included in the new core are highly encouraged to participate in this workshop.  The three sessions are entitled, respectively:  Aligning Your Course to the New Core, Course Design for the New Core, and Engaging Practices to Immerse Students in the Core. Please contact us for further information. RSVP Here

TBL Debriefing – Tell Us How it Went!


Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

1:00 to 3:00 p.m., Degheri Boardroom

Following are workshop on Team-Based Learning this summer, many faculty had an opportunity to implement some of the techniques presented. 

Come hear from faculty who experimented with TBL this semester and learn how it went. We will discuss the victories and snags that were experienced and brainstorm more ideas of how TBL can be assessed and implemented effectively. RSVP Here

New & Junior Faculty Social in Old Town

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Barra Barra Saloon

Located in the heart of Old Town, the Barra Barra Saloon is the ideal setting for USD’s new and junior faculty to meet and mingle.  A special patio area has been reserved for us, complete with an appetizer buffet and refreshments.

Free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the restaurant. It is accessible from Juan Street, just north of Mason Street.

Please RSVP Here  by Monday, January 27th, 2015

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CEE Travel Grant Presentation

CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Free Online Tools for Educators

Online Tools

Friday, January 29th, 2016

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

Presented by:

Cynthia Nitsch, Clinical Professor of Information Systems & CEE Travel Grant Recipient

There a re a variety of free online tools out there that faculty can use to better help their teaching and learning in and out of the classroom. Yet, as with most things, the quality and functionality of some are clearly better than others, and it can be difficult to traverse the online landscape by yourself in order to determine which tools are the most useful.
Join us as Cynthia guides us through some of her course favorites. These will include a demonstration of a variety of free online tools that enhance students’ written skills, a demonstration of how to use Screen-Casto-Matic, and a brief tutorial of how to manage videos within YouTube and ScreenCast.  A list of over 20 free online tools for educators will be provided.
Coffee and biscotti will be available. RSVP Here

“A Good Teacher is Like a Candle: It Consumes Itself to Light the Way for Others.” Anonymous

December 2015/January 2016 Newsletter

  Click Here for the December 2015 & January 2016 Newsletter

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.

Innovative Pedagogy Interview Series


A Conversation with Associate Professor of Theatre Arts & Performance Studies, Evelyn Díaz Cruz. Click here to read the interview!