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Fall 2015 Upcoming Events!

IES - Enhancing the Learning Environment for Our Students with Learning and Mental Disabilities using Universal Design 

Universal Design

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

12:15 –2:15 p.m., SOLES 131

The number of students reporting learning and mental disabilities is growing nationally. At the same time, this generation of student, with the aid of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA)/ American with Disabilities Act (ADA), has grown accustomed to support systems in their K – 12 systems, so that when they reach college, may not find supports to be as robust or individualized. Others may be learning to navigate disability issues that are new to them. Universal Design provides a framework in which learning environments within and outside the classroom can be enhanced for all our students while addressing the special accommodations needed by our students with learning differences.

Outcomes for the session:

By the end of the session faculty will be able to:

1)      Describe the basic tenets of Universal Design

2)    Discuss ideas based on various case scenarios

3)    Develop strategies for implementing Universal Design in the classroom


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CCTC: Praised Be! Pope Francis and the Environment: Care for Our Common Home

Presented by: Dan Misleh, Founder of the Catholic Climate Covenant and the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor

Thursday, October 8, 2015

4:00 to 6:00 p.m., MRH (SOLES) Warren Auditorium

Dan Misleh, a graduate of the Franciscan School of Theology, and founding Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, will speak on Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si: On the Care of Our Common Home, ” and suggest some practical applications. Dan worked for eleven years for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as a policy advisor and as the Director of Diocesan Relations for the Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development. He has helped engage the Catholic community at the national, state and diocesan levels in a serious and sustained conversation about a Catholic approach to climate change focusing on the promotion of the common good, the protection of poor people and the exercising of prudence. He spearheaded the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor, which has more than 10,000 individual supporters and more than 75 institutional support. 


Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research Information Sessions


Monday, October 12, 2015

3:30 to 4:30 p.m., MRH (SOLES) 131


Thursday, October 15, 2015

8:30 to 9:30 a.m., MRH (SOLES) 127

Informational session for faculty about undergraduate interdisciplinary research models. Contingent on interest, the informational session will be followed up by a series journal club/learning community sessions centered around taking an evidence based-approach (current best-practices from the literature and other sources, and USD institutional data) to create a program at USD. 


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Alcala Park Readers Book Discussion: Bottled and Sold: The Story of our Obsession with Bottled Water

Alcala Park Readers

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

12:30 to 2:00 p.m., Salomon Hall

All faculty and staff are invited to join us for lunch and to discuss Bottled and Sold, Dr. Peter Gleick’s account of how water went from being a free natural resource to one of the most successful commercial products of the last one hundred years—and why we are poorer for it. Students will facilitate the discussion. Lunch will be served so please RSVP Here by Friday, October 9, 2015 A special thank you to the Department of Human Resources for cosponsoring this event.

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AFFIRM: Interactive Theatre

Interactive Theatre

Friday, October 16th, 2015

12:15 –2:15 p.m., Salomon Hall

Based on interviews with university faculty, “Ready to Vote?” enacts a merit review committee meeting in which conflicts arise over unclear standards, inappropriate discussions, and microaggressions that stem from the very different identities at play. This interactive theater, that includes both professional actors and USD administrators, will give participants an opportunity to examine behaviors and motivations that are typically displayed during rank, tenure and merit discussions utilizing a group problem-solving mode. These conversations promise to highlight best practices for fostering a more inclusive academic climate for all faculty. RSVP Here

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Faculty Writing Retreats Fall Series

All sessions will take place in the KIPJ Manchester Board Room

  • Tuesday, October 20, 2015 from 9am to 12pm
  • Thursday, November 5th, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm

Hosted by:

Center for Educational Excellence and femSTEM:

Back by popular demand—The Center for Educational Excellence and femSTEM Faculty Cohort have organized a private space to foster the writing productivity for ALL interested faculty. 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, with plenty of coffee and snacks provided. Occurring once a month, this will be the first of three retreats this Fall. Please note: you may drop in and out as your time allows.  

RSVP Here 

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Film Screening & Discussion: Water Mark

Water Mark

Hosted by:

Outdoor Adventures, Changemaker HUB, Office of Sustainability, & Copley Library

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Salomon Hall

“WATERMARK brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use. Showing water as a terraforming element and the scale of its reach, the film uses images, both beautiful and haunting, to create a compelling global portrait that illustrates humanity's past, present and future relationship with the natural world.

Shot in stunning 5K ultra high definition video and full of soaring aerial perspectives , Watermark, the viewer is immersed in a world defined by a magnificent force of nature that we all too often take for granted - until it's gone. “ - Description adapted from and

Please join us for this special film screening and discussion of Watermark.

Food and drinks will be available.

Please RSVP Here by Friday, October 23, 2015.

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CEE & ATS Tech Talk: Integration of iPads in Flipped & Un-Flipped Classrooms


Cosponsored by:

Academic Technology Services

Friday, September 25, 2015

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

iPads were used in flipped, hybrid-flipped, and un-flipped classrooms to teach engineering courses. The iPads were used to illustrate complex physical properties, for computer simulation of electrical circuits, for design of microwave structures, and for downloading and viewing instructional lectures. iPads were also used to turn in assignments.

Hints, successes, and lessons learned will be shared. 


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

CEE October 2015 Newsletter

  Click here for the October 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 Assistant Professor of Biology, Adam Haberman. Click here to read the interview.