Fall 2016 Upcoming Events

FFF: Should I repeat this? The importance of repetition for deep and lasting learning


Presented by: Dr. Divya Sitaraman, Assistant Professor, Psychological Sciences

Friday, October 7, 2016

10:00 to 11:00 a.m., MRH (SOLES) 135

Perhaps one of the most intuitive concepts in learning, repetition has been well documented as an important pedagogical tool to help students learn. However, not all repetition is alike and there are important characteristics to consider when designing your courses for deep learning. Come join in this discussion facilitated by Dr. Divya Sitaraman about the neuroscience of learning and the role well-structured activities and assignments implementing repetitive techniques can help enhance the learning experience for our students. RSVP Here

CEE Faculty Writing Retreats are Back for the Fall!


Cosponsored by: femSTEM Faculty Cohort

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

9:00 am  to 12:00 p.m., KIPJ Manchester Boardroom

Thursday, November 3, 2016

1:00 to 4:00 p.m., KIPJ Manchester Boardroom

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. RSVP Here

Film Series: Flow


Tuesday, October 18, 2016

5:30 to 8:00 p.m., UC 128


Critical conversations about Race: Developing your facilitation skills for in class discussions*

Critical Conversations

Presented by: Ashley Barton, Director of the Black Student Resource Center

Thursday, October 20, 2016

12:15 to 2:15 p.m., UC 107

     In this session faculty will learn key strategies for discussing race in the classroom and having difficult discussions on topics of diversity. Faculty will be given tools on engaging students in challenging topics, encouraging dialogue and managing multiple perspectives/experiences. The main focus of this session will be on fostering discussions on race and encouraging faculty allyship in the classroom. 

*This event has reached full capacity. The CEE will not be taking additional RSVPs. We apologize for the inconvenience. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Film Series: Peter McBride Short Film Collection


Tuesday, October 25, 2016

5:30 to 8:00 p.m., Salomon Hall


CEE & ITS Tech Talk: Hey, That’s Private! Or Is It?  Privacy and Copyright Issues in the Classroom


Presented by: Kelly Douglas, USD General Counsel

Friday, October 28, 2016

2:00 to 3:00 p.m., Olin 331

Questions about the scope and application of privacy laws in the classroom and related copyright issues are not new for higher education. They have existed since the days of chalkboards, ditto machines, and spiral notebooks. Yet with the advent of sophisticated mobile applications, recording tools, and other forms of technology, questions about privacy and copyright abound. This CEE/ATS Tech Talk will address these topics and provide you with tips and tools to address them. RSVP Here

Fall CORE Workshop Series

planets aligned in a row of three

This is the final year before implementation of the new core curriculum. Last year we hosted a series of course design workshops that helped faculty revamp their course syllabi in order for them to be congruent with the new core learning outcomes. This year our core workshop offerings will sharpen their focus and each core area—competencies, foundations, and explorations—will have a dedicated course design workshop facilitated by appropriate area task force (ATF) members.

The fall core workshop series will help guide faculty in course and assignment design. Each core workshop will focus on one area of the core curriculum and while departments have submitted course level approvals, each instructor will need to align their syllabus to the core outcomes and the department level outcomes that have been approved. This double alignment process can be challenging and the workshops are intended to help you through that process. After the initial presentation and discussion period, attendees will work on their individual courses with guided feedback from members of the area task force.

All faculty who will be submitting courses for core approval are strongly encouraged to attend all workshops appropriate to their courses and field of study. Faculty should bring their laptops and course syllabi to each workshop attended.

Core Workshop Calendar:

October 7

First Year Writing

1:00 to 3:00 p.m., MRH 135



October 14

Ethical Inquiry

1:00 to 3:00 p.m., MRH 135

Advanced Writing

3:00 to 5:00 p.m., MRH 135



October 28

Literary Inquiry

10:00 a.m. to 12 p.m., MRH 135


3:00 to 5:00 p.m., MRH 135

RSVP for October Core workshops

a flyer for the DH showcase

SD|DH-Learning through Digital Humanities: A Showcase

USD's new Humanities Center will host "SD|DH -- Learning through Digital Humanities: A Showcase" in collaboration with USD's Center for Educational Excellence, Academic Technology Services, and Office of Undergraduate Research. This event, which disseminates the work of SD|DH's 2015-16 NEH-sponsored Digital Pedagogy Workshops (Profs. Joanna Brooks and Jessica Pressman, co-PIs), will highlight a variety of innovative DH approaches to pedagogy, students' DH work in classes and in undergraduate research activities, and faculty DH projects that engage students meaningfully in digital research. Sessions will include faculty and student presentations and workshop sessions on key DH tools (like Scalar). Our keynote speaker will be Prof. Alan Christy (UC Santa Cruz), who will discuss his work with students on The Gail Project, a large-scale long-term DH project on post-WWII Okinawa. 

This event is organized by a regional committee representing USD, UCSD, SDSU, CSUSM, and the San Diego Community College District. The SD|DH Showcase is free and open to students, faculty, and the public, and people are welcome to come for all or part of the day. Please register (link below) so we know how much space we will need and how much food to order. (Breakfast, lunch, and break snacks will be provided.)

Special thanks to the USD College of Arts and Sciences, the SDSU Digital Humanities Initiative, the UCSD Center for the Humanities, the CSUSM Digital History Lab, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (Office of Digital Humanities) for supporting SD|DH's regional initiative! 

When: 9-5, Friday, October 21, 2016

Where: USD's Humanities Center (200 Serra Hall) 92110

This event is free and open to the public (Register for DH Showcase Here)


Maura Giles-Watson, University of San Diego
Erin McDonald, University of San Diego 
Lindy Villa, USD Humanities Center Coordinator


October 2016 Newsletter

Adjunct Faculty Highlight & Interview

Stephen Pearlberg

Stephen Pearlberg - Adjunct Professor, Psychological Sciences

A lecture can say a thousand words, but a mix of experiential and collaborative learning might just be the catalyst experience that captivates and activates student learning in the classroom. That’s why Stephen Pearlberg, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences, is our October Adjunct Faculty Highlight. For full interview click here.

Innovative Pedagogy Interview


Dr. Mary Brinson, Visiting Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

In a digitally enhanced political news-media world, where most information is presented to us in sound bites heightened by flashy graphics and hyperactive “happy faces” that have been socially networked, photo shopped and designed to emulate a carefully crafted image…it is not hard to believe that some might argue that we have reached the content saturation threshold. Not for Dr. Mary Brinson, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies.  She believes in the power of spontaneous, student centered teaching moments---moving away from the confines of clutter and encouraging students to interact directly in the real world. For full interview click here.

Come visit one of our consultants to get some advice and ideas to make the rest of the semester more successful!

The CEE offers free and confidential consultations to all USD faculty regarding  any and all aspects of Teaching & Learning and Faculty Development. This may include course and syllabus design, integration of various pedagogies in the classroom, the ARRT process, improving student evaluations, and so much more.

Call (619-260-7402) or e-mail ( the CEE and we would be happy to schedule a consultation. All information will be kept strictly confidential.

CEE Blackboard Organization

Join the CEE BB Org today in order to gain access to the many CEE resources available for all USD faculty.

All event archives - including handouts, powerpoints, and videos - are available only through our BB Org. Login to BB and scroll down towards the bottom of the page to see Organizations.

Don't have access? E-mail us at and we would be happy to add you to the BB org. An active USD e-mail address is all you need to gain access. 

The CEE is looking for a new Program Coordinator!

Please see iRecruitment and HR for job announcement.

Fall Call for Travel Grant Proposals

The fundamental purpose of the CEE Travel Grant program is to expose faculty to key issues in teaching and learning in higher education and encourage development on CEE's programming themes of Pedagogical Development, Inclusive Education, Assessment, Instructional Technology, and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The CEE has travel funds to grant up to 4 faculty each semester to attend the pre-approved conferences held between January 1 and June 30 of the following year. Grant amounts are up to $1,200.00 each. We will evaluate proposals on the strength of their connection to the previous mentioned pedagogical themes. Proposals should clearly indicate how topics to be explored at the conference support the teaching mission of the university. They should also provide a description how they might design a CEE presentation to inform other USD faculty upon their return from the conference. Please see rubric (we should provide the link for the rubric here)

NOTE: The CEE Travel Grant Program has undergone a change in order to better serve the university and achieve the goals of the program. We have selected a variety of conference and workshop options for faculty to choose from as part of the program.

Applications are due Friday, October 21, 2016 by 5 p.m.

Visit the travel grant webpage for guidelines and instructions for writing and submitting your proposal.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Resources

Are you interested in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning? The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) uses discovery, reflection, and evidence-based methods to research effective teaching and student learning. These findings are peer reviewed and publicly disseminated in an ongoing cycle of systematic inquiry into classroom practices.

The CEE Blackboard organization is a resource tool for those who are looking into creating a SOTL project or have started on one and want to begin a literature search. Additionally, our SoTL folder also contains literature information on Active Learning and Team-Based Learning.

The CEE would be happy to consult with you for all of your SoTL needs. If you don’t have access to our blackboard organization, please e-mail and we would be happy to grant you access.

USD Just Read! Selected Title 2016 - 2017

The Price of Thirst: Global Water Inequality and the Coming Chaos

By Karen Lynnea Piper

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 2016-2017 academic year, the book selection is The Price of Thirst, written by Karen Lynnea Piper.

Price of Thirst Website

Visit the USD Just Read! page for more information.

Price of Thirst Blackboard

A Blackboard Organization has been set up to reference and share resource materials related to this year’s USD Just Read selection, Price of Thirst. All USD faculty and staff are welcome to become members. If you are interested in having access to this Blackboard Organization, contact the CEE by phone (619-260-7402) or email ( and request to be enrolled. If already enrolled, use the following link to learn about steps on how to access the 2016 - 2017 USD Just Read! Blackboard Organization.

Contact Information

Center for Educational Excellence
Camino 1F 5998
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-7402
Fax: (619) 849-8353