USD Just Read! Faculty Integration Award

For the 2019-20 book Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in a Divided Nation

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The goal of the USD Just Read program is to provide a common read around a theme that aligns with the values and mission of USD and the theme from the Changemaker Hub. In order to engage more of the USD community in conversation, the USD Just Read program is introducing a “USD Just Read Integration Award.” This award will be granted to the faculty member who best incorporates this year’s book selection in their course. As integration is a key concept in education and the core curriculum, such an award comes at a great time to highlight the wonderful work our faculty are doing with their students. A number of events and programs are scheduled for the 2019-20 academic year to provide more opportunities to discuss the topics in the book with students.


Any full-time or part-time faculty member who incorporates all or part of this year’s just read selection into one or more of their courses.

Courses must be taught during the Fall 2019, Intersession 2020 or Spring 2020.


Submissions will be judged based on the following elements:

  • Alignment of integration of the book with course learning outcomes
  • Quality of assignments/experiences specific to the book, Tales of Two Americas
  • Quality of assessment used to measure student learning in integrating book material

In order to be considered for the 2019-2020 USD Just Read! Faculty Integration Award please submit the following:

  • Cover letter explaining how the book was incorporated in the course including an explanation of how the book aligned with the learning outcomes for the course
  • Syllabus for the course
  • Copy of the assignment(s) or description of experiences that align with the book
  • Copy of any assessments that may have been used to measure student learning related to the topics of the book. Providing evidence of student learning is highly suggested but not required.

See detailed scoring rubric

Faculty Integration Submission Deadline Extended - Friday, May 8th, 2020

The recipient of the award will receive a $1000.00 stipend as well as the opportunity for their work to be highlighted in multiple venues.