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January 2021

Christopher Adler, Ph.D., Professor, College of Arts and Sciences. Triangulation: New music for khaen, volume one, Christopher Adler released an album of contemporary solo compositions for the Lao/Northeast Thai free-reed mouth organ, khaen. The compositions are written by seven composers, including Adler, from the US, Japan, and the Philippines, and all were premiered and recorded by him.

Jill Bormann, PhD, RN, FAAN, Clinical Professor, School of Nursing. Mantram Repetition: Mind-Body-Spiritual Practice for Self-Care, The Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI) sponsored this webinar by Dr. Jill Bormann who presented an overview of the history, theory and practice of repeating a mantram. "Mantram Repetition," based on the guidelines of Eknath Easwaran, has demonstrated improvements in wellbeing and reductions in psychological distress in a variety of groups including Veterans with PTSD, healthcare providers, students, and homeless women.

Dennis Clausen, PH. D., Professor, College of Arts and Sciences.

"Finding Hope in Hopeless Times" and "Lost Soul with a Moral Compass", Professor Dennis M. Clausen (Ph. D) English Department has learned that two of his essays--"Finding Hope in Hopeless Times" (September 3, 2020) and "Lost Soul with a Moral Compass" (November 3, 2020)--received the status of "Essential Topics" and were featured on the homepage of Psychology Today under "Personal Perspectives." The two essays address the nation's homeless crisis and are directly connected to Professor Clausen's novel The Accountant's Apprentice and forthcoming sequel. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/small-town-usa/202011/lost-soul-moral-campus. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/small-town-usa/202009/finding-hope-in-hopeless-times.

"Letter to the Editor" New York Times, Dennis M. Clausen (Ph. D.), English Department, published a letter in the Sunday New York Times (01/17/2021) regarding Martin Luther King Day and Black American contributions to our democracy. The letter emphasized the great irony that Black Americans, who were often denied the right to vote, helped save democracy for all of us in this last election. The full text of the letter is below. Subscribers to the New York Times can also read the letter on-line in the “Opinion” section: New York Times (January 17, 2021) “My most vivid memory of the 2020-2021 elections will always be the lines of Black Americans defying the coronavirus and other threats to vote to protect the rights and freedoms for all of us. Those voters reminded me of the Black Americans from my youth who lined up to vote, gain admission to our nation’s universities or simply insist they, too, had the right to eat at restaurants with “whites only” signs above the front doors. During our recent elections, their descendants stood in similar lines, only this time to vote to protect the rights and freedoms that were often denied their ancestors. These Black Americans, who inherited a troubled history of being systematically disenfranchised and even killed for demanding the right to vote, helped save democracy for all of us.”

My Christmas Attic, Dennis M. Clausen (Ph. D.), English Department, received notice that My Christmas Attic was one of eight novels Chanticleer Book Reviews selected for their "top of the list holiday themed books." They cited My Christmas Attic as a novel that has the potential to become “a seasonal classic.” The story involves a young boy in the early 1950s who struggles with dyslexia and the loss of his father who is missing in action in the Korean War. The novel is dedicated to “students at the University of San Diego, especially those who have special needs.” The full review can be accessed at: https://www.chantireviews.com/2020/12/20/jolabokaflod-an-icelandic-tradition-chanticleers-holiday-books-pick-see-our-top-of-the-list-holiday-themed-books/

Kate DeConinck, Th.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Arts and Sciences. Co-Chair, Teaching Religion Unit (AAR), Kate DeConinck, Th.D., was elected to serve as co-chair of the Teaching Religion unit of the American Academy of Religion. She will serve in this role for a three-year term, overseeing unit activities and coordinating sessions for the AAR's annual meeting.

Mary Doak, Ph.D., Professor, College of Arts and Sciences.

A Prophetic, Public Church: Witness to Hope Amid the Global Crises of the 21st Century, Published in March, 2020, this book addresses identifies and outlines responses to the unprecedented challenges the church's ancient mission faces in our contemporary world.

Global Capitalism as Counter-Evangelization: How Should Catholic Educators Respond?, This journal article appeared in: International Studies in Catholic Education (vol. 12, no. 2 July 2020).

Revelation, This encyclopedia article was published in "The Encyclopedia of Jewish-Christian Relations (Online)" in Nov. 2020.

"Reforming Anti-Judaism in a Church Called to Communion", This book chapter appeared in Chapman and Latinovic, ed., volume: "Changing the Church: Transformations of Christian Belief, Practice and Life" (Palgrave, 2020).

Rebekka Jez, EdD, Assistant Professor, School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Whiteness and the White House: How do We Talk to Our Youth?, We hosted an event to reflect, dialogue, process, and respond to the election, insurrection, MLK Jr. Day, and inauguration using shared resources, articles, memes, photos, and videos on Whiteness and the White House to center discussion in breakout group discussions. Using the DLT #BLM Solidarity Statement, we centered the talk with a silent reflection and land acknowledgement, shared images from social media, and created a Brave Space for Dialogue. Dr. Lathan closed the event by highlighting the necessity of using tools and policy changes to move forward in a hopeful and healing manner.

Critical Collaboration Workshop Series: Disability Studies and Critical Race Theory in Teacher Education--How to Cultivate Anti-Racist, Anti-Ableist, and Affirming P-12 School Spaces., With inclusive practices becoming the norm throughout K-12 schools in policy and practice, universities are being tasked with preparing teachers with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively co-teach and collaborate with other stakeholders (families, other educators, administration, communities, etc.). Universities are encountering barriers and structural challenges as they work to move from the traditional model of implementing siloed courses in teacher education to modeling collaborative and integrative co-teaching and learning environments for their candidates. Furthermore, recent critical issues such as the resurgence of the Black Live Matter movement and Covid-19 have challenged educators to examine how their expertise intersects with others in creating trauma-informed environments, providing rigorous academics for diverse learners, and empowering educators in developing anti-racist actions.

David Karp, PhD, Professor, School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Restorative Justice Approaches to the Informal Resolution of Student Sexual Misconduct, Orcutt, Madison, Patricia M. Petrowski, David R. Karp, and Jordan Draper. 2020. “Restorative Justice Approaches to the Informal Resolution of Student Sexual Misconduct.” Journal of College and University Law 45(2).

Susan Lord, PhD, Professor, School of Engineering. Dissolving the margins: LEANING INto an antiracist review process, This invited guest editorial invites the engineering education community to recongize and acknowledge the racism inherent in our editorial process and to take action to dismantle this.

Cid Martinez, Cid Martinez PhD, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences. National Academy of Sciences: Reducing Racial Inequalities in the Criminal Justice System, The focus of this session will be community-driven strategies for safety. The session will include remarks from academic perspectives, system actors, and community voices, followed by moderated discussions. Topics for this session of the workshop include: Community-driven efforts to address crime and safety issues outside of traditional law enforcement intervention Innovative approaches that communities are exploring to promote safety and well-being How such community-driven approaches have targeted the reduction of racial disparities in criminal justice outcomes

Christopher McDougal, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Peace Studies. Mapping the patchwork: Exploring subnational heterogeneity of early marriage in India, In the journal Social Science and Medicine: Population Health, we employ spatial statistical methods to analyze variations in child marriage prevalence across Indian districts, identify hot and cold spots, and quantify spatial dependence and heterogeneity in factors associated with district levels of child marriage. The results indicate that characteristics of neighboring districts, as well as characteristics of a district itself, are important in explaining levels of child marriage, and that those relationships are not constant across India. Child marriage reduction programs that are targeted within specific administrative boundaries may thus be undermined by geographic delineations that do not necessarily reflect the independent and interdependent characteristics of the communities who live therein.

Julia Medina, Ph D, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences. "A conversation with the migrant Douglas Oviedo about his recently published testimonial drama _Caravaneros_", Dr. Medina was invited to participate in a conversation for the launching of the publication, _Caravaneros_, with the author, Honduran caravan migrant Douglas Oviedo, and Debra Castillo from Cornell University. The panel was introduced by Robert Irwin from UC Davis, Director of the Global Migration Center, sponsors and hosts of the event.

Rebecca Nieman, Juris Doctor, Clinical Professor of Business Law & Ethics, School of Business. Expanding the Paradigm in Business Law Curriculum: Bridging the Access to Justice Gap for Small Businesses Starts in the Classroom, This article provides the means and mechanisms for implementing practical training in a Business Law class that will assist future business leaders on how to confidentially break down some of the barriers that research has shown create access to justice issues for those businesses: knowing when or if an attorney is needed for a legal issue, how a particular legal issue many need to be addressed, empowerment in the attorney-hiring process and a centralized focus on key contractual clauses.

Karen Teel, PhD, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences.

What Would Jesus See? Engaging Racism, Dr. Teel gave an invited lecture for the Sisters of the Divine Compassion in White Plains, New York. The lecture was part of a series called "Contemporary Contexts of Compassion"; past speakers include Sr. Helen Prejean, John Haught, Diarmuid O'Murchu, and Ilia Delio. Dr. Teel's lecture took place via Zoom on January 23, 2021 and was well-received.

Can We Hear Him Now? James Cone's Enduring Challenge to White Theologians, In this journal article, Dr. Teel chronicles Black theologian James Hal Cone's challenge to white Christians to confront the sin of white supremacy. Dr. Teel contends that white Catholic theologians collectively have yet to accept this challenge. She argues that one reason for this failure is fear and proposes concrete action steps for professional societies, journals, and scholars. The article appears in the September 2020 issue of Theological Studies.

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March 2021

Sandra Buczynski, Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction, Associate Professor, School of Leadership and Education Sciences.

Enhancing pre-service teachers’ reflective quality on inquiry-based teaching through a community of practice., This article examined the quality of reflection on inquiry teaching by two pre-service science teachers as they participated in a mini-Community of Practice (mCoP) with their cooperating teachers and university advisor. Findings from this study revealed the benefits of this mCoP for nurturing pre-service teachers’ inquiry teaching by building a network of encouraging support from experienced teachers and by providing a supportive reflective environment. The study also showed pre-service teachers transformed their reflections from technical to reflective thinking as they matured in inquiry-based teaching practice.

Systemic challenges framed through disorienting dilemmas., Retaining the “status quo” is a goal of many teacher education programs yet this perpetuation of the sameness leads to inequitable social justice practices. The charge to action is for schools of teacher education to implement programs that can breach the privileged conceptions and racial, gendered, and class-based structural barriers that stand in the way of systemic change.

Julia Cantzler, PhD, JD, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences. Environmental Justice as Decolonization: Political Contention, Innovation, and Resistance over Indigenous Fishing Rights in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, Dr. Julia Miller Cantzler's (Sociology) book, Environmental Justice as Decolonization: Political Contention, Innovation, and Resistance over Indigenous Fishing Rights in Australia, New Zealand and the United States, was recently published by Routledge.

Derrick Cartwright, Ph.D., Director of Univ Galleries & Associate Professor of Art History, College of Arts and Sciences.

Fitz Henry Lane from Castine, Maine to San Diego, California, Lecture at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland, Maine on 27 January 2021.

"Ella Ferris Pell", Chapter in Charles C. Eldredge, ed., Unforgettable: An Alternative History of American Art (University of California Press, forthcoming).

Evelyn Cruz, MFA, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences. Applied Theatre with Youth: Education, Engagement, Activism, APPLIED THEATRE WITH YOUTH is a collection of essays that highlight the value and efficacy of applied theatre with young people in a broad range of settings, addressing challenges and offering concrete solutions. This book tackles the vital issues of our time--including among others, racism, climate crisis, gun violence, immigration, and gender—fostering dialogue, promoting education, and inciting social change. With its accessible format and clear language, APPLIED THEATRE WITH YOUTH is a valuable resource for theatre practitioners and the growing number of theatre companies with education and community engagement programs. Additionally, it provides essential reading for teachers and students in a myriad of fields: education, theatre, civic engagement, criminal justice, sociology, women and gender studies, environmental studies, disability studies, ethnicity and race studies.

Margaret Dalton, J.D., Vice Dean and Professor of Law, School of Law.

COVID-19: Preventing Harm to Vulnerable Children, COVID-19 and the response to it has serious implications for the safety, well-being, and development of children—especially those within the child welfare, juvenile justice, and special education systems. All three groups consist of children to whom the state has legal obligations, made more difficult by COVID restrictions. Additionally, all three groups consist disproportionately of children of color, a reality being brought to the forefront in the context of this pandemic and beyond. This article examines the repercussions of the pandemic and the government’s response to it on these most vulnerable of children and proposes potential remedies.

Procedural Safeguards and Remedies for Students with Disabilities and Their Families, This chapter is part of a textbook, Special Education Law and Policy: From Foundation to Application (Wendy Murawski, and Jacqueline Rodriguez, eds.) (American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, December 2020). It explores in depth the procedural safeguards and remedies under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The genesis for the safeguards dates to the 1970s, when parents had few if any legal tools to challenge education decisions made for their children in public schools. Since that time, Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court has made clear that these due process protections lie at the heart of what IDEA means. The chapter also explores various remedies for occasions when a school district does not comply with the law, and includes remedies available to school districts as well.

Esteban Del Rio, Ph.D., Professor, College of Arts and Sciences. A Conversation on Fratelli Tutti, Esteban del Río led a conversation on Pope Francis' recent encyclical Fratelli Tutti with faculty and administrators from Catholic colleges and universities across the U.S. The facilitation focused on how the call to fraternity and solidarity might be heeded in faculty teaching, scholarship, and vocation, a call made urgent by the global health and economic crises and increased visibility of calls for racial and social justice.

Jessica Heldman, JD, Fellmeth-Peterson Prof in Residence in Child Rts, School of Law. OVID-19 and Preventing Harm to Vulnerable Children, This Article explores the current state of child rights within the child welfare, juvenile justice, and special education systems, highlighting concerns that pre-date COVID-19 as well as recent legal implications of the pandemic. Each section examines the particular repercussions of the pandemic and the response to it on children and proposes potential remedies. It also offers perspective on how meeting today’s critical challenges can result in long-term systemic improvements.

Orly Lobel, LLB; LLM; SJD, Warren Distinguished Professor, School of Law.

EMPLOYMENT LAW, 6TH EDITION (WITH MARK ROTHSTEIN ET AL) THOMPSON REUTERS 2020, the leading treatise on employment law

1. We Are All Gig Workers Now: Online Platforms, Freelancers and The Battles Over Employment Status and Rights During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Symposium Covid-19 and the Law, San Diego Law Review, 2021., Since the early days of the Coronavirus pandemic, unemployment rates leapt to the highest they have been since 1975. Congress passed the CARES Act in March 2020, a $2 trillion relief package, offering augmented unemployment relief not only to employees but also to the self-employed, including gig workers. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was passed to provide sick leave in the form of tax credits that also extended to the self-employed. Beyond the governmental responses, Platform companies offered new limited relief to their workers in the form of sick leave, even as they continue to classify them as freelancers.

San Diego Delivery Drivers Laid Off As Prop 22 Takes Effect, https://www.kpbs.org/news/2021/jan/12/proposition-22-goes-effect-dozens-delivery-drivers/

USD School of Law Professor Orly Lobel Interviewed on CBS News 8 About Employment Protections and Capitol Protestors, Professor Orly Lobel Interviewed on CBS News 8 About Employment Protections and Capitol Protestors

4. Exit, Voice & Innovation, HOUSTON LAW REVIEW, Annual Frankel Lecture (invited responses by Lisa Oullette and Todd Rakoff) (2020)., If an employee believes her organization is failing, she can take action using one of two strategies: exit (leaving the company) or voice (advocating change from within). But what happens when both exit and voice are restricted? Change itself—including both innovation and equality—suffers. This Article, written for the twenty-fourth annual Frankel Lecture, investigates the connections between fields that are usually kept separate: intellectual property and innovation policy; antitrust law and market competition; employment law and contract norms; and antidiscrimination law and equality policy.

Mitchell Malachowski, PhD, Professor, College of Arts and Sciences.

“Integrating and Scaffolding Research into Undergraduate STEM Curricula: Probing Faculty, Student Disciplinary, and Institutional Pathways to Transformational Change", Chapter in in the monograph, Transforming Institutions: Accelerating Systemic Change in Higher Education.

“Reflections on the Evolution of Undergraduate Research over the Past Twenty-five Years,”, Published in the journal, Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research that received an honorable mention in the Journal’s Best Article Awards for 2020.

The Future of Undergraduate Research in STEM areas, Dr. Malachowski ran workshops in November, 2020 and January, 2021, for 150 faculty and administrators from around the country involved in an NSF grant he leads. The day long workshops focused on issues connected to curricular transformations, faculty issues such as workload and leadership and departmental culture changes.

Mary Jo Wiggins, J.D., Professor of Law and Herzog Endowed Scholar, School of Law. Podcast Interview, Professor Mary Jo Wiggins, Professor of Law and Herzog Endowed Scholar, was interviewed for a podcast on the Wonder Media Network on the subject of suburban land use patterns, race, inequality, zoning, and property law.

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