Faculty Newsnotes

Faculty Newsnotes

Issue Number 470 / March 19, 2019

Edited by Kristin E. Scialabba

Nine Faculty Receive University Awards

USD is proud to announce the 2019-20 University Professors, Steber Professors, Herzog Endowed Scholar, and Class of 1975 Endowed Professor.

nine faculty who received university awardsUniversity Professors

  • Professor Jordan Barry, School of Law
  • Dr. Timothy Clark, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Professor Evelyn Diaz Cruz, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Andrea Godfrey-Flynn, School of Business
  • Dr. Frank Jacobitz, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering

Steber Professors

  • Dr. Susan Paulik Babka, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Dr. Tara Salinas, School of Business

Herzog Endowed Scholar

  • Professor Sharmila Sohoni, School of Law

Class of 1975 Endowed Professor

  • Professor Michael Rappaport, School of Law

The five University Professorships are the highest academic honor bestowed university-wide and are given in recognition of outstanding scholarly achievements in teaching and research. The two Steber Professorships recognize substantial contributions in the areas of teaching, research, and service and are limited, by the intent of the donor, Clarence L. Steber, to faculty in the School of Business and the Department of Theology and Religious Studies. The Herzog Endowed Scholar award recognizes the meritorious teaching and scholarly productivity of one of our professors in the School of Law. The Class of 1975 Endowed Professorship, established by the Class of 1975 as its 25-year reunion gift to the Law School, recognizes meritorious teaching, leadership, and academic accomplishments of a professor in the Law School.

These awards will be formally bestowed at the Fall Convocation on Sept. 13, 2019. We hope you join us in honoring the outstanding achievements of our faculty.

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Core Integration Fellows

During this second year of our new Core curriculum we continue to define Integration, a new addition to our Core. Integrative learning asks students and faculty to connect across disciplines, to synthesize disparate areas of knowledge, and to pose the "big questions".

Advanced Integration courses must be completed at USD and so we continue to build our course offerings in this area. If you teach undergraduates please consider revising or designing a course to meet the requirements of Advanced Integration.

Five Integration Fellows have been selected for 2018-19 to assist faculty that are incorporating Integrative learning into their classes. Here’s how your faculty fellows can help you:

Suzanne Walther, PhD (Environmental and Ocean Sciences)

Suzanne Walther, PhD (Environmental and Ocean Sciences)

As a first-year integration fellow, I am available to help faculty explore creative ways to provide first year students with integration experiences. As a geographer, I have personal experience with interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary assignments, courses, and research. I am happy to provide ideas for assignments, projects, and interactions, as well as feedback on ideas you may have.

*First Year Integration — assisting with FYI pilot assessment project, alternative assignments for students in special circumstances, ideas for your LC class

Jeanie Moore, PhD (English)

Jeanie Moore, PhD (English)

Having had past experience team-teaching myself, creating team-teaching opportunities for other faculty, and helping to generate an interdisciplinary CORE program, I am eager to begin serving as a first-year integration fellow for the University of San Diego’s LLC program. I am in my second year of LLC teaching, and I am available for any help I can offer to those working to foreground integration in their current LLC courses, as well as those interested in creating new courses.

*First Year Integration — assisting with FYI pilot assessment project, alternative assignments for students in special circumstances, ideas for your LC class

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Student Success Summit

testPreviously known as EMQ/USSNet meetings, the purpose of the Student Success Summit is to invite all members of the campus community (faculty, administrators, staff and students) to work together strategically to promote student success. At this first of these newly formatted gatherings, we will review the recent history of student success efforts at USD, hear brief updates on this year's priorities and examine the latest retention and graduation data. Participants will be invited to discuss ways of responding to these findings and to explore possible adaptations to their current work that might contribute to student success. Please join us for this informative and interactive gathering. Please click here to RSVP.

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Copley Library — Announcements

testDear Faculty,

I’m happy to present the Copley Library Spring Workshop schedule. Please encourage your students to register. Workshops are open to faculty as well, with the Open Educational Resources workshop geared specifically toward faculty.

All workshop will be held in the Copley Library Seminar Room. Visit the library calendar to register.

All the best for the spring semester,
Hugh Burkhart, Coordinator of Instruction


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NetVUE Initiative Mini-Grant Program for Faculty

As part of USD’s NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education) Programming Grant initiative, full time faculty members may apply for $500 to $1,500 of funding to support their creative efforts to integrate vocational exploration into new or existing courses. Each applicant will be coached through the design and implementation of their mini-grants as faculty consider how to equip, encourage, and inspire our students to lead lives of meaning, purpose, and social impact. Faculty who are interested to learn more should contact Mark Peters at markp@sandiego.edu before the grant application deadline on March 31st.

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SOLES — Announcements


The School of Leadership and Education Sciences has entered into a nine-year grant agreement with the Fred J. Hansen Foundation, which has funded the Hansen Summer Institute (HSI) at SOLES since 2013. The agreement provides for SOLES to study the HSI to shed light on whether leadership development programs can have an impact on program participants. This grant will fund the costs of the study, including stipends for graduate students.

SOLES Introduces New PhD in Education for Social Justice

testThe School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) is excited to announce the launch of the PhD in Education for Social Justice program! Offered through the Department of Learning and Teaching, USD's first fully online PhD will offer a unique program of study that makes use of local, national, and international, contexts that will allow students to develop the skills of research, teaching, and advocacy. PhD graduates will emerge with a rich understanding and experience of how to use education to build more equitable, tolerant, and socially just societies and institutions. The program will welcome the first cohort in Fall 2019 and will offer a PhD and EdS pathway.

The Nonprofit Institute launched the City of San Diego Nonprofit Academy Spring Workshop Series. These free workshops hosted at several San Diego City libraries include: Considering Starting a Nonprofit; So You Started a Nonprofit, Now What?; Marketing Fundamentals & Storytelling Strategies; Strategic Planning; and a four-part Program Design Academy. Registration and additional information can be found here.

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Office of Sponsored Programs

testWhere will research lead you? USD Research Week 2019 will showcase trends and creativity in science, scholarship and artistic works during a week full of fun and educational events recognizing work by students and faculty.

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Center for Educational Excellence

The Center for Educational Excellence supports the USD community by providing integrated programs, events, and resources to promote the institution's core values of academic excellence, knowledge, creating a diverse and inclusive community, ethical conduct, and compassionate service. For event details and to register for events go to www.sandiego.edu/cee or contact the CEE at ext. 7402 or cee@sandiego.edu.

  • Catholic Perspectives on Poverty, Wednesday, February 20, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Salomon Hall
  • Book Discussion: $2-a-day Poverty, Friday, February 22, from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., KIPJ A
  • “Love Will Build a Bridge” Choir Performance, Monday, February 25, from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Shiley Theatre
  • Honors Program Workshop, Tuesday, February 26, from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., MRH 131
  • Faculty Writing Retreat, Wednesday, February 27, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., KIPJ D
  • FFF: How Faculty Can Support Students in Becoming Strategic Learners, Friday, March 1, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., MRH 135
  • Faculty Writing Retreat, Thursday, March 7, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., CEE Conference Rm, Camino 1F
  • Just Read! Debate: “Is it Time for America to Embrace Socialism?”, Tuesday, March 12, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., KIPJ Theatre
  • Faculty Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences, Thursday, March 14, from 12:15 p.m.- 2:00 p.m., MRH 131
  • Tough Talk: Navigating the News: Media, Spin, and Fake News in the Classroom, Friday, March 15, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., MRH 135

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Lenten Journey 2019: The Heart of the World

University Ministry invites you to the Lenten Journey 2019: The Heart of the World.

Recognizing that the heart is the locus of encounter for a journey that can restore inner peace through harmonious relationships between body and spirit, family and friends, university and community, Creator and world, the Lenten Journey is an opportunity to assess our relationship with the flow of time and our own external and internal environments.

Beginning on March 14th and ending just prior to Easter, the Lenten Journey involves daily prayer and weekly meetings with a spiritual guide, a person with whom you can share your experience of God and cultivate your interior life.

Applications are due March 1st and are available online. For more information, please contact Robert Capone at rcapone@sandiego.edu.

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International Center

USD Ranks #1 in the Nation for Undergraduate Study Abroad

USD is now ranked #1 in the nation for the percentage of undergraduate student participation in study abroad programs among doctorate institutions across the United States (view full report here). USD finished ahead of such institutions as Stanford, Georgetown, Princeton, USC and Harvard. Such international experiences help our students to learn more about themselves and to see how they fit in a larger world community.

Across Campus Intersession International Programs

During Intersession 2019, over 40 USD faculty members partook in international enrichment activities with USD students! These activities ranged from faculty-led study abroad courses, consulting projects and research to not-for-credit communitybased service projects and volunteer opportunities. Faculty participants were comprised of a wide range of disciplines from the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, School of Leadership and Education Sciences, and Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences. We would like to thank the entire USD faculty for their hard work and dedication this past Intersession in designing and delivering unique learning experiences for our students around the world!

Faculty-Led Sundance Program

The International Center in collaboration with Dr. Eric Pierson and Dr. Roger Pace, organized the Faculty-Led Sundance program that took place in Park City, Utah during the Sundance Film Festival. Through this experience students were exposed to both the art of filmmaking and the business side of the film industry and challenges them to consider both their local and global community from a different point of view.

International Center Faculty-Led Undergraduate Courses

  • Buenos Aires, Argentina: Alejandro Meter, Eileen Daspro
  • Gottingen, Germany: Frank Jacobitz
  • Hong Kong, China: Daniel Lin, Alan Gin, Florence Gillman
  • Euro Tour: Randy Willoughby
  • London, England: Diane Keeling, Michael Ichiyama, Abe Stoll
  • Cusco, Peru: Perla Myers
  • Mbarara, Uganda: Jim Bolender
  • Pune, India: Vidya Nadkarni, Joel Gruber
  • Auckland, New Zealand (Second Year Experience – SYE): David De Haan, Craig Barkacs, Linda Barkacs, Lark Diaz, Andrew Narwold
  • Florence, Italy (Second Year Experience – SYE): Alex Kull, Molly McClain, Joseph Provost, Ivan Ortiz, Michael Kelly, Daniel Lopez-Perez

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Office of Undergraduate Research Events and Activities

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (OURMA) Recipients We are excited to announce the 2018/2019 OURMA recipients Dr. Jena Hales (Department of Psychological Sciences; Junior Award) and Dr. Ryan McGorty (Department of Physics; Junior Award) and Dr. Lukasz Pruski, the 2018/2019 Glenn D. White, Jr. '78 Faculty Research Award recipient (Mathematics Department). Additionally, we would like to recognize all the nominees and thank them for their commitment to fostering the next generation of researchers!

The Outstanding Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (OURMA) recognizes research mentors that bring respect and excellence to the practice of mentoring undergraduates in research and scholarly activities, and have a longstanding commitment to the development of research scholars.

OUR Faculty Spotlight

Please help us thank the Faculty Directors of the Office of Undergraduate Research Programs. We are grateful for their time and commitment to supporting students in undergraduate research, scholarly activities and creative works.

  • Beckman
    Lauren Benz, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • PURE
    Divya Sitaraman, Psychological Sciences
  • SURE
    Creative Works Scott Ripley, Theatre
  • Engineering, Math and Computer Sciences
    James Kohl, Mechanical Engineering
  • Life and Physical Sciences
    Valerie Hohman, Biology
  • Social Sciences
    Susannah Stern, Communication Studies
  • Humanities
    Joel Gruber, Theology and Religious Studies

Funding for Research

Applications are now being accepted for SURE Scholars and Beckman Scholars, Information about the scholarships/programs, eligibility, application materials required and deadlines can be found on the OUR webpage and the OUR mySanDiego portal.

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Recent Grant Awards

Eric Austin, Administrative Director, Legal Clinics, received $182,170 from The State Bar of California. These funds will be used for the Civil Clinic and Immigration Clinic.

Jane Georges, PhD, Dean and Professor, and Cheryl Butera, PhD, Director of Innovative Learning and the Dickinson Nursing Simulation Center & Associate Professor, School of Nursing, received $45,031 to fund equipment for the new Nursing Simulation Lab. The lab simulates both inpatient and outpatient settings to ensure nurses are educated in the precise healthcare settings they will encounter after graduation.

Gail Heriot, JD, Professor of Law, School of Law, received $80,000 from Sarah Scaife Foundation. These funds will be used for her project titled “Civil Rights Project.”

Amitkumar Kakkad, PhD, Director, Center for Peace and Commerce and Clinical Professor of Operations Management, and Rachel Christensen, MPA, Assistant Director, Center for Peace and Commerce received $33,000 from Boisson Consulting. These funds will be used for their project titled, “Tire Recycling Innovation Competition pilot.”

Ann Mayo, DNSc, Professor and Nursing Researcher, received additional funding of $15,876 from the California Department of Public Health Alzheimer’s Disease Program. This research will continue to explore the pattern of cognitive change in spousal and AD caregivers compared to non-caregivers, to compare Hispanic and non-Hispanic caregivers on pattern of cognitive change, and to compare the two groups on whether additional variables and AD risk factors moderate the relationship between caregiver stress and cognitive change.

Mitchell Malachowski, PhD, Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry, received additional funding of $22,555 from the Council of Undergraduate Research. These funds will continue to work towards the overarching goal of this project: to intensively work with 12 institutions and 24 departments over a sustained, five-year period to achieve transformations in the STEM learning environment driven by scaffolding research into the undergraduate curriculum, integrating undergraduate research into faculty workload and rewards structures, and building an enduring model of faculty leadership in synergy with administrative leadership.

Cid Martinez, PhD, Associate Professor, College of Arts and Sciences Sociology Department, received additional funding of $5,068 from the City of Sacramento. These funds will continue to examine policing and gun violence in Sacramento, CA. Specifically the study will assess (1) community perceptions of the police overall, (2) residents’ experiences with the police, (3) community perceptions of the police with respect to the use of force, (4) citywide perceptions of police on other issues, including neighborhood service, responsiveness, effectiveness and general public safety, (5) measurements of police/community interactions, particularly the quality of police interactions based on personal interactions or based on what has been heard from a third party, and (6) how these interactions have played out including approval/disapproval of how the police handled situations with documentation of specific language and behavior.

Jennifer Mueller, PhD, Associate Professor of Management, School of Business, received $453,244 from U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. These funds will be used for her project titled “Overcoming the Bias against Novelty in High Reliability Organizations.”

Mysty Rusk, Director, The Brink Small Business Development Center, received $221,000 from Southwestern Community College District. The funds from the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) will be used to expand consulting services offered to clients. The Brink Small Business Development Center maintains a comprehensive small business assistance program for innovation based companies that provides: consulting and training for growth-oriented entrepreneurs.

Venkat Shastri, PhD, De Sanctis Professor of Engineering and Entrepreneurship, Director of Industry Partnership, School of Engineering, received $749,802 from the U.S Department of Commerce. These funds will be used for his project titled, “Expanding the San Diego regional energy innovation network to underserved areas in southern California.”

Emily Young, PhD, Executive Director, The Nonprofit Institute, School of Leadership and Education Sciences (SOLES) received $175,000 from The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). These funds will support the San Diego Regional Climate Collaborative in partnership with The San Diego Foundation and The Tijuana River Estuarine Research Reserve in support of the project titled “Regional Collaboration to Advance Transportation System Resiliency.”

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The Kroc School — Announcements

The second installment of Kroc Insight, a new publication series from the Kroc School's Institute for Peace and Justice (Kroc IPJ), explores the crucially important, behind-the-scenes interactions that help to make formal peace negotiations possible — and the role women play in building lasting peace. Learn more about this under-documented part of peace negotiations and how women are gaining access to the "invisible table" to influence peace talks. View the new Kroc Insight now.

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