CTE Grading Break Zoom Faculty Get-Together

CTE Grading Break Zoom Faculty Get-Together

Wednesday, May 13 | 12:00 – 1:00pm

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For the past several years, CTE has hosted a grading retreat at the end of each semester to provide fuel and motivation for the sometimes onerous task of grading. After all, there's nothing quite like shared meals, bottomless pots of coffee, and the camaraderie of fellow graders to help power through the end-of-semester grading ritual!This semester, we can't gather in person for meals and group grading. But we can still enjoy the community of our awesome faculty colleagues by taking a grading break together. Please join CTE on Wednesday, May 13 from noon to 1:00 p.m. for a BYOL (bring your own lunch) grading break. We'll host a main room for folks to visit and chat with one another, as well as three themed "breakout rooms" for faculty to share observations and thoughts about teaching-related issues that have emerged in this semester's distance-learning environment.Stay for as little or as long as you'd like. Lurkers welcome! RSVPs appreciated but not required.

Faculty Panel Discussions COVID-19

Faculty Panel Discussions COVID-19

From March - May 2020, Members of the USF faculty took part via Zoom in a series of panels that explore COVID-19 from a range of scholarly lenses. These panels aim to bring together the USF community, drawing on our faculty’s scholarly perspectives and expertise across disciplines, to help make sense of COVID-19 and to explore what a scholarly community dedicated to Jesuit values can offer in terms of education and support during COVID-19.

Please find panel descriptions listed below. Descriptions of all the panels with panelist biographies and more information are available here:

Panel Descriptions and More Information

Links to recordings of these panels are available. Please contact the Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) at cte@usfca.edu.


Psychological Impacts of COVID-19: Understanding and Emerging from Crisis

Marginalized Communities in Times of Crisis

Tuesday, March 24, 12–1:15 p.m

In a discussion moderated by Shabnam Koirala-Azad, dean of the School of Education, Associate Professor Genevieve Leung (CAS), Associate Professor Hsiu-Lan Cheng (SOE), and Assistant Professor Daniela Domínguez (SOE) discuss the possible impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. Providing a historical and socio-political lens, the panel explores the treatment of vulnerable communities, focusing on the mental health ramifications as well as the ways xenophobia, profiling, and microaggressions are currently impacting marginalized communities.

Public Health and Global Security in the Time of COVID-19

Thursday, March 26, 12–1:15 p.m.

In a discussion moderated by School of Nursing & Health Professions Statewide MPH Director Taryn Vian, PhD (SONHP), Assistant Professor Marie-Claude Couture (SONHP), Professor Barbara Sattler (SONHP), and Professor Sangman Kim (CAS) provide perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic through the lenses of epidemiology, immunology, and public health. Why are some populations at greater risk than others? How can testing and data be better utilized in responding to the pandemic? What is being done to protect public health workers? What can be done to improve our response?

The Economy and the Common Good in Times of Pandemics: International Perspectives

Wednesday, April 8, 12–1:15 p.m

Stephen Roddy, Professor and Chair of Modern & Classical Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences, moderates this panel of the series. School of Management Professors Marco Tavanti, Sweta Chaturvedi Thota, and Xiaohua Yang, come together to discuss socioeconomic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic from different historical and contemporary perspectives.

Art, Music, and Poetry in the Time of Social Distance

Tuesday, April 14, 12–1:15 p.m

In a discussion moderated by assistant professor Laleh Khadivi (English), assistant professor Byron Au Yung (Performing Arts), assistant professor Liat Berdugo (Art + Architecture), professor Sergio De La Torre (Art + Architecture), and professor Dean Rader (English) discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their creative works and emergent challenges facing artists, composers, and writers. Providing a cultural and socio-political lens, the panel shares excerpts of music, video, poetry, and art to explore and expose our day to day lived experiences of the pandemic—from notions of isolation, normalcy, community, and distance to the larger impacts this has had on vulnerable groups.

COVID-19: Navigating the New World of Work

Thursday, April 16, 12–1:15 p.m

Faculty from the School of Management’s Organization, Leadership and Communication department will discuss the changing and unchartered world of work that employees and managers around the world are navigating. Rebekah Dibble, Kevin Lo, Courtney Masterson, Jennifer Parlamis, and Richard Stackman will explore the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on employees’ perceptions of themselves and their work, teams’ communication and collaboration, and organizations’ structure and practices. How has the purpose and meaning of work shifted? How can teams work together safely and effectively on the frontlines and virtually? How can organizations simultaneously prioritize productivity and employee well-being?

Writing in this Moment

Tuesday, April 21, 12:15–1:30 p.m

How do we write about, and during, this time of uncertainty? How do we focus on our writing when we are navigating so many personal and professional roles?  In a discussion moderated by Associate Professor Michael Rozendal (Rhetoric and Language), Professor Lara Bazelon (Law), Associate Professor Rick Ayers (Teacher Education), and Professor Susan Steinberg (English), will discuss the impact of COVID-19 on their writing practice, creative works, and public scholarship. Through personal, academic, cultural and socio-political perspectives, the panel will share examples of writing practice and some of the challenges and tensions writers face. They will entertain suggestions and questions about the writing projects of audience members, such as approaches to journaling, blogging, and other writing relevant to the moment we find ourselves in.

Misinformation and COVID-19: A Critical Data Science Approach

Wednesday, April 29, 12–1:15 p.m

In a discussion moderated by David Uminsky (USF Data Institute, Math), Rachel Thomas (Center for Applied Data Ethics) and Jeremy Howard (Wicklow AI and Medical Research dInitiative) will address how information, misinformation, and data science have played a critical role in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfolding in the age of social media and data science, Covid-19 has produced data, research and media at a volume and speed not seen in previous pandemics. As such, this pandemic poses a unique risk of amplifying danger through widespread misinformation, while at the same time, driving groundbreaking research and rapid dissemination. This panel of data scientists will address the power of bringing a multidisciplinary perspective to address open questions at the intersections of public health and the mediascape, such as on the efficacy of masks and the consequences of the rapid spread of misinformation through mainstream and social media. The panel also aims to address next phases in the pandemic, including ethical considerations of contact tracing and privacy concerns.

Psychological Impacts of COVID-19: Understanding and Emerging from Crisis

Thursday, May 7, 12–1:15 p.m.

In a discussion moderated by June Madsen Clausen, Senior Associate Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, Professor John E. Pérez (CAS), Assistant Professor David Martínez (SONHP), Assistant Professor Joyce Yang (CAS), and Assistant Professor Farima Pour-Khorshid (SOE) will discuss the collective and individual psychological impacts of COVID 19. Using their research and expertise, the panel of faculty will focus on the effects of this crisis on mental health and they will help us explore ways we can restore well-being for our community.

*These events are sponsored by the Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence, by the Center for Research, Artistic, and Scholarly Excellence, and by the Office of International Initiatives in partnership with the School of Nursing & Health Professions, the School of Education, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Management. Additional panels are being planned with the School of Law.*

Spring 2020 Syllabi Templates from the College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences shares revised CAS syllabus guidelines on a new, one-stop curriculum resources page, developed over the course of a semester by a CAS faculty working group. This page includes the guidelines (with explanations of each item), a checklist (without the explanations), and two versions of the rules/regulations that you can cut and paste into your syllabi (one for online syllabi and one for paper syllabi), along with other information about curriculum that may not be directly related to syllabi.

You can download Spring 2020 CAS syllabi templates for M/W/F, T/R, M/W, and once-a-week schedules by clicking the button.

A&S Syllabi Templates

Call for Spring Reading Circle Proposals

Submit your proposal for a CTE Reading Circle by Nov. 1

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Pedagogy Trick & Treat

Join us on November 1, 2018 from 3–4:30 in Malloy 230

Celebrate the fall holidays at the Pedagogy Trick & Treat, where faculty convene to cultivate and conspire ... all around teaching, of course! This energizing session is about sharing our best tips, tricks and treats of teaching and will be rowdy and informative, fun and inspiring all at once. We'll follow Read more ...

Grading Retreat

Join us for a grading retreat with your peers! The group setting will provide motivation and the CTE will provide the fuel in the form of breakfast and lunch. We'll make sure to have coffee too. We think the best way to tackle the overwhelming (and perhaps onerous) task of grading is with support! Read more ...

Dr. Pamela Flash Visits USF for Writing-Enriched Curricula Talk and Workshop

Writing-Enriched Curricula Fall Talk and Workshop

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Fall 2019 Syllabi Templates from the College of Arts & Sciences

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Writing-Enriched Curricula Talk and Workshop with Dr. Pamela Flash

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Teaching Collaboration Grants

Financial support for faculty innovation!

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