Improving How We Teach and Learn

Peter Cowhey, Gabriele Wienhausen, Chancellor Khosla, Suresh Subramani, Brian Schottlaender

The Teaching + Learning Commons is officially open in Geisel Library.  The campus community celebrated the launch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last week.  The Commons evolved from a grass-roots outcome of UC San Diego’s Education Initiative and as part of the Strategic Plan to change and improve how we teach and learn.  At the opening, Chancellor Khosla talked about how the Commons advances our goal to deliver an educational and overall experience that develops well-rounded students and he recognized the faculty who made the Commons possible.

Taking UC San Diego on the Road

Chancellor Khosla with faculty presenters Thad Kousser, Barbara Walter and Rob Knight, and AVC of Alumni and Community Engagement Steph Barry (right)

The latest road show for UC San Diego and You was held in Los Angeles earlier this week with Chancellor Khosla and three distinguished faculty traveling north to connect with alumni and university supporters.  The faculty shared their groundbreaking research – from microbiome to American politics to international security – that is changing our world.  The Chancellor talked about the importance and success of our alumni, as well as our vision to transform UC San Diego to meet the evolving needs of our campus members and benefit our local and global communities.

Recognizing Our Exceptional Faculty

To welcome new faculty to campus and celebrate current faculty career milestones, Chancellor Khosla hosts a special reception at the beginning of each academic year at Geisel University House.  More than 150 faculty attended the event last week.  The Chancellor and Interim Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Peter Cowhey welcomed and congratulated the faculty, emphasizing UC San Diego’s tradition of hiring the world’s best scholars.  Chancellor Khosla also talked about the university’s strategic efforts – from campus investments that fuel multi-disciplinary research to providing world-class facilities and resources – to support faculty in their teaching and research endeavors.

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