November 2, 2020

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Sha'Nice Nicole Robinson

Event to explore “The Soul of SF State” 

The campus community is invited to a free virtual event hosted by Black faculty, staff, alumni and current students in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and the global fight against racism and anti-Blackness. “The Soul of SF State” will be held online from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. The session will include time for sharing, learning, connecting needs and resources, communing, and uplifting the incredible insights and talents of our community. Register via Eventbrite. For more information, contact event host Sha`Nice Nicole Robinson (left) at

Three men setting up a research buoy

Estuary & Ocean Science Center program wins environmental award

Bay Shore Studies, an outdoor education program for third through fifth graders coordinated by SF State’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center, was awarded the 2020 Ted Wellman Water Award by the Marin Conservation League. Named for the late environmental activist, the award is presented to those who maintain Wellman’s high standards for protecting and preserving water resources in Marin and the state. Bay Shore Studies received the award for decades of inspiring youth to care for San Francisco Bay. A planned awards ceremony in April was indefinitely postponed due to the pandemic. 

Neda Nobari (left) and Jonas Rivera (right)

Staff and faculty invited to virtual Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony 

Don't miss out as the University welcomes two new distinguished alumni, Neda Nobari (’84) and Jonas Rivera (’96), into the Alumni Hall of Fame. Nobari and Rivera will be honored via a free Zoom event starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. Ben Fong-Torres (’66 and 2003 Alumnus of the Year) will emcee the hour-long ceremony.

Rivera is the first U.S.-born Latinx producer to win two Oscars. Following a successful career in retail fashion, Nobari established the first-of-its-kind Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at SF State. She’s also an inaugural member and current vice chair of the SF State Foundation board, where she has been integral to the foundation’s nationally recognized leadership in socially responsible and “green” investing. Learn more about Nobari and Rivera’s accomplishments on the SF State News website.

Questions about the Alumni Hall of Fame ceremony? Contact Ken Maeshiro at

Staff and faculty invited to participate in food insecurity research

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in a research study conducted by Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics Zubaida Qamar, with collaborator Emily Heying, on the prevalence of food insecurity in employees of higher education institutions and their perceptions of students’ food access. Faculty, staff and administrators are requested to complete this anonymous survey, which will take around 10 minutes to complete. Upon completing the survey, participants can provide their email address in a separate form to enter a drawing for one of two $25 VISA gift cards. Please contact the principal investigators directly via email if you have questions: Zubaida Qamar and Emily Heying.

Excess vacation announcement 

Human Resources would like to remind you that there are maximum credit accrual provisions established by the California State University (CSU) and collective bargaining agreements. Accumulations in excess of the established limits, as of Jan. 1 of each year, shall be forfeited if leave credits are not used by Dec. 31. Log into the SF State Gateway and go to Employee Services to check your leave balance. Leave accrual details are also available on the HR website.

If it appears that you will accrue excess leave, please work with your supervisor to plan time off that will not disrupt University operations, particularly during the month of December and semester’s end. Please note that you may donate up to 40 hours of leave (depending on collective bargaining agreements) in a fiscal year to the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program. Learn more at on the HR website or donate leave by submitting a Catastrophic Leave Donation Form via DocuSign.

ICCE announces 2021 Call to Service grants

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is announcing the 2021 Call to Service grants for activities occurring during calendar year 2021 (Jan. 1 – Dec. 17, 2021). Call to Service grants support SF State faculty and staff in providing service-learning, community and civic-engagement opportunities to students and in disseminating service-learning knowledge, research and findings. The deadline for proposals for all categories is Monday, Nov. 23. Visit the ICCE website for more information and the online proposal submission form.

SF State Emergency Operations Plan update

SF State recently completed a formal review of its Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). The EOP has been updated and posted for review on the Office of Emergency Services website

The University developed its EOP to ensure the most effective and efficient response to emergencies or disasters that may affect the University community. This plan has been developed to reduce the potential impacts of an emergency or disaster on the University, with the response priorities of saving lives, protecting property and safeguarding the environment. This plan establishes the emergency organization, assigns tasks, specifies policies and general procedures, and provides for coordination of efforts of emergency staff and service elements utilizing the California Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Incident Management System (NIMS).

University Tenure and Promotion Committee nominations open

The nomination period for a special election for a representative to the University Tenure and Promotion Committee (UTPC) is now open for a tenure/tenure track faculty from the College of Health & Social Sciences, Lam Family College of Business or Library. Learn more about the open positions and the nomination process by reviewing the information below. If you would like to submit a nomination for yourself or someone else, please do so by Friday, Nov. 13, to ensure inclusion on the ballot.

Begin the nomination process via Qualtrics.

Review committee information on the website of the Academic Senate.

Any questions can be directed to the Office of the Academic Senate at

Voting open for Student Fee Advisory Committee staff representative, Nov. 2-4

The Student Fee Advisory Committee (SFAC) is a shared governance body composed of students, faculty and administrators that considers proposals for the establishment and/or adjustment of various student fees and makes recommendations to the University president. The committee meets a minimum of four times per year with additional meetings scheduled as necessary. The staff representative is a member of the University’s non-faculty, non-management staff who, by virtue of their employment position, routinely interfaces directly with students and who bears a comprehensive understanding of the current student experience. Review candidate statements and cast your vote on the SFAC website.

Nominees for Appointment

Christine K. Hintermann
Instructional Support Assistant, Kinesiology
College of Health & Social Sciences

Gilberto Ramon Ramirez
Administrative Analyst/Specialist
Fiscal Affairs

Khaled Amin Ezzat
Student Services Professional III
Division of Graduate Studies

Ryan Samuels
Administrative Analyst/Specialist 
Campus Recreation

All non-faculty and non-management staff members may cast a vote via Qualtrics for one nominee for appointment to the SFAC.

Faculty adoptions due — winter, spring 2021

The Oct. 31 deadline for textbook orders for spring and winter 2021 has officially passed. A reminder notice with detailed information was emailed to all departments on Oct. 1. Faculty members should check with their academic coordinator or department chair if they did not receive the reminder. If the SF State Bookstore does not hear from you soon, they will begin the “auto-adopt” process starting early November wherein courses will be updated with information from prior semesters if the same faculty of record is teaching the course.

Orders can be submitted through Follett Discover in the SF State Gateway  or emailed to It is equally important to notify the Bookstore if no course materials are required or recommended and if your course/section is ZCCM. Please share this information with the Bookstore as soon as possible so your course(s) can be updated prior to students beginning early enrollment.

Academic Senate agenda

The SF State Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, virtually via Zoom for its fifth meeting of the academic year. Visitors who wish to attend please contact the senate office at for a Zoom link. The agenda includes:

  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee (APC): Resolution Calling for Eliminating the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Requirement, and Revision to S19-264: Online Education Policy, both in second reading.
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee (SAC): Revision to S16-121 Board of Appeals and Review Policy, in second reading.
  • Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee (SIC): Resolution in Support of Research, Scholarships and Creative Activities as a Core Academic Committee, in second reading.
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC): New Policy Resolution on RTP, in first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee (CRAC): New B.A. in Ethnic Studies; New Graduate Certificate in Computational Linguistics; and Elevation of the B.A. in English: Concentration in Creative Writing to a B.A. in Creative Writing, all in first reading.
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council (EPC): Proposal for Discontinuance of the M.A. in German, Proposal for the Discontinuance of the M.A. in Italian, and Proposal for the Discontinuance of the M.A. in Japanese, in second reading.

The full agenda, meeting materials and minutes can be found on the senate website

CEETL “Teaching Large Online Classes” micro-course, November & December

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) is offering an online micro-course focusing on teaching and engaging students in large online classes. Micro-courses are short courses focused on one topic. The format is primarily asynchronous with one optional Zoom session that will include SF State faculty sharing their own successful teaching strategies. In the “Teaching Large Online Classes” micro-course, participants will discuss best practices to foster inclusion and student interaction in high-enrollment online classes; explore assessment strategies for large student groups online; and reflect and share methods they plan to use in teaching large online classes.

Faculty participants will receive $250 (pre-tax), and GTA participants will receive $110 (pre-tax) for completing the course. The course is expected to take three to four hours to complete, with an optional synchronous Zoom session. Register for the fall session, which will run from Nov. 9 to Dec. 7, with an optional synchronous Zoom session from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10. Please note that space for the course is limited, but CEETL will host a second session in January (dates TBD).

CEETL “Synchronous Online Teaching” micro-course, November & December

CEETL is also offering an online micro-course focusing on a technical introduction and best practices for teaching online with Zoom. In the “Synchronous Online Teaching” micro-course, participants will identify best practices around etiquette, privacy and security in Zoom sessions and consider how those might be applied to their own courses; share strategies for engaging students in Zoom; and examine principles of low-bandwidth teaching and resilient course design through the lens of synchronous teaching.

Faculty participants will receive $250 (pre-tax), and GTA participants will receive $110 (pre-tax) for completing the course. The course is expected to take three to four hours to complete, with an optional synchronous Zoom session. Register for the fall session, which will run from Nov. 9 to Dec. 7 with an optional synchronous Zoom session from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13. Please note that space is limited, but CEETL will host a second session in January (dates TBD).

“Converting from SPSS to R in Classroom Instruction,” Nov. 2

Converting from SPSS to R in classroom instruction is possible. Professor of Biology Ed Connor will lead a discussion exploring how he made the switch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today via Zoom. Converting from SPSS to R in Classroom Instruction” will explore R scripts and R markdown, along with descriptions of how Connor’s students have fared. RSVP to Rick Harvey at or simply attend the discussion via Zoom.

The discussion is presented by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers (CORR) Research Cluster. Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills.

STS Hub reading group, Nov. 6

The Science, Technology and Society (STS) Hub reading group welcomes everyone to explore work at the intersections of science, technology and social justice. At 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, the group will discuss “Not in the Mood” by Sara Ahmed and “No Humans Involved: An Open Letter to My Colleagues” by Sylvia Wynter. If you are interested in joining, please email Julietta Hua for the readings and a Zoom link. For more information visit the STS Hub website.

“Applying Your International Experience to Your Future Career,” Nov. 6

Ever wonder what our students do after graduation? Check out the panel discussion “Applying Your International Experience to Your Future Career,” which will feature SF State students who’ve studied abroad talking about where they are in their careers now and how study abroad helped them get there. Faculty, staff and students are invited to either of two sessions: from 9 to 10 a.m. or from 4 to 5 p.m., both Friday, Nov. 6. RSVP via Qualtrics.

“Budgeting for Life and Overseas Travel,” Nov. 6

SF State students will share how they were able to study abroad economically via an online presentation 2 p.m Friday, Nov. 6. “Budgeting for Life and Overseas Travel” will offer guidance on making study abroad affordable to all. RSVP via Qualtrics

Alumna, former faculty member named Cal State East Bay president

The CSU Board of Trustees has appointed SF State alumna and former faculty member Cathy A. Sandeen (M.A., ’81) to serve as president of California State University, East Bay. Sandeen earned a master’s degree in broadcast communication from SF State in 1981 and taught courses in communication, mass communication, new communication technology, radio production and video production at the University from 1981 to 1989. “I am excited to welcome a Gator back to the CSU and the Bay Area,” said SF State President Lynn Mahoney. “I look forward to working with President Sandeen to provide opportunity and access to an education that will lift our students and our communities in the years to come.” Sandeen has served as chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage since 2018. She has experience in higher education during which she also served as chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension. She will assume her new role at Cal State East Bay on Jan. 4, 2021.

Sueyoshi discusses exhibit on Japanese American LGBTQ pioneers

Dean of Ethnic Studies Amy Sueyoshi is co-curator of “Seen and Unseen,” a new online historical exhibition exploring the lives of Japanese American LGBTQ pioneers. Sueyoshi discussed the exhibit in a recent Nichi Bei article, describing how the exhibit examines the history of gender and sexual identity among Japanese Americans. “One of the arguments we make is that, in fact, same-sex sexuality, as well as what they call gender impersonation back then, was quite prevalent and also accepted to some degree in the Japanese immigrant community,” Sueyoshi said. “It’s not to say that same-sex sexuality and gender impersonation were embraced and totally lauded — that’s not what we’re seeing necessarily — but it was actually common in the Japanese American press and it wasn’t necessarily written about pejoratively.”

Hayduk offers voting history reminders

Professor of Political Science Ron Hayduk, the author of “Democracy for All: Restoring Immigrant Voting Rights in the U.S.,” was recently on an episode of the podcast “Flash Forward” to discuss the history of voting in the U.S. When the U.S. was founded, only a small fraction of citizens could vote, Hayduk points out. Early voting was limited to white males who owned land. “People who actually voted for George Washington and Thomas Jefferson comprised, maybe, 20 percent of the 18 year and older folks. So it was a majority ruled by the minority,” he said. “And over time, the property-less white males were included. [They] fought their way for inclusion.” Listen to the full interview on the Flash Forward website.

Ward Serves on Fulbright Taiwan IEA Peer Review Committee

On Friday, Oct. 16, Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Jay Ward served as a member of a Peer Review Committee for applications received for the 2021-21 competition of the highly competitive and prestigious Fulbright U.S. Scholar Taiwan International Education Administrators (IEA) Program. Ward’s commitment as a committee member was immensely appreciated by applicants, the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the U.S. Department of State. Administered by IIE, the IEA seminars help U.S. international education professionals and senior higher education officials create empowering connections with the societal, cultural and higher education systems of other countries. Grantees have the opportunity to learn about the host country’s education system as well as establish networks of U.S. and international colleagues over the course of an intensive two-week grant duration. Grantees return with enhanced ability to serve and encourage international students and prospective study-abroad students.