Student strike anniversary committee formed
You can help the University mark the 50th anniversary of the 1968-69 student strike and the founding of the College of Ethnic Studies by joining a campus-wide Steering Committee for anniversary events. All members of the SF State community are invited to join the committee, which will guide a yearlong series of on- and off-campus events. The Steering Committee will meet on the first and third weeks of each month between March 2018 and March 2019 and will be led by Professor Kenneth P. Monteiro, interim director of the College of Ethnic Studies’ César Chávez Institute. Participation by Zoom video-conferencing will be possible, as well.
Interested? Contact the Office of the 50th Anniversary at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Program trains faculty to fight “stereotype threat”
Balancing science and personal stories, representatives of SF Build are working to spread techniques for creating more inclusive classrooms through a series of faculty training workshops. An NIH-funded initiative to transform research and teaching at SF State and increase diversity in the biomedical workforce, SF BUILD focuses on the phenomenon of stereotype threat — a fear of confirming the stereotypes people have about you. Triggered by a variety of situations, from being the only student of color in a classroom full of white students to dealing with negative or dismissive comments about one’s identity, it can lead to decreased motivation and lower test scores. For instance, comments like “I don’t see color” can make students of color feel unwelcome, says Professor of Biology and Principal Investigator of SF Build Leticia Márquez-Magaña.
“I’m super colorful,” she said. “If you don’t see color, you don’t see me.”
Another pitfall, she said, can be negative comments that leave no room for growth — like trying to reassure a student who had failed a test by saying, “Not everyone is good at math.” Feedback like that could be especially derailing for students who already have to combat negative stereotypes about their math performance. Instead, instructors can reframe comments in ways that show a path forward while emphasizing that failure is an important part of learning.
Gator named director of new museum
Museum Studies alumna Paige Bardolph has returned to SF State to serve as director of the Global Museum, a new public space maintaining and exhibiting the University’s collections of artifacts from Africa, Americas, Asia, Egypt and Oceania. She began her new job January 31 and is busy preparing the museum’s debut exhibit, scheduled to open April 26. She also serves as a Museum Studies lecturer.
Most recently, Bardolph (M.A., ’11) was associate curator at the Autry Museum of the American West, where she developed large-scale exhibition projects for several years, including serving as lead curator for the award-winning California Continued and the largest renovation in the Los Angeles museum’s history. Her work on the Autry’s The Life and Work of Mabel McKay garnered an Honorable Mention MUSE Award for Media and Technology from American Alliance of Museums.
“For the past three years, I’ve worked with the campus, the College of Liberal & Creative Arts and our students to build the infrastructure of the Global Museum, integrating students into all work efforts to create learning experiences as a central goal,” said Professor Edward M. Luby, director of the Museum Studies Program and the Global Museum’s inaugural director. “I’m excited beyond words to turn over our ‘startup’ museum to such an accomplished museum professional — a graduate of our very own Museum Studies Program — so that the museum’s vision of serving as a vibrant place of education, an emerging center of community and as a steward of irreplaceable cultural collections can be moved forward.”
Sneak Preview 2018 coming up April 7
Sneak Preview, the University's annual open house for newly admitted students, will be held Saturday, April 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine. Prospective students and their parents can learn about SF State's academic programs and majors, student support services and campus life. There will also be campus tours, financial aid information and advice on housing options. Information on college-specific student services and organizations will also be available.
Last year, more than 12,000 prospective students and their families visited campus on Sneak Preview Day. This year, the event is expected to draw even more visitors. It is highly recommended that participants and volunteers take public transportation to campus that day since parking in lots and on surrounding streets will be scarce.
For more information on volunteering, tabling and hosting a campus resource workshop/welcome, please visit outreach.sfsu.edu/sneakpreviewvolunteers. Questions? Contact Student Outreach Services at email@example.com.
Call for nominations: Exceptional Assigned Time Awards
Article 20.37 of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement for the CSU provides a limited pool of funds to be awarded to faculty employees who are engaged in exceptional levels of service that support the CSU's priorities. Faculty members will have received an email recently inviting them to nominate themselves or other eligible members in a letter no longer than two pages. If nominating someone, please include a statement to the effect that the faculty member is not already receiving assigned time for the same general category of supported activity during AY 2018-19. Senate policy F15-271 is on the Senate website and includes details on eligibility, supported activities, review criteria and process.
Awards for AY 2018-19 will be announced in early May. All nominations must be received by the Academic Senate office in ADM 551 no later than 5 p.m., Friday, March 16.
Funding opportunity: PACE Center for Applied Housing Research mini-grants
Generously supported with seed funding from Merritt Community Capital Corporation, an Oakland-based nonprofit intermediary that organizes tax syndication for low-income housing developers, Public Affairs & Civic Engagement's (PACE) new Center for Applied Housing Research (CAHR) seeks to expand faculty research on housing. The goal is to make PACE a central hub where students, policymakers, practitioners and other housing leaders can come together to examine and understand housing in the Bay Area and beyond. Mini-grants will support faculty-led applied research projects generating new knowledge to address pressing affordable housing issues at the state, regional or local levels. Faculty who receive these grant awards will be required to submit a working paper (seven to 10 pages) summarizing their project and the key findings and implications for the field. Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply.
There is a $5,000 maximum budget per grant proposal. A total of $15,000 will be awarded and funds are available for the 2018-19 academic year (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019). Proposals must include: cover page, narrative, statement of previous and current award support, budget and budget justification and current CV. More information, including the full request for proposal, application instructions and templates, can be found the PACE website or the CAHR Proposal Submission Portal.
Vice president for Admin & Finance/CFO candidate visits
Candidates for vice president for Administration & Finance/CFO are visiting campus this week. The campus community is invited to attend their open forum sessions.
- Laura Bulgarelli: Monday, March 5, 2 to 3 p.m., LIB 121
- Phyllis Carter: Tuesday, March 6, 2 to 3 p.m., LIB 121
- Linda Oubré: Thursday, March 8, 2 to 3 p.m., LIB 244
Profiles of each candidate can be found online and will also be available at the presentation venue.
Interested in the candidate presentations but unable to attend? Video recordings of all the forums will be made available. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to put in a request. Feedback will be collected through March 12.
Academic Senate agenda
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to senate officers or University administrators. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m. The agenda will include:
- Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Revision to the Grade Appeals Policy (first reading)
- Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed B.S. in Apparel Design and Merchandising: Concentration in Design (second reading)
- Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed B.S. in Apparel Design and Merchandising: Concentration in Merchandising (second reading)
- Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Student Field Trip Policy (first reading)
- Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Resolution in Support of Experimental College (first reading)
- Executive Committee: Resolution in Support of the Application of Social Justice Principles in University-Owned Rental Units (first reading)
- Strategic Issues Committee: Proposed Revision to the Administrative Search Policy (first reading)
- Student Affairs Committee: Resolution in Support of the Role of the SF-Marin Food Bank in Addressing Food Insecurity at SF State (first reading)
Reminder: Retirement Association travel grants available
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) will still be accepting applications for its 2018 travel grant awards until April 1. The grants will have a maximum value of $500 and are for travel between May 1 of this year and May 1, 2019. Criteria and the application form are available at retire.sfsu.edu. The application must be signed and emailed to all members of the committee:
- Ann Shadwick, chair, email@example.com
- Sheila McClear, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dan McGough, email@example.com
- Gary Penders,firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder: College of Business dean administrative review
The five-year administrative review is underway for the dean of the College of Business, Linda Oubré, and the Administrative Review Committee (ARC) seeks input from members of the campus community. Those interested in participating in the review process should send an email to Mona Sagapolutele at email@example.com or call ext. 8-2571.
Reminder: students sought for Year in Review video
Academic Technology videographers want to capture your students in action for the annual Year in Review video, an inspiring moment that holds the undivided attention of some 40,000 attendees expected to fill AT&T Park for Commencement. Send ideas for opportunities to film students in action to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stat CORR MAMA meeting, March 5
With the prevalence of unstructured text data that's now readily available, the benefits of applying statistical analysis techniques to extract insights from that data has become a key endeavor of today's businesses. A Stat CORR Methodology and Multivariate (MAMA) meeting to be held from noon to 1 p.m. today in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286) will focus on using JMP statistical software to analyze such data. Kevin Potcner, academic ambassador for JMP, will demonstrate how the interactive point-and-click visualization nature of JMP makes it a great tool for teaching. Students with only rudimentary computing skills and statistical/mathematical training can easily perform a variety of statistical analyses, allowing the professor to focus on the insights that can be learned from the analysis of text data.
Faculty and Staff Wellness director meet and greet, March 6
The Faculty and Staff Wellness Program is welcoming its new program director, John Penacerrada, with an informal meet and greet on Tuesday, March 6, in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286) from noon to 1:30 p.m. Penacerrada has more than 20 years of experience in the health and fitness industry and is an expert in exercise science and fitness, corrective exercise therapy and functional training. In addition to his role as the Fit Plus Director, John is also a faculty member with the Kinesiology Department and mentors college students interested in pursuing careers in the fitness/wellness industry. He remains up-to-date with the latest health and fitness research and applies individualized programming for private and group settings. The campus community is encouraged to meet him and other Fit Plus instructors and members.
Visit kin.sfsu.edu/fitplus to learn more about the Faculty and Staff Wellness Program.
SFSU Retirement Association lunch, March 16
Faculty and staff members are invited to join the SFSU Retirement Association for its annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Friday, March 16, at 11:30 a.m. at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco. For registration or more details, contact Zelinda Zingaro at email@example.com.
QLT Course Design Workshop, April 4
Academic Technology invites faculty members to a QLT (Quality Learning and Teaching) Course Design Workshop on Wednesday, April 4, from 1 to 4 p.m. in BH 170. The workshop is designed for faculty who are familiar with iLearn and are building a new course or converting to Hybrid or Fully Online formats. The workshop will provide clear and comprehensive strategies and tools for systematically building an iLearn course from the ground up. Register online.
Taste of the Bay 2018, April 26
The 21st annual Taste of the Bay fundraiser will be held at City View at METREON from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 26. All proceeds from the event -- which will once again feature the best of the Bay Area's restaurant chefs, wineries and beverage and dessert companies -- will benefit the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program and its students. Ready to indulge yourself? Learn more online.
"Year of Conversation" workshops announced
It is the fundamental mission of any university to question, to explore, to engage, to discuss, to educate and to serve as safe harbor of free thought. It is in this context that a Year of Conversation was created. Co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and the Academic Senate, the Year of Conversation initiative offers a platform and structure for the SF State community to explore the question "How to Be a University in a World of Conflict." As part of that effort, proposals were sought for workshops that foster campus conversation and strengthen a shared capacity for mutual understanding, community and engagement. Six proposals were selected, and the workshops have been scheduled for March, April and May. Follow the links to see detailed descriptions and RSVP for specific dates.
- REAL (Race, Equity and Learning in Higher Ed) — English Language & Literature Lecturer Crystal Wong Workshops in LIB 242 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on March 29, April 5, April 19 and April 26. Register online.
- Breathing In, Speaking Up: Contemplative Practices and Social Justice — Communication Studies Assistant Professor Christopher J. Koenig and Assistant Professor of Health Education Jennifer Daubenmier Workshops in LIB 242 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on March 13, April 6, April 23 and May 15. Register online.
- Social Pedagogy Plus: A Model for Addressing Sensitive Social Issues in the Classroom — Professor of Health Education Mickey Eliason, Associate Professor of Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel Sherria Taylor, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Nicole Bolter, Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso, Associate Professor of Health Education Juliana Van Olphen and Associate Professor of Kinesiology Maria Veri Workshops in LIB 242 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on March 29, April 5, April 19 and May 3. Register online.
- Race, Whiteness and the Alt-Right — Assistant Professor of Humanities David M. Peña-Guzmán and Professor History Charles Postel Workshops dates and times: TBD (check the Year of Conversation Senate page for updates) Register online.
- MIND THE GAP: The Journey of Seeing the Complete Individual in Ourselves and Others — Assistant Professor of Theatre and Dance Mark Allan Davis Workshops dates and times: TBD (check the Year of Conversation Senate page for updates) Register online.
Gaining Access and Insight Through Reading and Discussing "The Memoir" — English Language & Literature Lecturer Karen Wiederholt and Sociology Lecturer Jennifer Reck Workshops in LIB 242 from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 13, April 10 and May 8. Register online.
All members of the SF State community are invited to participate in these faculty-led workshops and lend their expertise and perspective as their peers explore what kind of institution we are and what our students need from us in order to become tomorrow's leaders. Those who participate are encouraged to sign up for multiple sessions to create continuity. For up-to-date information on workshops, please go to the Year of Conversation Senate page. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
In Memoriam: David Wentura
David Wentura, professor emeritus in the Department of Design and Industry (DAI), passed away in San Francisco on February 20. He started teaching at the University in 1964 and was made an emeritus professor in 1992.
When Wentura joined DAI, the department was transitioning from an industrial arts teacher education degree to include an interdisciplinary-based technology and design-oriented emphasis steeped in liberal arts and community college technical coursework. He was an advisor for department programs and taught interdisciplinary core courses along with single subject teacher education coursework. He co-authored a reader, "The Individual and the University," that was used in the introductory core course colloquium for 20 years; he was particularly proud of that reader and the contribution it made to helping students develop uniquely individual bachelor degree programs of study focused on their specific career direction.
Campus-wide he served as a member of the All University Interdisciplinary Council, New School Committee and the Teacher Education Committee. He represented the University in 1978 as a founding member of the SF State delegation to Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan, doing the ground work for future student and faculty exchanges. Departmentally he was a member of the Curriculum Committee, Asilomar Planning Committee, the HRT and Promotion Committees for years.
Those who worked with him and the many students he advised know he was dedicated to the teaching and learning process university-wide.
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Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) Engineering Program Director Nilgun Ozer was nominated as one of California's Education Champions for her work advancing the participation of underrepresented students in STEM fields. She was honored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson along with the other honorees at a "Breakfast of Champions" celebration last Friday at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Pittsburg, California.
Paper bags honor
Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Colin Johnson's paper "When last minute really is last minute" won third place for the best paper award at Enter 2018, a conference about information and communication technologies in the travel and tourism industry held last month in Jönköping, Sweden. The paper, about "last-minute" travel and tourism deals, was co-authored with two colleagues from the University of Applied Sciences in Sierre, Switzerland.
Hines highlighted for conservation work
Professor of Geography & Environment Ellen Hines was highlighted on the blog of the Marine Conservation Institute this week. The post highlighted her work with endangered species, such as her efforts to map out the risk of ships colliding with marine mammals.
Bagley feels the burn
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jimmy Bagley talked to Women's Health about tricks for emulating new fitness technology in DIY workouts. He gave tips on avoiding overexertion, how to hold positions longer and how to keep up a workout schedule by checking in with friends. "Feeling supported is key to consistency, which is key to getting results," he said.
Levine lights up the room
Emeritus Professor of Computer Science Barry Levine is speaking at an event about a project to teach youth in Kenya the skills they need to build solar-LED light systems, with the dual goals of creating more renewable energy and encouraging entrepreneurial goals in youth. The event will be held on Thursday, March 15, at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.