December 2, 2019

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Study explores attitudes toward cheating 

A recent study authored by professors at two California State University campuses, including SF State, found that students’ tolerance for cheating has a high probability of bleeding over into their careers later on. That’s concerning to Professor and Chair of Marketing Foo Nin Ho, a co-author of the study. “If [students] have this attitude while they’re in school — that it’s OK to cheat in school — that attitude unfortunately will carry over to the corporate boardroom,” he said.

The study tackles two questions: If students tolerate cheating in the classroom, will they also tolerate unethical behavior in their careers? And what’s shaping these attitudes? Part of the researchers’ intention behind the study was to give educators insight into what’s happening in their classrooms so they can challenge and possibly change student beliefs about cheating.

The fear is that these lax attitudes, if left unchecked, could manifest later as turning a blind eye to unethical business behavior or participating in a cover-up, says the study’s lead author, California State University San Marcos Professor of Marketing and Chair of Management Glen Brodowsky.

To conduct the study, the authors surveyed nearly 250 undergraduate marketing students from Cal State San Marcos and SF State. Students were asked to respond to statements about cheating and ethics such as “It’s cheating to ask another student what was on the test” and “Within a business firm, the ends justify the means.” They were asked to choose a response along a scale that ranged from strongly agree to strongly disagree.

The survey found that students who were more tolerant of cheating in a classroom also demonstrated an openness to unethical behavior on the job. The authors then went a step further and pinned down the underlying forces influencing these attitudes.

Read more about the study on the SF State News website.

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Academic Affairs search for Lam Family College of Business dean

Academic Affairs is conducting a search for the Lam Family College of Business dean. The position is expected to be filled by August 2020.

In April 2018, the Academic Senate revised search committee policy S18-180. Please see the list of search committee members selected based on adherence to this policy. A detailed committee roster including committee chair, complete position descriptions and application procedures are available on the Academic Affairs website. To apply please go to the Isaacson Miller website.

The Search Committee members include the following:

  • Robert Bonner, Assistant Professor, Management
  • Bruce Heiman, Professor, International Business
  • Richard Ho, Graduate Programs Coordinator, Lam Family College of Business
  • Mari Hulick, Associate Professor, the School of Design
  • Colin Johnson, Professor, Hospitality
  • Ming Li, Associate Professor and Chair, Finance
  • Sepideh Modrek, Assistant Professor, Economics and Health Equity Institute (Co-Chair)
  • Amr Shomali, Marketing, Undergraduate Student, Lam Family College of Business
  • Amy Sueyoshi, Dean, Ethnic Studies (Co-Chair)
  • Lori Beth Way, Dean, Department of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning
  • Jackson Wilson, Associate Professor, Recreation, Parks & Tourism
  • Amy Wu, Accounting, Graduate Student, Lam Family College of Business

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New Moves Student Choreography Showcase returns this week

The annual New Moves Student Choreography Showcase will once again present a slew of innovative dance pieces exploring the human condition. The showcase will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 through Dec. 7 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 in the Creative Arts building’s McKenna Theatre. This year’s themes include coping mechanisms, women’s struggles and transformation. Purchase tickets online.

In memoriam: J.E. (Penny) Saffold

It is with sadness that the University announces that Vice President Emerita J.E. (Penny) Saffold, a longtime leader of the SF State community and a tireless advocate for students, has passed away. Saffold served in the University’s administration for 31 years in a variety of roles, including director of student activities, dean of students and vice president for student affairs. She retired in 2012.

During her SF State tenure, Saffold was praised for the personal touch she brought to her work and her dedication to equity in the student experience. She was known for her humor and thoughtful mentorship style, and many students cited her guidance as a reason for their success.

As vice president, Saffold oversaw many University initiatives and guided the campus through tense periods while promoting student leadership. She also played a key role in the development and design of several campus buildings, including a child care center, new student housing and additions to the Cesar Chavez Student Center. As the residential student population increased under her leadership, Saffold shepherded the Division of Student Life into a more central role on campus.

Saffold was an internationally recognized expert in student affairs, and her dedication to providing leadership and educational opportunities for students from underrepresented groups earned her the 2011 Educator of the Year Award from the Golden Gate section of the National Council of Negro Women. Saffold also received the American Association of Higher Education Black Caucus Public Service Award and the 2012 SF State President’s Medal.

Saffold earned her Ph.D. from St. Louis University. She is survived by her wife, Yvonne Brown. Memorial service details will be published in CampusMemo when they become available.

December pay warrant info for employees not on direct deposit

Human Resources would like to remind all SF State employees who currently do not have direct deposit that campus will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 31 (a scheduled payday for the December 2019 pay period.) If you would like to pick up your December 2019 paycheck on Tuesday, Dec. 31, please carefully read, sign and return the Warrant Release Request Form to Human Resources by Tuesday, Dec. 17. Forms can be submitted through email to (attach completed scanned form), campus mail, USPS (at the address below) or walk-in.

Human Resources is located at:
San Francisco State University – Payroll
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 252
San Francisco, CA 94132

Paychecks will be available at the University Police Department (UPD) between the hours of 10 a.m. and noon. Paychecks will only be released to employees who have submitted a signed release form by the due date and who present a valid picture ID. No exceptions will be made. View a map of UPD’s location online. If you do not wish to pick up your paycheck on Dec. 31 or if you have not returned the signature form by the due date, you may pick up your paycheck from your department when campus reopens on Jan. 2, 2020.

A friendly reminder: The December pay period is the first payment for the 2020 tax year. If you have questions regarding live warrant pick-up on Dec. 31, please contact the payroll representative for your area or Agnes Cheng, associate director of Payroll Services, at ext. 5-4359 or

Stat CORR, MAMA meeting, Dec. 2

The campus community is invited to a Stat CORR (Statistics Community of Representative Researchers) and MAMA (Methodology and Multivariate Analysis) meeting from noon to 1 p.m. today in LIB 286. Assistant Professor of Biology Pleuni Pennings will present on “How to Get More Students to Develop Coding Skills.” During the presentation, Pennings will talk about the Big Data Summer Program and the PINC (Promoting Inclusivity in Computing) minor and how each of these helps more biology and biochemistry students learn coding skills. This program is supported by a National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education grant

Alcademics Faculty and Staff Wine Club event, Dec 3

The SF State Alcademics Faculty and Staff Wine Club will host “The Pinnacle of Pinot Noir,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Vista Room, located on the fourth floor of Burk Hall. Kevin Bersofsky, winemaker/owner of Montagne Russe Wines will present the winery’s award-winning wines. This is Montagne Russe’s second visit to our campus wine club. Come join the SF State Alcademics Faculty and Staff Wine Club, toast the winemaker and enjoy some of the best pinot noir out there!

Master of Public Health info sessions in December, February

Do you know any current students or alumni interested in getting a graduate degree in public health? The Department of Health Education will hold the following information sessions for prospective students interested in the Master of Public Health in Community Health Education:

  • Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. via webinar
  • Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, 10 to 11:30 a.m., HSS 306

Register online for either session.

Syllabus application webinars, Jan. 14 & 22

Academic Technology (AT) recently launched an updated version of the Syllabus application, providing instructors with a user-friendly platform for building out new syllabi and allowing them to:

  • Integrate content with campus and department requirements, such as policies, standards, resources and templates for syllabus development
  • Create their own templates for course syllabi or clone any past syllabus
  • Ensure users have access to the most up-to-date version of your syllabi with improved iLearn integration
  • Export syllabi as web- or mobile-friendly syllabus displays, Word docs or hard copies
  • And much more!

AT will be leading a series of webinars in January to help users get acquainted with the new tool and learn more about its features. Dates include:

Visit to learn more about using Syllabus, or go to to begin working.

For additional assistance, contact the iLearn Help Desk at ext. 5-5555 or via email at

First Year Pedagogies for Inclusive Excellence Institute, Jan. 16-17

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) invites eligible lecturer faculty, tenured/tenure-track faculty and graduate teaching associates to join colleagues across campus for a two-day First Year Pedagogies for Inclusive Excellence (FY-PIE) Institute Jan. 16-17. Participants will receive a $500 stipend upon completion.

CEETL invites instructors of record for academic year 2019-2020 for any of the following courses: Oral Communication; Written English Communication; Critical Thinking; Quantitative Reasoning; and First-Year Experience, Life-Long Learning & Self-Development. Register online. For more information about this and other CEETL offerings, please visit the CEETL website or send an email to

Monday, Dec. 2

Film screening: “5B: AIDS Ward”: 9:30 a.m. in LIB 460

Lecture: “Juda, Judaism and Vampirism:” 12:30 p.m. in HUM 415

Recital: vocal students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Tuesday, Dec. 3

University Budget Committee meeting: 9 a.m. in ADM 560

Wednesday, Dec. 4

Recital: piano students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

The Best of Yugoslav Cinema: “Before the Rain”: 6:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theater, Fine Arts building

Theatre: “The Brecht Effect”: 7 p.m. in the Lab (CA 104)

Thursday, Dec. 5

Paralegal Studies Information Session: 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Theatre: “The Brecht Effect”: 7 p.m. in the Lab (CA 104)

Concert: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

New Moves Student Choreography Showcase: 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Friday, Dec. 6

Recital: piano students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Professor Jameson Goldner memorial: 6 p.m. in the Coppola Theater, Fine Arts building

George Oppen Memorial Lecture: Tyrone Williams: 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin Street, San Francisco

Theatre: “The Brecht Effect”: 7 p.m. in the Lab (CA 104)

New Moves Student Choreography Showcase: 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Saturday, Dec. 7

Theatre: “The Brecht Effect”: 2 p.m. in the Lab (CA 104)

Women’s basketball vs. Cal State East Bay: 5:30 p.m. in the Main Gym

New Moves Student Choreography Showcase: 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Men’s basketball vs. Cal State East Bay: 7:30 p.m. in the Main Gym

Sunday, Dec. 8

New Moves Student Choreography Showcase: 2 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

McBride on the JFK assassination

Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride was a guest on the radio show “Talk Louisiana,” which aired on the Baton Rouge NPR affiliate WRKF on Nov. 22, the 56th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. McBride is the author of the 2013 book “Into the Nightmare: My Search for the Killers of President John F. Kennedy and Officer J. D. Tippit,” which details his investigation into Kennedy’s death. “I’ve learned to be skeptical and examine every piece of evidence,” McBride said in the interview. “That’s what I would say to [individuals] who are astonished that people would question the official story. Just look at the evidence.” Listen to the full show online.

Jeung launches new books

Department Chair and Professor of Asian American Studies Russell Jeung discussed his new book, “Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans” (Oxford University Press, 2019), at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center on a recent Sunday (Nov. 24). Co-written with Seanan Fong and Helen Kim, “Family Sacrifices” is based on the first national survey of Asian American religious practices and details how Chinese Americans both carry on and transform their traditions. “Chinese Americans say they’re not religious, but they are pretty religious about how devoted they are to their family,” Jeung said in a recent interview with the website AsAm News. “In this book, we argue that their whole life narrative centers around family.” Jeung will also discuss his other new book, “Mountain Movers: Student Activism and the Emergence of Asian American Studies” (UCLA Asian American Center, 2019), at the Chinese Historical Society of America on Saturday, Dec. 7. Learn more on the society’s website.

Hughes scores award, fellowship

Associate Professor of Kinesiology Charmayne Hughes was recently awarded the Dr. G. Arthur Broten Young Scholars Recognition Award by the Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness for her paper “Eye-hand coordination: A lifespan perspective.” She presented on the paper during the society’s 64th annual conference in Nevada this October. Hughes was also recently awarded a fellowship from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service). The program promotes the exchange of experience and networking among colleges. Hughes will be working with collaborators at Germany’s University of Rostock to examine cognitive and sensorimotor control mechanisms across the adult lifespan.

“Fight the Tower” gets Chronicle nod

A book co-edited by Professor of Asian American Studies and CEETL Faculty Director Wei Ming Dariotis was included in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education “Selected New Books on Higher Education” roundup. The book — “Fight the Tower: Asian American Women Scholars’ Resistance and Renewal in the Academy” (Rutgers University Press, 2019) — was co-edited by UC Davis Associate Professor Kieu Linh Valverde. Seattle University School of Law Professor Carmen Gonzalez called it “a searing indictment of the oppressive working conditions encountered by Asian American women faculty and graduate students.”