February 10, 2020

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Lynn Mahoney

Investiture set for Wednesday, March 18

The investiture ceremony for the University’s 14th president, Lynn Mahoney will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, in the McKenna Theatre. Doors open at 2:30 p.m., and the ceremony begins at 3 p.m. A reception will follow. There will also be a campus reception preceding the ceremony from noon to 2 p.m. at Malcom X Plaza. More information is available at investiture.sfsu.edu.


Federico Ardila

Mathematical Association of America honors professor

Professor of Mathematics Federico Ardila has won the Mathematical Association of America’s Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo Award, which recognizes outstanding educators. The award was presented to Ardila last month in Denver at the Joint Mathematics Meetings, the world’s largest gathering of mathematicians.

Ardila credits his SF State students with inspiring his continuing enthusiasm for teaching.

“Their diverse, critical and generous perspectives have completely transformed my worldview and my understanding of our work as educators,” he said. “Working with them keeps my spirit young and my heart full.”


Woman speaking in a boardroom to a group of people.

Study finds women’s speech more detailed than men’s

Listen to male and female managers talk to their subordinates, and you’ll likely hear some differences, says Assistant Professor of Management Priyanka Joshi. Research by Joshi, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, shows that communication differences between men and women all come down to the details. Female managers tend to give specific, concrete direction and may provide employees with an action plan, Joshi says. Male managers may skip the details entirely and talk about the big picture or the larger purpose — a linguistic pattern that Joshi and her collaborators found replicated in a variety of communication contexts.

Joshi and her coauthors conducted six separate studies, which included a review of previous studies, controlled experiments, an analysis of more than 600,000 blog posts from Blogger.com and transcripts of speeches by U.S. legislators. These diverse communication scenarios allowed Joshi to test whether audience size and proximity, the speaker’s relationship to the audience and the level of power the speaker wielded contributed to the speaker’s communication style. In nearly every setting, men spoke more abstractly than women, the study revealed.

Joshi landed on this topic while studying something broader: the leadership styles of men and women. Despite evidence that a concrete communication style, commonly used by women, is effective, they are less likely to emerge as leaders. Joshi wondered why.

“Our implicit theories of leadership are more masculine than feminine,” she concluded. “Men speak more abstractly, and they are more likely to be leaders, so we inherently form links between speech abstraction and leadership.”

Harvard Business School Associate Professor of Business Administration Laura Huang, University of Southern California (USC) Associate Professor of Management and Organization Cheryl J. Wakslak and USC Assistant Professor of Marketing Gil Appel coauthored the study.


Research and scholarly grant opportunities 

The SF State Research and Scholarly Activity Fund aims to support the creation of new or ongoing research projects and scholarly activities (including creative works and community-engaged activities) that encourage application to externally funded opportunities and/or bring external recognition to the principal investigator and the University. Two separate grant opportunities are currently available.

Faculty who are creating new projects, new scholarship activities or new creativity directions are encouraged to apply for a Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grant, funded by the CSU Chancellor’s Office.

Faculty who are engaged in continuing work (e.g., preparing a scholarly manuscript for publication, completing creative work, conducting data analysis) or other scholarly work (e.g., pilot data) leading to external funding proposals are encouraged to apply for an ORSP (Office of Research and Sponsored Programs) Small Grant.

Key dates to remember:

  • Submission deadline: 5 p.m. Friday, March 20 — no exceptions
  • Anticipated announcement of funded proposals: summer 2020
  • Earliest anticipated start date for awards: July 2020

More information is available on the ORSP website.


Academic Senate report

The SF State Academic Senate met on Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Seven Hills Conference Center. A summary of the meeting follows.

  • The senate approved unanimously the formation of a task force on teaching effectiveness.
  • The senate approved unanimously revisions to #F17-249, the First-Year Experience Committee policy.
  • The senate approved unanimously the proposals for M.A. degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and Early Childhood Education and an M.S. degree in Quantitative Economics.
  • The senate approved by general consent curricular revisions to the M.A. in Special Education, the minor in Linguistics and the M.S. in Business Analytics.
  • The senate heard in first reading a proposed graduate certificate in Sustainable Business and proposed revisions to #F98-204, Policy and Guidelines for Offering Existing SFSU Degrees via College of Extended Learning.
  • Guidelines for curriculum proposals going before the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee and guidelines on Bulletin copy came as information items.

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


Become a Safe Zone ally

The SF State Safe Zone Ally program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for the campus LGBTQ+ community. The Safe Zone Ally program’s mission is to foster a safe campus environment by building a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone allies are active and visible volunteers who are open to talking to members of the LGBTQ+ community in a safe and supportive environment. To become a Safe Zone ally, volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that are offered throughout the year. The next training will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 3. A light lunch will be provided. For further details or to RSVP for the training, contact Rick Nizzardini at rnizzard@sfsu.edu or ext. 5-4415. (You must pre-register in order to participate). For more information about the Safe Zone Ally program visit safezone.sfsu.edu.


New Mashouf Wellness Center payroll deduction feature

The Mashouf Wellness Center understands the importance of living a healthy lifestyle and knows that it can sometimes be challenging to do it alone. That’s one reason why the center created the M.O.V.E (Motivate Others Via Exercise) initiative. As of this semester the center has the ability to add a spouse or partner onto a new or existing payroll deduction. Faculty and staff can enroll on payroll deduction for $46 per month and sponsor their spouse or partner for $48 per month. Both deductions will be taken out of the faculty or staff member’s payroll. For more details on payroll deductions, please visit the Campus Recreation website or contact Ryan Samuels at rsamuels1@sfsu.edu.


Deadline for Civic & Community Engagement Award nominations Feb. 14

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement will be accepting nominations for the annual Civic & Community Engagement Awards Ceremony until 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. Help recognize students, faculty, staff and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through service and community-engaged scholarship. For more information, visit icce.sfsu.edu/awards.


Creating a Writing in the Discipline (WID) handout for your students, Feb. 12

Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID), with support from the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning, is sponsoring a hands-on workshop to create a guide that introduces students to the conventions of writing in your discipline. The workshop will be held from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, in HUM 481. The workshop will be led by Professor of Health Education and Director of WAC/WID Juliana van Olphen and English Language and Literature Lecturer Jolie Goorjian.

Since each discipline has its own style, structure and format, come and create a handout for students entering your discipline to guide them as they work with the writing process in your classes. The workshop will consider and address what matters in writing in a discipline and how to share with students discipline-specific writing tasks, conventions, citation styles and formats. The hope is to build a library so that instructors across campus can refer to your guide to better understand writing in the disciplines. Lunch will be served, and lecturers will receive a small honorarium for attending.


Introduction to anthroposophical medicine, Feb. 17

Dr. Robert Gorter will visit campus to discuss anthroposophical medicine from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, in HSS 213. Part of a lecture series sponsored by the Institute for Holistic Health Studies in the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, the talk will cover the history of the field, which pays equal attention to patients’ bodies, souls and spirits. Gorter has practiced and taught medicine at institutions around the world, including the University of California, San Francisco.


Provost’s Arts and Lecture Series, Feb. 19

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the Office of the Provost will host a talk from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the Seven Hills Conference Center as part of the Provost’s Arts and Lecture Series. This latest discussion will cover the amazing research, scholarship and creative activities happening in each of the academic units on campus. Lunch will be provided.


CEETL VOLT workshop, Feb. 19

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) invites you to a Video for Online Learning and Teaching (VOLT) workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in LIB 222. This workshop is part of CEETL’s Equitable Teaching Series (ETS), which explores foundational teaching approaches that foster equity and inclusivity in support of student success. In this workshop you will:

  • Learn how to use video to enrich your teaching practices
  • Create a video demo using University-supported software like CourseStream, Zoom or Camtasia
  • Learn best practices for assembling your own recording space and making higher-quality videos

Register online to reserve your space.

While funds are available, CEETL is able to pay lecturing faculty $50 per participant for each face-to-face and/or synchronous online ETS workshop they complete. For lecturing faculty attending an ETS workshop, please be sure to register, complete the sign-in sheet and fill out the necessary paperwork to receive funding.


Spring QLT Hybrid Teaching Workshop, Feb. 27 through March 3

Join the CEETL team for a Spring QLT Hybrid Teaching Workshop exploring foundational teaching approaches that foster equity and inclusivity in support of student success. Part of CEETL’s Equitable Teaching Series, the three-part workshop will help faculty redesign their courses from traditional modes of instruction to hybrid learning. Faculty will participate in a face-to-face session, asynchronous online activities and a final synchronous online session. The workshop is purposefully organized in a hybrid format so that faculty are able to experience hybrid learning from the student perspective.
The experience will focus on best practices in hybrid teaching while exposing participants to numerous tools. However, because everyone's iLearn to-do list is unique, faculty interested in learning specific how-tos for iLearn tools should email iteach@sfsu.edu for a one-on-one consult.

It is strongly recommended that faculty participate in all three sessions, as each builds on the one preceding it. The workshop includes:

  • Face-to-face session: from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in LIB 286
  • Asynchronous session via iLearn: one to two hours of work anytime between Feb. 27 and March 3 
  • Synchronous session via Zoom: from 1 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 3

Register for this three-part workshop via Qualtrics. While funds are available, CEETL is able to pay lecturing faculty $50 per participant for each face-to-face and/or synchronous online Equitable Teaching Series workshop they complete. For lecturing faculty attending an ETS workshop, please be sure to register, complete the sign-in sheet and fill out the necessary paperwork to receive funding.

Jeung on coronavirus-fueled xenophobia

Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies Russell Jeung was interviewed by USA Today about concerns that anti-Chinese xenophobia is growing due to media coverage of the Wuhan coronavirus. “If you look at social media and some of the news, it’s fear of the ‘Yellow Peril’ all over again,” he said. Jeung hopes the coronavirus won’t lead to reactionary public health policies. But even if that doesn’t happen, damage has been done. “This coupling of xenophobia with health scares needs to be uncoupled,” he said.


Beitiks offers her perspective on MS

Associate Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability Emily Beitiks recorded a personal essay for KQED’s Perspectives series that examines her mother’s struggles with multiple sclerosis. “Multiple sclerosis took my mother’s life. But resenting the disease is complicated. While MS is the reason she died, it’s also the reason I’m alive,” she said. “Getting diagnosed in her late 30s provoked existential questions, and the answer, she found, was to have a second child. But growing up, I didn’t look at my mom the way my kids look at me. She made sure I was aware of her mortality, and as the disease progressed, it made it clear too.” You can listen to or read the essay on the KQED website.


Logan looks at anti-union law firms

Chair and Professor of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan was quoted by the online news publication the Intercept in an article about presidential candidate Joe Biden receiving endorsements from attorneys at union-busting law firms. One of the firms works with large companies such as Google and Ikea to disrupt workers’ unionization efforts. “They’re writing speeches, training supervisors, making video and websites to convey the anti-union message,” said Logan. “They script everything.”


Rubin critiques Embarcadero development proposal

Associate Professor for the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) Jasper Rubin was interviewed by the San Francisco Chronicle about the proposed development of Piers 30-32 at the Embarcadero. The port of San Francisco is looking at proposals to redevelop the piers along with 2.3 acres on the inland side of the Embarcadero known as Seawall Lot 330. The estimated cost to bring the piers alone up to current seismic and safety codes ranges from $185 million to $290 million. “There aren’t many places like it — next to the bridge, with excellent transportation — but it’s a money pit,” said Rubin. “I don’t know how the port thinks that anything can happen.”