May 13, 2016


CampusMemo schedule

The May 20 edition of CampusMemo will be the last of the spring semester. During the summer, CampusMemo is published monthly on June 17 and July 15. Regular weekly publication will resume in the fall beginning Aug. 19.

Joint agreement reached for Ethnic Studies

President Les Wong and student hunger strikers have signed a letter outlining an agreement regarding the College of Ethnic Studies. The letter can be found online at This letter serves as the University administration and hunger strikers' joint statement regarding the College. As all parties have agreed to honor a silent period through the end of the year, there will be no further public statements.

The agreement will result in an additional investment of $482,806 in support of advancing the College of Ethnic Studies — in addition to the $250,000 commitment for academic year 2016-17 previously made by the President. Read the joint agreement.

Spring Clean-Up, May 31-June 7

Administration & Finance (A&F) will host a Spring Clean-Up to help faculty and staff clear out unwanted items.

Junk item collection

From May 31 through June 7, dumpsters will be placed outside of Hensill Hall and the Fine Arts garage for unwanted items, such as furniture. For help with larger items, submit a work order at and enter "Spring Clean-Up" in the description field of the service request. A&F will cover the cost of those work orders placed from May 31 to June 7. The items will be picked up throughout the summer.

Free e-waste drop off

Drop off e-waste, including old and/or non-working electronics, at the Fine Arts loading dock on June 1 from noon to 2 p.m. and on June 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Be sure to complete and submit the property survey request form prior to drop-off.

Hazardous materials and universal waste

Submit a service request for a free pick up of hazardous materials and other waste. Departments and individuals are encouraged to get rid of chemicals that are no longer needed or used. Examples include old/expired/unknown chemicals, chemical containers that are damaged or nearly empty and other specialty items, such as batteries, lamps or refrigerators. After a work order has been submited, Marsha Elliott, environmental compliance manager for Environment Health and Safety, will follow up to arrange a pick-up time.

The Confidential Data Policy governs items that contain or may contain confidential data, including papers and University-owned electronics with non-volatile memory. Non-volatile memory electronics, working or not, must be disposed of via the University's e-waste vendor or transferred to another University department; they cannot be put in the Goodwill bins. Papers with Level 1 or Level 2 data must be disposed of in secure shred bins. View the e-waste FAQ.

Affordable Instructional Materials funding opportunity

Do you have an idea that can help cut the cost of instructional materials for SF State students? The Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) initiative invites all faculty to submit funding proposals for projects that aim to lower student costs.

Funding will go to faculty and departments proposing projects that target specific courses or programs that currently use high-cost instructional materials, or have historically not used free or low-cost materials. Each SF State faculty member may submit one proposal for funding to support efforts to reduce the cost of learning to students. Multiple faculty may submit program- or department-level proposals as a group.

To review previously awarded projects and hear faculty members tell their stories in their own words, visit the Faculty Showcase page at

Proposals are due by June 30. Funding amounts range from $250 to $2,500 per proposal, depending on projected impact. Submit AIM project proposals at Email questions to

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Communication disorders are among the most common conditions in adults and children and cost the United States billions annually due to lost work productivity, special education and medical treatment. Therefore, during Better Hearing & Speech Month the Graduate College of Education will join the 11,000 audiologists and speech-language pathologists in California to raise awareness and bring better hearing and speech to those individuals affected by communication disorders. As part of that effort, the following events will be held:

Lunchtime talks (free and open to the public):

Free hearing screening tests will also be held. Call Mallorie Desimone at ext. 8-1001 to set up a free appointment.

Available now: Summer 2016 Employee University course registration

Employee University is pleased to announce that summer 2016 course registration has begun. SF State faculty and staff can enroll in one class of their choice by visiting the Employee University courses and registration webpage. Note that each class has limited seating and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes will begin during the second week of June and continue through September. For more information or answers to questions, email The Employee University cohort looks forward to seeing you in class.

Academic Technology Summer Institute 2016

In Academic Technology's two-day summer institutes, participants will explore campus-supported technologies and examine strategies for integrating technology into their courses. This institute is designed for those who are new to iLearn or would like to learn more about the wide array of technology tools and services available to instructors. Participants will practice effective teaching strategies and course design through a variety of collaborative, hands-on, project-based activities. Don't miss this opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues.

Three sessions are offered and will be held in LIB 242:

  • Session 1: June 7 and June 8 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Session 2: July 12 and July 13 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Session 3: Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Register online using the Summer Institute 2016 registration form. Enrollment is limited. Faculty who register by May 27 will receive priority. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Academic Technology welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Contact Nora Scully by May 27 at ext. 5-5539 or for accommodations. Have questions about the event? Email or call ext. 5-5550.

Welcome Days 2016: Save the date and call for programs

Welcome Days 2016 will welcome new students and their families to SF State from Saturday, August 20, to Thursday, August 25, on the main campus. Program session and event requests are now being accepted from those interested in participating as campus partners. In the past, these have been in the form of departmental open houses and student success workshops.

Please click here to access the event and workshop proposal form.

Proposals must be submitted by midnight Monday, May 20. Visit the Welcome Days website for more information. Email questions to

The Welcome Days Planning Committee looks forward to welcoming the entering students with your participation. Go, Gators!

Call for proposals: GWAR Mentoring Program seeks applications

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the fall 2016 GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program, a faculty development program designed to provide support to those new to teaching GWAR while giving experienced GWAR instructors an opportunity for growth and development. Through regular group meetings with fellow mentees and mentors, participating faculty will have the opportunity to share ideas and insights, discuss writing pedagogy and learn about best practices in disciplines across campus.

Eligible mentors will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters and will provide support for GWAR course design, effective GWAR teaching strategies and assessment of student learning. Eligible mentees will teach a GWAR course in the fall, with plans to continue teaching GWAR in future semesters, and will have an interest in intra-disciplinary writing. All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) interested in joining this program for the fall of 2016 are encouraged to apply. Proposals from teams (mentor and mentee) within and across disciplines are highly encouraged.

Those interested in applying should email Juliana van Olphen, professor of health education and director of WAC/WID (professor of health education and director of WAC/WID (Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines) or Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID.

Visit for application guidelines. Applications are due May 20.

Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by June 6 and will be expected to attend an orientation session on Aug. 22.

QOLT Self-Review Workshop Summer 2016

Join Academic Technology (AT) this summer for a half-day workshop dedicated to Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT). These workshops are designed for instructors who currently have a course in iLearn that they would like to improve. Using the QOLT evaluation instrument, AT staff will work side-by-side with faculty to identify areas of improvement for courses. At the end of the workshop faculty will have an actionable revision plan. This process of self-review and revision is the foundation of the QOLT initiative.

This workshop is strongly recommended for anyone intending to earn a QOLT certification and is a precursor to the QOLT Mentorship Cohort program in fall 2016.

Choose one of two upcoming sessions. Lunch and refreshments are included.

  • Session 1: Thursday, June 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LIB 242
  • Session 2: Thursday, July 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LIB 242

Register online using the QOLT Self-Review Workshops registration form for summer 2016. Visit the QOLT Initiative website for more information. Contact or call ext. 5-5550 with questions.

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Tenth annual Documentary for Health and Social Justice screening, May 13

Join student filmmakers, the Health Equity Institute and the School of Cinema for the 10th annual Documentary for Health and Social Justice screening on May 13 in the Coppola Theater. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the screening at 7 p.m. The 2015-16 cohort will present four films (listed by their working titles):

  • "Immigration": Explore how an Oakland high school has adopted a trauma-informed approach to healing and education.
  • "A Mother's Song": Learn how low-income single moms are breaking the cycle of poverty to reach their goals and explore the support structures that are making this possible.
  • "Outspoken Truth": In an after-school program, young students rap about changing the world around them.
  • "United Disciplines": Follow the journey of a small group of college students as they dive into a multidisciplinary education experience.

Documentary for Health and Social Justice is a multidisciplinary film production course offered by the Health Equity Institute and the School of Cinema where students partner with community-based organizations to produce short films.

Unnatural Kinds interdisciplinary workshop, May 16-17

The Department of Philosophy will host "Unnatural Kinds," an interdisciplinary workshop about scientific classification, on Monday and Tuesday, May 16-17. Designer pharmaceuticals, novel nanomaterials, cloned cells and animals, and new methods of storing biological or medical information have broadened the scope of defining "kinds" of things to include those that have been synthetically created. As a result, new questions have arisen: When can one claim to have made something of a new kind? How do we keep track of exponentially expanding chemical, pharmaceutical and material databases? How do contemporary information management systems affect how we conceive of classification and categorization? When can, and when should, extra-scientific regulations limit the synthesis of novel kinds? Such questions will drive the discussions during this two-day event.

Expert speakers will be on hand from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Utah, Nano Precision Medical, Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Alberta, SF State and beyond. For more information or to register, visit the Unnatural Kinds workshop site. Questions? Email

STS Hub meeting, May 17, 3:30-5 p.m. in HSS 361

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Hub engages scholars in medicine, technology, science, health and justice to build, think and collaborate on a variety of events, projects, programs and conversations. The group will meet Tuesday, May 17, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HSS 361. Special guest Charis Thompson from UC Berkeley will join the group to discuss gene editing and recent national political debates convened in Washington, D.C.  Participants are encouraged to view the conference presentation slides, particularly those from Charis Thompson's talk. This will be the final meeting for the semester.

New Frontiers in Visual Impairment, May 18

Join the Friends of Teachers of the Visually Impaired and Orientation and Mobility (TVI and O&M) at SF State on May 18 for a discussion on New Frontiers in Visual Impairment. Featured speakers will include alumnus John Kingston, orientation and mobility supervisor at the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center, and Yue-Ting Siu, the University's new assistant professor of special education and coordinator for the Teachers of the Visually Impaired program.

The event will explore the latest advancements in technology, including 3-D printing and apps that verbally identify items in pictures or recognize faces. Participants will also learn about the latest discoveries in how brain injuries can affect vision. The free event will be held May 18 in LIB 286. RSVP to Sandra Rosen at

Biology hosts ninth annual Personalized Medicine Conference, May 26

The Department of Biology will host its ninth annual Personalized Medicine Conference on Thursday, May 26, at the South San Francisco Conference Center. This year's theme will be "Gene Therapy & Genome Editing." For more information visit The conference is a great networking opportunity for students, faculty and alumni. The registration fee ($25 for students and $50 for faculty) includes refreshments, breakfast, lunch and a reception. Questions? Email Michael Goldman at

International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese, June 4-5

The ninth International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese (ICPLJ9): Japanese Textbook Workshops will be held June 4-5, in the Humanities Auditorium (HUM 133).

Register online for the event. The conference program can also be downloaded from the site by following the "View the Schedule" link toward the bottom.

Questions? Contact ICPLJ9 Director Masahiko Minami.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp

The Department of Kinesiology will again host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will take place on campus June 13 to July 22, Monday through Friday. The department will also host the Gator Start morning program to provide a full-day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) option. For more information or to register, visit or call the Kinesiology Department at ext. 8‑2244.

Summer Youth Sailing and Paddling and Lake Environment camps, June 6-Aug. 12

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism will again host Summer Community Youth Sailing and Paddling Camps for boys and girls ages 8-15 at Lake Merced near campus. All camps are Monday-Friday between June 6 and Aug. 12. They range from half-day sailing camp, half-day kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding camps to full-day sailing and science camps. No prior experience is required and the camps accommodate youth with special needs. For more information or to register, visit

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May 10 final meeting for academic year 2015-16

Following are the action items from the May 10 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announcements:
    • Chair Carleton:
      • The Commencement organizing committee requests faculty and staff to volunteer. Those interested should contact Alumni Relations.
      • A College of Ethnic Studies (CoES) hunger striker was taken to the hospital last night.
    • Senator Pasion: The Department of Biology's ninth annual personalized medicine conference will be held at the South San Francisco Conference Center on Thursday, March 26. SF State faculty and students will receive a substantial discount.
    • Gene Shelberg: The CoES hunger striker was released from the hospital last night and is back on campus.
  • Approved as submitted the minutes from the May 3 meeting.
  • Approved as submitted the agenda for the May 10 meeting.
  • Chair's Report:
    • Challenges and Accomplishments: In academic year 2015-16 the Academic Senate has used the resolution process to reinforce our core values and to initiate communication and start development of policy. Larger accomplishments include the very successful faculty retreat in January; the new vision for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development; and the work creating the UClub, which was in partnership with UCorp and the President's Office.
    • Conveyed the Senate's appreciation to Senator Robertson as (informal) parliamentarian.
    • Conveyed the Senate's appreciation to Emily Goldstein for her diligence and reorganization of the Senate Office.
    • Conveyed the Senate's appreciation to the entire 2015-16 Senate.
  • Heard a report from Katriana Esquibel about changes in the work of the Baccalaureate Requirements Committee: In the fall semester of the academic year, the committee will review proposed courses. In the spring semester of the academic year, the committee will do assessment and recertification of general education (GE).
  • Approved and endorsed the proposed resolution on the Role of Service and Shared Governance at San Francisco State University after moving it to second reading.
  • Approved the proposed resolution in recognition of Alex Katz, which is posted on the Senate website.
  • Approved the proposed resolution in recognition of John Kim, which is posted on the Senate website.
  • Approved the proposed resolution in recognition of Jo Volkert, which is posted on the Senate website.
  • Heard final reports from the standing committees (all posted on the Senate website):
    • Academic Policies Committee: Senator Hammer (chair) presented the report.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Senator Rosegard (chair) presented the report.
    • Faculty Affairs Committee: Senator Sabee (acting for Senator Trogu, chair)) presented the report.
    • Strategic Issues Committee: Senator Azadpur (chair) presented the report.
    • Student Affairs Committee: Senator Schwartz (chair) presented the report.
  • Approved the resolution in recognition of outgoing 2015-16 Academic Senators, which is posted on the Senate website.

Following are the action items from the inaugural 2016-17 Academic Senate Plenary meeting on May 10

The meeting was called to order following the final academic year 2015-16 Senate plenary meeting at 3 p.m.:

  • New senators were welcomed and told that the purpose of the meeting was to elect Senate officers and standing committee chairs.
  • Approved as submitted the agenda.
  • Elected Senate officers for academic year 2016-17:
    • Troi Carleton was elected Senate chair.
    • Sara Hackenberg was elected Senate vice chair.
    • Julia Lewis was elected Senate secretary.
    • Marilyn Mitchell was elected senator at large.
    • Mike Hammer was elected senator at large.
  • Following the election of officers, the first meeting of the 2016-17 session of the Academic Senate adjourned. Members immediately re-assembled into their respective standing committees for the election of committee chairs:
    • Academic Policies Committee: Nancy Gerber
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Eric Rosegard
    • Faculty Affairs Committee: Christina Sabee
    • Strategic Issues Committee: Dylan Mooney
    • Student Affairs Committee: Kim Schwartz

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at

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Administration & Finance

Faculty in the Masters in Public Administration Program (MPA) unanimously selected Vice President and CFO of Administration & Finance Ron Cortez as the recipient of this year's public service professional award. Cortez was chosen because of his dedication to the field of public administration, exemplified by his service to the University. The award will be presented at the MPA end-of-year ceremony on May 26.


Biology graduate student (now alumna) Elizabeth Sheets and Professor of Biology Sarah Cohen wrote the article "Investigating the widespread introduction of a tropical marine fouling species," which was published in the April 2016 (vol. 8, no. 6) issue of Ecology and Evolution. The article and a photo by Sheets (taken while Sheets was a guest at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama) were featured on the cover of the journal. The work was done in collaboration with Senior Scientist Greg Ruiz of the Smithsonian biological invasions lab at the Romberg Tiburon Center and Rosana Rocha, a Brazilian tunicate systematics specialist.


On April 26, 2016, Sudip Chattopadhyay, professor of economics, gave an invited talk at Johns Hopkins University about his latest research titled "Cost of Nurse Practitioners' Scope of Practice Laws."


Ásta Sveinsdóttir, associate professor of philosophy, gave invited lectures at the Eastern American Philosophical Association (APA) in Washington, D.C. in January, and the Central APA in Chicago in March. She will be the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams, Jr. Fellow at the National Humanities Center in Durham, North Carolina, in academic year 2016-17.

Justin Tiwald, associate professor of philosophy, gave talks at the American Philosophical Association meeting in April and another in May at City University of Hong Kong. Tiwald also gave a talk in March at Stanford’s Berggruen Center for Philosophy and Culture. He is a member of the academic board of that center. The Templeton Foundation has awarded Tiwald a full year fellowship for academic year 2016-17.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy Julia Bursten was interviewed for an April 29 feature article on the American Philosophical Association (APA) blog. Bursten also serves as co-chair of the Philosophy of Science Association Women's Caucus.

Secondary Education

Professor of Secondary Education Natalio (Nathan) Avani was elected to a four-year seat on the National Council of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP). The AAUP represents over 450 institutions of higher education in America.

He also presented at the Online Learning Consortium Conference April 19-22 in New Orleans. The title of the presentation was "Diving in: Scaffolding the Online Design Process for Accelerated Change." The presentation was on the development of his fully online course in adolescent development at SF State.

Theatre and Dance

Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Yutian Wong's book "Contemporary Directions in Asian American Dance" was published by the University of Wisconsin Press (May 2016). The anthology is a follow-up to her 2010 book "Choreographing Asian America" and represents the next wave of scholarship on Asian American dance.

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Touching friendship

Cinema Lecturer Jesse Moss spoke about directing "The Bandit," a documentary that was screened at this year's San Francisco International Film Festival, for a May 5 Hoodline article. "I think there's a lot of very serious documentaries in the world, so in a way, it makes sense to close out the festival with something fun," Moss said of his film, which examines the relationship between actor Burt Reynolds and "Smokey and the Bandit" director Hal Needham. "It's a fun story of the making of this silly moonshine picture, but really, inside of it is this story of a very unusual and very somewhat touching friendship."

Evolution of style on May 10 reported on the SF State Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism's "The Diversity Style Guide," which is designed to assist journalists with making their writing more respectful and accurate. The free resource covers around 700 terms linked to ethnicity, immigration, disability, sexuality, gender identity, geography, drugs and alcohol.

For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News.

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