November 18, 2016


CampusMemo schedule

Due to the fall recess and Thanksgiving Day celebration, CampusMemo will not be published on Friday, Nov. 25. Publication will resume on Dec. 2. Also, CampusMemo will go on hiatus following the Dec. 16 issue. Publication will resume with the start of the spring 2017 semester.


President and Mrs. Wong cordially invite you to a Faculty & Staff Holiday Reception 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 Seven Hills Conference Center. In keeping with an SF State tradition, guests are invited to bring canned goods for donation to the SF-Marin Food bank. Or kindly make a gift online at Most needed items: Tuna, canned meats, peanut butter, soup, beans, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables.

Coffee hour with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit, Dec. 9

Interested faculty are invited to meet with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit on Friday, Dec. 9,  from 10 to 11 a.m. in the  Faculty Commons (LIB 286)  to discuss any topics of concern or commitment.

Come pull up a chair for a group discussion. No appointment necessary. Please send an email to if you will be joining us. Coffee and bagels will be provided.

Health Education accreditation comments sought

The Department of Health Education at San Francisco State University is in the process of seeking reaccreditation from the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) for both the Master of Public Health (MPH) and the Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees offered in Community Health Education. CEPH requires the department to announce a general call for third-party comments which are to be made directly to CEPH. The intent of the third-party comment process is to provide an outlet for individuals who prefer to provide confidential information on the program directly to CEPH. Third-party comments will be viewed only by the site visit team and other CEPH personnel. 

Third-party comments may take any form, including email, printed mail or any other written form. However, all third-party comments must be written and specific. CEPH will accept these written comments until Feb. 2, 2017, which is 30 days prior to their site visit to the program at SF State. Email comments to Samantha-Rae Dickenson or mail to:

Samantha-Rae Dickenson, MSPH
Accreditation Specialist
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
1010 Wayne Avenue, Suite 220
Silver Spring, MD  20910-5660

Proposals for CSU Redesigning Our Majors symposium at SF State due Nov. 28

Designing majors to serve the needs of students in a changing environment is an ongoing challenge. One of the best opportunities to support and strengthen faculty-led curricular redesign is to develop a community of practice in the CSU: a time, space and place in which faculty can learn from each other.

The goal of the CSU Redesigning Our Majors symposium is to bring together departments and faculty from across the system who have undertaken curricular redesigns to discuss strategies, tools and opportunities with colleagues in their own and related disciplines. Participants will include 20 departments at SF State whose yearlong efforts have been funded by the Teagle Foundation and who will share what they have learned.

The symposium organizers invite proposals for presentations and posters on the processes and contents of their curriculum design and revision experiences, with preference to those efforts that are faculty-led, focused on student success and achievement, and comprehensive in curricular scope.

Visit the Redesigning Our Majors web page for details and to submit a proposal. Proposals are due by Nov. 28, and notifications will be sent to submitters in January 2017. Questions? Contact Sheldon Gen at

Call for applications: GWAR Mentoring Program

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the spring 2017 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) 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 spring, with plans to continue teaching GWAR in future semesters, and will have an interest in intradisciplinary writing.

All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) interested in joining this program for the spring of 2017 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, director of Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) or Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID.

Download the GWAR Mentoring Program application formApplications are due Dec. 9. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by Jan. 6, 2017, and will be expected to attend an orientation session at the faculty retreat on Jan. 19, 2017.

Dining Services offering Go Green Grant for sustainability projects

SF State Dining Services has announced a “Go Green Grant” for projects that impact campus food sustainability. The grant is open to students, faculty and staff. Applications are due Jan. 13, 2017. Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation will be competing for a total of $1,000, which will be allocated in February 2017. Learn more about the grant and get the forms. Questions? Email Melissa Macomber.

SF State Mobile app launched

Information Technology Services (ITS) had a successful Mobile App launch event on Nov. 14, with more than 1,500 app downloads within two days.

The new app features integration with Campus Solutions and allows students to search for, add, drop and swap classes, as well as view grades and edit their personal information. Future releases of CS Student, Faculty Center and other functionality will help improve adoption of the mobile app. Learn more about the app.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to download the app today to help with the adoption of the SF State mobile app. The app is available for both Android and iPhone and is free to download from the App Store or Google Play by searching “SF State Mobile.”

Email questions and feedback to​

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Writing Pedagogy Workshop for faculty, Nov. 28

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the fall Writing Pedagogy Workshops. This month’s workshop, “The Writing Process, GWAR Style,” will be facilitated by Erika Dyquisto from the College of Science and Engineering. In this workshop, we will explore the writing process in the context of a GWAR science course. We will practice breaking down a research paper assignment into its essential components so that the instructor can work with students both on content and on effective writing skills. The workshop will be held Monday, Nov. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). Lecturers will be paid for participating and lunch will be served.

Psychology Distinguished Speaker Colloquium, Nov. 30

UCSF Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering Skrikantan Nagarajan will speak about "Magnetoencephalographic Imaging of Neural Oscillatory Networks at Rest and during Speech and Language Processing" on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 121. He will introduce the challenges of functional brain imaging of neural oscillations with non-invasive recordings of electromagnetic signals (MEG and EEG) from the brain, and discuss recent advances that overcome these challenges. He will then provide examples of imaging resting-state oscillations with MEG. Finally, he will discuss applications of electromagnetic brain imaging to examine speech and language networks, in basic and clinical neuroscience studies.

WGS lecture series schedule

The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) has resumed its lecture series on Wednesdays from 12:35 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 119. Upcoming lectures include:

  • Nov. 30: “Performing Development: One Laptop per Child and (Re)producing Development Discourses in Paraguay” by Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society Postdoctoral Fellow Morgan G. Ames
  • Dec. 7: “Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence” by Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies Darius Bost

31 years of HIV/AIDS activism at SF State: 1985 to 2016

The University will commemorate World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1, with a celebration of the unsung heroes and remembrance of those lost to the epidemic and a recommitment to reaching zero HIV/AIDS for all of our communities:

  • 4 to 5 p.m.: Community members will gather at the Memorial Grove between the Gym and Cesar Chavez Student Center to celebrate and recommit to the spirit of community that brought SF State into the forefront of universities worldwide in our efforts to take care of our community and innovate prevention strategies.
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: The SF State Nursing Alumni Association will present “A Nursing Perspective,” a symposium and panel discussion in Jack Adams Hall of the César Chávez Center to remember the unsung heroes who courageously cared for AIDS patients during the early days of the epidemic. (Two hours of CEU’s available.)

Free HIV antibody testing by the Native American Health Center will be held in the Student Health Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on that day.

Also, the University Archives will present the display “31 Years of the University’s AIDS Coordinating Committee” in LIB 460 from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. The SFSU AIDS Quilt Panel will be hanging in the lobby of the César Chávez Student Center throughout December.

All members of the University family both past and present are welcome to join this community celebration. Email Michael Ritter for more information.

“Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home),” Dec. 1-11

Eviction squads are moving through the city. A reporter chases a homeless sofa, but it’s got four feet and it’s out on the street so it just keeps moving — moving through stories and songs of a world where only the privileged can find shelter. “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)” is a crowdsourced play with blues, directed by Roy Conboy, that addresses the current housing situation in San Francisco. Beginning Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 11, the play will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays in the Little Theatre (CA 107). Visit the play’s webpage for pricing information or to make a reservation.

Women’s Association holiday luncheon at the St. Francis Yacht Club, Dec. 4

The University Women’s Association (UWA) will hold its annual holiday luncheon Sunday, Dec. 4, at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. This is an excellent way to kick off the holiday season with colleagues and friends in beautiful surroundings. No host cocktails at 11:30 a.m., luncheon served at noon. The cost is $65 per person, and the deadline to RSVP is Nov. 23. Menu selections and details are available at Questions? Email Lin Ivory.

Admission-free chamber music concert with the Peabody Trio, Dec. 4

The Morrison Chamber Music Center presents an admission-free concert with the Peabody Trio at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in McKenna Theatre. The piano trio will perform works by Beethoven, Ives and Dvořák. The concert is part of the Morrison Artists Series, the longest-running chamber music series in San Francisco.

Professor Richard Festinger, artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series, will deliver a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. Dec. 4 in McKenna Theatre. The Peabody Trio will also lead a master class with students from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in Knuth Hall.

Since winning the Naumburg Chamber Music Award in 1989, the Peabody Trio has established itself as an important presence in the chamber music world as a vivid interpreter of the classics of the repertoire, an advocate for new music and a dedicated teacher and mentor to a generation of young musicians. The trio brings to its music making what the Washington Post calls “the romantic fervor of the 20th century greats.”

Reserve your free seats now online or call the Box Office at ext. 8-2467.

“A Forum on High Performance Computing,” Dec. 5

Faculty with current or anticipated computing needs that cannot be satisfied by personal computers are invited to join “A Forum on High Performance Computing” Monday, Dec. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 222. The forum will be led by Academic Technology Director of Technology Services Andrew Roderick. Lunch will be served at this free event. RSVP to Drop-ins for part of the meeting are also welcome and are asked to RSVP to reserve a lunch. Email questions to or

Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their needs and how they might be met. Of special interest are the needs and challenges encountered in accessing and using high-performance computing resources by those who use a computing cluster, a server, the cloud or the National Science Foundation supercomputing resources.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs 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. Stat CORR aims to connect faculty and staff with specialized methodological knowledge with to those who seek assistance designing new research projects, completing data analysis or developing, submitting and revising extramural grants.

The Medea Project, Dec. 5

With “The Medea Project,” an evening of performance-based vignettes, director Rhodessa Jones and the women she works with will explore how an arts-based approach can help reduce the numbers of women returning to jail and can aid women living with diagnoses of HIV/AIDS. The show takes its inspiration from stories from Greco-Roman mythology (e.g., Pandora, Medea, Daphne) and features short performance pieces that weave together the performers’ own experiences — of incarceration, of HIV/AIDS diagnosis and of addiction — with the challenges faced by the figures from those ancient stories. Please join us for this free performance with social justice at its heart, which will take place Monday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall (CA 132). Questions? Contact Seth Chabay at or ext. 8-2068.

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Following are the action items from the Nov. 15 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announcements:
    • Students Pamela Ortiz and Janet Lopez spoke on behalf of the 550 undocumented students at SF State and expressed fears for their community since the election. They asked for support from the faculty, staff and administration. On Dec. 6 they will present a resolution to the Senate calling for support for undocumented students, for the establishment of a student resource center and for SF State to declare the campus as a sanctuary campus.
    • Vice Chair Hackenberg gave an update on the upcoming Faculty Retreat on Jan. 19. The second deadline for application of submissions is Nov. 21. There will be three breakout sessions of 70 minutes each, and faculty can submit proposals for workshops, affinity groups or related programming for these 70-minute slots. Faculty can also submit proposals for GIFTS (Good Ideas for Teaching), which are brief presentations that can fit on one sheet of paper and which will be grouped into one 70-minute session. Questions should be emailed to
    • Chair Carleton on behalf of Jay Ward announced International Week, which starts this week.
    • Gilgamesh Jeter invited faculty to the Dec. 1 meeting of the SF State “Alacademics” Wine Club at the Vista Room from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Register for the event through the UCorp website.
  • Chair’s report:
    • "Since last Tuesday’s election, people want to talk, be heard and be together. Last Thursday a forum was scheduled for students, faculty and staff where they expressed a full gamut of emotions. I did not hear a lot of hate. I did hear expressions of compassion, a need to come together and fears for safety for friends and family. Students repeatedly expressed that this is SF State and we are known for our activism and social justice. We need to do something. A think tank was proposed by a student and a sign-up was endorsed by most present. After the forum I was filled with pride for our students. The forum was engagement with respect and tolerance. Let’s keep this going."
    • Guest: Professor Julie Paulson presented a proposal for the Inclusion Program for Students with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Slides are posted on the Senate website. She asks for support for a resolution from the Senate endorsing this effort.
  • Heard, revised and approved proposed revisions to the Course Repeat Policy (recommended by the Academic Policy Committee).
  • Heard, discussed and approved a proposed resolution in support of Standardized Time Blocks at SF State after moving it to a second reading. The proposed resolution was recommended by the Academic Policy Committee.
  • Information item from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the Draft Discontinuation Checklist from Senator Rosegard. There are no changes in the policy. A checklist has been developed to help users through the policy requirements.
  • Election of Board of Appeals and Review (B.O.A.R) Representative (one faculty representative for a two-year appointment). Jen Mylander, Department of English, was appointed by acclamation.
  • Guest: Jason Porth, director of University Corporation, presented about the University Corporation. Slides are posted on the Senate website.
  • Heard a report from Academic Senate, CSU Senators Yee-Melichar and Collins, who gave a presentation about actions taken and under consideration at the CSU Academic Senate. Slides are posted on the Senate website.
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee: Senator Gerber reported that the committee will work on the standardized time block policy. Upcoming are probation policy revision and work on the perpetual academic calendar policy.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Senator Rosegard reported that the committee will continue reviewing and updating policies and also plans to work on the “4 plus 1” concept for SF State. Curriculum proposals are expected starting next semester.
    • Faculty Affairs Committee: Senator Sabee reported the committee continues to work on revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy. They will also consider graduate TA (GTA) remission and support for international faculty.
    • Strategic Issues Committee: Senator Mooney reported the committee learned about budget modeling. They are working on a resolution regarding quantitative reasoning and a semester-end report to the Senate.
    • Student Affairs Committee: Senator Schwartz reported they have finished guidelines for Associated Students. Next is work on a revision of the academic recognition for experiential learning policy. They plan to also work on a resolution about supporting a dream resource center and a resolution in support of an inclusion program. They will give priority to a resolution supporting our undocumented students. Comments about an inclusion policy are requested as well as feedback from faculty who have used the current experiential learning policy.

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

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Professor of Counseling Rebecca L. Toporek gave the keynote speech for the sixth Pan-Hellenic Conference of the Counseling Psychology Division of the Hellenic Psychological Society, the main scientific psychology organization in Greece. Her keynote, “Healthcare Provider, Educator, Advocate, Community Member, Global Citizen: Strength, Strategy and Sustainability,” was presented Nov. 5 in Athens. Toporek was chosen in large part due to her role as lead editor of the “Handbook for Social Justice in Counseling Psychology,” which was translated to Greek.

International Programs

Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Jay Ward presented five sessions at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region XII Conference, which took place from Oct. 31 to Nov. 4 in Palm Springs. Ward chaired three sessions: “Professional Development Opportunities with the International Education Administrator (IEA) Fulbright Program,” “Launch Your Career in International Education” and “Returnee Engagement: Exploring Strategies & Best Practices for Supporting Students.” In addition, he served as a panelist for the session “Enhance Your Professional Expertise! The NAFSA Academy for International Education” as well as a co-chair and trainer for the workshop “Grey Areas in International Student Advising: Policy & Practice.” With more than 10,000 members located at more than 3,500 institutions in over 150 countries, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.

Labor Studies

Professor of Labor Studies John Logan delivered a plenary paper on multinationals and global framework agreements on Nov. 2 at the International Labour and Employment Relations conference in Beijing.

Student Resource Center

The National Advisory Committee of Society of Professional Hispanic Engineers (SHPE) named Director of the Student Resource Center Nilgun Ozer the SHPE Regional Chapter Advisor of the Year (region 1). The award recognizes an advisor’s outstanding commitment to SHPE's mission and vision. 

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Post-election therapy

Professor of History Charles Postel and Palo Alto University Professor of Psychology Paul Marcille participated in a “Whine and Wine: Post-Election Group Therapy” discussion on the “In Deep with Angie Coiro” podcast. The discussion allowed participants to vent feelings and explore ways in which people can cope and conquer their negative feelings. The discussion included profanities and listener discretion is advised.

Unique opportunity

Professor and Chair of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri wrote about what a Donald Trump presidency could mean for U.S.-Iranian relations in a Nov. 7 Tehran Times essay. “Trump’s ascension to the White House would mean trouble for the P5+1 nuclear deal with Iran at a time when the rest of the world sees this agreement as the best hope for a reduction of tensions in the Middle East,” Monshipouri wrote. “Regardless of who the next president is, there exists a unique opportunity to build on the Obama administration’s attempt to engage Iran for the sake of fighting terrorism and promoting stability in the region. Isolating Iran is no longer in the U.S. interests and the Western world more generally.”

Off year declines

A Nov. 8 Mission Local article on voter registration increases included comments by Associate Professor of Political Science Ron Hayduk. “It is common for voter registration and participation to decline in ‘off’ year elections [non-presidential elections] and for it to increase in presidential elections,” Hayduk wrote. “So this general trend would be consistent with trends in other jurisdictions.”

Inhospitable environment

Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith commented for a Nov. 13 Pittsburgh Courier article about the election of Donald Trump as president. “What you can expect from a Trump presidency is probably the most inhospitable environment for African Americans since the 1950s. The whole social security safety net Americans depend on, [Republicans] plan to shred that while giving tax cuts to the wealthy … This is an extremely negative outcome for African Americans and for the country as a whole,” Smith said. “Our adversaries will use this as a means to attack American democracy itself — the fact that we will be taken over by a demagogue. And our allies, the Europeans and Japanese, will find it hard to work with Trump and that will create great instability in international relations.”

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