November 20, 2015


President & Mrs. Wong cordially invite you to a Faculty & Staff Holiday Reception, Thursday, December 3, 3-6 p.m. Continuing our SF State holiday tradition in helping those in our local community, we kindly ask that guests bring donations of new school supplies and canned goods for the SF-Marin Food Book.  Most needed items:  Canned meats, peanut butter, soup, beans, cereal, canned fruit and granola bars

Moulton named AVP for ITS

Robert Moulton was appointed associate vice president and chief technology officer for Information Technology Services (ITS) at SF State effective Dec. 4. He has served in that role on an interim basis since last year. Over his 40-year career in the information technology field, Moulton has worked in the public and the private sectors, including IBM, the Nevada System of Higher Education and CSU Northridge. Throughout his career, he has played a critical role in developing and advancing complex strategic information systems to help optimize organizational performance and ensure a customer-centric focus. Positive employee feedback was a key factor in his selection. Administration & Finance thanks Sheldon Axler for leading the search.

Faculty retreat 2016 proposals due today

Faculty are invited to submit proposals for the Faculty Retreat 2016, "Create, Educate, Investigate: Bringing Together Teaching, Scholarship and Creative Work." The retreat will be held on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library. Submissions are due by Friday, Nov. 20. Submit proposals online at

Proposals may be submitted for the following:

  • Interactive forums on the integration of teaching, scholarship and creative work. Forums will consist of small groups from various disciplines presenting/sharing their work for discussion with a focus on innovative ways faculty integrate their teaching, scholarship and/or creative work.
  • Affinity groups to promote the exchange of ideas and a sense of community among faculty with similar areas of interest.
  • Workshops led or initiated by faculty who will offer and discuss their expertise and knowledge about a topic in their area of specialty.
  • Book author recognition for faculty who published a book in 2015.

The program will be finalized and announced after submissions have been received. Faculty will be asked to RSVP for specific affinity groups, workshops and interactive forums.

Faculty Retreat 2016 Steering Committee:

  • Sacha Bunge, dean, Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
  • Sara Hackenberg, vice chair, Academic Senate and associate professor of English
  • Alison Sanders, interim AVP, Research and Sponsored Programs

Questions? Visit the online submission form or email the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at

Dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts candidate visits campus

Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts. The campus community is invited to attend the remaining candidate's presentation, which will address how his professional experience is relevant to the position. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and the presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after the presentation.

  • Monday, Nov. 30, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. in LIB 121: Andrew Harris, dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Keene State College

Associate vice president of Research and Sponsored Programs candidates visit campus

The campus community is invited to attend the remaining presentation by a candidate for the associate vice president of Research and Sponsored Programs position. The presentation will address how the candidate's professional experience is relevant to the position. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and the presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after the presentation.

  • Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. in LIB 121: Kathie L. Olsen, founder and managing director, ScienceWorks International, LLC

Candidate for the John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies to visit Dec. 2

The Department of Jewish Studies invites the campus community to hear a presentation by Rachel Gordan, a Helen Gartner Hammer scholar-in-residence at the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute. She will present "Reconsidering an American Favorite: 'Gentleman's Agreement' and the Woman Behind the Story" on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 3:30 p.m. in HUM 415.

Gordan is working on a book about the American Jewish novelist Laura Z. Hobson and her 1947 novel "Gentleman's Agreement." She earned her doctorate from Harvard University's Committee for the Study of Religion. She has taught at Northwestern University and the University of Toronto. She has published on a variety of topics in modern American Judaism and is also finishing a book about postwar American Judaism titled "How Judaism Became an American Religion." Gordan is also active as a public scholar whose writing occasionally appears in publications such as Tablet, The Jewish Daily Forward, The New York Times, Moment Magazine, Religion Dispatches, and Religion and Politics.

The talk is also a part of the Academica Judaica Lecture Series. For more information, call the Department of Jewish Studies at ext. 8-6075.

Curriculum Redesign Initiative proposals due Dec. 4

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites proposals for the second cohort of funded programs in its Curriculum Redesign Initiative, funded by the Teagle Foundation. The initiative supports departments' efforts to transform their curricula in meaningful ways that facilitate undergraduate student success. Rather than funding individual faculty members or courses, it is meant to assist collaborative efforts that cut across the major. Proposals are encouraged from departments with significant curricular revision goals, but inquiries from departments just starting on the road to redesign are also welcomed. Proposals may be funded up to $10,000.

Programs interested in developing proposals should contact Trevor Getz, professor of history and director of Special Programs, DUEAP, and visit Proposals should be five to seven pages in length and address the questions listed on the call for proposals webpage.

Proposals are due Dec. 4 and will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary faculty committee drawn from the first cohort of funded programs. Successful programs will be notified by Jan. 19, 2016.

Landscape Framework and Forest Renewal Plan Committee formed

In early December, SF State will begin work on a Landscape Framework and Forest Renewal Plan that will provide a campuswide planting strategy to ensure the ongoing health and vitality of the campus forest and a visually coherent landscape. The intent of the plan is to foster a landscape that is responsive to climate change, links planting strategy to hydrologic systems, enhances biodiversity, promotes a positive campus identity and contributes to the educational value of the campus. The plan will provide specific recommendations for planting trees, understory and non-forested garden and meadow areas on the campus.

The campus has convened a project advisory committee that includes faculty, student and staff representatives who will work with a consultant team of landscape architects, arborists and biologists. The campus community will have an opportunity to provide feedback during the planning process.

The committee members are:

  • Mrs. Phyllis Wong
  • Jill Anthes, interim executive director of community planning and design
  • Anthony Benson, grounds operations manager
  • Wendy Bloom, director of campus planning/project manager
  • Brandon Broach, corporal, University Police Department
  • Brandon Durant, student intern, Associated Students Sustainability Program
  • Bill Grubaugh, ADA compliance analyst, Disability Programs and Resource Center
  • Barbara Holzman, professor of geography and human environmental studies
  • Nick Kordesch, sustainability coordinator
  • Bob Patterson, professor of biology
  • Caitlin Steele, director of sustainability and energy 
  • Jeny Valdez, director of logistics and facilities services, University Property Management

Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellowships for all majors

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage outstanding students to apply to the Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellowship Program. The program is open to all majors. The application deadline is Monday, Nov. 30. Fellows receive a $3,000 stipend and three units of college credit and gain valuable experience working in San Francisco city government agencies -- experience that will support their professional development and career pathway.

To apply, students should visit or email Professor of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement Raquel Pinderhughes at

Funding drive for the Gator Spirit Statue

The campus community is asked to help build the 10-foot bronze Gator Spirit Statue, which the University commissioned to be erected on campus in early 2016. One way to support the effort is to purchase an engraved plaque that will be affixed to the pedestal of the statue so that it will be seen by Gators for years to come. Each plaque will hold two lines of engraved text (15 characters per line, 30 characters total) and only costs $200. Learn more about the sculpture, view photos of its progress and order a plaque on the Gator Spirit Statue webpage. Questions? Email Ryan Jones at

Academic Technology Winter Events 2016

Academic Technology Winter Institute 2016: Jan. 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore campus-supported technologies and strategies for integrating technology into courses. Designed for newcomers to iLearn and those who wish to learn more about available technology tools and services.

Advanced Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Institute: Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn effective teaching strategies and design best practices for hybrid and fully online courses, including specific, concrete ways to quickly evaluate and improve courses.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Peer Review Institute: Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn about campus- and system-wide initiatives that support quality online courses, gain valuable skills and join the faculty learning community to take online courses to the next level.

Quickstart Webinar: Jan. 19 from noon to 1 p.m.

This webinar will orient participants to campus course technologies and the basics of using iLearn and explore tools to make iLearn courses more interactive inside and outside of the classroom.

Register Online

Complete the AT Institutes Registration Form. Enrollment is limited. Those who register by Dec. 10 will receive priority. Lunch and refreshments are included.


Persons with disabilities are welcome, and reasonable accommodations will be arranged upon request. To request reasonable accommodations, contact Nora Scully by Dec. 10 at ext. 5-5539 or


For more information, email or call ext. 5-5550.

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CampusMemo schedule

CampusMemo will not be published next week. Publication will resume Dec. 4.

International Southeast Asian Film Festival, Nov. 20-22

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN), in collaboration with the Asian American Studies Department at SF State, will launch the San Francisco International Southeast Asian (I-SEA) Film Festival Nov. 20-22. I-SEA builds upon the successes of the 2012 and 2013 San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festivals, which have been expanded to include films from all over Southeast Asia and rebranded to reflect the broader scope.

The films -- from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and the Philippines -- seek to initiate a dialogue with local and international communities and draw connections between past and present wars by examining a diverse range of topics through a variety of genres and techniques. The opening night screening and party will be held Friday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Artists' Television Access at 992 Valencia St., San Francisco. Screenings on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 21 and 22, will be held at the New People Cinema in Japantown (1746 Post St.) from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets at and like or share the I-SEA Facebook page or follow I-SEA on Twitter.

Ceramics Guild holiday sale

The Ceramics Guild will hold its annual holiday sale Monday, Nov. 30, through Thursday, Dec. 3, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in FA 192. Unique and creative pieces for the holidays on sale will include mugs, bowls, platters, vases, art pieces, porcelain and stoneware.

World AIDS Day 2015: Dec. 1

To commemorate the 27th World AIDS Day, the University's AIDS quilt will be displayed in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Student Center through Dec. 18. Sewn in the late 1980s by 25 SF State faculty and staff to honor members of our community lost to HIV/AIDS, it was the first AIDS memorial quilt at any college or university in the country and has been displayed on our campus each year on World AIDS Day to acknowledge the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on our University family. For more information contact Michael Ritter at or visit

Employee University first Winter Games event, Dec. 1

Faculty and staff are invited to join Human Resources and Employee University on Tuesday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. in LIB 121 for winter-themed games. Beverages and snacks will be served and a drawing will be held for prizes. Join colleagues for an afternoon of fun activities that will include a variety of table games and other interactive competitive winter activities.

What Our Data Tell Us About Student Success at SF State presentation, Dec. 2

SF State has pledged to raise its six-year graduation rates from 50 percent to 65 percent by 2025. Over the summer, a faculty learning community (the Data Fellows) met regularly to review campus data relating to student academic progress and graduation, investigate how and where students succeed or fall behind, and consider how the University can act on the findings. The Data Fellows will present their work at a poster session on Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the LIB 286, with presentations from noon to 12:30 p.m. All interested faculty, staff and administrators are invited. Lunch will be provided. The event is being sponsored by the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and the CSU Office of the Chancellor.

WGS Lecture Series, Thursdays

The campus community is invited to attend the Women and Gender Studies (WGS) Lecture Series on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 121. For disability and other accommodations, email

​Thursday, Dec. 3: "Health Disparities and Immigration Politics in Cold War Era Japan: The Case of Korean Diaspora Communities"

Women and Gender Studies Lecturer and Independent Scholar for the Beatrice Bain Research Group at UC Berkeley Tomomi Kinukawa will explore the link between health disparities and immigration politics. Using oral history interviews and original archival research, Kinukawa will examine the ways Zainichi Koreans (ethnic Koreans residing in Japan) have attempted to access health care, and in the process, articulated their critique of U.S.-Japanese neo-imperialism in East Asia. Those stories reveal the limitations of demanding health care within the conventional frame of nation and citizenship, and assist the analysis of how the state developed a gendered and racialized notion of citizenship as a tool to maintain health disparities and other forms of oppression. She will also speak to recent concerns about elitism in transnational feminisms by exploring how Zainichi women activists sought transnational alliances with movements elsewhere, including socialist, communist and "third world left" movements in Asia and the black civil rights movement in the U.S.

Faculty and staff wine club, Dec. 3

The SF State Faculty and Staff Wine Club will hold a wine tasting on Thursday, Dec. 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Vista Room. The tasting will cost $15 and will include six to eight wines and light food pairings. RSVP and pay for your spot at

The tastings are a great opportunity to meet fellow faculty, staff and administrators in a relaxed environment. For answers to questions or more information, email Wine Club Chancellor Eric Lamm at

ePortfolio Town Hall with Academic Technology Dec. 10

Academic Technology has good news for SF State faculty, students and alumni: Starting with the spring 2016 term, they will all have free access to an easy-to-use, robust ePortfolio solution called Portfolium. This campuswide ePortfolio platform will allow students to cultivate and share their academic, personal and professional accomplishments and build a professional online presence while at SF State and after graduation. Academic Technology, in collaboration with Career Services and Alumni Relations, will launch this campuswide initiative at an ePortfolio Town Hall meeting on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. in LIB 244.

All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Anyone who has questions about the ePortfolio program should contact Andrea Taylor with Academic Technology's ePortfolio program at

GWAR Mentoring Program seeks applications

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program, a faculty development program that will be piloted in the spring semester. The program is designed to provide support to those new to teaching GWAR while giving experienced GWAR instructors an opportunity for growth and development. Eligible mentors will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters and will be expected to 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 and will be expected to collaborate with mentors throughout the semester. All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) who are interested in being paired to collaborate closely in the spring 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 Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID. Visit for application guidelines. Applications are due Dec. 14. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by Jan. 8, 2016; and will be expected to attend an orientation at the faculty retreat on Jan. 25.

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Following are the action items from the Nov. 17 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announcements:
    • Erik Rosegard announced a student progress to graduation forum will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 286.
    • Sara Hackenberg reminded the Senate that submissions for the 2016 Faculty Retreat are due by Nov. 20.
  • Chair's Report:
    • This is International Education Week. See events on the Office of International Affairs website.
    • Town hall meeting with President Wong to discuss pouring rights on Thursday,
      Nov. 19.
    • SF State's basketball teams will play Chico State on Dec. 4. Women's game at 5:30; men's game at 7:30. Pregame reception for faculty and staff.
    • Tragic events in Lebanon and France and refugee flight acknowledged.
  • Heard a recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution on academic freedom: Approved on the first reading.
  • Heard and endorsed a resolution commending Patty Bartscher for her service to SF State, which was recommended by the Executive Committee.
  • Heard a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a revision to the Pre-Health Certificate (CEL): Item was removed from the agenda in the first reading.
  • Heard a Title IX training presentation from VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Luoluo Hong. The Annual Title IX Training for Academic Senators.  Powerpoint presentation will be posted on the Senate website.
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee:
      • Michael Hammer reported the committee is working on the withdrawal policy and the student probation policy and considering the possibility of revitalizing the Athletic Advisory Committee.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee:
      • Erik Rosegard reported the committee continues to review proposals.
    • Faculty Affairs Committee:
      • Pino Trogu reported the committee has more work to do on the temporary faculty policy.
    • Strategic Issues Committee.
      • Mohammad Azadpur reported the committee is working on a workplace equity survey and pouring rights resolution.
    • Student Affairs Committee.
      • Kim Schwartz reported the committee is working on resolutions for preferred names and the credit for military training and emergency loan policy.

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

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Emeritus Professor of Biology Robert Patterson was honored by the California Botanical Society for his work in the field and on behalf of the group. Patterson created an advanced, field-oriented plant taxonomy course which included many field trips and was popular with students despite its challenges. This year's volume of Madroño, the Society's journal, was dedicated to Patterson. Assistant Professor of Biology Charles Bell (University of New Orleans), an SF State alumnus, wrote the dedication.

International Relations

Bilgi University Press is featuring the book "Tıflî Hikâyeleri" ("The Tıflî Stories"), by International Relations Lecturer David Selim Sayers, at the Istanbul Book Fair. The book is a corpus of prose fiction produced in the Ottoman Empire from the 18th to the 20th centuries and often regarded as the main precursor of the Ottoman novel. Download a free PDF featuring the cover, front matter, table of contents, preface and introduction.

Women and Gender Studies

On Nov. 11, Professor of Women and Gender Studies Nan Alamilla Boyd presented a research talk to the History Department at the University of San Francisco (USF) titled "Cruisin' the Castro: Tourism and Gentrification in San Francisco." She discussed the community-initiated transformation of the Castro over the past 40-plus years into a tourist destination. Boyd's research on the Castro is part of a larger project that explores the history of tourism in post-1906 San Francisco, which includes studies of several San Francisco neighborhoods, including Chinatown, North Beach, the Castro, the Fillmore and the Mission District. Boyd's presentation was the inaugural talk for the Department of History Distinguished Lecture Series at USF.

Boyd also presented her work-in-progress at the Society for City and Regional Planning History Conference in Los Angeles, Nov. 5-7.

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Steep declines in abundance

Professor of Biology and Romburg Tiburon Center Researcher Sarah Cohen commented for a Nov. 8 Marin Independent Journal article about a disease destroying starfish along the California coast. "They all show very steep declines in sea star abundance. We are specifically focused on the sea stars that initially showed some apparent resistance to the disease," Cohen said. "It is really unfortunate that the apparently resistant species are also showing strong signs of wasting disease impacts. This group of small stars is actually several species. Some of them have gone extinct locally, apparently in multiple locations."

Interrogating river rocks

On Nov. 16, Science Codex reported about a recently published online study by Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences Leonard Sklar and colleagues in which they revealed how a novel combination of two established geochemical techniques can reveal both the altitude where river rocks originated and the rate of erosion that led them to crumble into the river. "With this new way of interrogating river rocks, we can close the circle between how hillslopes feed rocks to the river and how the river carves the landscape and creates the hillslopes in the first place," Sklar said. Read about Sklar's work at SF State News.

Ethically right and more productive

Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Kenneth Monteiro was interviewed about demands by University of Missouri student to increase to 10 percent the number black faculty members for a Nov. 17 ABC News report. "Basically, it's both ethically right and practically more productive and creative," Monteiro said. "Universities remain primarily white because they continue to do business as usual as they have done since they were built as intentionally upper-class white, male, elite bastions."

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

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