September 11, 2017


First year experience faculty director sought

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning invites applications and nominations for the position of First Year Experience (FYE) faculty director. The position will be held by a tenured/tenure track professor at a 1.0 time base and report to the dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning. For the Fall 2017 semester, however, the position will begin at half time. The term is three years (assuming continued funding). The FYE director will serve as the faculty-lead on issues, initiatives and activities related to first year students. Specific duties are available for download. Please submit a letter of interest and c.v. to by Sept. 20.

If you have questions about this position, please feel free to contact Interim Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning Lori Beth Way at

Trial period for the Mashouf Wellness Center extended

The free trial period for use of the Mashouf Wellness Center (MWC) has been extended to Tuesday, Sept. 12. Starting Sept. 13, the MWC will require guests to have purchased memberships in order to access the facility. Staff and faculty are encouraged to purchase memberships online at their convenience. To purchase a membership, follow these step-by-step instructions:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your SF State credentials.
  3. Once back at the Campus Rec homepage, scroll down and select the "memberships" icon.
  4. Select the "faculty and staff" membership option.
  5. Choose your term of membership (semester or annual) and add it to your cart.
  6. Select "check out."
  7. Once at the payment page, continue the self-serve payment process to complete your purchase.
  8. Be sure to save your receipt. You can save a digital copy on your phone or print it out.

Please note: If you are a current staff or faculty members and attended the University between fall 2010 and summer 2017, you may have alumni investor dollars that can be applied to your membership as a discount. If you believe you have alumni investor dollars, you must complete your membership purchase in-person at the MWC.

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CSU Entertainment Alliance accepting grant applications

The CSU Entertainment Alliance (CSUEA) grants program offers funding for diverse out-of-classroom learning and career development events featuring guest artists and industry professionals, including workshops, masterclasses, panels and more. The CSUEA also offers Student & Faculty Professional Development Grants for non-academic conferences and events. All CSU media and entertainment arts-related departments, interdisciplinary schools, colleges and departmental projects are encouraged to apply.

Funding is for projects taking place between Dec. 12, 2017, and Aug. 22, 2018, only. The deadline for applications is midnight, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017.

Learn more and review the Grant Funding Proposal Info & Guidelines form before applying at

Author Jeff Chang on campus, Sept. 12

Jeff Chang, executive director of Stanford University's Institute for Diversity in the Arts and the author of several books on culture, politics and the arts, will speak at Annex 1 from 4:30 to 6:30 on Tuesday, Sept. 12. His books include "Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation," "Total Chaos: The Art and Aesthetics of Hip-Hop" and "Who We Be: A Cultural History of Race in Post Civil Rights America." The Washington Post declared his latest book, "We Gon' Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation," an "unforgettable discussion of the Asian American experience."

More information about Chang's appearance is available online.

Free LaTex workshop, Sept. 13

The Department of Economics is offering a free introduction to LaTeX, an easy-to-learn programming language for typesetting professional-looking documents. LaTeX allows users to easily type complex mathematical formulas, extract R/Stata/Excel output and generate automatic bibliographies. The workshop will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the computer lab in HSS 147. Participants should bring their own laptops in case all the computers are in use.

Admission-free chamber music concert, Sept. 17

The Alexander String Quartet, SF State's longtime quartet-in-residence, kicks off the Morrison Artists Series' 2017 – 18 season with an admission-free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, in McKenna Theatre. The concert features works by Mozart, O'Regan and Shostakovich.

Professor Richard Festinger, artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series, will deliver a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. Sept. 17 in McKenna Theatre. The quartet will lead a master class at 2:10 p.m. Sept. 15 in Knuth Hall.

Widely admired for its interpretations of Beethoven, Mozart and Shostakovich, the Alexander String Quartet has also established itself as an important advocate of new music through more than 25 commissions and numerous premiere performances. The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in San Francisco, serving as directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center at SF State and ensemble-in-residence of the arts organization San Francisco Performances. The Morrison Artists Series, presented by SF State's Morrison Chamber Music Center, is the longest-running chamber music series in the city.

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

ePortfolio Lunch & Learn, Sept. 21

Did you know all SF State students have access to their own ePortfolio powered by Portfolium? Join Academic Technology for lunch and learn how ePortfolios can be used to support student success through assessment, reflection and bridging academic work to future goals. Participants will hear from various faculty and program leaders who are currently using ePortfolios and learn how their students can get started. Lunch will be provided.

RSVP online by Sept. 14. Questions? Send a message to

Mbongi Talk with Donela Wright, Oct. 12

Mbongi Talks, the lunchtime discussion series sponsored by the Black Unity Center and the Department of Africana Studies, will present a lecture by Assistant Professor Donela Wright on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building. Wright will speak on the topic "Homeplace Theory: A Theory of Liberation." The lecture will be free and open to all.

Community Service Learning info session, Oct. 13

Faculty are invited to participate in a Community Service Learning (CSL) info session in the faculty commons (LIB 286) on Friday, Oct. 13. The session will run from noon to 2 p.m., and lunch will be provided. Participants will:

  • Receive building blocks for turning a current class into a CSL-designated course
  • Gain step-by-step knowledge and resources for revising an existing course
  • Understand the values of CSL for themselves, their students and the community
  • Apply benefits to their review, tenure and promotion portfolios
  • Learn about ICCE grants and procuring funds to support their classes

Registration opens online Sept. 13. Space is limited.

Questions? Contact Institute for Civic and Community Engagement Faculty Director Nina Roberts at

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Senate seats open for university-wide faculty, staff

Nominations are currently open for two at-large seats in the Academic Senate. These seats are open to all faculty and staff university-wide. For a description of what the Senate does, go to Senators meet biweekly on Tuesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center for Senate plenary meetings throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. Feel free to self-nominate or nominate an esteemed colleague you believe will help with the Senate’s goal of shared governance throughout the campus community. Submit all nominations (name, department, rank/position and an optional personal statement) to

Senate seat open for College of Business, Graduate College of Education and College of Science and Engineering faculty

Nominations are currently open for one seat on the University Tenure and Promotion Committee with a two-year term limit. Nominees must be tenured full professors. For a description of what the Tenure and Promotion Committee does, visit the committee website. Feel free to self-nominate or nominate an esteemed colleague you believe will help with the Senate's goal of shared governance throughout the campus community. Submit all nominations (name, department, rank/position and an optional personal statement) to

The complete agenda and support documents for the meeting are available online.

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

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Department of Kinesiology Chair Marialice Kern and Professor Jimmy Bagley were quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article about the department's partnership with a Silicon Valley entrepreneur to study the possible health benefits of VR gaming. The collaboration has led to the creation of the Virtual Reality Institute of Health and Exercise, which will offer an online database of health ratings for games. "Let's say a parent doesn't want to see their children sitting on a couch doing games," Kern said. "They could look at our website and say, 'No, I'm not getting you that one. But I think you'll get some exercise from that one. If you play an hour a day, I'll get you that one.'"

When All Men Weren’t Quite Created Equal…

Associate Professor of Political Science Ron Hayduk was quoted in a Minnesota Public Radio piece about the history of voter suppression in the U.S. Hayduk noted that for decades voting was restricted to white male land owners, and they didn't necessarily have to be U.S. citizens. "It was used as a means to help settle the West and the South, to encourage immigrants to move out to settle the West," Hayduk explained.

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

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