March 6, 2017


New infographic spotlights student body

Academic Institutional Research (AIR) has created a new infographic that provides a visual representation of SF State's Fall 2016 student population. Specific measures include enrollment, demographics and academic indicators. The infographic is available online at

Be on the lookout for additional infographics to be released in the coming months. AIR welcomes feedback as part of its efforts to disseminate data across campus. Visit the AIR website for contact information or to view more helpful data.

Free concert to feature world premiere

The Morrison Chamber Music Center will present a free concert with the Daedalus Quartet at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, in the Creative Arts building's McKenna Theatre. The concert will feature the world premiere of Louis Karchin's String Quartet No. 3 — commissioned by SF State's Morrison Artists Series for the Daedalus Quartet — as well as works by Leos Janacek and Brahms. 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 7 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. The Daedalus Quartet will also lead a master class with students from 10 a.m. to noon March 16 in Room 348 of the Fine Arts building.

Praised by The New Yorker as "a fresh and vital young participant in what is a golden age of American string quartets," the Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles.

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

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Upcoming events focus on animal experimentation, climate change

The Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar program is sponsoring two events on Thursday, March 9. At 11 a.m. in the Creative Arts building's McKenna Theatre Philip Kitcher, author and John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University, will talk about ethical obligations in regard to experimentation on animals. And from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Humanities building's room 587 the Bay Area Philosophy of Science Working Group will debate what to do about climate change. Both events are open to the public.

Phi Beta Kappa visiting scholar program events are supported by the Provost Office, the College of Liberal and Creative Arts and the Philosophy Department.

Job fair highlights education careers

Join the Graduate College of Education and more than 30 school districts from in and around the Bay Area to learn more about job opportunities for prospective educators. Students can RSVP at Refreshments will be provided. When: Saturday, March 11, from 1 to 5 p.m. Where: Student Life Events Center - Annex 1, One State Drive.

Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase returns

The Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase, held each spring, is an annual exhibition of the diverse work of SF State's innovative and talented graduate students. Student presentations are typically in the form of a poster display that depicts the purpose, design, methods and results of their research or creative project. Participants and their faculty mentors are also invited to attend a dinner reception following the showcase where registered students are eligible to win prizes such as an iPad, camera or gift certificates. Please encourage your graduate students to participate.

This year's showcase will be held Thursday, April 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. The deadline to register is Monday, April 3. View a video about the showcase. For more information regarding how to participate, please visit the competition webpage at

"Midsummer" comes to campus this spring

The Creative Arts building's Little Theatre will host a production of one of the world's most-popular plays, William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream," this spring. The play runs from Thursday, April 6, through Sunday, April 16. To get more information or buy tickets, go to the production's webpage.

Discussion to explore homelessness

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend a discussion of innovative projects addressing the intersections of place, technology and health. Titled "The Geography of Homelessness: A BUILD Dialogue," the discussion is co-sponsored by the SF BUILD program [] and UCSF and will include representatives from SF State as well as Bay Area nonprofits, hospitals, agencies and volunteer groups. The time: Wednesday, March 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. The place: the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 286. Refreshments will be served.

Spotlight your students in the Commencement Year in Review video

Want to show off SF State students representing your academic department? Academic Technology videographers want to capture your students in action for the annual Year in Review video, a moving and inspiring moment that holds the undivided attention of some 40,000 attendees expected to fill AT&T Park for Commencement.

In preparation, Academic Technology is seeking opportunities to capture footage of students actively engaged in scholarship, research, community service and other events that make up the SF State student experience. Please send ideas and suggestions for upcoming opportunities to film students in action to Academic Technology Videographer Andrew Corpuz will follow up to make arrangements. View the 2015-2016 Year in Review video online.

Group to discuss education, justice and science

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Hub is where scholars engaging in medicine, technology, science, health and justice come together to build, think and collaborate on a variety of events, projects, programs and conversations. The group will host a meeting Tuesday, March 7, in HSS 361 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The topic: "Education, Justice, and the March for Science." Visitors are welcome.

Writing Pedagogy Workshop for faculty to be held March 8

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to attend two upcoming Writing Pedagogy Workshops. On Wednesday, March 8, from noon to 10 p.m. Meg Gorzycki will present "Teaching Students Literature Review Skills" in the Administration Building (ADM 153L). This session offers a hand-on exercise that can be integrated into lessons about writing research papers. Instructors will learn strategies to help students improve their literature reviews with critical reading and how to use formative assessments in the process. On Monday, April 3, Betsy Blosser will present "Using Writing Prompts in GWAR -- and Other -- Classes" in ADM 460. The workshop will explore the use of informal writing to serve a variety of purposes at the undergraduate level. Faculty will design informal writing prompts for their own classes.

Lecturers will be paid for participating, and lunch will be served. No RSVP is necessary, but feel free to contact Juliana van Olphen or Jennifer Swanson with any questions.

Faculty invited to Commencement 2017

SF State faculty members are invited to attend this year's Commencement, which will be held at AT&T Park. Faculty will gather and mingle in the Field Club Lounge before the procession begins. Faculty must bring or be dressed in regalia. Regalia rentals will be available from the SF State Bookstore from now through Thursday, April 13.

The faculty procession will enter AT&T Park along the first base line and will be seated in a special VIP section of the stadium. Light refreshments will be served. Concessions will also be open at the park.

Faculty regalia rental information along with important dates and details can be found on the Commencement site.

Open Educational Resources (OER) workshops

An upcoming Open Educational Resources (OER) workshop will help faculty members find, evaluate and adapt high-quality open educational materials in their courses. Faculty professional development stipends ($250) for participation are available to all faculty attendees, including lecturers.

The workshop will be held Wednesday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 242 and the faculty commons. Lunch will be provided. Register online. Register online.

Activist/author to discuss new book on American protest

L.A. Kauffman will visit campus for a talk about her book "Direct Action: Protest and the Reinvention of American Radicalism." As Americans take to the streets in record numbers to make their voices heard, "Direct Action" offers unique insights into how past movements have won victories in times of crisis. Kauffman, a longtime grassroots organizer, examines how movements from ACT UP to Occupy Wall Street to Black Lives Matter have used disruptive tactics to catalyze change despite long odds. Her free talk will take place Wednesday, March 8, from 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. in Burk Hall, room 224.

Call for nominations: Civic & Community Engagement Awards

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is accepting nominations for the annual Civic & Community Engagement Awards honoring students, faculty, staff and community partners whose leadership, service and collaboration strengthen the bonds of engagement that connect the University and the community. Help recognize students, faculty, staff members and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through service and community-engaged scholarship.

Nominations are sought for the following categories:

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Student Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Community Partnership Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
  • Staff Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
  • SF State's Nomination to the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 22. For information about award criteria, guidelines and nomination forms, visit

Five-year administrative review begins for AVP Brian Beatty

The five-year administrative review is underway for Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations Brian Beatty. The Administrative Review Committee (ARC) solicits input from members of the campus community. An electronic questionnaire will be available via email on March 1. Those who would like to participate in the review process, please send an email to Mona Sagapolutele at or call ext. 8-2571. The deadline to submit online questionnaires to the ARC is March 31.

In keeping with the procedures for academic administrative reviews approved by the Academic Senate, the committee will not accept any anonymous responses. The ARC will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law, and individual responses will not be shown to the administrator under review.

The Administrative Review Committee co–chairs are Andrea Taylor, instructional designer in Academic Technology and John Elia, associate dean in the College of Health and Social Sciences.

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The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m. The agenda will include:

  • Announcement from Senator Reyes: On Feb. 28, a Know Your Rights Fair will be held in Jack Adams Hall presenting workshops and legal information about protecting your rights in the new political environment.
  • Chair's report
  • Presentation on Strategic Enrollment Management from Interim Provost Summit and Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management & Title IX Coordinator Hong
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Revision to the CTFD Advisory Board charge
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policy Committee: Proposed Revision to the Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees Policy
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Committee: Recommendation to Approve the Discontinuance for the B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development Concentration in Policy Advocacy and Systems
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed Resolution in Support of GTA Tuition Waivers
  • Title IX Training: Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management & Title IX Coordinator Hong.

Call for nominations: Exceptional Assigned Time Awards, AY 2017-18

Article 20.37 of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement for the CSU provides a limited pool of funds to be awarded to faculty employees who are engaged in exceptional levels of service that support the CSU's priorities. Faculty members will have received an email recently inviting them to nominate themselves or other eligible members in a letter no longer than two pages. Please include a statement to the effect that the faculty member is not already receiving assigned time for the same general category of supported activity during AY 2017-18. Senate policy F15-271 is on the Senate website at and includes details on eligibility, supported activities, review criteria and process. Awards for AY 2017-18 will be announced in early May.

All nominations must be received by the Academic Senate office in ADM 551 no later than 5 p.m., Friday, March 17.

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

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"Mashrabiya: The Art of Looking Back": through March 16 in the Fine Arts Gallery

“Inside/Outside: Working Our Way out of the Damaged Now" (Design as Dialectics): through March 30 in the Design Gallery, Fine Arts building


Monday, March 6

Workshop: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment for Trans Students: 10 a.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 244

Presentation: Exploratory Factor Analysis Extracting Signal from Noise in Survey Data: noon in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 286 (Faculty Commons)

Lecture: LGBTQ College Students: Creating Inclusive and Welcoming Campuses: 4 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center

Tuesday, March 7

Workshop: Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment for Trans Students: 9:30 a.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 286 (Faculty Commons)

Wednesday, March 8

Workshop: Open Educational Resources (OER): 10 a.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 242

Recital: CongCong Chai, piano: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Discussion: The Geography of Homelessness: A BUILD Dialogue: 4 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 286 (Faculty Commons)

Panel discussion: Navigating Space for Women through Poetry, Literature and Art: 7 p.m. at the Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission Street, San Francisco

Thursday, March 9

Conversation: Healing Arts, Spirituality and Community Organizing: 11 a.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 286 (Faculty Commons)

Lecture: Dr. Philip Kitcher, John Dewey Professor of Philosophy at Columbia University: 11 a.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Workshop: Taraneh Hamami: noon in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts building

Concert: From the Village to the Concert Hall: Inspirations from Greek Folk Music: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Friday, March 10

Softball hosting Cal State San Marcos: 1 p.m. at the SF State softball field

Recital: Quartet San Francisco: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Baseball hosting Stanislaus State: 2 p.m. at Maloney Field

Course: Nonprofit Management Certificate Program: Financial Management in Nonprofits: 6 p.m.

Opera: Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus": 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Saturday, March 11

Teacher Career, Hiring and Information Fair: 1 p.m. in the Student Life Event's Center

Sixth Annual Women's Center Conference: Breaking Boundaries through Intersectionality: 9 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Softball hosting Cal State San Marcos: 11 a.m. at the SF State softball field

Sunday, March 12

Baseball hosting Stanislaus State: 11 a.m. at Maloney Field

Opera: Johann Strauss' "Die Fledermaus": 2 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Liberal & Creative Arts

Julia Marshall, professor emerita of art, recently received the Lowenfeld Award and the Pacific Region Higher Education Art Educator Award from the National Arts Education Association. The Lowenfeld Award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the field of art education.

Health Education

On February 25, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper presented an invited lecture, "There Is Hope: Alternative Treatment for Epilepsy -- Breathing, Diet and Neurofeedback," at the Epilepsy Foundation of Northern California Conference in Sacramento..


Department of Journalism Lecturer Jim Wagstaffe has been named an Attorney of the Year by California Lawyer. A litigation attorney who represents Xpress student publications, Wagstaffe is being honored for his work on behalf of the California bar exam. UCLA law professor Richard Sander sought data about applicants for the bar exam in the hopes that it would back up his theory that affirmative action gives some minority students access to law schools they are academically unqualified to attend. Wagstaffe successfully argued that turning the data over to Sander would compromise the bar exam's confidentiality.

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Music to His Ears

Carlos Davidson, a professor in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement, talked to The Scientist Magazine about the calls frogs make to attract mates. "Listening to a chorus of frog calls, it definitely has a rhythm -- it builds, it dies down -- and it certainly can be 'music,'" Davidson said.

Flouting Out

Filmmaker and School of Cinema Assistant Professor Cheryl Dunye spoke to Vice about coming out in the entertainment industry. "I recently watched 'Ellen' for the first time, and I never watch 'Ellen.' I'm like, 'How has this sort of butch, masculine-presenting white woman -- who's been totally out of the closet for the last 15, 20 years -- taken over daytime television to the degree where there are slews of white women clapping and ooh-ing and ahh-ing at her when she dances in the aisle?'" Dunye said. "You know, who needs to come out when Ellen's coming out every day? I think that for me, what I'd like to see are those intersections of coming out around my class, my race."

Safety First

Professor of Communications Studies Joseph Tuman was quoted in New York state's Times Union newspaper about a new order requiring Oakland police officers to report unpermitted parties. "You have to have a solution that balances enough housing for everybody but guarantees public safety, and frankly the public safety has to come first," Tuman said.

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

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SF State received $457,183 in grants and contracts in January 2017.

Raymond Esquerra, Chemistry, University of California, San Francisco/Prime: National Institutes of Health, Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) Scholars Program, $105,019

Gretchen LeBuhn, Biology, Marin Municipal Water District, Pollinators in Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD), $29,437

William Kimmerer, Romberg Tiburon Center, State and Federal Water Contractors Association, 2016 Spring Bloom Studies, $23,097

Michael Vasey, Romberg Tiburon Center, Sonoma Land Trust, Sears Point Tidal Marsh Restoration Project, $299,630

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