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August 27

Volume 49, No.2
Welcome Back! Opening Faculty Meeting Another SFSU Fullbright WASC on the Web Our student's stories
Rising STAR found in Kinesiology Department Faculty tenure and promotions Help in the search for Dean of Faculty Affairs Academic Senate Meetings Accommodation requests
Consult before you copy Faculty member wanted Volunteer to help Visitacion Become a ringer Symes says sayonara
New Tenure-Track Faculty: College of Behavioral and Social Sciences New Tenure-Track Faculty:College of Business New Tenure-Track Faculty:College of Creative Arts New Tenure-Track Faculty:College of Education New Tenure-Track Faculty:College of Ethnic Studies


Welcome back!

Although CampusMemo officially began its new fiscal year with the July issue, many of our readers were not on campus at the time. With this inaugural issue of the 2001/2002 academic year, it will be published every week while classes are in session.

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Opening Faculty Meeting

Mark your calendar for the Opening Faculty Meeting on Monday, August 27, which begins with a Coffee Hour at 8:15 a.m. in Knuth Hall hosted by the Academic Senate, Office of the President, SFSU Bookstore, CFA, and the SFSU Foundation.As in previous years, faculty will have a chance to meet new faculty members and welcome back old colleagues. Refreshments will be provided.

The faculty meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. with a welcome by Dr. Pamela Vaughn, Chair of the Academic Senate. President Robert A. Corrigan and Mitch Turitz, SFSU Chapter President of CFA will also offer remarks. Thomas La Belle, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, will introduce new faculty and administrators. The meeting will conclude with remarks by Dr. Vaughn.

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Another SFSU Fulbright

Robert A. Williams, assistant professor of counseling, was awarded a Fulbright grant to lecture and conduct research in Barbados this academic year at the University of the West Indies.

Williams will observe the family interactions of delinquent and non-delinquent Caribbean youths. He will use his expertise with American serious juvenile offenders and substance abusers to facilitate the development of alternatives to incarceration for Caribbean youths. Ultimately, he hopes to use this experience to influence the way the United States deals with the youth who enter its criminal justice system.

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WASC on the Web

San Francisco State University received outstanding accolades for its leadership in developing community service learning programs from a national agency that reaffirmed the University's accreditation for the next 10 years.

SFSU also earned high marks for its efforts in academic excellence, addressing student needs and strategic planning from the nine-member visiting team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment has placed the WASCReaffirmation of Accreditation Team Report on the Web in its entirety, at the following URL: http://www.sfsu.edu/~acadplan/wascteamreport.htm

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Our students' stories

In an effort to continue to generate positive news coverage for the University, the Office of Public Affairs is on the look out this academic year for students who have interesting stories to tell. Stories can be about the difficult or unusual paths a students took to get to SFSU, or the amazing work research and/or community work they are doing while here on campus. Or they can simply be about some interesting characteristic of the student him or herself.

In the past, Public Affairs has been successful placing stories that range from a three member family graduating at the same time from the same program, to a 76 year old DAI student who does web design. If you're not sure, give us a call, we'll be excited, earnest, but also realistic about the student stories you share with us.

If you know a great student story, call Public Affairs at 8-1665, or e-mail pubcom@sfsu.edu

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Rising STAR found in Kinesiology Department

Tianne Miller, office coordinator of the Kinesiology Department, is SFSU's STAR of the month for August.

Susan Higgins, department chair, enthusiastically comments that Tianne has demonstrated "considerable grace and professionalism as she has mastered the multi-faceted and interactive challenges of this complex department, the college and the university. Because of her ability to effectively assume her role in the department, she has enabled other members of the staff and faculty to better perform their roles. Tianne has contributed to the department in a way that complements and enhances our academic mis sion."

Please join us in congratulating Tianne and letting her know that her efforts are truly appreciated!

As the STAR of the Month, Tianne will enjoy four free lunches on campus and a free parking pass or one month's public transportation cost. She will also be eligible for the STAR of the Year award.

To nominate an SFSU staff member for a STAR award, pick up a nomination form in the Human Resources department, ADM 252, or visit the Web site at: www.sfsu.edu/~hrwww/directives/p570a.htm

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Faculty tenure and promotions

The following faculty members were granted tenure or received promotion for the 2001/2002 academic year.

Faculty members who received tenure include: Fred Astren, Jewish Studies; Clifford Berkman, Chemistry & Biochemistry; Brian de Vries, Gerontology; Jane DeWitt, Chemistry & Biochemistry; Ned Fielden, Library; Judy Ganson, Library; Robert Gluck, Creative Writing; Madeline Hsu, Asian American Studies; M.A. Jaimes-Guerrero, Women Studies; Dane Johnson, World & Comparative Literature; Sharon Johnson, Nur sing; John Kim, Psychology; David Leitao, Classics; Amanda Lueck, Special Education; Alejandro Murguia, Raza Studies; Theophile Obenga, Black Studies; Scott Patterson, BECA; Michael Ritter, Counseling & Psychological Services; Carlos Sanchez-Guiterrez, Music; Dorothy Tsuruta, Black Studies; John Wilson, Theatre Arts; Weiming Wu, Chemistry & Biochemistry.

Faculty members who were promoted from assistant professor to associate professor include: Clifford Berkman, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Laura Burrus, Biology; Victoria Chen, Speech and Communication Studies; William Christmas, English; Jane De Witt, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Newell Garfield, Geosciences; Robert Gluck, Creative Writing; Madeline Hsu, Asian American Studies; Dane Johnson, World and Comparative Literature; John Kim, Psychology; Mario Laplante, Art; David Leitao, Classics; Amanda Lueck, Special Education; Alejandro Murguia, Raza Studies; Brighde Mullins, Creative Writing; Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Music; Gloria Soto, Special Education; John Wilson, Theatre Arts; Weiming Wu, Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Faculty members who were promoted from associate professor to professor include: Ron Caltabiano, Music; Caran Colvin, Psychology; Brian de Vries, Gerontology; Diane Harris, Psychology; Mark Johnson, Art; Myung Mi Kim, Creative Writing; Lois Lyles, English; Donald Mar, Economics; Midori McKeon, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Scott Patterson, BECA; Raquel Rivera-Pinderhughes, Urban Studies; Vanessa Sheared, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, College of Education; Colleen Stump, Special Education; Li sa White, Geosciences.

Ned Fielden was promoted from Assistant Librarian to Associate Librarian, and Caroline Harnly was promoted from Associate Librarian to Librarian.

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Help in the search for Dean of Faculty Affairs

The Academic Senate Office seeks nominations for faculty representation on the Search Committee for the Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Nomination forms will be in campus mailboxes no later than Monday, August 27. Please submit all nominations to the Academic Senate Office, ADM 551, by Friday, September 7, 2001. For more information contact the Academic Senate Office at Ext. 8-1264.

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Academic Senate Meetings

The Academic Senate convenes its first meeting of the Fall 2001 semester on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The meeting is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. The campus community is welcome to attend. The complete Fall 2001 Academic Senate meeting schedule is:

Accommodation requests

The Office of Human Relations Disability Programs Unit provides work-related accommodations to those individuals with verifiable disabilities.Reasonable Accommodation request forms are available in SSB (Student Services Building) Room 109 or on the web:www.sfsu.edu/~hrdpu. For more information about the Disability Programs Unit, please contact Gene Chelberg at extension 5-3728.

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Consult before you copy

Departments considering leasing or purchasing a photocopier are encouraged to consider signing up with the campus' Reprographics Program. It offers digital copiers, full maintenance service and all supplies for 4.5 a copy. The cost of paper is not included. Printers and fax machines are also available.

If you are interested in learning more about the program and would like to meet with the representative, please contact Haro Kagemoto, Procurement & Contracts, at EXT 8-2547.

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Faculty member wanted

A new Academic Honors and Scholarships Office has been established to improve student awareness of opportunities for regional and national scholarships and awards (e.g, Truman, Marshall, Rhodes, Phi Beta Kappa, etc.) and assist students with the application/nomination process. The University is now seeking a faculty member to work with this office.

The faculty coordinator will receive .20 assigned time to help identify qualified student applicants; offer student workshops; help students with the application process; and prepare nomination materials on behalf of the university. The faculty coordinator should be willing to motivate and assist students, enlist the help of other faculty members, work within strict guidelines and deadlines, produce strong written materials, and work effectively with office staff. Nominations (including self-nominatio ns) for this position can be sent to Gail Whitaker, Associate Vice President for Academic Program Development. For more information, call EXT 8-2789, or e-mail whitaker@sfsu.edu.

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Volunteer to help Visitacion

The Urban Institute is looking for volunteers to help with its Visitacion Valley Neighborhood Day 2001. The neighborhood day, which takes place Saturday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3p.m., will provide Visitacion Valley residents the opportunity to learn about available resources and services from community-based organizations in Visitacion Valley and around the Bay Area. There will be education and social services information, free immunization and health screenings, and other activities.

To volunteer or for more information, please call EXT 8-6419.

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Become a ringer

The SFSU Handbell Choir presently has several vacancies. Come join the first rehearsal of the semester tonight. Rehearsals are held every other Monday night from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Choir Room of Temple United Methodist Church, 65 Beverly Street --only five short blocks from campus. In order to get into the Choir Room you will need to ring the doorbell on the door closest to parking lot the church shares with Kaufer's Religous Supplies.

For more information, contact Caroline Harnly at EXT 8-1454.

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Symes says sayonara

After 15 years of service, Kris Symes is leaving her position with the SFSU Bookstore as the gift department and marketing manager. She is off to a new job at CSU Long Beach. An event in her honor was held last Thursday--a few days too early, unfortunately, to be properly announced in CampusMemo.

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Survey of New 2001-2002 Tenure-Track Faculty

College of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Talia Ben-Zeev, assistant professor of psychology. Will teach courses in cognitive psychology. Ph.D in cognitive psychology from Yale University. Most recent position: assistant professor of psychology at Williams College, Williamstown, MA. Research interests include cognitive science, cognitive psychology, social cognition, and education.

Christopher Carrington, assistant professor of sociology. Will teach courses in deviance and conformity, the family, sexuality, and research and qualitative methods. Ph.D. in sociology from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Most recent position: lecturer in sociology at SFSU. Research interests include lesbian and gay relationships and family life, gay male dance party/circuit culture, gay male sexuality, drug use and abuse among gay men.

Jessica Fields, assistant professor of sociology. Will teach courses in social psychology, sexuality and gender, and research and qualitative methods. Ph.D. in sociology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Most recent position: instructor in sociology and women's studies at UNC Chapel Hill. Research interests include sexuality and gender issues and school-based sex education.

Ellen Hines, assistant professor of geography and human environmental studies. Will teach courses in GIS, geographic techniques and marine resources. Ph.D. in geography from University of Victoria, Canada. Research interests include GIS, animal biogeography and environmental management.

Jarbel Rodriguez, assistant professor of history. Will teach courses in medieval European and Mediterranean history. Ph.D. in history from Princeton University. Most recent position: teaching assistant, University of Miami. Research interests include medieval European social and religious history, the crusades of Spain and the East and late medieval Christian and Muslim interactions.

Angelika Von Wahl, assistant professor of political science and international relations. Will teach courses in the politics of Western Europe and the European Union and foreign relations of Western Europe, the EU and NATO. Ph.D. in political science from Free University of Berlin, Germany. Most recent position: lecturer at California Polytechnic State University at San Louis Obispo. Research interests include the development of welfare states and labor markets, democracy and social policy, Eu ropean politics, gender and sexuality, social movements, immigration and citizenship, nationality and nationalism.

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College of Business

Leigh Jin, assistant professor of Information Systems & Business Analysis. Will teach courses in Electronic Commerce and Web Based System Design & Development, Programming Languages (Java, C++), Networking and Telecommunications. Ph.D. in Computer Information Systems from Georgia State University. Most recent position: Internship at a Silicon Valley based e-Business startup company. Jin's research interests include Electronic Commerce, Internet Technology and Its Organizational/Social Impacts and Emerging Telecommunication Technology.

Brenda L. Mak, assistant professor of Information Systems & Business Analysis. Will teach courses in programming languages (Java, C++), Knowledge Management and Applications of Neural Networks in Business. Ph.D. in Marketing Information Systems from Northwestern University. Most recent position: Assistant Professor teaching Systems Development and Object-oriented Technology at University of Kansas. Mak's research interests include Data Mining, Neural Networks, Genetic Algorithms, Human Computer I nteractions, Electronic Commerce Internet Search & Web Key Indexing and Decision Support Systems.

Bruce Robertson, assistant professor of Marketing. Will teach courses in Information Technology in Marketing, Marketing Strategy and Global Business Environment. Ph.D. in Marketing from University of Cincinnati. Most recent position: Research Assistant/Teaching Assistant at University of Cincinnati. Robertson's research interests include the causes and outcomes of influence, the Internet as a marketing communications medium and the influence of network structure on performance.

Ana Valenzuela, assistant professor of International Business. Will teach International Business and Multicultural Relations, Seminar in International Business and other related subjects. Ph.D. in Marketing from University of Madrid. Most recent position: Lecturer of Marketing Management at University of California, Berkeley. Valenzuela's research interests include Marketing Strategy and Internationalization, Retail Regulations and Category Management, Strategic Planning in the Service Industry a nd Methodology Issues in Marketing Research, and more.

Nini Yang, assistant professor of International Business. Will teach courses in International Management, Comparative Management, Cultural Analysis and other subjects in international business. Ph.D. in Organization and Human Resources from State University of New York at Buffalo. Yang's research interests include cultural relativity on employee motivation, work-family interfaces in culturally distinct societies, Asian economics, leadership style and organizational justice, information technolog y and diversity-related issues, and more.

Liang Yu, assistant professor of Information Systems & Business Analysis. Will teach courses in Electronic Commerce, Data Management and System Analysis & Design. Ph.D. in Management from Purdue University. Most recent position: Project Manager at Shantou University, Guangdong, China. Yu's interests include Electronic Commerce, Economics of Information Systems and Systems Modeling & Simulation.

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College of Creative Arts

Melissa Camacho, assistant professor of broadcast and electronic communications arts. Will teach courses in Electronic Media Criticism and Writing. Ph.D. in Mass Media from Michigan State University. Most recent position: Instructor, Department of Telecommunication, Michigan State University. Research interests include Internet use in the homes of low-income families and women's issues in the media.

Jennifer Hammett, Assistant Professor of Cinema. Will teach courses in Cinema Studies. Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of California, Berkeley. Most recent position: Lecturer in Cinema at San Francisco State University. Research interests include feminism and film theory.

Jenny Lau, Assistant Professor of Cinema. Will teach courses in Cinema Studies. Ph.D. in Cinema Studies from Northwestern University. Most recent position: Associate Professor, School of Film, Ohio University. Research interests include contemporary Hong Kong cinema, and cinema and popular media in East Asia.

Martin Linder, Assistant Professor of Design and Industry. Will teach courses in Manufacturing Technology and Product Development. M.F.A. in Industrial Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Most recent position: Chief Operations Officer of Envoil Incorporated. Professional experience includes extensive work in the field of commercial industrial design and development.

Gregory Magie, Assistant Professor of Music. Will teach courses in Music Theory and conduct the University Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Wind Ensemble. D.M.A. in Orchestral Conducting from the University of California, Los Angeles. Most recent position: Assistant Professor of Music at Graceland University in Iowa. Magie plays French horn and his conducting experience includes orchestral, choral and opera.

Eileen Mahoney, Assistant Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts. Will teach courses in Electronic Media Theory. Ph.D. in Communication from Temple University. Most recent position: Lecturer in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts at San Francisco State University. Research interests include trade and international telecommunications policies.

Paul Mullins, Assistant Professor of Art. Will teach courses in Painting and Drawing. M.F.A. from Ohio University. Most recent position: Lecturer in Art at Northeastern Illinois University. Mullins' work is exhibited nationally, most recently at the Corcoran Museum in Washington, D.C.

Robert Oakley, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts. Will serve as Technical Director/Production Manager and teach courses in Scenery, Props, and Stage Management. B.F.A. in Design and Technical Theatre from Central Michigan University. Most recent position: Lecturer in Theatre Arts at San Francisco State University. Oakley maintains an active career as a project/production manager for trade shows, television shows, stage productions and corporate events.

Greta Snider, Assistant Professor of Cinema. Will teach courses in Cinema Production. M.F.A. in Cinema from San Francisco State University. Most recent position: Lecturer in Cinema at San Francisco State University. Creative work includes short films which have been shown at festivals throughout the United States as well as in Canada and Europe.

Jo Tomalin, Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts. Will teaching courses in Acting, Voice, Movement, and Storytelling. Certificat d'Etudes from l'Ecole International de Theatre Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Most recent position: Lecturer in Theatre Arts at San Francisco State University. Tomalin maintains an active career as a performer in San Francisco Bay Area theatre.

Stephen Ujlaki, Professor and Chair of Cinema. Will teach courses in production management. M.F.A. in Directing from Institut des Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques in Paris. Most recent position: President, Panarea Productions. Professional experience includes extensive work producing feature films, made-for-cable movies, and documentaries.

Alissa Walters, Assistant Professor of Music. Will teach courses in Voice, Vocal Literature and Pedagogy, and conduct the University Chorus. D.M.A. in Voice Performance from Florida State University, Tallahassee. Most recent position: Assistant Professor of Voice at Northwest Missouri State University. Walters maintains an active career as recitalist and soprano soloist.

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College of Education

Marguerite Conrad, assistant professor of Elementary Education. Will teach courses in Reading, Language Arts and Literacy. Ph.D. in Education from University of California, Berkeley. Most recent position: Lecturer at UC Berkeley teaching Foundations for Teaching Language Arts in the Primary Grades. Dr. Conrad's research interests include the Literacy Needs of Children and Families in the Urban Community.

Jamal Cooks, assistant professor of Secondary Education. Will teach courses in Literacy/Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development. Ph.D. in Literacy Education from the University of Michigan. Most recent position: Lecturer at San Francisco State University in the Department of Secondary Education teaching courses in Building Innovative Instructional Practices with Literacy Skills. Dr. Cooks' research interests include How Explicit Writing Instruction Within Different Learning Environments Impacts Students' Expository Writing Skills.

Patricia Irvine, assistant professor of Secondary Education. Will teach courses in Middle Level Education. Ph.D. in Educational Foundations from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Most recent position: Assistant Professor at University of Rochester teaching courses in Academic Writing for Doctoral Students, Secondary English Teacher Education, and Critical Literacy. Dr. Irvine's research interests include Language, Literacy and Social Identity, Teaching Writing:Theory and Practice, Adult Education and ESL, and Gender and Pedagogy.

Christy Lao, assistant professor of Elementary Education. Will teach courses in Multiple Subject Cantonese Bilingual Cross-Cultural Language and Academic Development. Ph.D. in Education from the University of Southern California. Most recent position: Assistant Professor at Columbia University teaching in the Bilingual/Bicultural Education Program. Dr. Lao's research interests include Second Language Literacy Development using Authentic Self-selected Texts.

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College of Ethnic Studies

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, assistant professor of Asian American Studies. Will teach courses in Vietnamese American studies, Asian American literature, Vietnamese American literature and Asian American culture. Ph.D in comparative ethnic studies from UC Berkeley. Most recent position: instructor at UC Berkeley. Research interests include comparative ethnic studies with focus in ethnic literature.

Biographies of New Tenure-Track Faculty will continue in the next issue of CampusMemo which will be published Sept. 4.

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