Turnitin and global pedagogy courses
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) will offer
several new workshops this semester. On Oct. 2, Lecturer in English
Amy Love will teach a course in Turnitin, the plagiarism detection
tool. The course will focus on how to use Turnitin as a teaching
aid. No prior experience with online learning is required. On Oct.
4, join Professor of Social Work Rita Takahashi and Assistant Professor
of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso for "Got Diversity? Pedagogy
in a Global Context." The workshop will present ways to make
course content and teaching methods relevant and accessible for
To register for these and other CTFD courses, go to the POWER
online registration system at http://power.sfsu.edu/index, call
ext. 8-6456 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on
upcoming courses, please visit www.sfsu.edu/~ctfd/workshops.htm
Get fit on campus
Want to try yoga or tone up your abs? Don't forget about FitnessPlus,
the University's wellness program for faculty and staff. An $88
semester membership ($70 for a single membership if you join
with a friend) includes classes in yoga, cardio, Feldenkrais,
body sculpting, Pilates, and access to the pool and weight room.
Fall registration for classes is underway. For information, call
ext. 8-7572, or e-mail email@example.com.
Order books now
The Bookstore is now processing orders for winter session and spring
semester and will once again offer every department on campus
a $1,000 Bookstore gift card if at least 90 percent of spring
2008 textbook orders (as posted in the class schedule) are
received by October 1, 2007. Orders can be placed online
sent via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org,
or faxed to 405-0474.
Grant and contract training
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs offers Grant
and Contract Training Workshops for new SF State faculty. Training
sessions will be held in ADM 460 at the following times:
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
2 - 4 p.m.
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
1 - 3 p.m.
contact Tish Santos (email@example.com,
ext. 5-3995) to reserve a space.
From Sept. 17 through Oct. 12 faculty and staff can enroll
in or make changes to health, dental, FlexCash, Dependent
Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) programs.
Any changes made during Open Enrollment will go into effect
Jan. 1, 2008.
Employees who are currently enrolled in DCRA and HCRA programs,
please remember that you must re-enroll for the 2008 calendar
year during the annual Open Enrollment period. For additional
information, please contact the Benefits and Disability
Programs unit at ext. 8-1875 or visit the Human Resources
Constitution Day Observed
State will observe Constitution Day on September 17 with the Third
Annual Conference on
the Constitution. This year's theme is "Values
and the Constitution, the Constitution and Values." Scholars from
around the country will present papers on a variety of topics including
civil rights, prayer in the public schools, and war and the constitution.
All sessions will be held in Humanities 587 beginning at 9:10 a.m.
and are open to the entire campus community.
from Stanford University will hold sessions on Monday afternoon. At
p.m. Morris Fiorina, the Wendt Family Professor of Political
Science and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution will discuss "The
Great Disconnect in American Politics." At 4:30 p.m., Jack Rakove,
the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and
one of most prominent constitutional historians today, will speak on
"The Dilemma of Declaring Rights."
A full schedule is available at: http://academic.sfsu.edu/ugs/index.php
who wish to bring their students to the lectures should first contact
Robert Cherny, acting dean of undergraduate studies, at ext. 8-2206
or firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure sufficient
room for all who wish to attend.
Corrections to Bulletin
The University Calendar in the printed 2007-2008 Bulletin (pages 27-28)
contains some errors and omissions. The correct dates appear below:
Last day of instruction: Dec. 17, 2007
Winter recess: Dec. 24, 2007 - Jan. 21, 2008
Evaluation day: Dec. 31, 2007
Grading days/grades due: Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, 2008
Semester begins: Jan. 22, 2008
Faculty development: Jan. 22 - 23, 2008
Review day: May 16, 2008
Evaluation day: May 29, 2008
Grading days/grades due: May 30 - June 2, 2008
from the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate has elected the members of the University Search
Committee for dean of undergraduate studies. The members are:
van Dommelen, director, Learning Assistance Center
Whalen, coach specialist, communication studies
Domingo, associate professor, biology
its Sept. 11 meeting, the Academic Senate:
a performance by the Alexander String Quartet
a moment of silence in memoriam of those who lost their lives in
the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
Maggie Beers, director, academic technology and heard a short description
of the newly organized Academic Technology Department
the Curriculum Coordinator, Alexandra Katz
a report from Provost John Gemello and Vice President of Administration
and Finance, Leroy Morishita: Update on SF State Budget and Master
a report from Ramon Castellblanch, president, California Faculty
a report from Susan Shimanoff, chair, Graduation Requirements Task
a report from Helen Goldsmith, associate dean, undergraduate studies,
about the new liberal studies faculty
the senate elected the following committee, board, and council members:
Elections Committee: Sudip Chattopadhyay; Wei Ming Dariotis;
Teacher Education Committee: Rob Williams
of Appeals and Review: Karen Johnson-Carroll
Council: Pamela Hood
Council on International Programs (state-wide): Laura Lisy-Wagner
Budget Committee: Nathan Avani & Nini Yang
Management: no nominees
more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at www.sfsu.edu/~senate/
80th birthday bash for Wayne Peterson
The College of Creative Arts will pay tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning
music Professor Emeritus Wayne Peterson with a series of events in
Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts building on Sept. 20. Peterson will
lead a master class with composition graduate students at 2 p.m. He
will give a lecture on his work in music composition at 3 p.m. His
lecture will feature performances by the Alexander String Quartet.
Admission to the master class and lecture is free. At 7 p.m. new music
ensemble Earplay will perform a concert featuring a selection of compositions
by Peterson. Admission to the evening concert is $20; students may
attend free of charge. For tickets, contact the SF State Box Office
at ext. 8-2467.
Faculty and staff recently featured in the news include Michelle
Wolf, professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, discussing
the reasons behind increasingly steamy sex scenes on TV, and Director of
Athletics Mike Simpson discussing the demise of Gator football.
the recently published works of Associate Professor of Creative Writing
and Social Sciences Lecturer Dean W. Manders; the
upcoming exhibits by Assistant Professor of Art Victor De La Rosa and Professor
of Art Lewis DeSoto; and the keynote addresses by Andrew Jolivette, assistant
professor of American Indian Studies and Erik Peper, professor and director
of the Health Education Department's Institute for Holistic Healing
Annual Benefits Fair
Faculty and staff can explore the full range of employee benefits offered
by SF State at the 26th Annual Benefits Fair on Monday, Sept. 17 in Jack
Adams Hall. For additional information, please contact the Benefits and
Disability Programs unit at ext. 8-1875 or visit the Human Resources
Web site at: http://www.sfsu.edu/~hrwww
Annual Reentry Summit
The SF State Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, in
partnership with the San Francisco Safe Communities Reentry Council,
a one-day summit: "Working Together to Support San Franciscans After
Incarceration: The Second Annual Reentry Summit" on Sept.
19 at Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will give the opening remarks. SF Supervisor
Ross Mirkarimi, Sheriff Michael Hennessey, District
Attorney Kamala Harris
and Public Defender Jeff Adachi are also scheduled to speak. Luis J.
Rodriguez, activist and author of "Always Running: La Vida Loca,
Gang Days in LA," will give the keynote lunchtime address on how
successful reentry of the incarcerated can reduce violence in society.
For information visit www.sfpublicdefender.org/scrc or
call (415) 553-9349.
China Rising and the World
The economic, social, political and cultural changes taking place in
contemporary China and how these changes influence China's rising
status as a world power and its relations with other nations are the
subjects of a fall lecture course led by Joel L. Kassiola, dean of
the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
BSS 275: "China
Rising and the World" is
held on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. through Dec. 12 in
154. The course
is free to the general public and campus community on a drop-in basis
or for two units of academic credit on a pass/no-pass basis through the
Open University, College of Extended Learning for a reduced fee of $150.
For more information including a complete list of class topics, visit
http://bss.sfsu.edu or call ext. 5-2402.
Promotion and tenure celebration
A campus-wide celebration in honor of the faculty and student services
professionals granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held
from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Nob Hill Room at the Seven
Hills Conference Center. The campus community is invited to attend.
The tenure and promotions list is available at: http://academic.sfsu.edu/facaffairs/announce.php
Pacific Light art exhibit
The University's International Center for the
Arts and Fine Arts Gallery presents "Pacific Light: California
Watercolor Refracted, 1907-2007," from Sept. 22 to Oct.
20. The exhibit features works from 46 legendary artists including
Ruth Asawa, Chang Dai-chien,
David Hockney, Wayne Thiebaud, SF State Emeritus Professor of Art Robert
Bechtle and SF State Assistant Professor of Art Gail Dawson. The show
highlights the evolving culture, diversity and artistry of California
throughout the past century. An opening reception will be held from noon
to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. Admission is free. For details, visit http://gallery.sfsu.edu or
call ext. 8-6535.