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Volume 56, Number 21    February 2, 2009         

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Faculty learning communities formed
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) will launch and support new Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) in interdisciplinary teaching, sustainability, and scholarship of teaching for Spring 2009. The communities are designed to bring faculty together and help build a community of shared interest. Each FLC will receive $500 in support from CTFD, is limited to 10 faculty and will meet at least three times face-to-face during the semester. Each will be faculty-led and develop organically. For more information and to sign up, contact CTFD at or ext. 8-6456.

CTFD initiates Brown Bag Series for spring
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) will sponsor a series of Brown Bag gatherings this semester. The series is designed to address questions and foster open, accessible dialogue among colleagues and the campus community. The first meeting will feature Gail Evans, dean of undergraduate studies, Feb. 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in BH 333. Beverages and fruit will be provided.

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Sustainability proposals requested
The UC, CSU CCC Sustainability Conference is requesting proposals for its upcoming conference on April 15. The conference is an opportunity to learn about campus sustainability and share innovative ideas and best practices. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit proposals, which are due Feb. 10. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit

Announcing the 23rd annual CSU Student Research Competition
The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present outstanding research projects and creative work. Faculty members are invited to help ensure a strong pool of applicants by actively encouraging students to apply. Current students, as well as those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2008, are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 18 for the campus competition, which will take place Feb. 25 through March 3.

The University will select as many as 10 campus winners to compete in the CSU systemwide competition May 1-2 at CSU, Los Angeles. Winners receive cash awards.

Student registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies Web site: All participants are also invited to exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase in May. For more information, contact Maria Conrad at

CSU pre-doc applications now available
Applications are now available for the California Pre-Doctoral Program by visiting

The California Pre-Doctoral Program supports the doctoral aspirations of CSU students, particularly those who have had educational and economic disadvantages, and aims to increase the diversity of the pool from which the CSU draws its faculty. Each applicant selected as a Pre-Doctoral Scholar will work closely with a faculty sponsor to develop a plan that leads to preparation for and enrollment in a doctoral program. The Pre-Doctoral Program provides funds for visits to doctoral institutions, attendance at a professional meeting appropriate to the student’s development, professional memberships, journal subscriptions and graduate school applications and tests. Completed applications are due March 30 at 4 p.m., in HUM 289. For more information, contact William Christmas at ext. 8-7463 or

CTFD seeks research faculty for EnACT grant
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development's (CTFD) partnership with EnACT-PTD (Ensuring Access Through Collaboration and Technology -- Partners, Technology and Dissemination) is continuing for the next three years. The EnACT-PTD grant is earmarked to provide faculty the support and training to ensure that students with disabilities are provided equal access to a high quality, post-secondary education. The work of research faculty is integral to the development of these goals.

CTFD is seeking five tenured or tenure-track faculty to join its research faculty group. Each faculty member will be remunerated $2,000 per year for three years ($6,000 total), provided he or she successfully participates in and completes all required project activities. In addition, travel funds will be available for research faculty who wish to present at professional conferences. For more details on responsibilities and terms of participation, visit

Those interested in participating should contact CTFD before Feb. 6 at or ext. 8-6456.

Faculty development opportunity
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will administer a faculty development grant, supported in part by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE).
Selected as one of the grant recipients by the CSU, SF State is charged with creating individual digital case stories around a variety of themes reflecting on all aspects of student engagement.

Five tenured or tenure-track faculty members for Spring 2009 and Fall 2009 will develop a set of digital case stories illustrating exemplary teaching methods and diverse methods of student engagement. Faculty members will receive $800 for their participation, as well as $200 more for teaching materials. The case stories, reference materials and teaching tools will be shared with the community, and posted at the MERLOT/ELIXR Web site. 

More details can be found at Those interested in participating should contact CTFD before Feb. 6 at ext. 8-6456 or

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. The agenda will include:
  • Approval of the Agenda for the Feb. 3, 2009 meeting
  • Approval of the minutes for the Dec. 9, 2008 meeting
  • Academic Senate elections for the All-University Committee on International Programs -- one faculty representitive needed to serve the 2008-11 term
  • An award presentation for accessible Web design
  • A report from Barry Rothman, chair of the Strategic Issues Committee, on preparing the online education policy
  • A recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the retention, tenure and promotion policy, University tenure and promotion committee voting, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Academic Senate bylaws voting Procedures, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the youth and human services nonprofit agency administration certificate programs, first reading

Action Items - Dec. 9 meeting
Following are the minutes of the Academic Senate's Dec. 9 meeting

  • Announced that the faculty honors and awards application deadline was extended to Dec. 22
  • Elected School of Music and Dance Graduate Coordinator Cyrus Ginwala, Professor of Geosciences Karen Grove, Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Midori McKeon and Chair of the History Department Barbara Loomis, as nominees for the administrative review committee for Ann Hallum, dean of graduate studies
  • Elected Charlotte Ferretti, director of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute, Professor of Health Education Mary Beth Love, James Wiley of the Public Research Institute, and Chair of Counseling Department Rob Williams, as nominees for the administrative review committee for Enrique Riveros-Schafer, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Elected Associate Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Melissa Camacho to a three-year term as SF State's faculty representative to the CSU Statewide Academic Council on International Programs (ACIP)
  • Approved an amendment to the faculty constitution to enlarge the Senate body by two members and increase the staff representation to three members
  • Approved a proposal to add a new M.A. in Sociology to the Master Plan Projections
  • Heard a proposed revision to the retention tenure and promotion policy on voting procedures
  • Approved a proposal to change the name of the degree offered by the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management from "Hospitality Management" to "Hospitality and Tourism Management"
  • Approved a proposal to change the name of the degree offered by the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism, from "Recreation" to "Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration"
  • Approved a resolution in recognition of the retirement of former Senate Chair, James Edwards

CSU Academic Senate newsletter now online
Faculty and staff are encouraged to stay current on the activities of the systemwide Academic Senate. The January ASCSU Newsletter is now available at

This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Journalism Cristina Azocar and Professor of Journalism Jon Funabiki co-authored a report, and Assistant Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Jeff Jacoby has been elected to become a board president.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Astronomy Joseph Barranco discusses research on planet formation and Assistant Professor of Journalism Cristina Azocar describes the importance of ethnic media.

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This week we remember Dance Lecturer Alicia Pierce.

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Non-profit agency fair
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement will host a non-profit agency fair in the Quad on Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend and learn about the volunteer opportunities available. For more information, contact Adam Calmenson at

Community engaged research series kickoff
This spring, SF State will host a series to address moving community-engaged efforts into publication, grants and other knowledge. A kickoff session will be held Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 306 where attendees can meet visiting scholar Nina Wallerstein and receive an overview of the series schedule.

Coming Up
The Theatre Arts Department's Players Club presents "Amateurs" at 7 p.m. Feb. 6-7 and 12-14 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 8 and 15 in the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building. A chic after-party celebrating the opening of a musical becomes the setting where the dreams, loves, failures and successes of actors and friends are explored with bittersweet humor. Admission is $10. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467.

Illuminations and Reflections
The College of Creative Arts presents "Illuminations and Reflections: First Annual Symposium on Music in the 21st Century" Feb. 6-7 in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. The event celebrates the 100th birthday of 20th century composers Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen and the 60th birthday of music theory and composition Professor Richard Festinger, while savoring the promise and excitement of classical music's future. Concerts by world-renowned performers will explore the beautiful and stirring music of Carter, Messiaen and Festinger and present exciting new work by seven emerging composers chosen in international competition. Panel discussions with scholars and industry leaders will enhance the event. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit:

More stories by Tobias Wolff
Word for Word will perform "More Stories by Tobias Wolff" on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. The performance features three of Wolff’s short stories. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Creative Arts Box Office. The event is sponsored by the English department.   

CTFD February workshops
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host two workshops in February. Associate Professor of Health Education John Elia will lead "Train Your Teaching Assistant to be Your Partner" Feb. 19 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in BH 333. Cynthia Desrochers, faculty director of the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning, will present "Promoting Classroom Civility and Working with Disruptive Students," on Feb. 20 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in BH 229. To register, visit or e-mail

Research and Creative Activities Retreat
The Research and Creative Activities Retreat will be held at the Romberg Tiburon Center March 6. The retreat allows faculty to find colleagues with similar areas of interest, with a more concrete goal of growing new interdisciplinary collaborative groups. For more information or to register, visit

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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