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Volume 59, Number 4    September 6, 2011         

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Nonprofit Fair this week
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement will host the Fall 2011 Nonprofit Fair on the quad Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 6 and 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the event. Bay Area nonprofit and government organizations will share information on how to get involved with the communities they serve. For more information, visit or e-mail

Post-9/11 forum
Faculty from Middle East and Islamic Studies, and Jewish Studies will hold the 10th Annual Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on Post-9/11 World Affairs from 3 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 12 in SCI 270. Professor of History Barbara Loomis will deliver the opening remarks. Other faculty participants include Maziar Behrooz, Eran Kaplan, Joel Kassiola, Mahmoud Monshipouri, Mohammad Salama and Lucia Volk. The panel will be moderated by Chris Chekuri and a question and answer session will follow.

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New title conferred to Rosser
Sue V. Rosser, who was appointed as Provost in August of 2009, will have the title of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs effective immediately.

The change of title does not change Rosser's responsibilities but it better reflects the breadth of her responsibilities and aligns her title with similar positions at other CSU institutions.

As Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rosser holds the second ranking leadership position at SF State, and she remains responsible for all aspects of the curriculum and academic programs. Her portfolio includes such units as Academic Planning, Academic Technology, Faculty Affairs, the Office of International Programs, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, as well as the six academic colleges.

Retention, tenure and promotion
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled three informal discussion sessions focused on helping faculty to prepare for retention, tenure and promotion (RTP). Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge and Chair of the University Tenure and Promotion Committee Nini Yang will conduct the sessions. The agenda will include:
  • Role of departmental RTP criteria in the review process
  • Ideas for making your Working Personnel Action File easy to review and evaluate
  • Role of external review letters and letters of support

The following sessions will be held in ADM 460:

  • Faculty in their first and second probationary year: Friday, Sept. 2, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Faculty in their third through fifth probationary year: Friday, Sept. 30, 1 to 3 p.m.
  • Faculty applying for tenure and promotion: Thursday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m. to noon

To register or request more information, call ext. 8-2204 or e-mail

Vice President for Administration and Finance/ CFO search under way
The search for a new Vice President for Administration and Finance/Chief Financial Officer to succeed Executive Vice President Leroy Morishita and Interim Vice President Nancy Hayes is now under way. The Vice President is a vital component of the University's senior leadership and provides strategic and operational direction for the University's business affairs.

The Executive Committee of the Academic Senate and President Corrigan appointed a search committee last spring. The committee has been meeting since June 15. The position has been advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education and through other media. The position description and electronic application information have also been posted on the Human Resources recruitment website.

The committee is chaired by Sheldon Axler, dean of the College of Science and Engineering. Other committee members include:

  • Sudip Chattopadhyay, professor and chair, economics
  • Andrew Gutierrez, president, Associated Students, Inc.
  • Martin Linder, associate professor, Design and Industry
  • Mary Beth Love, professor and chair, health education
  • Caitlin Steele, manager, sustainability programs
  • Dawn Terrell, professor, psychology
  • Pamela Vaughn, Academic Senate chair and professor of classics
  • Jo Volkert, associate vice president, enrollment management
  • Shawn Whalen, deputy chief of staff, office of the president
  • Agnes Wong Nickerson, University controller
  • Darlene Yee, professor and coordinator, gerontology

As the search progresses, the committee will keep the University community apprised of opportunities to meet finalists and provide feedback. View the VP/CFO position listing.

Individual Investigator/Collaborative grants awarded
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has awarded grants to fund 20 faculty projects from a range of disciplines across SF State, concluding the spring 2011 "Facilitating Research and Creative Work at SF State University: Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grants" competition. The program is designed to support projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). A list of awardees and project titles can be viewed at

CSU employee update
The CSU Board of Trustees' Special Committee on Presidential Selection and Compensation met to discuss possible revisions to the presidential selection process.


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. An open floor period will be held from 2 to 2:10 p.m., providing an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Approval of the agenda for Sept. 6
  • Report from Senate Chair Pamela Vaughn
  • Report from Interim VP of Administration and Finance Nancy Hayes: Overview of the SF State budget with question and answer period
  • Report from University Provost Rosser: trends in tenure, tenure track faculty from 2000-2010
  • Discussion of the status of the University reorganization
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee on the proposed resolution on Selection of Presidents in the California State University (to be discussed at 4 p.m.)
  • Senate committee elections (nominee information is on the Senate website and nominations also be accepted from the floor):
    • All-University Teacher Education Committee
    • Enrollment Management Committee
    • University Budget Committee
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding approval of proposed standing committee assignments, first reading

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web calendar and on the Senate website at

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg and Assistant Professor of Elementary Education Mina Kim.

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This week in Newsmakers: Biology Lecturer Bill Cochlan, Political Science Lecturer David Lee, President Robert A. Corrigan and Associate Professor of Geography and Human Environmental Studies Jason Henderson.

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Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.

Labor Day: No Classes; Offices Closed

Nonprofit Fair: 11 a.m.

Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Coming Up
Sept. 12: Forum: The 10th Annual Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on Post-9/11 World Affairs: 3 p.m.

Sept. 15: San Francisco State University Rights Conference

Sept. 20: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Sept. 26: Recital: Victoria Neve, piano: 1 p.m.

Sept. 30: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Sept. 30: Theatre: Jump: A Love Story: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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