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Volume 59, Number 26    March 5, 2012         

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COB dean candidates visit
Candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Business. All members of the campus community are invited to attend presentations to hear each candidate speak about their vision for the College of Business. A reception will follow each presentation. Visits will take place March 5, 8 and 12.

View the list of candidates at
(login required).

Academic Administrative Reviews begin
Administrative Review Committees (ARCs) have been created to conduct academic administrative reviews for Dean of the College of Science and Engineering Sheldon Axler and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities Paul Sherwin. The committees seek input from members of the campus community; links to electronic questionnaires have been sent via e-mail. People who wish to participate but who did not receive an e-mail with a link to the administrative review questionnaire, should contact Stephanie Schwartz at or ext. 8-2571. Signed, written responses may also be submitted to the ARC chairs, c/o Office of the University Provost, ADM 455.

Anonymous responses will not be used, however signed evaluations will not be shown to the administrators under review, and submissions will be kept confidential within legal limits.

Chairs of the administrative review committees are:
• Chair/Professor of Geosciences Oswaldo Garcia (Dean Axler)
• Professor of Humanities Mary Scott (Dean Sherwin)

Retention, tenure and promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to attend one of five workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion (RTP). Conducted by Dean of Faculty Affairs Sacha Bunge, the workshops will focus on expectations for scholarship and preparing for RTP review. Attendees should RSVP to and bring a copy of their Departmental RTP criteria to the workshop.

Faculty in their first year:
• Friday, March 9, 2-4 p.m., ADM 460

Faculty in their 2nd through 5th year:
• Wednesday, April 4, 2-4 p.m., ADM 460
• Thursday, April 5, 2-4 p.m., HUM 587

Faculty applying in fall 2012 for tenure and promotion to associate professor:
• Friday, March 16, 10 a.m.-noon, ADM 460
• Thursday, March 29, 10 a.m.-noon, ADM 460

Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor:
• Thursday, March 15, 10 a.m.-noon, ADM 460

Campus network security changes nearing
The campus Internet connection will be modified on Thursday, March 15 to reject incoming connections unless the computer equipment is on the firewall exception list. The change will enhance information security at SF State and will affect all computer equipment on the campus computer network, including servers and workstations running remote desktop file sharing. Out-going connections to the Internet will not be affected. Faculty and staff who need to connect to the campus network from off-campus, can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection at

Campus servers and resources that are accessed by students and the public will need to be added to the firewall exception list. Requests to be added to this list should be made by the department's information technology representative by Thursday, March 1.

Submit questions to the DoIT Help Desk at

Women's History Month
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) faculty will present Shirley Malcom, Ph.D., of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), for a seminar titled, "Women Scientists and Engineers Connecting Globally." The seminar will be held Monday, March 12 from 4-5 pm in SCI 210.

Malcom is head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs at the AAAS. The directorate includes programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology. For more information, contact Lisa White at or ext. 8-1571.

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Presidential search committee seeks input
Members of the Campus Advisory Committee for the selection of SF State's new president encourage members of the campus community to submit their ideas regarding desired qualifications and attributes for the new president, questions for the final candidates to address and suggested nominees.

Input may be sent by e-mail to or addressed directly to the appropriate individuals below:

Send suggestions for nominees to Jamie Ferrare, Ph.D., of AGB Search at and to CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed at Note that the application deadline for the position is March 16, 2012.

Direct comments and suggestions regarding desired presidential qualifications, as well as questions for the candidates, to the Chief of Staff Sandra B. George at

All nominations will be acknowledged, and all comments and suggestions will be shared with the entire search committee. Read more and watch a video of the search committee's open forum at

Faculty Travel Grants Available
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages faculty to apply for travel grant awards. The awards for travel during 2012 will have a maximum value of $500 and the association expects to fund up to seven faculty grants this year (staff travel grants will be awarded next year). Applications are due April 4.

Professional development is the major criterion for a travel grant award, with preference given to participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, summer field work, research, or attendance at an institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered. Only faculty with at least a half-time appointment may apply.

Application forms are available at under the "Forms" tab. To be considered for a grant, submit a completed application via e-mail to all of the following people by April 4:

'Planning Your Retirement' workshops scheduled
Human Resources invites CalPERS members who are within five years of retiring to attend a retirement planning workshop. Each session will cover how retirement benefits are calculated, ways to maximize retirement benefits, the steps that need to be taken prior to retiring and the retirement application process. Workshops will be held April 3, 4, 20 and 26 in ADM 560.

A limited number of one-on-one meetings with a CalPERS retirement specialist are available after the workshop. More information is available under the "What's New" section of the Human Resources website at

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Feb. 28 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Chair's report Looking to the Future and the Future of Academic Senate leadership
  • Heard a report from California Faculty Association Chapter President Wei Ming Dariotis
  • Heard a report from Senate Appointees to the Franciscan Shops Board of Directors, Bruce Heiman and David Hellman
  • Approved a recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed Library Advisory Committee policy
  • Discussed a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed Online Education Policy, first reading
  • Discussed a recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy, Academic Senate Policy #F11-241, first reading

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

Deadline at hand for Distinguished Faculty Award nominations deadline
March 5 at 4 p.m. is the deadline to nominate outstanding faculty members for the Distinguished Faculty Award.

The Academic Senate presents the Distinguished Faculty Award annually to recognize the extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions of faculty in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. The awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate, are designed to highlight and showcase examples of the exceptional work of SF State faculty.

Visit the Academic Senate website at to nominate a colleague -- or yourself -- by 4 p.m. Monday, March 5. Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or with questions.

Faculty marshals sought for Commencement
The Academic Senate Executive Committee seeks nominees who are interested in assisting with Commencement. Those who are interested are invited to contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or send an e-mail to with the subject line "Faculty Marshal Spring 2012."

Faculty graduation marshals direct the designated college faculty in guiding graduating students in the processional before, during and after the Commencement ceremony. For more information on the post, view the policy at

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor and Interim Chair of Art Gail Dawson, Associate Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride, Director of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan and Unit Head of Collection Acquisition Management Joan E. Borrelli.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Management John Sullivan and President Robert A. Corrigan.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Master Class: Morrison Artists Series: Parker Quartet: 12:10 p.m.

San Francisco Math Circle Teachers' Circle: 6 p.m.

Theatre: Sorry Fugu: 7:30 p.m.

SmART Space: An interactive exhibit at the intersection of art and technology: 11 a.m. Wed.-Sat. through March 25

Recital: Roberto Turrin, piano: 1 p.m.

Fulbright Information Workshop: 2 p.m.

Supply Chain Sustainability and Marketing Challenges of Bay Area Businesses: 6 p.m.

Poetry Reading: Sawako Nakayasu: 4:30 p.m.

Film: Vigilante, Vigilante: 7 p.m.

Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 8 p.m.

Recital: Jaap Blonk: 1 p.m.

Softball Hosting Grand Canyon in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 8 p.m.

Lecture: When a Column Speaks: The Liturgy of the Christian Parthenon: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
March 10: Softball Hosting Grand Canyon: 11 a.m.

March 10: Baseball vs. Sonoma State: noon

March 10: Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 8 p.m.

March 11: Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 2 p.m.

March 12: Recital: Creative World Ensemble: 1 p.m.

March 13: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

March 14: Softball Hosting Cal Baptist in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

March 14: Talk: Considering Health in Transportation Decisions: A Health Impact Assessment of Potential Road Pricing Policy in San Francisco: 5 p.m.

March 14: Seminar: Viktoria Sukovata: Queer Sexuality in Images of Soviet and Post Soviet Pop Culture: 6 p.m.

March 14: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble and CSU Northridge Wind Ensemble: 7 p.m.

March 14: Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 8 p.m.

March 15: Recital: Student chamber ensembles: 1 p.m.

March 15: Dodie Bellamy and Alan Gilbert, Open Workshop: 4:30 p.m.

March 15: Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 8 p.m.

March 16: Softball Hosting Chico State in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

March 16: Baseball vs. UC San Diego: 2 p.m.

March 16: Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 8 p.m.

March 17: Baseball vs. UC San Diego: 11 a.m.

March 17: Softball Hosting Chico State in a Doubleheader: noon

March 17: Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 8 p.m.

March 18: Baseball vs. UC San Diego: 11 a.m.

March 19: Spring '12 Spring Recess: No Classes, Campus Open


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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