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Week of Scholarship celebrates faculty and student research, April 22-26


Cal State East Bay celebrates a Week of Scholarship, April 22-26, 2013.

  • March 13, 2013

From science to history and art to economics, Cal State East Bay is alive with learning and discovery. To celebrate faculty and student research and creativity, the university will host a Week of Scholarship April 22 through 26.

The five-day event is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) and highlights the variety of different disciplines that CSU researchers are engaged in. Other events planned include guest speakers and a regional symposium on teaching and learning. The entire university community is invited to attend all free events throughout the week. 

President Leroy M. Morishita said the weeklong celebration is an important showcase for the academic efforts of faculty and students. “Our university has a deep tradition of faculty and students working together both in and out of the classroom to enrich their studies and have an impact in the community. The Week of Scholarship is a wonderful way to showcase the outstanding scholarship, research and creative activities of faculty, staff and students on this campus,” he said.

Many of the scholarly activities on campus take place outside of the classroom, said Jason Singley, associate professor of physics and faculty associate for research in ORSP. CSUEB embraces a “teacher-scholar” model for faculty, he said, in which faculty are “deeply engaged in teaching, but also participating in research in their discipline.”

Working on projects with faculty mentors is also a “high impact practice” for students, Singley added. “Research has demonstrated that students who participate have higher retention and graduation rates.”

To begin the week’s festivities, on April 22 the university will honor the George & Miriam Phillips Outstanding Professor of the Year, recognize faculty authors and artists and announce the recipients of three faculty awards. Derek Jackson Kimball, this year’s Outstanding Professor, will talk about his research in atomic physics and his work with students.

In the past 24 months, more than 50 faculty have published books or articles, or had an art exhibit or performance, according to Associate Provost Linda Dobb. “There is a lot of creativity on this campus, but we aren’t always able to tie it all together,” she said. “Recognition is important to build awareness in the community.”

Provost James Houpis will present the Provost's Awards. The new awards, created with the Faculty Affairs Committee of the Academic Senate, recognize faculty who have distinguished themselves in the following areas:

  • Outstanding Mentor of Students
  • Outstanding New Researcher
  • Outstanding Contributor to Community Engagement

Nominations for the awards are open until April 12. All members of the university community are welcome to nominate a faculty member. Read more about the Provost's Awards or see the form on the Academic Senate Web site for additional information.

In two research symposia April 23 and 24, students and faculty will have the opportunity to present posters summarizing current projects, research areas and new developments. Faculty and students working in creative subjects are planning live presentations. Projects supported by Programmatic Excellence and Innovations in Learning (PEIL) will also be represented on Wednesday, and each of the 10 PEIL teams will give a brief oral presentation.

April 25 brings to campus guest speakers and noted futurists Laura Welcher of the Long Now Foundation and Paul Saffo of Discern Analytics. Cal State East Bay has begun incorporating long-term thinking into its curricula as part of a new initiative to prepare leaders and innovators with perspective. Prof. Lonny Brooks and some of his students will present the results of recent projects examining issues society may face in 25, 100 or 1,000 years.

The seminar is sponsored in part by the Long Now Foundation, a San Francisco-based organization that addresses long-term thinking and responsibility.

On the final day of the Week of Scholarship, Cal State East Bay will host the Northern California Symposium on Critical and Creative Thinking with participants from several northern California CSUs as well as other educational institutions, regional partners and accrediting agencies. Edward Nuhfer, Director of Educational Effectiveness at Humboldt State University, will be the keynote speaker.

Cal State East Bay has emerged as a leader in efforts to examine critical and creative thinking, according to Associate Vice President Susan Opp. “We are very pleased to share with our colleagues the outstanding work our faculty are doing in the classroom,” she said. Morning and afternoon panels will discuss how critical and creative thinking are presented in classrooms as well as how they are assessed.

Complete schedule of events for the Week of Scholarship

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