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Semester Conversion Announces the Appointment of Faculty Advising Fellows


  • June 6, 2017

Through funding from the Graduation Initiative 2025, Cal State East Bay has appointed six faculty members  — one each from the departments of biological sciences, criminal justice, health science, kinesiology, psychology and sociology and social services to serve in a pilot program known as the “Faculty Advising Fellows.”

Maureen Scharberg, dean of undergraduate studies, said the advising fellows are faculty advisors — one per “large” department (those greater than 650 students) — who will serve as “faculty advising specialists” to other faculty advisors and their department chair in an effort to improve progress toward degree for both semester conversion and the Graduation Initiative 2025.

The fellows will participate in a mandatory intensive 20-hour training program this summer that will include workshops about the university’s graduation initiative, advising tools available such as the individualized advisement plans, and relevant academic policies and procedures.  In addition, fellows will learn to collect and analyze student success data so they can provide summaries to department chairs and deans.

Once these workshops are completed, fellows will be responsible for up to 10 hours per week of work during the 2017-18 school year. Responsibilities will include: designating and approving course substitutions; implementing strategies for departments to meet the goals of the Graduation Initiative 2025; working with other on-campus advisors as needed, and providing academic advising to students on non-routine academic plans such as those on probation.

The following faculty members have been selected to serve as the 2017-18 Faculty Advising Fellows:

Murray Horne, psychology

Silvia Iterate, criminal justice

Pat Jennings, sociology and social services

Arnab Mukherjea, health sciences

Erica Wildy, biological sciences

Vanessa Yingling, kinesiology

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