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Academic Affairs Newsletter, Week of February 12

Important Dates:

  • February 14: ORSP lecture series 11:30-1:00 in Oakland Room featuring Lettie Ramirez and Derek Kimball (light lunch served). RSVP: anne.wing
  • February 16: A2E2 EIRA/ECL due to
  • February 16: Bonner Foundation Webinar on social action, contact:

1. From Faculty Development:

Engaging Students in Scientific Discussions
Postponed!!! Look for this workshop Spring Quarter

It is a challenge in science courses to engage students in discussion. They may do the reading but find it complex expect the instructor to have the right answer and wait to hear it rather than risk being wrong. Join faculty from the sciences to discuss strategies for student engagement in discussions of scientific material.

Convener: Michele Korb, Teacher Education

Difficult Conversations: Inclusion and Diversity in Class Discussion, Part II
Tuesday, February 13, 1-2:30 pm
SF 328

 In this workshop we will view short video clips from the University of Victoria Critical Incidents series on difficult conversations during class discussion. We will brainstorm responses and strategies and think about their applications in interactions we and our students have had or may have in the future. It is hoped interested faculty will attend all Difficult Conversation sessions but the material in each stands alone. CI: II, 2, III, 4, 5, V, 1, 7, 8. 

Facilitator: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Writing Across Borders: Strategies for Improving Writing of  International and Multilingual Students
Thursday February 15th, 2:00-3:30 pm
SF 328

What successes and challenges have you had in helping international students develop as academic writers? Please join colleagues for a discussion of these successes and challenges.  To guide our discussion, we will watch Writing Across Borders, a documentary that explores the role of culture in writing, the construction of writing assignments, and considerations for evaluating the writing of international students. 

Presenters: Sarah Nielsen, English Department, Sara Schupack, Student Center for Academic Achievement

Postponed!! New date TBA!

Writing-intensive courses emphasize writing at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum, including end-of-term projects. Students are encouraged to produce and revise various forms of writing for different audiences in different disciplines. This workshop will discuss the use of frequent low-stakes writing assignments, peer review of student writing, and Writing-Intensive strategies that will help you achieve your course learning outcomes. 

Presenters: Sarah Nielsen and  Margaret Rustick, English Department; Sara Schupack, SCAA

Making the Jump: Taking your Courses from Quarters to Semesters
Tuesday, February 20, 12:00-1:30 pm
SF 328


Worried about what your semester class might look like? Learn from your colleagues across disciplines who have experience teaching on semesters. Hear about how panelists have taught similar courses in both the quarter and the semester format. Practical tips, strategies and insights will be shared. Participation in this workshop counts towards the Teaching on Semesters certificate. 

Presenters: Ya You, Marketing, Samantha Francois, History, Jeri Little, Psychology, Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development *Teaching on Semesters Certificate

Be Prepared: Resources and Skills for Conflict Resolution
Wednesday, February 21st, 12 - 1:30 pm
SF 328

Ever wonder how to use conflict resolution skills to deescalate interactions or to better cope with difficult situations?  Stop by  to learn about CSUEB’s Ombuds Services, learn basic conflict resolution skills, and review a variety of resources about coping with various types of conflicts.  Join us for an open discussion about problem-solving techniques applicable across various situations. 

Presenter: Silvina Ituarte, University Ombuds

Supporting Academic Language & Literacy in the CSUEB Classroom
Thursday, February 22, 12:15-1:45 pm
SF 328

Informed by social justice and equity, this interactive workshop takes an assets-based approach to supporting the development and use of student academic language/literacy across disciplines by applying pedagogical scaffolding. Participants will have the opportunity to try out research-based strategies that support both undergraduate and graduate students in accessing and practicing disciplinary language and literacy, as well as apply their learning to their own courses. The approach shared will assist in supporting the reading comprehension, and written and oral communication of any student. Please bring one lesson or activity (in any state of preparation) from a current, past, or future class to work with.

Presenter: Katie Strom, Educational Leadership

RSVP for workshops

2. Faculty Awards

The Week of Scholarship event for faculty will be on Tuesday, April 24th from 11-2 in UU311.  Why not nominate a colleague as an outstanding scholar, mentor, individual who engages with the community and encourages others to do so, or researcher in issues of diversity and social justice?

Attached are the award criteria.  All faculty are encouraged to nominate others or themselves for recognition.  We have some great work going on and it is nice to take time and celebrate it!

3. From ORSP

The Winter Quarter 2018 PI Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 6th from 12 noon – 2 pm in SF329.  Since lunch will be served, please RSVP to Anne Wing at by Friday, March 2nd if you plan to attend.

Have a great week!

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