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Academic Affairs Newsletter, Week of February 26

1. From ORSP:

The 2018 Winter Quarter 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.

Thank you. 

One faculty and one community vacancy exist on the Institutional Research Board.  Interested in learning how we do IRB at East Bay, why not volunteer?  Or if you have a neighbor who would be interested in being more involved with the University, why not recommend them for the Board--involvement is not heavy but it is definitely interesting! 

2. From Faculty Development

Grading Papers Efficiently
Tuesday, March 6,  12:00-1:30 pm
SF 314

Although there are no scantrons to help grade papers, there are some strategies that can make grading efficient and still provide feedback. In this workshop we will discuss how to make grading papers less arduous, more effective, and more conducive to the improvement of student writing. We’ll learn how to read holistically and grade fairly. We’ll discuss how to use students’ self-evaluations and how to develop assignment specific grading rubrics and use Blackboard to assess learning via rubrics. Come with your concerns and some of your papers!  

Presenter: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Difficult Conversations: Cultural Encounters, Part III
Thursday, March 8th, 1:00-2:30 pm
SF 328

In this workshop we will view short video clips from the University of Victoria Critical Incidents series on difficult conversations between faculty and students that address interactions around diversity. We will brainstorm responses and strategies and think about their applications in interactions we have had or may have in the future. It is hoped interested faculty will attend all sessions but the material in each stands alone. CI: III, 3, IV, 5, V, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10

Facilitator: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development, Eileen Barrett, English

Quiet Space for Grading Papers
Wednesday, March 14-16th, 11:00-3:00 pm 
SF 314

We’ll provide coffee, tea, and snacks.  Grading with others can help get your through the stacks of papers, so invite a colleague and get productive in SF 314.

3. From the Library: Creating Lower Cost Textbooks for Students!

Identifying OER for Affordable Learning Solutions options
Friday, March 2, 2018, noon - 2 pm
Biella Room

Lunch will be served

As you re-think your courses for semester conversion in fall 2018 (187 days remaining according to the CSUEB website today), why not consider choosing OER options or library resources that are free to students?  After all, 

  1. you're re-thinking your course anyway
  2. the deadline for sending textbook requests to the bookstore will be May 1 (for BOTH spring quarter AND fall semester) when you may not be ready to pick a text 
  3. your students will thank you
  4. library faculty will work with you to find a path for identifying suitable materials

At this workshop, as many library faculty as possible will attend.  Here's what we'll do:

  • enjoy lunch and conversation
  • review the AL$ libguide, which was revamped to list a number of sources where you can search for OER materials
  • form pairs or small groups with attending librarians who will help you identify possibilities for your courses

What to do?

Bring your course syllabus (if you have one--or your course ideas if you're still working on your courses)

Work with a librarian after lunch to begin identifying possible alternatives to the textbook you used in the quarter system.

This is a practical workshop to help you get started.

4. From APS: Social Responsibility Rubrics

If you have a senior- level course assignment in your Spring 2018 course in which students are required to demonstrate competence of social responsibility, this funded faculty opportunity that includes special recognition may be for you. To support faculty in assessing student attainment of each of our ILOs, Academic Programs and Services  and The Center for Community Engagement are pleased to invite 10 faculty across disciplines to participate in a one quarter experience in a pilot measuring student performance of the University’s Social Responsibility ILO. This rubric (page 3) has been developed by our faculty to measure our students’ skills in Social Responsibility. Please see more about the opportunity in the ATTACHED and provide your questions or application to Julie Stein,

5. 50 years of the As in Oakland

Panel featuring Vida Blue and Hank Reichman, UU 311 from 11:30 to 1:00 on Monday, March 5, 2018. Organized by Benjamin Klein of History.

6. Special Health Sciences Presentation on March 8! 

See below and for more information:

Have a great week.

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