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Academic Affairs Newsletter, Week of November 20

Important Dates:

  • Nov. 20: Sabbatical applications due
  • Nov. 30: Deadline for students to apply to CSU East Bay
  • Dec. 12: Grades Due
  • Jan. 2: Start of the Winter Quarter

1.  Student Evaluations of Learning

Will open soon!  Students may fill in evaluations from 11:59 on November 26, 2017 until 11:59 on December 3.  Please encourage your students to fill in their evaluations.

2. Monday Evening (Only) Classes In Winter:

On the 10-year calendar, it is notable that, during Winter Quarter, 2018, Monday-only classes meet on Wednesday, January 17.  This is due to there being two Monday holidays (New Year's Day and Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday) during the Winter Quarter.  In order to be certified for 4 units of academic credit, courses cannot meet for just 32 hours.  Wednesday-only courses will not meet on January 17.  *THIS SHOULD BE NOTED ON THE SYLLABI* for Monday-only and Wednesday-only classes.  (If a class has different rooms on Monday and Wednesday, the instructor should ask whether the room used on a Wednesday is used for Monday-only classes at that time and, if so, alternate arrangements should be made.)

Questions may be directed to: Mitch Watnik

Be A Resident Director Abroad: Deadline, Dec. 1

The application materials for Resident Directors 2019-2020 and 2019-2021 for the CSU International Study Centers in France, Spain, and Italy are available to interested and qualified campus colleagues. CSU East Bay Geography Professor Michael Lee is currently serving as Resident Director in Spain. 

CSU IP has set up the following website for you to reference and to forward: CSU IP Faculty Resources. On the website, you will find links to the application and the RD Handbook. (Attached here for quick reference.) 

Applications are due to CSU International Programs by December 1, 2017. 

Resident Director Qualifications

A full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty member holding a teaching or administrative appointment on a CSU campus.  Faculty on Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) are not full-time and therefore are not eligible.

  • Possession of a Ph.D. or other terminal degree.

  • Ability to work effectively with students.

  • Prior overseas experience in higher education, including recent experience in the host country and general experience living abroad.  For Zimbabwe, experience in Sub-Saharan Africa is highly desirable.

  • Ability to communicate in the language of the host country.  Specific levels of competency for individual study centers may be adopted as needed.

  • Ability to administer and coordinate all aspects of the International Program at the study center abroad.  Experience in expending and accounting for state funds is particularly desirable.

  • Ability to represent the International Program effectively to foreign university and government officials.

  • Involvement in and active commitment to international education.

  • Personality traits such as initiative, flexibility, adaptability.

  • Specific qualifications for individual study centers may be adopted from time to time.

Special Qualifications and Length of Appointment of Resident Directors 

  • Resident Directors shall be appointed in accordance with the stated Resident Director Qualifications.

  • Resident Directors shall normally be appointed for one year only.

  • However, the needs of particular study centers may, from time to time, require special qualifications for Resident Directors, or require the continuity of direction made possible by a two-year appointment of the Resident Director.  When such a need exists the following process shall be initiated by the Director of International Programs.

  • At the Spring meeting of the Faculty Affairs Committee the Director of International Programs will request designating specific qualifications, for Resident Director appointments for one or more individual study centers, or designating one or more centers for two-year Resident Director appointments.  The Director of International Programs will provide the necessary rationale for such a request.

  • If approved by the Faculty Affairs Committee the announcement and call for Resident Director applications shall clearly identify any centers for which specific qualifications for applicants have been adopted or applicants for two-year appointments are being sought.

  • At the discretion of the Director of International Programs the appointment(s) may still be limited to one year. 

PLEASE CONTACT SUKARI IVESTER if you have questions.

4. Congratulations To: Susan Gubernat

Professor of English, Susan Gubernat's new book of poems, The Zoo at Night, won the Prairie Schooner  book award, a national contest, and was published this past fall by the University of Nebraska Press. 

Fantastic news!

5. Social Justice Lecture Series: Proposals Welcome

The Beyond the Chalk Guest Lecture Series provides the opportunity for faculty, staff and students to submit proposals requesting funds to bring social justice focused speakers to Cal State East Bay. This is a great opportunity to expand co-curricular programs, and to further enhance the university's mission by creating culturally relevant learning opportunities for our students. 

Contact: Jessika Murphy in the DISC if interested.

6. Faculty Development Workshops This Week:

Grading Papers Efficiently
Monday, November 20th, 2:00-3:30 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 ding 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 appreciate pencils and post-its. 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*

Addressing Microaggressions in the Classroom
Tuesday, November 21st, 1-2:30 pm
SF 121

This workshop is a collective viewing and discussion of a recorded webinar on microaggressions entitled, “Creating an Inclusive Classroom: Understanding and Addressing Microaggressions.” The goal is for participants to reflect on experience and  practice and emerge empowered to address microaggressions which have negative impact on academic and workplace performance, when they occur.

Facilitator: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday! 

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