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Academic Affairs Newsletter, Week of September 25

Welcome to the first full week of Fall:

Important Dates:

  • September 27: Al Fresco
  • October 2: Tenure and Promotion dossiers due
  • October 3: Fall Faculty Welcome and Recognition! (MPR, 4 pm)
  • October 3: Last day to Add/drop classes; filing deadline for Winter Graduation

1. From the Directors of General Education and Faculty Development:

Teaching Freshmen I: Understanding Our Freshmen
Friday September 29th12:00-2:00 pm
VBT 137

The first in a planned series of four learning sessions in the Teaching Freshmen Certificate Program on understanding today’s freshman students and effective strategies for building community.


  • Maureen Scharberg, Dean of Academic Programs and Services; 
  • Caron Inouye, Director of General Education/Chair of General Studies; 
  • Jessica Weiss, Director of Faculty Development; 
  • Erica Wildy, Biology Faculty; 
  • Fanny Yeung, Academic Programs and Services; 
  • Student Panelists.  

Lunch will be provided.  RSVP (required) to  

2. From the The Center for Sport & Social Justice:

On Monday October 2nd from 2-3 pm in Old Union 311 we'll show the film FIBA Allow Hijab. This film focuses on Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir, the all-time leading scorer in Massachusetts history for high school basketball (male or female). In 2010, she became the first NCAA Division I player to wear a hijab on the court. But today she is blocked from pursuing her professional basketball career due to a FIBA rule that bans headscarves in international competitions. Forced to sit out, Abdul-Qaadir is now leading the fight for Muslim women’s right to play.

After the short film, Abdul-Qaadir will give a talk, followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to all. Please contact Missy Wright ( for more information.

3. From the Director of Sustainability:



International Association of Sustainable Tourism 

9th Scientific Conference on Sustainable Tourism

 Creativity through diversity: New horizons for the management of sustainable tourism and recreation

April 24-26, 2018, Hayward (San Francisco East Bay Area), California, USA  (Translator at the bottom of the page)

The International Association of Sustainable Tourism has the pleasure to announce that the 9th Scientific Conference on Sustainable Tourism will be in held in Hayward (San Francisco East Bay Area), California, USA, at the California State University East Bay, Hayward Campus, on April 24-26, 2018.

Many opportunities for presenting and publishing!  Please check it out.

4. From Faculty Development:

a. Back to the Bay 2017 Participant Evaluation:

Your feedback is important to us! Please fill out this participant response survey.

b. Fall 30-Day Writing Challenge:

The OFD writing challenge will run in November 2017. This is a BlackBoard Organizations-based writing challenge that participants will be added to. In the discussion forum, a daily writing prompt suitable for scholarly writing will appear. Participants may also use the blog tool. It's okay to log on and just write without responding to prompts.  Prompts are provided as a daily 'easy on ramp' writing activity to help establish a regular writing practice. Participants are invited to submit writing prompts for use in this or future 30-Day challenges. Your possible outcomes include a daily writing practice, increased writing frequency, feeling of community/support for one's writing, greater writing productivity, and, maybe, the satisfactions of deadlines me.

c. Workshops:

Tenure and Promotion Dossier Pizza Parties (11-1 pm)
Monday, September 25th, SF 329
Thursday, September 28th, SF 329

Applying for tenure or promotion? Stop by for a slice and advice!  Dossiers are due Monday, October 2nd.  

Presenter: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Common Read Discussion: Tuesday, September 26th
12:00-1:45 pm
SF 329

This year's common read, In the Country We Love, raises issues of immigration, race, and gender that can be difficult to address. Students may hesitate to speak for fear of offending or alienating their classmates. Dr. Duke Austin, shares his methods to get students talking constructively about hot-button subjects.

Tenure Dossier Preparation Workshop
Tuesday, September 26th
1:30 - 3:30 pm
SF 328

Teach Students How To Learn
Wednesday September 27th
12:00-2:00 pm, SA 4350

We’ll discuss how assignments can teach content and program/discipline skills and build learning/study skills.

Presenter: Jessica Weiss

d. HIPS Certificate Workshops:

New faculty who participated in Day 2 (September 13th) of New Faculty Orientation are just  three HIPS workshops from earning the HIPS Certificate. The HIPs Certificate is awarded to faculty who attend 4 of 6 workshops in High Impact Practices. Any faculty member may start/complete the Certificate program in any academic year. New for 2017-18: HIPS Certificate Workshop in Student Research. 

Hips Workshop Dates:
All workshops 9:00 am-1:00 pm

  • October 27, 2017,  Community Based Learning, Biella Room
  • Jan 19, 2018 Diversity (Week of Inclusive Excellence), Biella Room
  • February 16, 2018 Writing Intensive Courses, Biella Room
  • March 16, 2018 Student Research, Biella Room
  • April 27, 2018,  Collaborative Learning, Oakland Room, New UU
  • May 11 Sustainability, Biella Room

5. And Please Remember:

Faculty Support Grants:  These grants provide support for faculty research, scholarship, and creative activities.  The submission deadline is October 19, 2017; contact: Anne Wing, 5-4212

Grants for Diversity/Inclusion:

Have a great week!

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