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Provost's Message

November 14, 2018

A Message From Provost Jersky

Provost Brian Jersky

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting, along with BUILD, CSULB’s first ever Diverse Faculty Retreat in Lake Arrowhead. Over 75 chairs, staff and administrators came together for three days to listen, plan and dream innovative ways to increase faculty diversity on our campus.

We heard from speakers from different campuses on how they successfully implemented their plans on this topic. Although I found them to be knowledgeable, what I was most impressed with was the collective passion our campus had as we worked to come up with our own ideas.

Each group tackled tough topics that are perceived barriers for faculty diversity. They looked outside our normal standard, traditional ways, and came up with several plans for our campus and colleges. What was most exciting was how some of these ideas could easily be adopted right now.  They also organized ideas for what could be integrated after a year as well as several options for us to consider down the road.  All the attendees helped us envision new ideas to enhance our faculty diversity.

I came to the retreat believing we had an extraordinarily difficult challenge in accomplishing our goals, but I left feeling renewed, hopeful and recharged. Our campus faculty and staff are remarkable. I am so appreciative of each person that gave up part of their week to work towards a bigger dream of a diverse university.

This fresh, inclusive perspective is exactly what is needed right now not only on our campus, but in our community, region and nation.

Provost Brian Jersky on Stage

Imagine – Beach 2030

I am sure you have become familiar with what is happening today. If you are still on the fence about participating, know that your thoughts matter. As I have stated before, this is an opportunity to hear everyone’s voice - just 10 – 15 minutes (or more) of your time can help us capture what you want for our future.

In case you have more questions – here is a "how to play" tutorial.

We also have several topics that will be featured at different times – these are called challenges. This input came from all divisions and departments to create relevant topics to be discussed. Here is the full list: Schedule of Challenges. See a topic of interest? Join the conversation during that challenge time.

For those that missed my “Is CSULB Future Ready” webinar, we had a lively discussion that covered many topics that are timely to Imagine.  Thank you to all the attendees, panelists and moderators for participating in the webinar. We had over 90 people listening and commenting.

Lastly, I will be posting on my Twitter and Instagram @provost_jersky and Facebook page @CSULBAcademicAffairs on both days to show what is happening around campus during Imagine.

I am looking forward to this time together.

Please join me in this conversation for our future,

Brian Jersky
Provost and Senior Vice President


News

Academic Affairs News

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Grants

Keyon Anderson. Cal Soap 2018. California Student Aid Comission. SA. Student Support Administration. Total Award: $439,448. (July 2018 - June 2019)

Michelle Taylor. Enhancing Child Development through a University – Library Partnership: Evaluation of Books Can. Arizona State University Foundation. CHHS. Family & Consumer Sciences. Total Award: $36,351. (August 2018 - July 2019)

Shireen Pavri. HSI Caminos Project. US Department of Education. CED. CED Administration. Total Award: $549,399. (October 2018 - September 2019)

Thomas O'Brien. CEC POLB ZEV Workforce. Grant Farm. CCPE. CITT. Total Award: $12,000. (September 2018 - September 2019)

Ron Mark. Sherman Block Supervisory Leadership Institute (SBSLI). Commission on POST. CHHS. Center for Criminal Justice Research & Training. Total Award: $14,656. (September 2018 - December 2018)

Vas Narayanaswami. Transendothelial transport mediated modulations to the High Density Lipoprotein. NIH-NIGMS. CNSM. Chemistry & Biochemistry. Total Award: $553,125. (September 2018 - August 2022)

L. Kingsford/G. Urizar. BUILD Administrative & Institutional Core (yr 5). NIH NIGMS. AA. Academic Affairs. Total Award: $1,984,729. (July 2018 - June 2019)

L. Kingsford/G. Urizar. BUILD Research Enrichment(yr 5). NIH NIGMS. AA. Academic Affairs. Total Award: $892,804. (July 2018 - June 2019)

Rafael Topete. TRIO-Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. US Department of Education. SA. Student Support Administration. Total Award: $242,136. (October 2018 - September 2019)

Lisa Star. Soil-Foundation-Structure Interaction Effects on Cyclic Failure Potential of Silts and Clays. UCLA. COE. Civil Engineering & Contruction Engineering Management. Total Award: $32,170. (July 2018 - June 2019)

Curglin Robertson. Trio Upward Bound I, 2018. US Department of Education. SA. Student Support Administration. Total Award: $25,441. (June 2018 - May 2019)

Curglin Robertson. Trio Upward Bound II, 2018. US Department of Education. SA. Student Support Administration. Total Award: $40,000. (September 2018 - August 2019)

Kristi Hagans. Interdisciplinary Training to Advance Implementation of Tier 3 Academic Supports for CLD Youth with Disabilities. US Department of Education. CED. ASEC. Total Award: $1,201,483. (December 2018 - November 2023)

Kristin Powers. Multicultural Secondary Transition Services for Students with High Needs Disabilities. US Department of Education. CED. ASEC. Total Award: $1,249,812. (January 2019 - December 2023)

Edwin Achola. Culturally Responsive Transition Support in School Counseling and Special Education (CREST). US Department of Education. CED. ASEC. Total Award: $1,249,915. (January 2019 - December 2023)

Jayne Bormann. SCEC5 Year 2 Research Collaboration at California State University Long Beach (Cajon Pass Earthquake/Pilot Marine Geophysical). University of Southern California. CNSM. Geological Sciences. Total Award: $24,976. (February 2018 - January 2019)

Nate Onderdonk. SCEC5 Year 2 Research Collaboration at California State University Long Beach (Cajon Pass Earthquake/Pilot Marine Geophysical). University of Southern California. CNSM. Geological Sciences. Total Award: $24,974. (February 2018 - January 2019)

Chris Brazier. Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Research Forums. Allergan Foundation. CNSM. Chemistry & Biochemistry.Total Award: $10,000. (July 2018 - June 2019)

Eric Marinez. Si Puedo: Strengthening the Impact by Providing Undergraduate Educational Development Opportunities. US Department of Education. CNSM. Chemistry & Biochemistry. Total Award: $1,201,406. (October 2018 - September 2019)

Richard Marcus. California Global Education Project. The Regents of University of California, Office of the President. CLA. Global Studies Institute. Total Award: $35,000. (July 2018 - June 2019)

Megan Kline Crockett. Contra-Tiempo. New England Foundation for the Arts. COTA. Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Total Award: $3,000. (June 2018 - December 2018)

The next Provost’s Message will be published on Wednesday, December 19th. Items for the upcoming message should be submitted by Friday, December 14th, to aa-communication@csulb.edu.