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Provost Message - October 12, 2016

Budget Road Show Presentations Next Week

As we look to the future, it’s important for the campus community to understand the many factors affecting the CSU and campus budgets. Vice President Mary Stephens and I will be outlining the budget opportunities and challenges that lie ahead during two “road shows” next week. They are open to all faculty and staff and will provide preliminary information based on what we know now.

“Road show” dates and times are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 19 from 3-4 p.m.
    Barrett Athletic Administration Center
  • Thursday, October 20 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Anatol Center

We will also be scheduling presentations at each of the colleges.  If you would like to have us speak to your organization, please contact the provost’s office at extension 5-4129 or

CSULB Makes the National Honor Roll for Service

CSULB is one of 14 California State University campuses named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll​—the highest federal honor that universities can receive for their commitment to community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

The honor roll supports exemplary community s​ervice programs and raises the visibility of best practices in campus community partnerships. Approximately 3,000 CSULB students enrolled in service learning courses last year, performing almost 30,000 hours of service within the community.

CSULB also received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification last year.

Development Diplomat in Residence Brings International Experience to CSULB

The Career Development Center and the International Studies Program collaborated to bring CSULB’s first Development Diplomat in Residence to campus. With only two Development Diplomats in Residence in the U.S., we can be proud to have received this highly competitive position to support our students, faculty and staff.

This is a two-year renewable position in which the US Agency for International Development (USAID) assigns a senior diplomat to campus at the agency’s expense. The Development Diplomat in Residence works with students and faculty on jobs at USAID and government, as well as government internships and jobs, and international development in general. 

Cheryl Jennings, a senior diplomat with 27 years of experience with USAID, has Visiting Faculty appointment in International Studies where she holds regular office hours, as well as a complementary appointment to the Career Development Center where she leads workshops and participates on panels related to international careersEventually the Development Diplomat in Residence will also serve as a regional resource, working with other institutions in the area.

Jennings has served as an officer in Mali, El Salvador, Egypt, Nepal and Jordan, had temporary duty assignments to 23 other countries, and in five USAID/W bureaus. Most recently, she served as Director of the Overseas Human Capacity Initiatives (OHCI) office in USAID’s Office of Human Capital and Talent Management (HCTM). OHCI exists to implement programmatic and operational initiatives that respond rapidly to evolving human resource needs and challenges across 80+ Missions and USAID/W. Jennings has a Master of Science in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University; a Master of Arts in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island; and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from the University of Washington.

She can be emailed at and holds office hours Tues-Weds-Thurs, 11 am - 2 pm, in F02-221.

Highlighting Innovation and Partnerships

On Thursday, October 6, I gave a keynote speech at the first Long Beach Innovation Summit. I spoke about the close connection between the university, industry and the City of Long Beach.

Later in the day, Dr. Ingrid Martin, director of Graduate Programs in the College of Business Administration, spoke about cultivating a community of innovation. She shared how the campus partners with the business community, the city and MBA alumni on events such as the Innovation Challenge, the Young Entrepreneurs Program, the CBA incubator and catalyst as well as the Molina Entrepreneurship Speaker Series in an ongoing effort to spur entrepreneurship and innovation.

Looking to the Future

About 25 employees from across the university are taking part in professional development this week to help them better identify future trends and turn foresight into insight and action that will shape the university’s strategic planning.

The three-day training is led by the Institute for the Future and was coordinated by Jennifer Ostergren, interim Associate Dean in the College of Health and Human Services.

Inclusive Excellence in Teaching and Learning

All faculty and staff are welcome to browse exemplary work and resources for inclusive excellence in teaching and learning at CSULB during a Poster Session and Resource Fair on Tuesday, October 18 from 2-4 p.m.

The event, led by the Faculty Center for Professional Development, is open-house style; there will not be any formal presentations. It will showcase 10 faculty posters, representing work from five colleges and cross-college collaborations. There will also be a student/faculty collaboration from the BUILD Mentor Program and eight resource stations (Safe Zone, Vet Net, and others). No RSVP is needed. Refreshments will be served.

National Institutes of Health Grant Workshops

Faculty can learn more about program trends and funding opportunities within the National Institutes of Health during workshops on Monday, October 17 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the Barrett Athletics Administration Center (BAAC) next to the Walter Pyramid.

The director of the NIH Division of Training, Workforce Development and Diversity, which funds research training, career development, and diversity-building activities will speak in the morning. The afternoon presentation will be given by the program director for the NIH Center for Research Capacity Building, which supports research, research training, faculty development and research infrastructure improvements in states that historically have not received significant levels of research funding from NIH with programs such as SCORE (Support of Competitive Research Advancement).

Admission is free, but please be sure to RSVP at

Grant Development Workshop: Working with Your Program Evaluator

Many grants require faculty to hire an evaluator to examine the processes and outcomes of their projects. Dr. Don Haviland and Dr. Avery Olson from CSULB’s Center for Evaluation and Educational Effectiveness will present information on Wednesday, October 19 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in Vivian Engineering Center (VEC), room 115 (outside courtyard entrance) to help faculty work with a program evaluator.

The workshop, made available by the CSULB Research Funding Forum in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, will address questions like:

  • How do I find an evaluator and how do I know if they’re credible?
  • What should an evaluation cost and how can I manage those costs?
  • What should I ask and how should I prepare for initial meetings?
  • When should I involve them and how?
  • How can I work with them during the planning process as well as once I get the grant to get the most out of the experience?

Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP to

Designing and Leading a Study Abroad Program

CSULB recognizes Study Abroad as a High Impact Practice for student success and has committed in its strategic plan to double study abroad participation by 2020. Faculty-led study abroad programs, which account for roughly 70 percent of participation, are key to meeting this goal.

Faculty members interested in designing and leading their own study abroad program are invited to a lunchtime workshop on Wednesday, October 26 from 12:15-2:15 p.m. in the Library, room 507. Faculty who have led programs abroad will share their experiences and staff from the Center for International Education will answer questions on the nuts and bolts of creating a new study abroad opportunity for CSULB students.

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to no later than October 24.

Ukleja Center’s Faculty Ethics Roundtable

The Ukleja Center’s annual fall Faculty Ethics Roundtable and continental breakfast will be on Friday, November 4 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at the Barrett Athletic Administration Conference Center.  The event offers tools to support faculty in applying for and receiving stipends for integrating Ethics Across the Curriculum and doing ethics research, as well as sharing best practices in teaching ethics.

Please register by October 28.  Contact or ext. 5-8600 for more information.

Using the Art of Storytelling to Make Math Fun

Join the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics for its upcoming Fall Fellows Colloquium event, “L.A. Math: Romance, Crime, and Mathematics in the City of Angels,” featuring Professor Emeritus James D. Stein (Mathematics and Statistics) on Wednesday, November 2.

During the lecture Dr. Stein will explain how he uses the art of storytelling to make math enjoyable. Regarded as one of California’s most popular math teachers, Dr. Stein graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Yale University and received his doctorate from UC Berkeley in 1967. He has made it his mission to ease people past their fear of math both in the classroom and in his entertaining books, Cosmic Numbers, How Math Explains the World and now L.A. Math.

Reserve your free ticket online.   

Homecoming Tickets Available

Faculty and staff are invited to show their campus pride at Homecoming on Saturday, November 5. The tailgate party and buffet will be from 11:30 a.m.- 3 p.m. in Lot #13 in front of the Walter Pyramid, an open house will be from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and the men’s basketball game against Cal Tech starts at 4 p.m.

The open house features interactive activities, selected departmental walkthroughs and demonstrations. Shuttles will be available to help you navigate campus to enjoy the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, Student Recreation and Wellness Center, University Art Museum, Marine Biology Lab, Shark Lab, Solar Telescope and more.  

Tickets for the tailgate barbecue buffet from Naples Rib Co. are free for faculty and staff. Tickets for guests are $5 each. You are welcome to bring nine guests. Get details of the party, which includes presentations by the colleges, live music from The Emperors, a Hurricane ride, inflatables and carnival activities for all ages.

The deadline to reserve/buy tickets is Monday, October 24.

Honoring Those Who Contribute to the Advancement of Women

Faculty and staff are invited to attend the 2016 Advancement of Women awards, honoring the following four recipients:

  • Leah Sakacs, Student, MA in Applied Anthropology
  • Pamela Lewis, Staff, Assistant Director of Conduct/Title IX Investigator for Housing and Residential Life
  • Dr. Rosie Kar, Lecturer, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Dr. Sophia Pandya, Faculty, Religious Studies

The awards presented by the President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCSW) honors those who actively contribute to the advancement of women on campus through their scholarship, teaching, organizational work, community service and more.

The awardees will be recognized at the annual PCSW Research Colloquium on Thursday, April 13, 2017 from 5-7:30 p.m. at The Pointe. Please save the date and be on the lookout for the 2017 call for abstracts and awards submissions. More information may be found online.