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 NOVEMBER 2011     |      ISSUE: 2   

Updates from Provost Pallavicini


Dear Faculty and Academic Staff,


With the holidays fast approaching, the fall semester will soon be ending! There has been a tremendous amount of activity this semester involving strategic planning, building the culture and processes to ensure program quality, and academic recruitment.


Strategic Planning

The stellar efforts of faculty and staff are setting the foundation for a visionary and dynamic strategic plan. As you know, the strategic plan is not driven by WASC but rather by Pacific's desire to address the fundamental relationship of our institution to a rapidly changing environment and to develop new strategic thinking around opportunities provided by expanding operations in San Francisco, shifts in the Sacramento and Central Valley markets, and internationally. The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC), will begin to gather, accumulate, filter and synthesize opportunities identified by the 'futuring' groups. The synthesis will lead to a variety of drafts of potential strategies that will be widely vetted before they are finalized. The goal is to have a transparent process with multiple opportunities for input. Please visit the strategic planning site regularly ( to stay informed about the process and contribute at multiple levels.


Institutional Effectiveness 

Evidence Based Decision Making to Improve Program Quality A process to review academic, co-curricular and administrative programs/units has been defined after consultation with faculty and administration. The process has three components: self-study, interpretation (data collection and analysis), and presentation of the self study (program review) and evaluation/decisions. 


The Institutional Effectiveness Committee (IEC) is integral to the process of using evidence to make decisions and improve program quality. The charge of the IEC and its membership can be found at IEC.


Educational Effectiveness Report (EER)

Associate Professor Brian Klunk and a dedicated core of faculty are in the process of completing the final draft of the EER report to be submitted to WASC at the beginning of January. Please take the opportunity to provide feedback on the draft report when it is posted next week.


Faculty and Academic Staff Development     

The Office of the Provost is sponsoring a workshop on grievance investigation and conflict resolution on Tuesday, November 29th. Sheila O'Rouke, Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs at University of California, Berkeley is facilitating this workshop. The workshop will be offered twice on Tuesday, November 29: 9:00 am - 12 noon, and 1:30pm - 4:30 pm. Lunch will be hosted between the two sessions for all attendees.

For more information or to RSVP please contact Jennifer Ramirez ( or 946-2551). Academic staff and faculty are welcome to attend.



Deans: We are moving along with three dean searches. The interviews of candidates for the Dean of the School of International Studies are almost completed. The Law School Dean search committee identified a number of candidates following 'hotel' interviews and those candidates will be visiting the University in December. A search committee for the Dean of the School of Engineering and Computer Science has been constituted and has begun the recruitment process.


Assistant Provosts: The period for internal applicants for the assistant provost positions has closed. A review committee will begin review of the candidates within the next two weeks.


International Programs Services (IPS): Please join me in welcoming Ge-Yao Liu to our Pacific Family as the new Director of IPS. Ge-Yao will be joining us for the start of the Spring 2012 semester. He comes to us from Fitchburg State University and has a long history of engagement with international programs, including administering study aboard and international student exchange programs.



Nominations are due this Friday (Nov. 18) for Honorary degree, Order of Pacific and Distinguished Faculty Awards. For more information and the criteria click here.


The Office of the Provost wishes all of you an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends.


Maria Pallavicini


In This Issue
Educational Effectiveness
Diversity Coffee Breaks
Faculty Highlights
Deans' Corner
Faculty Governance
Emeriti Society
Did You Know...
Annual Faculty Awards Dinner

Did you know... 

Matz Lou photo 2
Lou Matz was a collegiate basketball player (and still continues to play)...

University Awards

Friday, Nov 18th

How to submit a nomination for Order of the Pacific, Distinguished Faculty Award and Honorary Degree.


Upcoming Events   


Join a brainstorming session to discuss the future direction of the Center for Teaching and Learning.
Tomorrow, November 17th

Dugoni School of Dentistry

1st fl, Executive Conference Rm


CTL Hosts an ACE Webinar for Faculty

Tomorrow, November 17th


Pacific Preview Day

Saturday, November 19th


More Fall Events... 


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Update on Pacific Preview Days and Enrollment

Associate Provost for Enrollment Rob Alexander 


ENRL Preview DayThank you to all faculty and staff who helped highlight the academic and co-curricular activities of University of the Pacific during our annual Pacific Preview Days. These events are designed for high school seniors, high school juniors, transfer students and their families. This year RSVPs have surpassed record levels. The next Preview Day is Saturday, November 19.

Total university enrollment for fall 2011 is nearly stable with last year's record-breaking level, mainly due to increased numbers of returning students on the Stockton campus.


For new freshmen, the targeted goal of 925 was slightly exceeded, at 927. Academic Quality (SAT) has improved to 1177 (up from 1164). However, African American and Hispanic freshmen have declined 33%.  In comparison to previous years, international freshmen have nearly doubled to 7% of new freshmen.


New transfer students number 222, with an average college GPA of 3.17.


In the Graduate division, total enrollment is fairly steady overall at 779, down slightly from last fall, largely due to fewer new graduate students on the Stockton campus.  


The Doctor of Pharmacy enrollment at the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is stable at 640 students.


At the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, new JD enrollments are down significantly, but LSAT quality has held steady at 158.  The reduction in JD enrollment was impacted by the economic depression in the law employment market and the fiercely competitive law school recruitment environment.


For the Dugoni School of Dentistry, the number of new DDS students remains stable at 492 students, with increases in the diversity of underrepresented minorities and female students.


Detailed information on Pacific enrollment can be found in reports on the Institutional Research Information System.

Self-Study & Program Review Provide Opportunity to Examine Learning

Director of Learning and Academic Assessment Eileen McFall


Assessment of student learning and program review are the core mechanisms for improvement and accountability. WASC requires that we demonstrate accountability for student learning and for educational effectiveness. We show that we are effective by continually improving, so assessment and program review that produce improvements will meet accountability requirements.


Faculty continuously assess student learning: by observing participation in class, by giving quizzes and tests, by providing feedback on drafts of papers before grading the final paper, and in a host of other ways. Faculty also routinely use that assessment data to improve their teaching; for example, noticing that most students missed question number three on the quiz tells the instructor to spend more time going over that concept. This kind of assessment often happens in isolation from other faculty, the program as a whole, and other areas of the university such as General Education and Student Life.


Formal program assessment provides the opportunity for faculty to look at themes in student learning and performance, such as students' tendency to summarize rather than analyze a text across multiple sections and courses, and perhaps even from one program to another. Self-study and program review provide an opportunity to examine student learning, what has been learned from assessment, and the effects of changes that faculty have made as a result of assessment. Without these formal requirements to engage in collective reflection and examination of the work that students produce, it can be difficult to find time to do so, even though the process and results can be very valuable to the program's faculty and students. As Pacific implements its revised program review process, faculty should use the following basic question to guide decision-making about what to assess and how to focus the self-study and questions for external reviewers: What can we learn about student learning and about our program that will enable us to be more effective (and efficient) as educators? What is most important for us to learn in order to be more effective?

Diversity Coffee Breaks  

Assistant Provost for Diversity Arturo Ocampo

Good teaching and exposure to students from diverse backgrounds are some of the strongest predictors of whether freshmen return for a second year of college and improve their critical-thinking skills, according to authors of How College Affects Students Patrick T. Terenzini, a
professor of higher education at Pennsylvania State University, and Ernest T. Pascarella, a co-director of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education at the University of Iowa.    


DIV book imageCommunity college students perform better when the instructor is the same race or ethnicity, according to a study published by the National Bureau for Economic Research. The effect is greatest for blacks and younger students. The authors concluded that younger students are likely to be susceptible to role-model effects, while older students are not, according to the study A Community College Instructor Like Me: Race and Ethnicity Interactions in the Classroom (NBER Working Paper No. 17381 Issued in September 2011).       


The research tells us that a positive self-concept, which includes a positive ethnic identity, is predictive of success in higher education for students of color and other non-traditional students. William Sedlacek, in his book Beyond the Big Test: Noncognitive Assessment in Higher Education, stated that this is of particular importance for students of color and nontraditional students because of the added complexity of dealing with a system and culture that was not necessarily designed for them.

Celebrating Faculty Accomplishments 
Ron Hallett
Dr. Ronald Hallett Assistant Professor, Educational Administration and Leadership

Ronald Hallett  

Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
The Benerd School of Education hosted a reading and book signing reception to celebrate the publication of Hallett's book, Educational Experience of Homeless Teenagers: Living Doubled Up (Routledge Press, 2012). The book provides insights into the experiences of homeless adolescents as they navigate school, community and family issues.
Last week, on November 8, 2011, Hallett's book was discussed on Capital Public Radio.


 In June, Hallett was chosen to participate in the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) and the Lumina Foundation for Education Young Academic Fellows Program. This prestigious selection allows Hallett a unique opportunity to influence the national postsecondary education agenda by evaluating critical research to elevate the current policy discourse in Washington, D.C. His selection to the program was based on his emergent body of research and interests, recommendations from senior scholars in the fields of higher education and public policy, as well as input from national philanthropic leaders.

Robert Halliwell  
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Robert Halliwell

Dr. Robert Halliwell

Professor, Physiology and Pharmacology


In October, Dr. Robert Halliwell attended Global Technology Community's 5th Advances in Stem Cell Discovery and Development conference where he presented "Assessing the Validity of Neurons Derived from Human Stem Cells for Drug Discovery & Neurotoxicology Studies".  His study showed that human stem cells may be powerful new tools to test the safety of new drugs on the developing nervous system without the need to use animals.


Halliwell also attended the Cambridge Healthtech Institute's Second Annual Stem Cells in Drug Discovery and Development Conference on November 2, 2011 where he presented "Electrophysiological Studies of Ion Channels Expressed in Neurons Derived from Human Stem Cells".  The conference aimed to explore how pharma are incorporating stem cells into their drug discovery/development efforts and the value of stem cell models in compound screening, toxicity assessment, disease modeling, and new target discovery.


Halliwell's presentations followed his lab's September 2011 publication in a special issue of the journal Neurochemistry International, which is devoted to the potential of stem cells for 21st century neuroscience.    


Neurons derived from human stem cells represent a powerful tool in drug discovery yet there is little data on their properties.The new data from Halliwell's group shows that these stem cell-derived nerve cells express a range of drug receptors with a pharmacology consistent with that of native human neurons. This study therefore shows that nerve cells derived from human adult stem cells have properties that may make them very useful in future studies to find new drugs for neurological disorders. 

Mike Vitiello  

Pacific McGeorge School of Law 
Mike Vitiello
Dr. Mike Vitiello
Distinguished Professor and Scholar, Director, Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution

West Publishing Company recently accepted Professor of Law Mike Vitiello's proposal to publish a series of simulation exercise books. The working title for the series is the Simulation Series: A Bridge to Practice.

The books will supplement traditional casebooks in courses across the curriculum, and are designed to let students see how abstract legal rules work in practice. Vitiello has already completed the first book in the series on Criminal Procedure, and is writing the second book about Civil Procedure now. Distinguished Professor & Scholar John Sprankling has a contract in the series for a book about Property Law, and other Pacific McGeorge faculty are considering titles in their subjects.


This timely book series is responsive to the call to action by the Carnegie Report for more attention to the second apprenticeship and the demands that young lawyers have greater practical skills. An amusing note to this important work is that the people that appear in the lineup photos for the Criminal Procedure book are Vitiello's McGeorge School of Law colleagues.

Ahmed Kanna 

School of International Studies

Ahmed Kanna
Dr. Ahmed Kanna
Assistant Professor of Anthropology


Dr. Ahmed Kanna's recently published book, Dubai, the City as Corporation (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) reveals the role of cultural and political forces in shaping the image and reality of Dubai.


Kanna offers a unique account of how different factions have participated in the creation and marketing of Dubai, and how the built environment shapes and is shaped by globalization and neoliberalism in a diverse, multinational city. Straddling the fields of cultural anthropology, urban studies, and architectural criticism, Kanna asks a number of provocative questions about the race for global city status in contemporary world urbanism. How do formations of elites who position themselves as urban leaders emerge? How do transnational encounters such as empire and neoliberalism contribute to the formation of these elites? And, in the context of urban globalization, what gets built and for whom?


Preliminary reviews of the book have noted its strong contribution to the urban and architectural critical tradition initiated by the eminent urban scholar and philosopher Henri Lefebvre.

Deans' Corner 


Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parker
Pacific McGeorge School of Law

Law Citizenship Fair3rd Annual Citizenship Fair on November 19th 

Pacific McGeorge will host its 3rd annual Citizenship Fair at the Student Center on campus on Saturday, November 19th, organized by Professor of Law Raquel Aldana and Instructor Blake Nordahl. Free legal services will be provided by law students and Sacramento attorneys to assist qualified individuals with completing and filing naturalization applications and assistance with fee waiver applications to apply for naturalization.


Congresswoman Doris Matsui, California Senate President Darrell Steinberg, and Assemblyman are among the invited speakers. Faculty and staff of Pacific McGeorge's Legal Clinics will assist at the event.


Dean Tom Krise 

College of the Pacific   

This fall, the College is launching the unique Pacific Humanities Scholars Program, which allows high-achieving students majoring in the humanities to complete their undergraduate degree within three years, although students may opt to complete the program in four years.


Through the program, classroom learning is supplemented with a range of extracurricular events, activities and projects that allow deeper exploration of the humanities disciplines than a traditional degree program affords. Activities will include attendance at world-premiere theatrical events, film festivals, gallery exhibitions, lectures, poetry readings and more. The program, which incorporates career guidance, provides internships with well-placed alumni and culminates in a community-based learning experience.


Our goal is to create employable graduates who can articulate the importance of humanistic inquiry and negotiate the challenges of responsible citizenship in a global society. Professor Courtney Lehmann directs the program. 


Dean Phil Oppenheimer
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Assistant Professor Todd Davenport, DPT, OCS, Physical Therapy and Brenda Huey '12, along with other faculty and students, will be hosting Perfect 10 on Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm at the GymStars Gymnastics located at 1740 West Hammer Lane in Stockton. Perfect 10 was created to fulfill the lack of community resources in the San Joaquin county for children with special developmental needs.PHS First 5 of San Joaquin County It is the hope that participation in this event will emphasize the importance and benefits of physically active lifestyles by providing a fun and stimulating environment where children can achieve success in their movement abilities. Parents/caregivers will also find confidence in facilitating their child's movement through ideas and tips for modifications and activities at home.


The two hour event will be full of activities that will be modifiable to various motor development levels that promote balance, coordination, sensory integration, strength, endurance, and education. This event is sponsored by First 5 of San Joaquin. Questions can be sent to 

Interim Dean Cynthia Wagner Weick
School of International Studies
SIS Deans Corner
In the past year School of International Studies faculty members Associate Professor Susan Sample and Assistant Professor Laura Bathurst have tailored cross cultural training sessions for faculty at McGeorge and the Benerd School, graduate students in Physical Therapy, students in the Dugoni School, as well as the Global Ambassador Corps. A new one unit course taught by Sample this fall is exposing international students coming to Pacific to cross cultural issues. SIS faculty members view the School's longstanding core competency in inter-cultural communications as a way to support Pacific's emphases on internationalization and diversity.


Dean Jin Gong 

Research and Graduate Studies

During the 2010-2011 fiscal year, there were 102 requests for grant and contract funding - 68 of these were awarded. The below chart gives a breakdown of funding by school.


Stockton Campus Sponsored Funding for 2010-2011

Benerd School of Education


College of the Pacific


Conservatory of Music


Eberhardt School of Business




Long School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences


Engineering & Computer Science


School of International Studies









We would like to take this opportunity to thank those faculty and staff who are making efforts to obtain funds to support their research and to involve students in the learning process.

Several highlights from the year's funding include:

  • Professor William Stringfellow, Environmental Engineering, received funding of over $850,000 from the California Energy Commission for research in the area of renewable energy;
  • The National Science Foundation awarded a grant to Professor Craig Vierra in the amount of $320,000 for his study of spider silks; 
  • Additionally, for 2011-2012, a contract from the Delta Protection Commission to the Business Forecasting Center, totaling over $1.5 million, for work on an economic sustainability plan for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Dean Ravi Jain 

School of Engineering and Computer Science 

The School is offering new courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including a new course in power electronics. Development of the course, which includes use of a laboratory platform for switch-mode converter analysis and design, was supported by a Department of Education workforce development grant. Professors Elizabeth Basha and Jennifer Ross introduced new content in the Introduction to Electrical and Computer Engineering class, notably the introduction of PCB (printed circuit board) design and surface mount soldering in the context of a microcontroller project. This is an example of the need for extra effort required on the part of the faculty to develop new engineering courses to effectively respond to emerging needs.


DEN FerrilloDean Pat Ferrillo
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry

Dean Ferrillo has recently authored a post on his Dean's Blog covering the school's Pacific Dental Helix Curriculum and how the integrated approach is keeping the school at the forefront of dental education. He has also blogged about a recent trip to India with the American Dental Association. Dean Ferrillo's Blog




Faculty Governance

Academic Council 

Chris Goff
Chris Goff
Associate Professor of Mathematics



Our office is still coming together; Lourdes Reyes, Faculty Governance's new administrative assistant, has just been trained on how to maintain University webpages, which means our website will hopefully be up-to-date once the spring semester begins.


Among other duties, the Academic Council and its Executive Board have been busy putting faculty on committees, mainly the search committees for deans and assistant provosts. Currently we are working on the Vice Provost search committee. Once these positions are filled, the number of new committees requiring faculty representation will likely decrease.


Finally, keep an eye out for the announcement of the Spring All-Faculty meeting, to be held on the McGeorge campus early next semester. An announcement will be sent to faculty once the meeting is formally scheduled. 


Chris Goff, Chair, Academic Council, Faculty Governance


Academic Affairs Committee 

Posted on the Academic Affairs Committee website you will find new, streamlined forms for: New Programs, Changes to Existing Program Proposal, New Course Proposal, Revision to Existing Course Proposal, Delete Course Proposal and Course Description Revision.

Beginning January 1, 2012, Academic Affairs will review proposals on the new forms. If a proposal is in the approval
process prior to this date, the old forms will be accepted. The forms can be found under the Academic Affair Committee website.

Emeriti Society


The Emeriti Society activities continue to increase. At the Fall Emeriti Luncheon we heard a presentation about Harmony Stockton presented by Dean Giulio Ongaro and Maestro Peter Jaffe. At the Fall Wine and Cheese Event, Professor Rich Tenaza, Professor Emeritus Dave Fletcher and Professor Emeritus Coby Ward regaled a room of more than 50 attendees with tales of their recent visit to Tajikistan in search of new Loris habitat.

Emeriti Loris
Genus: Loris
Species: tardigradus malabaricus

The Oral History Project
 keeps expanding as we interview more and more retirees. The product of our labors can be found by clicking on "oral history" in the University directory on the web. Cooperation with the Alumni Association continues to expand. We now have a new office at the Alumni House, including a Emeriti Bench outside the building. The Provost and the Society have agreed to share sponsorship of the Faculty Retirement Dinner with the Alumni Association.

Please mark your calendars for the Annual Faculty Retirement Dinner on Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

To contact the Emeriti Society, please visit our

Roland di Franco & Doris Meyer
Co-Presidents, Emeriti Society

Did you know...   

College of the Pacific
Matz Lou photo
Lou Matz, Associate Dean and Director of General Education and Professor of Philosophy


Matz, Lou
Matz (3) against the Pomona Sagehens

Lou Matz, Associate Dean and Director of General Education and Professor of Philosophy, played collegiate basketball as a point-guard for four years at the University of Redlands from 1980-1984. The Redlands Bulldogs compete in the NCAA Division III Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. As a senior, Matz was named male scholar-athlete of the year. This distinguished achievement came with years of practice and experience. Born to athletic parents (both his mother and father also played the sport growing up), Matz has actively participated in organized basketball since the third grade. 


After graduating from the University of Redlands, Matz went on to play one year in Germany from 1990-91 where he and his team won the regional championship. When asked if he plans to continue playing, Matz responded, "I still play regularly in Pacific's 'noonball' game I hope to be playing for as long as two of our Pacific emeritus faculty, Larry Meredith who is in his 80s and Ken Beauchamp who is in his 70s".

 barber shop pole

Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences 

Under the leadership of Daniel Salas '13, student pharmacists will be hosting Stockton's Inaugural African American Haircuts for Health on Saturday, November 19, 2011 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. This one-of-a-kind event will be hosted in three local barbershops in Stockton (Tru Barber Styles, 338 E. Lafayette St., Stockton, CA 95203; Dudes & Divas, 345 N California St., Stockton, CA 95202; Bay Kutz, 533 W. Harding Way, Stockton, CA 95204).


The students' hope is that through their presence and outreach efforts at barbershops they will provide a familiar and comfortable environment for attendees to receive health education and screening services. Most importantly, the students have collaborated with local African American physician, Dr. Kwabena Adubofour who has graciously agreed to provide follow-up health care services to patients found to be at risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

BUS Chris Sablynsk
Chris Sablynski,
Associate Professor
 of Business


Eberhardt School of Business

The reasons employees quit their jobs are often unrelated to why they stay. To date, Associate Professor Chris Sablynski has published five peer-reviewed journal articles (with two appearing in the Academy of Management Journal - arguably the top ranking journal in the field) on the employee turnover construct known as job embeddedness. This measure predicts employee turnover over and above such time-tested constructs as job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and perceived job alternatives. 

Third Annual Faculty Awards Recognition Dinner


The Third Annual Faculty Awards recognition dinner was held on October 18th at the Vereschagin Alumni House. The 2011 Eberhardt Teacher Scholars, University Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church and Faculty Research Lecturer were recognized.

Awards Dinner Qingwen Dong

Qingwen Dong

Professor and Chair,

Department of Communication

The Eberhardt Teacher Scholar award annually recognizes faculty from the entire University who fulfill the highest aspirations of scholarship and service to students, colleagues and the profession. This year's recipients are Professor Roshanak Rahimian, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Distinguished Professor & Scholar John Sprankling, Pacific McGeorge School of Law.


The United Methodist Scholar/Teacher of the Year Award is given by the General Board of Higher Education Ministry of the United Methodist Church and recognizes outstanding faculty members for their dedication and contributions to the learning arts and their institutions. This year's recipient is Associate Professor Myo-Kyoung Kim, Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.


The Faculty Research Lecturer award was established by the Faculty Research Committee to recognize faculty with a record of meritorious research or artistic contributions during their service at Pacific. This year's recipient is Professor Qingwen Dong, College of the Pacific. The highlight of the evening was Dong's research lecture "Communication, Socialization and Self".  Click here to watch video.

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