Updates from Provost Pallavicini
Program Quality and Continuous Improvement
Pacific's report on Educational Effectiveness (EER) has been submitted to WASC. Thanks are extended to all who commented on the final draft, particularly during the busy end of the term. The submitted report reflects the hard work of many of you. Brian Klunk and Eileen McFall provided superb leadership and expertise throughout the process and deserve special thanks and recognition from all of us. Although the report is submitted we are already preparing an addendum in response to WASC's request for information about Pacific's institutional credit hour policies, and our processes to assure that credit hour assignments are accurate and periodically reviewed. In upcoming newsletters we will highlight sections/themes/findings of the EER report. The WASC team site visit is on April 2-4, 2012.
The 'futuring' groups have completed their work. The Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) is beginning to synthesize and integrate strategic opportunities from the submitted reports. The 2012 Month-by-Month Strategic Planning Schedule provides a timeline of activities of the SPC and university wide symposium, forums and products.
Transparency is an underlying principle of the strategic planning process and will continue to the end. The University can view submitted 'futuring' reports, related working groups items, SPC agendas and meeting notes here. During January, documents describing synthesis of opportunities, as well as principles and criteria to filter opportunities that will be developed at the January Board of Regents, will also be found at this site.
Broad engagement of internal and external stakeholders also underlies our strategic planning process. A symposium, open to the University community, is planned for January 28 to discuss the value and trade-offs of different opportunities for Pacific. Additional forums will be held in spring that will involve alumni, members of advisory boards, and of course faculty and students. An authenticated site will become available in early January to receive comments on the strategic opportunities and planning.
Your active involvement in the process is important and we invite and encourage you to engage. The outcomes of the planning will impact the future directions of your University, shaping Pacific's core identify in the future. These outcomes will affect all of us and your engagement is critical to our mutual success. The Board of Regents will consider basic criteria for prioritize future strategies at their January Board meeting. A symposium where faculty, students, and staff will explore strategic opportunities will be held on Saturday, January 28. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call (209) 932-2850 to attend the symposium so that we have a head count for food. I look forward to seeing you there!
Report of the Representation of Women on the Faculty
In the fall of 2011, the Provost of the University of the Pacific requested an inquiry into the representation of women on the faculty. A report was generated by an external consultant that contains a summary of ten year demographic data reflecting four indicators of the representation of women on the faculty: headcount, tenure status, hiring and advancement and retention. The report can be found at here.
New Dean of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law
I am pleased to announce that we have concluded the search for a new dean for the Pacific McGeorge School of Law. Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parker, who has been the guiding visionary and accomplished leader of the Law school for the past 10 years, will be stepping down on June 30, 2012. Joining us on July 1 will be Francis "Jay" Mootz. Professor Mootz joins us from his post as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Faculty Development at UNLV's William S. Boyd School of Law. We are delighted that Professor Mootz will be joining Pacific. Please join me in welcoming and congratulating him on his appointment. Read the University's full announcement here.
New Addition to the Provost Staff
We welcome Lou Matz, Associate Dean and Director of General Education, Professor, Department of Philosophy, College of the Pacific to his new position as Assistant Provost of University Wide Academic Programs. Lou will be joining the Office of the Provost in March 2012.
Dean Parker and Dean Gale are leading the searches for the dean of SIS and SoECS, respectively. The SIS dean search is approaching closure, whereas the SoECS search is it the early stages. Dean Beck is leading the search committee for the Vice Provost.
Fri-Sun, January 6-8, 2012
2012 Meg Quigley Competition and Bassoon Symposium
Tuesday, January 17th
Welcome reception for
Ge-Yao Liu, Director of International Programs and Services, 4:30-6pm in the Bechtel International Center. RSVP at 209 946-2246.
Tuesday, January 17th
2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Justice Awards Luncheon
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Educational Effectiveness Review Update
Brian E. Klunk, Associate Professor, Political Science
Pacific is making the clubhouse turn and heading down the homestretch in our WASC accreditation review. About two years ago we completed the Capacity and Preparatory Review phase of the accreditation process. Now we are nearing the end of the Educational Effectiveness Review (EER) phase. Just before spring classes start for most of the University, we will submit our (EER) report to WASC and to the members of the accreditation visiting team that will come to Pacific on April 2-4. By the time we deliver the EER report, dozens of Pacificans will have contributed to the inquiries that we conducted over the last year and a half, which provide the foundation for the report, and to the drafting of the report itself.
WASC's primary focus in the EER phase is to examine what its member institutions have learned about how well students achieve the goals set for them in specific academic and co-curricular programs, as well as in our university learning objectives and university-wide programs like General Education and the diversity requirement. Assessment of student learning is the key concern here. Pacific's EER report shows that Pacific has built on traditionally strong assessment work in many academic programs and in Student Life. Progress in the College, SIS, Pacific McGeorge, and the Conservatory has been notable. Pacific is increasingly able to sustain high quality and meaningful assessment across the University.
Beyond assessment, our EER report examines the state of Pacific's program review process, how well Pacific performs in retention and graduation rates, and what we have learned about hallmark strengths that may help define Pacific's place in higher education. At WASC's request, we also provide updates on our strategic planning and budget model processes.
Pacific's EER report.
Eileen McFall, Director of Learning and Academic Assessment
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. The "Evidence-Based Decision Making Process" includes annual reports that are used to produce the self-study, and those annual reports include assessment of student learning as a central component.
Each year, academic programs will be asked to describe their assessment of student learning. Some programs are still fairly new to the process of systematically assessing learning across the program. One approach is to think about what you want to find out about students' learning, achievement, and success by the time of the self-study and program review. What do you need to know in order to produce a self-study that focuses on issues of importance to you? What information will position the program for a useful external review that will lead to an action plan that benefits the program and improves student achievement and success? This is not a matter of presenting only the evidence that makes your case, but rather of doing trustworthy, meaningful assessment that will be useful for program improvement.
The above approach to assessment planning is just one possibility. Even if your program is accredited and has been engaging in assessment for years, if you are not producing useful results, think about how you might bring new meaning to the process. You may want to arrange a consultation with your school's assessment coordinator or with Eileen McFall, Director of Learning and Academic Assessment, to develop an approach to assessment that will be most meaningful for your program and faculty. Assessment, self-study and program review are required, so they might as well be useful, too!
Supporting Research and Experiential Learning Opportunities
Jin Gong, Associate Provost for Research, Collaborative Programs and Dean of Graduate Studies
The Office of Research and Collaborative Programs would like to update you on the recent activities of campus research and research collaborations. The role of the office is to advocate for faculty research and facilitate collaborations while providing support and compliance services to the campus. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who have considered grant applications and responded to our regular newsletter and individual calls on funding opportunities. Here are some statistics of research activities so far:
This fiscal year, 65 proposals have been submitted by Pacific faculty and administration, with requests totaling $17,435,367. Thirty-six of those grants and contracts have been awarded, in the amount of $6,090,166. Of the proposals submitted, five have been submitted to the NIH - four from the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and one from the College. Three proposals have been submitted from the College to the National Science Foundation, and one of those - Dr. Doug Weiser's (Biology) project on Regulation of 3-Dimensional Cell Motility during Vertebrate Gastrulation - has been funded so far this year.
Another key function of the Office of Sponsored Programs is administering the University's human subject research programs. Since July, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) has received 45 protocol applications, and is currently managing over 175 active projects.
Two interdisciplinary research groups are currently active on our campuses:
- Pacific Connection is a collaboration between the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, the College of the Pacific and the School of Dentistry. They are currently exploring several projects to gather initial data, with the ultimate goal of three or four grant applications.
- A second collaboration, the Pacific Obesity and Chronic Disease Research Group, is headed by faculty in the Department of Sports Sciences. This group is pulling together faculty from the College and the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, as well as local health advocacy organizations and a local elementary school to explore joint projects. At least one federal grant application is planned in 2012.
Again, thank you for your efforts in getting the resources to support your research and to provide experiential learning opportunities for our students.
Pacific Humanities Scholars Program
Have you heard about the new Pacific Humanities Scholars program being offered to entering students for fall 2012?
The Pacific Humanities Scholars Program is the only program of its kind in the nation, offering an accelerated but enriching educational experience along with a career and community focus. The program allows exceptional students majoring in the humanities to complete their undergraduate degree within three years (though students may opt to complete the program in 4 years.), and encompasses the following majors:
* Art and Art History
* Graphic Design
* Modern Languages (French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Russian)
* Religious and Classical Studies
* Theatre Arts
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.
Through the program, Pacific Humanities Scholars enjoy the community of students and faculty who are passionate about the humanities. 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.
The 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. In addition to completing the units required for a given major, Pacific Humanities Scholars take a series of seminars that cultivate their talents and shape their future. Students will also complete the University of the Pacific's General Education program, which includes our nationally acclaimed Pacific Seminars. Special curricular components will include seminars, off-campus activities, and a summer experience.
In their first semester seminar, students will be asked to consider "What does it mean to be human in the third millennium?" Organized thematically, this course enables students to define-and defend-the indispensability of humanistic inquiry in the Information Age. Whereas the first seminar focuses on individual expression, the second focuses on how the humanities serve as a platform for collective expression in a more global context. This seminar will also involve direct engagement with students and faculty in Computer Sciences, focusing on the technological applications of the humanities in the digital age. The week-long San Francisco Experience during the summer between the first and second year exposes students to the many ways the humanities are part of daily life in a civilized society. Students will view public art and architecture, visit galleries and museums, see film and theatre productions, and talk with working professionals who integrate the humanities in their careers. In the summer after their second year, students will have the option of building their cross-cultural competence by participating in one of four unique courses of study in Scotland, Italy, Central America, or Asia. The fall of the third year will be devoted to undergraduate research, enabling students to work closely with a faculty member of their choosing in order to refine their expertise in their major subject while adding depth to their analytical reasoning, creativity, written expression, and communication skills. The final seminar in the spring of the third year will focus on community-based learning, the objective of which is to translate education into transformative action, ensuring that Pacific Humanities Scholars do not lose sight of the "humanity" for which our field is named.
For more information you can visit the Pacific Humanities Center webpage, or contact:
Courtney Lehmann, Ph.D.
Director of Pacific Humanities Scholars Program, Professor of English / Film Studies
Ethnic Studies Collaborations
Arturo E. Ocampo, Assistant Provost for Diversity
In fall 2011, four Ethnic Studies faculty, Assistant Professors Alison Alkon, Ethel Nicdao, Tomomi Kinukawa, and Professor Zhou Xiaojing, piloted collaborative interdisciplinary teaching and learning related to environmental issues, including food justice, eco-justice, environmental justice, environmental health and diseases, science, technology and the body politics. Their collaborative activities included a guest lecture on Native Americans and the environment by Little Fawn Boland, J.D. The highlight of their collaboration was a student research conference where student representatives from different classes presented their research projects related to the environment.
Save the date! Tuesday, January 17, 2012
2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Justice Awards Luncheon. Buy your tickets now at the Multicultural Center!
Course Syllabi Now Online
Course content, faculty expectations of students, teaching methods, criteria used for grade determination and anticipated learning outcomes (course, program and institutional) are essential components of course syllabi. The University's Office of Information Technology has launched an online syllabi repository in collaboration with all of Pacific's schools and colleges. This repository is available on insidePacific under the Academic Tab and on the Academic Links channel. Making syllabi accessible at one location makes it easy for students to find this information and helps the university meet its accreditation documentation requirements. The Council of Assistant and Associate Deans and OIT are working together in exploring options for a comprehensive Syllabi Management System.
Teaching faculty will be requested to provide their updated course syllabus no later than the third week of each semester.
Celebrating Faculty Accomplishments
Dr. Todd E. Davenport, DPT, OCS, Assistant Professor,
Todd E. Davenport
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
For the second consecutive year, the Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Department of Physical Therapy has been awarded a Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit grant to support the "Healthy Children" community partnership with the San Joaquin County Office of Education. As part of this partnership, second year Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) students provide educational programming for afterschool programs run by the San Joaquin County Office of Education. This programming emphasizes the rationale and specific strategies for healthful physical activity, nutrition, and school ergonomics. The target population involves children at risk for obesity and obesity-related health conditions, because of the high proportion of children receiving subsidized or free school lunches in this cohort. By targeting at-risk children in our area, we hope to mitigate the effects of childhood and adult obesity both in the short-term, as well as in generations to come.
Last year, our Healthy Children program provided services for 2,400 at-risk young people in our area. We hope to reach 2,000 more children this year through more school visits. We also will increase the reach of the Healthy Children program this year by including first year DPT students' participation in the Pacific Family Health Fair. The health fair will provide hands-on seminars and services for families, ranging from how to incorporate exercise into family activities, screening children and their adult family members for orthopedic spine and leg issues, and ensuring that children can use their backpacks in a way that prevents injury but promotes homework. Through this experience, our DPT students will learn about how to incorporate their knowledge of the basic science and clinical application of exercise to promote community wellness. We are also very enthusiastic that our students will work with their future professional colleagues in pharmacy and speech and language pathology in this event, so they can experience community wellness efforts from a multi-disciplinary perspective.
|Ove A. Peters
|Dr. Ove A. Peters|
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
Dugoni School of Dentistry faculty member Dr. Ove A. Peters has been selected to receive the 2012 Louis I. Grossman Award from the American Association of Endodontists (AAE). The award recognizes one author for cumulative publication of significant research studies that have made an extraordinary contribution to endodontology.
Peters, a faculty member in the Department of Endodontics, is an internationally recognized researcher and educator. He is also one of the most sought after speakers and lecturers in endodontics today. Peters will be officially presented with the award at the next AAE Annual Session, which will be held in Boston in April 2012. Read more about Peters.
Dean Elizabeth Rindskopf-Parker
Pacific McGeorge School of Law
The Pacific McGeorge Center for Advocacy & Dispute Resolution is hosting a breakfast for Advocacy Law Faculties on January 6. Professor Michael Vitiello will lead a presentation about the Center's on-going national advocacy practice study, comparing overall survey results that alumni and other collaborating law schools submitted this year with those from previous years. Professor Jay Leach will give an update on the National Ethics Competition and his thoughts about integrating ethics training into the law school curriculum.
Professor Franklin Gevurtz has invited International Law Faculties and Members of the American Society of International Law's Teaching International Law Interest Group to the Pacific McGeorge Global Center for Business & Development's breakfast on January 7. The breakfast will engage colleagues in an exchange of ideas, with this year's topic "Rethinking the International Law Curriculum for Challenging Times," centering on whether the economic pressures facing the legal profession (e.g., the end of the big law economic model) and, in turn, law schools, calls for changes to the international law curriculum. In advance of the event, attendees received an invitation to complete a survey created by the Global Center for Business & Development to solicit their opinions on this topic.
Dean Tom Krise
College of the Pacific
Professor Gene Pearson, Earth & Environmental Sciences, is one of fourteen members of an international working group of STEM educators attempting to develop a common language position statement on the importance of incorporating sustainability education in STEM courses. The working group is part of Project Kaleidoscope, Mobilizing STEM Education for a Sustainable Future sponsored by the American Association of Colleges and Universities and includes representatives from the following ten disciplinary societies: American Association of Physics Teachers, American Chemical Society, American Institute of Biological Sciences, American Psychological Association, American Society for Engineering Education, Association for Career and Technical Education, Mathematical Association of America, National Association of Biology Teachers, National Association of Geoscience Teachers, National Numeracy Network, and the Special Interest Group in Computer Science Education.
Dean Phil Oppenheimer
Thomas J. Long School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Sam Ekern '12 at the
American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Ten student pharmacists presented three group poster presentations at the 2011 American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists Midyear Clinical Meeting and Exhibition in New Orleans, Louisiana. Poster presentations provide students an opportunity to network with professionals in the field, garner feedback on their presentation, and enhance their communication and presentation skills.
Virginia Hon '12, Sam Ekern '12, Zeenal Patel '12, et al. presented "Dabigatran co-administration with a proton pump inhibitor has no impact on activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) values: pilot results".
All 27 of our 2011 graduates of the Speech-Language Pathology Master's degree program passed their national certification and state licensure examination on their first attempt resulting in 100% passage rate. This marks the 16th year of 100% passage rate on the Praxis exam.
In its last three meetings, the Academic Council has discussed a wide variety of issues, ranging from the use of leafblowers on campus to the steep rise in employee contributions to the Anthem Blue Cross POS healthcare plan. We have also populated a number of committees; mainly the various search committees for Assistant Provosts and the Vice Provost. We have also voted to change the handbook. For instance, we streamlined the Student Academic Grievance process, eliminating the need for the 10-member Student Faculty Advocate Board. We also recently expanded faculty membership on the Information Strategy and Policy Committee. Among other tasks, this committee develops institutional strategies related to information technology, and they wanted to have more faculty input into their decision-making process. Finally, we are looking forward to holding our February meeting in Sacramento, so that we might get to know our McGeorge faculty colleagues better.
Chris Goff, Associate Professor, Mathematics
Chair, Academic Council
Technology in Education
There is an exciting opportunity for innovation in teaching available to faculty across all units of the University. The Technology in Education Committee (TEC) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) of projects seeking support from the "TEC Fund" (total $120,000), as outlined in the RFP linked below.
Proposals are due January 13, 2012.
The RFP, including the fund background, proposal guidelines, descriptions of different project classes, and the timeline for review is available at TEC Fund Request for Proposals
As an aid to proposal writers, the successful proposals from last year are posted online.
Faculty from all schools and units are encouraged to make submissions. Inquiries about the TEC Fund can be sent to, Jim Hetrick, TEC Chair or local TEC representatives: Jim Hetrick, College; Sarah Waltz (Patrick Langham returns in spring 2012), Conservatory; Sarah Mathis, School of International Studies; Anahita Zarei, Engineering and Computer Science; Clark Kelso, Law; Eric Salmon, Dental; John Livesey, Pharmacy and Health Sciences; Michelle Maloney, Library; Heidi Stevenson; Education and Dan Wadhwani, Business.
Jim Hetrick, Professor, Physics
Chair, Technology in Education Committee
Academic Facilities Improvement Committee
In need of funding for instructional facilities improvements? The Academic Facilties Improvement Committee recommends priorities for funding improvements of academic facilities. How can you make a request? Any requests submitted by Friday, February 10, 2012, will be considered at the spring AFIC meeting.
Chair, Academic Facilitties Improvement Committee
Jerry Hildebrand, Director of Pacific's Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship
Hamza Siddiqui, an undergraduate student of Biology who performed spoken word poetry on Being Muslim in America
The Central Valley's premiere TEDx event entitled TEDxSanJoaquin was held at the DeRosa University Center on October 12, 2011. The sold out event attracted over 1,000 live and virtual audience members from around the world. The event theme was "Revolutionary Ideas," which reflects the diverse culture and potential that characterizes the Pacific campus, Central Valley, and the world. TEDxSanJoaquin demonstrated how this great diversity is catalyzing cutting-edge technology, world-class research, great works of art, and ingenious social entrepreneurship.TEDxSanJoaquin celebrated those achievements with a view towards the significant challenges facing our community, nation, and the globe. The TEDxSanJoaquin videos, along with a full event recap, can be found at www.tedxsanjoaquin.org.
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|Push-ups and sit-ups were the order of the day at the Military Law Society's successful fundraiser.|
McGeorge School of Law
Military Law Society Quad Fundraiser A Success
The Military Law Society raised more than $4,000 for homeless veterans on Nov. 10, 2011, with an all-day fundraiser in the quad, "The 131,000 Challenge," which featured law school community members doing push-ups and sit-ups for a worthy cause.
"Thanks to all who participated, they counted 41,603 (push-ups and sit-ups) between 8:30 a.m. and 6:15 p.m.," Principal Assistant Dean Tim Naccarato said. "Several alums who are veterans committed to paying 10 cents a push-up or sit-up. So $4,160.30 will be donated to a local non-profit that supports homeless veterans."
"We owe special thanks to the students, staff sections and faculty members who supported this cause - sometimes coming out several times during the day." said Naccarato, the MLS faculty advisor. "Others dropped by the Business Office and donated to the Military Law Society. Three individuals logged counts of 2,200, 2,000, and 1,000 push-ups and sit-ups, respectively. As I visited the quad at 5:15 p.m., five female students from the Evening Division, two in business attire, were knocking out push-ups and sit-ups." Read more.
Eberhardt School of Business
Dean Lewis Gale is featured on the cover of Stockton's Chamber of Commerce Port O Call magazine. Read more on Dean Gale advising local businesses how to prepare for sucess.
Center for Professional and Continuing Education
The Center for Professional and Continuing Education recently entered into a training partnership with the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (Altamont Commuter Express or ACE) to provide customized training. The training will be led by Dr. Chris Sablynski with the Eberhardt School of Business. The training will concentrate on providing ACE's leadership team with additional tools and skills necessary to lead and compete in the 21st Century transportation marketplace. Training will be held at ACE, on the University's main campus, and at CPCE's facility at 1776 West March Lane.
College of the Pacific
Joan of Arc Symposium in Planning Stages
Ever since Joan of Arc, the French peasant girl who dressed in men's clothes led the French army to victories during the Hundred Years War, was burnt at stake for heresy, her story has captivated the minds of people in the western world. Her experience combines all the necessary ingredients for a fascinating story: heroism, religious controversy, women as inspirational leaders in a male world, and political betrayal. To reflect on the significance of Joan of Arc's story for our world today, Pacific will hold a symposium dedicated to Joan of Arc. The weeklong event is being spearheaded by Gesine Gerhard, Associate Professor of History and Director of the Gender Studies Program from the College of the Pacific, and Associate Professor of Voice & Opera Daniel Ebbers of the Conservatory of Music. The festival will involve many units, programs, and disciplines from across the University, and is expected to draw a large number of participants from the larger Stockton community.
During a weeklong symposium, Pacific will showcase some of the best artistic and cultural interpretations of Joan of Arc's story. The significance of her story in the 21st century will be reflected on in history, literature and religious studies classes as well as in performances and presentations. A film series will highlight the various portrayals of Joan of Arc in film, a performance by theatre arts students will showcase her treatment in theatre, and a student research conference will present students' projects on the subject of gender and war to a larger audience.
The symposium will culminate in the performance of Voices of Light: The Passion of Joan of Arc. This work merges the 1928 legendary silent film masterpiece, The Passion of Joan of Arc, directed by Carl Dreyer, with a live performance of a new work by American composer Richard Einhorn. The concert will feature the university symphony orchestra, Pacific choirs, voice and performance faculty from the Conservatory and the internationally acclaimed vocal quartet Anonymous 4.
The Joan of Arc symposium will be held during the week of October 15, 2012, ending with the student research conference and the grand performance of Voices of Light on Saturday, October 20, 2012.
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