March 7, 2016 | VOL. 5, ISSUE 11
Strategic Enrollment Plan Conversations Continue
The Strategic Enrollment Plan (SEP) Committee is holding a second round of conversations in March on each of the three campuses. 

The goal of these conversations is for the SEP Committee to gather feedback, questions, concerns and suggestions from the University community on its latest draft of the Plan, which incorporates feedback the Committee received from the Board of Regents in February. The Committee will use the feedback from these conversations to inform its final draft of the Plan, which it plans to present to the Board of Regents for endorsement at its May meeting. You can view the SEP SharePoint site here.
You are invited to share your feedback with members of the SEP Committee at any of the following conversations.
Tuesday, March 8, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Vereschagin Alumni House Board Room
Light refreshments will be provided

Wednesday, March 9, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Vereschagin Alumni House Board Room
Light refreshments will be provided
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As this newsletter has reported previously (here and here), much work is being done to support and implement the goals of the Academic Plan. Several conversations are being held during March and April on the topics of health and interdisciplinarity.

Health Initiative
The Provost is hosting an ongoing series of conversations to discuss how Pacific can best become an educational leader in the rapidly evolving health care environment. Recently, an interdisciplinary group of faculty and administrative members produced reports on this topic and discussed the strengths, gaps, trends and possible directions for Pacific's health initiative ... More

The Provost is continuing her series of conversations on fostering interdisciplinarity in teaching and scholarship. The goals of these conversations are to understand the barriers to interdisciplinary teaching and scholarship and to begin to prioritize solutions leading to an environment that crosses boundaries. The Provost invites you to join the conversation and share your ideas, challenges and opportunities for supporting interdisciplinarity in teaching and scholarship ... More
In December, President Eibeck charged a Faculty Compensation Task Force to begin work on what will be a three-semester process to develop a faculty compensation philosophy and implementation plan as recommended in Pacific's Academic Plan. The Task Force is to develop a compensation philosophy that is tied to excellence in teaching and scholarship/creative endeavors, is competitive with our peers, is anchored in market information that is reliable and valid, and has a timeframe for implementation based on the agreed-upon framework.
The initial meeting of the Task Force on January 16 was a full day kickoff retreat, facilitated by Pacific's faculty compensation consultant Frank Casagrande, who has worked with a number of institutions, including some of our peers, to develop their compensation philosophies and implementation plans. The Task Force met again on March 4 to continue building their knowledge base. Three more meetings are scheduled this semester.  ... More

Greetings Colleagues,
Here are some faculty development events and other opportunities I'd like to share with you:

Fulbright Scholar Program Competition Open for 2017-8 Travel Awards
Dr. Bill Herrin, Director of the School of International Studies (SIS) and University Fulbright Scholar Program Representative, has provided an update on exciting opportunities to strengthen your global credentials. Fulbright information sessions for faculty and students begin March 24 ... More

Chair Development Luncheon: Thursday, April 21, 12 - 1pm in the Library Community Room. Lunch is provided. April's topic is ... More

TEC Grant Deadline (Second Call)
The deadline for Technology in Education Committee (TEC) grant proposals is this Friday, March 11Small grant funding up to $2,500 per proposal is available for innovative technology instruction or technology conferences. Visit the TEC Sakai site (must be logged in) for streamlined application and selection criteria. Please contact TEC Chair Heidi Stevenson,, for more information.
Academic Facilities Improvement Committee Proposal Deadline
The Academic Facilities Improvement Committee is seeking proposals for improvements and upgrades (valued over $1,000) to existing academic facilities. The deadline is March 25 for consideration of proposals for this semester. For more information and the proposal form, please visit the Committee's webpage.

CAPD Grants and Awards Announced
The Committee for Academic Planning and Development (CAPD) is pleased to announce the availability of a number of grants and awards available to members of the Pacific faculty. The deadline for all applications is Friday, April 1 ... More

Deadline to Rent Academic Regalia for Commencement
Faculty who plan to rent academic regalia for Commencement can do it through the University Bookstore. The deadline for ordering regalia is March 25. Faculty can reserve and rent regalia in person or by phoning Nicole Castillo, University Bookstore Manager, at 209.460.3875.

Berit Gundersen, PharmD
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
CTL staff are pleased to announce that they are well on their way into Phase 3 of the Sakai-to-Canvas migration. They have received requests to migrate more than 500 courses in Phase 3, and have just 200 remaining. All told, they already have migrated a total of 674 courses from Sakai to Canvas! 
If you have not yet requested course migration, please complete this form or contact Senior Instructional Designer Dr. Tara Buņag at Remember, Sakai will be archived as of June 30, 2016 ... More
SharePoint is available now, and new resources are available to get you started with your migration and provide you training and support, including training sessions from Assessment, Training and Technology. Initial sessions will be available on March 17, 18 and 24; and April 7 and 14. These sessions will be held in the Pacific Technology offices on March Lane ... More
Funding Opportunities
Looking for funding opportunities? Be sure to check the new External Funding Newsletter, available here and updated on a monthly basis. Since this is typically a busy time for grant submissions, please alert the OSP if you are planning to submit a grant or contract proposal. You may contact Barbara Sasso or Christine Fluter-Brown at
The Faculty Research Committee is seeking applications for the following funding opportunities, all of which have deadlines in MarchScholarly/Artistic Activities Grants, Holmok Cancer Research Grant, and the Hoefer Prize for Student-Faculty Research/Creative Projects
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Monthly Funding Workshops Continue
On March 31, the OSP will present the next of its monthly workshops to promote the development of strong proposals, to address new federal changes that will affect the submissions you make this year and to support grant/contract administration. Click here for the complete workshop schedule.
The U.S. Department of Education has opened a competitive grants program for Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) to provide funds to improve and expand institutional capacity to serve Asian Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders and low-income individuals. Pacific's AANAPISI designation was recently renewed, making us eligible to apply.  The application deadline is April 22 ... More

Research Day 
Pacific's Annual Research Day is April 30, on the Stockton Campus. Please encourage faculty, staff and students to think of presenting their research to the University community. Click here for more information or contact Christine Fluter-Brown ( or Dr. Lydia Fox (

Dean, Conservatory of Music
  • Provost Pallavicini has asked Dan Ebbers to extend his term as Interim Dean for one year. He has agreed, and the Provost appreciates his continued service in this role. The Provost would like to thank the University community, the Conservatory of Music faculty, staff and students, and the search committee for their participation in this search, which we will resume in the next few months.
Dean, Benerd School of Education
  • The search committee has met and selected a list of candidates for campus visits. Information coming soon on the candidates and a schedule of campus visits. This search committee is chaired by Dean Howell.
Dean, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
  • A pool of candidates is being formed. This search committee is chaired by Dean Howell.
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • The Provost is initiating a nationwide search for a new CTL director following the announcement of Terri Johnson's resignation. Search firms are being reviewed to conduct this search. A search committee is being formed and the chair will be announced soon.
Assistant Vice Provost of Admission and University Registrar
  • Hung Dang, recently appointed as Pacific's Assistant Provost for Admission and University Registrar, has resigned from the University for personal reasons. This departure highlights that, while combined roles have their benefits, they also have the associated risk of a significant leadership vacuum when that person leaves. In recognition of this potential risk, we will again separate these critical positions and initiate searches for an Assistant Vice Provost of Admission, within the next 60 days, and for a University Registrar, in the fall. An experienced Interim Registrar will be brought in to provide oversight and leadership for the Office of the Registrar until a search can be completed next academic year, and we hope to appoint a new leader for Admission in the fall.
The Diversity Leadership Team (DLT) has finished analyzing and synthesizing all the feedback from last semester's forums and conversations with several individuals and groups, which it incorporated into the first draft of its Prioritization Plan. This Plan is now available on the DLT SharePoint site for the University community to review and provide feedback.
Also available for review on the SharePoint site is a draft proposal of the University Diversity Committee membership and charge. The DLT asks that faculty, staff and students provide feedback on this draft proposal to their respective governing bodies.

The members of the DLT invite you to attend one of the upcoming forums at which they will share their proposed prioritization plan and charge for a University Diversity Committee.

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