May 2, 2016 | VOL. 5, ISSUE 15
 
As previously reported, the Faculty Compensation Task Force is working on the development of a compensation philosophy for Pacific. To guide its work, the Task Force seeks input from all full-time faculty via a survey on compensation matters. The survey is available now through May 13 ... More
RESEARCH DAY RECAP

Saturday, April 30 was Pacific's Research Day at the DeRosa University Center on the Stockton Campus. This event, combined for the second year with the Pacific Undergraduate Creativity Conference (PURCC), showcased the research and creative endeavors of Pacific's faculty and graduate and undergraduate students via poster and oral presentations ... More
FACULTY AFFAIRS UPDATE

Greetings Colleagues,
 
As we rapidly approach the end of year (and seeing how this is my final update until fall), I'd like to provide you the following updates and deadlines:

Spotlight 3 2015-2016 Advisor Winners
This academic year, the Division of Student Life instituted a mechanism to recognize advisors of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). Each month the Spotlight 3 program accepts nominations from any Pacifican for the following categories: RSO of the month, RSO member of the month, or RSO advisor for the month. This year the following faculty members were recognized ... More

Mentoring Update
Please take a moment to consider if there is an aspect of faculty life (e.g., teaching, time management, academic life, work-life balance, etc.) in which you would be willing to mentor a new faculty member when we welcome them in August ... More 

"First Generation" Faculty Members Sought
Assistant Provost for Diversity Chris Goff and I are looking for faculty members who were the first in their families to attend college as part of a new program to provide mentoring to first-generation students and professional development support to first-generation faculty members ... More

Faculty Retirement Reception Recap
On April 28, we celebrated our retiring faculty members at a reception hosted in conjunction with the Emeriti Society. All who attended had a lovely evening celebrating the work and achievements of Ash Brown, who attended along with members of his family ... More

Regards,
 
Berit Gundersen, PharmD
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
AWARDS ANNOUNCED FOR SEED FUNDING FOR 2015-16

President Eibeck has approved the AY 2015-16 Strategic Planning Committee's recommendation that nine projects receive Strategic Educational Excellence Development (SEED) grant funding from the Strategic Investment Fund for 2015-16. The Committee reviewed proposals that align with Pacific 2020, and prioritized those that align with the Academic Plan, Crossing Boundaries ... More

Director, Academic Assessment
  • The search committee invites you to attend an open session tomorrow, May 3 at 3:45 p.m., in the Library Community Room on the Stockton campus (or by videoconference from the Sacramento and San Francisco campuses) to meet a candidate for the position of Director of Academic Assessment. During this session, the candidate will give a presentation about academic assessment and will address assessment-related questions from University attendees. You can view the candidate's CV and provide feedback at the search website. This search committee is chaired by Professor Mouchumi Bhattacharyya.
Dean, Gladys L. Benerd School of Education
  • The fourth candidate forum was held on April 28, the feedback survey for which will close tomorrow, May 3, at 3:00 p.m., and can be found at the search website along with CVs for all four candidates. The search committee will then review feedback for all four candidates. This search committee is chaired by Dean Howell.
Dean, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
  • The search committee interviewed candidates last week to bring to campus. Campus visits are scheduled to begin May 9. Please visit the search site to view the candidates' CVs and links to feedback surveys. This search committee is chaired by Dean Oppenheimer.
Associate Provost for Professional Learning Workforce Development
  • The search committee is reviewing feedback following the candidate forum. This search committee is chaired by Vice Provost Vernon Smith 
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • The search committee conducted interviews with a pool of candidates last week. Forums will be held tomorrow, May 3 at 12:00 p.m. and on Thursday, May 5. Please visit the search site to view the forum schedule, candidates' CVs and links to feedback surveys. The committee's goal is to select final candidates in time for campus visits prior to commencement. This search committee is chaired by Vice Provost Berit Gundersen.
DIVERSITY UPDATES
Chris Goff, Assistant Provost for Diversity, has provided the following diversity updates:
 
May 18-20: "Diversifying the Curriculum" Workshop
The Provost's Office is pleased to announce a workshop  to incorporate more diversity content in new and revised courses. Dr. Susan Shaw (Oregon State) will return to Pacific to help facilitate the workshop. The workshop will be 2.5 days (May 18, 19, and the morning of May 20) and hosted in the CTL ... More

May 5 Deadline for Comments to Diversity Leadership Team (DLT)
The DLT has concluded sharing their Draft Prioritization Plan at open forums on each campus, and will continue to talk with individuals and groups for the rest of the semester. The DLT then will compile all the feedback received in person or on the Sharepoint site, and make final recommendations to Cabinet ... More
Mark your calendars! Upcoming events
MAY 4: TASKSTREAM OPEN TRAINING SESSION

This Wednesday, May 4, from 3 - 4 p.m. in the Library (Classroom 2) on the Stockton campus, is a Taskstream open training session for faculty members to receive assistance entering their 2015-16 assessment results and action plans, and 2016-17 assessment plans.
 
For more information, please contact Eileen McFall, Director of Learning and Academic Assessment (emcfall@pacific.edu).
MAY 5: 2ND ANNUAL SUMMIT ON STUDENT WRITING IN THE DISCIPLINES

This Thursday, May 5, from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Library Community Room is the 2nd Annual Summit on Student Writing in the Disciplines. See your faculty colleagues showcase how they found room for writing in busy courses! Discuss how they used writing to make space for exploration and inquiry and to deepen student learning and improve academic performance. Learn how you, too, could benefit from working in community with colleagues from other disciplines!
MAY 5: STATE OF THE ARTS LECTURE

This Thursday, May 5, from 3 - 6 p.m. in the Presidents Room on the Stockton campus, the Pacific Humanities Center proudly presents the 2016 State of the Arts Lecture including the observation of the 400th anniversary of the deaths of William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. Food and wine reception follows
COMMENCEMENT IS ALMOST HERE!

It's now less than two weeks until Commencement! The 159th annual University Commencement will be held Saturday, May 14, at 9:00 a.m. in the Alex G. Spanos Center.
 
This is a day where we honor our Pacific community, including the outstanding educators who have made success possible for generations of Pacific students. The entire faculty and staff community is invited to participate in the Commencement ceremonies, as we celebrate your achievements, as well as those of your students and colleagues.
 
Please see the Commencement website for helpful and important information for Pacific faculty and staff, including a complete schedule.

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