Provost's Office News & Events
Provost's Office News & Events
Monday, Jan. 4, 2010
In January 2010, we formed the SCU-JST Academic Integration Council with faculty from both campuses. In addition to the Provost, members of the Council include Kevin Burke, S.J., and Bruce Lescher, the executive dean and associate dean, respectively, of JST, and Atom Yee and Greg Corning, the dean and an associate dean, respectively, of the College of Arts and Sciences on the Santa Clara campus. The Department of Religious Studies resides in the College, and its chair, Paul Crowley, S.J., also serves on the Council as do faculty representatives from the Department of Religious Studies and from JST. The faculty representatives from the Berkeley campus are Lisa Fullam and Jerome Baggett. The faculty representatives from the Santa Clara campus are Gary Macy, Kristen Heyer, David Pleins, and William Dohar.
The Council meets every three weeks and is charged with strategic academic planning and building the infrastructure to implement plans for an effective academic integration, both short-term and long-term. Key points from our meetings to date are summarized below.
- We are working on basic policies and procedures that will guide us in the short-term and long-term with regard to faculty teaching in the programs at both campuses and instructional exchanges.
- We are developing policies and procedures for both upper-division advanced undergraduate students who may want to sample graduate courses and for graduate students at both campuses who may want to participate in current or future graduate programs.
- We are piloting a graduate teaching fellow program on the Santa Clara campus. Two JST doctoral students who are at the dissertation stage in their studies will be assigned to teach undergraduate courses in the Department of Religious Studies and will be assigned faculty mentors for their teaching.
- Plans for harmonizing the Faculty Handbooks from the Santa Clara and JST campuses are moving forward. Don Dodson, Senior Vice Provost, has been meeting with faculty and administrators at Berkeley with the goal of using the Santa Clara campus handbook as the master document and incorporating carve-outs where necessary for JST policies and procedures that are unique to the Berkeley campus faculty.
- We appointed William (Bill) Dohar to assist JST with the development and implementation of alternative delivery models for the Master of Theological Studies (MTS) program. The Graduate Programs in Theology and Ministry Initiative, headed by Bill, Bruce Lescher and Kevin Burke, has been meeting to develop alternative delivery classes and programs at JST with the aim of increasing enrollments among non-degree students and in the MTS degree program. The strategy is to develop an attractive menu of course options for part-time students, which JST named Theology after Hours, scheduled for implementation in Fall 2010, with evening courses and weekend intensives. JST hopes to add additional January inter-session and summer-session options for 2011. JST also is examining ways to take its offerings to parishes, dioceses, and other learning sites away from Berkeley, with the goal of launching some pilot programs that pick up on these possibilities.
Friday, Dec. 4, 2009
The University has a number of programs and initiatives designed to promote excellence through inclusion. Summarized below are some examples in the area of Programs designed to address the educational pipeline.
College of Arts and Sciences Inclusive Excellence Initiative
Recognizing the importance of diversifying the faculty and curriculum to enhance educational quality, the College implemented a program in the 2004-2005 academic year to bring persons of color to campus through two-year post doctoral and pre-doctoral teaching and research positions as well as one-year post-baccalaureate fellowship positions.
This Inclusive Excellence Initiative has enjoyed remarkable success to date. As of the 2009-2010 academic year, three post doctoral fellows have graduated from the program. One of these, from the Department of English, was successful in obtaining a tenure track faculty position at a research university in the West, and two stayed to take faculty positions at Santa Clara University in the Environmental Studies Institute and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Currently, there are two postdoctoral fellows in the program, one in Anthropology and one in Sociology. Of the three post baccalaureate fellows, who spend a year at Santa Clara to prepare for graduate programs, one in Theatre and Dance has completed a prestigious MFA program in the Midwest and another in Political Science is completing a MPP (Master of Public Policy) degree at an elite research university. The one pre-doctoral fellow who was in the Art and Art History Department now is in a tenure track faculty position at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Starting in the 2010-2011 academic year, one new post doctoral fellow will join the Department of Theatre and Dance and the Ethnic Studies program, and a search currently is underway to fill two other positions. In summary, the program has successfully combined diversity with academic excellence to improve the teaching, learning, and research environment in the College of Arts and Sciences.
LEAD Scholars Program
The LEAD (Leadership Excellence and Academic Development) Scholars Program, initiated in fall 2007, is a four-year academic program within the portfolio of the University Honors Program. To be invited into the LEAD Scholars Program, students must be first-generation, have submitted a FAFSA that shows need for financial aid, and be offered financial aid packages that include merit-based funds (i.e., scholarships, grants). Of the students who meet these criteria, approximately 50 are selected to participate in the program each year.
The LEAD Scholars Program strives to enhance the academic success and retention of first-generation college students. This is accomplished through the academic components of the program and through its social and community building components. The Program has a strong academic focus. Each of the program’s courses, including Critical Thinking and Writing and Difficult Dialogues, is a rigorous seminar with fewer than 20 students to ensure that students are challenged in a supportive, attentive environment. The program promotes social support and social networking for students and provides opportunities for students to be involved in programs on study abroad and graduate school preparation, undergraduate research, and leadership and internship opportunities.
To gauge program success, we compared persistence of students in the LEAD Scholars Program to that of a cohort of matched first-time freshmen who entered SCU in the same years as LEAD Scholars. The matched cohort met all the selection criteria but were not LEAD Scholars. Our analyses indicated that the two groups entered the University equally prepared academically, as evidenced by SAT scores and both high school GPAs and SCU GPAs, but students in the LEAD Scholars Program have higher rates of first- and second-year persistence, with the difference in rates being statistically significant (first year, 96% vs. 90%; second year, 93% vs. 79%, respectively.) The mean family income in the year students applied to the university was $42,845.
School of Engineering Initiatives and Programs
The School has developed a range of outreach efforts to attract women and students from underrepresented groups to engineering. Examples include: SEEDs (Spring Engineering Education DayS) Saturdays in April introducing high school students to engineering – preference is given to underrepresented groups in engineering; SES (Summer Engineering Seminar) summer program aimed at underrepresented groups in engineering – more than half of the participants are women and more than half of them are minority participants; GetSET, a collaboration with the Society of Women Engineering to provide a summer residential camp for 60 to 80 local African American and Hispanic high school girls; and the Sally Ride Festival, a day-long Spring event that includes workshops for middle-school girls to support their interests in science and mathematics.
In addition, the School regularly sends its students to the national conferences of the Society of Women Engineers, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.
School of Law
For the past nine years, Santa Clara University School of Law has run an intense one-month summer program called PLUS (Prelaw Undergraduate Scholars), which is funded by the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for under-represented students as a pipeline for those wishing to attend law school. Santa Clara has witnessed a number of its former PLUS students attend and graduate from SCU's law school as well as other law schools. In addition, SCU's law school has developed plans for a pre-law summer program, as well as a long-term mentoring program, that will address the need for more diversity in the law school student body.
University Council on Inclusive Excellence Programs and Initiatives
Please visit the Council Web site for a summary of its goals, accomplishments, and continuing projects. The Council’s activities in its first three years centered around: (1) developing the theme of “identity” to guide its efforts over a three-year period, (2) developing programs for engaged dialogue in a broad array of campus settings, and (3) developing mechanisms for weaving inclusive excellence into the fabric of the University at all levels. Appreciation is expressed to the advisory councils and working committees collaborating with the Council. Highlights include:
· Implemented the three-year campus-wide theme on Identity: Individuality, Community, Humanity. Exploring our identity to understand ourselves, others, and how we relate in the world for diversity initiatives, which took place each winter quarter from 2008 to 2010. Major guest speakers included Sean Theriault, Sylvia Hurtado and Troy Duster, who addressed topics such as “Growing up Gay in the Catholic Church” and “Whitewashing Diversity in Academia: What’s Behind the Strong Resistance to Multiculturalism?”
· Established programs for Engaged Dialogue to provide students, faculty, and staff with opportunities for acquiring the knowledge and capacity to engage in civil discourse on topics related to identity, religion, sexuality, and cultural diversity. Examples include Kip Fulbeck’s The Hapa Project, which was in exhibition at the de Saisset Museum throughout 2008-09, and the Difficult Dialogue Project being piloted by the Office of Multicultural Learning in collaboration with various academic programs.
· Implemented Perspectives. In consultation with staff and students, Perspectives, a three-part peer-educator program, was designed for student leaders to assist them in fostering an inclusive community at Santa Clara University. The program’s three parts are (1) Exploring Perspectives, which focuses on exploring one’s own social identity and multiple identities; (2) Understanding Perspectives, which focuses on developing an understanding of intergroup communication; and (3) Challenging Perspectives, which focuses on obtaining skills to engage in and challenge intergroup dialogue. A competitive grant awarded by the Access & Equity Grants program of the Jesuit Network for Equitable Excellence in Higher Education supported the program’s implementation and the evaluation of its effectiveness.
Developed SCU’s new Diversity Web site
to provide information, in a single place, on all of SCU’s Inclusive Excellence initiatives.
· Established the Multicultural Reading Area in Learning Commons to feature print and other materials associated with diversity course in the new Core Curriculum. Quarterly exhibits enliven the area!
· Instituted Inclusive Excellence Awards to honor students, faculty, and staff who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to enhancing SCU’s multicultural community.
· Established the Inclusive Excellence Roundtable to identify best practices for faculty recruitment. Professor Allen Hammond, a faculty member from the law school who is a member of the Council, chairs the Roundtable. Important goals of the Roundtable include identifying shared norms and best practices to guide the campus and enhancing the University’s efforts to further diversify its recruitment and candidate pools and ultimately its faculty.
· Established an Inclusive Excellence Student Advisory Council to serve in an advisory capacity to the Council on Inclusive Excellence. In addition, one of its members serves on the Council.
Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009
The Undergraduate Research Initiative (URI) was launched in 2008 to: expand research opportunities for SCU undergraduates; foster a culture supportive of undergraduate research; and develop an infrastructure for undergraduate research. Here is an update on the initiative.
The URI helps coordinate, and in some cases supports, a wide variety of undergraduate research symposia on campus. For example:
· The Undergraduate Science and Engineering Symposium (USES) is in its third year. This unique University-wide and interdisciplinary symposium provides a forum for junior and senior students to present their research to the campus community. Students participate in panel discussions focused on the value of research in their development and education. The symposium introduces freshmen and sophomores to the wide range of undergraduate research opportunities that exist at SCU. Sessions this year will include “Ecology & Environmental Studies,” “All Things Nano,” and “Social Science.” In 2010, the URI supported this symposium with a $2,000 grant.
· The Western Departments of Anthropology and Sociology Undergraduate Research Conference has been hosted at SCU for 37 years. Held this year on 4/24/10, the conference promotes and recognizes undergraduate research in Anthropology and Sociology. This year’s program included presentations from 37 students, nine of whom are SCU students. In 2010, the URI supported this symposium with a $500 grant.
· Sigma Xi is the honor society for scientific research. This year 21 undergraduates presented research posters at a session held in conjunction with the DeNardo scholars’ event.
· The West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference was founded at SCU 35 years ago and was hosted on our campus on 4/24/10.
· The School of Engineering’s 40th Annual Senior Design Conference was held on 5/6/10.
URI provides grants and awards to support undergraduate research and faculty mentoring of undergraduate research:
· Undergraduate Student Travel Awards: The URI granted 18 awards in 2009-2010 for up to $1,000 per undergraduate student. Students used these funds to travel to professional society meetings and to research sites both within the U.S. and abroad.
· Faculty-Student Research Assistant Program (FSRAP): This year FSRAP supported 24 faculty members with grants of $1,000 each to be used for student wages. Projects ranged from “Kinship and Justice: Christian Perspectives on Immigration” (Dr. Kristen Heyer, Religious Studies) to “Microfinance to Assist Economic Recovery in Haiti” (Dr. Hoje Jo, Finance) and “Attempts to Change a Spouse’s Health Behavior” (Dr. Keiran Sullivan, Psychology). Each faculty member described how he or she would train and mentor an undergraduate assistant to assist the project.
· Clare Booth Luce Undergraduate Research Scholars: Clare Booth Luce Research Scholar awards are for undergraduate women majoring in the natural sciences and engineering. Each awardee received $6,000 to support summer research. All three of this year’s recipients are juniors who are on the path to becoming outstanding scholars.
· Doelger Undergraduate Research Scholars receive up to $6,000 to support summer research or creative work. These awards are open to undergraduate students in all disciplines. There were four recipients this year.
The URI also rolled out a pilot program in 2008 to explore how to incorporate mentorship of undergraduate research into faculty teaching. Departments have been awarded anywhere from $10,000 to $20,000 to support undergraduate research. Recipient departments include Economics, Mathematics and Computer Science, Religious Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Environmental Studies, and the “natural sciences” (Chemistry, Biology, and Physics). The departments used these funds to support innovative models for the mentoring of undergraduate research. Here are just a few highlights:
· Psychology used URI funds to support student travel to conferences. URI funds, supplemented by a grant from the College of Arts and Sciences dean’s office, supported travel to professional meetings for 18 students and covered registration fees of several students at nearby undergraduate research conferences.
· Environmental Studies used URI funds to support student wages, research supplies, and student travel to study sites and professional meetings. Thirteen students supported by URI funds completed projects and presented their work at USES.
· URI funds are supporting SCU’s first-ever Religious Studies Student Research Colloquium held on 4/30/10. Undergraduate presentations covered topics such as “Women’s Ordination and Catholicism: A Perspective from Santa Clara Students,” “Bonds After Bombs: A Study of the Uniting Effect of Conflict for the Maronite Church,” and “Jesuit Education at Santa Clara.” Francis X. Clooney, S.J., of Harvard University acted as the respondent to the student presentations.
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2009
Mass of the Holy Spirit
Wed., 10/7/09, Noon, Mission Church Community lunch follows on the St. Ignatius lawn
Classes that usually meet from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. will be canceled. As I mentioned in my email of May 26, 2009, the University celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7, 2009, at Noon in the Mission Church. This will be Father Michael Engh’s first Mass of the Holy Spirit since he was inaugurated in April 2009 and thus an especially important celebration for our campus community.
To enable the campus community to attend the mass, except for the School of Law, classes will not meet between 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. on October 7. Classes that usually meet from 11:45 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. will be canceled. Classes scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. will instead begin at 1:15 p.m. Please note that Dean Donald Polden will provide instructions for the School of Law.
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a cherished tradition in Jesuit colleges and universities. It serves as a community-wide celebration of the new academic year, calling on the Spirit of God to be with us in all of our works, activities, and endeavors. While it is a Roman Catholic liturgy, we appreciate the diversity of faiths within our community, and we welcome one and all to join in
To ensure that everyone receives timely notifications in the event of an emergency, faculty are encouraged to update their personal information on e-Campus for Connect-ED.
Faculty are encouraged to visit the Cowell Health Center H1N1 blog for regular updates and helpful information about the H1N1 flu.
Course Evaluation Update
Online course evaluations were administered for the first time during Spring term 2009. For the most part the evaluation process went smoothly, and the overall response rate of 82.4 percent was comparable to the overall response rates to paper surveys administered in the Spring term during the previous five years (81.0 percent to 83.9 percent). However, there was a greater consistency with early term response rates in some units than others.
Arts and Sciences (86.4 percent), Business (80.9 percent), and University Programs (90.6 percent) all had response rates that were comparable to those of paper surveys from previous Spring terms. Engineering’s response rate (72.9 percent) was about six percentage points lower than that for previous paper surveys, and the response rate for the School of Education and Counseling Psychology (69.5 percent) was about 14 percentage points lower.
Information Services is trying to identify possible causes for the lower response rates in these two Schools. One possible factor is that graduate students may not read their SCU email as promptly as undergraduates and therefore missed notifications about the evaluations. The School of Education and Counseling Psychology is predominately a graduate unit.
The response rates that Santa Clara experienced are near the upper end of rates achieved at other universities we contacted when considering implementing online evaluations. Many studies have shown that the single factor influencing high response rates to course evaluations – regardless of how they are administered – is the emphasis that faculty place on the importance of the evaluation to them in improving their courses. Faculty reminders sent to students during the ninth week of the term to let them know that course evaluations are coming up, and that they need to check their GroupWise email to get the link to the survey, will go a long way toward increasing response rates. Thank you for conveying this importance to your students.
SCU’s User-Friendly Online Course Listing/Course Schedule
Thanks go to Brian Washburn and Bill Fowler from Information Technology and Registrar Monica Augustin for their remarkable work developing a user-friendly online Course Listing/Course Schedule.
The “CourseAvail” site provides an effective way to see courses offered each quarter, with an accurate and up-to-date listing of Undergraduate Core Curriculum attributes for both the old Core and Core 2009. Instructors and locations are visible as well. Selecting the section number for the course opens a page displaying the Course Description, Class Notes, Units, and other data.
A print option allows viewers to produce a printable .pdf document of all courses for a particular quarter (e.g., fall 2009) or of a particular selection of courses for that quarter. This online Course Listing/Course Schedule will enhance thoughtful course selection among our students and will assist faculty and advisors in their work with students. It will be particularly useful in the advising process for our new Core Curriculum for our incoming first year students. The site provides the information needed to support intentional learning and informed advising.
New Interdisciplinary Majors
Public Health Science http://www.scu.edu/ugrad/academics/majors/public-health-science.cfm
Web Design and Engineering http://www.scu.edu/engineering/cse/ugrad/degrees.cfm#CP_JUMP_2848158
New Administrative Appointments
Atom Yee, Interim Dean, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, in addition to his duties as Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
Drew Starbird, Interim Dean, Leavey School of Business
Erin Kimura-Walsh, Assistant Director, LEAD Scholars Program
Kevin Burke, S.J., Dean, Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University
Terry Shoup, Interim Executive Director of International Programs
Michelle Marvier, Acting Associate Provost for Research Initiatives
Radha Basu and Jeffrey Miller, Managing Directors of CSTS
Paul Locatelli Student Activity Center
Students, faculty and staff gathered in Alumni Park on Monday, 9/28/09, for the groundbreaking ceremony of the Paul Locatelli Student Activity Center, which honors the service of Fr. Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., who served as the University’s president for 20 years. The new building is seen as a clear symbol of the way Santa Clara’s alumni – including the building’s major donors Mary Mathews-Stevens and Mark Stevens – feel about the University.
The building is expected to be completed sometime during June 2010.
Leavey School of Business Dean Search
A nationwide search for the new Dean, Leavey School of Business, is being conducted by the search firm of Russell/Reynolds in conjunction with an internal search committee chaired by Hersh Shefrin, Professor of Finance. Other committee members include: Kris Mitchener, Associate Professor, Economics; Tammy Madsen, Associate Professor, Management; Narendra Agrawal, Associate Professor, OMIS; Susan Parker, Associate Professor, Accounting; Al Bruno, Professor, Marketing; Anna Han, Associate Professor, Law; Paul Soukup, S.J., Professor, Communication; Kapil K. Nanda, Member, Board of Trustees, and Founder, Chairman and CEO of Infogain Corporation; and Jay Leupp, Member, Board of Regents; Member, Business School Advisory Committee; and Chairman of Alesco Global Advisors LLC.
Several faculty were honored with awards for teaching, scholarship, and service at the Faculty Recognition Event on September 14, 2009:
Louis and Dorina Brutocao Award for Teaching Excellence: William Prior, Professor of Philosophy
Award for Sustained Excellence in Scholarship: Sam Hernandez, Professor of Art
Award for Recent Achievement in Scholarship: Michelle Marvier, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
Inclusive Excellence Award: Gerdenio Manuel, S.J., Associate Professor of Psychology and Rector of the Jesuit Community at Santa Clara.
President’s Special Recognition Awards:
Steven Chiesa, Associate Professor and Department Chair, Civil Engineering;
Dennis Gordon, Professor of Political Science and Director of International Programs from 1992 to 2009;
Bradley Joondeph, Associate Professor of Law and Associate Director of Faculty Development
Faculty Senate Professor Award: Meir Statman, Professor of Finance
Congratulations to all the awardees!