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Provost's Office News & Events

Provost's Office News & Events

  •  New Department Prepares Students for Studies and Careers in Environmental Fields

    Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

    Santa Clara University will welcome a new department this fall to strengthen the training students receive in environmental studies and sciences. SCU approved the creation of the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences (ESS) in response to the growing need and interest in understanding and solving environmental problems. 

    “The establishment of a new Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences demonstrates and deepens Santa Clara University’s commitment to fashioning a world that is just, humane, and sustainable,” says Michelle Marvier, the new chair for ESS.
     
    When the university first offered environmental science and environmental studies as majors in 1999, only one student studied it. Today, 122 students are majoring in either environmental science or environmental studies and 20 more are minoring in environmental studies.
     
    As a part of creating ESS, the university will also transform the environmental studies companion major into a stand-alone major, giving the university depth to offer a robust coursework that focuses on societal responses to environmental problems.
     
    “In the past, students could major in environmental studies only in addition to some other primary major. Environmental studies is now recognized as a coherent and rigorous curriculum that includes environmental law, policy, and economics, as well as sustainable development,” says Marvier.
     
    Students who study environmental studies can pursue careers that are involved in the social, political and economic dimensions of sustainability, and environmental change.
     
     “The changes will help attract new students to the university who are interested in majoring in environmental studies and sciences, which are fields that are rapidly growing,” says Leslie Gray, executive director of Environmental Studies Institute.
     
    Santa Clara University’s Environmental Studies Institute will continue to operate as a separate entity and focus on outreach programs in the community such as AmeriCorps, sustainability across the curriculum, campus sustainability, healthy food systems, and urban gardening.
  •  New Tenure-Stream Faculty Join Santa Clara

    Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011
     

    Please welcome the fifteen new tenure-stream faculty members who are joining the University in fall 2011.

    College of Arts and Sciences
    Michael Hickson (Philosophy)
    Virginia Matzek (Environmental Studies)
    Harry Odamtten (History)
    Lee Panich (Anthropology)   
    Ryan Reynolds (Art and Art History)                       
    Anna Sampaio (Ethnic Studies)
    Katherine Saxton (Biology)   
    Christina Zanfagna (Music)               
               
    Jesuit School of Theology
    Paul Janowiak, S.J. (Theology)
     
    Leavey School of Business
    John Ifcher (Economics)        
    Haibing Lu (Operations Management and Information Systems)
    Wei Shi (Marketing)  
    David Zimbra (Operations Management and Information Systems)
     
    School of Engineering
    Prashanth Asuri (Electrical Engineering)     
    Zhiwen Zhang (Electrical Engineering)              
  •  Care.com Comes to SCU

    Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011

    As part of an ongoing effort to promote work life balance, Human Resources and the Provost’s Office are pleased to report that the University entered into a pilot project with Care.com.

     
    Care.com provides an accessible online resource to connect individual faculty and staff with vetted care providers. The company has a particular strength in child and senior care, but addresses the full lifecycle of care needs. The service enables individuals to search nationally to find and select the best care possible based on detailed profiles, background checks, and references.
     
    Care.com also offers elder care planning and management. It provides individual consultations, research on provider options, comprehensive written care plans, access to a national credentialed provider network, rate negotiation, and assistance in identifying backup care.
     
    The idea for this partnership emerged through a series of work-life workshops that were sponsored by the Provost’s Office. During these sessions, a number of faculty and staff shared that it is difficult to find and retain qualified child and elder care providers. In hope of reducing this burden, the University sought out the help of Care.com. Early indications suggest that users are satisfied with the resource. Care.com’s Senior Care Counseling program has been especially well-received. A number of employees have shared that they are grateful for the guidance the senior care counselors have provided.
     
    If you have not already done so, consider visiting the Care.com website. Access is free for all faculty and staff. Please visit www.care.com/group/scu and use your @scu.edu email address to register. If you have questions, contact Ed Ryan or Caroline Zelaya.