Provost Cruz’s Monthly Report – November 2014
Update on Selected Internal & External Meetings, Conferences, Communications
Welcome to the November 2014 edition of Provost Cruz’s Monthly Report. The objective of this report is to keep you informed about the Provost’s activities and perspectives on the various strategic and operational issues facing the Division of Academic Affairs and the University at large.
To view past monthly reports, announcements, op-eds, remarks, and emails to the campus community, please visit Provost Cruz’s blog, http://provostblog.fullerton.edu/.
- Met with Dr. Sean Walker, chair of the Academic Senate, on November 3, 12, 18, and 25.
- Convened an Operational Council of Deans (COD) meeting on November 12 to discuss Indirect Cost (IDC) rates, department chair elections, the Student Success Initiative, self-support opportunities, the Irvine Branch Campus, HRDI’s Employee Assistant Program (EAP), and performance evaluations guidelines.
- Attended the President’s Advisory Board (PAB) meeting on November 18.
- Convened a Strategic Council of Deans (COD) meeting on November 19 to discuss the University’s research enterprise and Academic Master Plan. The chair of the Academic Senate continues to be a special guest at all COD meetings.
- Attended the Academic Senate meeting on November 20 and attended the Planning, Resource and Budget Committee (PRBC) meeting on November 21. At the PRBC meeting, President Mildred García presented the State of the University update (the previous update was at Convocation in August 2014), and Vice President Danny Kim presented the FY 2014-15 Fiscal State of the University. In addition, the committee reviewed several University Policy Statements related to centers and institutes operations and the administrative restructuring of Academic Programs.
Executive Searches and Appointments
- Participated in on-campus interviews for the Associate Vice President for Research, Creative Activities, and Technology Transfer search from November 3-7.
- Participated in the system-wide search advisory committee meeting for the position of CSU Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs on November 4.
- Announced to the campus community on November 21 that we were unable to secure the services of a new permanent Dean for the College of the Arts from the finalists who participated in on-campus interviews. Mr. Jim Taulli will continue to serve as interim dean, and the search will be extended through spring 2015.
- Announced to the campus on November 25 the appointment of Dr. Patrick J. Pellicane as the new permanent Associate Vice President for Research, Creative Activities, and Technology Transfer (RCATT). Dr. Pellicane has nine years of senior-level academic administrative service as a graduate dean at Colorado State University, East Carolina University, and his current institution, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR). At UALR, he served for more than four years concurrently as the graduate dean and vice provost for research and sponsored programs. As the institution’s chief research officer, he held administrative aegis over a sponsored programs enterprise with nearly $40 million of annual expenditures. His many accomplishments include developing programs to support faculty development in STEM, arts, humanities, and social sciences; creating a program to incentivize extracurricular undergraduate research, scholarship, and artistry; innovating a Student Research and Creativity Expo to showcase the intellectual achievements of all students; and promoting economic development through university research and STEM education.
Meetings and Events
- Held several one-on-one meetings with new faculty members and new department chairs to welcome them to their new positions and to learn more about them, their professional trajectories, and their career expectations. These meetings will continue throughout the academic year.
- Provided opening remarks at the seventh annual Pumpkin Launch competition on November 1. This event is not only designed for engineering students to test their skills, but it also gives children the opportunity to see what college is like and to introduce them to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) related majors and industries through family-friendly activities.
- Attended the Legislative Roundtable meeting, hosted by the Government & Community Relations office, on November 6. The goal of these meetings is to brief legislative staffers on campus priorities, projects and initiatives. Discussed challenges and opportunities for K-12 and higher ed in the state of California and how Cal State Fullerton is accelerating its efforts to expand access, improve learning, increase degree completion rates, and narrow achievement gaps.
- Attended Pizza with the Presidents on November 6.
- Attended Academic Program’s Student Success Teams Workshop on November 14. More than 80 participants engaged in the interactive workshop designed by the U.S. Education Delivery Institute (EDI), which focused on addressing student success and achievement gaps by improving collaboration across campus, increasing the visibility of available resources, and improving both graduation and retention rates.
- Presented opening remarks at the International Education Week kick-off event on November 17. The week-long event, sponsored by University Extended Education and International Programs, brings attention to the enlightening and life-changing aspect of international study and cultural immersion as well as recognizes student, faculty, and staff engagement in international activities at all levels.
- Attended the Common Core State Standards Presentation, sponsored by the College of Education, on November 17. The implementation of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) will have important implications for universities, including the need to re-examine the articulation between high school and first-year university curricula and to reflect on pedagogy. These presentations helped initiate the University’s conversation about this important topic.
- Presented opening remarks at the 22nd annual Southern California Conference for Undergraduate Research (SCCUR) on November 22. This annual conference provides a forum for the presentation of the best research, scholarship, and creative activities of undergraduate students in the region as well as encourages communication of innovative achievements across disciplines. An estimated 1,500 students, faculty mentors, and guests—including 300 CSUF student presenters—from more than 100 colleges and universities across the region attended the conference.
- Met with Sen. Bob Huff, Senate Republican Leader in the California State Senate, on November 25.
Op-Eds and Presentations
- Commented on outcomes-based funding and its impact on both the University and the state of California in an op-ed titled “State’s Move to Performance-Based Higher-Ed Funding” (Orange County Register, November 3, 2014).