Provost's Office News & Events
Provost's Office News & Events
Tuesday, Jun. 10, 2014
Dear Faculty and Staff,
As Commencement weekend approaches, we recognize with pride the many accomplishments of our graduating students and our colleagues. In addition, this academic year has been marked by a remarkable resilience in the way the campus community has responded to conflicts and challenges, as exemplified through the recent shared governance retreat, the vigil held in the wake of the tragic Isla Vista shooting, and creative strategizing to address enrollment declines in some of our graduate programs. These examples and more illustrate the supportive community in which we teach, learn, and serve.
We are all due for a much-deserved period of rest. As we eagerly prepare for the upcoming celebrations as well as the rejuvenation, renovations, and research that accompany the months of summer, I want to express my gratitude to all of you for your many contributions to our common endeavor of providing a transformative education for our students.
With warm regards,
Dennis C. Jacobs
UPDATE ON STRATEGIC PLANNING
I want to thank the faculty and staff who have participated in the most recent phase of conversations regarding the elaborated strategic plan. Approximately 15 open gatherings were held during the spring quarter and a few more are scheduled to take place in early summer. More than 50 faculty and staff served as discussion organizers and drafters of expanded descriptions of components of the plan. Approximately 135 additional faculty and staff participated in the discussions to develop more detailed and concrete ideas for implementing the elaborated strategic plan. The outcome of the process will be invaluable in informing the development of the comprehensive fundraising campaign.
As a reminder, text and historical background for Santa Clara 2020, the integrated strategic plan, can be viewed online. I also encourage you to visit the working site where a number of descriptions have been posted for the entire campus community to review. More descriptions will be posted over time.
I hope that many of you will be attending the Commencement exercises this coming weekend in celebration of our students’ academic achievements. Your participation represents an important way of honoring the work of our students during their years at Santa Clara University. As announced last week, I have convened a working group to examine our Commencement-related events with the goal of making recommendations for improving the experience of our graduates, their guests, and the SCU community. As a first step, the working group will distribute a survey to the campus community on Monday, June 16, 2014, while the experience of Commencement is still fresh in our minds. Your input through this survey will greatly inform the committee’s work.
LEARNING SPACE REDESIGN AND THE MASTER PLANNING PROCESS
I want to provide an update on the learning space pilot process, and to contextualize it within the master planning process.
The Integrated Strategic Plan calls for both enhancement and expansion of learning spaces at Santa Clara: a significant increase in the number of new classrooms, labs, and other learning spaces on campus through the construction of a new Art and Art History building, a Law facility, a Science and Engineering complex, and other new structures; and a redesign of more than 45 older classrooms across campus to better support teaching and learning.
As part of this process, a diverse palette of representative SCU learning spaces is being identified following broad consultation with the campus community. Examples of learning spaces within the palette include tiered case-study classrooms with continuous counters, flexible classrooms with moveable desks or tables, active learning studios, seminar rooms, tech labs with computers for hands-on learning, and maker space/project suites.
A pilot project has been launched in preparation for the expansion, design, and re-design of learning spaces: three new classrooms were created in 2012 (Varsi 114, Graham 163 and 164), three older classrooms were redesigned in 2013 (O’Connor 204, Engineering 602, Alumni Science 220), and three additional classrooms will be redesigned in summer 2014 (Kenna 109, O’Connor 103 and 209). The pilot classrooms will help us discover what kinds of learning spaces are most effective in supporting the diverse types of teaching and learning that occur at Santa Clara. An assessment of the pilot classrooms will inform the master planning process for the campus.
The pilot classroom designs feature combinations of various flexible workspace elements including easily moveable desks or tables, short throw projectors, team screens, electronic whiteboards, and writeable walls.
Faculty and student feedback on the pilot spaces has been compiled in a preliminary assessment report drafted by Chris Bachen, Director of Assessment. The report, Reflecting on our Experiences with New Learning Spaces, is posted online.
Next steps for the pilot learning spaces will include continued collaboration in the design and effective use of learning spaces; continued assessment and feedback on the pilot learning spaces; and enhancement of partnerships among faculty, Media Services, IT, Registrar, and Facilities to ensure that any problems are addressed quickly. Next steps with the broader master planning process will include (i) an identification of the appropriate palette of learning spaces for SCU, and (ii) an analysis of how many learning spaces of each type and size will be needed by 2020 to support effective, innovative teaching in the context of the projected increase in enrollment. Faculty input will be crucial as this process continues. I particularly want to thank all those who took part in recent conversations about learning space design with consultant, Shirley Dugdale, during the week of May 19. This included the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation, members of the Provost’s Advisory Council on Learning Spaces, faculty who participated in learning space design workshops in 2013 and 2014, and faculty who taught in and helped assess the design and use of the pilot classrooms.
SEARCH FOR A NEW DEAN OF THE COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
At the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year, Dean Atom Yee will step down from his role as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. We will be engaging a national search firm to support the work of the search committee, whose members are:
Tom Plante (Psychology) – SEARCH COMMITTEE CHAIR
Marie Barry (alumna)
Alaina Boyle (undergraduate)
Marie Brancati (Director of External Relations for the College of Arts and Sciences)
Julie Chang (English)
Pancho Jimenez (Art & Art History)
Godfrey Mungal (Dean of Engineering)
Kathleen Schneider (Senior Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences)
Craig Stephens (Biology)
Michael Zampelli, S.J. (Theatre and Dance)
Wednesday, Apr. 23, 2014
About this time each year, a sense of anticipation and excitement builds among our students as the academic year nears completion. In the coming weeks, we will celebrate our students’ accomplishments and prepare to send off our new alumni.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the invaluable ways you help advance our institution and enrich the lives of our students. Santa Clara graduates develop a love and loyalty for their alma mater as a result of the engagement and investment of our faculty and staff.
REFINING COMPONENTS OF ELABORATED STRATEGIC PLAN
Last quarter, the campus community discussed Santa Clara 2020, our ambitious integrated strategic plan. Over five hundred faculty and staff participated in the disciplinary cluster discussions or attended one of the four town hall meetings at which the President and I discussed the three component plans, one of which is the Elaborated Strategic Plan.
The Elaborated Strategic Plan is organized around six strategic goals, which expand into twenty-four objectives concretized by a set of critical components. Each component is associated with a specific outcome that the University aspires to achieve by 2020 to help realize one or more strategic objectives or goals. The goals, objectives, and critical components have been developed through an iterative process in which members of the University community exercised their creativity and developed innovative ideas for advancing the University.
I invite faculty and staff to help continue refining the integrated strategic plan as we work to develop an elaborated description for each component by Summer 2014. The current phase of planning invites all members of the Santa Clara community to participate in one or more of the discussions taking place this spring.
Discussions are organized by the themes and topics below. More information about the topical discussions is on a university intranet site, including descriptions of the critical components, the names of discussion organizers, and dates of upcoming discussions.
- Advancing Contemporary Theological Studies, Education, and Ministry
- Cultivating Ethics, Sustainability, and Compassion
- Developing An Integrated Six-quarter Undergraduate Educational Experience
- Facilitating Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Service of Humanity
- Fostering Excellence in Teaching and Learning
- Imagining STEM at SCU
- Promoting Diversity, Retention, and Success
- Center for Arts and Humanities
- Global Engagement Initiatives and Study Abroad
- Student Research and Fellowships
- Thriving Neighbors Initiative
- Vocational Discernment
The search committee for the Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost for Technology & Information Services position and the search firm consultants from Next Generation have been actively engaged in the review and evaluation of candidates for the position. More than 70 applications were submitted for consideration. Applicants came from a variety of backgrounds, from both higher education settings and other environments. Many had a combination of experience in higher education and the for-profit sector.
The committee invited three candidates to campus for interviews with stakeholder constituent faculty and staff groups, key University administrators, and members of the Trustees Technology Committee. Each candidate was also asked to make a presentation open to the campus addressing the following question: Based on your review of the University's 2020 Strategic Plan, what are the key strategic opportunities and challenges the University faces and how would you as Chief Information Officer help the University capitalize on those opportunities and address those challenges? The first two candidates visited the campus on April 15 & 16 and April 22 & 23 respectively. The final candidate is scheduled to visit the campus on May 7 & 8. It is anticipated that a decision will be made in mid-May with a starting date for the new appointee this summer.
If you have questions about the search, please feel free to contact a member of the search committee.
FULBRIGHT AND NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS
I am thrilled to announce that several recent alumni and students have been selected for prestigious fellowships and awards. Three Santa Clara students and recent alumni received Fulbright fellowships and two additional students were named as alternates. Two additional students were awarded National Science Foundation research fellowship awards.
Fulbright Award Recipients and Alternates
Saayeli Mukherji (SCU '13), a finance major and history minor, will study at the Duisenberg School of Finance in The Netherlands to integrate ethics and business. She will dive deeply into international legal and financial regulations that help prevent global ethics catastrophes such as the 2008 Financial Crisis. Additionally, she plans to start an open forum on business ethics with contributions from Silicon Valley and Dutch professionals that will serve as a resource for future business leaders.
Julianne Parayo (SCU '12), an English and music double major, will be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Poland. She plans to use her English and Music training to explore her capacity for teaching English in a new environment and to participate in a powerful and artistic cross-cultural exchange. She chose Poland to explore its deep regard for both tradition and progress and to investigate how cross-generational dynamics transform a nation's culture.
Natalie Lays (SCU ’14), a psychology major will be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Brazil, where her passion for other cultures and interest in global medicine will enrich the new experiences as a teaching assistant. After interning for five weeks in Brazil this past summer, Natalie was inspired by the dynamic culture and forward-looking mentality of the Brazilians she worked alongside. She anticipates that the Fulbright experience will help her pursue her vocation.
Rachel Wilmoth (SCU ’14), a mechanical engineering major, was selected as an alternate. If funded, Rachel’s project will be research into the mechanical and structural properties of sea urchin teeth on the nano-scale to understand their self-sharpening technique. Tests available at the Nanomechanical Research Lab at the University of Auckland in New Zealand will allow Rachel to investigate ways to replicate self-sharpening on the macro-scale to improve the sharpness of tools such as knives or drill bits.
Erik McAdams (SCU '14), a civil engineering major and Spanish minor, was selected as an alternate. If funded, Erik's project will address rural poverty in earthquake-prone Ecuador by analyzing the structural characteristics of houses in remote villages. He has been an active team leader for an engineering project in Uganda on solar panels and very involved in SCU's chapter of Engineers Without Borders, where he helped design a water distribution grid for a rural town in Honduras.
National Science Foundation Research Fellowships Awards
Julie Herman (SCU ’14), biology major, is a recipient of an NSF research fellowship award. Julie, who was trained in the lab of Dr. Justen Whittall in the SCU Department of Biology, will be joining Dr. Kathleen Kay's lab at UC Santa Cruz to pursue a Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. The lab studies diversification and speciation in flowering plants. Julie is planning to study the evolutionary forces in the mustard oil biosynthetic pathway and possible coevolution of mustards and Pierid butterflies.
Claire Kunkle (SCU ’14), mechanical engineering major, is a recipient of an NSF Research Fellowship Award. Claire, who was trained in the lab of Dr. Hohyun Lee in the SCU Department of Mechanical Engineering, will be attending UC Berkeley in Fall 2014 to pursue a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in Energy and Thermal Science. She is interested in designing energy systems to benefit developing nations and hopes to use the fellowship to participate in local and international research. Ultimately, Claire wants to use her Ph.D. in academia as a professor and inspire future engineers toward their dreams.
Friday, Mar. 21, 2014
Congratulations on the completion of Winter Quarter. On behalf of our students, I want to thank you for the dedication, professionalism, and care with which you help Santa Clara University provide a truly transformative educational experience.
This installment of the Provost's Update highlights three ongoing efforts to continually improve the educational programs at Santa Clara. Your feedback and participation in these initiatives is greatly appreciated. At the end of this update, I invite you to help us recognize those members of our community who have served our students and the University in exemplary ways.
I hope that our Law School colleagues were able to re-energize during their recent spring break. For those of you who are preparing for spring break, I wish you rest and relaxation.
With appreciation for all you do,
A task force has completed its report on how Santa Clara University could improve its system for student evaluations of teaching (SET). The Provost's Office has launched a pilot study in which the proposed SET instrument was administered in 46 winter quarter courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In the coming weeks, the proposed SET instrument will be administered in a sample of Law classes as our law students conclude their spring semester.
The pilot data will allow for examination of the reliability of the proposed instrument and for studying other psychometric properties of the instrument as a whole and of its individual items. The results of the study will be shared with the task force and the campus community early in the spring quarter. I will be interested in receiving your feedback on the task force report and the pilot study.
More than 100 people attended the four campus-wide town hall meetings held in February and March. The town hall meetings followed 12 disciplinary cluster conversations in which nearly 500 faculty and staff participated during the previous few months. A set of frequently asked questions will be posted on the integrated strategic plan website early in the spring quarter.
In April, the campus community will be invited to participate in conversations to further refine the implementation of the integrated strategic plan. Faculty and staff will lead and engage in a series of discussions on themes such as excellence in teaching and learning; entrepreneurship and innovation in service of humanity; and ethics, justice, sustainability, and compassion.
I encourage you to participate in these conversations, which will help shape the University's future. More information will be posted on the integrated strategic plan website in April.
SCU Study Abroad continues to expand participation in 2013-14. Of the 358 applications that were submitted for Fall 2014:
- 81% of applicants were approved for their first choice
- 13% of applicants were accepted but redirected to their second choice
- 6% of applicants did not meet minimum qualifications or were not recommended by reviewers
In addition to study abroad applicants, 18 students applied for Washington Semester, and all applications were approved. Applications for Study Abroad in summer 2014 are currently under review, and applications for winter/spring 2015 will be reviewed in June.
As the President's update recently noted, the 2013 Open Doors Report issued by the Institute of International Education ranked Santa Clara eighth among Leading Master's Institutions for the total number of students studying abroad on mid-length (one quarter/semester) programs, and fortieth among Leading Master's Institutions in the total number of Study Abroad students. I am grateful to the fifty faculty and staff members who have assisted with the selection process by reading and evaluating the student applications this year. Your work contributes to the University's ongoing efforts to enhance global engagement and understanding.
More information about efforts of the Global Engagement Office is available online.
HONORING FACULTY AND STAFF FOR THEIR OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS
We seek your nominations for awards that honor members of the campus community who have made exemplary contributions to the University in the areas of inclusive excellence, teaching, or scholarship/creative work.
The deadline for nominating faculty and staff for an Inclusive Excellence Award is Monday, April 14th. Award criteria and nomination information are available at the link below.
The deadline for nominating faculty for the University’s teaching and research awards is Monday, April 28th. Award criteria and nomination information are available at the links below.
Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014
I am pleased to be sending you the inaugural issue of theProvost’s Update. Twice each quarter, I will share with you some of the major developments in Santa Clara’s academic affairs and seek your advice on plans that are currently under consideration. The Provost’s Update will include concise summaries and provide links for those interested in gaining more information and providing feedback. Additionally, I look forward to discussing your ideas at Faculty Senate Council meetings and other fora and events that will be scheduled throughout the academic year.
Thank you for all you do for Santa Clara University.
With warm regards,
Dennis Jacobs, Provost
Strategic Planning Discussions
The University has been deeply engaged in the elaboration and refinement of the 2011 strategic priorities, as the President shared in his recent email to the campus. Last academic year, 50 faculty and staff worked in six strategic advisory committees to develop concrete objectives and flesh out six strategic goals for the University. The University’s Integrated Strategic Plan combines these strategic goals and objectives with a comprehensive enrollment plan and a facilities master plan to form an ambitious detailed vision for what Santa Clara University aspires to be and do in 2020.
Over the past three months, almost 500 faculty and staff met in seven disciplinary clusters to discuss relevant aspects of the University’s Integrated Strategic Plan. These discussions, planned by faculty and staff in each disciplinary cluster, have provided opportunities for the broader university community to explore elements of the plan, reflect on how various academic units can develop and contribute in new ways, and offer substantive feedback to the deans and other campus leaders. The Planning Action Council and Board of Trustees have also been studying and evaluating the Integrated Strategic Plan.
On February 19, the President will devote a portion of his State of the University address to introducing the Integrated Strategic Plan. After the address, the University will launch a comprehensive website that describes the key features of the enrollment, facilities, and strategic plans as well as responds to frequently asked questions. In late February and early March, the Integrated Strategic Plan will be presented and discussed at several meetings open to the entire campus:
Town Hall #1
Tuesday, February 25 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall
Town Hall #2
Friday, February 28 from 11:45 a.m.-12:50 p.m.
Location: Recital Hall
Town Hall #3
Monday, March 3 from 3:30-4:45 p.m.
Location: Williman Room
Town Hall #4
Thursday, March 6 from 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Location: Kennedy Commons
Information about additional discussions on special themes is forthcoming.
Office for Diversity and Inclusion
This past fall, the University launched the Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) with the goal of advancing the recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse community of faculty, staff and students. Associate Provost Aldo Billingslea, along with Dr. Jesse Bernal, Program Director, are collaborating with several campus units to promote academic excellence through a diverse and inclusive campus climate.
After completing his campus-wide listening tour, Aldo will be developing a diversity and inclusion needs assessment for Santa Clara University. Aldo and Jesse welcome ongoing communication and feedback. Please feel free to stop by Walsh 103, visit www.scu.edu/odi, or email ODI@scu.edu.
A search is in process for a Chief Information Officer (CIO) and Vice Provost for Technology and Information Services who will report directly to the Provost. The CIO and Vice Provost will be responsible for Santa Clara’s strategy for utilizing technology to enhance teaching, learning, and research. The CIO and Vice Provost will assess the delivery of technology and information services across campus; optimize resources to support the technology vision and roadmap; enhance the integration and delivery of proactive service; and cultivate an organizational capacity supportive of change and which enables faster, more extensive adoption of technology. Information about opportunities for campus community members to meet and provide feedback on candidates is forthcoming.
Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013
In this new position in the Provost's office, Dr. Ryan will focus on enrollment planning, planning for faculty and educational environment resources, integration of strategic and operational planning, alignment of resource planning with strategic priorities and long-term objectives, and coordination of Santa Clara's institutional effectiveness responsibilities.
He will be responsible for the University's accreditation, program review, and assessment processes. Reporting to the new Vice Provost will be the Office of the Registrar, the Office of Institutional Research, the Office of Assessment, and the Assistant Provost for Planning and Analysis.
Dr. Ryan has served as an administrator, policy analyst, and research analyst both at UCLA and at Santa Clara. With a doctorate from UCLA in Higher Education and Organizational Change, he was Santa Clara's Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and interim Dean of Academic Support Services. He has broad expertise in financing, capacity planning, student retention, pedagogical innovation, faculty appointment and retention, interdisciplinary teaching, and educatinal partnerships. He has advised administrators and trustees on policies and practices that facilitate institutional sustainability, faculty development, and student learning.
During the 2012-13 academic year, Dr. Ryan served as interim Dean of Academic Support Services within the Drahmann Center. In this role, he helped to stabilize an academic unit in transition, strengthened the delivery of services to undergraduate students, and worked with University advisors to refashion the institution's academic review process and tutoring program.
Friday, Jul. 12, 2013
Aldo Billingslea, Professor of Acting and Performance Studies in the Department of Theatre and Dance, has been appointed Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion. In this position he heads the University's Office for Diversity and Inclusion.
As Associate Provost, his primary focus is to work closely with members of the University community to enhance the recruitment, retention and success of faculty from underrepresented groups. He collaborates with other University offices in promoting a student climate of inclusive excellence through curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular programs, and he coordinates with the Office of Enrollment Management, Multicultural Learning, Affirmative Action and Human Resources in efforts to recruit a more diverse student body and staff. He works closely with the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and reports directly to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013
Lisa Kloppenberg, former dean of the University of Dayton law school and an expert on mediation, dispute resolution, and reform of law-school education, will begin a five-year term as the new dean of the Santa Clara University School of Law on July 1, 2013.
“Lisa Kloppenberg brings a wealth of experience and has a deep affinity to the distinctive values of our law school,” said Santa Clara University Provost Dennis Jacobs. “Having practiced law herself, she forges innovative approaches to legal education, champions the invaluable experience students gain in legal clinics and externships, and promotes rigorous academic scholarship to advance the legal profession.”
For 10 years Kloppenberg served as dean of the law school at the University of Dayton, the largest private university in Ohio and one of the 10 largest Catholic universities in the country. As the first female law dean in Ohio, she helped oversee the law school’s evolution to a higher-profile, better-endowed program with a nationally recognized two-year accelerated degree option and a focus on professional preparation.
During her tenure, UD Law enhanced the diversity of its student body and faculty, improved faculty productivity, increased endowed scholarships by 34 percent, strengthened its program in law and technology, and added a LL.M. degree and a master’s degree for non-lawyers. She also oversaw the school’s renewed emphasis on its Catholic identity through enhanced community service and pro bono legal hours, as well as a “Lawyer as Problem Solver” program, which attracted recognition from the Carnegie Foundation.
Kloppenberg takes over from SCU’s current dean, Donald Polden, who is stepping down after his second successful five-year term ends this year. Polden will be a visiting legal scholar at the Center for Creative Leadership for a year before returning full-time to the classroom at Santa Clara University.
At UD, Kloppenberg was known as a champion of curricular reform, implementing an accelerated five-semester law degree, the first in the nation, in 2005. She joined colleagues to successfully pursue co-curricular projects between the engineering, business, arts and sciences, and law schools, including hiring UD’s first jointly appointed faculty member in arts and sciences and law. She also helped develop conflict resolution trainings on campus.
Programs implemented or strengthened while she was dean have won national acclaim: the legal writing program was ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report, and a curriculum that included a track in appropriate dispute resolution won an award for excellence from the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution. In 2007, UD Law was among only a handful of schools invited to examine how U.S. law schools prepare students for the profession and make recommendations for reform to the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
“I am incredibly excited about the opportunities at Santa Clara University School of Law,” said Kloppenberg. “I am impressed by the University’s Jesuit and justice-centered values; its deep connections with Silicon Valley and the world; and the amazing faculty, staff, alumni, and students I am honored to be joining.”
Kloppenberg has published extensively in her field of dispute resolution, including authoring or co-authoring two books and dozens of articles and essays. Prior to assuming the deanship at Dayton in 2001, Kloppenberg had taught in the law school at the University of Oregon (1992–2001), practiced law at Kaye, Scholer, Fierman, Hays and Handler in Washington, D.C., (1988–92), and clerked for the Honorable Dorothy Wright Nelson, a federal appellate judge (1987–88).
Kloppenberg has chaired or served on numerous national committees—many focused on legal curricular or professional-standards reform—of the American Bar Association, the Association of American Law Schools, and the Law School Admissions Council. She is a judge for the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution Annual Award.
She received her J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center (now USC Gould School of Law) and her bachelor’s degree in English and journalism from USC, with an undergraduate honors diploma from the University of Kent (Canterbury, England).
A native of southern California, Kloppenberg will move to the Bay Area with her husband Mark Zunich, a native of the East Bay who practices law. They have three children, Nick, Tim, and Kellen. She looks forward to pursuing her love of the outdoors and being closer to family and friends in California.
Tuesday, Sep. 11, 2012
I hope that your summer has been both restful and productive and that you’re returning to the University with a renewed sense of engagement. As I begin my second year as Provost at Santa Clara, I want to welcome you to the new academic year and share with you a few announcements.
New Degree Program and Department
At its spring quarter meeting in June 2012, the Board of Trustees approved the creation of a new degree – a Master of Science (MS) degree in BioEngineering – and a new academic department of BioEngineering. The approval followed many months of consultation and collaboration among representatives of the School of Engineering, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Academic Affairs Committee, and other groups. The new degree and department will enhance the University’s ability to contribute an Ignatian perspective to the important and rapidly growing fields of bioengineering and biomedical science.
Task Force on the Evaluation of Teaching Report
The Task Force on the Evaluation of Teaching, chaired by Dennis Moberg, submitted its report, with seven significant recommendations, in June. The full report, with appendices, can be found on the Provost’s Web site at http://www.scu.edu/provost/office/committees/University-Taskforces.cfm
. I have asked the Deans to initiate conversations within the College and the Schools about the recommendations of the Task Force. A forum will be held this fall for campus wide discussion of the recommendations. I also will be working with the University Coordinating Committee to enact one of the recommendations this fall: convening a committee or task force to explore ways the student evaluation instruments presently in use can be improved.
Update on Recommendations from the Classroom Task Force
I’m pleased to report that the University has been able to make progress on several of the recommendations of the Task Force on Classrooms and Class Scheduling. One recommendation called for increasing the number of classrooms. Several new classrooms have been added during the recent period of construction: the new Graham Residence Hall has two new classrooms, each for 40 students; a classroom for 20 has been added to Varsi Hall; and several spaces previously unavailable as classrooms, including one in Kenna and one in Casa Italiana, have been transformed into classroom spaces.
Collaborative learning classrooms
With the assistance of funding from a Hewlett Foundation Endowment and the Office of the President, three of these new classrooms have been equipped for collaborative learning, with robust wireless access, moveable desks or tables, and swivel chairs. We plan to enhance additional classrooms with similar tables, chairs, and learning technologies over the next three years.
2013 Change in Tuesday-Thursday undergraduate class schedules
The Classroom Task Force recommended a change in the Tuesday-Thursday undergraduate class schedule. I asked the Academic Affairs Committee to consider this recommendation. After wide consultation and a University-wide survey, the Committee recommended, and I approved, a significant change that will be implemented in fall 2013:
Tuesday/Thursday Undergraduate Class Schedule, beginning Fall 2013
8:30 to 10:10
10:20 to 12:00
12:10 to 1:50
2:00 to 3:40
3:50 to 5:30
5:40 to 7:20
7:30 to 9:10
Tuesday-Thursday undergraduate classes will begin at 8:30 a.m. instead of 8 a.m., and five minutes will be removed from each Tuesday-Thursday class period. Tuesday-Thursday classes will meet for a total of 200, instead of 210, minutes per week. There will be no change in the Monday-Wednesday-Friday class schedule: Monday-Wednesday-Friday classes will continue to meet for 195 minutes per week, with the class day beginning at 8 a.m.
Our hope is that this class schedule will better meet the needs of both faculty and students without significantly impacting the schedules of graduate students with evening classes. We expect a significant increase in utilization of the first period of the day with the later periods of the day attracting similar utilization rates as seen in previous years.
Global Understanding and Engagement
During the 2011-12 academic year, through a number of University-wide fora and small group discussions, the University community participated in visioning and planning for the strategic priority of global understanding and engagement. As a result of these fora, a set of recommendations for the future has been drafted and is currently under review by the Provost. One recommendation emerging from the fora was the integration of some of the programs supporting global education on campus. As a first step in this direction, the Global Engagement Office will open this month in a new location, the first floor of Varsi Hall, bringing together the offices of International Programs and International Student Services under the leadership of Susan Popko, Associate Provost for Global Engagement.
Technology and Education
The Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation, ably co-chaired by Eileen Elrod and Chris Bachen, is a pilot program in support of excellence and innovation in teaching and learning in the Jesuit tradition. The Collaborative will create interdisciplinary communities of faculty who will explore and share promising and innovative teaching practices. Projects initiated by the Collaborative include a series of conversations with Apple, Inc., regarding ways to enhance student learning at Santa Clara through educational technologies; a pilot project exploring the use of mobile technologies to enhance student learning; and a partnership with JesuitNet to train a group of graduate faculty in Education, Pastoral Ministries, and the Jesuit School of Theology in developing online and hybrid courses that reflect the University’s Jesuit mission and identity. In addition, the Collaborative has launched an “Associates” program in which a team of faculty members will pursue the development of an electronic Web site for teaching resources and blogging; the use of electronic portfolios to support integrated learning; the development of content for mobile devices to deepen student learning in mathematics classes; and the exploration of best practices in online and hybrid teaching in a Jesuit context.
Other projects involving technology include the online expansion of the Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI™) program of the Center for Science Technology and Society, a mentoring and training program for social entrepreneurs dedicated to solving major social problems related to poverty, hunger, and lack of power.
Two Deans and the University Librarian Welcomed to Santa Clara
Jesuit School of Theology
Fr. Thomas Massaro, S.J., joined the Jesuit School of Theology as its dean on 7/2/12. He comes to Santa Clara with 15 years of experience as a teacher, scholar, and administrator in theological education at Boston College and the Weston School of Theology. Fr. Massaro completed a Ph.D. at Emory University, a STL and MDiv at the Weston School of Theology, and a MA at Fordham University.
A highly sought-after presenter, he writes on topics of Moral Theology, Catholic Social Teaching, and Welfare Reform. Fr. Massaro is an energetic leader with a deep commitment to the success of the global mission of the Society of Jesus to educate “men and women for others.”
School of Education and Counseling Psychology
Nicholas Ladany, a scholar and administrator in the fields of education and counseling, joined the School of Education and Counseling Psychology as dean on 8/6/12. Most recently, he had been program director of Loyola Marymount University’s counseling program overseeing an expansion and enrichment of the curriculum and degree offerings. Prior to that, he was department chair at Lehigh University’s Department of Education and Human Services and a faculty member at Temple University and the University of Maryland.
He is the author of five books, 27 book chapters, and 45 articles on the subject of providing professional supervision and training to mental-health professionals. He also has given more than 200 national and international presentations in areas such as multicultural competence, supervision effectiveness and the supervisory alliance. He holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Maryland.
Jennifer Nutefall began her tenure at Santa Clara on 8/20/12, after spending three weeks representing SCU at UCLA’s prestigious Senior Fellows program for librarians of exceptional potential. Prior to coming to Santa Clara, she served as an associate university librarian at Oregon State University in Corvallis. She also spent several years at George Washington University and Catholic University in Washington, DC, and SUNY Brockport. She began her career as project manager at the Rochester Regional Library Council in New York.
Her resume includes a number of publications, scholarly presentations, and professional workshops. She is a member of the American Library Association, where she serves as a mentor in the organization’s Leadership Mentoring Program, and a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries.
She holds a BS in newspaper journalism from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, a MLS from Syracuse University, and a MA in Education and Human Development from George Washington University.
I want to thank all those who participated in the search committees, task forces, global visioning fora, and proposal design processes for these important initiatives, as well as those who responded to surveys and requests for consultation. As a community you have helped strengthen various University structures and processes. I am grateful for your contributions.
I look forward to continuing to work with you during this academic year.
Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Monday, Jul. 16, 2012
Nicholas Ladany, a scholar and administrator in the fields of education and counseling, will become the new dean of the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University, said Santa Clara University Provost Dennis Jacobs.
“We are greatly looking forward to welcoming Dr. Ladany to lead the school of education and counseling psychology,” said SCU Provost Dennis Jacobs. “His superb record of scholarship, teaching and service and his experience building innovative academic programs will be a perfect fit for Santa Clara University and its strategic plan.”
Ladany will start his position on August 6, 2012. Ladany is currently program director of Loyola Marymount University’s counseling program, where he has overseen an expansion and enrichment of the curriculum and degree offerings for the program’s 200 students and 15 member full-time and part-time faculty. Before that he was department chair at Lehigh University’s Department of Education and Human Services, where he coordinated 30 faculty teaching 800 students in six academic programs.
Ladany is the author of 5 books, 27 book chapters, and 45 articles on the subject of providing professional supervision and training to mental-health professionals. He has also given more than 200 national and international presentations in areas such as multicultural competence, supervision effectiveness and the supervisory alliance.
“I am very eager to start my work as dean of Santa Clara University’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology,” said Dr. Ladany. “I look forward to working with the faculty and staff to uphold and advance the school’s Jesuit mission of leadership, excellence, and diversity.”
Dr. Ladany holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Maryland. Prior to his current post at LMU, he held a series of faculty and administrative positions at Lehigh University. He has also served as a faculty member at Temple University and the University of Maryland.
He is a member of the American Educational Research Association; the American Counseling Association; the American Psychological Association; the Society for Psychotherapy Research; and Kappa Delta Pi, the International Honor Society in Education.
Ladany, and his wife, Randa El Jurdi, have three children: Nisrine, Mona, and Farah.
Tuesday, Jun. 5, 2012
In fall 2011, in consultation with the University Coordinating Committee, Provost Jacobs convened a Task Force on the Evaluation of Teaching. The Task Force was asked to recommend a flexible set of guidelines for evaluating effective teaching at Santa Clara University. The charge to the Task Force specified that the guidelines would describe successful practices for collecting and analyzing evidence in support of a balanced assessment of a faculty member’s contributions to teaching and learning.
Dennis Moberg, Professor of Management, chaired the Task Force. Other members included Eileen Elrod, English and Women’s and Gender Studies; Shoba Krishnan, Electrical Engineering; Lawrence Nelson, Philosophy; Laurie Poe, Mathematics and Computer Science; and Bradley Joondeph, Law.
Provost Jacobs thanks members of the Task Force for their fine work, thoughtful analysis and recommendations.