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