Show Your Spartan Spirit at Feb. 25 Interdivisional Competition

Event flier

Event flier

SJSU staff and faculty are invited to attend the second annual interdivisional competition Feb. 25 at the Spartan Women’s Basketball game against Boise State, in the SJSU Event Center. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the game starts at 2 p.m. RSVP online.

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Andy Feinstein and Vice President for Student Affairs Reggie Blaylock launched the event last year when they competed to see which division could fill more seats in the stands during a women’s basketball game. Faculty and staff, along with their families, were invited to attend. The pair provided a meal and lots of entertainment throughout the evening, including a free throw competition, a cheer off and a relay race. At the end of the evening, Academic Affairs was crowned victorious for the evening’s competition and Provost Feinstein accepted a trophy on behalf of the division. This year’s event promises even more fierce competition as invitations have been extended to include University Advancement and Administration and Finance colleagues – all four divisions will compete to take home the trophy and the title of most Spartan Spirit.

Kathleen McConnell Appointed as Chair of Accreditation Review Committee

Kathleen McConnell

Kathleen McConnell

The Office of the Provost and the Academic Senate are pleased to announce that Kathleen McConnell, associate professor of Communication Studies, has been appointed as the new chair of the Accreditation Review Committee. The Accreditation Review Committee is a special agency of the Academic Senate charged with leading the campus in preparation for its accreditation review in accordance with the most current WSCUC guidelines (formerly called WASC). Kathleen will lead the university community through development of our Special Visit report this spring and our visit with the WSCUC team September 27-28, 2017.

Kathleen has a strong record of university service having served on the Curriculum and Research Committee, the Board of General Studies and the Writing Requirements Committee. She represented SJSU as a team member at the AAC&U Institute for General Education and Assessment and at the CSU Institute of Teaching and Learning symposium on Assessing General Education. She developed the COMM 100W assessment plan and is currently serving on the Writing/Information Literacy Core Competencies Task Force. She is active in the Western States Communication Association and the National Communication Association.

Kathleen came to SJSU from Indiana University in 2009. She teaches in the areas of communication theory, rhetorical criticism, writing and gender studies. Her scholarship explores the relationship between universities and invention. She has written on topics such as academic professionalism, race and equity in education, and impacts of educational reform. In addition to her appointment in Communication Studies, she serves as a faculty member in the Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership.

Kathleen will replace former accreditation chair Camille Johnson, who has recently joined the Office of the Provost as the chief operations manager. Cami led SJSU through the last accreditation cycle with energy, enthusiasm and professionalism. We would like to thank Cami for her important contributions to SJSU.

Lucas College and Graduate School of Business Dean Appointed

Dr. Dan Moshavi

Dr. Dan Moshavi

Dr. Dan Moshavi has been appointed as dean of SJSU’s Lucas College and Graduate School of Business, effective Feb. 27.

Moshavi has previously served as a business school dean at Montana State University and at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, where he is currently a professor of management.  He began his academic career at SJSU in the late 1990s as an assistant professor of management. He brings extensive experience in higher education administration, fundraising, community and alumni engagement, and interdisciplinary program development.

Moshavi’s teaching, research and consulting has focused on leadership, change management, high performance teams, and attitudes and emotions in the workplace. He has consulted for a variety of organizations, including health care institutions, universities and municipalities.  Moshavi has been a faculty member in an executive master’s program at the University of Lugano in Switzerland and has served as a research fellow at the Nemours Center for Medical Leadership.  He has won more than a dozen teaching awards throughout his career, including the university-wide teaching award at Montana State.

He received a bachelor’s in international affairs and an M.B.A. from The George Washington University before completing a doctorate in management at the University of Oregon.

During the search process, Moshavi expressed a desire to build interdisciplinary programs and to engage with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to build a strategic vision for the college. More importantly, he has a strong history of working with first-generation and diverse student populations in innovative ways to help them succeed in business arenas.

Charles. W. Davidson College of Engineering Dean Appointed

Dr. Sheryl Ehrman

Dr. Sheryl Ehrman

Dr. Sheryl H. Ehrman has been appointed as dean of SJSU’s Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering, effective July 3.

Ehrman joins San Jose State University from the University of Maryland, College Park where she has served as Keystone professor and chair of the Department of Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering since 2010. She has worked at the university since 1998 as a faculty member. As chair, she oversaw an expansion of tenure-track faculty, development of two new BS/MS programs, the growth of the transfer student pathway, initiation of a multidisciplinary research center for advanced battery technology, and development and implementation of strategies to engage alumni and industrial partners.

She received a bachelor’s in chemical engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara and went on to complete a doctoral degree in chemical engineering in the major field of aerosol science and technology and the minor field of atmospheric science at UCLA. She is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Maryland.

Ehrman served as a visiting scientist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, in Maryland and as a National Science Foundation-sponsored post-doctoral fellow at the Paul. Scherrer Institute, in Switzerland. In 2006, she was named a Fulbright Scholar and visiting associate professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, where she engaged with students and faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering. She served as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador from 2013-16.

During the search process, Ehrman expressed a passion for research, a proven ability to create industry partnerships and an aspiration to foster a diversity of ideas. Most importantly she possesses the skills to build student engagement and support student success at SJSU.


October 2016 Newsletter: Provost Update – Our Differences Make Us Strong

Fusion Network's "As American As" national campus tour at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA, on Thursday, October 6, 2016. (Photo: Christina Olivas/San Jose State University)

Fusion Network’s “As American As” national campus tour at San Jose State University in San Jose, CA, on Thursday, October 6, 2016. (Photo: Christina Olivas/San Jose State University)

During homecoming week, many of you may have seen an interactive exhibit outside the Student Union on the Seventh Street Paseo. The walls of the “As American As…” display, sponsored by the Office of Diversity,Equity and Inclusion, depicted photographs of many people from different backgrounds and described them all as American. The larger-than-life piece created a maze of sorts in the middle of our campus for students, staff, faculty and community members to walk through as they considered how the portraits displayed disparities while the words reinforced their similarities.

When students, staff, faculty and members of the public engage at San Jose State University, they all become Spartans. We are strong because of our differences, and we are part of a diverse community that is striving to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. I am pleased to have our new Chief Diversity Officer Kathy Wong(Lau), who oversees the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, as a partner in our ongoing efforts. She has already begun to lead discussions around tough issues such as sexual harassment and sexual assault, hate speech versus freedom of speech and how to foster cognitive empathy so that people can have a difference of opinion while still understanding the perspectives of others.

As Provost, I am proud to be part of a multi-faceted campus community. SJSU was ranked No.14 among the most ethnically and racially diverse four-year public universities in the United States and No. 1 for highest international student enrollment at a master’s granting university by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Our diversity makes us strong, and we need to leverage that strength as we improve student success. We are making strides with underrepresented minority students through our African American andLatinx/Chicanx Student Success Task Forces. Our identity-based resources such as the PRIDE Center, the MOSAIC Multicultural Center, Military and Veteran Student Services and others have a centralized space in the newly renovated Student Union. We are devoting funding this year to establish an Immigrant Welcome Center that will support our undocumented students.

But we still have work to do to make meaningful changes in our graduation rates and to eliminate the achievement gap between underrepresented minority students and their peers by 2025. Research has shown that underrepresented students perform better in courses taught by diverse faculty for a variety of reasons including relevancy of experiences and perspectives in translating conceptual ideas, inclusion in curricular content at macro and micro levels, higher use of interactive pedagogies, role-modeling and approachability. As with many public universities, our faculty does not reflect the perspectives, experiences, and same diverse proportions that make up our student body. I am working closely with Dr. Wong(Lau) to identify immediate measures and to create a long-term plan to ensure we recruit the best candidates from a diversified pool of applicants and build capacity amongst all of our faculty to educate all of our students.

Dr. Wong(Lau) along with Shawn Spano, hosted the first “Conversation on Campus Climate” in September. I encourage you to attend the second “Conversation on Campus Climate” on Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Diaz Compean Student Union Theater, when participants will help identify actions we need to take to make our campus more inclusive and welcoming. If you are unable to attend in person, share your insights with her via email to

Other events include The Peter Lee Memorial Lecture Series on Nov. 7, from noon to 1:15 p.m., in the Student Union Theater, with a lecture by Dr. Janet Bennett, executive director of the Intercultural Communications Institute on “Intersecting Pathways: Global Diversity and Inclusion”; Faculty Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation and Inclusive Pedagogy Institute on Dec. 2, (location and time to be determined); and through Dec. 1 the “Photovoice Exhibit on Anti-Semitism and Islamaphobia” will be on exhibit at the MLK library. This exhibit features the photonarrative work of Ed Mamary, a professor in the College of Applied Sciences and Arts Department of Health Science and Recreation.

We are all partners in creating a more welcoming and inclusive environment on our campus. I look forward to continuing our work together this year.

Andy Feinstein
Provost and VP for Academic Affairs