New Provost Arrives at SJSU July 15

Vincent Del Casino, Jr.

Vincent Del Casino, new provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs, joins San Jose State University July 15.

Vincent Del Casino, who was named the university’s next provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs in January following a comprehensive national search, will arrive at San Jose State University July 15 ready to prepare for the fall 2019 semester.

“I have great confidence that he will bring a strong foundation to this key leadership position while fostering collaboration across colleges and departments. Vincent is a visionary who will chart a course for our Academic Affairs division into the future,” President Mary A. Papazian said, following his appointment in January. “He is an exemplary fit to lead our continuing efforts to support students and faculty, build community partnerships, and expand innovative teaching and learning at our university.”

Del Casino joins SJSU from the University of Arizona, where he has most recently served as the interim senior vice provost and vice president for Academic Initiatives and Student Success, but he started his academic leadership career in the California State University system in 2007 as chair of the Department of Geography at CSU Long Beach.

“Having worked in the Cal State system previously, I have always been energized by the fact that this system serves a very diverse group of first-generation learners,” he said. “San Jose State University is no exception. What makes this campus unique, however, is that it is located in the heart of one of the most robust economies in the world.”

He sees the university’s greatest potential in its ability to drive regional, national and global conversations about the value of higher education.

“SJSU can be a hub for applied and basic research that plugs into the networks of creativity that surround the campus and its global position,” he said. “There are also many new ‘solutions’ being presented to address the world’s educational attainment gaps at the undergraduate and graduate levels, some of which are driven by the tech industry that surrounds the campus. As public educators we have to provide leadership in those conversations, otherwise we will end up with market-driven solutions that don’t necessarily meet the needs of our diverse learners.”

Del Casino envisions SJSU as a leader in taking up the question of what the future of higher education should be as well as a model for the value of public education that continues to demonstrate that ‘technological innovation’ must also be met with strategies that recognize the complex and diverse experiences of students.

At the University of Arizona, Del Casino provided leadership and administrative oversight as the campus redeveloped central spaces for student support activities; re-organized its central administrative areas; and enhanced student success and retention. During his tenure, the university greatly increased its online undergraduate enrollment and program offerings. He was also integral in implementing the University of Arizona’s 100% Engagement Initiative that allows students to participate in “extra-classroom” activities through credit-bearing and non-credit engaged learning experiences.

He said he is especially excited by the opportunities—such as finding ways to leverage the location of SJSU to support all members of the campus community—and the challenges—such as recognizing the real socioeconomic and political strains that come with the Silicon Valley economy.

“I think the faculty, staff and students are already driving this conversation and I look forward to supporting those efforts,” he said.

Del Casino’s own academic background lends itself to considering the social implications of geography. He is a prolific writer and researcher who has authored the book Social Geography: A Critical Introduction and co-edited with CSU, Long Beach faculty member, Dr. Mary Caputi, Derrida and the Future of the Liberal ArtsHe has also edited and co-authored multiple other books and published dozens of articles and book chapters on topics ranging from health, robots and robotic technologies, cartographic theory, and tourism, in the context of geography. Del Casino has a bachelor’s in international relations and East Asian studies from Bucknell University, in Pennsylvania, a master’s in geography from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate in geography from the University of Kentucky.

“I am looking forward to deepening my understanding of the rich historical geography of SJSU and the Silicon Valley region, and to partnering with community organizations, the city of San Jose as well as for-profit companies and nonprofits that want to work with SJSU to create a more inclusive environment for the ideas that we are generating and the students we are educating,” he said.

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CSU’s CalStateTEACH Program Awarded Full Program Accreditation

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Approximately 6,800 participants have completed the CalStateTEACH program with candidates participating from each of California's 58 counties.

Media contacts: Claudia Keith or Mike Uhlenkamp, (562) 951-4800

(November 8, 2011) – The California State University’s CalStateTEACH Multiple Subject Credential Program recently received a unanimous recommendation for Full Program Accreditation by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC).  The CTC’s Committee on Accreditation recommended the accreditation after a thorough review of the CalStateTEACH program by the Bureau of Institutional Reviewers. Established in 1999, CalStateTEACH is a non-traditional program that offers both a student teaching and an intern program for qualified candidates interested in earning their credential without attending traditional college classes.  Instead, the curriculum is delivered online.  Participants use online materials, E-texts, videos and electronic tablets. They share ideas through web-based “class discussions,” and get professional feedback through on-site coaching. CalStateTEACH participants enjoy personal guidance from mentor teachers at their school site as well as CSU faculty.  They communicate and share ideas with other participants via the course website.  Approximately 6,800 participants have completed the CalStateTEACH program with candidates participating from each of California’s 58 counties.

For more information about CalStateTEACH please visit http://www.calstateteach.net/.

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CSU Online Learning Initiative Moving Forward

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A new executive director will work closely with faculty, staff and administrators at all the campuses.

“CSU Online,” an online learning initiative that will address California’s expanding workforce needs and increase access to high quality education, is making progress with the recruitment of an executive director. The new executive director will work closely with faculty, staff and administrators at all the campuses in executing the vision for the online learning initiative ensuring the project continues in a broad-based, collaborative manner.

The initiative began in 2010 and is sponsored by the Technology Steering Committee (TSC), a subset of campus presidents that provides advice and recommendations to the chancellor about major technology initiatives. The process has included a CSU Online Working Group composed of Distance Learning management, faculty representation and Academic Senate members. The Online Working Group managed a consulting firm hired to conduct a detailed analysis of online learning at the CSU. The consultants held meetings with a large number of CSU constituents and advisory groups, and held hundreds of interviews with faculty, students and administrators at several campuses.

Following the consultant’s work, the Technology Steering Committee drafted an overview document that outlines a plan for the CSU’s online learning initiative. The first step is to hire a CSU Online executive director. Interviews are in process and a candidate is expected to be announced in the next several weeks.  Once the executive director is hired, a broad based consultative process will begin to give shape and focus to the online initiative.

Background, documents and detailed information on the initiative are available here.

Read more from the Oct. 12 CSU Employee Update.