New RSCA supports announced for fall 2015

New tenure-track faculty members pay rapt attention at orientation.

New tenure-track faculty members pay rapt attention at orientation.

Many research, scholarship and creative activity-related sessions are being offered this fall with the support of the Academic Affairs RSCA and Professional Development Support priority group. The offerings for fall 2015 include nine new programs funded by the priority group as well as enhancements to programs that have been offered in the past.

The sessions are the collaborative efforts of the staff of the Office of Research, the Research Foundation, the Tower Foundation, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, the Center for Faculty Development as well as a number of faculty members and administrators across campus. See a list of upcoming activities.

One of the first sessions, a University Grants Academy, had a full turnout for a meeting on Sept. 4. The programs are designed to support faculty from all disciplines, from scientists to singers. Other upcoming topics include “Moving from Idea to Proposal,” “Tips from Journal Editors and Librarians,” and “What You Need to Know About Budgets,” among other programs.

The sessions are open to both returning and new faculty. This year 58 new tenure-track fraculty joined SJSU and many of them are excited to get started on their research, scholarship and creative activity agendas.

Ozgur Keles joins the biological, chemical and materials engineering department from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is interested in research that involves 3-D printing for medical applications.

Another new faculty member, Faranak Memarzadeh joins the Hospitality Management department from Texas Tech University. She said she plans to continue with the subject at SJSU, with an emphasis on how hotel costs affect travelers to the Bay Area.

“I want my research to move in the right direction,” she said.