CASA CARHS Announcements for Spring 2013: Programs, Research Support, & Networking

by Amy D’Andrade

If you’re anything like me, you’re returning to the campus hoping that you get a bit more writing and research done this term than you did last semester! In this month’s Update from CASA CARHS, we have information about a unique webinar from NCFDD that can help you further develop your time management skills, details about several peer-based writing supports that are just starting up for the term, and an invitation to our new “First Fridays at Flames,” where you can reward yourself for your scholarly accomplishments, or just vent about the challenges of academic life. Here’s the latest from CASA’s Center for Research on Human Services (CARHS).  Welcome back!

Free on-line workshop on “Aligning your time with your priorities” 

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity, to which SJSU has an institutional membership, is offering a webinar bon “Aligning your time with your priorities.” Too often we say we want to focus on our scholarship, but then, for a variety of reasons, weeks go by and little writing has been done. In this webinar/workshop you will learn (and practice) skills to align your limited time with your priorities. NOTE: You must be registered with NCFDD to participate! It’s free, but we need a few days advance notice to sign you up. Contact Amy D’Andrade at with questions or to register.

CARHS writing supports starting up this for Spring semester

The Writing Room: 

Research suggests that people who write for short periods of time on a regular basis are much more productive than those who do “binge writing” –who write in big chunks of time spaced far apart. But finding the time to write is difficult when we have so many other demands competing for our attention. Several of your CASA colleagues are solving this dilemma by meeting on Wednesday mornings from 9-11 to create a regular space in their week to devote to writing. The first session is 2/6/13, meeting in the MLK Library lobby to start. Virtual participation welcome. Contact Danielle Harris at with questions or for more information.

Writing Accountability Group:

Research also suggests that writers who have to be accountable to others write much more than those who don’t. Another group of faculty members are using this strategy to help them move forward on scholarly projects. They’ll meet every two weeks to set specific goals, report progress, and just check in about the writing process. Virtual participation is welcome at this group as well. Contact Lori Rodriguez at with questions or for more information.

Introducing CARHS First Fridays at Flames

With all the stress of the academic life, you might be feeling the need to debrief and unwind. We propose a solution! Please consider joining your colleagues at the CARHS ‘First Friday at Flames’ – a space to relax, chat about research, check in with colleagues about writing goals, vent about grading, or simply forget all about work if you’d rather! Held the first Friday of the month at Flames, from 4PM to whenever: 2/1/13; 3/1/13; 4/5/13; 5/3/13. All are welcome. Contact Ted Butryn at  with questions or for more information.

CARHS research supports

Software support: Struggling with SPSS or NVivo? We have users groups available for NVivo (contact Amy D’Andrade, to sign up) and SPSS (contact Ed Cohen, to sign up); also available is one-on-one support for NVivo from a faculty member with special training (contact Amelie Pedneault,

Statistical consultation: We have two excellent statisticians who are available to consult with you on your research. This service is free for CASA faculty members (up to five hours per individual per semester). Contact Kathy Lemon, for a referral.

Campus research supports

There are a number of valuable supports for research and scholarship offered on campus. SJSU ResearchFoundation workshops this semester from the Office of Sponsored Programs focus on federal grant writing skills, including the upcoming session on 2/20/13 by Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research Jerry Flanzer on strategies for working with federal program officers. RSVP to Nancy Riley at Through the Center for Faculty Development, there are a number of terrific opportunities to talk informally with researchers and scholars across campus about their work and its implications. In February, Dr. Kevin Jordan from Psychology – who has received millions of dollar of grant funding – will be speaking at the “Tea and Talk” program on Wednesday at 3PM in IRC 101.

Got ideas for other supports you could use? Offer them on our anonymous feedback form.

CASA’s Center for Research on Human Services (CARHS) Events

by Amy D’Andrade and the CARHS Steering Committee

Research Forum presentation Thursday 11/29/12 4-5:15 MH 438A

The fall 2012 CARHS Research Forum presents Dr. Lonnie Snowden, from U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Dr. Snowden will discuss his research examining mental health treatment disparities. If you have any interest in research on treatment disparities, or policy implementation and effects, you won’t want to miss it.  The presentation will be informal and there will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Mentoring and support for academics through NCFDD

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) is an on-line organization that provides professional development, skills training, and intensive mentoring for faculty members at campuses across the U.S, with a particular focus on under-represented faculty. SJSU has an institutional membership, so all faculty members are eligible to use these supports free of charge. We were going to provide an orientation, but couldn’t find a good time for those who were interested – so instead we put together 2 minute website tour to give you a sense of what is provided. Registration is free, and the resources can be truly helpful. Email Amy D’Andrade at to sign up.

Opportunity to participate in Faculty Bootcamp – Applications DUE 12/5/12

The NCFDD Faculty Success Program (or Faculty Boot Camp) is a 15 week, intensive, structured mentoring and training program. For 15 weeks, participants work with a group of scholars from across the country in on-line workshops, trainings, and supports that are specifically designed to encourage scholarly productivity. Participants also work with a facilitated small group, use the on-line community for accountability and support, and make a commitment to daily writing. CASA CARHS will pay for one faculty member to participate in the Boot Camp for Spring 2013. You can read more about it in the recent CARHS blog post. To apply, submit a one page application detailing your reasons for wanting to participate, and why the program might be helpful for you. Tenure track faculty have priority, but all full time T/TT faculty are eligible to apply. Send applications to Sarah Roberts in the CASA Dean’s office (, by 12/5/12.

Two upcoming writing marathons over Winter Break

Daily writing is the best way to be productive, but if you want to finish up a project or make major progress on one, there’s nothing like setting aside a whole day (or 2 or 3!) to devote solely to that project. Writing Marathons provide quiet, space, printing, and coffee, and you bring your laptop, materials, drafts, and commitment to work. The last CARHS writing Mini-Marathon of the semester is Friday, 12/14/12 from 9:30-4:30, and is co-sponsored by the Center for Healthy Aging in Multi-cultural Populations (CHAMP). Registration required by 12/5/12. The 3-day Center for Faculty Development writing marathon is January 14-16. Registration required by 12/10/12.

SJSU Research Foundation Grant Workshop 12/11/12

This workshop outlines how to use the Sponsored Programs Information Network (SPIN) and the SJSU Research Funding Alerts system to locate funding opportunities. The workshop will be held in MLK Library 225-257 from 11:30AM to 1PM on 12/11/12. RSVP by 12/4/12 to Nancy Riley (

Free on-line statistical analysis training

The Analysis Factor provides on-line trainings, project consultation, and information on various aspects of statistical analysis. A webinar on “13 Steps to Running Any Statistical Model” will be provided 12/5/12; it’s free but you need to register.

Ongoing supports

As always, we’d love to hear from you. Provide some anonymous feedback – what CARHS supports would you like to see? What’s working or not working? Let us know.

Dr. Snowden, UCB School of Public Health’s Health Policy and Management, to Speak at Fall CARHS Research Forum


We are delighted to announce that Dr. Lonnie Snowden, Professor of the Graduate School at U.C. Berkeley’s School of Public Health’s Health Policy and Management program, will be speaking at the fall CARHS Research Forum.

The talk will be Thursday 11/29 from 4PM – 5:15 PM, in MH438A, and will provide an opportunity to hear about Dr. Snowden’s recent work in the area of mental health treatment disparities. He’ll also be speaking about his use of an analytic approach that can be particularly useful in California, with our 58 counties providing a kind of laboratory for studying policy change.

The presentation will be informal with plenty of time for questions and discussion.