CARHS Updates: Workshops, Mixers, & Research Support

by Amy D’Andrade

Writing Supports

NCFDD on-line workshop on “Developing a Daily Writing Practice”

There is an upcoming on-line workshop “How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice on March 6, from 12-1:30, facilitated by NCFDD director Kerry Ann Rockquemore. In the workshop you will learn “the 30-minute strategy that will increase your writing productivity AND decrease your stress, anxiety and guilt.” If you haven’t had a chance to experience a workshop with NCFDD, I highly recommend it. 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.

The Writing Room

Every Wednesday morning, you will find a group of faculty members meeting together in the library to work on their writing projects. Students don’t stop by to ask questions. They aren’t disturbed by phone calls. Colleagues don’t drop in to chat. For two hours, every week, they create the time and space to focus on their scholarship. If you’ve been frustrated by a lack of time to write, consider creating the time to write by meeting in the Writing Room. We meet on the 8th floor of MLK Library, near the north windows, from 9-11AM every Wednesday. Contact Danielle Harris at with questions or for more information.

On-line Writing Accountability Group

Another group of faculty has begun a virtual writing group. Every week they check-in via email, set specific, manageable goals, and report on progress over the past week. It’s very helpful for staying on track and moving ahead on a writing project. Contact Lori Rodriguez at to participate.

Research Supports

On campus workshop about the federal funding landscape

SJSU Research Foundation workshops this semester from the Office of Sponsored Programs focus on federal grant writing skills. An upcoming workshop with Dr. Richard Dunfee from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington D.C. is on the landscape for federal research funding. The workshop will be held March 11, 9AM-12PM in MLK Library Room 255/257. RSVP to Nancy Riley at

Summer Research Training

If you would like to brush up on your research or analysis skills, there are usually opportunities for research training held every summer. Here are links to two examples, one focusing on quantitative methodology (the 2013 Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research), and one focusing on qualitative research (10th Annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive sponsored by ResearchTalk and The Odum Institute). We may have funding to reimburse registration and travel expenses for one or two tenured or tenure- track researchers who are looking to improve their research skills by attending training over the summer. If interested, draft a brief proposal and budget and forward by 3/31/13 to Ed Cohen at

CARHS Research Supports

Don’t forget that we have software support including users groups for NVivo (contact Amy D’Andrade, to sign up) and SPSS (contact Ed Cohen, to sign up) and one-on-one support for NVivo from a faculty member with special training (contact Amelie Pedneault, Statistical consultation is also available for CASA faculty members (up to five hours per individual per semester). Contact Kathy Lemon Osterling, for a referral.

Work/Life Balance Supports!

Upcoming First Friday at Flames

We had a great time at the first First Friday at Flames.  To be honest, not all the conversations were about research and scholarship, but the company was excellent and it was a lot of fun. The next one is coming up this Friday, March 1 at 4PM. Everyone is welcome. Contact Ted Butryn at  with questions or for more information.

A tip to maximize productivity

Lastly, here’s a refreshing commentary from the NYT on the effects of relaxation on productivity.

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.