CASA Students Host Interdisciplinary Workshop

Interdisciplinary Student Workshop

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts (CASA) had its first ever interdisciplinary student workshop with the Department of Occupational Therapy (OT) and The Valley Foundation School of Nursing. The workshop was the idea of OT student Renee Demaree who planned and organized the day-long workshop that was conducted in the simulation and skills labs at the Valley Foundation School of Nursing.

The goal was to help students increase their understanding of the role of other healthcare disciplines and facilitate their ability to work collaboratively. Nursing Lecturer Debbie Nelson and OT Assistant Professor Dr. Gigi Smith assisted students during the workshop.

OT/Nursing Workshop

Nursing students Tiffany Tran and Angelo Vitug addressed safety issues in working with patients in the hospital environment. Nursing student Stephanie Mejia led a patient care simulation where a nursing student played the role of a patient and OT students provided care to the patient. Students awaiting their turn were learner observers. A debrief of the simulation followed to allow students time to give feedback and discussion.

OT Presentation

OT students Jazmin Arellano and Allan Romero presented on the role of occupational therapy in the hospital environment and other health care settings. Small group activities promoted active learning and collaboration.

Workshop participants expressed appreciation for the experience. Both groups of students came away with a deeper understanding of each other’s professional roles and how to facilitate inter-professional partnerships. Plans are underway for more of these collaborative interdisciplinary experiences in the future.

Faculty Writing Workshop Opportunity: AANAPISI

by AANAPISI staff

Faculty Writing Workshop

Sponsored by U.S. Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education & Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI)

You will leave this two-day workshop with models of strong lesson plans on practical writing topics. Using what you learn from the model lesson plans on day one, you will then create and present your own lesson plan on day two. Twelve San José State faculty members will be selected to participate in this workshop. Participants will be chosen based upon the strength of their applications. Upon successful completion of the workshop, each participant will receive a $500 stipend. Successful completion of this workshop is a prerequisite for applying for future faculty release time under the AANAPISI grant.

Information and requirements:

  • Participants will meet for the first session of the workshop on Friday, August 23, 2013 (8:30-4:30). On day one of the workshop, facilitators will teach their lesson plans. During the last hour of day one, participants will work on drafts of their lesson plans.
  • Participants will submit a draft of their full lesson plan to the workshop facilitators (Dr. Linda C. Mitchell and Michelle Hager) prior to the date of the second session, with adequate time given for review and feedback.
  • Participants will meet for a second session on Friday, September 13, 2013; Friday, September 20, 2013; OR Friday, September 27, 2013 (8:30-4:30). During the second session, participants will present their 50-minute lesson plans and receive feedback from their peers. For each workshop day, a continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack will be served.


Workshop rules:

  • No tardiness or early departures
  • No cell phones
  • No time missed
  • No excuses for missed time
  • 110% effort
  • Original lesson plan content
  • Submission of a complete, formal, polished lesson plan on your “due date”
  • Full engagement during the sessions

Please note: You will only be eligible for the workshop stipend and future release time if you satisfy all the workshop requirements. No exceptions! You have officially completed the workshop when your lesson plan has been approved for posting on the San José State University AANAPISI website.

To apply:
Send a complete application packet to the workshop facilitators, Dr. Linda C. Mitchell ( AND Michelle Hager ( The application is due Friday, August 9, 2013.

The following materials are required:
1. A signed copy of the workshop contract (see the next page).
2. A 250-word statement detailing the 50-minute lesson plan on writing you would like to develop for your classes. Answer the following questions in your statement:

Why did you choose your topic? What is your motivation for choosing to work on this lesson? (50 words)
How is this lesson relevant to your classes? (50 words)

How will your plan be structured? (100 words) Example: “I will do a lesson on „so what?‟ since I have noticed that students in my discipline do not develop their ideas. First, I will explain what I mean by a „so what?‟ Next, I will have the group read a paragraph that is missing the „so what?‟ The group will then read the revised paragraph with the added „so what?‟ and then a third revision with specific examples added. For an exercise, each participant will write a general paragraph, then test the „so what?‟ and add information. All writing in all disciplines needs a „so what?‟ so the topic is useful to everyone.”

How will other faculty members adapt your plan to other

Fulbright Scholar Program Workshop Coming in February

by Peter F. Young, Director, Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies [SVCGS]

Each year the US Department of State awards nearly 800 United States Fulbright Scholar appointments and sends these faculty members to nearly 100 countries.  San Jose State University has been a leader in producing huge numbers of faculty Fulbright Scholars… and this year is no different.  The Silicon Valley Center for Global Studies, on behalf of CIES’ International Programs and Services Division is putting on a workshop covering all of the particulars that you need to know… about being appointed a Fulbright Scholar.

We are holding the workshop two different times to “capture” as many of you as possible:

February 14th, MLK Library, Room 225 — From 12:00 to 1:30


February 25th, MLK Library, Room 225 — From 12:00 to 1:30

Please register for either workshop by sending an email to or We want to make sure that we produce enough material for all attendees!