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 (Linda.Mitchell@sjsu.edu) AND Michelle Hager (Michelle.Hager@sjsu.edu). 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

CFD Updates: Conversations, Breakfast Club, & Grant Writing

by Amy Strage, CFD

Collegial Conversations
This Wednesday, March 6th, from 3-4pm, in IRC 210, as part of our Tea and Talk series, please come join your colleague, Professor Gale Antokal, from the Department of Art, as she leads us in a conversation about The Parameters of Imagination and Fact in the Act of Drawing. She will present 40 recent works depicting one simple still life object, as well as provide an investigation of form, color, realism and abstraction in the medium of chalk pastel.

In two weeks, on Thursday, March 14th, from 8-9am, in IRC 101, as part of our Breakfast Club series, please come join your colleague Professor Sami Khuri, as he leads us in conversation about The Long and Bumpy Road from the Human Genome Project to Personalized Medicine as well as other aspects of his fascinating work in Bioinformatics.

Grant-writing: Next Monday, March 11th, please join the expert staff of the SJSU Research Foundation, and learn from AASC&U Grants Resource Center Director Richard Dunfee about the Federal Funding Landscape – MLK Jr. Library, Room 225/229, from 9 am to 12 noon. Please RSVP to Nancy Riley (nancy.riley@sjsu.edu)

Heads-up about two Internal Grant Opportunities: The Office of the Provost will be announcing two exciting internal funding opportunities – for research, scholarship and creative activity (RSCA grants) and for innovative teaching and course (re)design. Details about application particulars will be announced shortly – proposal materials will be due in early April.

Check out the Center for Faculty Development calendar of events and take a few moments to peruse the teaching tools and events the Cathy Cheal and her team in Academic Technology are offering as well.

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 amy.dandrade@sjsu.edu 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 danielle.harris@sjsu.edu 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 lori.rodriguez@sjsu.edu 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 theodore.butryn@sjsu.edu  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, amy.dandrade@sjsu.edu to sign up) and SPSS (contact Ed Cohen, edward.cohen@sjsu.edu to sign up); also available is one-on-one support for NVivo from a faculty member with special training (contact Amelie Pedneault, amelie.pedneault@gmail.com).

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, kathy.lemon-osterling@sjsu.edu 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 nancy.riley@sjsu.edu. 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.

Dr. Jerry’s Flanzer’s Third Annual Grant Writing Series to Resume

by Cheryl R. Cowan,

Dr. Jerry’s Flanzer’s Third Annual Grant Writing Series will resume next Thursday, January 31 at 3:30 p.m. in IRC 212. This is an opportunity for faculty members to work both individually and collectively through the entire process of writing a grant.  In addition to the dynamics provided by the group’s input and evaluation, a variety of other assistance is available including methodological and statistical consultations,  budget and pre-award technical assistance, and dialogues with funding sources and their program officers. It is anticipated that the group will meet every other week through the semester.

Interested faculty should contact Cheryl R. Cowan.  Dr. Flanzer will call faculty and confirm attendance and goals.  If unable to attend on Thursdays, but remain interested, please let Cherly know what days of the week and times work best for you, and possible alternate arrangements will be made for a second group.

Current Series participants shoud re-confirm continued participation.