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Diana W. Guerin - Chair, ASCSU (Fullerton)

SB 1052 and SB 1053, approved last year, support expanding the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in our colleges and universities and building an open digital library so as to reduce the cost of course materials for students.  The ASCSU is seeking CSU faculty with experience in developing and/or using OERs to serve on the council to implement this process.  If you are interested in being considered for this position, please review the bill and position description and submit a letter of interest and CV by March 1, 2013. Please note that these positions are contingent on matching funds yet to be secured.

California Open Education Resources Council (COERC)
Established by SB 1052 
Position Description – Three CSU Faculty, 
1- to 3-Year Project 
Contingent on funding

Facilitate development or acquisition and publication or release of high quality, digital open source textbooks and related materials for use in 50 courses at the University of California, the California State University, and the California Community Colleges.

Nine members, three members from each higher education segment selected by their respective academic senates, with appointments made no later than April 1, 2013.

According to SB 1053, the COERC shall be responsible for accomplishing all of the following:

  • Select up to 50 lower division courses in the public postsecondary segments to target for the development and acquisition of digital, open source textbooks and materials.
  • Create and administer a standardized, rigorous review and approval process for open source textbooks and related materials. 
  • Promote strategies for production, access, and use of open source materials.
  • Regularly solicit and consider input from each segment’s respective statewide student associations.
  • Establish a competitive request for proposal process in which faculty members, publishers, and other interested parties may apply for funds to produce the high quality, affordable, digital open source textbooks and related materials in 2013.
  • Explore methods for reviving classic or well regarded, out-of-print textbooks in digital, open source formats.

Reporting Requirements

  • Report regularly to Senator Steinberg and the Intersegmental Committee of Academic Senates (ICAS) about progress.   
  • Report to the Legislature and the Governor the progress of the implementation no later than July 1, 2013.
  • Submit a final report to Legislature and Governor by January 1, 2016.

Faculty Qualifications

  • Full-time CSU faculty member of any rank in any discipline;
  • Available to commit 8 hours per week beginning April 1, 2013 (stipend). During the academic year, 3 WTUs to 6 WTUs release per semester (or quarter equivalent) during AY 2013-14. Appointment shall be for a one-year renewable term, subject to an annual review and evaluation process.  The position is contingent on continued funding;
  • Demonstrated experience in the use and/or development of Open Educational Resources and/or in authoring/reviewing/editing scholarly materials such as journals and textbooks;
  • Demonstrated experience promoting curricular or pedagogical innovations to faculty;
  • Demonstrated leadership/administrative experience (department, college, university level);
  • Demonstrated experience or interest in working collegially with faculty in other segments of higher education;
  • Desirable qualifications: Experience with accessible technology guidelines; online instruction; general education; management of large projects; staff supervision.

Application Process
Submit letter of qualifications, names and contact information for three references, and curriculum vita (5 pages maximum on CV) by March 1, 2013 to Tracy Butler,  

Address questions to Diana Guerin, ASCSU Chair,