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Vol. 6 No. 1 Spring 2013
Institute for Teaching and Learning Connections

Mapping a Strategy for Faculty Diversification

John Berteaux

Associate Professor of Philosophy, California State University, Monterey Bay

Juanita Darling

Assistant Professor of International Relations, San Francisco State University

While recognizing that considerable progress has been made to faculty diversity in the CSU system as a whole, we suggest it is time to turn attention to diversity across the campus and within departments, encouraging the adaptation of initiatives that pioneering departments and campuses have undertaken.

Diversity among faculty in the CSU matters because it is the largest university system in the United States and has the opportunity to pioneer solutions that other universities may adapt to help meet the challenge of diversity. It is critical the CSU increase racial, ethnic and gender diversity among its faculty across departments. Otherwise, we are in danger of creating new stereotypes that will perpetuate under-representation.

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Partly-Automated Evaluation and Assessment of Written Narratives

Dr. Wayne Smith, Lecturer

Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, CSU Northridge

There are many chisms in our complex educational environment. The divergent goals and pedagogies of Science vs Humanities: "pure" vs "applied" subjects; faculty vs administrative perspectives; traditional vs online delivery; large, urban vs small, rural campuses are but a few of the persistent tensions in our interconnected system. These dichotomous pairs are palpable, but occasionally incommensurable, and often irreconcilable.

Another distinction in our pedagogical environment is between an evaluation that is quantitative, which lend itself to multiple-choice exams, and possibly a summative evaluation, and one that is qualitative, which often lends itself to narrative-based exams and ideally, formative evaluation.

The movement toward "learner analytics" systems and supporting technologies also reflect these distinctions. Some learning outcomes lend themselves more readily to technology-mediated, technology-enhanced, or technology-automated measurement systems.

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The 16th Annual CSU Symposium on Teaching and Learning

Wayne Tikkanen

Director, CSU ITL Department

16th Annual CSU Symposium on Teaching and Learning

The theme for the 16th Annual CSU Symposium on Teaching and Learning, held on February 22 and 23, 2013 at the scenic campus of The California State University Maritime Academy at its Morrow Cove campus, was "Teaching for High Impact: Deep and Engaged Learning." Hosted by the Center for Engagement, Teaching and Learning at Cal Maritime and organized by its Director, Vivienne McClendon, the event showcased the shore-side campus and CSU faculty achievements. The workshops, posters and concurrent sessions were chosen to bring greater understanding of methods employed by CSU faculty who contribute new ways of learning, apply learning to real world contexts, and improve learning through effective assessment practices.

Pre-conference workshops "High-Impact writing: Improving the Metacognition of Prose Composition" presented by Dr. Meg Gorzycki, Ed.D. of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development at San Francisco State; "Light Their Fires: Increasing Motivation and Engagement of Struggling Students" by Assistant Professor Dr. Kathleen F. Gabriel, Ed.D. of California State University, Chico; and "Terms of Engagement: Understanding and Promoting Student Engagement in Today's College Classroom" by Dr. Elizabeth Barkley set the tone for symposium tracks which embraced mechanisms for improving student engagement.

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July 9 - 11, 2013
CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning Summer Institute @ CSU Chancellor's Office. Contact Dr. Wayne Tikkanen

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