Summer brings change to university campuses as well as CSUPERB. I returned from a week-long vacation in New Mexico to find a letter from Chancellor White making new CSUPERB Presidents’ Commission appointments. We are also wrapping up the annual election and appointment cycles on the Strategic Planning Council (SPC) and Faculty Consensus Group (FCG). As a result I have some program governance changes to report to the CSUPERB community!
NEW PRESIDENTS’ COMMISSION CHAIR & NEW MEMBERS APPOINTED
Chancellor White appointed Karen Haynes, President at CSU San Marcos, as Chair of the CSUPERB Presidents’ Commission, to replace Rollin Richmond (Humboldt State) who is retiring. We’ve already written here about the work that President Richmond has done for CSUPERB – we’re going to miss his leadership. President Haynes will be taking on an advocacy role for the CSU’s biotechnology students and faculty, as well as meeting with me every 4-6 weeks to make sure the program remains aligned with CSU system and CSUPERB strategy! Despite the added responsibility and workload, she says she’s “enthusiastically in” and looking forward to an “interesting, new assignment” – making for a smooth leadership transition.
Chancellor White also appointed Steve Relyea (Executive Vice Chancellor & Chief Financial Officer) and Les Wong (President, San Francisco State University) to the Presidents’ Commission. These appointments mean the Commission is at full-strength as we head into our next three-year strategic planning cycle.
STRATEGIC PLANNING COUNCIL (SPC) ELECTION RESULTS
Bori Mazzag, a mathematics professor from Humboldt State, was elected by the Faculty Consensus Group to the SPC for the first time. Bori organized a series of “biomath” meetings and workshops at recent CSU Biotech Symposia; we welcome her quantitative energy on the SPC! Daryl Eggers (Chemistry, San Jose State University) and Katherine McReynolds (Chemistry, CSU Sacramento) were re-elected by the FCG.
NEW FACULTY CONSENSUS GROUP (FCG) APPOINTMENTS
During the spring, campus deans and presidents made appointments to the Faculty Consensus Group. As FCG members become deans, retire or take new jobs, new faculty members take their place, bringing new perspectives and energy to CSUPERB’s “congress.” This spring Laura Burrus (Biology, San Francisco State University), Tyler Evans (Biological Sciences, CSU East Bay), Deborah Fraser (Biological Sciences, CSU Long Beach), Ryan Luke (Kinesiology, CSU Monterey Bay), Kasuen Mauldin (Nutrition, Food Science & Packaging), Rahul Singh (Computer Science, San Francisco State University) and last -but never least - Roland Wolkowicz (Biology, San Diego State University) join the FCG for the first time.
These are the folks that keep CSUPERB relevant and responsive to our system-wide student and faculty community of learning, teaching and practice. Together the Presidents Commission, the SPC and the FCG formulate CSUPERB’s programming and set priorities reflected in our requests for applications and proposals. These are the strategic thinkers that ponder teaching, learning and research issues that transcend campuses so that we can offer the best biotechnology education and experiences to students across California.
A few of these brave newbies emailed me asking for links or papers that represent what CSUPERB is thinking about. We share our strategic plan, relevant papers and reports on our website, Scoop.it and the LinkedIn group. But I know it is overwhelming paging through those archives and finding articles of interest. So I selected three commentaries that have motivated me or reflect our thinking this past year (I’ll bet regular CSUPERB blog readers can predict which articles I’m recommending!). For your summer reading pleasure or provocation, join CSUPERB’s strategic leadership in pondering:
1) Alberts, Kirshner, Tilghman & Varmus (2014) Rescuing US biomedical research from its systemic flaws. PNAS, vol. 111, no. 16, pp. 5773–5777; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1404402111
2) Wieman (2014) Large-scale comparison of science teaching methods sends clear message. PNAS, vol. 111, no. 23, pp. 8319-8320; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1407304111
3) Lubynsky (2013) From Lab Bench to Innovation: Critical Challenges to Nascent Academic Entrepreneurs. Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; based on a University of Maryland University College Dissertation, December, 2012.