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Upcoming Events

The Tempest by William Shakespeare

Presented in partnership with Silicon Valley Creates and San José State University. January 23 - February 7. Performances Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 1pm. Hall Todd Studio Theatre, Hugh Gillis Hall. $10 for SJSU Students, $15 for Seniors, and $20 general admission. Click here for more information.

Fellowship of SJSU Women Faculty Series

Meeting struggling parents where they are: Service delivery in Child Protective Services systems with speaker Amy D’Andrade, Social Work. Thursday, February 5, 12:00pm, IRC 210.

Seeking Justice: Strengthening the Prospects of Middle East Peace

David Makovsky advised Secretary of State John Kerry as part of an elite team charged with seeking an historic peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians. Makovsky's firsthand account of what it is like to work behind the scenes on the most difficult diplomatic issues of the last century provides a riveting view of the issues, the personalities, and the prospects for peace moving forward. Thursday, February 5, from 7:30-9:30pm in MLK 225.

The Barbershop Diaries, "Giving Back, Paying Forward"

As part of Black History Month 2015, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San José State University, will launch the world premiere of the documentary, The Barbershop Diaries, and unveil portraits saluting South Bay Area barbers and beauty salon owners, on Sunday, February 8, from 3:00 - 5:00pm, in Morris Dailey Auditorium. Contact the JMC School main office for more information: 408-924-3240

Donate for the Annual Love for the Troops

Associated Students is hosting an event to put care packages together and write thank you letters for U.S. military. February 11, 11:00am Smith Carlos Lawn

Coffee with the Chief of Staff, Stacy Gleixner
Faculty, staff, and students: Do you have questions about the university or concerns you want to talk about? Come by Tower Hall to have coffee and chat with the Chief of Staff, Stacy Gleixner. She would love to meet you!

 Hope you can make any of the following dates and times:

  • Thur, Feb 12, 3:00 - 4:00pm

  • Fri, Feb 27, 10:00 - 11:00am

  • Wed, Mar 4, 9:00 - 10:00am 
  • Mon, Mar 16, 4:00 - 5:00pm
  • Thur, Apr 2, 1:00 - 2:00pm
  • Fri, Apr 17, 11:00 - 12:00pm
  • Tues, Apr 28, 2:00 - 3:00pm
  • Wed, May 13, 10:30 - 11:30am

SVCE's Eminent Speaker Series

You are cordially invited to the first event in the Silicon Valley Center for Entrepreneurship's Eminent Speaker series this semester on Monday, February 16, 6:00 - 7:30pm in MLK 225/229. The title of the session is "Entrepreneurial Opportunities in an Evolving Space: the Business of Digital Currencies," brought to you by San José State University in collaboration with the City of San José.

University Scholar Series

The next speaker in the series is Alison L. McKee, who will discuss her recent book The Woman's Film of the 1940s: Gender, Narrative, and History. Join us on Wednesday, February 25, from 12:00 - 1:00pm in MLK 225/229. Visit the event website for more information.

Faculty Service Recognition & Awards Luncheon

The 16th Annual Faculty Service Recognition and Awards Luncheon will take place on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the Student Union Ballroom. To see the list of faculty honorees, click here (PDF). Visit the event website for more information.

2nd Annual SJSU Cultural Showcase - Save the Date

This student-run showcase celebrates the diversity of SJSU. April 23, 6:00 - 9:00pm, Student Union Ballroom.

Honors Convocation - Save the Date

This year's Honors Convocation will take place on Friday, April 24, 2015. Visit the Honors Convocation website for more information.

Updates to the STAR ACT

SJSU has added the most recent finalized TMC in Biology to the list of approved AA-T or AS-T degrees under the STAR Act (SB 1440).  SJSU faculty have deemed 29 of the 33 Transfer Associate Degrees as similar to 58 of our degree programs at SJSU. You may visit the Graduate and Undergraduate Programs website for more information about the STAR Act (SB 1440).
This website displays the 60 unit road maps for the 58 approved programs and includes department Advisor contact information.
The following TMCs or Model Curriculum are currently being reviewed by the CCCs/CSUs or in the queue for discussion under the STAR Act:
  • Environmental Science/Studies
  • Exercise Science
  • Graphic Arts/Graphic Design
  • Hospitality/Hotel Management
  • Public Health Science
  • Social Work
Model Curricula:
  • Engineering - EE/Comp
  • Engineering - Mech/Civil/Aero/Manu
  • Information Technology (formerly Information and Communication Technologies)
  • Nursing

New Innovative Seating and Collaborative Spaces in the CFD

You will be amazed by the creative and comfortable new spaces in the Center for Faculty Development!  The first is a newly created reading room/informal collaboration space/library in IRC 213. It houses resources for faculty on teaching, learning and inclusive excellence as well as career planning.  It is equipped with a dedicated desktop computer and printer, comfortable furniture, as well as its very own endless coffee/tea/hot beverage machine. 

The second is a newly designed “21st Century Teaching, Learning and Professional Development Program space”, in IRC 210. 

It houses a two-screen Mediascape, a Smartboard, fixed & movable white-boards, flexible seating and easily re-configured work-surfaces. 

It also features a “campfire”-style reading/collaboration alcove. These wonderful resources are available whenever not in use for workshops. Come and enjoy.

Administrative Searches Updates

AVP of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs

Candidate Open Forum Schedule: Visit the AVP of GUP search page for more information.

Associate Dean of Research Search

The SJSU Office of Research is searching for an Associate Dean of Research, to foster development of research programs and collaborations between academic units across the SJSU campus as well as with other universities and institutions in support of the SJSU research and teaching mission. In this context, “research” is broadly defined to include both research and other modes of creative activity. Download the position description here (PDF). Application materials are due by February 27, 2015. 

College of Social Sciences Dean Search

On-campus Interviews:  February 16 - 27 (tentatively scheduled). Visit the COSS Dean search page for more information.

College of Applied Sciences and Arts Dean Search

On-campus Interviews:  March 5 - 13 (tentatively scheduled). Visit the CASA Dean search page for more information.

Deputy Provost Search

On-campus Interviews:  March 13 - 20 (tentatively scheduled). Visit the Deputy Provost search page for more information.

SJSURF Executive Director Search

On-campus Interviews:  March 30 - April 7 (tentatively scheduled). Visit the SJSURF Executive Director search page for more information.

College and Department Updates


CASA posts an "International Experience" website

The website was launched as part of an effort to inform new students in four departments about required international experience prior to graduation:
  • The School of Journalism and Mass Communication     
  • The Valley Foundation School of Nursing   
  • The Department of Occupational Therapy
  • The School of Information
Visit the website to learn more about the new requirement for an international experience prior to graduation from those four programs.  The site provides details about the program and suggests types of study abroad that are acceptable.  You'll also find contact information for advisers who will be able to answer additional questions.

Hospitality Professors Host Conference on Developing Danang Hospitality and Tourism in Vietnam

Dr. Tsu-Hong Yen, the chair of the San José State University Hospitality Management department, and Professor Kate Sullivan co-hosted a conference in Danang, Vietnam in December. The department was invited to participate in the Duy Tan University Hospitality Management conference on the future of international tourism and hospitality in Danang.

Download an Interactive Copy of JMC’s  Shift Magazine

Shift magazine, the student-run news magazine focused on innovation for the common good is now available for the first time through iTunes.
The new delivery system was made possible by professor Tom Ulrich who worked with Adobe on the necessary software. Click here to download

Elaine Chin Reappointed Dean of the Connie L. Lurie College of Education

The report was prepared by an 8 member review committee and was based on input gathered from faculty, students, staff, administrators and community members. Provost Feinstein commented, “The Committee recommended Dean Chin’s re-appointment. Respondents to the survey noted her competent leadership and effective efforts in planning, curricular development and resource management. I would personally add that she has excelled as an outstanding team player in Academic Affairs."

Watch SJSU Basketball with the Provost

Come and sit with Provost Andy Feinstein and your colleagues for Men’s Basketball, Saturday, February 21,at 7:00 pm and/or Women’s Basketball, Wednesday, February 25 at 7:00 pm.

Bring your families for a fun evening! Contact Beth Von Till to arrange for (free) tickets.

Research Foundation Key Word List – Research Opportunity Alerts

If you have not yet registered for or updated your key word list with the SJSU Research foundation, you could be missing some important research and grant opportunities.
The SJSU Research Foundation Funding Alert System uses a database that matches faculty interests with external funding opportunities collected from various sponsoring agencies, and then sends email notifications to faculty subscribers based on the keywords they provide. A keyword represents a faculty member’s topic of research or development. Faculty who are interested in receiving alerts regarding funding opportunities may subscribe to the SJSU Research Foundation Funding Alert System. To do so, please complete and email the Funding Alert System Keyword Selection and Subscription Form to

To keep our service focused on specific areas of interest, subscribers are asked to include a brief description of their research interest and limit their choices to approximately ten keywords. The subscription form with sign up instructions and current list of keywords are located on the SJSU Research Foundation website on the Funding Alert System—Keyword Selection and Sign-up webpage. Subscribers may also suggest subject areas that are not included in the current list of keywords, by emailing suggestions to

For questions, please contact Brenda Swann or Carmina Som

Kay Armstrong Center for Communicative Disorders

Serving the Community and the Campus 

Located in Sweeney Hall, the Kay Armstrong Center for Communicative is part of the Communicative Disorders Department and serves pediatric and adult populations. It provides much-needed cost effective services for clients with speech articulation deficits such as stuttering, neurological impairments, developmental delays, and transgendered voice.  KACCD serves both the SJSU and diverse south bay communities. Students, faculty, staff and local residents are welcome to inquire about clinic services.
Referrals are accepted at any time. The clinic typically provides 4,089 visits per year, some are one -time diagnostic visits while most clients are participating in ongoing therapy. The clinic also provides screening out in the community for hearing and pre-school language at local preschools or medical offices. Clients learn about the clinic through word, of mouth and other therapists.
The student clinicians are 1st year graduate students working under supervision. In addition to classes specific to the field, they learn the basic fundamentals of time management, documentation and the practical aspects of therapy. They also learn to work with exciting new developments in the specialty clinics  such as the Augmentation and Alternative Communication clinic which works with devices similar to that used by Stephen Hawking. Funds for a state-of-the-art lab were donated by Marian Cilkes.

The KACC clinic’s main purpose is to provide a 2-year training program for graduate students, providing approximately 40 trained graduates each year.  To become certified clinicians, graduates must have completed a master’s degree, a prxis test, a clinical fellowship for one year and pass all requirements for the ASHA national certificate and state licensing boards.
For more information check the website or contact the director, Carlin Graveline or Department Chair, Michael Kimbarow.
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