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Northern California Pre-Tenure Faculty Forum:

Publishing and Networking

Sponsored by The Office of the Assistant Provost for Diversity

Co-sponsored by The Benerd School of Education, the College of the Pacific, the Conservatory and the Center for Teaching and Learning

April 26, 2012
University of the Pacific

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NOON-5pm with reception following

Welcome - Assistant Provost for Diversity, Arturo Ocampo and Dr. Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner, Pacific Faculty Mentoring Program Fellow and author of Diversifying the Faculty: A Guidebook for Search Committees

Opening Luncheon Plenary Presentation
Dr. Gloria Holguín Cuádraz
Arizona State University

Editor Sessions:
Dr. Yang Kuang, Journal of Mathematical Biosciences nd Engineering
Dr. Elizabeth Silva, PLoS ONE (science focused, peer-reviewed, online)
Dr. Scott Thomas, Journal of Higher Education
Dr. Denis Viri, Journal of American Indian Education

Q & A Editor and Opening Speaker Panel

Networking Mixer Reception


Opening Luncheon Plenary Presenter

Dr. Gloria Holguín Cuádraz is an Associate Professor of Sociology in the Division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies at Arizona State University.  She was born and raised in the rich, agricultural borderlands of the Imperial Valley, California.  Her higher education began at Imperial Valley Community College and completed at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She earned her doctorate in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993 and began her faculty career in the Department of American Studies at ASU in 1994. She publishes in the areas of Latina/os, higher education, and inequality, oral history, and feminist methods and testimonio.

She has three projects underway that personify her interdisciplinary interests in oral history, education, and Chicana/o studies.  Based on extensive oral history and ethnographic work, she explores questions of belonging in the Mexican community that once worked and lived in the Goodyear Farms labor camps of the former cotton company town of Litchfield Park, Arizona. Her manuscript in progress, Negotiated Belonging: Mexicans and the Making of Community in Arizona, is currently under review.  She is co-editing an anthology with Dr. Luis Plascencia, Arizona State University, In Sweat and Blood: Mexican Labor in Arizona, 1912-2012, which brings together significant scholarship, obscure published and unpublished writings, congressional testimonies, essays, and primary sources not readily available on Mexican-origin labor and their contributions to Arizona's economic development.  Her third project, in collaboration with Dr. Yolanda Flores, University of Vermont, is Rethinking Home: Testimonios from California's Agricultural Valles, which will consist of personal essays by individuals whose trajectories took them from their original homelands of the San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys to the public research university campuses of the University of California.

Plenary Presentation Title and Abstract

"Sculpting your Case Toward Tenure:
Some Conceptual and Practical Advice to Thrive"

This session will include a brief testimonio, an extensive presentation on strategies that result in publication (along with those that do not), and a built-in exercise to give faculty the opportunity to network with scholars for the purpose of publication in your field. The session will begin with Dr. Cuadraz' testimonio as it applies to her trajectory to achieve tenure. The second part will offer practical tips, steps, and strategies to obtain scholarly publications, while asking participants to explore their assumptions about the tenure process and the culture of the academy. The session will conclude with an opportunity for faculty to network with each other and identify areas of mutual interest, strengths, and avenues for publication.

Editor Session Goals

Each editor will talk briefly about the goals of their respective journals, what the editor(s) look for in submissions, and the publication process used by their journal for manuscript review including strategies scholars can use to increase the probability of a positive review and decrease the likelihood of rejection. Some more general observations about the range of review procedures used by scholarly journals will also be discussed. The session will also devote time to looking at submissions that were published in an issue of the journal after initial reviews that asked for revision. Comparing drafts, the kinds of critiques these essays received and the revisions these authors made will be discussed as hands on examples of what makes an essay ready for publication.  In addition, journal editor thoughts on what institutions might do to support publication of pre-tenure faculty work will be addressed.

Editor Presenters

Dr. Yang Kuang is a Professor of Mathematical Biology at Arizona State University since 1988. He entered the University of Science and Technology of China in 1980, at age 14, went to University of Oxford in 1984 for a M.Phil study and completed a Ph.D in mathematics in 1988 and became a mathematical professor at ASU at age 22. Yang Kuang has published over 130 refereed publications and authored and edited many books. He has directed a dozen Ph.D dissertations and many funded research projects in mathematical biology and medicine. He has served and continues to serve on many editorial boards of mathematical and biological journals. In addition, he has founded and continues to edit the journal of Mathematical Biosciences and Engineering (

He has given plenary mathematical research talks all over the world and organized many international mathematical biology and medicine meetings. He is well known for his pioneer work in application of delay differential equation in models of biology and medicine and his ongoing work in establishing solid foundation and framework to build accurate and dynamic rich population models that explicitly include resource quality dynamics. His more recent interest is to formulate scientifically well grounded and computationally tractable mathematical models to describe the rich and intriguing dynamics of various within host diseases and their treatments, including various types of cancer, diabetic diseases and virus induced diseases such as influenza and HBV. He hopes that these models will help speeding up
the much needed personalized medicine development.


Dr. Elizabeth Silva came to PLoS ONE directly from academia, via Canada and the UK, and most recently from a postdoctoral position at UCSF. Her research interests focused on using Drosophila as a model system to understand a variety of biological problems. Dr. Silva was drawn to PLoS for its innovative new approaches to scientific publishing. She is currently an Associate Editor with PLoS ONE, the largest and most interdisciplinary journal ever, and is very keen to share the philosophy of PLoS ONE and to discuss the future of research communication. 

 PLoS ONE is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication published by the Public Library of Science. PLoS ONE welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline. It provides:

  • Open-access-freely accessible online, authors retain copyright
  • Fast publication times
  • Peer review by expert, practicing researchers
  • Post-publication tools to indicate quality and impact
  • Community-based dialogue on articles
  • Worldwide media coverage 


Dr. Scott L. Thomas is a Professor and the Associate Dean in the School of Educational Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara and has held faculty positions at the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education, the University of Arizona's Center for the Study of Higher Education, and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (where he served as the founding director of the Hawaiʻi Educational Policy Center). His research focuses on issues of student success and stratification of opportunity in higher education. Scott is the editor in chief at the Journal of Higher Education, one of the premier journals in the field of higher education and he co-edits (with David Palfreyman and Ted Tapper of Oxford University) the book series International Studies in Higher Education (published by Taylor & Francis).


Dr. Denis Viri is Research Professor Emeritus and Editor Emeritus, Journal of American Indian Education in the School of Social Transformation, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Arizona State University.  Dr. Viri has worked in the field of Indigenous education for over 32 years, specializing in the application of anthropological field methods to the study of educational settings and contexts. In his 10-year career with the ASU Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University, he was also the Associate Editor and Editor of the Journal of American Education, which has been in continuous publication since 1961. Cuirrently he holds emeritus status within the Center for Indian Education and serves on a panel of Editors Emeriti for JAIE. In addition to extensive experience in grant application preparation and evaluation, Dr. Viri has published his work in the Bilingual Education Research Journal, Sociocultural Influences on Teacher Education, and the Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education.

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