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Faculty Affairs Update

Office of the ProvostApr 18, 2016

Greetings Colleagues,

Here are some faculty development events and other opportunities I'd like to share with you:   

Pre-tenure Faculty Meeting with the Promotions and Tenure Committee
This Thursday, April 21, 5:30 p.m. in the Regents Room. We will be meeting with representatives from the University Promotions and Tenure Committee. Look for an Outlook invitation in your email, or please RSVP to Erika Greet at 209.946.2551 or so that we can plan for lunch accordingly.  

"First Generation" Faculty Members Sought
Chris Goff, Assistant Provost for Diversity, and I and are looking for faculty members who were the first in their families to attend college as part of a new program to provide mentoring to first-generation students, and so that we also can provide professional development support to first-generation faculty members. If you are one of these faculty members and would like to be involved in this program, please fill out this web form. Please contact Chris Goff ( or me ( to learn more.

Mentoring Update
As we look to welcoming our new faculty in August, I would like to provide each new faculty member with a mentor in an area they identify as a need. We all know that it takes a network of mentors for mentoring to be most effective. Please take a moment to consider if there is an aspect of faculty life (e.g., teaching, time management, academic life, work-life balance, etc.) in which you would be willing to mentor a new faculty member. If so, please fill out this form to request to be a mentor.   

April 28: Faculty Retirement Reception - RSVPs Sought
The Provost and the Emeriti Society invite you to attend a reception on April 28, 5 - 6:30 p.m. in the DUC Ballroom, to celebrate our faculty who are transitioning to a new phase of life. Over the years, some of our retiring faculty members have expressed a desire to have a broader, more inclusive event to allow greater participation of their colleagues, family and friends. So while we have traditionally hosted a dinner for retiring faculty, this year in conjunction with the Emeriti Society, we will host a reception and invite you to attend and celebrate your retiring colleagues (not all of whom will be able to attend):

  • Linda Carter, McGeorge School of Law
  • Katie Golsan, College of the Pacific
  • Ash Brown, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Henry Sun, School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • David Nielsen, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry
  • Alan Ray, College of the Pacific  

Please RSVP by next Monday, April 25, to Erika Greet at 209.946.2551 or so that we can plan accordingly.

Call for Papers
The Latin American Studies Program invites essays from Pacific faculty that direct their focus on the City of Stockton from their own discipline perspective for a book of interdisciplinary essays, Stockton: Dialogues on the Delta, to be published in 2017. The Program is looking for original research essays that are to be read by a wider audience and shed light on historical, economical, political, scientific, and educational issues or any other aspect related to the city of Stockton.  

The essays can be by an individual professor, or could also be the result of research done in a class. The Latin American Studies program will provide $250 for the production of the essay that can be used for research materials. The deadline for the 250-word abstract is May 30, 2016. The deadline to complete the project is March 30, 2017. Please send your proposal and/or questions to Martín Camps, Director of Latin American Studies and Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures Department, at


Berit Gundersen
Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs

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