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Weekly Wednesday Message

December 19, 2012

On behalf of the administration in Academic Affairs, I wish you and your family a safe, happy holiday season. Thank you for all of your contributions to our students and our university over the past year.

The Wednesday Message will resume in mid-January.


Seeking Faculty to Convert Classes to Online Format

The College of Continuing and Professional Education (CCPE) is seeking 25 CSULB faculty members to convert their Summer Session 2013 class to an online format. Faculty are encouraged to submit proposals to CCPE to the attention of Eric Bullard.

Before submitting proposals, faculty should first consult with their department chairs to ensure that the online course development is supported by the department, and the course, if selected, will be approved to be offered in Summer 2013. CCPE will review proposals between now and January 25. CCPE will consult with Department Chairs, Associate Deans, and Deans in the review process.

Faculty who are selected to participate will receive a $5,000 conversion stipend, and will work with CCPE’s Technology Enhanced Learning Center (TELC) to convert their face-to-face class offering to a 100% online format. TELC will provide all necessary instructional design and Desire2Learn Learning Management System support services to faculty. During Spring 2013, TELC will also conduct orientation and training sessions for faculty who are interested in offering courses online.

Selected faculty participants must commit to a project timeline, which will consist of working with a CCPE instructional designer beginning in mid-January through the spring semester. Faculty selected in this initiative will also be required to offer the converted online course during Summer Session 2013.

At this time, we are particularly looking for General Education and high demand courses appropriate for full online conversion. Classes that are converted to an online format for the self-support Summer Session may be utilized by departments during their fall and spring state supported semesters.

If you would like further consultation or need more information about this initiative, please contact Eric Bullard, Associate Dean, at Eric.Bullard@csulb.edu or 5-5496.

Effective January 1: Changes in Signature Authority & Transaction Routing on Grants/Contracts

Effective January 1, 2013, we are requiring all fund holders to use the new PeopleSoft (PS) chartfield codes and transaction forms in referencing G-, RS-, C- funds (previously 07-, 17-, and 37- accounts respectively). An email informing fund holders of this implementation date was sent back in mid-October together with attachments that cross referenced old general ledger (GL) codes to the new PeopleSoft chartfield strings. The crossover table between the old GL and PS chartfield codes as well as the PS Department code information and the new PS transaction forms can be found at the following websites:

Although the majority of fund holders have now been trained in generating reports for their funds using the Data warehouse, we will be providing additional training workshops in the New Year. Please email fishelpdesk@csulb.edu to request training.

In consultation with the Deans, Department Chairs, ASM’s, PI’s and the Division of Administration and Finance we are conferring privileges to Principal Investigators and fund holders to enable them to authorize certain activities on G-, RS-, C- funds.

These changes, which are detailed on the ORSP website, provide increased authority in executing low dollar purchases and other routine activities and transactions on grants and contracts including the authorization of expenditures, reimbursements, travel claims, hospitality expenses, payroll and the use of P-cards. These changes are intended to improve the efficiency of operations and transaction routing without risking the integrity of the internal control necessary for accountability. Please take the time to review the changes.

We are cognizant of the inconvenience that this conversion has caused and very much appreciate your patience and understanding as we go through this critical implementation period. To assist faculty through the transitional period, Carmen Flores has been temporarily assigned to ORSP to assist faculty with P-card applications and also compile claims for the following activities.

  • Authorized Travel Claims
  • P-card Reconciliation
  • Reimbursements
  • Hospitality expense and gift expenditures

Please phone or email Carmen to make an appointment (telephone X52202 or email Carmen.Flores@csulb.edu).

 

Faculty Research Incentive Awards


Academic Affairs and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs are pleased to announce two initiatives to support and promote research and scholarly activity.

All tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to submit proposals to these competitive programs. Electronic applications for both competitions are due Friday, February 1st 2013, by 5 pm. Awards will be announced March 11th 2013.

  • The Fall 2013- Spring 2014 Multidisciplinary Research Award: Aimed at developing meaningful collaborative projects between two or more researchers with complimentary expertise, the 2013-2014 multidisciplinary research competition provides awards ranging from $5,000 - $12,000 to develop and submit collaborative proposals to external sponsors for funding.
  • The Spring 2013 Faculty Research Stipend Award: Provides faculty stipends of $2,500 for proposal submission for major external funding (>$100,000 in direct funding). Applications to develop full proposals on any fundable topic are eligible. Proposals must be submitted via Cayuse 424 on or before September 30th 2013. Preference will be given to proposals submitted to Federal funding agencies in response to standing solicitations carrying full indirect costs.


Additional information on the application process, funding levels, eligibility and review criteria can be obtained from the ORSP website.


Please note that the availability of funds is contingent upon no further cuts in State funding being announced in the Governor’s Jan 10th economic forecast and financial address.

Call for Faculty Jurors: Student Research Competition


Earlier this month, we announced that the CSULB Student Research Competition will take place on Friday, February 22, 2013 giving graduate and undergraduate researchers and artists the chance to compete for honors and cash prizes in various disciplinary categories.

Now we are asking faculty to volunteer for potential “juror duty” the day of our campus competition (Friday, February 22, with a window of 12-5 pm). It is a great opportunity to see CSULB students present impressive research and creative activities undertaken through the mentorship of CSULB faculty.

If you are interested in volunteering for our “juror pool,” please RSVP to Tammy Sung at Tammy.Sung@csulb.edu or x54546 by Friday, January 25.

Please also encourage competitive students to participate in the competition. Additional information, including how students can enter the competition, is available online.

 

Wondering About Retirement?

Attend the “Understanding Your CalPERS Retirement Benefits” Workshop, presented by Benefits Services, to get answers!

The next workshop is Wednesday, January 9. Registration is required; seating is limited. To register or to find additional workshop dates, visit Benefits Services’ website.

 

Did You Know?

The College of Engineering has received a three-year, $500,000 matching grant from the Beavers Charitable Trust to establish an endowment for a Professor of Practice in Heavy Civil Construction.

The Beavers Professorship is designed to enhance interest in civil and construction engineering at CSULB and also to expand opportunities, most notably through student internships with Beaver-affiliated companies, for hands-on learning.

 

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