Academic Freedom in Dangerous Times: A Panel Discussion

Panel Discussion Academic Freedom in Dangerous Times
This event, co-sponsored by the Tracy Seeley Center for Teaching Excellence and the Center for Research, Artistic and Scholarly Excellence, was moderated by Michael Rozendal (Rhetoric and Language) and featured Aysha Hidayatullah (Theology and Religious Studies), Brandi Lawless (Communications), and Stephen Zunes (Politics). The conversation focused on current issues in academic freedom and experiences online and on campus. Topics included the history of issues encountered at the University of San Francisco, university procedures and policy, discussing issues with students, and future developments.

Over 35 faculty and staff members attended this event. Afterward, CRASE created an interdisciplinary action group grant Academic Risk and Freedom in Dangerous Times a forum is planned on October 22, 2019

CRASE Pecha Kucha

Co-directors Saera Khan and Christine Yeh introduce the Pecha Kucha.
Photo: Shawn Calhoun

During this event, faculty presenters talked about their scholarly work in a highly visual and fast-paced Pecha Kucha style. Over fifty people attended the event on Thursday, September 6, 2018.

Byron Au Yong from Performing Arts and Social Justice, College of Arts and Sciences presented his recent work as a composer including Kindnapping Water: Bottled Operas and Stuck Elevator.

Lara Bazelon of School of Law shared the story of her recently published book Rectify: The Power of Restorative Justice After Wrongful Conviction.

Alessandra Cassar in Economics, College of Arts and Sciences challenged the idea that women are less competitive than men.

Barbara Sattler of the Masters in Public Health Program, School of Nursing and Health Professions discussed climate change and the Global Climate Action Summit.

Sumer Seiki in Teacher Education, School of Education shared projects to make science education more equitable.

Aparna Venkatesan in Physics and Astronomy, College of Arts and Sciences presented on elements that allow astronomers to study stars and galaxies.

Neil Walshe in Organization, Leadership and Communication, School of Management shared personal research on the Irish War of Independence.

Japantown Writing Retreat

Participants at the Writing Retreat

CRASE offered a writing retreat for full-time faculty to get a head start on their summer writing at the Hotel Kabuki in San Francisco Japantown. This was an opportunity for faculty to reflect on their writing process, develop a strategy for tackling their summer writing goals, and make progress on their writing. Each faculty member had the opportunity to share their writing goals for the summer and made substantial progress on a range of writing projects from articles to chapters to book proposals.  Faculty discussed their projects and research with their colleagues and had time to socialize over shared meals.

R Boot Camp: R Basics and Advanced

R is a free, user-friendly, statistical software program that is increasingly popular at universities and workplaces. The R Basics Boot Camp discussed topics including getting to know your data; cleaning your data; statistical tests such as correlation, chi square tests, T-tests, ANOVA, and regression; and plotting with R. The second day covered Advanced topics such as R packages ggplot2, reshape2, lmer, mediation, and lavaan.

This workshop was led by Dr. Lauren Howe. Feedback from the workshops was overwhelmingly positive.

The Write Stuff: Four Perspectives on the Writing Process

This workshop provided support to participants in honing their own writing process.  Lara Bazelon, Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice Clinic and Racial Justice Clinic; Brandon Brown, Professor, Physics; Dean Rader, Professor, English; and Desiree Zerquera, Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies shared their strategies and critical reflections on topics such as how to stay motivated, approaching different types of writing, writing habits, and revising your work. Afterward, faculty had the opportunity to continue the discussion in a social setting.

2018 Spring Break Online Writing Challenge

This community-oriented event connected USF faculty to meet writing goals by writing for 20–30 minutes a day from March 12 to 16. How it worked: participants signed up for the online writing challenge, received daily reminder emails with tips and tricks, write for 20–30 minutes a day, and shared their progress with others participating in the challenge.

Over the course of the Online Writing Challenge, participants wrote for over 7,940 minutes and wrote over 153,750 words.

No-Shame Qualitative Research Workshop

Diagram of Data Collection versus Data AnalysisThis workshop was designed for faculty who are familiar with qualitative research, through graduate school or from previous research experience, but need a refresher on key concepts and the latest data collection and data analysis methods. We discussed what methods to use based on your project question, goals and research paradigm. Some of the qualitative approaches  discussed and compared include: ethnography, case study, interviewing, grounded theory/open coding, discourse analysis, narrative analysis, and CBPR/PAR. Professor Evelyn Ho has taught qualitative research and led numerous interdisciplinary projects using qualitative methods.

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Turning Teaching into Publication

In this workshop, faculty learned different strategies for how to publish their pedagogical innovations. Faculty structured, developed, and began to draft their manuscripts ideas and received constructive feedback. Journals suitable for pedagogical publications were provided.

For more information, read Strategies for “Strategies for Turning your Teaching into Publication” by Saera Khan and “Four Steps for Writing about your Teaching Innovation” by Violet Cheung.

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“You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones!”: And 18 Other Myths About Teachers, Teachers’ Unions, and Public Education

Authors William Ayers and Rick Ayers

During this reading and conversation, authors William Ayers and Rick Ayers discussed their latest (2018) book, “You Can’t Fire the Bad Ones!”: And 18 Other Myths About Teachers, Teachers’ Unions, and Public Education. The authors explored the common narrative that blames teachers for everything from problems in education to poverty and other social ills. In addition to readings from the book, the authors shared experiences and insights from their decades as teachers, teacher educators, scholars, and community organizers.

All-Day Writing Event with Editor

During this All-Day Writing Event on Saturday, February 3, 2018, participants worked with an editor for a 20-minute session. While the editor focused on academic writing, participants submitted other work for feedback on style and structure. This event was co-sponsored by the School of Nursing and Health Professions.