Cal State San Bernardino held a grand opening ceremony on Sept. 27, for the newly created CSUSB Faculty Center for Excellence, designed to offer support to faculty in the areas of research, teaching and community engagement in a one-stop location located in the John M. Pfau Library, PL-4005.

“The Faculty Center for Excellence, or FCE, was developed by faculty for faculty,” said Shari McMahan, CSUSB provost and vice president for academic affairs. “It represents countless hours of work by a very diverse and collaborative team, and fulfills an important objective of CSUSB’s strategic plan. Specifically, it supports Goal 2 - to foster innovation, scholarship and discovery for faculty and staff success. What a great way to start the new academic year; our new Staff Development Center opened on Sept. 12.”

The CSUSB Faculty Center for Excellence provides space for faculty to gather and collaborate for facilitated professional development activities, and will have information on upcoming grant applications, conferences and other opportunities, said Cherstin Lyon, a CSUSB history professor and co-director of the center.

“The mission of the Faculty Center for Excellence is to provide coherent and comprehensive support for faculty to reach their personal and professional goals in the areas of research, scholarship, and creative activities; teaching; community engagement; and leadership,” Lyon said. “Our goal is to enhance the CSUSB faculty experience by fostering creativity, learning, inquiry, and exploration through community, collaboration, and collegiality in a diverse, equitable, and inclusive atmosphere.”

The FCE will:

  • Coordinate and provide professional development, mentoring, and funding to support faculty in research, scholarship, and creative activities; teaching; community engagement; and leadership;
  • Provide a welcoming space for faculty to gather for professional development, collaboration, networking and mutual support;
  • Provide an environment that values and promotes faculty initiative, exploration, innovation and advancement; and
  • Establish and maintain a central repository of information regarding resources and faculty professional activities.

The grand opening also featured the presentation of the Anthony Evans Professional Development Scholars awardees for Best Mini Grant Proposals by junior faculty. The awardees are:

  • Thomas Corrigan, assistant professor, College of Arts and Letters; Proposal – Dialogs on Methods in in the Political Economy of Communication
  • Daniel MacDonald, assistant professor, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences; Proposal – An Analysis of the Determinants of California’s Recent Wave of Out-Migration
  • Nancy Acevedo-Gil, assistant professor, College of Education; Proposal – College-Conocimiento: Developing an Engaging College Going Environment
  • Liang Guo, assistant professor, Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration; Proposal – Corruption, Governance, and Pension Fund; and
  • Monideepa Becerra, assistant professor, College of Natural Sciences; Proposal – Food insecurity and acculturation among Asian Americans

The event also included a kickoff meeting for scholarly writing led by Cynthia Crawford, a professor of psychology and the interim associate provost for academic research; Mark Agars, a professor of psychology; and Kelly Campbell,

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