Info for Faculty

  • More Info About:

  • Spring Break

    Spring Break will continue as planned, from March 29-April 4. Class instruction should not take place during Spring Break. Campus will be closed in observance of Cesar Chavez Day on March 31.

  • Instructional Continuity Planning

    The Office of Academic Technology has prepared a website, "Emergency Remote Teaching Guidelines": https://at.csudh.edu/remote_guidelines.html. Please see the Pre-Planning Preparation Tips below for more resources. Academic Technology has developed hyperlinks that will connect you to relevant information, including a series of Blackboard/Academic Technology Open Lab and Zoom-based workshop sessions designed to assist you.

    If you have been assigned to teach this semester, you have automatic access to our Blackboard Learning Management System.

    Technology Resources

    Hundreds of laptops have been made available for check-out by students, faculty, and staff through the Technology Loaner Program. Additional equipment will continue to be added over the coming weeks to address critical university instructional and operational needs.

    To secure personal and university equipment, visit: www.csudh.edu/it/security/be-secure.

    To set up various secure connectivity and access, as well as find links for software application access, visit: www.csudh.edu/alert/technology-resources.

  • Pre-Planning Preparation Tips

    • Practice accessing Blackboard from home (https://toro.csudh.edu);
    • Upload syllabus, content, assignments into Blackboard if you have not already done so;
    • Establish a complete and frequently updated grade book;
    • Academic Technology will host a series of open lab and workshop sessions to utilize our technology tools to facilitate instruction online;
    • Consult Remote Teaching Guidelines FAQs;
    • Blackboard/Academic Technology Tutorials for faculty and students are available at https://at.csudh.edu/docs/;
    • Adjust attendance policies so as not to penalize students who become ill or are placed under quarantine;
    • CSUDH has a laptop loan program for students and faculty. Please let your students know they can register for the program at https://techloaner.csudh.edu/.

    Please remember that our students look to you not only as mentors but also as role models. As we plan for potential COVID-19 impact, we need to remember that we are a welcoming, equity-minded community that respects all cultures and communities. We ask that you make every effort to accommodate students and their needs at this time.

  • Faculty Resource Sharing via Blackboard

    In an effort to provide assistance to faculty as we transition to an Alternative teaching environment, the Faculty Development Center (FDC), in conjunction with Office of Academic Technology, has created a one-stop resource to address all of your alternative teaching questions and concerns. Through the FDC Blackboard site, faculty have access to a variety of features, including:

    • Access to our appointment calendar to schedule one-on-one meeting with Faculty-Peer Facilitators for Advisory Consultations to assist in transitioning your F2F courses to an Alternative teaching modality.
    • Discussion Forum threads concerning faculty needs, available resources and one for Urgent Concerns.
    • FDC Lesson sign-ups and Faculty Resource Content.
      Blackboard Information and Tutorials.
      Online Teaching Resource Links (including info on 3rd party apps, like: Zoom, Doodle, Slack and Google Voice).
    • Personnel, Support and Wellness resources for faculty.
    • Official CSUDH COVID-19 Policy memos.

    Please take advantage of these resources over the coming days as classes resume using an alternative teaching modality. Please begin to use the discussion forums as the primary medium in which to post any questions, or address any issues, that you may have concerns about. The FDC will make every effort to respond to your requests in a quick and timely matter.

    Faculty may access the site by logging into Blackboard.

  • More Resources for Remote Teaching

  • Lecture Capture @ DHTV (Location: Welch Hall D114)

    Because of the face-to-face class cancellations, several instructors have requested access to DHTV to do bulk studio recordings of their lectures. DHTV is offering lecture recording time on a first-come, first-serve basis for any instructor who would like to record in a studio setting. If you are interested, please click the link below to book time in the studio.

    Lecture Capture @ DHTV Signup Page

  • Paychecks

    Pay advisements (or direct deposit stubs) will not be distributed, and will be held until normal campus operations resume for distribution through departments.

    Employees who receive "live" paychecks can opt to have their check mailed. Employees can also authorize another person to pick up checks on their behalf. To use either of these options, complete the Paycheck Distribution Request form [PDF] and email it to payrollservices@csudh.edu no later than March 25, 2020.

    • It is imperative that employees update current home or mailing address information at the MyCSUDH Portal to ensure we have correct addresses.

    “Live” paychecks may be picked up at the CSUDH Cashier’s Office (Welch Hall B-270) on the following days:

    • Thursday 3/19/2020 and Friday 3/20/2020, 10am-noon for student employee paychecks and staff overtime/pay differential checks
    • Monday, 3/30/2020, for employee regular monthly paycheck pickup as follows:
      • Noon - 2pm for employee last names starting with A - K
      • 2pm - 4pm for employee last names starting with L - Z
      • Please arrive during the assigned times identified above by last name in support of minimizing lines and social distancing.
    • Wednesday, 4/15/2020, noon - 2pm for student employee paychecks and staff overtime/pay differential checks
    • Thursday, 4/16/2020, 9am - 11am for student employee paychecks and staff overtime/pay differential checks
    • Thursday, 4/30/2020, noon - 2pm for employee regular monthly paycheck pickup

    You must bring your CSUDH or government-issued ID to receive your paycheck.

    Employees are also encouraged to sign up for direct deposit by submitting a completed Direct Deposit Form to payrollservices@csudh.edu.

  • Campus Services and Facilities Updates

  • Access to Space

    For this current week of March 23, 2020, your access to your offices, laboratories, and classrooms should continue as it always has. You may need help to get into certain buildings. See the directions under the "Brief Visits" section, below. However, beginning Monday, March 30, your access may be restricted as follows:

    Faculty Offices

    There will be no change to your access to private offices. However, the shared faculty touchdown spaces in the Classroom Village will be locked and unavailable for use.

    General Purpose Classrooms

    Beginning Monday, March 30, these will be locked and unavailable for use.

    Laboratories and Other Specialized Instructional Spaces

    Beginning Monday, March 30, these will be locked and unavailable for use, with very limited exceptions for faculty and individual students who need access for video production and postproduction, protecting live experimental subjects, on-camera demonstrations for classes, or maintaining specialized equipment. Please view this list of rooms that will be open for these purposes, and the employees authorized to enter them [PDF]. If you believe you should be added to this list, please contact your college dean.

    Brief Visits to Campus After March 30

    • If you need brief entry to pick something up, then you should bring your employee identification and allow time for someone to come unlock the door for you when you get here. Try to bundle your trips: each time you enter a building and room, custodians need to go in after you to disinfect it./li>
    • The best time to come to campus is between 8:00 am and 3:00 pm on weekdays. When you get here call facilities at 310-243-3804 to summon the locksmith.
    • For access after hours, please contact the campus police at 310-243-3639.
    • During either time period, if what you're picking up is valuable enough to be tagged with an Asset Management Number (e.g. university-owned scanners, printers, etc.), then you should first complete a Property Loan Form [PDF].
    • Give the completed and signed form to the person who unlocks your office. Both facilities and the campus police will have a supply of these forms for employees without a printer at home.
    • Note that when you bring IT equipment off campus, you don't bring IT Support with you. Take only the pieces you’re confident you can install and maintain without help.
  • University Library

    The library building will be closed for reasons of health and safety and the university’s ability to maintain continued sanitation measures.

    More updates will be posted on the Library website.

    Librarians and library staff are available via chat, email, and text to support and assist students with their resource needs. Assistance and resources available online.

  • Toro Computer Lab

    The computer lab on the first floor of the Library (LIBG-149) will be open with restricted hours to provide essential computer and WIFI access to those who do not have technology to manage their academic or co-curricular endeavor during these times:

    • Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Saturday - Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • What is "Essential Research" at CSUDH?

    In the March 17 memorandum from President Parham, the following statement is made: “The campus is not closed, although some services may not be available. As we assess our capacity to render services, the university will sustain essential facility, security, information technology, vivaria, farm, greenhouse, and research operations, and the like, as well as financial and business operations.”

    As a reminder, personal health and safety is the most important consideration; there is no research work that takes place at CSUDH more important than the health of the community. Beyond that, CSUDH defines “essential research” as research that:

    1. Directly benefits students working toward their degrees (such as thesis work);
    2. The interruption of which will cause immediate or long-term, foreseeable harm to research subjects (human or animal) if not allowed to continue;
    3. The interruption of which will cause immediate or long-term, foreseeable damage to equipment in the custodial care of CSUDH if not allowed to continue; or
    4. The interruption of which will cause immediate or long-term, foreseeable damage to the reputation of CSUDH if not allowed to continue.

    The University will make every reasonable attempt to ensure that research falling into one of the above categories is maintained at least at the minimum level needed to prevent harm or damage. There is a great deal of research, scholarship, and creative activity (RSCA) taking place on our campus that does not fit into one of these four categories.

    Among the factors that will determine the ability of CSUDH to continue to support such work are:

    1. Compatibility with “social distancing”
    2. Resource requirements: Physical (lab/studio space), IT, financial, etc.
    3. Travel requirements
    4. Personnel requirements

    Inquiries about specific projects will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Projects that cannot continue which are externally-supported will have the support of the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs when communicating with funding agencies; several of these have already issued statements regarding the present situation, and are aware of the difficulties faced by us and others. Internally-funded RSCA projects will receive reasonable consideration for delays incurred due to the current situation.

    During this time, the Office of Sponsored Research and Programs remains open. Like many other members of the CSUDH Community, our staff are available to assist you remotely via email or zoom. For faculty members needing proposal development assistance, video conferencing via zoom is available upon request. Please continue to work with your assigned research administrator as you normally would.

    Questions may be referred to Gillian Fischer, Director of Sponsored Research and Programs, or John Price, Interim Dean of Graduate Studies and Research.

  • Statements to Faculty (most to least recent)

  • March 27, 2020: Teaching Remotely Quick Reference

    To: CSUDH Faculty
    From: Emily Magruder, Ph.D., Director of CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning

    Dear Colleagues,

    As the CSU and institutions of higher education across the country and the world have quickly pivoted to virtual instruction, the faculty development community has generated a tremendous amount of resources.

    The Institute for Teaching and Learning and the CSU Faculty Development Council have created this quick reference for Teaching Remotely During Disruption. It is adapted from one of the many guides for online teaching that the faculty development community has generously shared, and it incorporates what we have learned so far as faculty across our system keep teaching and supporting our students during this disruption.

    This quick reference is intended to help instructors decide which strategies and approaches to try at this unprecedented moment.

    We have a tremendous amount to learn together. Suggestions for improving this guide can be emailed to csuitl@calstate.edu.

    Sincerely,

    Emily 

  • March 20, 2020: Alternative Instruction Begins Monday, March 23

    To: CSUDH Faculty
    From: Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Dear Colleagues,

    Thank you for your resilience, flexibility, and dedication. We’ll be counting on you to balance access with quality as we seek to finish the semester for the greatest possible number of students.

    Based on President Parham's message on March 17th, some things are now clear:

    We will not resume face-to-face instruction this spring.

    • We will not resume face-to-face instruction this spring.Instead, we will be employing "alternative instruction," which connotes a wide range of delivery options (e.g., online, virtual, synchronous, asynchronous, etc.) for the rest of the term.
    • Our response to the pandemic is at an inflection point. Going forward, expect more communication from your department chairs and deans as we navigate a variety of instruction-related issues.
    • As we move into this next phase, safeguarding the integrity of our degrees is more important than ever. This means making appropriate, discipline-based decisions about optimizing our available resources.

    For the last week or so I’ve been in twice-daily meetings with the President and other members of the Cabinet, and daily meetings with your deans and associate deans. We’ve also received frequent direction from the system and state levels. Given the sobering news we received from Governor Newsom and Mayor Garcetti last evening, the "Safer at Home" emergency order is a reminder of how serious our situation is, but it's not unexpected. It's just the latest in a series of tightening restrictions, and it probably won't be the last.

    But remember, we've essentially been preparing for this over the past week. All your hard work during this pause in instruction is more important now than ever.

    Faculty are pulling together to make the best of our new reality. I’ve especially appreciated your messages on the campus listservs, and the way you’ve outlined your messages to students. We should prepare for heightened scrutiny of this unusual semester. As faculty, you should consider how you’d like to handle your tenure and promotion clock, perceived teaching evaluations, and open recruitments. Faculty Affairs and Development, CFA, and your deans and department chairs can help address any questions or concerns you have.

    In the same spirit, students will want to know they're fairly evaluated. If you haven’t already, you might take note of your students’ grades as of March 12, before we suspended face-to-face instruction. Frequent grading and feedback have always been an educational best practice; its value is even higher now. Above all, we’ll be counting on you to remind our students they can do this. In lives already busy and stretched thin, many will see these new pressures as a reason to give up – out of stress, confusion, or exhaustion. We have to be there for them and each other.

    As we prepare for next week, I wanted to share a contribution from my 17-year-old daughter Sophia who was inspired to create the message below--and appearing on the sidewalk in front of our home. (She was lamenting a lost senior year in high school with all of the canceled events and missed opportunities to connect with close friends.)

    Chalk message: We are all in this together

    Instruction begins again on Monday. We know what’s at stake. Let’s do this!

    Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for all you do to ensure the educational success of our students.

    Michael E. Spagna
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • March 12, 2020: Instructional Continuity

    To: CSUDH Faculty
    From: Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Dear Colleagues,

    Consistent with President Parham’s message to the campus community yesterday (March 11, 2020), I wanted to provide some options to consider as we explore opportunities to engage in alternative instruction starting next week on Wednesday, March 18th. In assembling this information, our deans, associate deans, chairs, and faculty have contributed many of these ideas, and I encourage our entire academic community to continue to work collaboratively towards ensuring that we maintain the highest quality of instruction going forward.

    First and foremost, "alternative instruction" does not imply that all educational activities need to be converted or adapted to online learning; instead, alternative instruction offers a broader range of delivery options, including online, virtual, synchronous, asynchronous, and a myriad of other instructional models.

    As we engage in thinking about how we might prepare for such alternative delivery of instruction, I have synthesized a list of ideas and suggestions from a variety of sources, including the incredible expertise of our colleagues. This list is by no means exhaustive, and I will continue to post additional articles, instructional resources, etc. on our alert page (https://www.csudh.edu/alert/) under the heading of “For Faculty: Instructional Continuity Planning.” One of the better pieces recently appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education, entitled “Going online in a hurry: What to do and where to start” (see https://www.chronicle.com/article/Going-Online-in-a-Hurry-What/248207).

    A Working List of Guiding Principles for Alternative Instruction:

    1. Communicate with your students routinely and frequently. Be available by email, BlackBoard, and video conferencing. State our shared commitment to students often and without equivocation. Take time to listen to students and respond.

    2. Start by reviewing your course learning outcomes. How can these be achieved without meeting in person? Think outside the box. Be creative and don’t be afraid to experiment.

    3. Crowdsource your strategy. We already have a wealth of instructional expertise right here at CSUDH. Additionally, faculty at our sister CSUs and around the country are experiencing the same challenges. Use your disciplinary contacts and CSU colleagues to build a network. Google docs and digital crowdsourcing platforms are rapidly expanding—learn from your colleagues and contribute your own good ideas.

    4. If in-person instruction is unavoidable or if students need to come to campus to use labs or equipment, consider strategies to reduce their time on campus. Reduce group sizes and stagger hours. Additionally, when considering alternatives to offering laboratory classes in a face-to-face format, think about using online simulations, instructor demonstrations (possibly live via Zoom) and videos to convey knowledge and concepts that address student learning objectives, which, when combined with previous hands-on experience during the semester, may be sufficient.

    5. Take advantage of existing digital resources — both internal and external to the campus. That includes resources from publishers, online videos, podcasts, and more.

    6. Retool your pedagogy. We have already provided a schedule of upcoming Academic Technology workshops under the heading of “More resources,” on the aforementioned “For Faculty” section of the CSUDH alert page. Additionally, consider opportunities to explore best practices for modifying assignments by conducting internet searches using terms such as alternative online assignments.

    7. Remember: You are already an effective instructor. That’s why you work at CSUDH! And now is the time to demonstrate your strengths.

    Thank you for your commitment to academic excellence here at CSUDH, and please accept my gratitude for your dedication to our students and their educational success.

    Michael E. Spagna
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

  • March 9, 2020: Instructional Continuity

    To: CSUDH Faculty
    From: Michael E. Spagna, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Dear Colleagues,

    In order to respond to and make preparations for instructional continuity due to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), we need to ensure that CSU Dominguez Hills faculty are prepared for the possibility that our campus community may be impacted in the coming weeks and months.

    As you know, the situation with COVID-19 is fluid and is changing by the hour and day. This email is likely to be only the first in a series that addresses instructional and educational continuity plans in the event that it is recommended that we move to instructional alternatives, as Stanford University and the University of Washington did last week. Academic Affairs is working collaboratively with Information Technology and its Office of Academic Technology to ensure support for faculty, staff, and students.

    Given the current circumstances, we ask you to be ready to move your class meetings, assignments, and exams to our online environment. We recommend that departments and colleges discuss the best and appropriate approaches for their disciplines and discipline-based pedagogy. We also ask you to work together for our students' success and safety.

    The Office of Academic Technology has prepared a website, "Emergency Remote Teaching Guidelines": https://at.csudh.edu/remote_guidelines.html. Please see thePre-Planning Preparation Tipsbelow for more resources. Academic Technology has developed hyperlinks that will connect you to relevant information, including a series of Blackboard/Academic Technology Open Lab and Zoom-based workshop sessions designed to assist you. We have also included PDFs of the FAQs for Faculty and the Academic Technology workshop schedule in this email.

    All of this information can be found under the heading "Instructional Continuity Planning" at the following link: https://www.csudh.edu/alert/. Please add this link to your bookmarks in order to follow regular updates that we will be posting in the coming days and weeks.

    If you have been assigned to teach this semester, you have automatic access to our Blackboard Learning Management System.

    Pre-Planning Preparation Tips:

    • Practice accessing Blackboard from home (https://toro.csudh.edu);
    • Upload syllabus, content, assignments into Blackboard if you have not already done so;
    • Establish a complete and frequently updated grade book;
    • Academic Technology will host a series of open lab and workshop sessions to utilize our technology tools to facilitate instruction online;
    • Consult Remote Teaching Guidelines FAQs;
    • Blackboard/Academic Technology Tutorials for faculty and students are available at https://at.csudh.edu/docs/;
    • Adjust attendance policies so as not to penalize students who become ill or are placed under quarantine;
    • CSUDH has a laptop loan program for students and faculty. Please let your students know they can register for the program at https://techloaner.csudh.edu/.

    Please remember that our students look to you not only as mentors but also as role models. As we plan for potential COVID-19 impact, we need to remember that we are a welcoming, equity-minded community that respects all cultures and communities. We ask that you make every effort to accommodate students and their needs at this time.

    Once more, for up-to-the-minute news of the CSUDH response, we encourage you to visit https://www.csudh.edu/alert/.

    Although the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has presented a multitude of challenges for us as an educational community, the Toro Nation will be up to the task, working collaboratively to ensure the health and safety of our community and the educational success of our students.

    Michael E. Spagna
    Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Charles E. Thomas
    Associate Professor of Business Law Chair of the Academic Senate

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