The Provost's Message - October 11, 2017

The Provost's Message

October 11, 2017
Provost Lynn Mahoney

At its core, Cal State LA is an intellectual community comprised of faculty, staff, and students, and in the last couple of weeks alone, I have seen tremendous evidence of our strength and vibrancy. On October 9 two exhibits opened simultaneously in the Fine Arts Gallery. The Cal State LA Book Exhibition curated by Mika Cho, director of the Gallery, honored 70 years of faculty scholarship by highlighting more than 280 books authored by Cal State LA faculty. The breadth and depth of the books affirms the tremendous expertise of our faculty but represents only the tip of the iceberg as faculty regularly publish scholarly articles, mount creative exhibitions and performances, and attend national and international conferences—all evidence of a productive and thriving faculty. Also opening that evening was Revolutionizing the World? The Russian Revolution at Its Centenary 1917-2017 curated by Choi Chatterjee, Professor of History, in collaboration with the Getty Research Institute, the Wende Museum of the Cold War, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. Revolutionizing the World? connects academic scholarship with the visual artifacts of a revolution felt around the world and its continued political and visual legacies. I urge all to stop by the Fine Arts Gallery to see both exhibits.

Cal State LA regularly draws noted scholars from around the country and world. Democracy in Action recently hosted two distinguished scholars to campus in our ongoing conversation about hot topics related to current political events and climates. On September 28, Professor Jody Armour, the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California, engaged a standing-room only crowd in a discussion of “Words that Wound: Reconciling free speech with Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.” Understanding both the vital role of free speech in contemporary society and the differential impact and social consequences of “Words that Wound,” Professor Armour facilitated an intense discussion that demonstrated Cal State LA’s role at the center of hard but necessary conversations.

On October 5, Democracy in Action hosted Dr. Enrique Alemán, Jr., Professor and Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Texas, San Antonio, showed his documentary Stolen Education. The film highlights the educational inequities that persisted after the Supreme Court declared racial segregation unconstitutional in 1954 and celebrates the agency of the Chicanos and Chicanas who resisted and transformed public education in Texas. Dr. Alemán also spoke to a standing-room only crowd comprised not just of Cal State LA faculty, staff and students but dozens of students from local schools and members of the families who successfully challenged segregated education in Westminster, California in 1947—paving the way for Brown V. Board of Education the following decade.

These are just four of the many events, lectures, discussions, and films that Cal State LA hosted in just the last few weeks. Be sure to keep an eye on the Cal State LA’s events calendar!

Institutional Report Ready to Review

Cal State LA is in the middle of preparing for the next reaffirmation of accreditation review by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  For the last ten months, more than 30 faculty, staff, and administrators have been analyzing data to tell the Cal State LA story. A draft of the Institutional Report for the Reaffirmation of Accreditation—the core of the reaffirmation of accreditation process—is now ready for you to review. We encourage you to review it and join us at a town hall listed below to provide your feedback.

The town hall meeting focusing on “Student Success, Program Review and Assessment, and Sustainability” will be held on October 17 and repeated on October 30.

The town hall meeting focusing on “Meaning, Quality and Integrity of Cal State LA Degrees, Student Learning and Core Competencies” will be held on October 25 and repeated on October 26.

To RSVP for the town halls, please visit the following link:


CSGS Faculty Research Fellowship

The Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities announces an open competition for two CSGS Faculty Research Fellowships for work in the area of genders and sexualities. Although all topics concerning genders and sexualities are welcome, we are especially interested in research that explicitly takes up the study of genders and/or sexualities at the intersections of race, class, ability, nation, belief, or other dimensions. Engaged scholarship that involves collaboration with community-based agencies and/or that yields community-relevant results is also especially welcome, as is scholarship that involves and/or impacts CSU students.

Two awards will be granted. The award includes 3-units of release time. Release time will be taken in spring 2018. Presentations by the winners of the competition will be expected in fall 2018 or spring 2019, and the work will be highlighted on the CSGS website.

Deadline for faculty research proposals: Friday, November 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact Dr. Benjamin Bateman.

Download the proposal guidelines and application.

NSS Food Drive to Cal State LA

The College of Natural and Social Sciences is hosting a food drive to support the Cal State LA Food Pantry. Please bring non-perishable food items to any NSS Department Office or the NSS Dean's Office and place them in the blue bin. Here's a list of non-perishable food items to consider when donating to the food drive.


Contact the Office of the Provost with your comments and submissions.