June 25, 2018 - The Record

Hats off to you! For all that you do!

Employee Appreciation Day
20 Years 5 Years
Eiman Mahmoud Victor Nuño
Theodore Wong Shona Mookerjee
James Binkerd Joy Dugan
David Evans Kimberly Pepper
  Zachary Shapiro
10 Years Raymond Nottie
Annette Alborg Ro Lobianco
Barbara Puder Rachel Ybanez
Richard Wittman Alesia Wagner
Jennifer Abueg Anda Sniedze
Leanna St. John Kelan Thomas
Justin Heard Clipper Young
Shin Murakami Ann Stoltz
Elchonon Tenenbaum Adrian Wong
Patricia Shane Leroy Lee Jr.
Pamela Redmond Moises Velasco-Alin
Ingrid Lopes Bridget Canfield
Guangyan Zhou Sarah Passage

On Friday, June 8, staff, faculty, and administration from across the campus gathered at the Grove to celebrate Employee Appreciation Day! Embarking upon the University’s 21st year, employees supped and cupped amidst decorations inspired by Dr. Seuss. Players from the Vallejo Admirals also joined the festivities, displaying their prowess in the three-legged race and the tug of war.

“The recent Employee Appreciation Day Event was well attended, and could not have taken place without the hard work of event committee members Pawan Sahota, Kathy Lowe, Charity Yamada, and Brigida Perez,” says Robert Ficken, Director of Human Resources. “It was rewarding to have so many faculty and staff receive awards for length of their service.  Our DCS team did a wonderful job of preparing great food for us to enjoy, and our Facilities team worked hard to setup the event and take it all down when the event happened.”

Congratulations to all who have reached their 5, 10 and 20 year milestones!

See more photos from the celebration here!

New Students Welcomed by the College of Pharmacy

The College of Pharmacy hosted its first "New Student Mixer" on the evening of Tuesday, June 5th, with a warm reception for the class of 2022. About 100 incoming students and their families came to Lander Hall to learn about the academic experience that lies ahead and discover the resources that will be available to them as students. Current students (P1s) and alumni of the College of Pharmacy sat on panels to share their experiences, giving advice and perspective to those who are ready to follow on their path.

Welcome New Students to the College of Pharmacy!
Incoming students of the College of Pharmacy Class of 2022
Huy Le (L) and Nathalie Yang (R)

“The session was more informative because the P1s are able to tell what they went through,” says Nathalie Yang, incoming COP student. "My biggest concern about the year ahead was the oral exam that takes place in the spring semester, but they made it sound doable."

The newest additions to the College of Pharmacy were also able to hear about learning strategies and career development; have their questions answered by student health, financial aid, and admissions; go over the housing options available for the area; and discuss faculty research opportunities with faculty.

"Time management is very important for the new students because most Pharmacy Programs have three years of classroom lectures and one year of clinical rotations,” explains Dr. Kevin Ita, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the College of Pharmacy. “But in Touro University California, Pharmacy students will have two years of classroom lectures and two years of rotations. The additional year of clinical rotations will help them to hone their clinical skills better, and this is why we find that most of our alumni excel in their residencies and other pharmacy positions."

See more from the New Student Mixer here!

Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching: Nine Steps to Supporting Faculty

The Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching (CILT) was established at the beginning of this year to fulfill the goals of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. As Director of the CILT, Dr. Jim O'Connor, Professor and Founding Dean Emeritus of the College of Education and Health Sciences, has put a series of nine steps into motion that will achieve the center’s goal of providing support for new and current faculty. To meet the vision of the Strategic Plan, for which Dr. O'Connor was Committee Chair, CILT support will especially help those who come with primarily clinical experience to develop and increase their understanding of pedagogy. By working to create a critical mass of faculty who have upgraded their knowledge of student education, the Center for Innovative Learning and Teaching is laying down the pathways for TUC’s growth and improvement. 

1. Perform a Campus Needs Assessment Report

The first step of the CILT has been to engage in a listening tour across TUC and TUN to learn and assess the unique pedagogical needs of each academic program. The tour has also gathered insight from other universities, including UC Berkeley, Sonoma State, and San Francisco State, to gain an appreciation for their scopes of work. The needs assessment is nearing completion, having been conducted from January to July 1st of this year.

2. Establish the Center Advisory Committee

The CILT is also establishing an advisory committee composed of faculty across TUC’s programs, ensuring that all programs receive representation.

3. Develop a Center for Innovative Learning Website

The Center is in the process of developing a new website to provide ideas, expertise, and evidence-based best practices for higher education. The site will help faculty to develop strategies for designing classes with best practices for teaching and assessments, all focused on improving the quality of student learning.

4. Mentoring and Resources for New Faculty

A wealth of pedagogical resources will be made available to TUC’s new faculty, including direct mentoring, ensuring that those who come from the medical world are able to fully apply their knowledge to leading the classroom.

“We want faculty to feel welcomed and unthreatened to come to us to improve their teaching and get feedback on ideas they might try,” says Dr. O’Connor.

5. Effective Peer Formative Evaluations

The CILT will support annual, mandatory peer observation, providing faculty the opportunity to observe and provide feedback to their peers on how teaching can be improved. With a focus on effective peer formative evaluations, faculty can learn how to give the best feedback to improve student learning outcomes.

6. Collect Course Syllabi Electronically

In the move from paper to electronic syllabi, gathering syllabi across programs will identify objectives and ensure that important pedagogical elements are not overlooked.

“The more active students are engaged, the more likely they are to be motivated rather than passive receptors of information,” says Dr. O’Connor. “You do this by giving them choices on how to demonstrate their knowledge and ensuring that students feel connected with other students.” 

7. Pedagogically Support Interprofessional Education Across Campus

By collecting and offering pedagogical information, the CILT will support leadership for the campus interprofessional education initiatives that already take place across TUC’s programs.

8. Oversee and Support the Campus Transition from BlackBoard to Canvas

In the shift from one student learning platform to another, The Center is seizing the opportunity to improve quality of faculty pedagogy, helping learning become more active and discussion-based while reducing the reliance on lecture and Powerpoint. The Center also encourages students to watch videos of lectures beforehand so that discussion and clarifications can be made in class.

9. The Implementation of Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) Courses in Effective Teaching Practices for Faculty

Through Canvas, faculty can enroll into a 29-unit program, culminating in a Certificate of in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE). ACUE’s Course in Effective Teaching Practices prepares college educators to implement all of the essential practices shown to improve student outcomes.

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This issue does not contain medical advice. It is for educational purposes only. It does not represent the views of Touro University California.