Faculty Scholarship (and Peer Review) Communities (FSCs)

Faculty Scholarship (and Peer Review) Communities is a pilot initiative designed to support faculty who are conducting research and scholarly activity by providing venues where faculty can come together across disciplines to engage with a shared topic, interest, or pursuit, and to offer peer review and advising on research projects. Each FSC is comprised of 5-20 faculty members who meet bi-weekly or monthly over the academic year. The aim of the FSCs is to offer a year-long collegial atmosphere of mutual professional development and support that will assist members in meeting their individual writing and research goals.

The application window has closed for this academic year. For questions about the FSC program, please contact Nancy Sweet at nsweet@csus.edu.

List of FSCs:

Interdisciplinary

Challenges and Opportunities of Qualitative Research
Qualitative research focuses on questions related to “how,” “what” and “why,” addressing them in great detail and via thick descriptions. These thick descriptions often incorporate the actual words, stories, and descriptions that research participants provide. The framing of this FSC is as “challenges and opportunities of qualitative research.” Potential challenges and opportunities covered in this FSC include but are not limited to 1) how qualitative methods are situated in a particular discipline (e.g., legitimate, marginalized), 2) how to generate research questions (e.g., deductively or inductively), 3) how to collect qualitative data, 4) how to analyze data (e.g., with or without theory, and with what tools), 5) how to write up qualitative research for publication and what venues are receptive to such research, and 6) how to identify funding for qualitative research. Participants will be asked to complete a research proposal or a manuscript for submission to a scholarly venue, such as a conference or journal. We ask that participants have an idea in mind regarding a qualitative study that they could work on or qualitative data that they have already collected to analyze and write up to submit. 
Moderators: Ryan Fuller (Business Administration) and Shawna Malvini Redden (Communication Studies)

Write On: An Interdisciplinary Faculty Writing Community
Finding time for writing and scholarship is a persistent challenge for faculty, especially with heavy teaching loads and service expectations. A common theme of research on faculty scholarship, writing, and productivity is the importance of developing supportive communities; incorporating accountability; consistent writing in small calendared blocks of times; and tracking productivity. The goal of this interdisciplinary Faculty Scholarship Community (FSC) is to provide space and structure for faculty to support one another in scholarly writing. This FSC is process oriented - focusing on the process of productive writing through bi-weekly virtual check-ins and monthly face-to-face meetings. Participants will create a community of support for each other and provide accountability for developing a consistent writing practice. Topics will include-- how to balance scholarship with a heavy teaching and service load, setting SMART goals, managing resistance, and overcoming writing blocks. We anticipate that participants will produce scholarship such as manuscripts, conference papers, and presentation proposals, and/or external grant proposals.
Moderators: Lisa Romero (Educational Leadership), Amber Gonzalez (Child Development), Sarah Ives (Math Skills and Teaching Credentials)

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics

Georisk
The Georisk Faculty Scholarship Community (FSC) has an open call for membership in the upcoming academic year. A diverse group of faculty members is being sought across the fields of engineering, natural science, mathematics, and social science. All members will share an interest in the study of the risk associated with geological hazards—or, simply, georisk. The goal of the Georisk FSC is to create a vibrant, strong, multidisciplinary, campus-wide scholarly group in this important field of study. The two major tasks planned for the 2017/2018 academic year are: (1) enhancement of current curriculum related to georisk, and (2) identification of cross-disciplinary research topics and proposals for future internal and external financial support. Additional details on the Georisk FSC and useful references related to georisk can be found here.
Moderator: Richard Armstrong (Civil Engineering)

The Collaborative Organization for Research Planning and Sustainability (The CORPS)
The Collaborative Organization for Research Planning and Sustainability (The CORPS) will support junior faculty in conducting research by providing an environment where they can come together to share key strategies and methods for building and sustaining a compelling research agenda. The CORPS will identify internal and external funding opportunities, develop individualized funding strategies, share proposal drafts and provide peer-evaluation, and actively pursue appropriate grants for the post-start up, pre-external grant period. The CORPS is a community made up of all tenure-track faculty in the Retention, Tenure, and Promotion (RTP) cycle in the Biological Sciences. This group spans the disciplines of microbiology, cell and molecular biology, bioinformatics, anatomy and physiology, and ecology and evolution. In addition, junior faculty from the other five departments in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics are invited to participate. The CORPS will be coordinated by the Chair of the Biological Sciences Primary RTP Committee and the Biological Sciences Department Chair. In addition, representatives from the Office of Research Affairs, University Development, and senior faculty with sustained research activities will share their expertise and experiences. 
Moderators: Thomas Landerholm (Biological Sciences) and Shannon Datwyler (Biological Sciences)

STEM Teacher Development and Research
Participants of this STEM Teacher Development and Research FSC are invited to collaborate with STEM and Education faculty to share their own research on STEM teacher development, as well as contribute ideas for evaluating existing action research data from a group of Master Teacher Fellows (MTFs) participating in a National Science Foundation grant. One of the research questions we seek to answer is how well teachers are developing understanding about K-12 Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS-M) and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) related to their teaching practice. We also want to examine how well teachers align CCSS-M, NGSS and culturally relevant pedagogy in their curriculum to support learning for ALL students. Outcomes of this FSC will include submitted journal articles and conference presentation proposals related to STEM teacher development.
Moderators: Jenna Porter (Teaching Credentials), Sarah Ives (Math Skills and Teaching Credentials)

Social Sciences and Cultural Studies

Crossing Borders: Research in Latin American Studies
The purpose of this FSC is to develop research related Latin American Studies. Participants will share research and writing in-progress, discuss ideas for future projects, and explore teaching strategies. In order to allow sufficient time for each participant’s project, it is anticipated that the group will have no more than 10 members. At its first in-person meeting in early October, FSC participants will discuss and agree upon their own specific goals and establish a meeting schedule for the remainder of the year. During the FSC, there will be one in-person monthly meeting and one online (through SacCT) discussion session. These meetings will be structured to benefit each participant’s own professional needs and research agenda. The primary goal of this FSC will be to provide a forum for faculty to present overviews of their current research projects related to Latin American studies. These projects may include a book, book chapter or article manuscripts in progress, proposed conference papers, or ideas for future research. FSC participants will provide collegial and constructive peer review feedback to assist with furthering each participant's project. In addition to the research component of the FSC and as time permits, participants will be encouraged to discuss strategies and issues related to teaching Latin American studies. These conversations may also relate to ideas for new course proposals, modifications, or other teaching strategies including useful books and articles to use in class.
Moderator: Chris Castañeda (History)

Grant Proposal Writing Group for the Social Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Education
The purpose of this faculty scholarship (and peer review) community (FSC) is to support faculty interested in developing and submitting grant proposals. The primary objective of this FSC is to help demystify the grant writing process and provide a collegial, professional, and supportive environment for faculty interested in securing funding for their research projects. Faculty participants will meet once a month throughout the 2017-18 academic year to learn about the process of grant writing. During Fall 2017 semester, FSC participants will read literature on the art of grant writing, review examples of successful grant proposals, and identify potential sources of funding. During Spring 2018 semester, FSC participants will prepare and write their grant applications. Each participant will workshop their writing in a group setting to obtain peer feedback on the different pieces of the grant proposal. The project deliverable for each FSC participant will be a completed draft of a grant proposal by the end of the academic year. Faculty working on research projects related to the study of social inequality, diversity, multiculturalism, immigration studies, and/or higher education are especially encouraged to apply.
Moderators: Heidy Sarabia (Sociology), Elvia Ramirez (Ethnic Studies)

Race, Ethnicity, Identities and Global Bodies in Motion
This FSC will provide a scholarly space for faculty to engage in topics related to race, ethnicity, identities and global cultures through dialogue, readings, research, and writing. The concept of bodies in motion is inclusive of sport, physical culture, migratory movements, gendered, raced, and classed bodies in society and the intersection of identities and movement. Once a month, the collective will gather to set research/writing goals, check in about accomplishments, troubleshoot research, writing, and publishing issues, provide support, and offer feedback on drafts. Meetings, if necessary, can also offer opportunities for sharing critical theoretical readings and/or bibliographies to help group members understand and/or contextualize research/writing projects.
Participants will set appropriate goals at the outset of the year-long FSC that could include submission for publication of a writing project or completion of research and a full draft of the proposed project.
Moderators: Paula Austin (History), Maureen Smith (Kinesiology & Health Science)

What Are People Reading in Cultural Studies Now?
Cultural Studies Now (CSN) Reading Group brings faculty together to read current scholarship in Cultural Studies. Focusing on the interdisciplinary nature of the field, faculty from across programs, departments, and colleges study scholarship published in the last 10-15 years, encompassing an array of topics to inform individual research agendas and scholarly pursuits. CSN provides faculty an opportunity for cross-disciplinary dialogue in Cultural Studies, where participants meet to test disciplinary assumptions with a commitment to collegial and serious scholarly and professional development and support. CSN will have 8 monthly meetings: September (organizational), October (discussion/workshop), November (discussion/workshop), February (discussion/workshop), March (discussion/workshop), April (discussion/workshop), and May (organizational). At each two-hour meeting (except the organizational ones), two participants will distribute directed-reading questions and moderate the discussion. Additionally, two to three participants will be charged with writing 450- to 600-word abstracts of the readings to share, so that participants can compare the ways in which different disciplinary training manifests in the kinds of questions and approaches that scholars employ. During the first hour, participants will discuss the assigned reading. During the second hour, participants will share portions of their current work (up to 5 pages) and offer an overview (2-3 minutes) of how that work incorporates the theories presented into their own writing to launch discussion. 
Moderators: Hellen Lee (English), Rosa Martinez (English)

Writing Intercultural Lives
Writing Intercultural Lives is a cross-disciplinary writing workshop and peer review cohort comprising individuals whose scholarly work engages with the lives of individuals and/or entire societies caught in the crosscurrents of intercultural encounter, whether historic or contemporary. Work may be grounded in intercultural experiences of any duration and form. These might involve relatively isolated moments of contact; instances of ongoing colonization, forced assimilation and/or struggles for hegemony; settings of intimacy and intermarriage or of protest and resistance. We anticipate that modes of scholarly production within the cohort will take a variety of forms, ranging from biography, life history, ethnography, creative non-fiction, historical and/or sociopolitical analysis to development of exhibit catalog copy. The group meets twice monthly: once asynchronously to review manuscript drafts posted to the FLS digital course site and once in person to offer commentary upon the manuscripts scheduled for discussion (no more than two mss. per month). Participants in the five-person cohort are drawn from anthropology, ethnic studies, education, history, and sociology. 
Moderators: Terri Castaneda (Anthropology)

Humanities

Getting Published in the Humanities
Faculty members in humanities disciplines—including but not limited to art history, music history, literature, history, theatre history, women’s studies, ethnic studies, religion, and cultural studies— will meet every two weeks to a) discuss challenges and strategies for seeing essays through to publication in peer-reviewed journals and b) to read and offer feedback on one another’s manuscripts-in-progress.  General topics will include: organizing writing time with a busy teaching schedule; managing writer’s block; selecting appropriate journals for publication; negotiating reviewer feedback and the “Revise and Resubmit” report; as well as topics that the group members raise over the year. The overall goal of this FSC is to offer academic writers a supportive, collegial community and an environment of mutual accountability. At the beginning of the year, each member will identify individual goals for the academic year, with the expectation that everyone will submit at least one article (or equivalent) for peer-review publication by year’s end.
Moderator: Nancy Sweet (English)

The Isolated Academic: Creating Community in the Humanities
This Faculty Scholarly Community seeks to address the sense of isolation that emerges from single-authored research in the humanities and from institutional/disciplinary barriers to projects that combine scholarship and creative output. The meetings will create a forum for faculty across disciplines in the College of Arts and Letters to become better acquainted with their colleagues’ scholarly/creative work. In the fall semester, each participant will choose one meeting to share their past/current/future research or creative work with their peers. This will be a chance to learn what your colleagues in Arts and Letters are working on and to consider the inquiries, concerns, and methodologies we share across the range of disciplines in Arts and Letters. The spring semester will be devoted to discussion and study of both the challenges faculty have faced in their research and models of administrative support that would help create a stronger sense of community in the College of Arts and Letters. Outcomes will emerge from the group’s needs but could include collaborative research/performance projects, co-authored papers, feedback on manuscripts in progress, coordinated acquisition of library/performance resources, and initiatives for institutional support of research and creative activity in Arts and Letters. All faculty from the College of Arts and Letters are invited to participate. 
Moderator: Chantal Frankenbach (Music)

Medieval/Early Modern Research Community
This FSC will offer a writing and research accountability group for CSUS scholars who are pursuing writing projects that focus on any aspect of medieval or early modern culture or history. Over a series of monthly meetings, we will each produce either an article or book chapter for publication. In our meetings, we will discuss best practices for producing scholarly writing and exchange excerpts of our research and writing to elicit feedback as well as keep us on track to meet our publishing goals. This FSC’s activities will focus on creating a supportive and collaborative space for members of Sacramento State’s Medieval and Early Modern scholarly community to produce either a journal article or book chapter. The group will meet on a monthly basis (date and time TBD by participants’ schedules) to discuss topics related to the writing process, offer feedback, and provide accountability in our individual writing projects. 
Moderator: Mary Doyno (Humanities & Religious Studies), Rachel Miller (Art)