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Focused on Fog

SJSU’s Moss Landing Marine Labs Professor Kenneth Coale is working on a collaborative effort to test the chemical composition of fog with a specific emphasis on mercury.

Join the “Circle”

Incoming freshmen and new tenure-track faculty members received a copy of this year’s Campus Reading Program book selection, Dave Eggers’ “The Circle.” Group discussions and events are scheduled throughout the fall semester, including a theatrical adaption of the novel by Prof. Jessa Brie Moreno to be staged in November.

SJSU Grads Land Tech Jobs

CBS’ Len Ramirez reported on SJSU alums landing more tech jobs than grads from other schools in the region.

Star Search

Recent SJSU graduates Michael Sandoval and Richard Vo, with Assistant Professor Aaron Romanowsky, had a discovery they made as students of a “hypercompact cluster,” or a dense galaxy, published over the summer in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.

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Provost Andrew Hale Feinstein

Dr. Andy Feinstein

Andrew (Andy) Hale Feinstein provides leadership for all academic matters at San Jose State in his role as provost and vice president of academic affairs. As the chief academic officer of the university, he provides support to seven colleges, the College of International and Extended Studies, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Moss Landing Marine Laboratories and the SJSU Research Foundation.

Feinstein supports more than 32,000 students, 1,700 faculty members, and 200 staff members and administrators, while also overseeing 154 degree programs.

At universities, the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs is the chief academic officer and is responsible for promoting a rich intellectual life, fostering student success, creating an active learning environment both in the classroom and beyond, enhancing academic research, scholarship, and creative activity, and increasing the diversity of the institution. The provost is responsible for the implementation of academic priorities and for the allocation of resources to support those priorities.

The provost works closely with academic deans, department heads, student services professionals, faculty and staff to provide the highest possible quality of educational programs. An important part of the provost’s job is also to ensure they recruit, retain, encourage and support an outstanding and diverse faculty. The provost and vice president of Academic Affairs reports to the president, serves on the president’s cabinet and represents the campus in the president’s absence.

At San Jose State, working in collaboration with the university’s senior leadership and the Academic Senate, Feinstein oversees the quality of academic programs, faculty instruction and student learning, faculty research and creative activity, academic outreach and community partnerships, strategic planning and budgetary allocations in support of academic priorities.

His Academic Affairs working plan for 2014-16 includes priorities to support those goals: 21st Century Teaching and Learning Spaces; Educational Excellence and Student Experience; and Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity and Professional Development.

Academic Spotlight 

New faculty orientationAt the start of the Fall 2015 semester, 58 new tenure-track faculty joined SJSU. Faculty members were hired in each of the colleges. Their disciplines range from biology to dance to psychology to many other areas of expertise. The new faculty members attended a full-day orientation Aug. 19 to learn about the tenure-track process, the technology tools available to them in the classroom and how to support student success, among other topics.

Provost Andy Feinstein welcomed the faculty at the start of the morning and offered them a chance to introduce themselves. Many joked about “suffering” through winters in the mid-West and other regions, while others said they had already been teaching at SJSU as lecturers. All were excited to start the year at SJSU.

The new faculty members will receive continued support as they settle in through an optional orientation program, “University 101,” coordinated by Dennis Jaehne, a professor of Communications Studies and immediate past deputy provost. The program includes a once-a-month, two-hour workshop and a second in-depth optional workshop each month for the first semester.