Faculty Retreat

Save the Date - Thursday, January 21, 2021 
Sonoma State University Faculty Retreat
9:00am - 1:00pm
Virtual - an email will be sent out with Zoom links to all faculty. They will not be posted online. Email holmstrl@sonoma.edu if you miss the email. 

Mark your calendars and join your colleagues on the first day of our semester, Thursday, January 21, 9:00-12:30... and if you /really/ want to do it right, grab yourself a couple of donuts and some coffee beforehand :)


9:00-9:10 Opening and Welcome Jeffrey Reeder
9:10-9:45 Best practices for teaching through the pandemic: Modifying instruction for virtual learning Emily Clark, Parissa Tadrissi, Letha Ch'ien
9:45-10:15 Bridging the gap and overcoming silos to work together across departments and schools  Thaine Stearns, Lynn Stauffer, Maureen Buckley
10:15-10:25 Break  
10:25-11:00 Faculty supporting ourselves as Whole People - self-care, balance, and awareness of the emotional toll Adam Zagelbaum, Paula Lane, Rociel Martinez
11:00-11:35 Promoting inclusivity and decentering whiteness in all that we do  Patrick Johnson, Krista Altaker, Anna Valdez
11:35-11:45 Desktop Yoga with Natalie Hobson  
11:45-12:20 Working together across campus - Academics, Student Affairs, and addressing the needs of the whole student  Carmen Works, Richard Senghas, Ben Ford, Amal Munayer
12:20-12:50 Mitigating the impacts of pandemic disruption: Making it through Spring 2021 Matthew Paolucci, Wendy St John
12:50-1:00 Concluding Remarks & Summary Jeffrey Reeder


The Faculty Retreat for Spring 2020 was held on January 16, 2020 in Wine Spectator Learning Center

Title: “Floods, Fire, and PSPSs: Adapting to External Disruptions to Your Classroom” 

Preliminary Schedule 

8:30 - 9:00 - Continential breakfast and socializing

9:00 - Welcome from Chair Laura Watt

9:05 - 10:00Climate Change within a Cultural Context: An Assessment of What We are Doing, and Why, Michael Newland, Director of the Northern California Cultural Resources Group, Environmental Science Associates
Co-Chairman of the Climate Change and California Archaeology Committee, Society for California Archaeology

10:05 - 11:00Resilience in Times of Climate Change, Andreea L. Seritan, MD,Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences

11:10 - 11:30 - Student Panel

11:30 - 12:30 - Discussion/work groups

12:30 - Lunch provided by Sol Azteca

The Retreat will likely end after lunch, but if conversations are robust, it could continue. 

Please RSVP to holmstrl@sonoma.edu so we have enough food. We would still like to know you are coming, even if you don't eat. 


The Annual Faculty Retreat was held on January 17, 2019 in the Wine Spectator Learning Center

This year's topic was: Shared Governance at the Crossroads: Building Better Definitions and Expectations from the Faculty Perspective

We had a talk by President Sakaki about her vision of shared governance. We had a talk from Dr. Adrianna Kezar about her research into best practices for shared governance and she also provide us with some historical context for shared governance. 

The preliminary results of the Shared Governance survey were presented by Vice Chair Melinda Milligan. A more formal and comphrensive report about the survey and the retreat will be created this semester and sent out to all faculty. 

Break-out sessions after lunch included:

  • What should we be doing? Creating a mission and vision for faculty governance
  • Freedom to Speak Your Mind: Safety issues in faculty governance committees
  • Effective Faculty Governance: Communication and Transparency in the faculty governance
  • Who Does What?: Understanding the Role of Administrators in faculty governance

The Senate's Executive Committee will discuss how to task our Standing or Subcommittees with discussing and perhaps implementing the recommendations from these sessions. 

The powerpoint presentation from Dr. Kezar (requires SSU login)

Preliminary results of Shared Governance Survey