2018 SF State Faculty Retreat


Celebrating the Public University:

Fostering Success in Times of Uncertainty

Registration is now open!

Thursday, January 18th
J. Paul Leonard Library
San Francisco State University

Several pre-retreat workshops will be offered on Wednesday, January 17th.

Retreat Highlights

Join your colleagues for a stimulating program celebrating SF State communities of sanity and well-being; communities of research and creative work; teaching communities; and SF State in the larger community.  The 2018 San Francisco State University Faculty Retreat will honor and share the many ways that SF State embraces its role as a public university and fosters success in times of uncertainty.

The retreat will feature:

  • Hosted breakfast, lunch, and evening reception
  • The official launch of the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Keynote faculty panel organized by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
  • Post-keynote dessert reception hosted by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
  • Tracks related to Teaching and Learning, Research and Creative Works, and Wellness  
  • Faculty-facilitated workshops, affinity groups, and interactive “great ideas for teaching students” (GIFTS) sessions
  • Open houses to explore campus faculty support resources
  • A closing reception will recognize faculty members who have authored books, completed creative works, or celebrated a professional achievement in the past year. If you would like to be recognized, please fill out this form

How to Register:

As always, all lecturers, tenured/tenure-track faculty, and administrators are welcome and encouraged to participate in all events. There is no fee to register, but all attendees and presenters must be registered to attend the event. We ask that you please register and select your sessions by January 5, 2018 to help with our room assignments and meal planning.  Visit this website to register.

Retreat Program 

In the spirit of inclusive and sustainable community building, this year’s retreat program will once again be powered by an interactive, accessible, and environmentally friendly Faculty Retreat App developed by eventmobi.com. There is no need to download any software, you can use any computer or mobile device to interact with this Faculty Retreat App. Be sure to save the event website to your mobile device or computer and check back often as we update the information!

Before and during the retreat, you will be able to view your personalized schedule, receive alerts and updates, read fellow speaker and attendee bios, access session materials and handouts, take notes, initiate and participate in discussion threads, and interact with fellow attendees. If you like to use social media, please use this tag #sfsuretreat18  

Once you register, you can enter your email on the top right of the screen to edit your personal profile, upload a picture, choose your sessions, and rsvp for meals. Be sure to highlight some of your accomplishments this year!


If you would like technical assistance registering or editing your profile, please contact the Academic Technology Teaching & Learning team at iteach@sfsu.edu, 415-405-5555, or visit LIB 240.

Reasonable Accommodations:

The SF State Faculty Retreat welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request.  If you would like reasonable accommodations for this event, please contact Lesli Martin (415) 405-3542 or lsking@sfsu.edu by January 5th, 2018. 

Interest Tracks

All session presenters have responded to this interest track call: 

Teaching & Learning

Have you discovered effective teaching strategies that engage your students and lead to better learning outcomes? What expertise and knowledge can you share to better support our diverse learners? Do you have experience implementing creative affordable instructional materials, open educational resources, or educational technologies in your courses? Have you found techniques to include creative assignments, peer instruction, problem based learning, or other methods in your teaching? Submissions related to any area of curriculum, instruction, and student learning are welcome in this interest track.

Research & Creative Works

Do you have a research project, interest or expertise that supports the public good and advances our mission as a public university? Are you engaged in a creative work that contributes to important local or global conversations? Do you have emerging ideas you would like to explore, or are you seeking collaborators to take your research and creativity in new directions?  Submission in of these areas, and more, are encouraged in this interest track.      


Do you have strategies for work-life balance, or for stress or time management, that you’d be willing to share? Could you lead a meditation, mindfulness, yoga session, musical or theatrical expression, or do you know someone who could? We would love to see submissions for any kind of health and wellness event in this interest track.

Engagement Formats

Sessions will be facilitated in a variety of formats

Workshop (70-minute interactive sessions to share expertise & knowledge)

Workshop leaders offer and discuss their expertise and knowledge about a topic in an engaging format. Submit your idea for a workshop, including objectives and specific learning outcomes. We will provide a place and time for you to share your expertise with your colleagues.

GIFTS (5 minute overviews of Great Ideas for Teaching Students)

Do you have a great teaching strategy you’d be willing to share? Please participate in a GIFTS session organized by the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning. Share brief descriptions of your class-tested activity, assignment, project, iLearn strategy, game, simulation, field trip, assessment technique, and more!

Affinity Group (70-minute common interest group gatherings)

Affinity groups promote the exchange of ideas and a sense of community among faculty with similar areas of interest. Reinvigorate an existing affinity group or start a new one. Facilitate a conversation with colleagues about a specific topic of your interest. Please submit your idea for an affinity group and we will provide a place and time for your group to meet during the retreat.

Faculty Recognition

If you would like to be recognized at this reception, please fill out this form

Book Author and Creative Work Recognition

If you published a book in 2016-17, or completed a major creative work that came out in in the last two years (CD, film, design, music composition, etc) please submit a short abstract or description of your book or creative work to be included in this celebratory closing reception.

Recognition of Professional Achievement New!

Does your research include articles, grants, community work, or other projects outside the book or the opus? Please consider submitting any article or other research or creative project within the last two years with a short abstract or description of your project. Help us recognize the exciting diversity of work our faculty community has engaged in and produced.

Pre-Retreat Activities

Pre-Retreat Workshops (Wednesday, January 17th) New!

In past years, several on-campus entities have built upon the momentum leading up to the faculty retreat to offer professional development workshops on discipline specific topics such as research computing. Although there is no food and beverage budget allocated for this day, interested groups are encouraged to submit proposals so that these opportunities can be promoted and communicated to the wider campus community within the context of the retreat.  

Faculty Retreat Planning Team

  • Teddy Albiniak, Vice-Chair, Academic Senate
  • Amy Kilgard, Faculty Director, Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Nancy Gerber, Chair, Academic Senate
  • Nina Roberts, Faculty Director, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
  • Maggie Beers, Executive Director, Academic Technology
  • Sophie Clavier, Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Professional Development