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Important information for Health and Human Development faculty and staff members
Health and Human Development Digest

Colleagues and friends-

As you all know, the University announced the basics of its Back to State plan for the fall earlier this week. There are many details to be worked out and we all have lots of questions.

Craig Newschaffer

A number of taskforces are still working hard on creating more detailed implementation plans. University leadership has heard requests for alacrity and transparency. From my vantage point, I am encouraged by the fact that the ongoing work is intense and both taskforces and leadership want to get more information out soon.

In the meantime, here at HHD we have to begin planning for Back to State. Flexibility will again be the watchword and I urge you all to stay tuned to the HHD Digest—both our standard Thursday edition and special editions as needed—for this information. In addition, we will make guidelines and resources related to Back-to-State available at the hhd.psu.edu/VirusInfo website. HHD will also be scheduling its own town halls following the upcoming University town halls on Back to State. The heavy lifting you did to transform our operations this spring was truly remarkable, and we are going to have to rise to the occasion again. I know this is a lot to ask, but I believe HHD can be creative and cautious, adaptable and astute, and that we will do our best to maximize our students’ experience while protecting their health, our health, and the communities’ health.

To help our instructors think about delivery of their fall classes, the HHD Outreach team has started adapting the resources assembled this spring for our task this fall. Please see the article below for more detail. Over this next week we will need to get a preliminary idea of the approaches our instructors are leaning toward for their fall classes, but we will revisit again later in the summer as more Back-to-State details become available. Faculty teaching options will include four basic approaches: in-person, mixed mode (some mix of online/remote and in-person), remote (synchronous), and online (asynchronous). With remote and mixed modes, departments will also be discussing with faculty any potential changes in meeting times, classroom needs, or other plans to provide safety and achieve your learning outcomes.

Finally, I want to call your attention to an article below that provides an initial list of resources available for those wanting to reflect further about inclusivity, bias, discrimination, and structural racism. Thanks to Amy Snipes, Joyce Hopson-King, and Tina Thomas, as well as others, who provided ideas and input here. As I mentioned in my message last week, HHD wants to do a better job giving our community access to these resources and we are actively discussing how to develop, update, and maintain a more permanent repository. We will also be announcing some mechanisms to hear more from you on this critically important topic and remain committed to disseminating an annual key indicators report and action plan for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the fall.

Summer officially arrives this weekend. Let’s hope that this last bit of tilt toward the sun propels us forward with a bit of the warmth and optimism that we typically associate with the season. We are used to doing amazing things here in HHD and I’m confident we will continue to do so even when summer slides into fall.

Craig J. Newschaffer
Raymond E. and Erin Stuart Schultz Dean
College of Health and Human Development  

University Back to State Announcement

Plans to resume on-campus work and learning

Penn State will host two virtual town halls next week

Back to State: A Message from President Eric Barron
Following a three-month comprehensive planning process, Penn State officials have determined that the University can meet or exceed the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s guidelines for colleges and universities, and look forward to welcoming back faculty, staff and students to resume on-campus, in-person classes and other activities this fall in a limited fashion.

The University is hosting two virtual town hall meetings to answer questions from the community about the fall semester with as much information as is currently available. A town hall for faculty and staff is scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday, June 22. A town hall for students and families will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, June 22. Both events can be viewed online.

Teaching Resources

Getting Ready for Creative Approaches to Teaching this Fall

As you prepare to teach in the fall, you will have access to plenty of assistance and resources from the Outreach Office. The updated HHD Canvas site for faculty will be available very soon with templates, recommendations, and guidance to help you make modifications to your course no matter the mode of delivery: in-person, ​hybrid, remote, or online. Instructional designers are available for consultation and assistance by contacting Ravi Patel. In the coming weeks, we will host faculty Q&A Zoom sessions that focus on teaching in this highly flexible learning environment. ​Details will be forthcoming.

If you would like to connect with faculty in your unit who have online teaching experience, the following point person can help:

The​ Penn State remote teaching and learning websites have been updated to Penn State Keep Learning ​and Penn State Keep Teaching sites with helpful information for both faculty and students. ​You might also want to check out some of these recent resources and learning opportunities:

We are ready to help now, so please reach out — August will be here soon.

Return to Research

The college has been given permission to move to “Yellow” status of the phased increases of returning to research. We are excited to prepare to allow research to ramp up in on-campus research facilities. However, there are more steps to complete before you can return to campus. Researchers with approval to return have been notified of the steps they need to take to prepare to return.

College Return to Research Plan

All faculty, staff, post-docs, pre-docs, graduate assistants and students are welcome to review the Health and Human Development Return to Research Plan. This is evolving guidance outlining new processes put in place to promote the health and safety of our college research community.

Future Requests

As the University prepares to phase back to work, the return to work processes are evolving at the University and college level. Future requests for any additional on-site research activity require a separate request that needs to follow the process in place at that time needs to be submitted. So, if you are requesting a scale up of research activity in the future please first visit the Health and Human Development Return to Research Plan to check for any updates to those processes.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

This resource list is being provided to give our community a starting point for exploring personal and professional growth opportunities around the topics of racial inequality, social injustice, and forms of discrimination. Also included are resources for reporting issues of discrimination, bias, and acts of intolerance at Penn State. We are working on a permanent repository for such resources but, in the meantime, you can refer back to this particular list by finding this edition in the HHD Digest archive.

Penn State Resources

Training/Learning


Penn State Learning Resource Network
Topics include: Understanding Unconscious Bias; The Power of Allyship; Understanding Workplace Diversity; Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging; Diversity Recruiting; Developing a Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging Program; Religion in the Workplace; Overcoming Unconscious Bias in the Workplace; Overcoming Gender Biases and Barriers; and more.

Addressing Bias: Rights, Responsibilities and Responses
Topics include: How does the First Amendment apply to me? How should I interact with authorities? What is bias and why should I care?

Diversity Education Services - Affirmative Action Office
Topics include: Developing Intercultural Competency; Hiring for Diversity and Inclusion; SpeakUP: Advocating for Self and Others; Workplace Civility: Promoting a Climate and Culture of Respect and Inclusion

Rock Ethics Institute
Topics include: Critical Philosophies of Race; Restorative Justice; Democracy and Human Rights; Gender and Sex Equity; Religion, Spirituality, and Public Life

Support Offices

Reporting

Readings and Resources on Penn State: Are We?

The story of Wally Triplett and the 1946-48 Penn State football teams is often told to highlight Penn State’s efforts on diversity, equity, and inclusion. But, Penn State has had many challenges in trying to reach these goals. What do you know about Black History at Penn State?

Resources for Action in Pennsylvania

National Resources

Resources on Change in Community Resources from Policing to Investing

Additional Resources


Readings and Websites

Books

  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, by Robin DiAngelo
  • Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, by Anthony G. Greenwald, Mahzarin R. Banaji
  • How to Be An Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Everyday Bias, by Howard J Ross
  • Me and White Supremacy: Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor, by Layla F. Saad
  • White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, by Carol Anderson

Facilitating Discussions

Building Entry and Exit Procedures 

As we phase back into research, and in accordance with recommendations from the CDC, the PA DOH, and Penn State's EHS, the college will be tracking entry and exit to all of our buildings. This will allow us to gauge level of occupancy in different areas of our buildings and can inform efforts to protect the health of employees.

HHD Building Entry and Exit flyer
To do this, all employees will need to complete a short online form each time you enter and exit an HHD building. This form can be accessed via a weblink or a QR code that will be posted at each entrance. Imaging this code with your cell phone camera will open your browser to the survey. To complete the form, you will have to be logged into your Penn State Access Account on Microsoft 365 (via two-factor authentication).

Information collected includes: name, building, entering or exiting, and time. All survey reports will be maintained by the Dean’s Office. Data will be used in aggregate to track occupancy and individual information will only be shared if needed to inform a response to concerns over potential spread of infection.

Instructions for check in and check out logging will be posted in all entrance and exit areas. Employees entering buildings for any reason and for any length of time are asked to track their entry and exit, effective immediately.

If you have any questions, contact Ryan Golas (814-867-4853; reg22@psu.edu) or Kevin Kelliher (814-865-1426; kxk84@psu.edu).

Additional Announcements

Upcoming HHD Faculty and Staff Listening Sessions

The Dean’s Office will continue to host bi-weekly meetings via Zoom to provide an opportunity for HHD faculty and staff to ask questions and hear updates from College office representatives, including Communications and Marketing, Facilities, Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems and Services, Outreach, Research and Graduate Education, and Undergraduate Education.

The ability to raise questions during the meeting will be enabled or questions can be submitted ahead of time.

  • Thursday, June 25, 3:30 p.m. — via Zoom
  • Thursday, July 9, 3:30 p.m. — via Zoom

Sessions are also scheduled for July and August, and links will be provided in upcoming editions of the Digest.

Recordings

View a recording of the HHD Faculty and Staff Member listening session from Thursday, June 11.

Submit Proposals for Endowment Funding

The college will again be offering funds for support of undergraduate education and outreach programs through its endowments. For funding in 2020-21, the college is especially interested in projects that focus on developing new courses, enhancing existing ones, advancing teaching learning, or expanding outreach efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Common criteria across all the endowment funds, beyond those listed for individual endowments, include indications of support from department heads and program PICs, collaboration among faculty across departments, involvement of tenure-track and fixed-term faculty, senior and junior faculty, and students or communities. Projects are also encouraged to support college or department strategic plans or respond to recent University calls to model inclusivity and embrace diversity. While none of these elements are required, all will be considered in identifying the best applications. Endowment funding is ideally to be used to initiate programs that can develop into ongoing efforts by the college.

Proposals should be submitted to Heather Zimmerman no later than Friday, July 17. Funding will be announced no later than July 31, 2020 and allocated funds typically must be spent by June 30, 2021.

Textbook Information Due to Bookstore

Textbook information for fall 2020 is currently due to the Penn State Bookstore and should be submitted online using FacultyEnlight.

To implement the provisions regarding course materials in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, the Textbook Lists policy (AAPP R-1) was revised in spring 2010. Deadlines for instructors to provide textbook lists to the Penn State Bookstore were established to coincide with the beginning of the registration period for the semester: February 1 for summer session, March 1 for fall semester, and September 1 for spring semester.

If an instructor has not been assigned and the choice of text will be up to the instructor, units should wait until the instructor has been assigned before submitting text selection information to the Bookstore.

Data 4 Action COVID-19

Centre County leaders, in partnership with researchers at Penn State, want to better understand the impact of the coronavirus on residents' lives and livelihoods through a brief county-wide survey.

Responses to date reveal:

  • 33 percent of Centre County residents' lives have been significantly disrupted by the pandemic
  • 8.2 percent have lost their job or are currently not working

It's not too late to be heard. The 10- minute anonymous survey is open until Tuesday, June 30. Residents can complete the survey online or toll-free at 814-753-4799.

In Remembrance

Edward J. McGowan, Jr.

Celebration of Life for Edward J. McGowan Jr., Husband of BBH Adviser Teresa McGowan

A celebration of life will be held for Edward J. McGowan Jr., husband of Teresa McGowan, an undergraduate adviser in the Department of Biobehavioral Health, on Saturday, June 27, 2020, 2-5 p.m. at the Pine Grove Mills VFW. All are welcome; food and drink will be available. Social distancing rules will apply. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Ed’s name to Centre Volunteers in Medicine.

Research Updates

Survey Takes the Pulse of PA Municipal Leaders on COVID-19

Selena Ortiz, assistant professor of HPA, and colleagues from the College of Liberal Arts recently conducted a survey on how Pennsylvania's municipalities and local officials are confronting the coronavirus.

Results Show Effectiveness of the Incredible Years Parenting Program

Incredible Years puppets at the Nittany Lion Statue
EPIS (Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Support) provides extensive support to Incredible Years® programs across Pennsylvania. These programs are proven effective for reducing children's aggression and behavior problems and increasing social competence at home and in school. A recent survey of parent participants shows significant increases in positive parenting and reductions in harsh disciplining strategies.

Human Resources

June Health Advocate Member Newsletter

View the June Health Advocate Member Newsletter, which features tips for working out safely outside and overcoming burnout.

Technology

New Antivirus Software to Cover University Devices

Penn State’s contract for Symantec antivirus software will end on August 22, 2020, and the University has decided not to renew the contract. This change will result in cost savings, and reduce redundancy since faculty and staff members are also covered by Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for systems owned by Penn State. However, anyone who downloaded Symantec through the University onto a personal device will be required to remove it, and a replacement antivirus solution for personal devices will not be offered by the University at this time.

The Office of Information Security website and the downloads.its.psu.edu site have been updated to reflect this new direction. The former also now lists free, alternative antivirus solutions that are available for personal devices. HHD owned machines will have Symantec automatically uninstalled and replaced with Microsoft Defender.

Upcoming Events

Recovery from Child Abuse – How Science and Policy Converge to Help Survivors

Thursday, June 18, 8-9 p.m.

Jennie Noll
Join Jennie Noll, professor of human development and family studies and director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network, to learn how Penn State science is influencing policies that promote recovery for child maltreatment survivors.

Coffee with Craig, Featuring George Daniel

Thursday, June 25, 9-10 a.m.

George Daniel
Meet George Daniel, the new leader of Penn State Fly Fishing, the oldest program of it's kind in higher education. Hear about George’s journey to fly fishing fame, how he was influenced by icon Joe Humphreys, and his plans for sharing his passion for being on the water with Penn State students.

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