2/23/23 Faculty Commons lunch event

Please save the date for a special Faculty Commons lunch event. 

  • When: Thursday, Feb 23rd from 11:10 – 12:00 pm
  • Where: Bldg 10,  Rm 100
  • What: Pizza lunch, panelists, and round-table discussion
  • Topic: Incorporating Christianity into your class content 

Our Christian faith interacts with every part of us—including the subjects we love to teach. What does it look like to integrate Christian beliefs, teachings, principles, or stories into the material we teach in the classroom? 

Come hear some examples from a panel of fellow Christian faculty and then discuss your ideas too.

Please RSVP on the calendar invite by the night before to help order the right amount of food. But please come even if you did not RSVP.  

Hope to see you there.


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“Winds of Change” Christian faculty Conference, featuring Dr. Charles Lee (Stanford University)

You are invited to join other professors and future professors at the 15th annual Winds of Change event.  We hope you will be encouraged, inspired and have the opportunity to network with others who seek to fulfill God’s calling on their lives.

Saturday, March 4, 2023  9:00 am – 3:00 pm Pacific Time

Old Ranch Country Club in Seal Beach, California  https://www.invitedclubs.com/clubs/old-ranch-country-club

Speakers:  Charles M.C. Lee, Professor Emeritus, Accounting, Stanford University and his wife Lily

After Dr. Lee spoke at a webinar on “What is Success?” in February 2022, we invited him to speak on “What is success for a Christian professor?”

What are ways to navigate our individual calling and corporate calling as Christian professors?  What does it look like to be fulfilled?

You can view a recording of Dr. Lee’s webinar on the Veritas Forum site:  
What is Success? A behavioral economist reflects on faith & career | Dr. Charles Lee


Early registration: In-person $75/person, Virtual $30/person

Register here https://reg.planetReg.com/E16127399013

Refunds (price paid minus $7 processing fee) if notified by Feb. 21, 2023

Email Randy.Lee@facultybridges.org with any questions.


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Grace and Justice in Teaching

Many thanks to everyone who took time to participate in the Faculty Commons “Grace and Justice in Teaching” lunch event last week. It was wonderful to hear different Christian perspectives on dealing with issues like cheating, plagiarism, and late assignments, and how to help students struggling academically. And – after almost a three year absence – to enjoy some face to face connection together. We look forward to future events.


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11/3/22 Lunch: Grace & Justice in Teaching

Save the date for a special Faculty Commons lunch event. 

  • When: Thursday, Nov 3rd from 11:10am – 12:00 pm
  • Where: Bldg 10,  Rm 100
  • What: Pizza lunch, panelists, and round-table discussion
  • Topic: Balancing grace and justice in our teaching

As Christians we serve a just God who is also full of graces. What does it look like to emulate this balance of justice and grace in our teaching? How should we respond to cheating or plagiarism? Late assignments or struggling students?

Come hear some practical ideas from a panel of fellow Christian faculty and then discuss your ideas too.

Please RSVP on the calendar invite by the night before to help order the right amount of food. But please come even if you did not RSVP.  


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Welcoming New Faculty

On behalf of Faculty Commons, we’d like to welcome each new faculty member to Cal Poly. We hope your experience here is successful and enjoyable. Please let us know if we can serve as a resource, either professionally or personally.

It’s our hope to drop off a small welcome gift before the end of the quarter. Please let us know if for some reason you haven’t received one yet — we’ll be sure and get one to you. 


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Fall 2022 G3 small groups: invitation to join

G3 groups are groups of 4-5 faculty members meeting for 50 minutes every other week for for community, growth, and prayer. The groups are committed to:

• building community: a chance to share with a few others about life – challenges and opportunities, both on and off campus.

• growing faith: taking time to discuss a passage of Scripture or short article together, and pray for each other.

• living out our faith: why has God called each of us to a public university? What does it mean to live out our faith on campus with our colleagues and students, to to love and serve those around us?

G3’s are open to faculty wherever they are at in their spiritual journey: whether interested in exploring Christianity or growing in their faith.

The groups are are scheduled around faculty member’s availability, and the small group format makes it easier to find a time when a group can meet. If you’d like to be in a group, you can let us know your availability here.

For the 2022-2023 academic year, we’ll have groups meeting both in person on campus, and virtually. 

Please contact us if you’d like to be in a group, or have any questions. 


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Fall Welcome Back Picnic – Sunday Sept 11, 3:30-6pm

As the new school year approaches, we look forward to connecting as a Christian faculty community at an outdoor pizza picnic! We hope our kick off gathering can help catalyze friendships so we can support one another this year.

We’ll provide pizzas, salad, and dessert, as well as some cold beverages. You bring chairs and blankets for picnicking on the lawn, and hats and sunglasses. We welcome families, but we will not be providing childcare.

Faculty Commons Welcome Back Picnic 
Sunday afternoon Sept 11th

We’ll be back at O’Briens Los Osos (please contact us for the location).

We’d love to have you join us!


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6/10/22 Faculty Commons lunch event – hope you can join us

Please help us celebrate the end of the Spring Quarter and join other Faculty Commons colleagues for a complementary lunch at Mustang Station in the UU, Friday June 10th 12pm-1pm.

Hope you can join us.



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“What is Success?” A Conversation with Dr. Charles Lee, PhD (Professor of Accounting, Stanford University)

We’re excited about this opportunity open to faculty, students, and invited guests:

“What is Success?” A Conversation with Dr. Charles Lee, PhD, Professor of Accounting, Emeritus, Stanford University. UCLA Computer Science Professor, George Varghese will conduct the interview.  Come and hear how Dr. Lee defines success both for academics and professionals, and ask him hard questions.

Tuesday, February 15th, 6:30 – 7:30 pm Pacific Time via the Zoom platform

The event is free, but advance registration is required:


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Charles M. C. Lee is the Hanson Professor of Accounting at the Foster School of Business, University of Washington.  He is also the Moghadam Family Professor, Emeritus, at the Graduate School of Business (GSB), Stanford University, 2009-2021.  From 2004 to 2008, he was Managing Director at Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock) where he co-managed over $300 billion in active equity assets.  He has made fundamental contributions to behavioral economics, in particular studying the effect of human cognitive constraints on participants that impact market prices.  He has won many honors for his research, including the Presidential Scholar of the AAA in 2015.  He has won every major teaching award at the Stanford Business School, and is featured as one of 7 professors in the 2021 book “Seven Essentials for Business Success: Lessons from Legendary Professors.”

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George Varghese is Chancellor’s Professor of Computer Science at UCLA.  He was inducted into the US National Academy of Engineering in 2017, and into the Internet Hall of Fame in 2022.

This event continues the Science and Faith series sponsored by the Faculty Christian Fellowship at UCLA and Faculty Bridges, who previously hosted speakers such as Stanford neuroscientist Bill Newsome and MIT computer scientist Roz Picard.


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“Is Faith Reasonable?” virtual Veritas Forum with John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics, Oxford University

John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford, will be tackling the question “Is Faith Reasonable?” and explore the discussion of belief in God, reason and faith, and how the Gospel of Jesus Christ still resonates truth in a postmodern world.

Update: this virtual Veritas Forum at the University of Pennsylvania was recorded and is available for viewing (or listening) here.



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