Francisca Beer, a professor of accounting and finance at Cal State San Bernardino, has been named a recipient of the California State University’s Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award for her work in promoting and facilitating student scholarly research and creative activities.
Beer, who joined CSUSB in 1990, is one of 26 academics in the CSU being recognized by the system for their crucial work in improving student achievement, and their leadership toward reaching the system’s collective Graduation Initiative 2025 goals.
The CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award was created to recognize the vitally important role that faculty play in providing high-quality instruction. The awards, including some granted to campus teams, recognize faculty leaders who have implemented innovative practices that significantly improve student success. Award recipients teach and have expertise in a variety of fields, from accounting to social work to mathematics.
Beer, who returned to teaching accounting and finance earlier this year, served as the initial director of the CSUSB Office of Student Research (OSR), whose “mission has been to facilitate the engagement of students in scholarly and creative activities related to their disciplines by providing resources that support both student scholars and faculty mentors.”
“I am truly honored to receive this award,” Beer said. “I am proud of the Office of Student Research. The office success is due to the hard work of all the amazing students involved and the dedication of the outstanding faculty members who are supporting them.”
Under her direction, the OSR established in 2012 the “Meeting of the Minds,” a daylong campus-wide symposium that highlights student research across disciplines through poster sessions, oral presentations, creative performances and keynote speakers.
The event has grown in attendance every year. In 2018, there were 250 presentations from the university’s five academic colleges.
“Dr. Beer has done an amazing job to increase and enhance research opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in every college here at Cal State San Bernardino with the goal on how to best serve our students,” said university President Tomás D. Morales.
CSUSB Provost Shari McMahan praised Beer for her work to increase student research as opportunities boost student confidence and encourage them, and in working with faculty to help students.
“Francisca personifies the great work and enthusiasm of our faculty in preparing our students for their academic careers and life after graduation,” McMahan said.