Director’s Desk (November 23, 2015)

Fellow RCCESI Research Associates: I trust that everyone has had the chance to recharge and gather more academic energies during the APEC break. I trust that amidst the Paris bombings and protests against Lumad killings, everyone took time to reflect on the deep intricacies of these events shaping the contours of country's fate, not only in the socio-political and economic-religious terms but more so, in the ways we treat this delicate matter as an academic subject matter. May our world be at PEACE in the real sense of the word and of the…continue reading →

Director’s Desk (November 2, 2015)

Good days are ahead of us! Confirming the establishment of the Research Center on Culture, Arts, and the Humanities (RCCAH) and the Research Center on the Social Sciences and Education (RCSSED) next Academic Year 2016­2017 from the Father Rector and OVRRI. Do not doubt, we are really transitioning from being the RCCESI to becoming two research centers. So BE AN ACTIVE PART OF THIS TRANSITION PROCESS by participating in our upcoming mid­term assembly, core group budget planning, brown bag sessions, forum, and pre­Christmas activities. Schedules and plans will be unveiled soon!continue reading →

Director’s Desk (October 12, 2015)

Affirmation and Becoming In this RCCESI e­-news issue 8, I highlight the recent work of our fellow research associate, Paulo Bolaños, an expert in the field of Philosophy extraordinaire! Over the number of years, he led UST's Department of Philosophy with practical vision to truly making his discipline what it has come to be ­ a Center of Excellence with a CHEDrecognized academic journal, KRITIKE, as its venue for academic articulations. I AFFIRM the publication of Paolo's work by Cambridge Scholars Publishing as a testament to the maturity of Philosophy discipline in our…continue reading →

Director’s Desk (September 21, 2015)

Why our research matters Last Friday, September 11, 2015, I started a new journey with 45 Araling Panlipunan (AP) teachers from 16 selected schools of the Diocese of Antipolo to discuss about the Social Sciences courses for Grades 11 and 12. I felt a sense of responsibility to reveal what I know about the rationale and logic of these courses by sharing how we, from the Commission on Higher Education's (CHED) Technical Panel of Social Sciences and Communication, designed and crafted the "curriculum guides" (CGs) that DepEd requested from us to produce. What…continue reading →

Director’s Desk (September 7, 2015)

Exciting research days ahead My dearest fellow RCCESI research associates, I would like to thank everyone who submitted full research proposals recently. This gives me an opportunity to convene a core group among us representing each RIG to study and produce working proposal templates (specific to each discipline), and guidelines (on budget, doing fieldwork, research assistants' matters, etc.). Outputs of this discussion would be part of the manual of operations our center is preparing as we transition into becoming two centers next year. We started this initiative through human resource workshop with our…continue reading →

Director’s Desk (August 17, 2015)

Research load form, reports, office matters and our RIGS Now that classes commenced, my hope is that your teaching schedules are already finalized and that you could plot your research load time very well. Please click this link to download ­ Research Load Form AY 2015­2016, and fill up this form diligently. Submit this form this on or before, Wednesday, August 19, 2015 before 12 NOON (PM). While our office designated tentative research loads for salary purposes due August 15 and 30, these accomplished research load forms will be the bases for salary…continue reading →

Director’s Desk (July 22, 2015)

Mapagpalang araw po sa lahat! Let this issue be a special edition devoted to remembering our 2015 RCCESI Planning Workshop last July 16­18, 2015. Most of us joined the planning workshop at Room 404, TARC, which generated both old and new insights about our disciplinal spaces in our center. The presence and inputs of Ma'am Maribel encouraged openness about our varied situations and contexts that shaped our workshop discussions throughout the day. I felt a deep sense of commitment amongst many of us, and it seems that renewed path towards developing a more…continue reading →

Director’s Desk (July 6, 2015)

OUR 2015 RCCESI PLANNING WORKSHOP is fast­ approaching (next Thursday, July 16), and I look forward to spending a meaningful and productive day of discussion about our future research activities. To make this more academically exciting our colleague, Dr. Noel Asiones, volunteered to offer his expertise to conduct online survey to assess our organizational capacities using selected indicators. YOU MAY ACCESS THIS ONLINE SURVEY FROM TODAY JULY 6, 2015, MONDAY UNTIL JULY 13, 2015, NEXT MONDAY. YOUR RESPONSES ARE IMPORTANT TOWARDS THE WELFARE OF OUR DEAR RCCESI. Thanks in advance! Also, this e­-newsletter…continue reading →

Director’s Desk (June 22, 2015)

June 22, 2015 DEAR FELLOW RCCESI RESEARCHERS: Belated Happy Father’s Day to everyone! Hope you spent meaningful moments with those whom you considered “fathers” of your lives. I am HAPPY to introduce our new RCCESI E­NEWSLETTER, which is still being developed by our RCCESI Communications Group (RCG). This e­based newsletter will be the repository of all announcements and information regarding conferences, workshops, publications, grants, awards, and all research­related activities. If you have any announcement, FORWARD relevant information, web links and documents to our official email at Sincerely, Clarence M. Batan, PhD (Sociology)…continue reading →