Volume 51.16

April 1st, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.16)

1. Announcements
The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2020 award. The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review. One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. The AAP is also pleased to announce the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Students 23 years-old or younger who have won the AAP prize will be considered for an additional $1000 award. To Enter: Submit one to three poems, accompanied by a cover sheet, to their Canvas site: ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS. Poems may be any length or style. Your name should not appear on the poems. Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the titles of the poems you are submitting. All work must be typed and submitted in a single word doc. The cover sheets will be separated before being sent to the national judge. Submissions are judged anonymously. The winners will be announced in May. For more information please contact Leilani Hall at leilani.hall@csun.edu or Dorothy Barresi at dorothy.barresi@csun.edu.

As we continue our new reality, teaching remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty Technology Center and Faculty Development is hosting several workshops to assist our transition to online teaching. For information on the upcoming workshops, please visit FacDev workshops.

Amber Norwood is working with Faculty Development as a resource for faculty who want a hand, a sounding board, or one-on-one chat about what’s happening in your classes, what could be happening, and how to make it happen. Feel free to email her at amber.norwood@csun.edu to chat or zoom.

2. Reminders

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

For more scientific information, visit the Center of Disease Control & Prevention website.

3. Opportunities

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. For more information, visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants.

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 Grant Cycle. Grants are described below. They seek proposals for the following grant opportunities:

Pedagogical Grant – up to $2,500 per faculty member applicant;
Faculty Engaged Research or Creative Activity Grant – up to $1,500 per faculty applicant;
Seed Grant – up to $1,000 per faculty applicant;
Student Scholar Grant – up to $500 to pay a student scholar to support your teaching;
Travel Grant – up to $500 per faculty applicant.

Visit the Grant Opportunities page for more details. Application Deadline: April 20,2020 by 11:59 p.m. to the grant specific email address noted on each application and below.

4. Achievements

Stephanie Lim is the dramaturg with East West Players production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, which had planned to run from March 12 to April 5 at the David Henry Hwang Theatre in Downtown LA (Little Tokyo), but which has been postponed until further notice in compliance with the City of Los Angeles guidelines regarding public gatherings. The musical takes a deep dive into history and the American Dream, via nine presidential assassination attempts. The production is directed by Snehal Desai and features a company (creatives, cast, crew, band, etc.) of artists of color. Congratulations Stephanie!

We commend our English Department faculty for the unprecedented and major adjustments they have made to move their courses online. Their untold hours of extra teaching, advising, and sometimes consoling students testify to their commitment to provide students with a first-rate education even in times of world crisis.

Volume 51.15

March 4th, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.15)

1. Announcements

Do you want to know more about Educated: A Memoir, next year’s Common Reading, and have a lively discussion with colleagues from across campus? Please join one of our faculty/staff book discussion groups this Spring. All staff and faculty are invited and welcome as we talk about the issues and themes from the book. If you’re interested, but haven’t read the book yet, come anyway! We currently have five discussions scheduled:
Wednesday March 11 from 2-3:15 p.m. in Oviatt Library 251 (2nd floor, East Wing, in the TCC/MM Dept.) Hosted by Michael Neubauer.
Thursday March 26 from 2-3:15 p.m. in Oviatt Library 102C (main floor of the library) Hosted by Autumn Fabricant.
Thursday April 2 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in OV 16 (located in the garden level of the Oviatt Library). Hosted by Lindsay Brown.
Monday April 20 from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in OV 16 (located in the garden level of the Oviatt Library). Hosted by Jamie Johnson.
Friday April 24. 12:30-1:45. Location: OV 16 (located in the garden level of the Oviatt Library). Hosted by Nancy Alonzo.

RSVP: x6535 or email Kelly Kroeker. For more information, additional dates as they’re added, or how to obtain your free copy of Educated to discuss with students, visit the Faculty/Staff Resource Page.

Stephanie Satie’s Silent Witnesses, based on interviews with child survivors of the Holocaust, is being performed on Sunday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. at The Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. Students with an I.D. can use the code Student for $20 seats. A short talkback will occur after the show. For more information, see Silent Witnesses.

English Grad Hours, organized by graduate students, is a weekly place for graduate student to bond, support each other, and come together to strengthen the graduate community of the English Department. English Grad Hours is held every Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in JR 319. Faculty can help support English Grad Hours by making announcements in classes. For more information, see the English Department’s Instagram page (@csunenglishdepartment) or Facebook page.

CSUN’s annual research and creative work symposium (CSUNposium) will feature many of our students’ presentations of their research. The CSUNposium will be held on Friday, March 27. For more information visit CSUNposium. If you are willing to judge, please fill out the judges’ signup form here or email Ana Sánchez-Muñoz at ana.sanchezmunoz@csun.edu.

2. Reminders

Evaluation time is already here for spring. Please let Wendy Say know which class or classes you would like to have evaluated, or if you will not have classes evaluated, by Wednesday, March 13. Additional information on the SEF process can be found on our resource page.

3. Opportunities

Career Opportunities and ProfessionalDevelopment is seeking volunteers for a panel of experienced conference presenters from a variety of specialties to help (a) walk graduate students through some tips and tricks for presenting, and (b) field a Q&A, followed by a workshop session, that will help students prepare for upcoming conference presentations in the immediate or far future. If you are interested in helping out, please contact dylan.campbell.93@csun.edu or jennifer.c.lee@csun.edu.

The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) summer conference will be held at USC in May. For more information, visit their website.

4. Achievements

Cesar Soto (a CSUN alum who recently earned a Ph.D from Notre Dame) will be joining the Department of Languages, Literature, and Communication at Grace College (Warsaw, IN) as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of World Literature. He looks forward to developing and teaching courses such as Classics of World Literature, Prison Literature in Global Perspective, and Irish Classics; he also will help develop Grace’s new Institute for Global Studies.

Volume 51.14

February 20th, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.14)

1. Announcements

We are joining forces with 10 other CSUs to co-organize events to raise awareness regarding the over 53,000 students who experience housing and food precarity or homelessness across the CSU each year. Events include:

Today, Thursday, February 20, 11:30-12:30 p.m. – Rally/discussion to express solidarity, raise awareness, and circulate support information;

Monday, February 24, 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. – Teach in to express solidarity, raise awareness, circulate support information, and discuss theories, strategies, etc. (co-teach with other faculty and classes or run simultaneous classes);

Tuesday, February 25, 9:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. – Teach in to express solidarity, raise awareness, circulate support information, and discuss theories, strategies, etc. (co-teach with other faculty and classes or run simultaneous classes).

We will have materials to make banners and signs, to offer messages of support, and to discuss strategies for meaningful and structural change. If you would like to sign up to participate on any/all of these days and time frames, please click here. Please reach out to danielle.spratt@csun.edu if you have any questions.

This Friday, February 21st, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series” returns with Panos Cosmatos’s Mandy (2018). This brazen cult film has been described as “…a gory grindhouse revenge thriller …breathtakingly gorgeous… …hallucinatory… …phantasmagorical… …visually mind-blowing… …psychotic… …campy… …like an acid trip set to a death metal soundtrack…” Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Pizza,drinks, & snacks provided. Free & open to the public. (Content Warning: The films this year are horror movies, which means they involve a lot of violence, blood, and death, some of it hilariously fake and some of it upsettingly realistic. Please attend with caution.) For more information, contact Professor Higgs (christopher.higgs@csun.edu) or join our newsletter: bit.do/reimagining. We hope to see you there! Many thanks!

The Search and Screen Committee for our Latinx Literature and Culture position is bringing another finalists to campus. Please attend her talk on her research on Thursday, February 27, 10:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. in ST 703. We encourage you to attend!

CSUN faculty and staff can request a free copy of the 2020-2021 Freshman Common Read, Educated: A Memoir by email (to Susanna: susanna.eng@csun.edu); phone (818-677-6535); or in person: UN 280 (Academic First Year Experiences). You get one free copy in exchange for your promise to speak about the book with at least one new CSUN freshman in fall 2020.

2. Reminders

The CSUN Research and Grants Committee requests applications from faculty members for the annual competition for the 2020-2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA) Award. The RSCA winners will be awarded either 3 units of release time or a $5,000 mini grant for conceptual, empirical, and artistic projects to advance their respective fields of inquiry and the College and University missions. Projects related to curriculum development or requests for summer salary will not be considered. In concert with the campus-wide effort to support scholarly activity by probationary faculty, those who have been at CSUN for five years or less are strongly encouraged to apply.

Submission Deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday, February 24, 2020. You can download the 2020-2021 Guidelines here. These is also detailed information and helpful tips in the attached informational video Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Award video prepared by the CSUN Research and Grants Committee. For further questions regarding the competition or the submission process, please call Liza Johnston at x3441, email liza.johnston@csun.edu, or click on the links below to view more information.

Evaluation time is already here for spring. Please let Wendy Say know which class or classes you would like to have evaluated, or if you will not have classes evaluated, by Wednesday, March 11. Additional information on the SEF process can be found on our resource page.

3. Opportunities

The Faculty Development Probationary Faculty Support Grant, funded by Academic Affairs, provides probationary faculty (those in their pre-tenure years) with 3 units of reassign time in order to advance their research agenda and meet scholarly productivity requirements for retention, tenure, and promotion (RTP). For more information and to apply, please visit the Faculty Development Grants page. Deadline: Friday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m.

The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) summer conference will be held at USC in May. For more information, visit their website.

4. Achievements

On Friday, February 7, Irene Clark participated in a round table at the Glendale Community College Winter Retreat. Among the participants was Francien Rohrbacher, who has an MA from our department. She is currently GCC English Division Faculty Member and College Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator.

Please send all announcements, opportunities, and achievements to adawahare@csun.edu.

Volume 51.13

February 5th, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.13)

1. Announcements

The Search and Screen Committee for our Latinx Literature and Culture position is bringing another finalists to campus today, Feb. 6. Please attend his talk on his research, which will be held in ST 703 from 2:00-3:15 p.m. We encourage you to attend!

Dr. Irene Clark is pleased to announce that her friend and colleague, Dr. Les Perelman, Emeritus from MIT, is coming on February 11th at 2:00 p.m. to her English 455 class, “Literacy, Rhetoric and Culture.” He will give a talk titled: “The Art of the Steal: Deceptive Rhetoric from Classical Greece to Contemporary Politics to the Graduate Record Examination.” If interested in attending, please contact Irene.

2. Reminders

The English department is moving more firmly into the twenty-first century with an Instagram account, @csunenglishdepartment. Please advertise in your classes!

Disclosure Forms have been moved online (the TIED form). If you have not yet submitted the form, please look for an email from Faculty Affairs (sent January 10th) with a link to it. If you cannot find the email or link, you may come into the main office and fill-out a physical copy. Let Wendy Ventura know if you have any questions or concerns (Wendy.ventura@csun.edu).

3. Opportunities

The Faculty Development Probationary Faculty Support Grant, funded by Academic Affairs, provides probationary faculty (those in their pre-tenure years) with 3 units of reassign time in order to advance their research agenda and meet scholarly productivity requirements for retention, tenure, and promotion (RTP). For more information and to apply, please visit the Faculty Development Grants page. TUC Learning-Centered Instructional Project Grant Application Deadline: Friday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Would you like to join a small group of CSUN faculty to discuss new teaching ideas that will benefit your students and increase your enjoyment of teaching (with a stipend too)? Apply for a Faculty Development Learning-Centered Grant (formerly known as Beck Grants) and receive a year filled with fun, community, and coffee to take your teaching to the next level. Those who are awarded the TUC-FLC Grants will receive: $3,000 stipend & evidence-based learning-centered teaching practices. For more information and to apply, please visit the Faculty Development Grants page.

Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty provide higher education faculty across the nation the opportunity to broaden and deepen their engagement with the humanities. The 1 to 4 week professional development programs allow participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to explore recent developments in scholarship, teaching, and/or curriculum through study of a variety of humanities topics.

Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
National Endowment for the Humanities
The NEH Awards for Faculty program seeks to strengthen the humanities at Hispanic-Serving Institutions by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members. Awards support individuals pursuing scholarly research that is of value to humanities scholars, students, and/or general audiences. The program is open to all faculty and staff members, including full time, part time, adjunct, and retired faculty and staff at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Awards support individuals who work between half time and full time on their projects. Projects may be at any stage of development.

4. Achievements

Matt Bernstien, an MA English alum, has a feature article called “The Shadow” in the current Wild West Magazine about a highwayman operating around San Francisco and Sacramento throughout the 1860s and 1870s.

Stephanie Lim, an MA English alum, is serving as dramaturg for the Chance Theatre (Anaheim) production of Fun Home, running January 31 to March 1. The musical is based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name and explores how Bechdel’s coming-of-age and LGBTQ identity intersect with the life and death of her father. For more info and tickets, visit https://chancetheater.com/production/fun-home/. Use the discount code “RAINCOAT.” All performances are followed by a post-show talkback with the cast.

Congratulations to Matt and Stephanie!

Volume 51.12

January 22nd, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.12)

1. Announcements

Welcome back to another semester! We hope that you had restful break and a happy New Year. We look forward to another productive semester that serves our students and the broader academic, scholarly, and creative writing communities to which we belong. We encourage you to take time to send announcements and achievements for publication in Thursday’s Notes to adawahare@csun.edu.

The English department is moving more firmly into the twenty-first century with an Instagram account, @csunenglishdepartment. Please put the Instagram account on your syllabus.

The Search and Screen Committee for our Latinx Literature and Culture position and our African American Literature and Culture position will be bringing finalists to campus on January 28, 29, 30, February 3, 4, and 6. The three African American Literature and Culture candidates will be presenting job talks in ST 703 on the following dates: Tuesday, January 28, 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m.; Thursday, January 30, 10:00-11:15 a.m.; and Monday, February 3, 2:00 p.m.-3:15 p.m. The three Latinx Literature and Culture candidates will be presenting job talks in ST 703 on the following dates: Wednesday, January 29, 2:00-3:15 p.m.; Tuesday, Feb 4, 10:00-11:15 a.m.; and Thursday, February 6, 2:00-3:15 p.m. We encourage you to attend!

The inaugural edition of Articulate, an open-access and peer-reviewed graduate student journal published once a year in the Spring by AGSE, was published in November 2019. This issue of the journal features excerpts from the 2018-19 English Department thesis pilot students and is a must-read for exciting and innovative work in fields that register the varied interests of our department.

2. Reminders

The CSUNposium is now accepting applications. The CSUNposium student conference, also known as the 24th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, features oral and poster presentations to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN students across all academic disciplines. The CSUNposium will be held Friday, March 27, 2020. Applications are submitted online and require a 1,000-character abstract (approximately 150 words) and electronic faculty approval. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty provide higher education faculty across the nation the opportunity to broaden and deepen their engagement with the humanities. The one- to four-week professional development programs allow participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to explore recent developments in scholarship, teaching, and/or curriculum through study of a variety of humanities topics.

3. Opportunities

The Faculty Development Probationary Faculty Support Grant, funded by Academic Affairs provides probationary faculty (those in their pre-tenure years) with 3 units of reassign time in order to advance their research agenda and meet scholarly productivity requirements for retention, tenure and promotion (RTP). For more information and to apply, please visit the Faculty Development Grants page. TUC Learning-Centered Instructional Project Grant Application Deadline: Friday, March 2 at 4:00 p.m.

Would you like to join a small group of CSUN faculty to discuss new teaching ideas that will benefit your students and increase your enjoyment of teaching (with a stipend too)? Apply for a Faculty Development Learning-Centered Grant (formerly known as Beck Grants) and receive a year filled with fun, community, and coffee to take your teaching to the next level. Those who are awarded the TUC-FLC Grants will receive: $3,000 stipend & evidence-based learning-centered teaching practices. For more information and to apply, please visit the Faculty Development Grants page.

4. Achievements

Kimberley Young’s second full length collection of poems, Tigers, is forthcoming in PANK (a literary magazine fostering access to innovative poetry and prose, publishing the brightest and most promising writers for the most adventurous readers), in Fall 2020. Kim is also one of our M.A. program alums and lecturers.

Abraham Zapata Jr’s full length play, Borracho: Spanish for Drunken Bum, is coming to the The Actors Company in West Hollywood beginning January 31st until February 9th. The play, began as his M.A. thesis project directed by Rick Mitchell and also published in the AGSE’s Articulate, is a modern take on “The Boys in the Band” set in Los Angeles about a group of gay men of color celebrating a birthday.

Congratulations to both!

Volume 51.11

December 4th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.11)

1. Announcements

The students enrolled in the ENGL 525 Digital Humanities class will present their DH projects in poster format today, December 5th, in JR 319 at 7:00 p.m. All the projects use a computational practice called Topic Modeling for the purposes of literary criticism. The poster presentation, organized as a small DH Symposium, is an opportunity for both faculty and students to get a glimpse of yet unexplored computational-enhanced critical possibilities for humanities and literary studies. If you are around and have time, please drop by and enjoy some light refreshments and talk about digital literary studies.

You are invited to the English Department’s holiday party! We will be celebrating our student award winners and the approach of the winter holidays on Friday, December 6, from 12:00-3:00 p.m. in JR 319. Award presentations will begin at 1:00 p.m. The Department will provide sandwich wraps, chips, fruit, and drinks, but the real magic happens with you. A sign-up sheet is posted in the mailroom.

The Department of English now has an Instagram! Our handle is @csunenglishdepartment (https://www.instagram.com/csunenglishdepartment/).

The last Composition Student Showcases for this semester, featuring the excellent writing of students from English 113A, 114A, and 115, will be held in the Whitsett room on Friday, December 6, 2019, from 8:00 a.m to 11 a.m. This event is an opportunity for faculty and students to share the wonderful work produced by students in writing courses! Each participating class will have a space in the Whitsett room to display their work. CSUN Campus Writing Centers, Tutoring Centers, Writing Labs, and Supplemental Instruction (and S.I.), and tutors are also invited to share their excellent student support services! All composition instructors, students, writing support centers, departments, programs are welcome.

2. Reminders

Don’t forget to contribute to the Department’s Amenities fund. Among other things, the money we contribute helps pay for the cost of the holiday party; provides holiday gifts for members of our staff; allows us to express our sympathy to anyone in the department who suffers a loss; and lets us congratulate new parents. Suggested donations: $40 for Assistant Professors, $50 for Associate Professors, and $70 for Full Professors. Thank you!

The English Department Composition Program Orientation will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. In addition to being able to chat with one another, the orientation will feature Professor Cezar Ornatowski, from San Diego State University, who will give a compelling talk titled “Weaponized Rhetoric: Writing, Social Media and the Rhetorical Situation as We (and Our Students) Now Control It”; and Trista Payte, LRC Director, who will share useful data about how students have been performing in the Stretch curriculum.

JR 319 is open to Graduate and Honor’s students for study during the following times for the remainder of the Fall 2019 semester:

Mondays: 8:30-10:30am, 12:30-4:45pm
Tuesdays: 8:30am-3:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30-10:30am, 12:30-3:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30am-3:30pm

English Graduate/Honors students need to check in with the Main Office (ST-706/708) for access to JR 319. The room also needs to be left as found before leaving and locking the door.

3. Opportunities

Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty
NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes for Higher Education Faculty provide higher education faculty across the nation the opportunity to broaden and deepen their engagement with the humanities. The one- to four-week professional development programs allow participants (NEH Summer Scholars) to explore recent developments in scholarship, teaching, and/or curriculum through study of a variety of humanities topics.

The CSUNposium is now accepting applications. The CSUNposium student conference, also known as the 24th Annual Student Research and Creative Works Symposium, features oral and poster presentations to showcase excellence in scholarly research and creative activity conducted by CSUN students across all academic disciplines. The CSUNposium will be held Friday, March 27, 2020. Applications are submitted online and require a 1,000-character abstract (approximately 150 words) and electronic faculty approval. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 29, 2020 by 5:00 p.m.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Jerome Richfield Memorial Fellow. The Office Research and Sponsored Programs is looking for scholars who are accomplished members of our faculty and of their discipline who are conducting research that is of broad interest to the public. With support from the Jerome Richfield Memorial Fund, each year, a CSUN faculty member engaged in high quality, high-impact research is named as the Richfield Memorial Fellow. The Fellow presents a lecture at the Provost’s Colloquium Series, which is designed to highlight and celebrate the scholarly achievements of our faculty, and to provide an opportunity for socialization among faculty, administrators, students, and staff. Any CSUN faculty, student, staff member, or administrator may nominate CSUN faculty members at any rank. If applicable, an individual may be nominated multiple times for separate, unrelated research topics. Self-nominations will also be accepted. Nominees may include at most two letters of support. Deadline: 5:00 p.m,. Monday, December 9, 2019. For more information, contact Sheree M. Schrager, Managing Director/Acting AIC, Research and Sponsored Programs, at sheree.schrager@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews presented “Pop Art Aesthetics and Contemporary American Indian Art” to the Critical Theory Club at Pasadena City College on November 13, 2019. The club’s faculty advisor is CSUN graduate Shane Underwood, currently an Associate Professor at PCC.

Beth Wightman was an invited participant in the “Irish Modernisms” roundtable at the Modernist Studies Association Annual Conference in Toronto in October. Earlier this year, she was elected to the Reacting to the Past Consortium Board, which oversees Reacting to the Past pedagogical development activities nationally and worldwide.

Congratulations to Professors Andrews and Wightman!

Volume 51.10

November 20th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.10)

1. Announcements

The Department has co-sponsored “Curated Sound,” a DJ Culture event, taking place all day today on campus. An after-party will be held in Highland Park beginning at 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit Curated Sound.

The Awards & Amenities Committee is still accepting applications for the Fall 2019 departmental awards. The deadline is tomorrow, November 22, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. For detailed information on the awards and the application process, please visit awards. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spector, the Chair of the Awards & Amenities Committee (Cheryl.spector@csun.edu).

The Composition Student Showcase, featuring the excellent writing of students from English 113A, 114A, and 115, will be held in the Whitsett room on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Friday, December 6, 2019, from 8:00 a.m to 11 a.m. This event is an opportunity for faculty and students to share the wonderful work produced by students in writing courses! Each participating class will have a space in the Whitsett room to display their work. CSUN Campus Writing Centers, Tutoring Centers, Writing Labs, and Supplemental Instruction (and S.I.), and tutors are also invited to share their excellent student support services! All composition instructors, students, writing support centers, departments, programs are welcome.

The English Department Composition Program Orientation will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. In addition to being able to chat with one another, the orientation will feature:

Professor Cezar Ornatowski, from San Diego State University, who will give a compelling talk titled “Weaponized Rhetoric: Writing, Social Media and the Rhetorical Situation as We (and Our Students) Now Control It.”

Trista Payte, LRC Director, who will share useful data about how students have been performing in the Stretch curriculum.

JR 319 is now open to Graduate and Honor’s students for study during the following times for the remainder of the Fall 2019 semester:

Mondays: 8:30-10:30am, 12:30-4:45pm
Tuesdays: 8:30am-3:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30-10:30am, 12:30-3:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30am-3:30pm

English Graduate/Honors students need to check in with the Main Office (ST-706/708) for access to JR 319. The room also needs to be left as found before leaving and locking the door.

The CFA’s Annual Fall 2019 Holiday Celebration will be held on Tuesday, December 3, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Orange Grove Bistro for great food, drinks and live music. Ivor Weiner’s Old School Funk Band will be back by popular demand. RSVP today to reserve your free drink ticket by calling extension 818-677-5919.

2. Reminders

The HSI Pathways to the Professoriate Program is currently opening its application for the 4th cohort of CSUN students, and faculty referrals are an important way that qualified applicants hear about our program. If you have any strong current students who are juniors interested in earning a Ph.D and becoming a professor, consider suggesting they check out the program’s website. They will be holding Info Sessions every week until 10 Student Fellows are selected.

The graduate students of the University of California, Riverside’s Department of English invite proposals for Disjunctions, their department’s annual graduate conference. This year’s conference theme is “Read for Filth.” Please see their CFP for more information regarding their theme. The two-day conference will be held on April 16-17, 2020 at the UC Riverside campus. The deadline for proposals is January 10, 2020. The CFP is also available at:
CFP.

3. Opportunities

The Office Research and Sponsored Programs is happy to announce that nominations are now being accepted
for the 2020 Jerome Richfield Memorial Fellow. They are looking for scholars who are accomplished members of our faculty and of their discipline who are conducting research that is of broad interest to the public. With support from the Jerome Richfield Memorial Fund, each year, a CSUN faculty member engaged in high quality, high-impact research is named as the Richfield Memorial Fellow. The Fellow presents a lecture at the Provost’s Colloquium Series, which is designed to highlight and celebrate the scholarly achievements of our faculty, and to provide an opportunity for socialization among faculty, administrators, students, and staff. Any CSUN faculty, student, staff member, or administrator may nominate CSUN faculty members at any rank. If applicable, an individual may be nominated multiple times for separate, unrelated research topics. Self-nominations will also be accepted. Nominees may include at most two letters of support. Deadline: 5:00pm, Monday, December 9, 2019. For more information, contact Sheree M. Schrager, Managing Director/Acting AIC, Research and Sponsored Programs, at sheree.schrager@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

Audrey Thacker presented her paper, “Oh, Brother, Now You’re a Jewish Mother? How Transparent’s Maura Pfefferman Has Turned the Trope on Its Head–Or Maybe Not,” at the annual symposium of the Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Association, in Miami Beach, Florida.

Congratulations to Audrey and all the faculty who continue to provide our students with a fine education and who advance our professions through their scholarly activities!

Volume 51.9

November 6th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.9)

1. Announcements

On November 14, 2019, the Career Opportunities and Professional Development Club is hosting a workshop on pursuing an MFA or a Ph.D in creative writing. Guest speakers include Professors Chris Higgs and Rick Mitchell as well as Krishna Narayanamurti. The workshop will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Sierra Tower 703. For more information, contact Dylan Campbell (dylan.campbell.93@my.csun.edu).

The Awards & Amenities Committee is now accepting applications for the fall 2019 departmental awards. The deadline is Friday, November 22, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Please share this year’s information with your students, and encourage and nominate your best for the awards. For detailed information on the awards and the application process, please visit awards. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spector, the Chair of the Awards & Amenities Committee (Cheryl.spector@csun.edu).

The HSI Pathways to the Professoriate Program is currently opening its application for the 4th cohort of CSUN students, and faculty referrals are an important way that qualified applicants hear about our program. If you have any strong current students who are juniors interested in earning a Ph.D and becoming a professor, consider suggesting they check out the program’s website. They will be holding Info Sessions every week until 10 Student Fellows are selected.

2. Reminders

The Provost’s Office has initiated the process of selecting a search committee for the election of a Dean to the College of Humanities. They would like to have a committee in place in November, and this semester the committee will work on the advertisement, a timeline, and an evaluation instrument. The bulk of the work will happen in Spring 2020. Three tenured associate or full professors from three different departments will be elected. Department chairs are also eligible for nomination and election. By November 8, 2019, please send Noreen Galvin (noreen.galvin@csun.edu) your nominations of faculty who are willing to serve on the committee. In order to have the committee finalized before Thanksgiving, the election will be held during the week of November 11-15.

The graduate students of the University of California, Riverside’s Department of English invite proposals for Disjunctions, their department’s annual graduate conference. This year’s conference theme is “Read for Filth.” Please see their CFP for more information regarding their theme. The two-day conference will be held on April 16-17, 2020 at the UC Riverside campus. The deadline for proposals is January 10, 2020. The CFP is also available at:
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3. Opportunities

The English Internship Program is an opportunity for students to earn college credit while gaining professional experience. English majors, minors, and students in our GE courses are strong potential candidates for the program. For a quick overview, watch this one minute video and visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/internship. If you or your students have questions about the English Internship Program, please contact Kimberly Wells (kimberly.wells@csun.edu).

Daniel Sack, Program Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will be onsite at San Diego State University, Friday, November 22nd to present a general overview of NEH programs and special initiatives as well as offer expert insight into the grant review process. Felicia Kelley, Project and Evaluation Director for California Humanities, will also make an informational presentation. The three-hour workshop will be devoted to strategies for success involved in best practices for writing and review of applications, including a mock panel review followed by Q&A. Register here. Space is limited.

Do you find it challenging to manage course content while also addressing unanticipated student writing shortfalls? Please join the LRC and Faculty Development for a four-part series as we work towards creating more transparent writing prompts and more effective collaborations between instructors and the Writing Center to help address student writing improvement across the disciplines and at all levels. For more information, visit LRCFACDEV.

4. Achievements

Martin Pousson’s poem, “Uncivil War,” has just been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Two of his poems, “Uncivil War” and “Proem,” were published this fall in Lovejets: 200 Years of Walt Whitman (Squares & Rebels Press), an anthology of poems written to commemorate the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth, including work by Richard Blanco, Jaime Manrique, and Edmund White.

Volume 51.8

October 23rd, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.8)

1. Announcements

The Provost’s Office has initiated the process of selecting a search committee for the election of a Dean to the College of Humanities. They would like to have a committee in place in November, and this semester the committee will work on the advertisement, a timeline, and an evaluation instrument. The bulk of the work will happen in Spring 2020. Three tenured associate or full professors from three different departments will be elected. Department chairs are also eligible for nomination and election. By November 8, 2019, please send Noreen Galvin (noreen.galvin@csun.edu) your nominations of faculty who are willing to serve on the committee. In order to have the committee finalized before Thanksgiving, the election will be held during the week of November 11-15.

2. Reminders

CSUN Faculty Mentor Program & Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has issued a Call for Nominations for
Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards for 2019, which awards exceptional contributions to the mentoring of past or present CSUN students, especially EOP students. Application deadline: tomorrow, October 25, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit Apply.

Im addition to normal travel funds for students through Graduate Studies and Associated Students, this year Graduate Studies is offering an additional $300 for students to attend (not even necessarily present) at a conference for educational and/or career advancement (networking with potential faculty, learning more about a given field, etc). Contact Hedy Carpenter in Graduate Studies if you have questions (hcarpenter@csun.edu).

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following workshops:

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesday, Oct. 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information, visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

3. Opportunities

Northridge Academy High School (NAHS) is seeking writing tutors for their after school program. The program runs Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:15-4:45 p.m. at NAHS for all of 2019-2020 (except school holidays/breaks). They are eager to get this program running and are flexible with scheduling tutoring days for Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020. If interested, please send the following information to cathy.gaspard@csun.edu (CSUN Liaison) AND tmL0044@lausd.net (Tania Lopez): your name; your greatest strength in writing, the semester you are available (Fall 2019, Spring 2020, or both); the days you anticipate being available; your preferred email and phone number; and your motivation to tutor.

The graduate students of the University of California, Riverside’s Department of English invite proposals for Disjunctions, their department’s annual graduate conference. This year’s conference theme is “Read for Filth.” Please see their CFP for more information regarding their theme. The two-day conference will be held on April 16-17, 2020 at the UC Riverside campus. The deadline for proposals is January 10, 2020. The CFP is also available at:
https://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/cfp/2019/10/14/the-26th-annual-disjunctions-graduate-student-conference-read-for-filth.

The STARTALK Russian Language and Cultural Immersion Program is seeking a student assistant to support the program director for approximately 10 hours per week. Specific hours and scheduling has some flexibility. Computer knowledge and advanced skills in standard office software – including Microsoft Office Suite – is required. Thorough knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation is also required and some experience creating professional documents – letters, reports, emails, etc. – is highly preferred. Salary: $14.25 per hour. Email resume to dina.mokhnatkin@csun.edu. Please include all relevant skills and work experience.

Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program supports high-caliber scholarship in the social sciences and humanities, making it possible for the recipients to devote time to research and writing that addresses pressing issues and cultural transitions affecting us at home and abroad. For more information, guidelines can be found at: 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. If you have any question, please contact Liza Johnston, Grants & Contracts Analyst in RSP at liza.johnston@csun.edu or at ext. 3441.

This is an invitation to participate in a showcase of student work (113A/114A/115)! All composition instructors, students, writing support centers, departments, programs are welcome. The Whitsett room has been reserved for the following dates/times:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 6, 2019: 8:00-11:00 a.m.

This event is an opportunity for faculty and students to share the wonderful work produced by students in writing courses. Each participating class will have a space in the Whitsett room to display their work. CSUN Campus Writing Centers, Tutoring Centers, Writing Labs, and Supplemental Instruction (and S.I.), and tutors are also invited to share their excellent student support services.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi’s recent book of poems is reviewed in the Fall 2019 issue of The Georgia Review: “The Necessary Impossibilities of Poetry (on Terrance Hayes’ American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin; Dorothy Barresi’s What We Did While We Made More Guns; Analicia Sotelo’s Virgin; and Kevin Prufer’s How He Loved Them). Her poem “Given To” has been accepted for publication in a special California issue of Terminus, guest edited by Ilya Kaminsky. Three poems from Guns will be reprinted in a special issue of Pratik. She will take part in a Pratik reading on April 5 at the Muzeo Museum and Cultural Center in Anaheim.

Volume 51.7

October 9th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.7)

1. Announcements

On Wednesday, October 16th, Rick Mitchell will be speaking about the work of dramatist Sam Shepard at A Noise Within Theatre, Glendale, immediately prior to the production of Shepard’s Buried Child. The talk, part of the theatre’s A Symposia Within series, begins at 6:45 p.m., followed by a performance of the play at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.anoisewithin.org/play/buried-child/.

CSUN Faculty Mentor Program & Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) has issued a Call for Nominations for
Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards for 2019, which awards exceptional contributions to the mentoring of past or present CSUN students, especially EOP students. Application deadline: Friday, October 25, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit Apply.

Im addition to normal travel funds for students through Graduate Studies and Associated Students, this year Graduate Studies is offering an additional $300 for students to attend (not even necessarily present) at a conference for educational and/or career advancement (networking with potential faculty, learning more about a given field, etc). Contact Hedy Carpenter in Graduate Studies if you have questions (hcarpenter@csun.edu).

2. Reminders

The Office of Community Engagement is offering Faculty SEED/Mentorship Grants (up to $1000 per faculty member applicant) and Student Scholar Grants (up to $500 to pay for a student scholar to support your teaching). Deadline: October 15 by 5:00 p.m. to communityengagement@csun.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Spratt, Director of Faculty Engagement, at danielle.spratt@csun.edu.

Please let Wendy Say know which classes you will have evaluated this semester by October 15th. (wendy.say@csun.edu)

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS). The goal of this program is to bring prominent artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to campus to engage CSUN students and faculty. The deadline is Monday, October 15, but the DSS program will fund speakers during the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, it is not necessary that you have already secured the speaker. A faculty committee will review and make recommendations for funding.

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following workshops:

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information, visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

3. Opportunities

The STARTALK Russian Language and Cultural Immersion Program is seeking a student assistant to support the program director for approximately 10 hours per week. Specific hours and scheduling has some flexibility. Computer knowledge and advanced skills in standard office software – including Microsoft Office Suite – is required. Thorough knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling, and punctuation is also required and some experience creating professional documents – letters, reports, emails, etc. – is highly preferred. Salary: $14.25 per hour. Email resume to dina.mokhnatkin@csun.edu. Please include all relevant skills and work experience.

Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program supports high-caliber scholarship in the social sciences and humanities, making it possible for the recipients to devote time to research and writing that addresses pressing issues and cultural transitions affecting us at home and abroad. For more information, guidelines can be found at: 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. If you have any question, please contact Liza Johnston, Grants & Contracts Analyst in RSP at liza.johnston@csun.edu or at ext. 3441.

This is an invitation to participate in a showcase of student work (113A/114A/115)! All composition instructors, students, writing support centers, departments, programs are welcome. The Whitsett room has been reserved for the following dates/times:

Tuesday, December 3, 2019: 8:00-11:00 a.m.
Friday, December 6, 2019: 8:00-11:00 a.m.

This event is an opportunity for faculty and students to share the wonderful work produced by students in writing courses. Each participating class will have a space in the Whitsett room to display their work. CSUN Campus Writing Centers, Tutoring Centers, Writing Labs, and Supplemental Instruction (and S.I.), and tutors are also invited to share their excellent student support services.

CSUN’s Research and Sponsored Programs office is hosting two faculty workshops this fall on proposal development. On Friday, October 18th from 2:00-3:00 p.m., Laura Serrano, Central Grants Officer, will lead the workshop, Making Your Match: Aligning Research to Funding Opportunities, where faculty can learn about the major federal grantmaking agencies and the mechanisms through which they award funding. The workshop will also provide an overview of foundation funding, cover how to analyze funding announcements to determine if your research is a good fit, and help assess deadlines and proposal deliverables to determine feasibility. On Wednesday, November 6th from 1:00-2:00 p.m., Shirley Lang, Senior Grants & Contracts Analyst, will lead the SciENcv and ORCID Workshop, where faculty can learn about the Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae (SciENcv) tool to help create biographical sketches in the required format for grant applications. The workshop will also cover how to set up your required Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) and link it to your eRA Commons personal profile.

4 Achievements

Katherine Coldiron (aka Katherine Mason, a CSUN English M.A. program alumna) has written a lyric novella, Ceremonials, which will be published by KERNPUNKT PRESS in February 2020

Noreen Lace has been invited to read from her new book, How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party, as well as from Eddy (a fictional story of an actual event in Poe’s life) at The Open Book on Soledad Canyon in Santa Clarita on Saturday, Oct. 12th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.; Ten Dollar Books on Tampa in Northridge on Saturday, Oct 19th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m.; and Gatsby’s Books in Long Beach on Saturday, Oct 26th, at 5:00 p.m. A Q & A and refreshments follow the book signing. A psychic will be available to give readings.

Rick Mitchell’s poem “Bone” was recently published in After Moby-Dick: An Anthology of New Poetry, and he participated in a couple of conferences during the summer. In May, he presented a paper focusing on storms in 19th century Puerto Rico, in “Winds of Resistance: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm,” VII International Colloquium: Diversity in the Caribbean, at Casa de las Américas, Havana, Cuba, and in June he presented “Energy Imperialism, Decolonization, and Resistance In Post-Maria Puerto Rico,” as part of Ecotones #5, The Caribbean: Vulnerability and Resilience, at Manhattanville College in New York.