Volume 38:3

September 29th, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Observation

It is probably not my place to say so, but this issue of EOTN is being published a day and a half after our library and other parts of campus were closed due to a threat of violence for many hours (but who was counting?), during which we all received multiple emergency updates from our campus administration and police regarding a “man who indicated he had a gun.” There were bomb squads and SWAT teams and yellow tape and nervous students and personal decisions we all had to make. So, like I say, even though it is probably not my place to say it, we might all want to acknowledge, at least privately, and be grateful that, faced with a very difficult situation, the University made some hard calls and did a good job of keeping things going and keeping us safe.

2. Announcements

  • For those of you with students who may not be headed to law school, you might be interested in the Enhancing Student Success on the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) workshop sponsored by our own Anne Kellenberger (Coordinator, Learning Resource Center Writing Programs)and Sharon Klein (English/Director, Writing and Reading Across Disciplines). The workshop will be held on Monday, 10/3/2011, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, in the Writing Center, Bayramian Hall 414. Maybe they’ll end up in law school after all!
  • And whether or not you have students headed to law school, you probably have students interested in the LGBT Civil Rights Lecture by Lieutenant Dan Choi, on National Coming Out Day–Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 pm in the Northridge Center, University Student Union.  The lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets will not be issued; seating at the event will be first-come, first-served. Faculty members may reserve seats for their classes. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Shanell Tyus, Manager of USU Events at shanell.tyus@csun.edu or 818-677-4171.

3. Reminders

  • Don’t respond to fraudulent emails that ask for account information, especially those that seem to be from some legitimate webmail or tech support source (“we will be undegoing regularly scheduled maintenance, and access to your mailbox via our mail portal will be unavailable for some time during this maintenance period,”). If it asks for account information and you provide it, you will be sorry and may get a virus.
  • And for your students who may need support, don’t forget the following resources available to them: our ever-exemplary Humanities Adivising Office downstairs in JR 240, (818) 677-476; the Learning Resource Center (818) 677-2033; University Counseling Services, (818) 677-2366; Disability Resources, (818) 677-2684; CSUN Help Line (818) 349-HELP (4357).

4. Events

  • RESCHEDULED: The Northridge Review reading has been rescheduled to October 21, in the VPAC Room 181, at 7 pm. Please come celebrate another successful publication and the amazing work of our fantastic creative writing students.
  • While we’re on the subject of our fantastic creative writing students, you won’t want to miss the first Graduate Reading Series event of the year.  This one follows our next Department meeting, at 7:00 pm on October 14, in our own JR 319.

5. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

  • Scott Andrews will have four poems, “Greasy Grass Fantasy,” 1-4, in the next issue of Yellow Medicine Review A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought.
  • Robert Louis Chianese, Emeritus Professor of English, has been selected as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science–Pacific Division (2011-2012). Bob taught in our department for forty years (1969-2008), where he developed numerous interdisciplinary courses, linking literature and the humanities with areas such as history, art, sociology, psychology, ecology, religious studies, and philosophy. For many years he team-taught a literature and science course with Prof. Joyce Maxwell of Biology. Over the last twelve years and since retirement he has offered symposia linking literature and the arts with science at the annual meetings of the hundred-year-old AAAS-PD. As the first non-scientist president of this organization, Chianese will continue offering cross-fertilization projects linking various disciplines, with a symposium and reading last June on Poetry and Science, and a symposium and juried exhibition of “Art Inspired by Science” the year before.
  • Congratulations to Sharon Klein for being awarded a $250,000 large grant from the California Postsecondary Education Commission for her project, “Enhancing Quality for Teachers of Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.” This is a local grant, with the bulk of the funding going to support 25 teachers who work primarily with DHH students to work their ways through the new national Common Core Standards in the Language Arts that California ratified, focusing especially on the Speaking and Listening standards. Sharon will be working with SPED colleagues Rachel Narr-Friedman and Ellen Schneiderman to design workshops (beginning November 5th) and projects to find ways of applying the new standards and of using them to advance both students’ language knowledge and use and teachers’ understanding of some of the helpful linguistic underpinnings–both formal and sociolinguistic underpinnings. This is an important project and wonderful news all around!
  • And from the other side of the world, our own recent graduate, Tommy Vinh Bui, writes to us as a Peace Corps Volunteer from Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda, where he is serving as an education and community development volunteer working at a pedagogical college in Kazakhstan. Good work, Tommy. But we can do good work from here too by helping Tommy with a project he’s envisioned involving a classroom correspondence. As Tommy writes, “Many of my students are profoundly interested in American culture and I feel this is a good opportunity for some cultural exchange. If you could inform the teachers in the department (or anyone you feel that would be interested) about my proposal, I’d greatly appreciate it.” If there are classes where this would work–or if you know of others–this seems like a great opportunity. Let’s think about it.

6. Faculty Development Opportunities

  • The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects has alerted us to a wide range of grant opportunities with upcoming deadlines. For more information, please see the Open Funding page athttp://www.csun.edu/humanities/grants/openfundingopportunities.html and/or discuss with the Humanities Grant Officer at your earliest convenience. (Hmm, that position is currently vacant, but you can still contact the office of the Dean.) Current oppartunities include, but are by no means limited to: NEH, Collaborative Research, (deadline, 12/8/11); Folger Shakespeare Library Research Fellowships (deadline, 11/1/11); NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grants, (deadline,1/24/12); and the Endangered Language Fund Native Voices Endowment: A Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Legacy Project (10/17/11).
  • Google teams with the CSU. Space is limited–don’t miss out on new exciting webinar opportunities, covering such topics as: Modern search literacy: Leveraging literacies to get quality from popular tools (11/4); Believe it or not: Authority and credibility (11/18); More Google resources for education: Scholar, Books, Patents (and more!) (12/2); and Extending your search skills: Staying relevant in a changing world (12/16). Staying relevant, what could be better? For more information on and to register for these, and other, webinars, please see http://ctfd.sfsu.edu/event/series/google-fall-webinar-series-for-the-csu-community.htm

7. Jobs and Opportunities

  • Illinois State University at Normal, Illinois, seeks applicants for two positions:  Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Composition, specializing in histories of rhetoric, and Assistant Professor in Children’s and Young Adult Literatures.
  • Otis Books / Seismicity Editions is calling for submissions of manuscripts of poetry and prose (fiction or non-fiction) in the English original or in translation. Deadline is December 15, 2010. Send a hard-copy of your manuscript (only one per author, please) to: Graduate Writing program, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90045, ATTN: Seismicity. Be sure to include complete contact information (postal and email addresses, as well as a telephone number). Selected manuscripts will be announced February 1, 2011. For more information, please visit: http://www.otis.edu/seismicity/.

Compiled by Kate Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38:2

September 15th, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Acknowledgments

  • Kudos to our new Chair for having so graciously and seamlessly navigated these first daunting weeks of fall semester.
  • And kudos to the rest of us for getting through too.
  • And thanks to our ever diligent, hard-working, and good-natured staff for helping us do it.

2. Announcements

  • The Wings/New Voices Student Awards Ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, September 23rd, from 3 to 5 in the Grand Salon. Please come help celebrate the achievements of our students–and their families and teachers!
  • The Northridge Review Fall 2011 Issue is about to hit the stands.  We are having a celebration of the event on Oct. 14, 2011 starting at 7PM.  The reading is taking place in VPAC  LA 181. Please announce to your classes.  Please come.  Please invite your friends.  It’s going to be a great party.
  • Please also announce to your classes that the Northridge Review is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2011 Issue. The deadline this semester is Sept. 23rd. Guidelines: Poetry (up to 5 poems) , Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Drama (5000 words). No Names on Manuscripts. Cover Sheet: Titles, Name, Address, Phone and Email. Send or drop off: Engl. Dept. ST 706. You can find these guidelines on the Engl. Department web page under publications athttp://www.csun.edu/english/northridge_review.php.
  • The Civil Discourse and Social Change (CDSC) initiative has announced its second year kickoff event for the 2011-12 academic year, a lecture/workshop by Reverend James Lawson on Monday, September 26, 2011, 4:00-6:45 in the Northridge Center, USU.  For more information about this event and others, please see http://www.csun.edu/cdsc/.
  • HOP 1:  Provost Hellenbrand has invited us to join him on Wednesday, September 28, for another kickoff event of theHybrid/Online Pedagogy (“HOP”) Community of Practice, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM in the Whitsett Room (SH 451), on Wednesday, September 28.  Come learn about issues in online education, connect and collaborate with  peers, work on research projects and publications, promote quality and professionalism, and lead and shape the future of this community.  And please RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/68LCWMR.
  • But wait, there’s more: The Fall Teaching and Learning Bytes series also kicks off on Tuesday, September 20, with Elio Spinello from Health Sciences and a representative from Apple presenting on publishing e-texts with ePub. Future topics include lecture capture, clickers, podcasting, video storytelling, and “backwards” assessment.  These sessions will take place every Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:00 PM in Oviatt 30 or online.  For more information visit the Teaching and Learning Bytes website http://www.csun.edu/at/teaching/tlb_schedule.html.
  • The Office of Sponsored Projects has announced its fall information sessions, which will be held at the following times:  Friday, September 16, 9:00 am to 11:00 am; Wednesday, Setpember 21, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; and Thursday, September 22, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  This is a good opportunity to learn more about how to take advantange of good opportunities to obtain support for your research and creative activities from federal, state, corporate, and foundation sponsored programs.
  • Speaking of which, here is one: On behalf of Academic Affairs, Faculty Development is pleased to announce that the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Spring 2012 Probationary Faculty Support Program is now available in both PDF and Word versions at http://www.csun.edu/facdev/grants.htm.  Please note that  the Spring 2012 Probationary Faculty Grant program is restricted to second through fifth year tenure-track faculty.
  • Starting September 1, 2011 Applications will be accepted for the 2012 Ford Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website at: http://nationalacademies.org/ford.
  • NEH Summer Stipends program; $6000 to selected individual applicants who wish to pursue research or projects—such as articles, books, digital materials, translations, etc.— intended for wide dissemination to humanities scholars and/or general audiences. Projects may be at any stage of development.  Interested faculty members will apply independently but must be nominated by the the College of Humanities, so let us know if you would like to apply. Deadline, September 29.http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html.
  • The American Council of Learned Societies’ Collaborative Research Fellowships are awarded to selected small teams of scholars for collaboration on a single, substantive research project demonstrating the value of both collaborative research and inquiry into the humanities. Awards are intended as salary replacement—for full-time research while on academic leave—at set values based on academic rank ($35K for assistant professor, $40K for associate, and $60K for full), plus up to $20,000 in collaborative funds (travel, materials, research assistance, etc.), with the total award based strictly on these criteria and limited to $140,000. The fellowships are limited to projects primarily focused on research. Successful applicants will initiate their projects between July 1, 2012, and September 1, 2014. For additional information about the program, including a sample application, see: http://www.acls.org/programs/collaborativeACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship; up to $140,000; deadline: September 28. http://www.acls.org/programs/collaborative.
  • The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) is pleased to announce its next conference in Malibu, California at Pepperdine University in August 2012. The conference theme will be “Nature and the Popular Imagination.” Proposals deadline, April 1, 2012. http://www.religionandnature.com/society/conferences.htm#malibu

4. Reminders

  • Personnel ballots are due tomorrow, September 16, in the ballot box in Martha office.  Please don’t forget to seal and sign–not the little, inside, secret envelope, but the big outside one the little one goes in.  And if no one can read your signature, also, please print your name.  And, please vote.
  • This just in:  SOLAR is being updated.  For a week.  Please mark your calendars–from October 5, at 6:00 pm, to October 11, at 6:00 am, both the Student Administration (SA) and Human Resources (HR) modules will be unavailable.  That means, no class rosters, no grades, no compensatory history, no unofficial transcripts.  When they’re done, we’ll have one-click access to such services as such frequently used services as class rosters, class schedules, permission numbers, recording grades, etc.  For more information on this exciting change, please tune your computers to the newly released youtube documentary, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MiU851R-DI.
  • Important clarification: In the last riveting issue of Thursday’s Notes, we were reminded of changes in the advising protocols for this year that include a re-routing of initial appointments to the CoH Advising Office, in JR 240. The list of department advisers still seeing students included only undergraduate advisers. PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT GRADUATE ADVISING REMAINS IN THE DEPARTMENTRanita Chatterjee, is still our indefatigable Graduate Adviser (though she keeps saying this is her last year), and Irene Clark is our equally indefatigable (and enduring) Composition and Rhetoric Adviser.Kate Haake (me) will be seeing Creative Writing graduate students this year. IMPORTANT NOTE: All graduate students see Ranita first and for all non-option-specific questions regarding their degrees.
  • Undergraduate advising remains as announced in last Thursday’s Notes (although not last Thursday)–first, to the CoH Advising Office (often affectionately referred to as “Shelly’s Office”), and then to Dorothy (subject matter), Kent (JYI, FYI), and me (literature, creative writing, honors, etc.).
  • Here, again, is the weblink and access information for Martin Pousson’s outstanding English assessment moodle page. Thanks again, Martin. Terrific work! Now we will all be able to stay current on and contribute to our assessment activities. Do remember to collect and submit data year-long. Moodle site name: English Department Academic Assessment; password, ST708; link, http://moodle.csun.edu/course/view.php?id=23617.
  • The Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program (DVSP) is a program designed to bring well-known speakers to California State University, Northridge. Applications may be submitted in one of two categories. Category I applications (up to $700) request support for classroom visits or department seminars by a guest lecturer. Category II applications (up to $1,800) request funds for individuals or small groups of scholars with broad appeal to the university community to participate in artistic performances, public lecture, or topical conferences. Please note that International speakers may have up to 30% of honorarium withheld for taxes.  For more information, contact Hedy Carpenter at (818) 677-2138. Application Deadline: September 19, 2011.
  • Linda Overman’s car was broken into and its contents stolen in parking lot B-2. This is a sad reminder that ours is a large urban campus and we need to be vigilant, taking care in the parking lot and probably, also, in our offices. Our concern goes out to Linda. So perhaps it is a good time, also, to remind the Department of a series of public safety workshops hosted by the Department of Police Services this semester. Don’t miss out on important tips about such topics as, “How to Make your Home a Safer Place,” “The Basics of Pepper Spray Defense,” “Has Your Identity Been Compromised?” The identity you save may be your own.  For more information about these workshop, please see the Safety Workshops flyer, available at,http://www-admn.csun.edu/police/crime/.
  • The Employee Assistance Program also hosts a variety of workshops and support activities to help us deal with the stress of our lives. There’s a book group, fitness and wellness sessions, mindfulness sitting sessions–even yoga. For more information about these opportunities, please see http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/eap/calendar.html.
  • And Human Resources also has an outstanding lineup workshops, on such life-transforming topics as asset management, insurance, home ownership, and retirement. For more information, please see http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/communications/current.html#fall. (This webpage also includes information about the EAP sessions noted above.
  • Also, we’ve been asked nicely not to move chairs from one room to another, so please, let’s not.
  • And have you filled out your doodle poll page to let Tonie and Dorothy know about your availability for exit interviews and indicated your preference of literary texts to them?  There’s still time…
  • While you’re online, you might want to friend the CSUN Creative Writing page and find out what our student writers are up to.  Thanks for this project go to Leilani.
  • Finally, it’s not time to order books for spring yet, but it is time to start thinking about ordering books for spring–just in case you’re still stuck in fall semester.

4. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

  • Scott Andrews published a review of Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing this summer in The Tulsa World, his hometown newspaper.  His blog entry titled “Ice Kobe” was purchased to be printed in Connecting with Cultures, a popular culture textbook from Pearson due out this year.  Congratulations Scott!
  • Fred Fields’ new book, Bilingualism in the USA: The case of the Chicano-Latino community has been published by John Benjamin Publishing Company. The book provides an overview of bi- and multilingualism as a worldwide phenomenon by taking the Chicano-Latino community of Southern Californias as a detailed case study relevant to nearly every bi- and multilingual community irrespective of nation, language, and/or ethnicity. Congratulations Fred!
  • Martin Pousson had one story and two poems accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of Rattling Wall, the PEN Center USA literary journal.”The Masked Boy,” a story from The Nerves, a collection of stories in-progress, and “Hoodoo” & “Voodoo,” two poems from Mississippi River Anthology, a collection of poems in-progress, will be published in the Fall 2011 issue. Congratulations, Martin!

 

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38.1

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

1. Announcements

  • Welcome to the new Thursday’s Notes, for it is, indeed, Thursday. Here’s hoping you all had wonderful summers and are returning to classes refreshed and excited to meet the challenges of the year ahead.
  • Effective this fall, the advising proedures for the College of Humanities have changed. Please refer students for advising to the Student Services Center/E0P (Richfield Hall, Room JR 240, @ ext. 4784) for all academic advisement–e.g., changes in student academic plans, etc., declaration of major, filing for graduation, and questions about what classes to take. DEPARTMENT ADVISERS WILL CONTINUE TO SEE STUDENT for the purposes of mentoring and general advisement about the major and/or whatever in the world may be coming next after college with an English degree. This year’s English advisers are: Kate Haake, Associate Chair; Kent Baxter, FYI/JYI; Dorothy Clark, ESM; Michael Bryson, Honors.
  • Request for feedback, Community College Transfer Model Curriculum for English: As discussed at the last year, in response to Senate Bill 1440, California community colleges are working on curriculum relating to two year transfer degrees. CSU faculty has been invited to participate in these discussions, both at conferences and online. The Transfer Model Curriculum for English is available for faculty review on the C-ID website. To look at the curriculum and to provide feedback, please go to the “TMC” tab at http://www.c-id.net and scroll down. Faculty review is needed for five draft C-ID descriptors in your discipline: ENGL 110: Freshman Composition; ENGL 115: Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking; ENGL– CW 100: Introduction to Creative Writing; ENGL – LIT 100: Introduction to Literature; ENGL – LIT 160: Survey of British Literature 1. For more information on SB 1440, please see http://www.cccco.edu/1440. The deadline for responding is October 16, 2011.
  • Save the Date! On November 3, former CSUN English student Kim Knight, now Assistant Professor of Emerging Communication at the University of Texas-Dallas, will be giving a presentation on “Digital Humanities: A Media Ecology.” The presentation will take place in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room form 4:00-5:00 pm. More information will be made available in the coming weeks.
  • Cal State Northridge is hosting a site visit in connection with its reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Sept. 14-16, 2011. Open meetings will be scheduled with students and faculty for informal input from the campus community, but the WASC team also hosts a confidential email site so that everyone has the opportunity to communicate with the team regarding their experience with the institution. Students who wish to send a message to the team are encouraged to comment on issues of academic rigor and consistency, availability of student support services and other matters related to the quality of the educational experience. The team is particularly interested in hearing from students enrolled in distance education/off-site courses and programs. Only comments received prior to and during the site visit will be considered as part of the review process. The WASC can be contacted at: wascf11csun@yahoo.com.

2. Reminders

  • Please read carefully the Beginning of the Semester reminder Martha distributed by email today. It contains important information we may take for granted. For example, faculty office hours are expected and are included in faculty compensation. Full-time faculty are required to schedule three hours per week. Part-time faculty are required to schedule one hour per week for each three-unit class. If you need to cancel your office hours on a particular day, notify the department office staff.
  • The end of week three comes sooner than we expect. Please remember that, for students, this is last day to register late, add a class, drop, or change basis of grading. After the fourth week of the term, students will not be able to change their programs or basis of grade except for extraordinary circumstances.

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

  • Ian Barnard‘s article, “Authorial Intent in the Composition Classroom,” has been published in Composition Forum 24 (Fall 2011).
  • Irene Clark participated in a research seminar at Elon University concerned with the issue of “Transfer.” Her project is focused on potential transfer from the writing done in first year writing classes to writing in classes across the disciplines. Anyone who wishes to hear more about this exciting project should contact Irene. In addition, her book, Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing, has been published in a second edition by Taylor and Francis.
  • Amanda Harrison presented her paper, “Marriage Can Wait: Shaw’s Portrayal of the New Woman,” at the International Shaw Society Conference, 2011, at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.
  • Scott Kleinman‘s article “Frið and Fredom: Royal Forests and the English Jurisprudence of Laȝamon’s Brut and Its Readers” has been published in Modern Philology 109.1 (2011).
  • Bobby Lopez has been busy. Last spring he presented three papers:”Trespassing To and From: Confidence Man and William Wells Brown’s Escape.”/American Literature Association. Boston, MA. May 2011.”Eating the Citizen to Build the City: Dogeaters and Noli me Tangere.”/Association of Asian American Studies. New Orleans, LA. May 2011./”Military Multiculturalism: Reconsidering the Pacifist-Antiracist Nexus in Ethnic Studies.” Critical Ethnic Studies Conference. Riverside, CA. March 2011. In addition, his monograph, The Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients from Wheatley to Whitman, is coming out from Rowman & Littlefield’s University Press of America on October 17, 2011. It can be ordered through custserv@rowman.com with the ISBN 978-0-7618-5627-6.

Compiled by Kate Haake, Associate Chair