Volume 39:10

January 23rd, 2013 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Are you looking for funds for your research or creative work? Would you like funds for travel, collaborators, and stipends for your students? Are you interested in starting a new center or establishing, a contract with state, city, or local agencies? Do not be intimidated by the competition for external funds. A number of CSUN faculty have been successful in obtaining grants and contracts and can provide useful “tips” by sharing their experiences. Bring your lunch, listen to your colleagues, and ask your questions for a Q & A session with successful external grantees. The Brown Bag events will take place in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: February 11 and 26; and March 4, 12, and 18. Of special interest may be the February 11 session, on Student Research & Student Success: NSF, NIH, and Foundations, and the March 18 session, on the US Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Foundations.

Or, if you are just looking for money to sponsor speakers or workshops for this spring semester, consider applying to the Academic Programming Fund. This fund provides supplementary support for academically related activities and events only (e.g., guest lecturers, workshops, performances) and the application process is easy – a one page proposal (and budget) describing how the proposed activity or event supports a course or other academic program. Collaborative, co-sponsored, interdepartmental or inter-college events or activities are encouragedFor more information, or application forms, please see Jackie’s January 23 email or contact Juana Mora’s office.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Faculty Awards. The deadline for nominations is February 22; supporting materials will be due March 22. The awards honor:

*Outstanding Faculty (up to 2 awards, $1,700 each)
*Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship (up to 3 awards, $1,200 each)
*Preeminent Scholarly Publication(s) ($1,200)
*Exceptional Creative Accomplishment(s) ($1,200)
*Extraordinary Service ($1,200)
*Visionary Community Service-Learning ($1,200)

Details, including nominating procedures and forms, are available at  http://www.csun.edu/senate/awards.html Questions maybe be directed to the Faculty Senate Office, X3263, or heidiw@csun.edu.

Meantime, it’s Northridge Review submission time again, with the magazine soliciting new material for the issue to be compiled this term and published next fall. This really is an important opportunity for students, so please let them know to go to Submittable.com, sign in, and follow the guidelines there. Submissions are limited to 5000 word total per student in fiction, playwriting, and/creative nonfiction, and/or five poems per student. Names should not appear on the manuscripts, and the deadline is February 18.

On Monday, February 25th at 4 PM in JR 319, Professor Kevin O’Neill will be giving a talk in Irene Clark’s English 651 class (Rhetoric and Composition Theory). His talk is titled “How Many Friends Did Plato Have?: Rhetoric and Self-Presentation in Classical Athens.” Dr, O’Neill, who has expertise in both classical rhetoric and new media, will argue that rhetoric developed as a set of strategies for self-presentation in a culture in which love of public honor was a central value. He will also expand on the topic to include some remarks on Plato’s rhetorical strategies. You are welcome to bring your class, but please let Irene know in case she’ll need a larger room.

Don’t let stress get you down. Join the Spring 2013 Staff/Faculty Wellness Program, which begins January 28 and will be held Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Redwood Hall. This Kinesiology Staff/Faculty Wellness Program, sponsored by the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing and the College of Health and Human Development, has been designed to expand your limits of strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health.All participants are required to complete participation forms and a short health pre-screening. For more information, please see http://jack.csun.edu/ichwb/faculty-staff-wellness-program/

And while you are getting fit, you might want to get informed at CSUN’s BizFed – Daily News LA Mayoral Candidate Forum on Thursday, February 7, from 9 a.m. 12 p.m. in the VPAC. Come here LA mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry, and Emanuel Pleitez in discussion with  Austin Beutner, former special deputy to Mayor Villaraigosa and founder of Evercore Partners moderator, and the Daily News of Los Angeles as our partner.

As a result of amendments to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and the issuance of Executive Order 1083 (Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect), all CSU employees now have an obligation to report suspected or known incidents of child abuse or neglect. Look for details in the coming weeks.

Finally, here are some upcoming HR events you might not want to miss. For more information, please see Additional information and registration links for all of these sessions can be found in this issue of HR News.

*In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, all CSUN staff and faculty are invited to participate in free Biometric screenings on February 13th and 21st, or take part in an eight week Weight Management Series which kicks-off on February 4th.

*Retirement planning beyond CalPERS, a talk with Dr. William Jennings, Interim Vice President of University Advancement and Emeritus Dean of the College of Business and Economics and Dr. Michael Phillips of our Finance, Real Estate and Insurance Department, on February 27.

*”How to Feel More Encouraged During Discouraging times,” a talk with Dr. Mark Stevens and Dr. Julie Pearce of University Counseling Services on February 5.

*And on Friday, February 8, in the USU’s Northridge Center, HR’s Spring 2013 Keynote Speaker,  Dr. Iris Firstenberg, will present a discussion open to all faculty and staff on “Innovative Thinking for Extraordinary Outcomes.” Dr. Firstenberg is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at UCLA and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Management at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and teaches seminars on creativity and innovation for a variety of organizations including numerous fortune 500 companies.

2. Reminders

All College of Humanities Faculty and Staff are invited to the All College Meeting with President Diane Harrison This meeting will provide an opportunity to meet our new President who will share important information regarding the university. When: Monday, February 11, 2013. Where: Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. Time : 4-5 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

CSUN has a new transit station  at the intersection of Darby Avenue and Vincennes Street. Check it out.

Spring elections for positions in faculty governance will be held in March. Nominations for faculty officers (Vice President and Secretary), for Senators-at-Large (6 positions), and for one CSUN representatives to the Academic Senate CSU will be taken at the Faculty Senate meeting on February 7. If you would like to be nominated for any of these positions, please notify Steven Stepanek, CSUN Faculty President, or any member of the Faculty Senate by February 6. Also, as a reminder, faculty award nomination forms are due on February 22. The faculty award selection committees will be set up in March. If you have an interest in serving on a faculty award selection committee, please indicate so on the University Service Form (form is on the Senate website).

And if you are going to be late or absent, please remember that University policy requires that, as far in advance as possible, you  must notify Frank De La Santo in the main office, ext. 3431. Staff will post a sign on the doors of classes canceled due to faculty absence, but late-for-class or late-for-office-hours will NOT be posted. In addition, please let Frank know when you plan to go to conferences, etc., providing the dates/times they will be out of the office. Finally, according to University policy, “sick leave will be charged…from the onset of such an absence until the employee resumes attendance at the campus….” For example, if you have a MW class are absent all week due to illness, you will be charged for forty hours (all five days). If you miss the Monday session due to illness, then return to class on Wednesday, you will still be charged 16 hours of sick leave (for Monday and Tuesday). However, if you’re able to perform normal activities on Tuesday and notify the main office that you are resuming them, no sick leave will be charged for Tuesday.

3. Opportunities

Daring Pride is soliciting LGBTQ related fiction and/or poetry from talented young graduate students who have not yet published a book. The fiction/poetry contest will accept submissions by mail and online form January 20, 2013 to August 20, 2013. For full guidelines and information, please contact Ben Dralle at ben.dralle@glbtbookstore.com.

For students: If you have any bright and very promising students who would be interested in a three-month internship in Congress, consider letting them know about the annual Congressional Internship Program, one of several Panetta Institute-sponsored programs designed to encourage and develop future leaders of this nation. The program provides students with an intensive, two-week orientation at the Institute in Monterey before they begin work with members of California’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. for approximately three months each Fall.  A full scholarship covering all costs is awarded to each intern, thanks to the Panetta Institute and its patrons. Students selected to participate are appointed by university presidents from the 23-campus California State University system, Santa Clara University and Dominican University of California. Selection is based on exemplary scholastic record, interest in politics and potential for a public service career. For more information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Also for students: Writers at Work has announced its annual fellowship competition for emerging writers in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. First place in each genre receives: $1000, publication in Quarterly West, and free tuition and a featured reading at the 2013 summer writing conference. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2013, and the reading fee is $20 per entry. For more information, please go to www.writersatwork.org.

For you: The NEH Summer Program is currently accepting applications for its residential seminars and institutes for faculty who teach American undergraduates. These study opportunities allow faculty and a select number of graduate students to increase their knowledge of current scholarship and advance their own teaching and research. Participants in these two- to five-week projects receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses. The 20 seminars and institutes for summer 2013 will address the following topics. For a list of the seminars and institutes to be offered in the summer of 2013, along with eligibility requirements and contact information for the directors, please visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs.

And while you are at it, you might want to consider applying to  direct a summer program for college faculty or schoolteachers on a humanities topic of your expertise. For more information, please see  NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes at http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/summer-seminars-and-institutes, or NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops at http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/landmarks-american-history-and-culture-workshops-school-teachers.  The deadline to propose a summer program for Summer 2014 is March 5, 2013. Candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss proposals with NEH staff, who will answer questions and critique drafts. Call (202) 606-8500 or send e-mail to sem-inst@neh.gov or landmarks@neh.gov.

4. Achievements

Nate Mills’s article “Cleaver/Baldwin Revisited: Naturalism and the Gendering of Black Revolution” was published in Studies in American Naturalism 7.1 (2012): 50-79.

Stephanie Satie‘s play, Leon’s Dictionary is one of the top 3 finalists in The JCC Metrowest and Jewish Play’s Project annual Playwriting Contest. The 3 finalists will be read February 9 at the JCC Metrowest in West Orange, NJ. One winner will have a production at the 14th St. Y in NYC. And her newest solo play, Silent Witnesses, based on conversations and interviews with Child Survivors of the Holocaust will have one performance at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. More information to follow regarding tickets.

Volume 39:9

January 17th, 2013 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Here’s hoping everyone had a fabulous holiday, New Year, and break–restful, productive, and with at least a little bit of fun. Here we are again, though, and doesn’t it already seem like such a long time ago? Meantime, welcome back, all!

Eloise Klein Healy, who in the eighties and early nineties taught as a full-time lecturer in our Department (some of us still remember those days) and was the founder of CSUN’s Women’s Studies Program , has been named the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and will, for the next two years, serve as the official ambassador of Los Angeles literature, using the office as a platform from which to promote the city’s writers and the potentially transformative qualities of poetry and the written word. She is also the founder of the MFA program at Antioch University and the founding editor of Arktoi Books, Red Hen Press’s imprint of books by lesbian writers, as well as the founding director of CSUN’s own Women’s Studies Program. The author of seven collections of poetry, Eloise will publish her newest book, A Wild Surmise, in both print and audio in March.

It’s time to start thinking about what you would most like to do with 3 units of reassigned time next year as the annual CSUN Competition for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards is coming up. Open to all full-time and part-time faculty and designed to provide the opportunity to receive a mini-grant of up to $5,000 or 3 units of reassigned time to pursue scholarly and creative interests, the deadline for this year’s competition is of applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2013.  Proposal guidelines and application materials are available at http://www.csun.edu/grip/research/forms/. For more information, faculty may also contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at x2901.

And while you are at it, try going for the Grand Prize and applying for a Research Fellows Award.  Founded in 2007 by Provost Harry Hellenbrand, the CSUN Research Fellows Program is funded collaboratively by the Office of the Provost, the Colleges and the Library and provides 12 units of reassigned time and a small research support budget to each of the nine Fellows selected per year (one per College and one in the Library). Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of four elected members of the college faculty and the Associate Dean or a designee appointed by the Dean. Applications must be reviewed by Chairs and submitted to the Office of the Dean by January 21, 2013. Please attach a CV to the application, which is available from Elizabeth Adams’ office in Undergraduate Studies. The committee will make a recommendation to the Dean who will then announce the final decision and award the research fellowship on February 28, 2013.

And for those graduate students among us, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies is pleased to announce Graduate Fellowships of $5,000 for Spring 2013. Twenty fellowships will be awarded to graduate students who want to undertake a research project or a creative activity supervised by a CSUN faculty. While the project may be part of the student’s thesis, it is not a requirement. Students do not need to completely finish the project in the spring semester. However, it is expected that a significant part of the project will be accomplished during the award. Although these are merit-based fellowships, students must have a FAFSA on file. Additional information and application can be found at http://www.csun.edu/grip/graduatestudies/sfo/index.html. Any questions, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (818) 677-2138.

As previously announced in the last TN, Kathy Leslie, our inestimable yogi and friend, has once again offered to guide us in a community yoga practice on Wednesday, from 12:30 to 1:30, in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319). As someone who used to roll her eyes at yoga until it saved my life and cured my feet, at least in part because of this very same community practice, I can’t say enough about what a valuable gift Kathy has given to so many of us. (And no, you don’t have to be flexible, coordinated, or strong; you do, however, need to be able to breathe. As another of my yoga teachers is fond of saying, “You can live a long, happy life without doing yoga, but you can’t live a long, happy life without breathing.”) The group is small at present, so please come on down and join us. You will be glad you did, guaranteed.

All College of Humanities Faculty and Staff are invited to the All College Meeting with President Diane Harrison This meeting will provide an opportunity to meet our new President who will share important information regarding the university. When: Monday, February 11, 2013. Where: Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. Time : 4-5 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) of California State University, Northridge will be hosting its annual Open House on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 11 am – 1:30pm in BH 110. Please stop by and find out more about the excellent services they provide in their ongoing efforts to change the world for people with disabilities.

Good news: for those of you (or your students), who are worried about electronic publication of theses, a 2011 Chronicle of Higher Education survey found that more than 82 percent of the journal editors would consider manuscripts revised from openly accessible ETD’s.

2. Reminders

If you haven’t done so already, please make sure to get your office hours to Frank. He has also requested, as usual, your course syllabi (electronic preferred)– that is, of course, provided you have finished yours. Let this be another, very gentle reminder then–classes are starting next week. It’s time.

Per Provost Hellenbrand’s recent reminders, University policy requires us to be both flexible and sensitive with regard to course exams (and, presumably, other time-restricted course requirements) and religious holidays and student observances. If there’s a conflict, we’re to accommodate the student. Better yet, try not to schedule such requirements when a conflict is likely to occur.

3. Opportunities

And here’s from our former student, Rebbecca Brown, now a full-time lecturer at Hunter College in New York and spending this spring semester on a Fulbright Fellowship in India this spring:  The International Conference on Dalit and Indigenous Studies March 2013 will be held from March 21 to March 23, 23,2013 at Kannur University in Managattuparambu, Kannur, Kerala, India. The Department of Studies in English, started in 1974 as a Centre of Calicut University, is organizing an International Conference on the theme “Dalitality as a Global Paradigm : Theorising Indigenous Studies” with the objective of globalizing Dalit and Indigenous Studies in the backdrop of the global condition that once again places the Dalit and Indigenous people at the receiving end. The conference aims to identify the challenges and foreground the issues theoretically and socially at a wider platform exploring means to address them.

While we’re at it, Rebbecca didn’t ask, but I know they are looking for books where she is. Now that the last book drive is over, does anyone want to organize sending books to India?

Garrett Doherty, former Managing Editor and Editor of Crazyhorse, has started a new online writer’s juried journal, Sixfold, that sounds like an interesting project. Sixfold is a completely writer-voted short-story and poetry journal. The writers who enter vote to decide who wins the $1000, $200, $100 prizes and decide the content of each issue in three rounds of voting, with each writer participating having an equal vote. It’s an online workshop environment, too: by the end of the three rounds of voting, you read, evaluate, vote, and write comments on 18 other writers’ manuscripts, as well as receive up to 6, 24, or 78 votes and comments on your own manuscript from other writers, depending on how far it progresses through the three voting rounds. Full details at www.sixfold.org. Please help spread the word. Pass it on to anyone — writer, student, colleague, etc. — who might be interested. Also at Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/SixfoldJournal, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/SixfoldJournal.

4. Achievements

Robert Chianese has become invited columnist for the American Scientist magazine, writing on relationships among the humanities, arts, and sciences, an invitation that followed his presidential address, “Art Inspired by Science,” to the American Association for the Advancement of Science-Pacific Division in June; which published his book on this topic this year. What multiple honors for a non-scientist!  Chianese’s initial four or five essays have already been accepted for publication in upcoming bi-monthly issues of the American Scientist journal and constitute a series of evaluations of just how ecologically “green” some iconic works of Earth Art actually are. The title for the series is HOW GREEN IS EARTH ART? His first essay, on Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty,” appears in the current January/February 2013 issue, available at news stands and on line at http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/2013/1/spiral-jetty.

Graduate alum, Tiffany Palioungas has been accepted into the Teach for America Corps in Los Angeles.

Graduate student Trista Payte has had one poem and one story published by Uno Kudo, Volume 2: Naked, a literary art journal published by a collective of artists and writers from across the globe. In this volume, the journal explores the theme of “being naked” through a unique blend of short stories, poems and artwork that reflect highly talented artists’ interpretations of the word  to create a “must have look into the future of art and literature.”

Elyce Wakerman‘s essay, “My Visit to Poland,” was published in the 2012 edition of the Mezricher Tribune, a Hebrew and English journal that is printed annually in Israel.

Closer to home, the following students won our Department Awards last term.

Northridge Review Fiction Award: Karlee Johnson, for her story, “Truth Ingest”

The Rachel Sherwood Award: Tiffany Eddy, for her poem, “Two Knives”
Honorable mention: Gina Srmabekian, for her poem, “Invocation to an Engineer”

The Eva Latiff Award: Jason Gallaher, for his paper, “Negating Racial Stereotypes for Young Readers through Linda Sue Park’s A Single Shard and Joseph Bruchac’s Skeleton Man

The Oliver Evans Award: Gina Srmabekian, for her essay, “Where Everything’s Made Up and the Titles Don’t Matter”

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Awards: Angela Blair and Joanna Bradbury

Congratulations all!