Volume 40:19

September 23rd, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:19)

1. Announcements

As part of English 407’s “Careers for English Majors” speaker series, this coming Monday, September 29th, from 12:30 to 1:30, the series will be highlighting paralegals–what they do, how they use their communication skills, and what makes the field a satisfying one for graduates with strong reading and writing skills. The speaker, Cherie St. Jean, graduated from CSUN in 1994 with an M.A. in Political Science, and worked in several large law firms as a paralegal. The presentation and the Q & A afterwards will be held in ED (Education) 1126. Please respond to Kathy Leslie (kathy.leslie@csun.edu) if you plan to attend.

Project D.A.T.E. is a rape and sexual assault awareness and prevention program sponsored by University Counseling Services and Strength United, a community based, university affiliated, sexual assault intervention and violence prevention program. They request faculty to donate time for a 30-60 minute presentation on the topics and resources. If interested, contact Leslie Z. Gonzalez at leslie.gonzalez.479@my.csun.edu.

2. Reminders

The College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program provides support for scholarly research or creative activities. Full-time tenure track and tenured faculty may apply for funding. Deadline: Wednesday, October 8.

3. Opportunities

The Fulbright Scholar Program is offering a Faculty Workshop on November 12, 2014 at Pepperdine University. Learn about teaching and research opportunities in more than 125 countries. Get advice on selecting countries for the application and making contacts abroad. Explore how your campus can host visiting foreign Fulbright scholars. Get tips on how to prepare the Fulbright application. To reserve a seat please contact Kamron King in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 310.506.4819 or kamron.king@pepperdine.edu. Space is limited; please RSVP by November 7, 2014. There is no charge for the workshop.

The Office of Community Engagement has now opened an additional grant cycle for Spring 2015. The application is due by November 10, 2014. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Joyce Burstein at joyce.burstein@csun.edu.

The California Rare Book School offers a series of seminars in the summer and fall that are open to faculty, students, and staff interested in the book as material object. They have a generous scholarship program. Those interested in attending can learn more about the course offerings and scholarships at http://www.calrbs.org/.

4. Achievements

Danielle Spratt received a SHARP (Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing) scholarship to attend a week-long seminar entitled “The History of the Book, The 19th and 20th Centuries” at the California Rare Book School this past August.

Danielle Spratt’s essay, “Denaturalizing Lady Bountiful: Speaking the Silence of Poverty in Mary Brunton’s Discipline and Jane Austen’s Emma,“ is forthcoming in a special issue on Jane Austen and Her Contemporaries in The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation.

Volume 40:18

September 16th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:18)

1. Announcements

Emeritus Professor Robert Louis Chianese will be reading his poetry at the Opening Reception of a new exhibit, “Cruel Season: Artists Reflecting on Drought and Fire,” at the Museum of Ventura County on Thursday September 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. For more information, see http://venturamuseum.org/current-exhibitions-3/mvc-current-exhibitions/.

The California Faculty Association will host a “Welcome Back Luncheon” on Tuesday, September 23 from 2:00-3:30 at the Sierra Center Colleagues Room. Speakers will inform faculty on workload and salary proposals. RSVP at 818/677-5919.

This year’s Faculty Retreat, which will be held on January 12 and 13 at the USU Northridge Center, will focus on sharing your research and expertise across diverse arenas in education. Preference will be given to proposals that have an explicit connection with the theme “Celebrating Diversity.” Online registration begins in late October at:http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/faculty-retreat. If you have questions, please call the Faculty Senate Office at X3263 or email: heidiw@csun.edu. Presentation Proposals due: October 20, 2014. The online Proposal Form can be found at: http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/faculty-retreat-proposals.

2. Reminders

The Amenities Committee kindly asks you to contribute to our annual fund, which finances the holiday party, refreshments for department meetings, and celebrations for faculty and staff retirements and other milestones. Contributions (in the form of cash or checks) should be given to Marlene Cooksey (ST 704). Checks should be made out to “Amenities.” (Please don’t put cash in Marlene’s mailbox.) Suggested contributions are the same as last year: Professor $70, Associate $50, Assistant $40, Lecturer $10. Thank you for helping us to fund department events and to reimburse those who shop for these events.

The deadline for submissions to the Northridge Review is October 3, 2014.

The deadline to complete the Information Security Awareness training is September 30, 2014. This training is only accessible through the myNorthridge Portal staff page which ensures secure, authenticated access to CSUN employees. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the IT Help Center (818) 677-1400.

3. Opportunities

The College of Humanities announces a Call for Proposals for Academic Programming Support. All full- and part-time faculty in the college are invited to submit proposals. Funding from this source will be supplemental only; projects will not be funded in full from this source. Deadline: Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

The College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program provides support for scholarly research or creative activities. Full-time tenure track and tenured faculty may apply for funding. Deadline: Wednesday, October 8.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews has two prose pieces in the next issue of Yellow Medicine Review (Fall 2014): “From The Rez Files (Greasy Grass Fantasy #5)” and “This is a story.” He also has been named to the editorial board for Transmotion, an online journal examining the works of Gerald Vizenor and works by others through the lens of Vizenor’s theories. His poem “The Wizards of Wall Street” is included in the recent collection titled 99 Poems for the 99 Percent, which was #1 on the poetry bestseller list for August compiled by Small Press Distribution.

Emeritus Professor Ian Barnard’s book Upsetting Composition Commonplaces was published this month by Utah State University Press.

Joseph Eldridge, one of our former students, was accepted into the graduate program in Information and Library Science at the University of Indiana, Bloomington.

Margaret Furguson, the President of the MLA, has selected Anthony Dawahare’s MLA session, “Tillie Olsen and the Location of Hope,” to be included in this year’s presidential theme, Negotiating Sites of Memory.  Aside from Dawahare, Barbara Foley (Rutgers) and Rebekah Edwards (Mills College and granddaughter of Olsen) will present papers.

Khaled Mattawa, one of our former colleagues hired in 1994, is one of the recipients of the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius” grants. Mattawa was recognized for his volumes of poetry and translations of Arabic poetry.

Keli Rowley, one of our M.A. English graduates and Lecturers, is a semi-finalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and the Austin Film Festival for her USC thesis script.

Volume 40:17

September 7th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:17)

1. Announcements

Kimberly Wells, a former M.A. student and current Lecturer, and her husband, Matt Vacca, are happy to announce the birth of their daughter, Kaia Ember Vacca, who arrived at 12:46 am on 9/1/14.  Congratulations on the birth of this sweet child!

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The Autry National Center in Griffith park is offering a couple of evening programs in conjunction with a new exhibit, “Route 66: The Road and the Romance.”  On September 11th, they will be hosting Waiting for Jack: a Beat Poetry Experience, with several actors and artists participating in an evening of spoken word and beat poetry.  Additionally, on October 16th, they have Celebrate Steinbeck! The Road Trip as Inspiration, an event dedicated to commemorating the 75th anniversary of The Grapes of Wrath, as well as the artists who continue to be influenced by it.  There is a student discount.

The Wings/New Voices Awards ceremony will take place on October 17th from 3-5 in the Grand Salon. Please come to this exciting celebration of our students’ accomplishments.

Annual Open Enrollment is September 15 through October 10, 2014. If you wish to make health benefit enrollment changes, contact your Benefits representative and submit the appropriate forms and documentation between September 15th and October 10th. Additional Open Enrollment information, including CSU rates, will be sent to you in the near future.

The Smithsonian Magazine hosts The Museum Day Live! program, which offers 2 free tickets to participating museums.  Smithsonian membership is not required.  For more information, see: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/?utm_source=dedicated&no-ist.

Beginning this academic year RosaMaria Chacon will join Anthony Dawahare as one of the two Associate Chairs for the Department of English.  Welcome RosaMaria to her new position, and please send your students to both of us for major advising as we are always happy to meet with them.

2. Reminders

Frank De La Santo has recently circulated his ever-helpful Beginning of Semester Notices. Here you will find vital information about such critical issues as office hours, attendance policy, faculty absences, keys, fire alarms, wait lists, copying, etc.

3. Opportunities

PHILIP LEVINE POETRY BOOK PRIZE 2014
$2000 prize and publication by Anhinga Press. Postmark Deadline: 9/30/2014.  Full guidelines, as well as the link for online submissions and online payments, can be found at: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/english/graduate/mfa/levine.html.

Granada Hills High School is currently hiring for several instructor and tutor positions for its after school program (3:30-6:00). Positions include SAT Writing Instructor, Academic Tutor, and Guitar Instructor.  For more information, contact Maribel Palafox at mpalafox@ghchs.com or 818/360-2361. If you are interested in bringing a noted scholar or writer to speak on campus, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies, Research and International Programs (GRIP) and its Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program. 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, and 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 lectures, or topical conferences. (Please note that International speakers may have up to 30% of honorarium withheld for taxes.) Applications are available from GRIP and the deadline is September 15.

The Probationary Faculty Support Program provides 3 units of reassigned time to support probationary, tenure-track faculty in their first through fifth years in meeting the qualifications for RTP. Deadline: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 4:00pm.  Please see our website for more details. And good luck to all probationary faculty!

4. Achievements

In July, Irene Clark presented a paper at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference in Minneapolis. Her paper was titled “Fostering Transfer Across Writing Contexts: Genre Awareness as a Threshold Concept.”

Irene Clark’s “Print/New Media Transfer: Genre Issues” has been published in the 2014 Issue of The Journal of Teaching Writing.

Anthony Dawahare’s “Richard Wright’s Native Son and the Dialectics of Black Experience” was published in a new volume of essays titled Richard Wright in a Post-Racial Imaginary (Bloomsbury 2104).

Martin Pousson sold two new short stories over the summer. “Altar Boy” will be published in Five Points, and “The Fox in the Trap” will be published in StoryQuarterly. A third story, “Flounder,” is now in the current issue of the Antioch Review.

Over the summer, Scott Kleinman gave a talk on “Modelling the Hybrid Edition/Archive of Early Middle English” at the Archive of Early Middle English workshop in Oxford, England. He also gave a presentation on “Play as Process and Product: On Making Serendip-o-matic” at the Digital Humanities 2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland.

For the eighth year in a row, a student in English 371 (Issues in American Jewish Writing) has won the Jewish Studies Essay Contest, along with its $250 prize: Lily Jamgotchian won the award with her essay, “Truth or Fiction.”