November 18th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on 40:23)

1. Announcements

English majors! Check out the English Career Board’s new theme: “Jobs for Writers”! This month the Career Board (7th floor, outside of ST 716) features salary, requirements, job markets, and other pertinent information for writers, technical writers, and editors. Also be sure to check out the robust selection of current job openings for writers on our jobs’ clipboard. Please do not remove the job postings but feel free to take a picture with your phone or to take notes.

The English Department Awards Committee has extended the deadline for submission of all materials for student award consideration. Submissions must be turned in at ST 706 before 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26–the day before Thanksgiving break begins.

The 18th CSU Symposium on University Teaching will be held at CSU Los Angeles on March 13 and 14, 2015. This year’s theme is “grit,” a quality that helps students persist and graduate. The symposium provides an opportunity for our campus to showcase instructional innovations developed by faculty. Due date for proposals: Dec. 5. Apply at www.calstatela.edu/cetl/csu-teaching-symposium.

Eric Hershberg and Dennis Stinchcomb from American University’s Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) will present on the causes and context of unaccompanied children migrating to the United States from Central America on November 20, 2014, 11:00-12:15, Sequoia Hall 104.

2. Reminders

Ian Barnard will give a talk entitled “Upsetting Composition Commonplaces” for the Undergraduate Studies Stretch Writing Program Series on December 5, 2:00 p.m. in the Library Presentation Room.

3. Opportunities

The Academic Resource Center at Los Angeles Valley College is piloting an embedded tutoring program, similar to the Supplemental Instruction program at CSUN. They are looking for three English tutors who would be available for ten hours a week in the Spring Semester. Some of the duties of the tutors include: attending the main class three hours a week, planning and conducting two workshops a week, conferencing with students one-on-one and online, and submitting weekly paperwork. The compensation for tutors at LAVC is competitive. Please contact Holly Batty as soon as possible if you are interested. Her contact information is holly.batty@csun.edu or battyhk@lavc.edu.

CSUN’s IT division is looking for a Communications Assistant who will be helping the Director of Planning and Communications in designing and completing communication and marketing projects to promote technology services to CSUN students, faculty, and staff. He/she will also maintain and develop creative content for the division’s webpage and social media presence along with print publications (e.g. newsletters, brochures, flyers, end-user documentation, infographics and other promotional materials). In addition, the IT Communications Assistant will also perform other related projects and general office duties assigned. The position is open to CSUN undergraduates and graduates who possess excellent writing and have a general awareness of communication and marketing concepts. If interested, please contact Bianca Blasquez at cio.student@csun.edu.

Tongue & Groove, a monthly literary variety show with music produced by Conrad Romo, seeks an intern to co-produce readings/literary events in town. For more information, contact Conrad Romo at 323/931-1200.

The Granada Hills Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library hosts a classics book club that is currently reading James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. Many of the members have indicated that they are having difficulty with the book. Pam Rhodes, the Senior Librarian, seeks a graduate student or professor willing to volunteer their time to help with this book discussion. The Library can only offer appreciation as payment. The discussion of the novel will be on November 25, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at the library. The club usually meets for an hour. If interested, please contact Pam Rhodes 818/368-5687.

4. Achievements

Nate Mills’s review essay “Louis Althusser and Academic Marxism” appears in the November/December issue of Against the Current.

Volume 40:22

November 4th, 2014 | Posted by adawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 40:22)

1. Announcements

Today, November 6, at 7 p.m. in Jerome Richfield 319, there will be a poetry reading featuring two award-winning Los Angeles poets: James Ragan and Lynne Thompson. The reading is being co-sponsored by the English Department and the Northridge Creative Writers Circle. All are invited. Refreshments will be served.

Please announce to your classes that the TA Application Deadline has been extended until Monday, November 10. For more information, see Tonie Mangum.

“Do You Really Want to Live Forever?”–The Post Mortal Performance Project–will be held on Thursday, November 13, and Friday, November 14, in Oviatt 25. For more information and to reserve a seat, see http://goo.gl/VyU8YX.

George Uba will give a 20-minute talk entitled “Politicizing the Lyric: Poetry, Poststructuralism, and Protocol” on Tuesday, November 18, 12:30-1:30 p.m. in ST 703 (English conference room), as part of the Faculty Development Teaching Series. The presentation is used for the lower division survey course English 275: Major American Authors, but can be used in upper division literature courses as well.

Ian Barnard will give a talk entitled “Upsetting Composition Commonplaces” for the Undergraduate Studies Stretch Writing Program Series on December 5, 2:00 p.m. in the Library Presentation Room.

Kim Young will be hosting an upcoming reading and talk (funded by the College of Humanities and the English Department) on Wednesday, November 12. The panel will feature creative non-fiction writer Dinah Lenney, poet Raphael Dagold, and novelist Sandra Hunter. The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Chaparral Hall 5125.

2. Reminders

Today, November 6, there will be a march in solidarity with 43 missing Mexican students of Ayotzinapa and missing Central American migrants in Mexico. The march will begin in front of Sierra Tower at 11:00 a.m. and end at the Matador Square at 12:15 p.m.

The Asian American Studies Department is hosting a film screening and Q&A session with filmmaker and SFSU Professor Valerie Soe on Thursday, November 6 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Reseda Room (USU).

3. Opportunities

Faculty are invited to apply for a CSUN eLearning Grant to obtain support to develop instructional projects that improve student learning through, for instance, flipped or hybrid classes, tablet pedagogy, or interactive eTexts. If you have considered redesigning a course or you want to create new instructional materials, now is the time to apply. Visit the CSUN eLearning website to learn about different types of projects, and submit your proposal using the eLearning Grant application form. The application deadline is Monday, December 8, 2014.

4. Achievements

On October 20, Irene Clark gave a presentation at the University of Bristol, England. It was titled “Writing Effective Theses and Dissertations.”

On October 23, Irene Clark also gave a presentation at Queen Mary University, London. It was titled “Improving Student Writing: Genre Awareness, Threshold Concepts, and Transfer.”

Scott Kleinman led a workshop on Text Analysis with Lexos at THATCamp DHSoCal, the regional Digital Humanities “unconference,” at San Diego State University. In addition, the Serendip-o-matic search engine, which he worked on as part of the One Week | One Tool project, continues to receive accolades. Most recently, it received the Charleston Advisor’s Reader’s Choice Award for Best New Mobile App.

Elyce Wakerman’s monthly blog,” Birth of a Book,” in which she describes what goes on behind the scenes as the author prepares to send her book out into the world, can be found at the new URL: http://ewakerman-birthofabook.tumblr.com.