Volume 43:3

September 29th, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:3)

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Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake 

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Announcements:

Announcing (drum roll) an exciting exciting new year-long (inaugural?) film series, Reimagining Narrative, co-curated by Chris Higgs and (MA student) Katharine Mason. Launched September 23, with David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, the series continues on Friday, October 14, with Věra Chytilová’s Daisies, a Czech New Wave film from 1966 that has been described as “an aesthetically and politically adventurous film that’s widely considered one of the great works of feminist cinema.” This series is free and open to the public, and takes place in the LNJ Room (JR 319), at 7:00 p.m.  Screenings will be introduced and contextualized prior to viewing, with open discussion to follow. Stay tuned for details about future events. For more information, contact Professor Higgs at christopher.higgs@csun.edu.

The COPD (Career Opportunities and Professional Development) group is pleased to announce an event that will explore graduate options in creative writing, with a special look at the difference between MFA and PhD programs. This event features guest speakers, Chris Higgs and Rick Mitchell, and will take place on Tuesday, October 4, at 5:00 p.m., in ST 703. All are welcome — grads, undergrads, faculty. Come see what the future may hold for you and/or your students.

The Faculty Retreat Planning Committee is pleased to announce that the 2017 Faculty Retreat will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Please save the date if you’d like to attend. Proposals are invited from those who’d like to address faculty and student success that contributes to the reputation and visibility of CSUN. The deadline for proposals is October 17, and the online proposal form is available at http://www.csun.edu/faculty-senate/faculty-retreat-proposals.

Reminders:

Do not forget: we are in Open Enrollment season, which extends through next Friday, October 7. No action is required if you do not plan to make any changes in your benefits. But if, for example, you want to take advantage of our pre-tax childcare or health care benefits, you do need to re-enroll.

As previously announced, the Santa Monica Review Fall 2016 launch reading is taking place Sunday, October 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The evening will feature a welcome and introduction by poet, teacher, and activist, Susan Suntree, and readings by Monona Wali, Richard Wirick, Michelle Latiolais, and Kate Haake, who will be introduced by our very own Sean Pessin. (Thank you, Sean.)

Opportunities:

This one’s for students: The Oakland Arts Review, an undergraduate literary magazine published by Oakland University in Michigan, is looking for poetry, fiction, nonfiction, scripts, graphic narratives, as well as artwork for our cover. There is no submission fee and students can submit online at their website: www.oaklandartsreview.com. Submissions are accepted year round, but they will start considering work in October and will finalize decisions for their second issue by November. They are also excited to offer the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Poetry and Nonfiction, recognizing work that addresses the experience of being Muslim in America. First prize in each category, $500 and publication; second prize, $300 and publication. Please let your students know.

The George Bennett Fellowship at Phillips Exeter Academy will be accepting applications from October 1 through November 30. Designed to support emerging writers at a critical stage in their careers, the award provides the 2016-17 Fellow with a stipend of $15,570, plus housing, meals, and benefits. The duties of the Fellow are to work towards the completion of a manuscript of a book, and to be accessible, at times, for conversation with students interested in writing during the time the Fellow is in residence at Exeter. Sounds great! More information can be found at www.exeter.edu/bennettfellowship.

Achievements: 

Martin Pousson’s new novel-in-stories, Black Sheep Boy, was featured at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, and he moderated the “Southern Reads” panel during the Trade Show in Savannah, Georgia. He was the featured book club author for Diesel Bookstore in Brentwood. And he read from Black Sheep Boy for Tongue & Groove at The Hotel Café in Hollywood.

Volume 43:2

September 15th, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:2)

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Chair: Kent Baxter

Notes compiled by: Kate Haake 

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Announcements

Faculty undergoing personnel review will not want to miss Retention, Tenure, and Promotion, an informal discussion on the process. The event will take place in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room of the Oviatt Library on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Members of reviewing agencies such as Department Chairs, members of Department and College Personnel Committees, and Deans and faculty planning to seek promotion in rank in future years are also invited and encouraged to attend.

The Oviatt Library and the Office of the Provost cordially invites you to the 8th Annual Research Fellow Colloquium, when our distinguished Research Fellows will be talking about their — research! And bring your classes with you to the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room in the Oviatt Library on  Tuesday, October 11,  from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
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On Sunday, October 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., the Santa Monica Review will be hosting a reading to celebrate the publication of its fall 2016 issue. The evening will feature a welcome and introduction by poet, teacher, and activist, Susan Suntree, and readings by Monona Wali, Richard Wirick, Michelle Latiolais, and Kate Haake. So if your Sunday afternoon brings you to Santa Monica, please consider joining us there.

Please let your students know that the Northridge Creative Writing Circle is undergoing a metamorphosis this semester! Even if they missed the first meeting, which took place on September 13, they should stay tuned for more, as this club, along with our others, such as the Sigma Tau Delta, AGSE, and the Critical Theory Club, offer exciting opportunities to students for involvement, new experiences and communities, and fun.

Reminders

This being the season of memos, be sure to read the ones you receive. There are all kinds of things to be aware of — outside employment (there are rules and restrictions), policies for examinations and religious observations (be informed and accommodating), selling books to the book buyers who haunt our halls and inboxes (don’t) — and you may miss out on them if you don’t read all your mail.

For example, President Harrison wants us to remember that safety on campus is a shared responsibility. Toward that end, please make note of the important resource, the “Emergency Operations Desk Reference for Faculty,” posted at http://www.csun.edu/emergency/emergency-desk-reference. You may also reach the Desk Reference from the “Emergency Information” link at the bottom of the Cal State Northridge home page, http://www.csun.edu. Additionally, please see the Office of Equity and Diversity’s website at www.csun.edu/eqd for information on confidential on- and off-campus support services, sexual misconduct response and prevention, reporting resources, and more information regarding CSUN’s policies against discrimination. Finally, make sure that the contact information on your portal is current and complete so that, in the event of emergency, you will not be left out of potentially invaluable real-time notifications.

Ronaldo wants this information, too, so please get your updated contact and emergency contact information to him soon.

President Harrison also wants us to Help Make CSUN Shine Bright! Please visit the program website at http://www.csun.edu/MakeCSUNShineBrighter to share thoughts, opinions and creative ideas on this semester’s topic: diversity. What are promising campus practices for using diversity to equip our students for 21st century success [e.g., enhancing critical thinking, creativity, and boundary-spanning leadership skills]? How can we create learning environments that take full advantage of CSUN’s unique diversity-related strengths? How we can better celebrate, support, and facilitate inclusivity and diversity? All students, faculty and staff are invited to respond by submitting thoughts on the webform through October 7, 2016.

It’s Open Enrollment Time, September 12 through October 7. This is your opportunity not just to select your health care option, but also to enroll in pre-tax benefits, like child care and health care, and other benefits that could save you money!

The Amenities Committee does want your contributions 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, Amenities Committee — and thank you, too, everyone else — in advance, for helping us fund department events and reimburse those who shop for these events!

Opportunities

The West Valley Regional Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library has selected to participate in a system-wide program called The Bard Goes West, which will celebrate Shakespeare’s presence in everything from 19th theatres, to early to contemporary film adaptations, to the wide range of other ways Shakespeare was enjoyed throughout the history of the West Coast. The program will run from November 2016 through February 2017. Toward that end, librarian Daryl A. Maxwell is looking for someone in our department who is knowledgeable about Shakespeare, his work, and possibly their impact on CA and/or the West Coast? Anyone interested in participating can contact Daryl at dmaxwell@lapl.org.

The American Comparative Literature Association conference is looking for proposals that explore postcolonial responses to creative writing as a globalized discipline, and we are considering submissions through September 23. The conference will take place at Utrecht University on July 6 through 9, 2017. Here is the call: http://www.acla.org/postcolonial-responses-globalized-discipline-creative-writing.

This one is for your undergraduate creative writing students: The Blue Route, a national, undergraduate literary journal, is currently accepting submissions for issue 17. Please encourage your undergraduate students to submit their very best poetry, short fiction, or creative nonfiction. This journal pays 25 dollars for accepted work! More information is available at https://widenerblueroute.org.

And another one for students: The Santa Ana River Review, the graduate-student-run literary journal of the University of California, Riverside’s MFA program is open for submissions through the 15th of November! In addition to reviewing work in the categories of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Visual Arts, this year they are also hosting a Dramatic Works Contest, with NO SUBMISSION FEE and a TOP PRIZE of $100! With this contest, they are looking for truly unique 10-minute works unhindered by the confines of a production budget or performance restrictions. For more information, please visit their webpage at sarreview.ucr.edu.

Achievements

Irene Clark’s article, “Genre, Identity, and the Brain: Insights from Neuropsychology,” has been published in The Journal of General Education, Volume 65, Number 1, 2016, pp, 1-19. Her chapter, titled “Assembling Knowledge: The Role of Threshold Concepts in Facilitating Transfer,” written in collaboration with Linda Adler-Kassner, Liane Robertson, Kara Taczak, and Kathleen Blake Yancey, is the first chapter in Critical Transitions: Writing and the Question of Transfer, published by the WAC Clearinghouse, edited by Chris M. Anson and Jessie L. Moore. During her sabbatical, she gave two presentations at the University of Coventry on the topic of writing assignments and a presentation concerned with thesis and dissertation writing at Queen Mary University, London.

Noreen Lace‘s short fiction, “Of Strays and Exes,” was published in New Beginnings, released by Pilcrow and Dagger in June 2016. The same story was chosen for July’s podcast, available on their website www.pilcrowdagger.com/podcasts.

Volume 43:1

September 1st, 2016 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 43:1)

Chair: Kent Baxter                                                                                                                               Notes compiled by: Kate Haake

Announcements

News flash: we’re back.

Here’s hoping everyone had wonderful summers and that all are looking forward to the new school year!

Also, please send your news, announcements, and achievements to me at kate.haake@csun.edu, because I’m compiling these notes, again. It’s always great to hear from you, so please – please – don’t be shy.

Nominations are now closed for the College Personnel and Sabbatical Committees. But don’t be glum: if you missed the boat this time around, please mark it on your calendars for next year.

You are warmly invited to attend the 2016 CSUN Freshman Convocation occurring Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Library Lawn, an honored celebration of learning that welcomes our freshman class to our campus community. Get out your regalia and come join the fun. Freshman are new freshman for just such a very short time!

Mark your calendars now for the Wings/New Voice October 21th from 3-5 in the Grand Salon. This is a great celebration of our students and their writing, and you will miss out if you miss it.

Another thing not to miss: Banned Books Readout, with Pizza! Friday, September 30, 2016 12:00-2:00 p.m. Ferman Presentation Room, Oviatt Library. Students will be giving dramatic readings from, presumably, banned books, so do let your own students know, banned books being an excellent subject for class discussion, and all.

Reminders

Wendy Say, in our front office, is on leave for a bit, so please be patient, considerate, and resourceful.

Speaking of staff, let’s give another round of welcome to our new staff members to the English Department. Ruth Serrano will be joining us as a student assistant, and Ronaldo Noche will be temporarily filling the Main Office Administrative Support Assistant position.

Frank, or the front office, would like your office hours. It is very helpful for the front office staff to have your office hours so when students call them, they can direct the students to your available times. (PS They also want your syllabi.)

Please review your FERPA regulations memo regarding public posting of student grades and possible Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act issues, as recently sent out by Kent. For example, if you post grades in a public place (and why would you, given that students can access them instantaneously online?), you need to do so in a secret way that nobody can decode (and don’t even think about using parts of student ID’s or SSN’s). Same thing goes for emailing grades, or talking about them in class. The main thing is that student, and family, privacy is a real and important issue, and we all need to do our part to respect it.

Kent also sent you some useful information from Cheryl Spector on assisting new transfer students, who face a whole host of challenges, as we all know. The good news is that CSUN is excellently equipped to assist them. Maybe start with the new transfer webpage, at http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences/new-transfers, and take it from there. And while you are at it, it might also be worth reviewing the Academic First Year Experiences Page at http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/academic-first-year-experiences, which might also prove useful to you — and your students — in the weeks ahead.

And here’s a little pre-reminder for you:  the Amenities Committee will soon be asking you, please, 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 may (or may not be) the same as last year — that’s up to the Amenities Committee. But for point of reference, we have been paying: Professor $70, Associate $50, Assistant $40, Lecturer $10. Thank you, Amenities Committee — and thank you, too, everyone else — in advance, for helping us fund department events and reimburse those who shop for these events!

Opportunities

The College of Humanities has a variety of grants and funding opportunities you should keep your eye out — and throw your hat in — for! These include the CoH Research Lab Faculty Affiliate Program, the Academic Programming Fund, the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program, the University Sabbatical Leave Program, the Distinguished Visiting Speaker Fund, the Probationary Faculty Research Program, and the College of Humanities Research Fellow Program. Details can be found on the COH webpage, at http://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activites-and-research, or in the lovely grid Jackie sent us by email this week that I can’t figure out how to duplicate here.

Don’t forget, either,  to check out the CSUN Faculty Development page at http://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development. You can apply for grants, attend workshops to enrich your and teaching (learning centered and culturally responsive, to name a few), and even bring your laptop to the roof and write and do research with colleagues on Writing Mondays, to name just a few.

And heres an opportunity for your students: The Nation is currently looking for submissions to its student writing contest, in response to the following prompt: It’s clear that the political system in the United States isn’t working for many young people. What do you think is the central issue for your generation in Election 2016? 10 finalists and two winners total will be selected – six from college students, six from those in high school. Winners will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize and a lifetime Nation subscription. Finalists receive $250. The winning essays will be published in The Nation magazine and at thenation.com. For complete guidelines, please see https://www.thenation.com/article/the-2016-nation-student-writing-contest/. Please help spread the word.

Achievements

During her recent sabbatical, Kate Haake published a co-authored essay, “The Bold and the Beautiful: Rethinking Undergraduate Models,” in What We Talk About When We Talk About Creative Writing. She also had fiction appear in West Branch Wired (http://www.bucknell.edu/west-branch-wired/katharine-haake.html), Shenandoah (http://shenandoahliterary.org/652/2016/03/15/diptych-forbidden-red-rubber-ball-katharyn-haake/),  and, in August, in the London-based Litro@StorySunday (http://www.litro.co.uk/2016/08/crown-gold-fuzz/).

Dr. Kim Knight, an assistant professor of emerging media and communication at UT Dallas and a former TA in our department, has received the 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for her work and innovation in the classroom. Knight credits her training here for her achievement. “From the very beginning, Dr. Clark helped me frame the classroom as a space that should place students and their thinking at the center,” Knight said.

Over the summer, Martin Pousson’s new novel, Black Sheep Boy, was released in hardcover by Rare Bird Lit. Two of his short stories were published: “Most Holy Ghost” in TriQuarterly (https://www.triquarterly.org/issues/issue-150/most-holy-ghost) and “Black Sheep Boy” in Eclectica (http://www.eclectica.org/v20n3/pousson.html). “Black Sheep Boy” also was a finalist for the Glimmer Train Fiction Open prize. Two of his essays were published: one on the Orlando mass shooting in The Advocate, where it was an Editor’s Pick, and one on LGBTQ history in MEL Magazine. He performed readings at Women & Children First in Chicago, Dog Eared in San Francisco, Skylight in Los Angeles, and Roar Shack & 826LA in Echo Park.

Linda Rader Overman‘s essay “Mestiza consciousness of La Fontera/Borderlands in Sandra Cisneros and Helena María Viramontes,” was published this spring in The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the the American West . Ed. Steven Frye. New York: Cambridge Univ Press.