Volume 51.6

September 25th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.6)

1. Announcements

The Office of Community Engagement is offering Faculty SEED/Mentorship Grants (up to $1000 per faculty member applicant) and Student Scholar Grants (up to $500 to pay for a student scholar to support your teaching). Deadline: October 15 by 5:00 p.m. to communityengagement@csun.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Spratt, Director of Faculty Engagement, at danielle.spratt@csun.edu.

Please let Wendy Say know which classes you will have evaluated this semester by October 15th. Thanks.

2. Reminders

The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

The annual Open Enrollment period for benefits is going on now through Friday, October 4, 2019. Changes made during the Open Enrollment period will be effective January 1, 2020. For detailed information, please access the Benefits Administration Open Enrollment Information website, and follow the instructions. All Open Enrollment elections must be submitted in the eBenefits module by close of business on October 4, 2019.

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS). The goal of this program is to bring prominent artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to campus to engage CSUN students and faculty. The deadline is Monday, October 15, but the DSS program will fund speakers during the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, it is not necessary that you have already secured the speaker. A faculty committee will review and make recommendations for funding.

3. Opportunities

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following sessions and workshops:

Get Inspired Session! Online Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. or
Wednesday, October 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Oviatt Library 30

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

4. Achievements

Gianne Braza’s (current Senior in CW) poem “We’re All Trying To Get Back Home” will be published in Pidgeonholes Literary Journal as part of their THE BODY contest. The poem is currently long-listed for the prize.

Leilani Hall will be honored as one of seven Faculty Mentors at the Northridge Scholars and Faculty Mentors Reception on Friday, October 11, 2019 at University House.

Congratulations to both!

Volume 51.5

September 18th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.5)

1. Announcements

Cheryl Spector has student success wallet cards (produced by Matador Momentum) for you and your students. The cards have a QR code that takes users to a comprehensive list of CSUN student resources. If you would like a card for yourself, or cards for all your students, please let her know (via email) and she will do her best to put them in your English Department mailbox. (sheryl.spector@csun.edu)

Responding to the climate emergency, a worldwide climate strike from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27, 2019 has been called with support from young people and labor unions. The General Secretary of Amnesty International issued a public request to more than 27,000 schools around the world, asking that they allow students to participate in the climate strike. The Labor Federation, representing 30 million workers, has called on all unions to join the strike. High schools in the San Fernando Valley and other parts of Los Angeles are already organizing for the strike, and there will be similar actions at CSU campuses. Faculty and students at CSUN are organizing a strike action locally to take place tomorrow, Sept 20. If interested, please meet at 10:30 a.m. between the Oviatt Library and Sierra Tower. The event organizers are requesting not only your participation, but that you announce the strike to your classes. For more information, visit https://globalclimatestrike.net/start/.

The Banned Books Readout (with Pizza) will take place today from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room in the Oviatt Library. This year’s theme is Censorship & Comedy, and the guest speaker is Beth Lapides, comedian and author of Did I Wake You?: Haikus for Modern Living. For more information, visit https://library.csun.edu/events/banned-books-readout-2019.

The Office of Graduate Studies announces the 2019-2020 Distinguished Speakers Series (DSS).
The goal of this program is to bring prominent artists, scientists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to campus to engage CSUN students and faculty. The deadline is Monday, October 15, but the DSS program will fund speakers during the Fall and Spring semesters. To apply, it is not necessary that you have already secured the speaker. A faculty committee will review and make recommendations for funding.

The Faculty Development Office is offering the following sessions and workshops:

Get Inspired Session! Online Teaching and Learning
Tuesday, October 1, 2:00-3:00 p.m. or
Wednesday, October 2, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Oviatt Library 30

Online Teaching and Learning Series
Tuesdays, Oct. 15, 29 & Nov. 5, 1:00-4:00 p.m. or
Wednesdays, Oct. 16, 30 & Nov. 6, 9:30am-12:00 p.m.
Oviatt Library 30

For more information visit https://www.csun.edu/undergraduate-studies/faculty-development/events.

2. Reminders

Please email your syllabus/syllabi for the Fall semester to Wendy Ventura at wendy.vertura@csun.edu.

The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

3. Opportunities

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce the following the Spring 2020 grant cycle:

Faculty SEED/Mentorship Grants–up to $1000 per faculty member applicant

Student Scholar Grants–up to $500 to pay for a student scholar to support your teaching

Deadline: October 15 by 5:00 p.m. to communityengagement@csun.edu. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Danielle Spratt, Director of Faculty Engagement, at danielle.spratt@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

Mauro Carassai has published “Why Data Sciences Increasingly Need the Humanities” in Inside BIG DATA (https://insidebigdata.com/2019/09/12/data-sciences-need-humanities/).

Frank De La Santo has been selected for the 2019-2020 cohort of the CSUN Shine from Within program. The program was developed to advance the university priority on employee success. CSUN Shine from Within is a cross-divisional staff development cohort program for advancing core competencies, developing a sense of connection and community with other individuals and units across campus, broadening understanding and knowledge about the university and other divisions, and investing participants more deeply in the mission of the university and its planning priorities.

Noreen Lace published How to Throw a Psychic a Surprise Party (ReaDLips Press, 2019), a collection of short fiction. For more information visit https://www.amazon.com/Noreen-Lace/e/B01B2GBSH4.

Mandy Macklin (B.A. ’09 – Literature; M.A. ’13 – Rhetoric & Composition) graduated from the University of Washington with a Ph.D. in English (Language & Rhetoric) and accepted the position of Teaching Faculty/Assistant Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Antioch University Seattle.

Congratulations to all!

Volume 51.4

September 12th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.4)

1. Announcements
It’s that time of the academic year for FT faculty to sign up to conduct Exit Interviews. Please click the Doodle link Heidi Jorgenson recently sent via email as soon as possible, and no later than September 20, to sign up. Thanks.

Beth, Frank, Lauren, and Danielle are organizing a meet and greet with graduate students immediately after the first department meeting in JR 319. This would be a great opportunity for you to tell the graduate students a couple of sentences about your research and teaching interests and hear more about what they are interested in as well. We will also offer some time to chat with individual or small groups of students. We hope many of you can attend!

Our department meetings will continue to take place on the second Friday of the month, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in JR 319. This year’s date are:
9/13/19, 10/11/19, 11/8/19, 2/14/20, 3/13/20, 4/10/20, 5/8/20.

The Center on Disabilities will be holding their first Webinar on Saturday, September 21 from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. This “Introduction to Assistive Technology” will provide a quick overview of basic knowledge of the topic. Registration deadline: Thursday, September 19, 2019, 3:00 p.m. For more information and to register, please visit COD.

2. Reminders
The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

The Learning Resource Center has published its September workshops on its website. Please encourage students to attend the workshops. The workshop schedule can be found at www.csun.edu/lrc/writing-workshops. For more information on how the LRC may serve your students, contact Trista Payte at Trista.payte@csun.edu or by phone at (818) 677-2033.

The College of Humanities has several grant and fellowship opportunities available this year, such as the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program and the Research Fellowship Program. For more information about College funded activities and research, please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

Applications to the Fulbright scholar program are due September 16, 2019. For more information, visit https://awards.cies.org.

The application deadlines for the 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship are quickly approaching. Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world. Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present. Applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts are due by September 12, 2019, and applications in science, engineering, and mathematics are due by October 3, 2019. For more information, please write to fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

3. Opportunities
The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) at the University of California, Berkeley, is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2019 issue and would like to extend this call for papers to all interested undergraduates and recent graduates. They invite research papers from all those working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature. Papers in any language are welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to papers comparing at least two authors or texts, interdisciplinary research engaging multiples disciplines within the humanities, and research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism. For more information and full submission guidelines, or to view past issues of CLUJ, please visit their website’s submissions page. Submissions are due this Sunday, September 15, 2019.

4. Achievements
Since we did not receive any news of particular achievements at Thursday’s Notes, we extend a general congratulations to all of the faculty who continue to provide first-rate scholarship, fine educations, and service to our students and communities. We acknowledge the many untold stories of faculty who accomplish this work while attending to the often-competing demands of their lives, from caring for family and friends to cooking, cleaning, paying bills, commuting on slow moving and sometimes hazardous freeways, finding time for sufficient rest and relaxation, and civic engagement.

Volume 51:3

September 4th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51:3)

1. Announcements

The Waves Award Ceremony will be held on Friday, October 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Grand Salon. Please come out and help celebrate our students and their writing achievements!

Professor Irene Clark has updated the Writing and Rhetoric Minor handout. The updated version includes additional courses that can be used as “core” courses, the addition of which makes it easier for students to complete the minor.  She would appreciate your encouraging your students to sign up for it.  Whatever major they have, this minor is likely to be useful for them.  Copies of the updated handout can be found in your campus mailbox and outside of Sierra Tower 710.

The Learning Resource Center has published its September workshops on its website.  They are working hard this year to make workshops more engaging and learner-centered.  Please encourage students to attend. The workshop schedule can be found at www.csun.edu/lrc/writing-workshops.For more information on how the LRC may serve your students, contact Trista Payte at Trista.payte@csun.edu or by phone at (818) 677-2033.

The many and various responsibilities we have as faculty and staff members of the English Department can leave us little time to get to know each other.  We also do not have a faculty lounge where we can leisurely socialize between classes, meetings, etc.  As a forum for learning more about each other, Thursday’s Notes will soon periodically include a new section that spotlights the cultural and literary interests of faculty and staff members.  For more information, or if you would like to share your interests in Thursday’s Notes, please contact Anthony Dawahare at adawahare@csun.edu.

2. Reminders

Please submit your disclosure form, office hours, syllabi, and current contact information to the Department of English Main Office.

The Academic Programming Fund and Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program applications are due on September 11.

The College of Humanities has several grant and fellowship opportunities available this year, such as the Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program and the Research Fellowship Program.  For more information about College funded activities and research, please visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/college-funded-activities-and-research.

Applications to the Fulbright scholar program are due September 16, 2019. The deadline applies to candidates for all countries. For more information, visit https://awards.cies.org

The application deadlines for the 2020-2021 Radcliffe Fellowship are quickly approaching. Radcliffe fellows are exceptional scientists, writers, scholars, public intellectuals, and artists whose work is making a difference in their professional fields and in the larger world. Based in Radcliffe Yard—a sanctuary in the heart of Harvard University—fellows join a uniquely interdisciplinary and creative community. A fellowship at Radcliffe is an opportunity to step away from usual routines and dive deeply into a project. With access to Harvard’s unparalleled resources, Radcliffe fellows develop new tools and methods, challenge artistic and scholarly conventions, and illuminate our past and our present. Applications in humanities, social sciences, and creative arts are due by September 12, 2019, and applications in science, engineering, and mathematics are due by October 3, 2019.  For more information, please write to fellowships@radcliffe.harvard.edu.

3. Opportunities

The Comparative Literature Undergraduate Journal (CLUJ) at the University of California, Berkeley, is now accepting submissions for the Fall 2019 issue and would like to extend this call for papers to all interested undergraduates and recent graduates. They invite research papers from all those working in, around, or critically engaging with literary topics in a comparative nature. Papers in any language are welcome. Possible topics include but are not limited to papers comparing at least two authors or texts, interdisciplinary research engaging multiples disciplines within the humanities, and research engaging with literary theory and schools of criticism. For more information and full submission guidelines, or to view past issues of CLUJ, please visit their website’s submissions page.

4. Achievements

Joseph Galasso has recently published a follow-up to his earlier 2016 monograph entitled “Recursive Syntax: A Minimalist Perspective on Recursion as the Core Property of Human Language, and its Role in the Generative Grammar Enterprise” in LINCOM Studies in Theoretical Linguistics, 61 (2019).

An Audiobook of the novel Seneca Lake, written by Emily Heebner, an English Department alum, is #3 in “Hot New Releases and #9 in Best Sellers on Amazon. For more information, visit:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/audible/18581008011/ref=zg_bs_tab_t_bsnr https://www.amazon.com/gp/bestsellers/audible/18581008011/ref=pd_zg_hrsr_audible

Leilani Hall’s discussion of Codeine Diary, by Tom Andrews, appears in Disability Experiences: Memoirs, Autobiographies, and other Personal Narratives (Macmillan 2019).

Arthur Kayzakian (MA 2013) has three poems forthcoming from the esteemed literary journal Prairie Schooner:  “Rain,” “Ararat,” and “Armenian Folk Dance, 1915.”

We are proud of our students’ and faculty’s continued success!