Volume 51.10

November 20th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.10)

1. Announcements

The Department has co-sponsored “Curated Sound,” a DJ Culture event, taking place all day today on campus. An after-party will be held in Highland Park beginning at 9:00 p.m. For more information, visit Curated Sound.

The Awards & Amenities Committee is still accepting applications for the Fall 2019 departmental awards. The deadline is tomorrow, November 22, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. For detailed information on the awards and the application process, please visit awards. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spector, the Chair of the Awards & Amenities Committee (Cheryl.spector@csun.edu).

The Composition Student Showcase, featuring the excellent writing of students from English 113A, 114A, and 115, will be held in the Whitsett room on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Friday, December 6, 2019, from 8:00 a.m to 11 a.m. This event is an opportunity for faculty and students to share the wonderful work produced by students in writing courses! Each participating class will have a space in the Whitsett room to display their work. CSUN Campus Writing Centers, Tutoring Centers, Writing Labs, and Supplemental Instruction (and S.I.), and tutors are also invited to share their excellent student support services! All composition instructors, students, writing support centers, departments, programs are welcome.

The English Department Composition Program Orientation will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020, from 12:00-4:00 p.m. In addition to being able to chat with one another, the orientation will feature:

Professor Cezar Ornatowski, from San Diego State University, who will give a compelling talk titled “Weaponized Rhetoric: Writing, Social Media and the Rhetorical Situation as We (and Our Students) Now Control It.”

Trista Payte, LRC Director, who will share useful data about how students have been performing in the Stretch curriculum.

JR 319 is now open to Graduate and Honor’s students for study during the following times for the remainder of the Fall 2019 semester:

Mondays: 8:30-10:30am, 12:30-4:45pm
Tuesdays: 8:30am-3:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30-10:30am, 12:30-3:30pm
Thursdays: 8:30am-3:30pm

English Graduate/Honors students need to check in with the Main Office (ST-706/708) for access to JR 319. The room also needs to be left as found before leaving and locking the door.

The CFA’s Annual Fall 2019 Holiday Celebration will be held on Tuesday, December 3, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Orange Grove Bistro for great food, drinks and live music. Ivor Weiner’s Old School Funk Band will be back by popular demand. RSVP today to reserve your free drink ticket by calling extension 818-677-5919.

2. Reminders

The HSI Pathways to the Professoriate Program is currently opening its application for the 4th cohort of CSUN students, and faculty referrals are an important way that qualified applicants hear about our program. If you have any strong current students who are juniors interested in earning a Ph.D and becoming a professor, consider suggesting they check out the program’s website. They will be holding Info Sessions every week until 10 Student Fellows are selected.

The graduate students of the University of California, Riverside’s Department of English invite proposals for Disjunctions, their department’s annual graduate conference. This year’s conference theme is “Read for Filth.” Please see their CFP for more information regarding their theme. The two-day conference will be held on April 16-17, 2020 at the UC Riverside campus. The deadline for proposals is January 10, 2020. The CFP is also available at:
CFP.

3. Opportunities

The Office Research and Sponsored Programs is happy to announce that nominations are now being accepted
for the 2020 Jerome Richfield Memorial Fellow. They are looking for scholars who are accomplished members of our faculty and of their discipline who are conducting research that is of broad interest to the public. With support from the Jerome Richfield Memorial Fund, each year, a CSUN faculty member engaged in high quality, high-impact research is named as the Richfield Memorial Fellow. The Fellow presents a lecture at the Provost’s Colloquium Series, which is designed to highlight and celebrate the scholarly achievements of our faculty, and to provide an opportunity for socialization among faculty, administrators, students, and staff. Any CSUN faculty, student, staff member, or administrator may nominate CSUN faculty members at any rank. If applicable, an individual may be nominated multiple times for separate, unrelated research topics. Self-nominations will also be accepted. Nominees may include at most two letters of support. Deadline: 5:00pm, Monday, December 9, 2019. For more information, contact Sheree M. Schrager, Managing Director/Acting AIC, Research and Sponsored Programs, at sheree.schrager@csun.edu.

4. Achievements

Audrey Thacker presented her paper, “Oh, Brother, Now You’re a Jewish Mother? How Transparent’s Maura Pfefferman Has Turned the Trope on Its Head–Or Maybe Not,” at the annual symposium of the Jewish American and Holocaust Literature Association, in Miami Beach, Florida.

Congratulations to Audrey and all the faculty who continue to provide our students with a fine education and who advance our professions through their scholarly activities!

Volume 51.9

November 6th, 2019 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.9)

1. Announcements

On November 14, 2019, the Career Opportunities and Professional Development Club is hosting a workshop on pursuing an MFA or a Ph.D in creative writing. Guest speakers include Professors Chris Higgs and Rick Mitchell as well as Krishna Narayanamurti. The workshop will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Sierra Tower 703. For more information, contact Dylan Campbell (dylan.campbell.93@my.csun.edu).

The Awards & Amenities Committee is now accepting applications for the fall 2019 departmental awards. The deadline is Friday, November 22, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. Please share this year’s information with your students, and encourage and nominate your best for the awards. For detailed information on the awards and the application process, please visit awards. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Spector, the Chair of the Awards & Amenities Committee (Cheryl.spector@csun.edu).

The HSI Pathways to the Professoriate Program is currently opening its application for the 4th cohort of CSUN students, and faculty referrals are an important way that qualified applicants hear about our program. If you have any strong current students who are juniors interested in earning a Ph.D and becoming a professor, consider suggesting they check out the program’s website. They will be holding Info Sessions every week until 10 Student Fellows are selected.

2. Reminders

The Provost’s Office has initiated the process of selecting a search committee for the election of a Dean to the College of Humanities. They would like to have a committee in place in November, and this semester the committee will work on the advertisement, a timeline, and an evaluation instrument. The bulk of the work will happen in Spring 2020. Three tenured associate or full professors from three different departments will be elected. Department chairs are also eligible for nomination and election. By November 8, 2019, please send Noreen Galvin (noreen.galvin@csun.edu) your nominations of faculty who are willing to serve on the committee. In order to have the committee finalized before Thanksgiving, the election will be held during the week of November 11-15.

The graduate students of the University of California, Riverside’s Department of English invite proposals for Disjunctions, their department’s annual graduate conference. This year’s conference theme is “Read for Filth.” Please see their CFP for more information regarding their theme. The two-day conference will be held on April 16-17, 2020 at the UC Riverside campus. The deadline for proposals is January 10, 2020. The CFP is also available at:
CFP.
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3. Opportunities

The English Internship Program is an opportunity for students to earn college credit while gaining professional experience. English majors, minors, and students in our GE courses are strong potential candidates for the program. For a quick overview, watch this one minute video and visit https://www.csun.edu/humanities/english/internship. If you or your students have questions about the English Internship Program, please contact Kimberly Wells (kimberly.wells@csun.edu).

Daniel Sack, Program Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), will be onsite at San Diego State University, Friday, November 22nd to present a general overview of NEH programs and special initiatives as well as offer expert insight into the grant review process. Felicia Kelley, Project and Evaluation Director for California Humanities, will also make an informational presentation. The three-hour workshop will be devoted to strategies for success involved in best practices for writing and review of applications, including a mock panel review followed by Q&A. Register here. Space is limited.

Do you find it challenging to manage course content while also addressing unanticipated student writing shortfalls? Please join the LRC and Faculty Development for a four-part series as we work towards creating more transparent writing prompts and more effective collaborations between instructors and the Writing Center to help address student writing improvement across the disciplines and at all levels. For more information, visit LRCFACDEV.

4. Achievements

Martin Pousson’s poem, “Uncivil War,” has just been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Two of his poems, “Uncivil War” and “Proem,” were published this fall in Lovejets: 200 Years of Walt Whitman (Squares & Rebels Press), an anthology of poems written to commemorate the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth, including work by Richard Blanco, Jaime Manrique, and Edmund White.