Volume 51.18

April 30th, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.18)

1. Announcements

Addendum: We are sorry for the impression created in Thursday’s Notes concerning online instruction next semester. It is not only the full-time, tenure track faculty who have the opportunity to teach online in the Fall. All faculty have the right and ability to request online classes. Further, we do not yet know what modality the campus will be in for Fall and we look forward to receiving guidance from the University-wide coronavirus task force in the coming weeks. When we have more information, it will be shared with all.

The English Department application process for the Spring Awards ends today. Please encourage students to apply. For detailed information on the many student awards we offer, please visit Spring Awards.

Please note the following opportunities available to refine online teaching abilities and techniques:

Option 1: Get Up To Speed with Online Teaching at CSUN
May 4-22

Faculty Development, the Faculty Technology Center and the Tseng College Distance Learning team are organizing this three-part program with a combination of synchronous and asynchronous meeting times in the following date ranges:

WEEK 1 (May 4, 5 or 7): Attend one orientation session. We will orient you to online materials to review at your own pace the following week. (Synchronous on Zoom)
WEEK 2 (May 11-15): Learn on your own in self-paced modules (Asynchronous on Canvas). Visit our event page for details about the topics.
WEEK 3 (May 18, 19 or 21): Participate in hands-on, teaching lab sessions with instructional designers and technologists for Q&A. (Synchronous on Zoom)
Open to all CSUN Faculty: register for this programming now.

Option 2: Introduction to Teaching Online Using the QLT Instrument by the Chancellor’s Office
June 8-28
July 6-26

The Office of the Chancellor’s Academic Technology Services is offering three-week intensive program options, Introduction to Teaching Online Using the QLT Instrument. This course, also facilitated is intended for anyone who is interested in and/or plans to teach a hybrid or online course. Faculty who can dedicate 15-20 hours total are encouraged to sign-up. Please note that not all their summer courses are available to CSUN faculty; only these two dates listed below:

● Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT: June 8-28
● Introduction to Teaching Online Using QLT: July 6-26

To learn more about this opportunity, visit the Quality Assurance Training Page or go directly to the summer registration link to enroll in one of the sessions.

Do you Prefer Self-Paced Learning?

If you don’t have time to commit to a formal facilitated program, you can still learn the basics of teaching online. We have a menu of options listed on our Faculty Development Self-Paced Training webpage. Some of the options include:

Option 1: Online Teaching & Learning Featured Tracks
Option 2: Remote Teaching Canvas Community
Option 3: Teaching with Canvas Workshops

2. Reminders

Please note the following recommendations from the Provost, which were also conveyed in an email from Beth Wightman dated April 9, 2020:

Student Evaluations for faculty during the Spring 2020 semester: Our campus, in conjunction with the Senate Executive Committee, has endorsed the ASCSU Resolution 3418-20. As such, we agreed that faculty may choose to remove Spring 2020 SEF from their PAFs.

Peer Observation Letters: With the campus transition to virtual modalities of instructions we understand that peer observations this semester may not be an accurate reflection of faculty performance. We recommend that peer observations not be held for the Spring 2020 semester.

Post Tenure Reviews: Considering the disruption, we recommend that post tenure reviews scheduled for Spring 2020 be postponed until next Academic Year. In cases where the review had been completed prior to the COVID-19 crisis the PTR will be placed in the PAF.

Request for Tenure Clock extensions due to the COVID-19 crisis: Article 13 of the CBA allow faculty to request an extension to the tenure clock due to exceptional circumstances. The COVID-19 disruption may be considered an exceptional circumstance. Tenure clock extensions may be requested by submitting a letter to the Provost and the Office of Faculty Affairs. Extensions to the tenure clock cannot be revoked. Under Article 13.8 of the CBA, requests for extension of the tenure clock must be made no later than thirty days prior to the beginning of the following academic term. For the COVID-19 disruption, requests must be made no later than thirty days prior to the beginning of the Fall 2020 semester.

Retention, Tenure and Promotion Reviews: We will be continuing with the deadlines established in Section 600 Administrative Manual and have agreed that the Provost letter will be sent to their CSUN email address. We will be sending out a communication email to those faculty under review to inform them that they will need to check their CSUN email regularly and that they will be receiving the RTP Review letters as per Section 600 by June 1st or earlier. The 10 day right to respond will apply from the date the letter is emailed to the faculty member.

Amber Norwood is working with Faculty Development as a resource for faculty who want a hand, a sounding board, or one-on-one chat about what’s happening in your classes, what could be happening, and how to make it happen. Feel free to email her at amber.norwood@csun.edu to chat or zoom.

3. Opportunities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $22.2 million in grants for 224 humanities projects across the country. These grants will enable the production of a 90-minute documentary on singer and civil rights pioneer Marian Anderson, support a Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition on Rockwell’s Four Freedoms series, and bolster the digital infrastructure of the Walt Whitman Archive to allow greater access to this online scholarly repository. For more information, visit NEH.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. For more information, visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants.

4. Achievements

Joseph Galasso’s research on child possessive structures appears in the latest edition of The Oxford Handbook of Developmental Linguistics (Edited by Jeffrey L. Lidz, William Snyder, and Joe Pater)

(The following achievements by our alumni are generously shared by Martin Pousson.)

Moncho Alvarado (CSUN: BA in CW 2016, Sarah Lawrence College: MFA in CW 2018) recently had their poems published in Emerge: 2018 Lambda Fellows Anthology, Meridian, Foglifter, Lunch Ticket, and elsewhere. As winner of The Academy of American Poets prize, their work also has been published on the academy’s website. They are the recipient of the Thomas Lux Scholarship for community service, as well as fellowships and residencies from The Helen Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Lambda Literary, Poets House, Troika House, and other places. They’ve worked with youths in Sunnyside Community Services in Queens, NY. Moncho currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and works as a poet, translator, Mexican-American queer activist, and educator.

Cristian Castro (CSUN: BA in CW expected 2020) has been accepted into the USC Master of Arts program in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs, and he was named a finalist in the national competition for placement in Teach for America. He also won a $10,000 scholarship from USC, and he’ll enter their MA program in Fall 2020.

Paaez Coleman (CSUN: BA in CW 2019) has been named a finalist in the national competition for placement in Teach for America.

Kelly Geiger (CSUN: MA in CW expected 2020) won the Associated Retired Faculty Award with a prize of $2000.

Joshua Khabushani (CSUN: BA in Philosophy Summa Cum Laude 2016, Columbia University: MFA in CW expected 2020) has completed his studies in the Columbia University Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program. While at CSUN, he took classes in the Creative Writing program and won the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. While at Columbia, he worked with writers from the New Yorker, including Hilton Als.

August “Auggie” Samie (CSUN: BA in CW Summa Cum Laude 2011, University of Chicago: MA in Middle Eastern Studies Magna Cum Laude 2013 & PhD expected Magna Cum Laude 2020) has just finished his doctoral dissertation, The Shibanid Question: Reassessing 16th Century Eurasian History in Post-Soviet Uzbekistan. He will defend the dissertation in June and is expected to graduate thereafter from University of Chicago with a PhD in Middle Eastern Studies. While at CSUN, he earned the Dean’s Scholar Award and the Wolfson Scholar Award. While at UoC, he founded Lights: The MESSA Quarterly, and he taught Islamic History at Loyola University Chicago and various History courses as well as the Persian language at University of Chicago.

Naomi Trantu (CSUN: BA in Screenwriting 2013) has been accepted into the American Film Institute Screenwriting Program. She enrolled in several Creative Writing courses while an undergraduate at CSUN.

Leticia Valente (CSUN: BA in CW 2014 & MA in CW 2018, CSULB: MFA in CW expected 2020) in the past year served as Fiction Editor for RipRap, the literary magazine housed at CSULB. She also worked as Graduate Assistant in the College of Engineering, teaching English Composition to Engineer majors, and she won an internship appointment at Golden West College in the Coast Community College District, teaching Freshman Composition. This Spring, she finished her thesis and will graduate from CSULB with a MFA in Creative Writing.

Doug Weissman (CSUN: BA in CW 2010, University of San Francisco: MFA, 2013) recently had short stories published in several literary magazines, including “Blackbird” in Kingdoms in the Wild, and “Whistle in the Baobab” in Wild Musette. He also won second-place in a national travel essay contest with an essay entitled, “Not Your Mother’s Travel Porn.” In addition, he works as Lead Travel Writer for Zicasso, an award-winning luxury and travel company based in Mountain View, and as an instructor for Southern New Hampshire University’s online Creative Writing program. He and his wife, Lisa, are the proud parents of Eloise, a beautiful baby girl

A big congratulations to our alumni and faculty!

Volume 51.17

April 16th, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.17)

1. Announcements

The Northridge Review is celebrating its first ever digital release with a virtual reading happening on Friday, April 24th from 5:00–8:00 p.m. The event will include an open mic reading @ 5:30 p.m. and a contributor reading @ 6:30 p.m. Save the date and come join us at the launch next Friday! Students should RSVP if they would like to participate in the open mic (5-minute maximum per reader) or join the NR reading to be admitted to the literary splendor without reading their own work. And, of course, faculty are warmly invited to attend as well. Unfortunately, it is B.Y.O.S. (bring your own snacks) this time.

Additionally, the submissions window for the Fall 2020 issue of The Northridge Review has been extended until April 25th. Submissions are free, reviewed anonymously, and open to poetry, prose, drama, and art. Students may submit their work by going to submissions. Please encourage students you know to check it out.

Social distancing got you feeling cooped up? Looking for something to do virtually on a Friday night? Join us for an evening of poetry and prose as graduate students from CSUN’s English Department Graduate Studies read their best creative work in a virtual reading event. This will be the first ever Virtual Graduate Reading Series from CSUN’s English Department! Poetry readings from Angel Baker, Annabelle Bonebrake, Carl Robinette and Miguel Noh. Prose readings from Michael Washington and Sam Goli. Anyone can join as an audience member via Zoom. For those who have never used Zoom it is quick to set up. Just click the link on the night of the event and follow the instructions that appear. Feel free to start the conversation on social media now, and on the night of, at #VirtualGRS2020. Join the event by clicking the link on Friday, April 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

The English Department is pleased to announce the opening of the application process for the Spring Awards. Please encourage students to apply. For detailed information on the many student awards we offer, please visit Spring Awards.

2. Reminders

The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2020 award. The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review. One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. The AAP is also pleased to announce the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Students 23 years-old or younger who have won the AAP prize will be considered for an additional $1000 award. To Enter: Submit one to three poems, accompanied by a cover sheet, to their Canvas site: ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS. Poems may be any length or style. Your name should not appear on the poems. Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the titles of the poems you are submitting. All work must be typed and submitted in a single word doc. The cover sheets will be separated before being sent to the national judge. Submissions are judged anonymously. The winners will be announced in May. For more information please contact Leilani Hall at leilani.hall@csun.edu or Dorothy Barresi at dorothy.barresi@csun.edu. Deadline: April 24, 2020, 5:00 p.m.

As we continue our new reality, teaching remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty Technology Center and Faculty Development is hosting several workshops to assist our transition to online teaching. For information on the upcoming workshops, please visit FacDev.

Students who are currently experiencing COVID-19 issues of any kind and would like to drop a class must do so by Friday, April 17. After Friday, Undergraduate Studies will only accept new, emergent COVID-19 issues (i.e. issues that start happening after the 17th) as a reason for late drops. For the form, please see schedule change. Undergraduate and second bachelor’s students use this form to request a change of academic schedule only after the Late Registration/Schedule.

Amber Norwood is working with Faculty Development as a resource for faculty who want a hand, a sounding board, or one-on-one chat about what’s happening in your classes, what could be happening, and how to make it happen. Feel free to email her at amber.norwood@csun.edu to chat or zoom.

3. Opportunities

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently announced $22.2 million in grants for 224 humanities projects across the country. These grants will enable the production of a 90-minute documentary on singer and civil rights pioneer Marian Anderson, support a Norman Rockwell Museum exhibition on Rockwell’s Four Freedoms series, and bolster the digital infrastructure of the Walt Whitman Archive to allow greater access to this online scholarly repository. For more information, visit NEH.

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. For more information, visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants.

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 Grant Cycle. Grants are described below. They seek proposals for the following grant opportunities:

Pedagogical Grant – up to $2,500 per faculty member applicant;
Faculty Engaged Research or Creative Activity Grant – up to $1,500 per faculty applicant;
Seed Grant – up to $1,000 per faculty applicant;
Student Scholar Grant – up to $500 to pay a student scholar to support your teaching;
Travel Grant – up to $500 per faculty applicant.

Visit the Grant Opportunities page for more details. Application Deadline: April 20, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. to the grant specific email address noted on each application.

4. Achievements

Congratulations to our undergraduate and graduate students for the unprecedented and major adjustments they have made to continue their educations online.

Congratulations to the English Department faculty for the unprecedented and major adjustments they have made to offer their courses online.

Volume 51.16

April 1st, 2020 | Posted by Anthony Dawahare in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 51.16)

1. Announcements
The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2020 award. The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review. One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. The AAP is also pleased to announce the Aliki Perroti and Seth Frank Most Promising Young Poet Award. Students 23 years-old or younger who have won the AAP prize will be considered for an additional $1000 award. To Enter: Submit one to three poems, accompanied by a cover sheet, to their Canvas site: ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS. Poems may be any length or style. Your name should not appear on the poems. Please include a cover sheet with your name, address, phone number, email address, and the titles of the poems you are submitting. All work must be typed and submitted in a single word doc. The cover sheets will be separated before being sent to the national judge. Submissions are judged anonymously. The winners will be announced in May. For more information please contact Leilani Hall at leilani.hall@csun.edu or Dorothy Barresi at dorothy.barresi@csun.edu.

As we continue our new reality, teaching remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Faculty Technology Center and Faculty Development is hosting several workshops to assist our transition to online teaching. For information on the upcoming workshops, please visit FacDev workshops.

Amber Norwood is working with Faculty Development as a resource for faculty who want a hand, a sounding board, or one-on-one chat about what’s happening in your classes, what could be happening, and how to make it happen. Feel free to email her at amber.norwood@csun.edu to chat or zoom.

2. Reminders

In order to limit the spread of COVID-19:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.

For more scientific information, visit the Center of Disease Control & Prevention website.

3. Opportunities

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG) support innovative, experimental, and/or computationally challenging projects at different stages throughout their lifecycles, from early start-up phases through implementation and sustainability. Experimentation, reuse, and extensibility are hallmarks of this program, leading to innovative work that can scale to enhance scholarly research, teaching, and public programming in the humanities. This program is offered twice per year. Proposals are welcome for digital initiatives in any area of the humanities. For more information, visit https://www.neh.gov/grants/odh/digital-humanities-advancement-grants.

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce its 2020-2021 Grant Cycle. Grants are described below. They seek proposals for the following grant opportunities:

Pedagogical Grant – up to $2,500 per faculty member applicant;
Faculty Engaged Research or Creative Activity Grant – up to $1,500 per faculty applicant;
Seed Grant – up to $1,000 per faculty applicant;
Student Scholar Grant – up to $500 to pay a student scholar to support your teaching;
Travel Grant – up to $500 per faculty applicant.

Visit the Grant Opportunities page for more details. Application Deadline: April 20,2020 by 11:59 p.m. to the grant specific email address noted on each application and below.

4. Achievements

Stephanie Lim is the dramaturg with East West Players production of Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins, which had planned to run from March 12 to April 5 at the David Henry Hwang Theatre in Downtown LA (Little Tokyo), but which has been postponed until further notice in compliance with the City of Los Angeles guidelines regarding public gatherings. The musical takes a deep dive into history and the American Dream, via nine presidential assassination attempts. The production is directed by Snehal Desai and features a company (creatives, cast, crew, band, etc.) of artists of color. Congratulations Stephanie!

We commend our English Department faculty for the unprecedented and major adjustments they have made to move their courses online. Their untold hours of extra teaching, advising, and sometimes consoling students testify to their commitment to provide students with a first-rate education even in times of world crisis.