Thursday’s Notes, 53.3

1. Announcements

We are halfway through the fall semester! (or what feels like week 100+ of spring 2020, continued) 

As we move into actual fall weather, it’s worth reminding us all that the CSUN Food Pantry has resources available for students, faculty, and staff, including toiletries, food, and help applying to receive CalFresh. Visits to the food pantry are available once a week, are confidential, and only require proof of being a CSUN community member (no proof of income is required). If you have supplies that you wish to donate, you can find more information on their website as well.

Hours of Operation are as follows:

Located at Laurel Hall (next to Sagebrush Hall, directly across from parking lots D6 and E6)

Monday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 1:00pm
Wednesday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Thursday: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

2. Opportunities

2022 Jerome Richfield Memorial Fellow – Request for Nominations 

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.  

We are happy to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Jerome Richfield Memorial Fellow. We 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. 

The details of the nomination procedure, the selection criteria, and the award are described here.

Nominations are to be submitted using the form in the attached document. A current CV and up to two letters of support should be included with the nomination form. The deadline to submit nominations is 5:00 p.m., Friday, November 5, 2021. Questions should be directed to  

Faculty Success Grant

Good news, the Faculty Success Grant is back! If you would like to engage in a professional development activity this year that would aid your success and impact your teaching, scholarship and service, consider applying today. Sometimes we can’t/don’t attend conferences or engage in activities due to limited funding; however, this can be an opportunity to explore beyond the traditional and/or scholarly outlets that are also needed for overall faculty success.
Deadline: Monday November 1, 2021
Grant Amounts: Ranges from $500-$2000
Application: visit our Faculty Development Faculty Success Grant webpage

What exactly is HyFlex?

Join a HyFlex Information Session to gain clarity on the definition of a HyFlex teaching modality  and learn from current CSUN faculty from our small fall pilot about their experiences. For those interested in trying HyFlex next semester in a high-support pilot program, attend a session to learn more about what is first needed, what supports are included, funding ($1600) and how to apply at our HyFlex Pilot 2.0 program website. RSVP now for either:
  • Wednesday, October 20th 10:00-11:00am
  • Thursday, October 21st 10:00-11:00am

Engagement Conference 2021

The Engagement Conference seeks to inspire all CSUN faculty teaching in the online and hybrid environments by sharing innovation and practices that have worked in CSUN courses. This is a joint effort of Undergraduate Studies, the Office of Faculty Development, Academic Technology and the Faculty Technology Center. Faculty can find more details on CSUN’s Engagement Conference and registration is now open.
Date: Friday, October 29, 2021
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm

Student Loan Forgiveness

Student loan borrowers who have worked in public service for ten or more years – think educators like CFA members, social workers, and non-profit employees – will get more flexibility in recently announced changes to a popular federal program. Learn more here.

Distinguished Visiting Speaker Program (DVSP)

The DVSP Speaker Series brings prominent artists, scientists, environmentalists, entrepreneurs and other leading thinkers to classrooms and university wide lectures to share their discoveries, stories, visionary ideas and artistic performances with our students. 

Due to COVID-19, applications can only be submitted in one category: 

  • Applications (up to $500) request support for classroom visits, department seminars by a Distinguished Speaker, individuals or small group of scholars with broad appeal to the university community.  

Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis until the funds have been disbursed. Please note: international speakers may have up to 30% of honorarium withheld for taxes. 

If you are interested in bringing someone to campus (via zoom), please click this link to submit an application. 

3. Achievements

Irene Clark‘s chapter, “Writing, Imitation, and the Brain,” has been published in Multimodality, Digitalization and Cognitivity in Communication and Pedagogy (Springer Press, 2021). 

What Books Press is pleased to announce the October release of a new anthology, What Falls Away Is Always: Writers Over Sixty on Writing and Death. Featuring an Introduction by lead editor Kate Haake, the book brings together more thirty writers of both poetry and prose to reflect on the experiences of aging and writing they share, along with the possibly more daunting question—what next? An October 27 (7:00 p.m.) reading at Village Well Bookstore in Culver City celebrates the launch of the book. “Be consoled, and surprised,” LA poet Molly Bendall writes, “as you listen in to these courageous voices.”

Santosh Khadka recently published an edited collection titled Multimodal Composition: Faculty Development Programs and Institutional Change from Routledge (co-edited with Shyam B. Pandey, Purdue University).

This past summer, Rick Mitchell published “Art in the Age of the Essential Online Classroom: Pandemic Playwriting and the Emancipated Spectator” in Theatre Topics (Volume 31, Number 2, July 2021, Johns Hopkins University Press).

Danielle Spratt and Tim Black (Philosophy) recently published an essay entitled “Epistemic Injustice in Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park; Or, What Austen Teaches Us about Mansplaining and White Privilege” in The Routledge Companion to Jane Austen, edited by Cheryl Wilson and Maria Frawley (October 2021). They are grateful to their students in ENGL 495AUS (Spring 2018) and ENGL 493 (Spring 2020) for their insights in helping formulate the topic for this chapter.

Compiled by Danielle Spratt