We are just about one week away from spring break, which takes place from March 21-27, and we are nearly halfway through the semester.

Please enjoy a break and congratulate yourselves for all that you have achieved despite the heavy lift of pivoting back to in-person classes in February.


  1. Although mask mandates are ending in many places, CSUN is continuing its mask mandate at least through the end of the spring semester.
  2. President Beck’s investiture will take place on Monday, 3/14, from 10:30am-12pm. Remote and in-person options are available to attend. 
  3. Please remind students and colleagues that CSUN is finally hosting a booster clinic on campus, with the final two days occurring next week: Wednesday, March 16th and Thursday, March 17th, in the CSUN Campus Store and Housing Complex, Lot F-9.


  1. The English Department’s lecturer pools are open until March 31. Please find more information here
  2. Queer Studies lecturer job openings: there are 10 courses listed and applications would be valid for the academic year 2022-23. Application deadlines are March 28. Descriptions are available here.

  3. The CSU offers free professional development workshops in best practices in online teaching. All courses are 3-weeks in length, onlineasynchronous, require 15-20 hours, with a structured course schedule and due dates that must be followed. While you are able to move ahead in the course, you are expected to follow the due dates outlined in the schedule as peer-to-peer collaboration is an integral component of all courses. If you fall behind you must contact the facilitator as soon as possible to make arrangements to catch up.

    The next QLT (Quality Teaching and Learning) sessions are scheduled for March 28-April 17. See this link for more information and to sign up.

  4. The Office of Community Engagement has faculty grants available ranging from $500 to $2500, with applications due April 11. Please see the RFP here to support community engaged research, creative projects, and pedagogy.


Jazzie Hoare, a new freshman in your COH, was awarded a Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarship (Jazzie is copied here). Jazzie’s major is English – English Subject Matter, and she completed University 100: The Freshman Seminar in fall 2021. There were 1350 students who completed U100 in fall 2021, and we awarded 10 scholarships.

The Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarships were created in 2015 in memory of Marino J. Riccomini, an advocate of higher education who wanted to provide opportunities for college success to those for whom financial need might otherwise be a barrier. These scholarships are intended to support CSUN students who demonstrate financial need, are in good academic standing with the university, show a desire and commitment to succeed in their academic careers, and have successfully completed University 100. For more information about the scholarship, please visit this website.

Scott Kleinman recently joined the editorial staff of Programming Historian, which publishes novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate research and teaching.

Brandy Underwood has been selected as the College of Humanities Research Fellow 2022/2023 for her project titled, The Black Crowd, Leadership, Affect, and Racial Uplift in African American Literature.  The committee agreed that her project is a deeply important exploration of racial uplift ideologies in relation to representation of crowds in African American literature.  Particularly given the prominence and continuing importance of the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, this project is cutting edge and will offer an important contribution to current cultural conversations. 

Our dear colleague Wendy Ventura has departed CSUN to take an exciting job at UCLA’s Department of External Affairs. We wish her the best and thank her for bringing her insight, organizational prowess, and kindness to our department for the past few years.

Congratulations, all!