We are just a few weeks away from the close of the semester, and the season of celebrating our new graduates and the achievements of our graduates, past and present, helps to energize us as we look back with exhaustion at the last year (or two, or three). In advance of our May edition of TN, please send any achievement announcements about yourself or students using this link


Student evaluations of classes opened on April 18 and close on May 13. You may wish to share information with your students about the assets and biases of student evaluations as this process unfolds: there are many recent articles, but here is one helpful overview.


As the semester comes to a close, everyone is surely feeling renewed and eager to jump right into professional development work . . . ahem. The good news is that some excellent professional development opportunities via QLT workshops are available this summer, beginning in June and stretching through early August. While these workshops focus on online teaching strategies, they also offer helpful suggestions and strategies for creating equitable syllabi, assignments, exams, and more. Learn more and sign up here. You can find the most recent QLT rubric to consult here.


Moncho Alvarado (CSUN BA in Creative Writing 2016, Sarah Lawrence College MFA in Creative Writing 2018) recently had her poetry collection, Greyhound Americans, published by Saturnalia Books. The collection won the Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, which was judged by Diane Seuss. 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 have worked with youths in Sunnyside Community Services in Queens, NY. Moncho currently lives in Queens, NY, and works as a poet, translator, Mexican-American queer activist, and instructor.

Irene Clark wrote a section for Sage Skills: Academic Writing, which has just been launched online. Her section was titled “Types of Writing Assignments,” and addressed three topics: Rhetorical Elements in Academic Writing Assignments, Responding to Academic Writing Assignments, and Genres of Academic Writing Assignments.