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Volume 39:16

May 2nd, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 39:16)

1. Announcements

We begin this issue of Thursday’s Notes with a special tribute to and recognition of our amazing students and the very special announcement of where at least some of them will be headed in the fall and what they will be doing and what they will be doing. Many of these students received multiple offers, but at least as As ever, we’re going to miss them but naturally wish them the very best. Meantime, congratulations to them all.

Caitlin Benson, 2012 BA in Literature, has accepted an offer from UCLA to join their Ph.D. program in English.

Alissa Binder, 2012 Creative Writing BA, has been accepted into the MFA in Writing Program at CalArts.

Nick Burden, 2013 Creative Writing BA ’13, has been accepted into the Master of Professional Writing Program at USC.

Gayane Haroutyunyan, 2013 B.A. in Creative Writing/Poetry) will be attending the MFA program in poetry at Sarah Lawrence College.

Naomi Carrington, 2013 MA in Rhetoric and Composition, will be attending the university of Texas, El Paso, with full support. But that won’t be for a while yet, because next year Naomi will be headed to Rwanda on a Fulbright ETA (English Teaching Assistantship), which is 9 months long.  Naimi be working at the university level, teaching English to various degrees (writing, ESL, reading), and will also be implementing two personal side projects. Her first project is to help Rwandans overcome aftereffects of the 1994 Genocide by offering English pedagogy enrichment courses for teachers who were trained in/only teach in the French language. The courses will consist of linguistic study, collaboration, pedagogy, and more. Her second project is to join forces with One Laptop Per Child where I will train teachers, develop lesson plans, and help install in the less urban areas of Rwanda. Congratulations, Naomi, on your success and good work.

Stephanie Dotto, 2013 BA Creative Writing/Narrative, will be attending Kingston University’s MFA Creative Writing program for fiction (located in Kingston, England).

Kristen Ingram, 2013 Literature BA has been accepted into the MA program in Media, Culture, and Communications at New York University.

Karlee Johnson, 2013 Journalism BA with Minors in both Creative Writing/Narrative and Queer Studies, will be attending the Creative Writing MA Program at San Francisco State University.

Sidney Jones, 2013 BA Honors/Literature,  will be attending Sidney Jones (undergrad lit major) has accepted an offer of admission to the Ph.D. program in English at Ohio State University, and has been offered a University Fellowship as part of her funding package.

Gina Lawrence, 2013 Composition and Rhetoric Rhetoric MA, will be attending the University of Texas, El Paso, Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition Program on a fully funded Fellowship that will have her busy teaching various levels of composition.

Sean Pessin, 2013 Creative Writing MA, will be attending the MFA Creative Writing Program at Otis College of Art and Design. Described by Director Sarah Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum as this years “top recruit,” Sean has received a generous funding package and is eagerly awaited at Otis.

Auggie Samie, 2012 Creative Writing/Narrative BA, has been accepted into the Ph.D program in Humanities at the University of Chicago with an emphasis on Near Eastern Cultures and with a fellowship.

Mychal Schillaci, 2013 Creative Writing/Narrative BA has been accepted into the MFA in Writing Program at CalArts.

Olvard Smith, 2013 Creative Writing BA, will be attending the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Rutgers on a full scholarship.

We also want to congratulate and warmly welcome back the following graduating seniors and other CSUN alumni who will be returning to our own MA program in the fall: Eric Kufs, Brittney Neff, Angela Blair, Taylor Farnsworth, Amanda El Khoury, Kayla Lopez, Nicholas Jerrems, Kimberly Miller, Azure Glover, Freddy Garcia, Jordan Guevara, Angelika Hakopyan, Lizette Hernandez, Deanna Herbert, Ellen Moreh, Kheim Nguyen, Christopher Pruitt, Arthur Maturo, Rosa Colato, Sherece Usher, Chelsea Turner,  Gayaneh Navshadian, Kimberly Sanders, Marilyn Serafin, Kirk Sever, Shelly Steinberg, Steven Rivas, Jennifer Rodrick, Robin Smith, Sarah Swanson, Gina Srmabekian, Enrique Solis, Eduardo Valladolid, Jennet Troy, and Jonathan Mejia.

As previously announced in a mysterious computer glitch, our good friend and colleague, Barbara Kroll, has generously donated a cash gift of $3000 to the Department for the improvement of faculty lives. Barbara would like us to enjoy our retreats more, or have cleaner offices, or better and more nutritious food at our various gatherings. And so we shall. Thank you, Barbara. Even though we know how good retirement has been good for you, we miss you.

And another new addition to our growing extended family and the human race arrived just yesterday, May 1, 2013, to the daughter of our own Marlene Cooksey, a grandson born to Vanessa and Andrew who will join his brother Henry and be known as Sam. Sam came in to this world 7 pounds, 6 ounces, and all are doing well.

In other happy news, the English Department has again been well recognized by this year’s University Faculty Awards. Congratulations to Michael Bryson, recipient of the 2013 Preeminent Scholarly Publication Award, and to Rick Mitchell, recipient of the Exceptional Creative Accomplishment Award.

Dorothy Barresi is being honored this year for having finished her 25th year at CSUN. Congratulations, Dorothy, and welcome to the club.

Tomorrow, May 3, English 698D will be hosting their conference titled “Paradigms: Redefined & Redesigned” in room JR 319 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be served. Panels span a diverse range of topics with a focus on all three options: literature, rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. The guest speaker is Yetta Howard from San Diego State University, whose presentation, “Flexing the Paradigmatic Muscles of Sexuality and Music,” will conclude the event. You will not want to miss this!

StoryCube is back. How about sharing highlights of your university experience with the CSUN StoryCube project? The goal is to collect and preserve the oral history of our campus by recording the stories and memories of individual members of the faculty, staff and student body. unity. The StoryCube booth is set up near the front entrance of the Matador Bookstore and interviews are being scheduled to take place Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 29 to May 10, and during Commencement Week, May 21-23. To set up an interview time, please email the StoryCube staff at storycube@csun.edu.  For more information about the StoryCube project, see http://www.csun.edu/storycube/index.html or visit the booth.

And here’s an excellent opportunity to donate some of those books collecting dust on your bookshelves: BookMentors, a new nonprofit to give, get, and talk books for public schools, has just launched. On their platform, teachers can request the books their students need and donors can fulfill teachers’ requests. Teachers and donors can also share information about their favorite children’s and YA literature. Check them out at http://www.bookmentors.org. This could be a great connection.

Congratulations to Martin Pousson and Danielle Spratt, who were both elected as representatives to our Faculty Senate next year.

2. Reminders

The final department meeting of the year will take place next Friday, May 10, from 3 to 5. This promises to be an exciting time, chock full of year end reports and plans for the retreat and next year. Even in this busy time, it will be good to be there to review all the work we have done this year.

The College of Humanities Commencement this year will be Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. on the Oviatt Library Lawn. Do turn out and celebrate with our students. Before that, we will be having our annual Department Reception, honoring the achievements of our English graduates.

And another chance to recognize their achievements is this year’s Honors Convocation, which will be held Monday, May 20, at 6:00 p.m. on the Oviatt Libary Lawn.

But before then, finals week is Monday, May 13, to Saturday, May 18. And grades are due on May 24. Please do your part to ensure that this process goes seamlessly again, at least on our end.

And after that, stay tuned for the new Moodle 2, which will happen on May 28, 2013, for the start of the summer semester. On this date, Moodle 2 will be available to you and all students at moodle.csun.edu. Before the go-live date, Moodle 2 will continue to be available for you to preview the new layout and begin to develop content. You can view courses for 2011 and 2012 and create new courses for summer and fall 2013. To do so, log in to m2.csun.edu with your CSUN user ID and password. Please note that any 2013 courses you’ve added or changed since January 8, 2013 will be migrated to Moodle 2 this summer. Also, you might find the following list of resources and workshops for using Moodle 2 helpful: What’s New in Moodle 2?; What’s New in Moodle 2? video; Getting Started with Moodle 2; Moodle Student FAQs; Moodle Faculty FAQs. A list of workshops is also available on the IT Training Page and you can sign up by using the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact the Faculty Technology Center at ftc@csun.edu or (818) 677-3443.

And there’s this: the College of Humanities needs people to serve for the College Personnel Committee election. As Dean Say has reminded us, “the review and evaluation of our colleagues for promotion and tenure is, perhaps, the most important responsibility members of the faculty are charged with as the future of the University rests on the decisions made in this arena.” Also, with very few exceptions, tenured faculty are required to serve. If there are not additional nominations by tomorrow (Friday, May 3, 2013) at 5:00 pm, the name of every eligible faculty member in the college will be placed on the ballot and those elected will be required to serve.

3. Opportunities

Calling all Drabble writers. The Daily Sundial and Bill Willingham, author of Fables, have joined forced to create a new drabble contest, open only to CSUN student. the winning drabble will be published in the Daily Sundial, and its author will receive a hardcover edition of Fables, Vol. 1, autographed by Bill Willingham, and a personal, 15-minute writing critique over the phone from Bill Willingham. Students should submit their dribbles to ane@csun.edu. The Sundial will than select 5 finalist and Mr. Willingham will pick the winer. Only one drabble per student. (And for those of you not in the know, a drabble is a 100 word short story.) On your marks, get set…

Students are also invited to submit essays to the Jewish Studies Essay Contest and compete for a $250 prize. They may use work written for ANY CSUN class, from Spring 2012 – 2013. The essays will be judged based on Jewish Studies content, quality of writing, clarity of argument, and originality. The essay may take the form of a case study, a report on research, or an analysis that is biographical, historical, literary, philosophical, sociological, or theological. The entry must be the original, unpublished work of the student. Entries must be submitted by May 13, 2013, in the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies, Sierra Hall 194, by May 13, 2013.

Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-40) seeks motivated, flexible, and detail-oriented, interns to serve in her district office. Enthusiastic self-starters interested in learning about the inner workings of a congressional district office are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate has a strong commitment to serve the community, excellent communication skills, and thrives in a team environment. This unpaid internship is a great learning experience for graduate and undergraduate students interested in gaining real-world experience in public service. Interns provide administrative support, work on special issue-based projects, and are offered the opportunity to attend meetings and briefings throughout the district. Residents of the 40th Congressional District are encouraged to apply. Hours are flexible, but a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week is required. Please send your cover letter, resume, and three professional references to Alfonso Alfaro at alfonso.alfaro@mail.house.gov. The deadline is May 17, 2013. For more information please call (323) 721-8790.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi gave a poetry reading on April 17 at Moorpark Community College.On April 20, she conducted a panel on “Poetry in the Moment” at the L.A. Times Book Festival on the USC campus. Later that day she gave a poetry reading from new work written during her Sabbatical Leave.

The current issue of American Scientist magazine has the third of Bob Chianese‘s Earth Art essays, this one on Andy Goldsworthy’s “Running Wall” sculpture (at Storm King Art Center along the Hudson in New York.) You can find it on line at http://www.americanscientist.org.

Joseph Galasso‘s article, “The Role of the Private and Public in Education” will be published in the online edition of the May-June issue of Academe (American Association of University Professors).
CSUN was well represented by three of our British Romanticism graduate students at the recent annual British Women Writers Conference held this year at the University of New Mexico on April 4-6, 2013: Norma Aceves presented “Disabled Body Politics: Closeting Nymphomaniacs and Subverting Narrative Customs in Charlotte Dacre’s Zofloya”; Lorie Hamalian‘s paper was “Defining Gender Boundaries Through Kinship Systems and Reciprocity: the Custom of ‘Gift Exchange’ in Eliza Fenwick’s Secresy: or, The Ruin on the Rock”; and Corri Ditch gave a talk called “The Myopic Reading of Mary Wollstonecraft’s Work and its Influence on the Custom of Camouflaged Feminism in the Romantic Period.”
And in remembrance of our dear friend Colleen Schaeffer‘s lifelong achievements, an artist’s sketchbook, dedicated to celebrating her life, will be placed in the English Department mailroom. Those of you who knew Colleen are welcome to write your memories of her in the book. There will also be some markers and colored pencils if you wish to draw something in her honor. The book will be available until 2p.m. on Wednesday May 8th. At that time, we will be sending to to Colleen eldest brother who will share it with her other siblings as well as her nieces and nephews. Also, if anyone wants to send anything to her family, Amy Reynolds has her brother’s address and can include it in the package we send to Colleen’s brother.

Volume 38:5

October 27th, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:5)

1. Announcements

  • CSUN students, Sean Pessin and Norma Aceves, have founded a new Critical Theory Club, generously sponsored by Dr. Ranita Chatterjee as the Faculty Adviser. The group had its first meeting on October 21, with about fifteen students gathering together for a rousing discussion of Michel Foucault’s, A History of Sexuality, V1. This organization will be meeting monthly and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. Each meeting the group will decide on the texts to be read and the board will invite different professors to join and help moderate discussions based on the readings for the given meeting. These discussions are led by two student leaders each session, which will change from month to month. If you have any questions regarding this organization or have any suggestions, please email Norma Aceves at norma.aceves.427@my.csun.edu or Sean Pessin at s.e.pessin@gmail.com. Congratulations to all involved! And please spread the word.
  • An important reminder from Dorothy Clark: November 4 is fast approaching when some of us us will have the opportunity to participated in the new and improved exit interview process. If you are among those called to serve, you should already have heard from Tonie. (And if you haven’t, don’t feel left out–there will be another round of exams in the spring.) Students will prepare discussions of their two literary texts and provide a five item bibliography for research done on one of those texts TWO days before the exam day; the essay portion of the exam has been eliminated.
  • Now is the time to mark your calendars, and RSVP, for a memorable address by President Koester, Reflections on a Career as a Woman in Higher Education. Koester will be the guest speaker for the Fall 2011 Leadership Forum on Women’s Issues, which will take place on Thursday December 1, 2011, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Student Union Thousand Oaks Room. Please help celebrate her distinguished career, of which we have been, at least in part, the fortunate beneficiaries. Sign up for the session at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CYK83D2, and plan to arrive ten minutes early so you can sign-in.
  • Dean Say is calling for student writing that may be appropriate for the College of Humanities holiday greeting card. Last year, the card featured a poem by one of Dorothy’s Barresi’s students, and while this call has been directed specifically to those of us who teach creative writing, there are closet writers everywhere, so if you see anything in the next couple of weeks you think might work, please send it to me for consultation with the CW Committee, which will pass along several for the Dean to consider.
  • Speaking of closet writers, the Romance Writers of America has invited interested scholars to apply for its annual Research Grant competition, which seeks to develop and support academic research devoted to genre romance novels, writers, and readers by providing up to $5,000 in research money to a qualified scholar. Deadline for proposals is December 1, 2011, and complete guidelines are available at http://www.rwa.org/cs/academic_research_grant/overview.
  • And for your students, please consider the Judicial Internship opportunity sponsored by CSUN’s Department of Political Science, an excellent opportunity for any student interested in a law career. Students may come from any major, but must be upper division, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and supply a statement of interest in the law. Appilcations for Spring Semester are available at http://www.csun.edu/judicial/, and the application deadline is Thursday, November 17, 2011.
  • Looking into the future, the 2012 Faculty Retreat will be held on January 17-18, 2012, on the CSUN Campus. The Retreat title is, “Painting CSUN’s Canvas.” Once again, registration fees will be waived and attendance registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Staff are welcome to attend, and newer faculty members and lecturers are also especially encouraged to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn more about the CSUN campus, the CSUN culture, and the exciting research and innovative projects currently underway. There will be a special track of sessions just for new members of the faculty. The deadline for faculty and staff to register is Friday, December 9, 2011. A link to the registration site, and the presentation proposal form, is on the Faculty Senate website: http://www.csun.edu/senate/retreat.html.
  • And looking far into the future, you might want to mark your calendars for the Honors Convocation 2012, scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. on the lawn of the Oviatt Library, and the College of Humanities commencement ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Oviatt Library. Additional details will be posted at http://www.csun.edu/commencement as we get closer to the event dates.

2. Reminders

  • Here are some more details, as promised, on CSUN’s upcoming Powwow, which will take place on November 26, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., in the field by the Chicano House (not far from the intersection of Reseda and Plummer). Admission is free. (Parking fees apply.) American Indian music and dancing, of course, along with a children’s activities table. Bring your family and friends to this special event.

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

  • On October 13th, Irene Clark gave a presentation at the California State English Council meeting. It was titled “Joining the Scholarly Conversation: A New Culminating Experience for the MA degree in English.”
  • Angie Misaghi and Noreen Lace presented a session at the ECCTYC 2011 Conference in Burlingame, CA on October 21, 2011. The presentation was “Using Social Media in the Composition Classroom” and focused on the effective use of Facebook for classroom assignments.
  • Martin Pousson has a new story, “Three Boys,” accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of the Los Angeles Times-bestselling Slake. “Three Boys” is part of his story collection-in-progress, The Nerves. He also has been invited as one of five featured Los Angeles writers in the Third Annual Literary Crawl. The PEN Center USA’s Noir Crawl, part of the upcoming Night & The City Festival, starts with a reading at The Last Bookstore in Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, October 29.
  • Both the GRS Reading, on October 14, and the Northridge Review Reading, on October 21, were tremendous successes, good fun, and inspiration. Congratulations all!

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38:3

September 29th, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:3)

1. Observation

It is probably not my place to say so, but this issue of EOTN is being published a day and a half after our library and other parts of campus were closed due to a threat of violence for many hours (but who was counting?), during which we all received multiple emergency updates from our campus administration and police regarding a “man who indicated he had a gun.” There were bomb squads and SWAT teams and yellow tape and nervous students and personal decisions we all had to make. So, like I say, even though it is probably not my place to say it, we might all want to acknowledge, at least privately, and be grateful that, faced with a very difficult situation, the University made some hard calls and did a good job of keeping things going and keeping us safe.

2. Announcements

  • For those of you with students who may not be headed to law school, you might be interested in the Enhancing Student Success on the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) workshop sponsored by our own Anne Kellenberger (Coordinator, Learning Resource Center Writing Programs)and Sharon Klein (English/Director, Writing and Reading Across Disciplines). The workshop will be held on Monday, 10/3/2011, from 3:30 to 5:00 pm, in the Writing Center, Bayramian Hall 414. Maybe they’ll end up in law school after all!
  • And whether or not you have students headed to law school, you probably have students interested in the LGBT Civil Rights Lecture by Lieutenant Dan Choi, on National Coming Out Day–Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00 pm in the Northridge Center, University Student Union.  The lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets will not be issued; seating at the event will be first-come, first-served. Faculty members may reserve seats for their classes. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Shanell Tyus, Manager of USU Events at shanell.tyus@csun.edu or 818-677-4171.

3. Reminders

  • Don’t respond to fraudulent emails that ask for account information, especially those that seem to be from some legitimate webmail or tech support source (“we will be undegoing regularly scheduled maintenance, and access to your mailbox via our mail portal will be unavailable for some time during this maintenance period,”). If it asks for account information and you provide it, you will be sorry and may get a virus.
  • And for your students who may need support, don’t forget the following resources available to them: our ever-exemplary Humanities Adivising Office downstairs in JR 240, (818) 677-476; the Learning Resource Center (818) 677-2033; University Counseling Services, (818) 677-2366; Disability Resources, (818) 677-2684; CSUN Help Line (818) 349-HELP (4357).

4. Events

  • RESCHEDULED: The Northridge Review reading has been rescheduled to October 21, in the VPAC Room 181, at 7 pm. Please come celebrate another successful publication and the amazing work of our fantastic creative writing students.
  • While we’re on the subject of our fantastic creative writing students, you won’t want to miss the first Graduate Reading Series event of the year.  This one follows our next Department meeting, at 7:00 pm on October 14, in our own JR 319.

5. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

  • Scott Andrews will have four poems, “Greasy Grass Fantasy,” 1-4, in the next issue of Yellow Medicine Review A Journal of Indigenous Literature, Art, and Thought.
  • Robert Louis Chianese, Emeritus Professor of English, has been selected as President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science–Pacific Division (2011-2012). Bob taught in our department for forty years (1969-2008), where he developed numerous interdisciplinary courses, linking literature and the humanities with areas such as history, art, sociology, psychology, ecology, religious studies, and philosophy. For many years he team-taught a literature and science course with Prof. Joyce Maxwell of Biology. Over the last twelve years and since retirement he has offered symposia linking literature and the arts with science at the annual meetings of the hundred-year-old AAAS-PD. As the first non-scientist president of this organization, Chianese will continue offering cross-fertilization projects linking various disciplines, with a symposium and reading last June on Poetry and Science, and a symposium and juried exhibition of “Art Inspired by Science” the year before.
  • Congratulations to Sharon Klein for being awarded a $250,000 large grant from the California Postsecondary Education Commission for her project, “Enhancing Quality for Teachers of Students Who Are Deaf/Hard of Hearing.” This is a local grant, with the bulk of the funding going to support 25 teachers who work primarily with DHH students to work their ways through the new national Common Core Standards in the Language Arts that California ratified, focusing especially on the Speaking and Listening standards. Sharon will be working with SPED colleagues Rachel Narr-Friedman and Ellen Schneiderman to design workshops (beginning November 5th) and projects to find ways of applying the new standards and of using them to advance both students’ language knowledge and use and teachers’ understanding of some of the helpful linguistic underpinnings–both formal and sociolinguistic underpinnings. This is an important project and wonderful news all around!
  • And from the other side of the world, our own recent graduate, Tommy Vinh Bui, writes to us as a Peace Corps Volunteer from Kazakhstan, Kyzylorda, where he is serving as an education and community development volunteer working at a pedagogical college in Kazakhstan. Good work, Tommy. But we can do good work from here too by helping Tommy with a project he’s envisioned involving a classroom correspondence. As Tommy writes, “Many of my students are profoundly interested in American culture and I feel this is a good opportunity for some cultural exchange. If you could inform the teachers in the department (or anyone you feel that would be interested) about my proposal, I’d greatly appreciate it.” If there are classes where this would work–or if you know of others–this seems like a great opportunity. Let’s think about it.

6. Faculty Development Opportunities

  • The Office of Research and Sponsored Projects has alerted us to a wide range of grant opportunities with upcoming deadlines. For more information, please see the Open Funding page athttp://www.csun.edu/humanities/grants/openfundingopportunities.html and/or discuss with the Humanities Grant Officer at your earliest convenience. (Hmm, that position is currently vacant, but you can still contact the office of the Dean.) Current oppartunities include, but are by no means limited to: NEH, Collaborative Research, (deadline, 12/8/11); Folger Shakespeare Library Research Fellowships (deadline, 11/1/11); NEH Digital Humanities Implementation Grants, (deadline,1/24/12); and the Endangered Language Fund Native Voices Endowment: A Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Legacy Project (10/17/11).
  • Google teams with the CSU. Space is limited–don’t miss out on new exciting webinar opportunities, covering such topics as: Modern search literacy: Leveraging literacies to get quality from popular tools (11/4); Believe it or not: Authority and credibility (11/18); More Google resources for education: Scholar, Books, Patents (and more!) (12/2); and Extending your search skills: Staying relevant in a changing world (12/16). Staying relevant, what could be better? For more information on and to register for these, and other, webinars, please see http://ctfd.sfsu.edu/event/series/google-fall-webinar-series-for-the-csu-community.htm

7. Jobs and Opportunities

  • Illinois State University at Normal, Illinois, seeks applicants for two positions:  Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Composition, specializing in histories of rhetoric, and Assistant Professor in Children’s and Young Adult Literatures.
  • Otis Books / Seismicity Editions is calling for submissions of manuscripts of poetry and prose (fiction or non-fiction) in the English original or in translation. Deadline is December 15, 2010. Send a hard-copy of your manuscript (only one per author, please) to: Graduate Writing program, Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90045, ATTN: Seismicity. Be sure to include complete contact information (postal and email addresses, as well as a telephone number). Selected manuscripts will be announced February 1, 2011. For more information, please visit: http://www.otis.edu/seismicity/.

Compiled by Kate Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38:2

September 15th, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:2)

1. Acknowledgments

  • Kudos to our new Chair for having so graciously and seamlessly navigated these first daunting weeks of fall semester.
  • And kudos to the rest of us for getting through too.
  • And thanks to our ever diligent, hard-working, and good-natured staff for helping us do it.

2. Announcements

  • The Wings/New Voices Student Awards Ceremony has been scheduled for Friday, September 23rd, from 3 to 5 in the Grand Salon. Please come help celebrate the achievements of our students–and their families and teachers!
  • The Northridge Review Fall 2011 Issue is about to hit the stands.  We are having a celebration of the event on Oct. 14, 2011 starting at 7PM.  The reading is taking place in VPAC  LA 181. Please announce to your classes.  Please come.  Please invite your friends.  It’s going to be a great party.
  • Please also announce to your classes that the Northridge Review is now accepting submissions for the Spring 2011 Issue. The deadline this semester is Sept. 23rd. Guidelines: Poetry (up to 5 poems) , Fiction, Creative Non Fiction, Drama (5000 words). No Names on Manuscripts. Cover Sheet: Titles, Name, Address, Phone and Email. Send or drop off: Engl. Dept. ST 706. You can find these guidelines on the Engl. Department web page under publications athttp://www.csun.edu/english/northridge_review.php.
  • The Civil Discourse and Social Change (CDSC) initiative has announced its second year kickoff event for the 2011-12 academic year, a lecture/workshop by Reverend James Lawson on Monday, September 26, 2011, 4:00-6:45 in the Northridge Center, USU.  For more information about this event and others, please see http://www.csun.edu/cdsc/.
  • HOP 1:  Provost Hellenbrand has invited us to join him on Wednesday, September 28, for another kickoff event of theHybrid/Online Pedagogy (“HOP”) Community of Practice, from 9:00 to 11:00 AM in the Whitsett Room (SH 451), on Wednesday, September 28.  Come learn about issues in online education, connect and collaborate with  peers, work on research projects and publications, promote quality and professionalism, and lead and shape the future of this community.  And please RSVP at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/68LCWMR.
  • But wait, there’s more: The Fall Teaching and Learning Bytes series also kicks off on Tuesday, September 20, with Elio Spinello from Health Sciences and a representative from Apple presenting on publishing e-texts with ePub. Future topics include lecture capture, clickers, podcasting, video storytelling, and “backwards” assessment.  These sessions will take place every Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:00 PM in Oviatt 30 or online.  For more information visit the Teaching and Learning Bytes website http://www.csun.edu/at/teaching/tlb_schedule.html.
  • The Office of Sponsored Projects has announced its fall information sessions, which will be held at the following times:  Friday, September 16, 9:00 am to 11:00 am; Wednesday, Setpember 21, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm; and Thursday, September 22, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  This is a good opportunity to learn more about how to take advantange of good opportunities to obtain support for your research and creative activities from federal, state, corporate, and foundation sponsored programs.
  • Speaking of which, here is one: On behalf of Academic Affairs, Faculty Development is pleased to announce that the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Spring 2012 Probationary Faculty Support Program is now available in both PDF and Word versions at http://www.csun.edu/facdev/grants.htm.  Please note that  the Spring 2012 Probationary Faculty Grant program is restricted to second through fifth year tenure-track faculty.
  • Starting September 1, 2011 Applications will be accepted for the 2012 Ford Diversity Fellowships Program for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website at: http://nationalacademies.org/ford.
  • NEH Summer Stipends program; $6000 to selected individual applicants who wish to pursue research or projects—such as articles, books, digital materials, translations, etc.— intended for wide dissemination to humanities scholars and/or general audiences. Projects may be at any stage of development.  Interested faculty members will apply independently but must be nominated by the the College of Humanities, so let us know if you would like to apply. Deadline, September 29.http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/stipends.html.
  • The American Council of Learned Societies’ Collaborative Research Fellowships are awarded to selected small teams of scholars for collaboration on a single, substantive research project demonstrating the value of both collaborative research and inquiry into the humanities. Awards are intended as salary replacement—for full-time research while on academic leave—at set values based on academic rank ($35K for assistant professor, $40K for associate, and $60K for full), plus up to $20,000 in collaborative funds (travel, materials, research assistance, etc.), with the total award based strictly on these criteria and limited to $140,000. The fellowships are limited to projects primarily focused on research. Successful applicants will initiate their projects between July 1, 2012, and September 1, 2014. For additional information about the program, including a sample application, see: http://www.acls.org/programs/collaborativeACLS Collaborative Research Fellowship; up to $140,000; deadline: September 28. http://www.acls.org/programs/collaborative.
  • The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture (ISSRNC) is pleased to announce its next conference in Malibu, California at Pepperdine University in August 2012. The conference theme will be “Nature and the Popular Imagination.” Proposals deadline, April 1, 2012. http://www.religionandnature.com/society/conferences.htm#malibu

4. Reminders

  • Personnel ballots are due tomorrow, September 16, in the ballot box in Martha office.  Please don’t forget to seal and sign–not the little, inside, secret envelope, but the big outside one the little one goes in.  And if no one can read your signature, also, please print your name.  And, please vote.
  • This just in:  SOLAR is being updated.  For a week.  Please mark your calendars–from October 5, at 6:00 pm, to October 11, at 6:00 am, both the Student Administration (SA) and Human Resources (HR) modules will be unavailable.  That means, no class rosters, no grades, no compensatory history, no unofficial transcripts.  When they’re done, we’ll have one-click access to such services as such frequently used services as class rosters, class schedules, permission numbers, recording grades, etc.  For more information on this exciting change, please tune your computers to the newly released youtube documentary, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MiU851R-DI.
  • Important clarification: In the last riveting issue of Thursday’s Notes, we were reminded of changes in the advising protocols for this year that include a re-routing of initial appointments to the CoH Advising Office, in JR 240. The list of department advisers still seeing students included only undergraduate advisers. PLEASE BE REMINDED THAT GRADUATE ADVISING REMAINS IN THE DEPARTMENTRanita Chatterjee, is still our indefatigable Graduate Adviser (though she keeps saying this is her last year), and Irene Clark is our equally indefatigable (and enduring) Composition and Rhetoric Adviser.Kate Haake (me) will be seeing Creative Writing graduate students this year. IMPORTANT NOTE: All graduate students see Ranita first and for all non-option-specific questions regarding their degrees.
  • Undergraduate advising remains as announced in last Thursday’s Notes (although not last Thursday)–first, to the CoH Advising Office (often affectionately referred to as “Shelly’s Office”), and then to Dorothy (subject matter), Kent (JYI, FYI), and me (literature, creative writing, honors, etc.).
  • Here, again, is the weblink and access information for Martin Pousson’s outstanding English assessment moodle page. Thanks again, Martin. Terrific work! Now we will all be able to stay current on and contribute to our assessment activities. Do remember to collect and submit data year-long. Moodle site name: English Department Academic Assessment; password, ST708; link, http://moodle.csun.edu/course/view.php?id=23617.
  • The Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program (DVSP) is a program designed to bring well-known speakers to California State University, Northridge. Applications may be submitted in one of two categories. Category I applications (up to $700) request support for classroom visits or department seminars by a guest lecturer. Category II applications (up to $1,800) request funds for individuals or small groups of scholars with broad appeal to the university community to participate in artistic performances, public lecture, or topical conferences. Please note that International speakers may have up to 30% of honorarium withheld for taxes.  For more information, contact Hedy Carpenter at (818) 677-2138. Application Deadline: September 19, 2011.
  • Linda Overman’s car was broken into and its contents stolen in parking lot B-2. This is a sad reminder that ours is a large urban campus and we need to be vigilant, taking care in the parking lot and probably, also, in our offices. Our concern goes out to Linda. So perhaps it is a good time, also, to remind the Department of a series of public safety workshops hosted by the Department of Police Services this semester. Don’t miss out on important tips about such topics as, “How to Make your Home a Safer Place,” “The Basics of Pepper Spray Defense,” “Has Your Identity Been Compromised?” The identity you save may be your own.  For more information about these workshop, please see the Safety Workshops flyer, available at,http://www-admn.csun.edu/police/crime/.
  • The Employee Assistance Program also hosts a variety of workshops and support activities to help us deal with the stress of our lives. There’s a book group, fitness and wellness sessions, mindfulness sitting sessions–even yoga. For more information about these opportunities, please see http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/eap/calendar.html.
  • And Human Resources also has an outstanding lineup workshops, on such life-transforming topics as asset management, insurance, home ownership, and retirement. For more information, please see http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/communications/current.html#fall. (This webpage also includes information about the EAP sessions noted above.
  • Also, we’ve been asked nicely not to move chairs from one room to another, so please, let’s not.
  • And have you filled out your doodle poll page to let Tonie and Dorothy know about your availability for exit interviews and indicated your preference of literary texts to them?  There’s still time…
  • While you’re online, you might want to friend the CSUN Creative Writing page and find out what our student writers are up to.  Thanks for this project go to Leilani.
  • Finally, it’s not time to order books for spring yet, but it is time to start thinking about ordering books for spring–just in case you’re still stuck in fall semester.

4. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

  • Scott Andrews published a review of Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me: New Oklahoma Writing this summer in The Tulsa World, his hometown newspaper.  His blog entry titled “Ice Kobe” was purchased to be printed in Connecting with Cultures, a popular culture textbook from Pearson due out this year.  Congratulations Scott!
  • Fred Fields’ new book, Bilingualism in the USA: The case of the Chicano-Latino community has been published by John Benjamin Publishing Company. The book provides an overview of bi- and multilingualism as a worldwide phenomenon by taking the Chicano-Latino community of Southern Californias as a detailed case study relevant to nearly every bi- and multilingual community irrespective of nation, language, and/or ethnicity. Congratulations Fred!
  • Martin Pousson had one story and two poems accepted for publication in the forthcoming issue of Rattling Wall, the PEN Center USA literary journal.”The Masked Boy,” a story from The Nerves, a collection of stories in-progress, and “Hoodoo” & “Voodoo,” two poems from Mississippi River Anthology, a collection of poems in-progress, will be published in the Fall 2011 issue. Congratulations, Martin!

 

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38.1

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38.1)

1. Announcements

  • Welcome to the new Thursday’s Notes, for it is, indeed, Thursday. Here’s hoping you all had wonderful summers and are returning to classes refreshed and excited to meet the challenges of the year ahead.
  • Effective this fall, the advising proedures for the College of Humanities have changed. Please refer students for advising to the Student Services Center/E0P (Richfield Hall, Room JR 240, @ ext. 4784) for all academic advisement–e.g., changes in student academic plans, etc., declaration of major, filing for graduation, and questions about what classes to take. DEPARTMENT ADVISERS WILL CONTINUE TO SEE STUDENT for the purposes of mentoring and general advisement about the major and/or whatever in the world may be coming next after college with an English degree. This year’s English advisers are: Kate Haake, Associate Chair; Kent Baxter, FYI/JYI; Dorothy Clark, ESM; Michael Bryson, Honors.
  • Request for feedback, Community College Transfer Model Curriculum for English: As discussed at the last year, in response to Senate Bill 1440, California community colleges are working on curriculum relating to two year transfer degrees. CSU faculty has been invited to participate in these discussions, both at conferences and online. The Transfer Model Curriculum for English is available for faculty review on the C-ID website. To look at the curriculum and to provide feedback, please go to the “TMC” tab at http://www.c-id.net and scroll down. Faculty review is needed for five draft C-ID descriptors in your discipline: ENGL 110: Freshman Composition; ENGL 115: Argumentative Writing and Critical Thinking; ENGL– CW 100: Introduction to Creative Writing; ENGL – LIT 100: Introduction to Literature; ENGL – LIT 160: Survey of British Literature 1. For more information on SB 1440, please see http://www.cccco.edu/1440. The deadline for responding is October 16, 2011.
  • Save the Date! On November 3, former CSUN English student Kim Knight, now Assistant Professor of Emerging Communication at the University of Texas-Dallas, will be giving a presentation on “Digital Humanities: A Media Ecology.” The presentation will take place in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room form 4:00-5:00 pm. More information will be made available in the coming weeks.
  • Cal State Northridge is hosting a site visit in connection with its reaccreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), Sept. 14-16, 2011. Open meetings will be scheduled with students and faculty for informal input from the campus community, but the WASC team also hosts a confidential email site so that everyone has the opportunity to communicate with the team regarding their experience with the institution. Students who wish to send a message to the team are encouraged to comment on issues of academic rigor and consistency, availability of student support services and other matters related to the quality of the educational experience. The team is particularly interested in hearing from students enrolled in distance education/off-site courses and programs. Only comments received prior to and during the site visit will be considered as part of the review process. The WASC can be contacted at: wascf11csun@yahoo.com.

2. Reminders

  • Please read carefully the Beginning of the Semester reminder Martha distributed by email today. It contains important information we may take for granted. For example, faculty office hours are expected and are included in faculty compensation. Full-time faculty are required to schedule three hours per week. Part-time faculty are required to schedule one hour per week for each three-unit class. If you need to cancel your office hours on a particular day, notify the department office staff.
  • The end of week three comes sooner than we expect. Please remember that, for students, this is last day to register late, add a class, drop, or change basis of grading. After the fourth week of the term, students will not be able to change their programs or basis of grade except for extraordinary circumstances.

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

  • Ian Barnard‘s article, “Authorial Intent in the Composition Classroom,” has been published in Composition Forum 24 (Fall 2011).
  • Irene Clark participated in a research seminar at Elon University concerned with the issue of “Transfer.” Her project is focused on potential transfer from the writing done in first year writing classes to writing in classes across the disciplines. Anyone who wishes to hear more about this exciting project should contact Irene. In addition, her book, Concepts in Composition: Theory and Practice in the Teaching of Writing, has been published in a second edition by Taylor and Francis.
  • Amanda Harrison presented her paper, “Marriage Can Wait: Shaw’s Portrayal of the New Woman,” at the International Shaw Society Conference, 2011, at the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario.
  • Scott Kleinman‘s article “Frið and Fredom: Royal Forests and the English Jurisprudence of Laȝamon’s Brut and Its Readers” has been published in Modern Philology 109.1 (2011).
  • Bobby Lopez has been busy. Last spring he presented three papers:”Trespassing To and From: Confidence Man and William Wells Brown’s Escape.”/American Literature Association. Boston, MA. May 2011.”Eating the Citizen to Build the City: Dogeaters and Noli me Tangere.”/Association of Asian American Studies. New Orleans, LA. May 2011./”Military Multiculturalism: Reconsidering the Pacifist-Antiracist Nexus in Ethnic Studies.” Critical Ethnic Studies Conference. Riverside, CA. March 2011. In addition, his monograph, The Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients from Wheatley to Whitman, is coming out from Rowman & Littlefield’s University Press of America on October 17, 2011. It can be ordered through custserv@rowman.com with the ISBN 978-0-7618-5627-6.

Compiled by Kate Haake, Associate Chair