Volume 38:7

December 8th, 2011 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:7)

It’s beginning to look a lot like…the end of the semester.

1. Announcements

Tonight is the night for the graduate English farewell fair–open to the public, free, and with food!  Hope to see you in Jerome Ritchfield 319, from 7PM to  9:45PM.

But if not there, tomorrow, at the Holiday party, from 12PM to 3PM!

Changes lie ahead for Department advising and coordinating positions, as Ranita Chatterjee, as graduate advisor;  Kent Baxter, as FYI/JYI coordinator; and Michael Bryson as Honors coordinator have all come to the end of their service terms.  We join Jackie in thanking them for all their hard work for us and our students, and in welcoming those who will be taking their places—Kent Baxter, as Graduate Adviser; Danielle Spratt, as FYI/JYI Coordinator; and Charles Hatfield, as Honors Coodinator.  Danielle and Charles will start in the Fall 2012 semester, while Kent will take over from Ranita in Spring 2013.  Thanks for stepping up and, in advance, for your hard work ahead.

On Friday, December 9th, at 7:00 p.m., in the English Reading Room (JR-319), the Northridge Playwrights’ Workshop will present staged readings of new plays and scenes by student dramatists. A diverse array of original work will be presented. Admission is free, as are refreshments.

Just before that, the inaugural meeting of the new Northridge Creative Writing Circle will be held in JR 319.  And the new CSUN Critical Theory Club had another rousing meeting and will convene again in January.  Please stay tuned for updates to keep your students posted.

2. Reminders

However impossible it might seem, we’ve somehow arrived at the end of another semester.  Or as my mother always said, don’t blink.  Finals are next week Monday, December 12 through Saturday, December 17, 2011.  And grade rosters are available now.

And that means next semester is almost here and that book orders were due long, long ago. If you, like a lot of us, haven’t done yours yet, what better time is there than now?

While you are at it, don’t forget to fill out your teaching schedules preference forms for next year and return it by Wednesday, December 14.

Finally, turn in your 319 keys, please, if you no longer have need of them.

No, wait, one more—don’t forget to fill in the University Service Form,  http://www.csun.edu/senate/volunteer.doc, and send it to the Faculty Senate Office, Mail Drop 8221, or by email to Heidi Wolfbauer (heidiw@csun.edu<mailto:heidiw@csun.edu>).  This will ensure you are not overlooked for faculty service—committees, officers, Senators-at-large—in which you have interest or for which you are most eminently qualified.

The COH has a new Open Funding Opportunities webpage, where you can track many ongoing grant and fellowship competitions that may be of interest. The page is updated as new opportunities are announced.  Check it out.  http://www.csun.edu/humanities/grants/openfundingopportunities.html

If you have been teaching 113, 114, 115, or 155, please encourage your students to submit to Wings this semester. Wings continues to accept work over a wide range of genres including essays, reflective letters, blog projects, visual rhetoric projects, stretch projects, and more. And if you have been teaching any freshman composition classes this semester please attend the Fall Semester Wings Reading to help us choose what projects should be included in the next edition. As usual, the reading will feature food, drinks, and fun, and will be held on Thursday, December 15th, in JR 319 from 11am to 3pm. Any participation is much welcomed and appreciated! Look for fliers in the hallways and in the display case. Questions may be directed to the Wings editor at mailto:wings@csun.edu.

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

Ranita Chatterjee has two substantial entries (5,000 words each) on Children’s literature in the Romantic period, and on the political theorist and writer William Godwin, better known as Mary Shelley’s father, in the recently published 3 volume The Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature, General Editor: Frederick Burwick (Blackwell, 2012).

Teesha Garfield, a Creative Writing graduate student who finished her degree this term, has had a short story, “A Shot with Henrietta,” accepted by the e-zine, Forty Ounce Bachelors.

Rick Mitchell premiered his new, one-person play, VENTRILOQUIST ADRIFT, a dark comedy, on November 16th through the 20th, at the peer-reviewed section of the New Orleans Fringe Festival. Locally, Highways, in Santa Monica, will be presenting an updated version of the piece, which features puppets, video, and the dramatist himself, on February 24th and 25th, 2012.

Matt Terhune, a recent Creative Writing MA, has had a poem accepted by American Poetry Review.  Kudos to Matt.

Kim Young, another recent Creative Writing MA, has won the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize through the University of Utah Press, which carries with it a $1000 prize and publication by the University of Utah Press, as well as an invitation to read in the University of Utah’s Guest Writer’s Series.  Kudos to Kim as well!

And kudos to the rest of us as well for concluding yet another semester–good work, all!  Here’s wishing everyone a very happy holiday!  And in the words of an old cowboy in Wyoming I once knew, none of it matters if you don’t have fun!

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38:6

November 23rd, 2011 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 38:6)

Mid-Century Thanksgiving


Enjoy family, friends, food, and festivities.  And a well deserved break to you all!

1. Announcements

CSUN students, Lauren Levitch, James Medina, Kelly Moreno, and Kim Sanders have founded a new Northridge Creative Writing Circle, with Professors Martin Pousson and Leilani Hall as Faculty Advisors. The NCWC recently won approval for funding from Associated Students and University recognition. The founding officers now would like to invite all interested CSUN students to join, undergraduates and graduates, all majors and minors, and all genres. The group will focus on enriching and enhancing the creative writing community in the program, in the department, and in the wider University. The officers will stage their first event and meeting on campus in December and will announce a full schedule of events and meetings for Spring 2012. Any interested student may contact Lauren Levitch at lauren.marshall.751@my.csun.edu or Kelly Moreno at kelly.moreno.98@my.csun.edu. Kudos to all! And please spread the word.

The Dean has asked us nicely once again, please, please to fill out our Digital Measures information. Information on how to get started can be found here http://www.csun.edu/csm/digitalmeasures.htm.

Please let your students know that the deadline for submitting to the upcoming CSUN student research symposium, will be Friday, December 9, at 5:00 p.m. Oral and poster presentations will be limited to 70 and 60, respectively, and accepted on a first come, first served basis for the Friday, February 24, 2012, event. The purpose of the symposium is to highlight student achievement by showcasing the research and creative activity being conducted by undergraduate and graduate students across all academic disciplines. The symposium format permits a 10 minute oral presentation or a poster presentation. There are separate undergraduate and graduate divisions for each of the following categories: Behavioral and Social Sciences; Biological Sciences; Business and Economics; Creative Arts and Designs; Education; Engineering and Computer Science; Health, Nutrition and Clinical Sciences; Humanities and Letters; Physical and Mathematical Sciences. Based on the recommendation of the judges, cash awards are presented to the outstanding oral presenter and runner-up in each category for both the graduate and undergraduate divisions. For the poster session, a cash award is given to the outstanding undergraduate and graduate student. Please encourage your students to apply soon. The application maybe be downloaded at http://www.csun.edu/grip/graduatestudies/events/documents/Symposium_Application.doc.

Calling all part-time and lecturer writers—Wordriver Literary Review, out of UNLV and dedicated to the poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction of adjunct, part-time, and full time instructors is looking for work and accepts it year round. Send all submissions as Word (doc) attachments to wordriver@unlv.edu, and include your name, address, phone number, and email address in the body of your email, as well as a short bio listing your teaching affiliation and prior publishing history. And please note the genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction) in the email subject line.

2. Reminders

Don’t miss the 28th Annual CSUN POWWOW this Saturday, November 26, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Come enjoy the American Indian dance and music, children’s craft activities, arts and crafts vendors—and, frybread! Free admission. All drums welcome.

And the Faculty Retreat is coming up too. Please mark your calendars for this important annual event, to be held on January 17 and 18, 2012, here on the CSUN campus. This year’s retreat, “Painting on CSUN’s Canvas,” will be free of charge and feature opening and closing plenary sessions, an array of workshops (including a special track for new faculty) and a poster session. Lunch will be served on both days with a special opportunity to network with your colleagues at the Orange Grove Bistro on Tuesday evening. Newer faculty members and lecturers are especially encouraged to take advantage of this excellent opportunity to learn more about the CSUN campus, the culture, and to connect with one another to help us paint the CSUN canvas with your artistic vision. Registration deadline: Friday, December 9, 2011, at http://www.csun.edu/senate/retreat.html. Please contact Heidi Wolfbauer (heidiw@csun.edu<mailto:heidiw@csun.edu>) or call the Faculty Senate Office (X3263) if you have questions.

The deadline for submitting textbook orders for Spring semester has come and gone. And while you’re frantically trying to put them together, please do whatever you can to keep costs down.

Speaking of books, the library is adding. Kimberly Embleton, English and Humanities Librarian, is encouraging faculty to email her with any book titles they would like to see in the library collection at Kimberly.embleton@csun.edu. The sooner the better—orders must be in by the end of March.

There’s a new Incomplete protocol coming, courtesy of a recent Executive Order from the Chancellor’s office. Beginning with Spring 2012 grading, faculty assigning an Incomplete grade will create a written contract describing the conditions required for removal of the Incomplete ). To document the process, instructors should create the contract in both electronic (SOLAR) and paper forms. Faculty should continue to file the “Incomplete Request” and “Extension of Time to Remove Incomplete” forms with their departments. Both paper and electronic forms will be required.

And on Thursday, December 8, don’t miss Bobby Lopez’s and our awesome graduate students’ culminating literary scholarship fair, to be held as an Open Classroom in JR between 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. There will be refreshments, light shows, multimedia spectacles, and lots of academic work to check out. Please come celebrate the following students and their work: Arthur Case, Robert Danielak, Jason Freudenrich, Pierre Morcos, Melissa M. Morehouse, Linda Olson, Joseph Roberts, Daniella Soleimani, Tiffany Wampler.

Somehow, I missed this earlier in the semester, but it’s never too late to help students. CSUN now has a brief, helpful, web-based survey they can take to help them decide whether enrolling in an Online class is a good match for their skills and learning preferences BEFORE they enroll in it. You can go directly to the survey here: http://studentvoice.com/csun/studentonlinereadiness. Or, for more information, send them to the Announcement at the top of the UNIV 100 webpage at http://www.csun.edu/univ100/.

And for all of you planning to go out of the country to exotic locales on University business, don’t forget to pick up your Mandatory Foreign Travel Insurance. This is a complicated business, so if it applies to you, just be sure to ask ahead of time what you need to do. And have safe and happy travels while you’re gone.

If, however, you plan to stay at home and catch up on your reading, is your first choice always to make a beeline for College English or College Composition and Communication? Jackie is thinking of canceling our (costly) subscriptions, and both are available online. But if you can’t bear the thought of going without the nice hard copy in your late night soak, let her know—and try to keep the copies dry.

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

Dorothy Barresi has a poem, “The Last Poem,” in the 50th Anniversary Issue of Crazyhorse this month

On Friday, November 18, Kent Baxter delivered a presentation, entitled “Building Academic Language in a School-University Project,” at the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) conference in Chicago.

An article entitled “Genre Awareness, Academic Argument, and Transferability” by Irene Clark and Andrea Hernandez has been published both online and in The WAC Journal. It can be accessed online at the WAC Clearinghouse site (November 2011).

Kate Haake (me) published a (personal) essay, “Dyptich: Chrysalis, Prayer,” in the Fall 2011 issue of Crazyhorse.

Brian Palagallo’s poem, “Winter’s Road,” nominated by Dorothy Barresi and selected by the Dean, will be featured on the College of Humanities holiday card. Here, we’re the first to enjoy Brian’s lovely evocation of the season ahead:

Winter’s road held in

trees bared and ended;

sprouting eternity between

journey and spirit ascended.

Michael Schofield’s memoir of raising his daughter Jani, who suffers from child onset schizophrenia, will be published by Crown (Random House) next August 7th. It will be called January First: A Child’s Descent into Madness and Her Father’s Struggle to Save Her.

Jack Solomon has published the seventh edition of Signs of Life in the USA, a thoroughly revised edition of the most widely adopted popular culture reader in the country. It is Jack’s fourteenth book publication.

Danielle Spratt presented “Beyond the Window-Sash: Walter Shandy’s Spectacles and Momus’s Glass” at the annual East Central Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies on 5 November, 2011 at Penn State; the paper was on a panel on eighteenth-century optics and literature. Danielle also has an article “Gulliver’s Economized Body: Colonial Projects and the Lusus Naturae in the Travels” is forthcoming in Studies for Eighteenth-Century Culture, 41 (2012): 32-54.

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair

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