Volume 39:17

May 16th, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

A very special kudos to English Department graduates, the humblingly undeterrable and indefatigable Erick Gallegos, BA in Literature and Creative Writing, and the phenomenal mother/daughter duo, Dana Cobern Kullman, B.A. in Literature, and Ilyse Kullman, B.A. in Literature and Art, for being three of the seven featured graduates in this year’s commencement festivities. Read all about them at http://csuntoday.csun.edu/media-releases/determination-hard-work-for-cal-state-northridges-newest-graduates/. They are impressive.

And kudos, as well, to the following recipients of this spring’s English Department Awards:

Nina Moon Ahn: the Anamarie Peterson Morley Award, given each spring to a student currently enrolled as an English major at CSUN, who plans to enter the teaching profession at any level.

Chelsy Berry: the Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award, given to an undergraduate CSUN student who is the author of the best written work on some aspect of the natural world or environment.

Freddy Garcia: the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, awarded each year to up to four undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies (one of two given in spring 2013)

Eun Hae (Jennifer) Lee: the William L. Wilson Award, given each year to an undergraduate major in English who plans to teach at the secondary level.

Danielle Orozco: the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, awarded each year to up to four undergraduate English majors who have demonstrated excellence in their studies (one of two given in spring 2013)

Trista Payte: the Professor Mitchell Marcus Prize in English, given each year to the graduate student whose achievements in the study of English are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.

Sean Pessin: the Mahlon Gaumer Award, given to a CSUN graduate student who is the author of the best critical essay on English or American literature-with an emphasis on the use of language.

Laurisa Reyes: the George Morley/Annamarie Peterson Scholarship Award, given each spring to a student, currently enrolled as an English major at CSUN, who demonstrates the need for financial support to continue his or her studies.

Gina Srmabekian: the Henry Van Slooten award, given to any student in English 258, English 259, English 275, or English 355 who has written an essay (open topic) that best demonstrates “a passion for the English language.”

Nicolas Wheaton: The Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship, given each year to the student whose achievements in the study of Business Communication are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished.

We are proud and pleased for these students, and for all our graduates, who make teaching at CSUN a true pleasure and honor. And we’d also like to note that the competition this year for the various rewards was especially keen, and to thank all the faculty who took the time to nominate students and write letters on behalf of their students.

Commencement will take place on Wednesday May 22 at 6:30, with our usual department festivities to celebrate our graduates and award winners just before:  3-5:30 p.m. in the Linda Nichols Joseph English Reading Room (JR 319). Looking forward to seeing everyone there.
And here’s one more congratulations to MA student, Christian Cardenas, for being accepted to teach in the Japan Exchange Teaching (JET) program. Christian and his new bride leave for Japan in July for what is sure to be a grand life adventure.

On a sadder note, Ian Barnard will be on leave of absence next year while taking on a teaching and research opportunity at Chapman University. Surely we will miss him, but wish him the best of luck.

And in case you missed it, the Critical Theory Club had a wildly successful final event of the year — Critical Theory “Death Match” on The Dark Knight Rises with Drs. Ranita Chatterjee and Charles Hatfield, which by all accounts went swimmingly. There were about 45-50 people in attendance and fun was had by all, with debate style presentations and a lively group discussion with students with students not only from the English department, but from all over campus! What a way to end the year!

2. Reminders

Finals started on May 13 and run through the 18th, and grades are due 5 working days after you give the final.  The very last day to turn in grades is Friday May 24 at noon.  We’ll spend the afternoon here on the 24th tidying up any issues that arise (there are always a few of us who forget to hit “submit” after completing the roster, for example!)  It’s extremely helpful for the staff for you to get your grades in as soon as you can.

Here’s another warning that parking could be tough next week. Remember to  plan extra time to find parking and/or arrive at work early.  The most impacted parking areas will be the “B” lots and structures between Darby and Etiwanda avenues. If your normal parking area is not available, consider main campus parking areas away from the Commencement ceremony at that time, such as the “G” lots on the east side of campus, the D6 lot along Halstead Street, and the large lots north of the University Park Apartments along Lassen Street. And if you do find yourself in a trying situation, maybe think of it as an opportunity to develop greater empathy for our students.

3. Achievements

Martin Pousson‘s short story, “The Revelator,” was just accepted for publication at The Rattling Wall. His poem, “El Salvador,” was published in Chaparral, and his novel, No Place, Louisiana, was optioned for film development by a HBO production team. He also gaave readings recently at Vermin on the Mount, at 826 LA, and as part of a PEN Center USA Literary Panel.
Ronik Khachatoorian, who graduated in 2008 with BA’s in English/literature, Microbiology, and Medical/Biotechnology, graduated in Winter Quarter 2013 (end of March) with a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at UCLA, where he studied the hepatitis C virus and discovered a potential therapeutic. Currently Ronik is  doing a postdoc at UCLA.
All English Department faculty and staff  have made it through another academic year, and that’s a fabulous achievement worth celebrating all summer long. Here’s wishing everyone a wonderful summer break, filled with whatever it is that makes your summers grand. We look forward to hearing about your adventures when the 2013/2014  AY begins in the fall. Meantime, don’t blink — and have fun.

Volume 39:16

May 2nd, 2013 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

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 39:15

April 18th, 2013 | Posted by glyvan in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Annoucements

Dusters

Dusters, by Colleen Schaeffer

It is with enormous sadness that I announce the loss of a dear friend and colleague, Colleen Schaeffer, who was killed with her husband in a single car accident on March 25 when their SUV went off Highway 4 in San Joaquin County. A well-loved, longtime member of our lecturing faculty and a graduate of our MA program, Colleen was known for her indefatigable energy, her early pioneering and seminal contributions to online instruction, her tireless devotion to her students, and her humor, her warmth, and her very good friendship to so very many of us. Retired in 2007, Colleen had moved to northern California and found great happiness and new artistic freedoms in her life beyond CSUN, both as a writer and as a visual artist. As she wrote to Amy Reynolds in March, 2011, “By the way, I have been having the most amazing and crazy year. I was asked to hang my art in a local winery and now in a restaurant in Folsom. I was also asked to donate two pieces of art for auction to support different community needs. At the same time, I am meeting a ton of people via this wonderful publication I am volunteering on. Aside from the sense of community, something I miss with you all, is the writing that comes to me to edit. What a joy!” Please join her friends and colleagues for an informal celebration of her life at Acapulo Restaurant in Northridge on Wednesday May 1st from 4 p.m. to 6 p..m.. As many of you may remember, Acapulco is where she used to gather with other beleaguered TA’s for their much-needed TA “therapy” sessions. We look forward to hearing your stories and remembering Colleen. We hope you can join us. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to Nancy Taylor (nancy.taylor@csun.edu) by Monday, April 29th, at noon. There is a public Facebook page with additional information: https://www.facebook.com/events/278323742302098/?context=create.

On happier news, we have a new addition to our ever growing extended family and want to welcome another brand spanking new member of the human race, Eloise Charlotte Christolear, delivered to Katie Christolear on April 1, 2013, some time before 11:08 a.m., when the email news first broke. As for specifics, in Katie’s own words, “Eloise is/was 7 lbs 3 oz and 19 in long. Is it past tense since maybe she’s lost or gained weight in 6 hours? Where’s the manual for this baby?”

And it being the end of the year, the English Department is pleased to announce that up to $12,350 in scholarships and awards will be given to CSUN students this spring.  Application forms are available in the English Department Office, Sierra Tower 706 (818-677-3431). FOR MORE INFORMATION about these awards and scholarships, see http://www.csun.edu/english/awards.php

For undergraduate students:

  • Henry Van  Slooten Scholarship: $500.  Requirements: Essay from 258, 259, 275 or 355 demonstrating passion for English language.  Nomination by faculty required.
  • Lesley Johnstone Memorial Award: $500. Requirements: Creative work (poetry, fiction, drama) or essay on an aspect of the natural world written for a class or conference or publication. Students may self-nominate. Faculty nomination also allowed.
  • Linda Nichols Joseph Merit Scholarship: $2000 (up to two available). Requirements: English major; min. 3.5 overall GPA; cover letter; resume; three letters of recommendation; financial aid release.
  • Philip E. Love Scholarship:  $500.  Requirements: English 205 assignment; min.3.0 GPA; enrolled in at least six units in spring 2013; application; one-page personal essay; one faculty recommendation.
  • William L. Wilson Award:  $1600.  Requirements: junior or senior English major (any option) who plans to be a teacher; 3.0 GPA in English courses; potential to become a strong teacher;  application; 350-word personal essay; one letter of recommendation. Nomination by faculty required. 

For graduate or undergraduate students:

  • Annamarie Peterson Morley Award:  $1,000. Requirements: English major; minimum 3.5 GPA; application; 1-3 page personal essay; two letters of recommendation; financial aid release.
  • George Morley/Annamarie Peterson Scholarship: $1000. Requirements: English major; min.  3.0 GPA; application; 3-5 page personal essay; two letters of recommendation; must enroll in 12 units during semester following award; financial aid release.

For graduate students:

  • Mahlon Gaumer Award:  $500.  Requirements: Critical essay on English or American literature with emphasis on language; application form.
  • Mitchell Marcus Prize:  $3,000.  Requirements: classified Grad Student;  min. 3.75 GPA; application; writing sample; resume; personal statement; two letters of recommendation.

Jada Augustine has been appointed the new Portfolio Coordinator for the English Department’s Stretch Composition Program. Congratulations, Jada! Jada replaces Nicole Warwick, who has accepted a full-time faculty position in the Writing Program at UC Santa Barbara, beginning in Fall 2013. Congratulations, Nicole, and thank you for your many years of service to our department!

For those of you nearing retirement, or even just dreaming of your golden years, CFA will be hosting a Pensions & Benefits Workshop facilitated by Jonathan Karpf, from CSU San Jose. The workshop will take place on Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 11:30  p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Sequoia Hall, Room 250A.  Please RSVP by emailing cfa_no@calfac.org, or call the CFA Office at (818) 677-5919. (RSVPs not required, but appreciated for food count.) Lunch will be provided.

Speaking of retirement, Academic Affairs invites you to a Retirement Reception for Penelope Jennings, whom many of us have worked with and relied on over the years. Please come out to celebrate her hard work and service on Friday, May 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Orange Grove Bistro. And do RSVP to iliana.carvajal@csun.edu  by Friday, April 26, 2013.

On May 4, 2013, in the Lakeview Terrace room at the Student Union, CSUN will host the first ever DH SoCal Research Slam. The event will bring Digital Humanities researchers together from around Southern California to present their work in an informal series of short presentations, poster sessions, and conversations. The Research Slam will showcase work done across the region and help create opportunities for learning about and collaborating in the Digital Humanities. Please stop by to see what people are doing.

The Graduate Reading Series (GRS) invites you and yours to their second reading of Spring 2013. On Friday April 19, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. (almost immediately following our department meeting), they will be turning the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319) into the graduate reading room. Come marvel at the works of Christian Cardenas (fiction),  Lesley Gouger (playwriting), and Arthur Kayzakian (poetry). As always, they will provide light refreshments (some left over from the meeting, in case you haven’t had enough) and most excellent company. Come if you can. It means a lot the students when

On Friday, April 26th, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Bobby Lopez‘s Myth Goes to the Movies presents a 50th Anniversary Celebration of the the 1963 film Tom Jones. The screening will take place in Rm 113 of Nordhoff Hall and begin at 4 p.m. and be followed by guest speaker, Tim Dean, at 6:15. Noted Queer Theorist and author of Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking (University of Chicago Press, 2009), Dean will give a talk titled “Was Tom Jones a Sex Addict?” Also featured will be the Research Gallery of  Lopez’s ENGL 477, 473, and CLAS 315 classes.

The Long Eighteenth-Century Reading Group is pleased to announce that the semester’s final meeting will take place on May 1st at 7pm in Sierra Hall 102. In keeping with our cinematic Austen theme, they will discuss Sense and Sensibility after a viewing of Ang Lee’s film adaptation. Please join us for an evening that is sure to deliver lively conversation and delicious food! Contact Stephanie Harper (stephanie.harper.15@my.csun.edu) or Hannah Jorgenson (hannah.jorgenson.22@my.csun.edu) with any questions.

OnThursday, April 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room, the CSUN Office of Graduate Studies, the CSUN Linguistics/TESL Department, and the CSUN Linguistics Student Organization are sponsoring a presentation of “Understanding & Teaching Grammar through Discourse” by guest speaker Dr. Marianne Celce-Murcia, Professor Emerita of Applied Linguistics at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). A faculty member at UCLA for 30 years, Dr. Celce-Murcia is interested in language teaching methodology and in applying her Ph.D. in Linguistics to the teaching of English as second or foreign language and the training of ESL teachers to teach grammar and pronunciation using a discourse-centered approach.

Finally, you won’t want to miss this Saturday’s debut performance of Kristen Castro’s “Garden of Eve” at Round Up, a Rocking Country Music Extravaganza at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and music starts at 11 a.m. Kristin is one of our undergraduates, and “Garden of Eve” features features Elton John’s bass player Matt Bissonette and professional drummer Sergio Gonzalez from the TV reality show “The NEXT.”  Castro’s band consists of 6 GRAMMY Camp® alumni musicians from California, Arizona, and Michigan.  Her set will showcase a mixture of country, folk, indie and pop music – including classic covers from country music’s biggest names and Castro’s original songs.  Come join in the fun!

2. Reminders

If you’re finding it hard to believe we’re approaching, already, the end of the semester, this may help: year-end reports are due from all committee chairs (you know who you are) by Thursday, May 2. And then you are done.

Please be sure to let me know any good news you have heard from your students regarding their futures in graduate and professional schools, so their good news and achievement can be featured in the final TN, which, like the end of the term, is fast approaching.

3. Opportunities

The Office of Community Engagement has just announced three types of grant opportunities for the coming year:  1) Course Development Grants ($1,000) to revamp an already existing course to include service learning opportunities for your students; 2) Disciplinary Grants ($2,000): One faculty member can apply to do a project with students in the community; and 3) Interdisciplinary Grants ($5,000): Two or more faculty from different disciplines can apply to do a joint project with students in the community. Grant applications are available from the Office of Community Engagement in SH443, or from joyce.burstein@csun.edu, and are due by April 22.

APAPA Bay Area College Summer Internship Program is currently searching for college students of the Asian Pacific Islander background interested in gaining firsthand knowledge and experience in governmental and public affairs. Internships this year will include Mayor Ed Lee (San Francisco), Mayor Jean Quan (Oakland), and Congressman Mike Honda (San Jose). This is a great opportunity for college students interested in pursuing a career in public service or community leadership. For more information, please contact  Jcheng@apapa.org. The deadline to send applications is May 1.

Fugue only has 2 weeks left to submit to their annual writing contest. The contest prize is $1,000 to a poet and $1,000 to a writer of either fiction or nonfiction for prose. The submission period is open until May 1st, 2013, with winners announced in late June/early July of 2013. Winners and runners-up will also be published in the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Fugue, and all other entries are considered for publication as well. For more information, please  www.fuguejournal.org.

4. Achievements

Neil Citrin has just had three pieces published in the April issue of the online journal Danse Macabre. Start by going to http://www.dansemacabreonline.com. Click on the current issue (Cosmos), the “poetry” tab and then the tab marked “Drei durch Drei.” (German for “three by three”). It’s got music and a lot of graphics so it takes a bit to load. Enjoy.

Scott Kleinman has been selected to participate in the NEH-funded One Week | One Tool: A Digital Humanities Barnraising. The project will bring together a group of thirteen digital humanists to build a digital tool. Beginning with an intense six days of planning and building this summer at George Mason University the group will over the next year outline a roadmap, develop and disseminate an initial prototype, lay the ground work for building an open source community, and make first steps toward securing the project’s long-term sustainability.

Trista Payte has won an Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award for her writing project, “Domesticism: Sexuality, Maternity, and Domesticity in Contemporary American Fiction.” The Award caries with a stipend of $1500 and will be presented at the ART annual awards luncheon on May 11, where Trista will read from her work.

Brittney Rodriguez, an English Lit major graduating this coming May, is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Jewish Studies Program Minor Award. This $350 award recognizes the senior with the highest academic achievement overall and in the Minor, and who shows exemplary commitment to the field of Jewish Studies.

We had a trio of CSUN representation at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies: Danielle Spratt delivered her paper “‘More than an invisible agent': Effluvia, Empiricism, and ‘Rational Probability’ in King’s ‘The Eunuch’s Child” and chaired the panels “Remapping ‘Scientific’ Travels I & II” and “By the Author of David Simple: New Approaches to Sarah Fielding II.” Hannah Jorgenson presented her paper “Teaching the Impossible in Sarah Fielding’s The Governess.” And Stephanie Harper presented her paper “‘An Account of a Fray': Attachment Theory and Lockean Reason inThe Governess” in addition to chairing the panel “By the Author of David Simple: New Approaches to Sarah Fielding I.”

Volume 39:14

March 28th, 2013 | Posted by glyvan in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

We begin this issue of the Thursday’s Notes with the most spectacular news that our very own Cheryl Spector has received  the Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina! This prestigious national award, now in its 24th year, honors college faculty, administrators, staff and students for outstanding work on behalf of first-year students and for the impact their efforts have on the students and culture of their institutions. Spector was one of 10 educators from around the country recognized for their work on behalf of first-year college students. Here in the Department we know Cheryl to be a fierce and indefatigable advocate for the needs of students in general, and of first year students in particular, so it’s especially great to see her get this important recognition on the national stage. Cheryl‘s work for first-year students includes such critical programs as Freshman Common Reading Program and University 100, as well as a year-round series of workshops offering professional development to faculty and staff who work extensively with CSUN freshmen. Now about that copy of Garbology — have you signed up for yours yet, or gone to a discussion group? All you have to do to get your free copy (assuming they’re still available) is commit to talking to at least one first year student next year. How about three or four? Try it — you might change a life. In the meantime, our warmest congratulations and gratitude to Cheryl, who has most certainly earned this award.

And here’s a big welcome back to Los Angeles Poet Laureate, Eloise Klein Healy, who is coming to read for us April 3rd, at 7:00 p.m. in JR 319. Eloise, who taught in this department in the waning decades of the twentieth century and founded CSUN’s Women’s Studies program, is an amazing Poet who has published numerous collections of poetry, including The Islands Project: Poems for Sappho (2007); Passing (2002), a finalist for both the Lambda Literary Award in Poetry and Publishing Triangle’s Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize; and Artemis in Echo Park (1991), which was also nominated for the Lambda Book Award. As an editor, Eloise is also active in the world of small-press publishing. She co-founded ECO-ARTS, a venture combining ecotourism and the arts, and in 2006 established Arktoi Books, an imprint with Red Hen Press specializing in the work of lesbian writers. She was the Grand Prize winner of the Los Angeles Poetry Festival Competition, and other honors include grants from the California Arts Council and the City of Los Angeles, residencies at the MacDowell Colony and Dorland Mountain Colony, and several Pushcart Prize nominations. Eloise’s work has been featured in many anthologies, including The World in Us: Lesbian and Gay Poetry of the Next Wave (2001), Another City: Writing from Los Angeles (2001), and The Geography of Home: California’s Poetry of Place (1999). After CSUN, Eloise went on to found the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, where she won the inaugural Horace Mann Award. In 2012, she was appointed Los Angeles’s first poet laureate by mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. This promises to be a very special evening so do try to be there if you can.

Speaking of Eloise, on April 8, 2013, at 6:30 p.m., Red Hen Press will be sponsoring a reading at the Annenberg Community Beach House with her, Cecelia Woloch, and Nathalie Handal. Like Eloise, Cecilia is is a esteemed past member of our lecturer poetry faculty, and this evening, too, promises to be a very fine one. The Annenberg Beach House is at 415 Pacific Coast Hwy., Santa Monica, and it really is right on the beach, with a nice cafe adjacent. Admission is free, but parking is $3 an hour or $8 a day, unless you are 62 and have already purchased your senior lifetime beach parking pass available to any California resident for $2. If not, and you’re eligible, maybe now is the time.

Irene Clark, Dorothy Clark, Sandra Stanley and Nate Mills have been awarded 3 units of reassigned time by the COH Faculty Fellows Selection Committee for Fall 2013.  Congratulations and happy writing to all four of them!

Kate Haake will be giving a reading/talk titled, “Habits of Dreaming: Writing Into the Future,” at Santa Monica College on Tuesday, April 23, at 11:15 a.m. The event, which is free, will take place in HSS 165.

Mona Houghton and Kate Haake will be presenting with What Books Press at the Ojai Wordfest on Saturday, April 4, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The event will feature readings from Kate and Mona, as well CSUN’s Ramon Garcia, and Rod Val Moore, of Valley College Karen Kevorkian, of UCLA, and with a special appearance of the artist, Gronk, who provides all cover art for What Books. A discussion of “Art and Writing” will follow the reading.

2. Reminders

If you didn’t order your graduation regalia, well, it’s too late now. But don’t let that stop you from coming out and celebrating our fabulous graduates on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 in the evening. Well, plan to be here early for our annual Reception and Awards Ceremony too.

Please take the time to vote in the College’s Spring Elections: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HUMN. You will be voting for the following: Faculty Senate, three Senators (two year term);  one Lecturer Representative (two year term); Advisory Committee; and one Academic Grievance and Grade Appeals Board (two year term). The election will close on Monday, April 22nd at 5 p.m.

And don’t forget, either the Academy of American Poets Prize Competition, now accepting submissions for the 2013 award. The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review. One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. To enter, students should submit one to three poems, accompanied by a cover sheet with student’s name, address, phone number, email address and the titles of poems submitted to the English Department Office in ST 706. Poems may be any length or style. Names should not appear on the poems. All work must be typed and submitted in duplicate for judging. Submissions are judged anonymously. The winners will be announced during the English Department Commencement celebration. For more information please contact Leilani Hall, at (818) 677-3428 or leilani.hall@csun.edu, or Dorothy Barresi, at (818) 677-0911 or dorothy.barresi@csun.edu.

3. Opportunities

Assigned time for seeking assigned time — what could be better? Research and Graduate Studies has just announced the Grant Application Support Program and the Large Project Support Program, which provide  reassigned time to support seeking external grants. Faculty funded by this program will be required to submit at least one external grant application requesting at least $50,000, and to resubmit the proposal if the initial proposal is unsuccessful. Guidelines and forms can be found at can be downloaded from our http://www.csun.edu/grip/research/index.html.

Or, if you want to get a taste of the administrative path, Juana Mora will be leaving the College of Humanities Associate Dean position for other, not to say greener, pastures in GRIP (thank you, Juana, and we will miss you!), and here is your chance! Internal candidates (that would be you) applying for any position on campus (state or auxiliary) must apply through the myNorthridge portal. Once you log in to the portal, go to the Human Resources/Employee pagelet. Click on View Job Openings/Apply. You will see the open positions. Click on any position to see the full description. And good luck!

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is also looking for a director. For questions, details, and/or a copy of the position announcement, f you have any questions please contact, Dr. Christine Mallon, State University Dean, Academic Programs and Faculty Development, at cmallon@calstate.edu, or Dr. Bonnie Paller, current Rotating Faculty Director, at bpaller@calstate.edu.

West Los Angeles College seeks English instructors to teach as adjuncts who are experienced in teaching a variety of writing courses with an emphasis on foundation skills. Candidates must have experience teaching composition online as well as on campus, along with the following desirable qualifications: excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to instruct students with widely varying learning styles using a variety of successful teaching techniques, including creative innovative academic learning environments; demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural backgrounds of community college students, including those with physical and/or learning disabilities; ability to work with at-risk students and their challenges; and demonstrated record of employing technology in the classroom. Candidates must hold, at a minimum, a Master’s in English, literature, comparative literature, or composition; OR a Bachelor’s in any of the above AND Master’s in linguistics, TESL, speech, education with a specialization in reading, creative writing, or journalism; OR the equivalent. Please email Fran Leonard, Chair of Language Arts at Leonarft@wlac.edu.

Grassroots Campaigns is currently hiring Assistant Canvass Directors to run field campaigns on behalf of issue based organizations like Oxfam America, ACLU, The Nature Conservancy, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.  Job responsibilities include: recruitment, staff management, canvassing, and administration. After one year in the position, staff will have learned the basics of running a successful grassroots campaign, including, but not limited to, fundraising and donor recruitment, hiring and supervising staff and/or volunteers, and turf management.Positions last through August of 2014.Campaign hours can run 80-100 hours per week, including work on weekends. Annual salary for Assistant Canvass Directors begins at $24,000, with health care, paid training, vacation, and sick days included; student loan assistance is available.Positions are available beginning post-graduation, in cities nationwide. Students who are interested should apply directly to Loosi Azarian at lazarian.gci@gmail.com. Grassroots Campaigns is also hiring students for full time summer job positions. To find out more and to apply visit www.grassrootscampaigns.com/2013-summer-jobs-application/.

What Books Press, a Los Angeles collective of diverse literary and visual artists whose work often defies ready classification, will be holding its first open submission period in June and will be considering books of poetry. Check the webpage at http://www.whatbookspress.com for forthcoming details, polish up those manuscripts, and please help spread the word.

4. Achievements

Scott Andrews presented a paper titled “Ugido Wado, Mr. Roboto” at the Native American Literature Symposium in Minneapolis, Minn., last week. Although the title is an allusion in Cherokee to the Styx song lyric “Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto” (Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto), the paper was about the 2011 best-selling novel Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson (a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma). At the conference Scott learned that his poem titled “The Wizards of Wall Street” will be published in a collection of poems titled 99 Poems for the 99 Percent. The poem was written for a blog project of the same name and can be found at: http://99poemsfor99percent.blogspot.com/2011/11/wizards-of-wall-street-by-scott-andrews.html

A large group of CSUN English Department faculty attended this year’s Conference on College Composition and Communication convention in Las Vegas, and a record number of TAs (five) presented papers at the convention. Irene Clark presented a paper titled “Genre Awareness as a Threshold Concept.” Ian Barnard organized a panel on “Objectivity?” and presented a paper entitled “The Resilience of Objectivity” as part of the panel.  Other panelists included Geghard Arakelian, whose paper was entitled “Patriarchy and Colonialism in the Writing Classroom: A Call for Resistance,” and Renee Moreno (CHS), who presented “A Celebration of Subjectivity.”  Ian also chaired a panel, “Remembering Adrienne Rich,” that celebrated Rich’s impact on and significance for the field of rhetoric and composition. Mandy Macklin presented a paper entitled “Language Diversity and the Public Prerogative: A Case Study of an Expanding FYC Program,” Jada Augustine presented on “The Public Value of Teaching Writing in an Intensive English Program: A Problem of Transferability to the FYC Classroom,” Naomi Carrington presented on “World Englishes and English Vernaculars in College Composition: Global Meshing as Standard,” Ann O’Bryan presented a paper entitled “Video Games in the Composition Classroom: Overcoming Sexism, Racism, and Violence,” Norma Aceves presented on “How I Came to Be a Rhetorician,” and Rachael Jordan presented on “Engaging in Digital Public Space: Facebook and Basic Writing Students.”

We have all been hearing good news from our students re their futures in graduate and professional schools. Stay tuned here for a final count, coming to you here when the count is in. Meantime, thanks to those who have already written to keep me updated, and if you have news of this type to share, please do send me the details. And good luck to all students who are still waiting for news of their own!

Volume 39:13

March 14th, 2013 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

It is with deep sadness that I share the news our former colleague, Lawrence Stewart, passed away on Friday morning, March 8, 2013. In an email from his former student and subsequent colleague, Nancy Williams, we learn that Lawrence had asked to be buried as soon as possible after his death and that he “should like to be reabsorbed by nature in as unpolluted a condition as possible.” George remembers him as a kind and thoughtful colleague with whom he once had the good fortune to share office space back in the 1980s. I learned much from his conversation. And although he retired shortly after my own arrival at CSUN, I, too, remember him as kind, but also as fiercely brilliant, as well as the author of Paul Bowles: The Illumination of North Africa. That he had known an author who was then one of my heroes – and indeed had brought him to CSUN to teach for a term – made him, as well, another hero to me. I have always felt honored to have had him as a colleague, however briefly, and know he will be sorely missed.

Although this issue of Thursday’s Notes is being released too late for the first of our research presentations by candidates for the Business and Professional Communication Assistant Professor position, which took place on March 12 and featured Dr. Iswari Pandey, you still have time to enjoy the others, which will take place as follows: Monday, March 18 (location to be announced), 2:15-3:15 p.m. Dr. Erika Darics (via Skype); and Tuesday, March 19 (ST 703), 4-5 p.m.  Dr. Alexander Baratta. All candidates’ application materials will be available for review in ST 703. And please try to make a presentation (this week’s was great) and let Ian know if you will be there.
It being that time of the semester again, I’m pleased to announce one of my personal favorite events, the Northridge Review release and publication reading in celebration of the brand new Spring 2013 issue! The event will feature an evening of literary frivolity as those published will read their work. And it will take place place on Friday, March 22, in BP3100 – CSUN’s beautiful Bianchi Planetarium, across the east lawn and a bit north of Sierra Tower. Please come out to hear our terrific creative writing students and encourage your own students to be there too. Friends and family, all are welcome. And, as ever, the evening is free, refreshments will be served, and you will not want to miss it. Copies of the magazine will be on sale for $5. https://www.facebook.com/events/446262242121447/?fref=ts.

And, as a warm-up for this special evening, you won’t want to miss this Friday’s (March 15) Graduate Reading Series, featuring our very own Glenn Collins, Melanie Grafil, and Ely Ryder. The reading will be held in the LNJ Reading Room  and begin at 7:00 p.m.

And for another exciting creative writing event, next week, Thursday, March 21, the Northridge Creative Writers’ Circle has the distinct honor of hosting a reading by the enchanting Jeffrey McDaniel in their professional reading series. This free event will be held in Chaparral Hall 5122 and begin at 7:30 p.m. McDaniel will be sharing work from his acclaimed collections of poetry, followed by a Q&A. His books will be available for purchase, though supply is limited. McDaniel is a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and the author of four collections of poetry: Alibi School, Forgiveness Parade, Splinter Factory, and The Endarkenment. His work has been published in many journals and magazines, including The Best American Poetry (2004 and 2010) and The New Young American Poets. He teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. https://www.facebook.com/events/572190296132843/?fref=ts.

The Academy of American Poets Prize Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2013 award. The winner will receive a cash prize from the Academy of American Poets and publication in the Northridge Review. One Honorable Mention will also be awarded. To enter, students should submit one to three poems, accompanied by a cover sheet with student’s name, address, phone number, email address and the titles of poems submitted to the English Department Office in ST 706. Poems may be any length or style. Names should not appear on the poems. All work must be typed and submitted in duplicate for judging. Submissions are judged anonymously. The winners will be announced during the English Department Commencement celebration. For more information please contact Leilani Hall, at (818) 677-3428 or leilani.hall@csun.edu, or Dorothy Barresi, at (818) 677-0911 or dorothy.barresi@csun.edu.

Nominations of undergraduate candidates for the 2013 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award are now being sought. Four exceptional students will be selected for this award based on academic excellence, campus and community service, and exceptional achievements or personal life circumstances that have been overcome. Each student will receive a $1,000 award, which will be presented during the Honors Convocation ceremony at the Oviatt Library Lawn on Monday, May 20, 2013, at 6:00 PM. Candidates must submit an Application Form and two letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a CSUN faculty member). The forms are available online at http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/ogsa. All materials must be received in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs by the application deadline which is Monday, April 15, 2013.
Bobby Lopez has been at it again (keep it up, Bobby), and on Wednesday, March 27, will be sponsoring a 50th anniversary celebration and screen of the 1963 film, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (the more things change…). The screening will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Sala de la Osa (close to dorms), which is part of the “satellite student union (parking on Lassen and on Zelzah, and be followed by Guest Speakers, T.C. Carson, performer in Queen Latifah’s hit series “Living Single” (Warner Brothers 1993-8); Marty Ingels, stand-up comic of the 1950s and 1960s; and Karen Kramer, widow of Stanley Kramer, producer of Mad Mad World. Lopez is hoping to receive as guests of honor (health permitting), Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, and a few more surprise stars from the original cast.

Looking into the future, please mark on your calendars for another exciting Lopez film event on Friday, April 26, 2013, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., when he will be sponsoring, ta daa, Tom Jones, 1963 Best Picture Academy Award Winner, in a 50th Anniversary Celebration screening to take place in Nordhoff Hall 113. Following the screening, Lopez is also pleased to host noted Queer Theorist, Tim Dean, author of “Unlimited Intimacy: Reflections on the Subculture of Barebacking” (University of Chicago Press, 2009). Dean’s talk is free and open to the public, and don’t forget about the refreshments.

The 2013-2014 Instructionally Related Activities (IRA) fee request process is now open for applications. Please note that this is the first year that IRA will be using an on line application process and approvals by department chairs and deans by email. The deadline for electronic submission of IRA applications is 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 25, 2013 and the deadline to receive the department chair and dean approval emails is 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2013.The application and policies and procedures governing IRA can be found on the IRA website at: www.csun.edu/academic.resources/ira1.html. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the IRA Secretary, David Crandall at david.crandall@csun.edu or the campus President’s representative to IRA Board, Diane Stephens at diane.stephens@csun.edu.

Please don’t forget to vote in the ongoing Spring 2013 online faculty general election. This is your opportunity to vote for Faculty Officers, Statewide Academic Senators and Senators at Large. A link to candidate information sheets, providing short bios for each candidate, is available once you enter the ballot site or from the Faculty Senate web page (http://www.csun.edu/senate/ ).To log in, use your CSUN user ID and your CSUN password, and click here to cast your vote: http://www.csun.edu/senate/electionballot. If you have questions, experience technical difficulties, and/or would prefer a paper ballot, please contact Heidi Wolfbauer in the Faculty Senate Office at heidiw@csun.edu, or X3263. The election began on Wednesday, Marcy 6, and will continue through Wednesday, March 20, ad 5:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, April 3, from the Oviatt Library and Academic Affairs will be hosting a day-long symposium on the digital world we find ourselves in. <r>evolution of knowledge: the digital order of things <a symposium> will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Jack and Florence Ferman Presentation Room of the Oviatt Library. Featuring a range of impressive speakers that includes our own President Dianne Harrison and Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, the conference will host a diverse panel of experts and address ways in which digital <r>evolution has transformed the creation, distribution, and consumption of knowledge, in presentations with such provocative titles as: New models of publication, content creation, distribution, consumption; New trends in education: digital tools, technology, systems; and The future: explorations on new ways for engaging content and the future of libraries. Lunch is included. Please RSVP by March 28, 2013 to mickey.martinez@csun.edu.

For more on the digital revolution, you also might be interested in the upcoming screening of the two pre-recorded webcasts sponsored Academic Affairs and hosted by Information Technology. These webcasts from ACE’s (American Council on Education) 95th Annual Meeting, Leading Change that took place March 2-5, 2013 in Washington, DC., and will include: 1. Learning Without Boundaries: MOOCs and the Future of Higher Education (recorded on Tuesday, March 5th); and 2. Higher Education and the Nation’s Employers: Charting Paths to Meet Workforce Needs of the 21st Century (recorded on Monday, March 4th). This event will take place on Wednesday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Oviatt Room 30, and you are welcome to bring your lunch and nosh away while you view.

Music & Media, a service area of the Oviatt Library, continues to purchase new videos and DVDs for classroom use and student viewing. With yearly funding still available, please let them know if you have further suggestions. 1) You may post your suggestion online at http://library.csun.edu/Services/VideoRecommendation, or complete a Recommendation Form at Music & Media, located in the Oviatt Library, 2nd Floor, East Wing. But please do so as soon as possible to give them sufficient time to use this year’s funding and achieve their goal of creating a balanced collection to support instruction and to create new avenues of interest.

You are cordially invited to attend the 21st Annual Provost’s Colloquium featuring Dr. Richard Heermance, the Jerome Richfield Memorial Scholar for 2012-2013. The event is designed to recognize faculty achievement and to foster academic and social interactions among California State University, Northridge faculty. This event will take place on Wednesday, March 20, at 4:00 p.m. in the Jack & Florence Ferman Presentation Room (Oviatt Library Presentation Room) and feature Dr. Richard Heermance, Professor of Geological Sciences, presenting his paper, “10Be Cosmogenic Exposure Dating of Holocene Glacial Moraines in the Trinity Alps, N. California,” a beautiful part of this beautiful state. A reception will follow. To assist in planning, please RSVP by March 18, 2013, to x2901 or email research@csun.edu For more information on Dr. Heermance, visit http://www.csun.edu/~rvh97413/

2. Reminders

This is the last call for the very-soon-to-be-upon-us deadline of Friday, March 15 (by 4:00 p.m.), for the 2013-14 Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Projects grants competition. Beck Grants are aimed at supporting faculty projects that are specifically designed to promote learning-centered approaches and improve student learning. The grants provide 3-units of reassigned time OR up to $6000. More information on this grant may be found on http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/rfp-for-2013-14-beck-grants/.

And don’t forget, either, the upcoming deadline of March 25 for the following Graduate Student Awards: Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award, the Robert H. Schiffman Memorial Award for Outstanding Research Promise, and the Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student. The following awards are available for graduate students. Details and applications are available at http://www.csun.edu/grip/graduatestudies/sfo/studentawards.html.

The 2013-2014 Freshman Common Reading at CSUN will be Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes. The book offers a non-fiction exploration of America’s trash as (1) a problem, (2) a topic of scientific investigation, and (3) an opportunity for solutions and improvement. Humes will (almost certainly) be our Freshman Convocation speaker on September 12, 2013. A limited number of copies of the paperback edition are available from Cheryl Spector, on the condition that you agree to read it and speak to at least one freshman about it next year! Call or visit CIELO (Sierra Hall 437 or 438, x6535) to get your book and/or to RSVP for a book group meeting: http://www.csun.edu/afye/Garbology-for-Faculty-and-Staff.html. You can choose from four different book group sessions: March 18 (Monday), 2-3:15, CIELO: SH 439; March 19 (Tuesday), 2-3:15, CIELO: SH 439; April 17 (Wednesday), 2-3:15 p.m., CIELO: SH 439; April 18 (Thursday), 2-3:15 p.m., CIELO: SH 439

Here’s another mark your calendar reminder for the upcoming and very special Investiture Ceremony of President Harrison on Friday, May 17, 2013. Beginning at 11:00 a.m. that day, the investiture is the formal ceremony when California State University Chancellor, Timothy P. White will confer President Harrison with the Presidential Medallion, a symbol of her responsibilities to the University.  The installation of a new president is a ceremony of dignity with many academic traditions and protocols including an academic procession with delegates from other colleges and universities, as well as CSUN’s own faculty in their colorful academic regalia. Don’t forget to mark your calendar – it promises to be a very special event.

And while we are planning far into the future, please don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of the Dean’s very generous offer to rent us regalia for Graduation Day. The deadline for this offer is March 20th, 2013, and forms are available from Noreen Galvin, <noreen.galvin@csun.edu>, who also wants to know if we are willing to serve as Marshall’s this year. Here’s a helpful  link to the Commencement & Honors Convocation website if you have any questions about the schedule, directions, procedures, etc. http://www.csun.edu/commencement/.

The bookstore is returning textbooks. If you need them to hold on to yours a bit longer, please let them know at the Text Department staff at x2913, or via email at 0150txt3@fheg.follett.com, if you would like us to hold a title.

3. Opportunites

The Office of Community Engagement is pleased to announce the opening of our grant season. This is your opportunity to apply for grants to support service learning courses in your discipline or across disciplines with colleagues. This year, three types of grand opportunities are available: 1) Course development grants ($1,000) — apply to revamp an already existing course to include service learning opportunities for your students; 2) Disciplinary Grants ($2,000) — one faculty member can apply to do a project with students in the community; 3) Interdisciplinary Grants ($5,000) — two or more faculty from different disciplines can apply to do a joint project with students in the community All grant applications are due by April 22nd at 5pm. Please bring materials to The Office of Community Engagement in SH443 or you can email all forms with signatures to joyce.burstein@csun.edu.

CSULB has launched a search for a Director of Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC). The director will be a university-wide resource for all faculty, departments, and programs that seek to integrate writing instruction and assessment into their courses and programs. Specific duties for the WAC Director include working with faculty and departments to create, implement, and assess writing-intensive GE capstone and writing in the discipline courses.  The Director will also be responsible for professional development of faculty in helping them become more effective writing instructors. A more detailed description and information about applying can be found here: http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/personnel/jobs/posting/1091/index.html

The Soka University of America, Aliso Viejo is seeking a Visiting Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Composition and Director/Coordinator of the Writing Program. For more information, please visit the job announcement at http://www.soka.edu/administration/finance-and-administration/human-resources/job-opportunities/full-time-faculty/visiting-assistant-professor-of-rhetoric-and-composition.aspx.

4. Achievements

Dorothy Barresi’s long essay-review, “Thingness,” has been accepted for publication by The Gettysburg Review and will appear in the next issue, due out in July. Framed by Lucretius’ “On the Nature of Things,” the essay is a review of five new books of poetry and an exploration of how imagery is being deployed in postmodern poetry. She has had thirteen new poems accepted for publication: The Gettysburg Review has accepted “Face” and “Penny Impromptu.” “Contain Yourself” and “The New Retort Courteous to One Who is Forgotten” appear in the current issue of 5AM. Pool has accepted “Bones,” “Skinned Aces,” and “Privacy.” Silk Road has accepted “Vegan Heaven,” “Walnut Acres,” “August Explanation,” and “Art and Decay.” April 2-4 she will be Visiting Writer at Gettysburg College and University of Pittsburgh, giving poetry readings and visiting with classes at both schools.

Congratulations to Stephanie Harper, who was one of the twenty students to receive one of the new $5000 Graduate Fellowships for Research and Creative Activity. Although many more applied, we are thrilled for Stephanie, who, in addition to being selected from among eighty-one other applicants, was one of only two selected from the College of Humanities. Here’s hoping the program continues and that others will have the same success and good fortune next year.

Here are two happy/sad announcement/achievements: Rachael Jordan has been offered and accepted a full-time lectureship at CSU Channel Islands. Rachael started out at Channel Islands and we were lucky to have her in the years she’s spent here. Nicole Warwick has been offered and accepted a full-time position in the UC Santa Barbara Writing Program. Between her undergraduate days and now, Nicole has been with us since the turn of the century. While we will miss them both, we are thrilled by these new and exciting opportunities for our former students and current colleagues. And at least they will remain our good neighbors!

Volume 39: 12

February 28th, 2013 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Don’t miss the upcoming conference of our very own Associate Graduate Students of English, which will take place on Saturday, March 9, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the USU. The theme of this year’s conference will be “Innocence and Experience,” and refreshments and lunch will be provided. Panels will organized by theme, and include critical papers in literature and rhetoric and composition, as well as creative works. Dr. James Kincaid, from USC, will be the keynote speaker.

This April, CSUN will be hosting a week-long visit by Charles Bowden, acclaimed author of forty non-fiction books and numerous articles, and recipient of  the First Amendment Award from the PEN Center as well as the Lannan Literary Award for nonfiction, among many others. Most recently, Bowden has focused his attention on the Southwest and the border region. While he is on campus, Bowden will be discussing his work on Juarez, Mexico in, at least, one public address, as well as with faculty and students in smaller settings. In preparation for his visit, Provost Harry Hellenbrand will be hosting a book club/reading group discussion, the first of several, of his book, Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and the Global Economy’s New Killing Fields (2010) on Monday, March 11, at 7:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room. Please read the book and join the conversation, and RSVP to Kent Kirkton of the Journalism department at kent.kirkton@csun.edu. Also of interest for future discussion is Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family (2002).

Dr. Les Perelman will be speaking and leading a workshop in Irene Clark’s English 651 class on March 4th at 4 PM (JR 319). Dr. Perelman was the Director of Writing Across the Curriculum at MIT and is now spending his days waging war on institutions who want to use automated grading rather than human beings. Happily, Irene assures us, he still has a deep interest in classical rhetoric and its current applications. The title of his talk is “Applying Cicero’s Stasis Theory to Contemporary Rhetoric.” All are welcome.

Exciting news from the Critical Theory Club, which will be holding its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday, March 5th from 5-7 in Sierra Tower 703! The evening will feature the amazing Beth Wightman in a discussion of a Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey. The suggested reading is a short excerpt from Jean Baudrillard’s “The Procession of Simulacra,” available in any Norton Anthology or the club’s own CTC Moodle page. Join them as they revisit this fabulous text with a fun new edge and great people. Plus, there’s always some delicious snacks! As always, the meetings are open to everyone and are informal, so feel free to drop by for a couple of minutes before your next class or stay the whole time! Email them at ctc@my.csun.edu if you have any questions or would like to be added to our Moodle page.

The 2013-2014 Freshman Common Reading at CSUN will be Garbology: Our Dirty Love Affair with Trash by Edward Humes. The book offers a non-fiction exploration of America’s trash as (1) a problem, (2) a topic of scientific investigation, and (3) an opportunity for solutions and improvement. Humes will (almost certainly) be our Freshman Convocation speaker on September 12, 2013. A limited number of copies of the paperback edition are available from Cheryl Spector, on the condition that you agree to read it and speak to at least one freshman about it next year! Call or visit CIELO (Sierra Hall 437 or 438, x6535) to get your book and/or to RSVP for a book group meeting: http://www.csun.edu/afye/Garbology-for-Faculty-and-Staff.html.

Red Hen Press is sponsoring a reading on March 24 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ruskin Art Club with local poets Kally Davio, Bart Edelman, David Hernandez, Brynn Saito, and Richard Silberg. The address is 800 S Plymouth Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, 90005; and general admission is $10, senior and student, $5.

2. Reminders

Gina Lawrence is starting a Facebook fan page to get updates from the graduate liaison. Students can go on and “like” the page, which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/CSUNengdeptgradliaison, and find out everything they will need to know.

If you haven’t yet finished your Research and Sponsored Projects Grant application, there’s still time! The deadline for this year’s competition is of applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2013. Proposal guidelines and application materials are available at http://www.csun.edu/grip/research/forms/. For more information, faculty may also contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at x2901.

Also don’t forget to soon-soon-to-be-upon-us deadline of Friday, March 15 (by 4:00 p.m.), for the 2013-14 Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Projects grants competition. Beck Grants are aimed at supporting faculty projects that are specifically designed to promote learning-centered approaches and improve student learning. The grants provide 3-units of reassigned time OR up to $6000. More information on this grant may be found on http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/rfp-for-2013-14-beck-grants/

3. Opportunities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has just announced its Fellowships competition. This program is almost identical to the recently announced Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Both fellowship programs support research of value to humanities scholars or general audiences. Designed to be flexible to suit your needs, guidelines allow you to define your audience, type of research, and award period, the deadline for the Fellowships competition is May 1, and for the Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions is April 16. Full details are available at http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/fellowships. For more information, contact COH Grants Officer, Teresa Morrison.

Closer to home, the College of Humanities Faculty Fellowship and Grant Program has announced its Faculty Fellowship program Fall 2013, pending availability of funds, which provide support for scholarly research or creative activities. Full-time tenure track and tenured faculty may apply for funding to support ONE (but not both) of the following options: three units of reassigned time or up to $1500 to help fund a student assistant or research-related travel involving a specific research project or creative activity. For more information, please contact Juana Mora.

Writers still have time to enter Contest One at Spark, a Creative Anthology. For a $10 entry fee, you may submit — by the tomorrow’s March 1 deadline — a piece of writing, prose or poetry, inspired or informed by the word “spark.” Prizes include money, publication, and subscription — what could be better? Details available at http://sparkanthology.org/contests/one/?et_mid=603262&rid=1985858. And if twenty-four hours isn’t enough time for the sluggards among you, this contests title suggests there may be more, so stay tuned.

The following awards are available for graduate students. Application deadlines are March 25, by 5:00 p.m., and details and applications are available at http://www.csun.edu/grip/graduatestudies/sfo/studentawards.html

Association of Retired Faculty Memorial Award: The purpose of the award is to recognize and provide financial support to graduate students for excellent scholarship and creative activity. The award will support a project that is part of a master’s program. Award criteria include a project description, two faculty letters of recommendation, and willingness to provide a brief presentation of the project at the ARF annual brunch.

Robert H. Schiffman Memorial Award for Outstanding Research Promise:  The determining factors for the award are based on early stages of conducting research, a minimum GPA of 3.5, record of scholarhip and contributions to the field, and returning for the 2013-2014 academic year. The award is for a graduate student who shows promise in research.

Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student:  The determining factors for the award are based on a record of distinguished scholarship, a minimum GPA of 3.5, and contributions to the field. The award recipient will be announced at Honors Convocation.

4. Achievements

John Gides has been nominated for the Pearson Award for Outstanding College Teaching and is also being honored in the National “One Professor” Campaign. The Outstanding College Teaching Award recognizes significant achievements and contributions to higher education classrooms, while the “One Professor” campaign is a lifetime achievement honoring a teacher who has dramatically changed the lives and learning experiences for one or more students. Well done, John!

Congratulations to the following students who won awards in the recent CSUN Student Research Symposium. First place winners include Holly Batty and Lorie Hamalian, and second place winners include Sean Pessin and Angela Blair.

Volume 39:11

February 14th, 2013 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Happy news! Announcing the arrival of the latest member of our academic family: Sabrina Lucia, born to Lisa Riccomini Clancy and Garrett Clancy on Friday, February 1. Weighing in at 7.3 pounds and measuring 19 1/2 inches in length, Sabrina is beautiful and mom, dad, and baby are healthy and happy. Congratulations to the new family!

Please join Cheryl Spector next week on Tuesday or Wednesday (Feb. 19 or Feb. 20) from 2-3:15 p.m. for “Course, Interrupted: Handling Problem Behaviors in Your Classroom.” For details, see http://www.csun.edu/afye/course-interrupted.html.

Coming up: “Introducing Student Health 101, CSUN Edition”: a faculty-staff tour of this customizable digital magazine for CSUN students. March 7 (Thursday) from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in CIELO. Details and more information at http://www.csun.edu/afye/Student-Health-101.html.

And while we are thinking about student health, it’s worth checking in on online resources available through University Counseling Services. These include two new training sessions for dealing with students who are showing signs of emotional distress and/or adjustment issues (one for the general population, one for veterans), each of which takes between 45-75 minutes and can be done in the privacy of your own office. Other online resources include handouts with the following titles: Assisting Students in Distress; See Something? Say Something!; Responding to Disruptive or Threatening. For more information, please see http://www.csun.edu/counseling/faculty/.

Faculty Development is now offering two Spring funding opportunities: the 2013-14 Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Project grants, which provide funds for projects that promote student learning, and new support for faculty who plan to attend teaching conferences. For more information, please see http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/category/grants/.

Also of interest from Faculty Development, check out the following events: a showcase of the archives related to social issues in Juarez for use in teaching and research, a workshop on handling problem behavior in the classroom, a bonus event on getting help with your grant proposal, and a not to miss session on doing assessment for the right reasons. For more information on these, and other upcoming events, please see http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/category/events-and-programs/.

Interested in improving your chances for a Research, Scholarship, and Creativity grant? Consider attending the College of Humanities session  on Monday, February 18, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the CIELO conference room. Bring your ideas and questions for this informal Q&A with Breny Mendoza, Shelley Bartenstien, and Teresa Morrison. When you are enjoying your three units of release time to do “your own work,” you will be glad you attended.
Gina Lawence, from AGSE, has set up a blog to facilitate communication with graduate students. The blog can be found at http://englishgradliaisoncsun.blogspot.com. Please help spread the word about this important development – and consider contacting Gina if you have some information you want to get to grad students fast!
If you know current or prospective students planning to attend CSUN in Fall 2013, please encourage them to apply for one of the Alumni Association’s fourteen scholarships. Eligibility is available in three categories: First Generation, Legacy, and Graduate. Applications will be accepted online beginning March 19. For more information, please visit the Alumni Association website at https://www.csunalumni.com/default.aspx?page=Scholarships.
Stephanie Satiie’s latest solo piece, Silent Witnesses, based on interviews and conversations with Child Survivors of the Holocaust, will be presented as part of The Whitefire Theatre’s SoloFest 2013 on Friday night, February 22 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available now through Brown Paper Tickets on the InterAct Theatre’s homepage, www.interactla.org, You can also call the number on the Interact Homepage at 818-765-8732, or Stephanie at 818-904-1194. Please come out and support this important work.

2. Reminders

Don’t forget, tomorrow’s (February 15) Lecturer’s Meeting, which will be held from 3 to 5 pm., in the LNJ Room (JR 319).

As previously announced, the annual CSUN Competition for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards is coming up (along with the workshops noted above to help improve your chances!). Open to all full-time and part-time faculty and designed to provide the opportunity to receive a mini-grant of up to $5,000 or 3 units of reassigned time to pursue scholarly and creative interests, the deadline for this year’s competition is of applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2013. Proposal guidelines and application materials are available at http://www.csun.edu/grip/research/forms/. For more information, faculty may also contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at x2901.

Also not to be forgotten, the upcoming nominations for CSUN’s 2013 Faculty Awards. The deadline for nominations is February 22; supporting materials will be due March 22. The awards honor:

*Outstanding Faculty (up to 2 awards, $1,700 each)
*Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship (up to 3 awards, $1,200 each)
*Preeminent Scholarly Publication(s) ($1,200)
*Exceptional Creative Accomplishment(s) ($1,200)
*Extraordinary Service ($1,200)
*Visionary Community Service-Learning ($1,200)

Details, including nominating procedures and forms, are available at  http://www.csun.edu/senate/awards.html Questions maybe be directed to the Faculty Senate Office, X3263, or heidiw@csun.edu.

3. Opportunities

The National Endowment for the Humanities has announced this year’s competition for Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions. This program supports research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences. Designed to be flexible to suit your needs, guidelines allow you to define your audience, type of research, award period, and full- or part-time research preference. The award provides a stipend of $4,200 per full-time month, with a maximum of 12 full-time months ($50,400). Part-time stipend may be taken for up to 24 months. Proposals must request a minimum of two months’ full-time stipend or its equivalent. This is a highly competitive program, with an average funding rate of 6% of submissions in the past three years. The deadline for proposal submissions is April 16, 2013. For complete guidelines, please see the announcement page at http://www.neh.gov/grants/research/awards-faculty-hispanic-serving-institutions.
Teaching next year, anyone? If you are interested in applying to teach University 100 in fall 2013, application information is now available on the webpage: http://www.csun.edu/afye/Teaching_University_100.html.

If not next year, maybe this summer? The Pasadena City College Upward Bound Program has openings for the summer program. The six week program runs from June 24 thru August 2. Applications – including letter, resume, references, and recommendation – must be completed by March 18. For more information, please contact Heba Griffiths, Director, at hpgriffiths@pasadena.edu.

DASH Literary Journal, based out of the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics and organized through the joint efforts of the Creative Writing Club (CWC) and the undergraduate and graduate students of the department, is currently soliciting submissions for its first annual poetry contest. Interested students may submit up to three poems, maximum 33 lines each; name and contact information should appear on a separate cover sheet only. The contest fee is $10 (… or $15 for contest plus one-year subscription to DASH), with checks made payable to DASH Journal; the deadline is March 1. The winner will receive $1000 and publication in DASH; all finalists will also be published. For more information about DASH please visit: http://dashliteraryjournal.com/ or the CSUF Department of English, Comparative Literature, and Linguistics webpage: http://english.fullerton.edu/publications/dash.asp.

The CSU Long Beach Graduate Student Association has issued a call for papers for its second annual conference, Re/Inventions, a conference created and organized by students for students. This year’s conference takes the topic, “Hysteria,” which embraces a wide variety of topics. All graduate students and advanced undergrads are strongly encouraged to submit a paper or presentation, including but not limited to the following topics: the Rhetoric of Hysteria, Mass Hysteria & Mob Mentality, the Evolution of the Comic Spirit, Comedy as Cultural Critique, Interrogating Mental Illness, Subversive Stand-Up, Queer Bodies & the Wandering Womb, Pedagogical Practices & Emotional Excess. Additional information can be found at http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/english/2013conference/, or an Facebook, or email at EGSA.CSULB@gmail.com. But be quick, the deadline has been extended to February 15.

4. Achievements

The next installment of Robert Chianese’s  essays on Earth Art has just been posted on the on-line version of the American Scientist, for March/April. Enjoy at http://www.americanscientist.org.

Second year TA and soon to be MA, Geghard Arakelian, has been accepted into UC Davis’s doctoral program in Cultural Studies with a structured emphasis in Rhetoric and Composition, as well as the Cultural Composition and Rhetoric doctoral program at Syracuse. Congratulations, Geghard!

Linda Rader Overman’s article “Ekphrastic Narrative: A Genre Focalizing Image And Text,” has been published in the refereed International Journal of Arts and Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 6. It may be accessed at http://www.universitypublications.net/ijas/index.html.

 

Volume 39:10

January 23rd, 2013 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Are you looking for funds for your research or creative work? Would you like funds for travel, collaborators, and stipends for your students? Are you interested in starting a new center or establishing, a contract with state, city, or local agencies? Do not be intimidated by the competition for external funds. A number of CSUN faculty have been successful in obtaining grants and contracts and can provide useful “tips” by sharing their experiences. Bring your lunch, listen to your colleagues, and ask your questions for a Q & A session with successful external grantees. The Brown Bag events will take place in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on the following dates: February 11 and 26; and March 4, 12, and 18. Of special interest may be the February 11 session, on Student Research & Student Success: NSF, NIH, and Foundations, and the March 18 session, on the US Department of Education, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Foundations.

Or, if you are just looking for money to sponsor speakers or workshops for this spring semester, consider applying to the Academic Programming Fund. This fund provides supplementary support for academically related activities and events only (e.g., guest lecturers, workshops, performances) and the application process is easy – a one page proposal (and budget) describing how the proposed activity or event supports a course or other academic program. Collaborative, co-sponsored, interdepartmental or inter-college events or activities are encouragedFor more information, or application forms, please see Jackie’s January 23 email or contact Juana Mora’s office.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Faculty Awards. The deadline for nominations is February 22; supporting materials will be due March 22. The awards honor:

*Outstanding Faculty (up to 2 awards, $1,700 each)
*Distinguished Teaching, Counseling, or Librarianship (up to 3 awards, $1,200 each)
*Preeminent Scholarly Publication(s) ($1,200)
*Exceptional Creative Accomplishment(s) ($1,200)
*Extraordinary Service ($1,200)
*Visionary Community Service-Learning ($1,200)

Details, including nominating procedures and forms, are available at  http://www.csun.edu/senate/awards.html Questions maybe be directed to the Faculty Senate Office, X3263, or heidiw@csun.edu.

Meantime, it’s Northridge Review submission time again, with the magazine soliciting new material for the issue to be compiled this term and published next fall. This really is an important opportunity for students, so please let them know to go to Submittable.com, sign in, and follow the guidelines there. Submissions are limited to 5000 word total per student in fiction, playwriting, and/creative nonfiction, and/or five poems per student. Names should not appear on the manuscripts, and the deadline is February 18.

On Monday, February 25th at 4 PM in JR 319, Professor Kevin O’Neill will be giving a talk in Irene Clark’s English 651 class (Rhetoric and Composition Theory). His talk is titled “How Many Friends Did Plato Have?: Rhetoric and Self-Presentation in Classical Athens.” Dr, O’Neill, who has expertise in both classical rhetoric and new media, will argue that rhetoric developed as a set of strategies for self-presentation in a culture in which love of public honor was a central value. He will also expand on the topic to include some remarks on Plato’s rhetorical strategies. You are welcome to bring your class, but please let Irene know in case she’ll need a larger room.

Don’t let stress get you down. Join the Spring 2013 Staff/Faculty Wellness Program, which begins January 28 and will be held Monday through Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Redwood Hall. This Kinesiology Staff/Faculty Wellness Program, sponsored by the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing and the College of Health and Human Development, has been designed to expand your limits of strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular health.All participants are required to complete participation forms and a short health pre-screening. For more information, please see http://jack.csun.edu/ichwb/faculty-staff-wellness-program/

And while you are getting fit, you might want to get informed at CSUN’s BizFed – Daily News LA Mayoral Candidate Forum on Thursday, February 7, from 9 a.m. 12 p.m. in the VPAC. Come here LA mayoral candidates Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel, Kevin James, Jan Perry, and Emanuel Pleitez in discussion with  Austin Beutner, former special deputy to Mayor Villaraigosa and founder of Evercore Partners moderator, and the Daily News of Los Angeles as our partner.

As a result of amendments to the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) and the issuance of Executive Order 1083 (Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect), all CSU employees now have an obligation to report suspected or known incidents of child abuse or neglect. Look for details in the coming weeks.

Finally, here are some upcoming HR events you might not want to miss. For more information, please see Additional information and registration links for all of these sessions can be found in this issue of HR News.

*In partnership with Kaiser Permanente, all CSUN staff and faculty are invited to participate in free Biometric screenings on February 13th and 21st, or take part in an eight week Weight Management Series which kicks-off on February 4th.

*Retirement planning beyond CalPERS, a talk with Dr. William Jennings, Interim Vice President of University Advancement and Emeritus Dean of the College of Business and Economics and Dr. Michael Phillips of our Finance, Real Estate and Insurance Department, on February 27.

*”How to Feel More Encouraged During Discouraging times,” a talk with Dr. Mark Stevens and Dr. Julie Pearce of University Counseling Services on February 5.

*And on Friday, February 8, in the USU’s Northridge Center, HR’s Spring 2013 Keynote Speaker,  Dr. Iris Firstenberg, will present a discussion open to all faculty and staff on “Innovative Thinking for Extraordinary Outcomes.” Dr. Firstenberg is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at UCLA and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Management at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, and teaches seminars on creativity and innovation for a variety of organizations including numerous fortune 500 companies.

2. Reminders

All College of Humanities Faculty and Staff are invited to the All College Meeting with President Diane Harrison This meeting will provide an opportunity to meet our new President who will share important information regarding the university. When: Monday, February 11, 2013. Where: Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. Time : 4-5 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

CSUN has a new transit station  at the intersection of Darby Avenue and Vincennes Street. Check it out.

Spring elections for positions in faculty governance will be held in March. Nominations for faculty officers (Vice President and Secretary), for Senators-at-Large (6 positions), and for one CSUN representatives to the Academic Senate CSU will be taken at the Faculty Senate meeting on February 7. If you would like to be nominated for any of these positions, please notify Steven Stepanek, CSUN Faculty President, or any member of the Faculty Senate by February 6. Also, as a reminder, faculty award nomination forms are due on February 22. The faculty award selection committees will be set up in March. If you have an interest in serving on a faculty award selection committee, please indicate so on the University Service Form (form is on the Senate website).

And if you are going to be late or absent, please remember that University policy requires that, as far in advance as possible, you  must notify Frank De La Santo in the main office, ext. 3431. Staff will post a sign on the doors of classes canceled due to faculty absence, but late-for-class or late-for-office-hours will NOT be posted. In addition, please let Frank know when you plan to go to conferences, etc., providing the dates/times they will be out of the office. Finally, according to University policy, “sick leave will be charged…from the onset of such an absence until the employee resumes attendance at the campus….” For example, if you have a MW class are absent all week due to illness, you will be charged for forty hours (all five days). If you miss the Monday session due to illness, then return to class on Wednesday, you will still be charged 16 hours of sick leave (for Monday and Tuesday). However, if you’re able to perform normal activities on Tuesday and notify the main office that you are resuming them, no sick leave will be charged for Tuesday.

3. Opportunities

Daring Pride is soliciting LGBTQ related fiction and/or poetry from talented young graduate students who have not yet published a book. The fiction/poetry contest will accept submissions by mail and online form January 20, 2013 to August 20, 2013. For full guidelines and information, please contact Ben Dralle at ben.dralle@glbtbookstore.com.

For students: If you have any bright and very promising students who would be interested in a three-month internship in Congress, consider letting them know about the annual Congressional Internship Program, one of several Panetta Institute-sponsored programs designed to encourage and develop future leaders of this nation. The program provides students with an intensive, two-week orientation at the Institute in Monterey before they begin work with members of California’s Congressional delegation in Washington, D.C. for approximately three months each Fall.  A full scholarship covering all costs is awarded to each intern, thanks to the Panetta Institute and its patrons. Students selected to participate are appointed by university presidents from the 23-campus California State University system, Santa Clara University and Dominican University of California. Selection is based on exemplary scholastic record, interest in politics and potential for a public service career. For more information, please contact the Office of Undergraduate Studies.

Also for students: Writers at Work has announced its annual fellowship competition for emerging writers in poetry, fiction and nonfiction. First place in each genre receives: $1000, publication in Quarterly West, and free tuition and a featured reading at the 2013 summer writing conference. The deadline for submissions is March 1, 2013, and the reading fee is $20 per entry. For more information, please go to www.writersatwork.org.

For you: The NEH Summer Program is currently accepting applications for its residential seminars and institutes for faculty who teach American undergraduates. These study opportunities allow faculty and a select number of graduate students to increase their knowledge of current scholarship and advance their own teaching and research. Participants in these two- to five-week projects receive stipends to help cover travel and living expenses. The 20 seminars and institutes for summer 2013 will address the following topics. For a list of the seminars and institutes to be offered in the summer of 2013, along with eligibility requirements and contact information for the directors, please visit http://www.neh.gov/divisions/education/summer-programs.

And while you are at it, you might want to consider applying to  direct a summer program for college faculty or schoolteachers on a humanities topic of your expertise. For more information, please see  NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes at http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/summer-seminars-and-institutes, or NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops at http://www.neh.gov/grants/education/landmarks-american-history-and-culture-workshops-school-teachers.  The deadline to propose a summer program for Summer 2014 is March 5, 2013. Candidates are strongly encouraged to discuss proposals with NEH staff, who will answer questions and critique drafts. Call (202) 606-8500 or send e-mail to sem-inst@neh.gov or landmarks@neh.gov.

4. Achievements

Nate Mills’s article “Cleaver/Baldwin Revisited: Naturalism and the Gendering of Black Revolution” was published in Studies in American Naturalism 7.1 (2012): 50-79.

Stephanie Satie‘s play, Leon’s Dictionary is one of the top 3 finalists in The JCC Metrowest and Jewish Play’s Project annual Playwriting Contest. The 3 finalists will be read February 9 at the JCC Metrowest in West Orange, NJ. One winner will have a production at the 14th St. Y in NYC. And her newest solo play, Silent Witnesses, based on conversations and interviews with Child Survivors of the Holocaust will have one performance at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks, Friday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m. More information to follow regarding tickets.

Volume 39:9

January 17th, 2013 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

Here’s hoping everyone had a fabulous holiday, New Year, and break–restful, productive, and with at least a little bit of fun. Here we are again, though, and doesn’t it already seem like such a long time ago? Meantime, welcome back, all!

Eloise Klein Healy, who in the eighties and early nineties taught as a full-time lecturer in our Department (some of us still remember those days) and was the founder of CSUN’s Women’s Studies Program , has been named the first Poet Laureate of Los Angeles, and will, for the next two years, serve as the official ambassador of Los Angeles literature, using the office as a platform from which to promote the city’s writers and the potentially transformative qualities of poetry and the written word. She is also the founder of the MFA program at Antioch University and the founding editor of Arktoi Books, Red Hen Press’s imprint of books by lesbian writers, as well as the founding director of CSUN’s own Women’s Studies Program. The author of seven collections of poetry, Eloise will publish her newest book, A Wild Surmise, in both print and audio in March.

It’s time to start thinking about what you would most like to do with 3 units of reassigned time next year as the annual CSUN Competition for Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards is coming up. Open to all full-time and part-time faculty and designed to provide the opportunity to receive a mini-grant of up to $5,000 or 3 units of reassigned time to pursue scholarly and creative interests, the deadline for this year’s competition is of applications is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 4, 2013.  Proposal guidelines and application materials are available at http://www.csun.edu/grip/research/forms/. For more information, faculty may also contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects at x2901.

And while you are at it, try going for the Grand Prize and applying for a Research Fellows Award.  Founded in 2007 by Provost Harry Hellenbrand, the CSUN Research Fellows Program is funded collaboratively by the Office of the Provost, the Colleges and the Library and provides 12 units of reassigned time and a small research support budget to each of the nine Fellows selected per year (one per College and one in the Library). Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of four elected members of the college faculty and the Associate Dean or a designee appointed by the Dean. Applications must be reviewed by Chairs and submitted to the Office of the Dean by January 21, 2013. Please attach a CV to the application, which is available from Elizabeth Adams’ office in Undergraduate Studies. The committee will make a recommendation to the Dean who will then announce the final decision and award the research fellowship on February 28, 2013.

And for those graduate students among us, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies is pleased to announce Graduate Fellowships of $5,000 for Spring 2013. Twenty fellowships will be awarded to graduate students who want to undertake a research project or a creative activity supervised by a CSUN faculty. While the project may be part of the student’s thesis, it is not a requirement. Students do not need to completely finish the project in the spring semester. However, it is expected that a significant part of the project will be accomplished during the award. Although these are merit-based fellowships, students must have a FAFSA on file. Additional information and application can be found at http://www.csun.edu/grip/graduatestudies/sfo/index.html. Any questions, contact the Office of Graduate Studies at (818) 677-2138.

As previously announced in the last TN, Kathy Leslie, our inestimable yogi and friend, has once again offered to guide us in a community yoga practice on Wednesday, from 12:30 to 1:30, in the LNJ Reading Room (JR 319). As someone who used to roll her eyes at yoga until it saved my life and cured my feet, at least in part because of this very same community practice, I can’t say enough about what a valuable gift Kathy has given to so many of us. (And no, you don’t have to be flexible, coordinated, or strong; you do, however, need to be able to breathe. As another of my yoga teachers is fond of saying, “You can live a long, happy life without doing yoga, but you can’t live a long, happy life without breathing.”) The group is small at present, so please come on down and join us. You will be glad you did, guaranteed.

All College of Humanities Faculty and Staff are invited to the All College Meeting with President Diane Harrison This meeting will provide an opportunity to meet our new President who will share important information regarding the university. When: Monday, February 11, 2013. Where: Whitsett Room, Sierra Hall 451. Time : 4-5 pm. Light refreshments will be served.

Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) of California State University, Northridge will be hosting its annual Open House on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 11 am – 1:30pm in BH 110. Please stop by and find out more about the excellent services they provide in their ongoing efforts to change the world for people with disabilities.

Good news: for those of you (or your students), who are worried about electronic publication of theses, a 2011 Chronicle of Higher Education survey found that more than 82 percent of the journal editors would consider manuscripts revised from openly accessible ETD’s.

2. Reminders

If you haven’t done so already, please make sure to get your office hours to Frank. He has also requested, as usual, your course syllabi (electronic preferred)– that is, of course, provided you have finished yours. Let this be another, very gentle reminder then–classes are starting next week. It’s time.

Per Provost Hellenbrand’s recent reminders, University policy requires us to be both flexible and sensitive with regard to course exams (and, presumably, other time-restricted course requirements) and religious holidays and student observances. If there’s a conflict, we’re to accommodate the student. Better yet, try not to schedule such requirements when a conflict is likely to occur.

3. Opportunities

And here’s from our former student, Rebbecca Brown, now a full-time lecturer at Hunter College in New York and spending this spring semester on a Fulbright Fellowship in India this spring:  The International Conference on Dalit and Indigenous Studies March 2013 will be held from March 21 to March 23, 23,2013 at Kannur University in Managattuparambu, Kannur, Kerala, India. The Department of Studies in English, started in 1974 as a Centre of Calicut University, is organizing an International Conference on the theme “Dalitality as a Global Paradigm : Theorising Indigenous Studies” with the objective of globalizing Dalit and Indigenous Studies in the backdrop of the global condition that once again places the Dalit and Indigenous people at the receiving end. The conference aims to identify the challenges and foreground the issues theoretically and socially at a wider platform exploring means to address them.

While we’re at it, Rebbecca didn’t ask, but I know they are looking for books where she is. Now that the last book drive is over, does anyone want to organize sending books to India?

Garrett Doherty, former Managing Editor and Editor of Crazyhorse, has started a new online writer’s juried journal, Sixfold, that sounds like an interesting project. Sixfold is a completely writer-voted short-story and poetry journal. The writers who enter vote to decide who wins the $1000, $200, $100 prizes and decide the content of each issue in three rounds of voting, with each writer participating having an equal vote. It’s an online workshop environment, too: by the end of the three rounds of voting, you read, evaluate, vote, and write comments on 18 other writers’ manuscripts, as well as receive up to 6, 24, or 78 votes and comments on your own manuscript from other writers, depending on how far it progresses through the three voting rounds. Full details at www.sixfold.org. Please help spread the word. Pass it on to anyone — writer, student, colleague, etc. — who might be interested. Also at Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/SixfoldJournal, and Twitter, https://twitter.com/SixfoldJournal.

4. Achievements

Robert Chianese has become invited columnist for the American Scientist magazine, writing on relationships among the humanities, arts, and sciences, an invitation that followed his presidential address, “Art Inspired by Science,” to the American Association for the Advancement of Science-Pacific Division in June; which published his book on this topic this year. What multiple honors for a non-scientist!  Chianese’s initial four or five essays have already been accepted for publication in upcoming bi-monthly issues of the American Scientist journal and constitute a series of evaluations of just how ecologically “green” some iconic works of Earth Art actually are. The title for the series is HOW GREEN IS EARTH ART? His first essay, on Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty,” appears in the current January/February 2013 issue, available at news stands and on line at http://www.americanscientist.org/issues/pub/2013/1/spiral-jetty.

Graduate alum, Tiffany Palioungas has been accepted into the Teach for America Corps in Los Angeles.

Graduate student Trista Payte has had one poem and one story published by Uno Kudo, Volume 2: Naked, a literary art journal published by a collective of artists and writers from across the globe. In this volume, the journal explores the theme of “being naked” through a unique blend of short stories, poems and artwork that reflect highly talented artists’ interpretations of the word  to create a “must have look into the future of art and literature.”

Elyce Wakerman‘s essay, “My Visit to Poland,” was published in the 2012 edition of the Mezricher Tribune, a Hebrew and English journal that is printed annually in Israel.

Closer to home, the following students won our Department Awards last term.

Northridge Review Fiction Award: Karlee Johnson, for her story, “Truth Ingest”

The Rachel Sherwood Award: Tiffany Eddy, for her poem, “Two Knives”
Honorable mention: Gina Srmabekian, for her poem, “Invocation to an Engineer”

The Eva Latiff Award: Jason Gallaher, for his paper, “Negating Racial Stereotypes for Young Readers through Linda Sue Park’s A Single Shard and Joseph Bruchac’s Skeleton Man

The Oliver Evans Award: Gina Srmabekian, for her essay, “Where Everything’s Made Up and the Titles Don’t Matter”

The Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Awards: Angela Blair and Joanna Bradbury

Congratulations all!

 

 

Volume 39:8

December 6th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

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1. Announcements

It’s beginning to look a lot like the end of Fall Semester. I know everyone is swamped right now, but in a week or two, I hope you are blissfully sipping some egg nog next to a holiday fire and enjoying a blissfully serene day, whatever that looks like to you, but without any grading. This TN comes loaded with news and all best wishes for a wonderful break and holiday season, and throughout the coming year. (Or, as I used to tell myself when I was in graduate school, this will all be over soon..)

So let this be the very first announcement for Spring 2013, that Kathy Leslie will again be teaching yoga on Wednesdays, from 12:30 to 1:30, in JR 319. All are welcome and all feel better once they have taken the plunge (or the lunge) and joined the other department yogis. Like my yoga teacher says, the hardest thing about yoga is getting to class. Hope to see you there.

College can be stressful enough, and no student facing financial difficulties should go hungry. The Health Education Student Organization, is striving to ease that burden by sponsoring the first “No Student Hungry During Finals” Food Pantry to be held next Monday, December 10th, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in the Balboa Room, in the Northridge Center. If you know any CSUN student who might be struggling financially, please let them know about this free event. Confidential registration is requested (for planning purposes only), but not required, and you can do so by emailing first name only to StudentPantry@yahoo.co. And for students fortunate enough not to be facing financial hardship but wanting to help, let them know that they can email the food pantry too. Donations are greatly appreciated. Checks should be made out to HESO and can be dropped off in the Health Sciences office in Jacaranda (2nd floor), to be put into Dr. Burke’s mailbox.

Anne Kellenberger is looking for SI recommendations (again). If you have any promising promising upper-division or grad students interested in working in the Supplemental Instruction program, please let her know at anne.kellenberger@csun.edu . They need to be good writers and role models, responsible, mature students, who are articulate and poised enough to lead a class of twenty first-time freshmen for two hours per week. They do not need to be majors, but they do need to be able to talk intelligently about writing.  SI Leaders work 9 hours per week and earn about $11.00 per hour. Please do let her and/or your good students know–this is a great opportunity for them, and Anne most assuredly needs our help. This fall, for example, she had 105 SI leaders working in English and, with appropriate cultural credentials, in other departments, and she is already looking for next fall!

On Friday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m., the Northridge Playwrights’ Workshop will present readings of new student plays, monologues, and stand-up comedy. The event, which is free and open to the general public, will take place in the Little Theatre (Norhoff Hall 121), and feature the following students: Marysol Atkinson, Joseph Cardena, Darlene Camberos, Luis Cervantes, David Feldman, Jordan Guevarra, Ryan Lewin, Lucero Luna, Melanie Miulli, Nicole Moncree, Vanesa Morales, Olivia Patrick, Daniel Pelaez, Darius Popenhagen, Edward Trinidad, Jennifer Vela, and Devin Wood.

Campus Quality Fee proposals are now being accepted for the 2013-14 year for  initiatives that support advancements in student use of technology or provide student support services. The proposal document is accessible from the Campus Quality Fee (CQF) website located at: http://www.csun.edu/studentaffairs/campusqualityfee/ and must be submitted by midnight on December 17, 2012.

Here’s the latest from HR: 1. Please don’t forget to participate in President Harrison’s Make CSUN Shine Brighter new program by logging on to the program website at http://www.csun.edu/MakeCSUNShineBrighter/ and sharing your ideas. 2) If you do not currently participate in Direct Deposit and wish to obtain your December Pay Warrant on Monday, December 31st, please read the Payroll Administration item on December 31st Pay Day and Pay Warrant Pick Up at http://www-admn.csun.edu/ohrs/payroll/, where you will learn that in order to be able to pick up your pay on December 31, you will need to fill out an intent to do so form by December 21, and won’t be able to cash it, anyway, until January 1. And, 3. As part of the State’s Pension Reform Act of 2013, the Additional Service Credit Purchase Option known as “Air-Time,” will be eliminated for CalPERS members effective January 1, 2013.

And now, looking even farther into the future – far, far into the future – please save the date, Friday, May 17, 2013, for President Harrison’s investiture. The event is anticipated to begin at 2:00 p.m. in the VPAC, with a reception following. More details will be forthcoming as planning proceeds, but mark your calendars now.

2. Reminders

Not as if this needs any reminding, but here we are at the end of the term (and how, really, is that possible?), which means, among other less happy things, that the Department holiday party will also soon be upon us on December 14, from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., with awards being presented at about 1:30. Don’t miss this opportunity to take a break from grading and celebrate the season, each other, our students, and the successful conclusion of the fall semester in what is always a gala affair! And don’t forget the sign-up sheet now available, bearing in mind that the Department will be providing sandwich fixings and drinks.

But first, regarding finals, don’t forget that final exams may not be rescheduled without written approval from the Department Chair and College Dean. Full details can be found in the Provost’s memo, at http://www.csun.edu/facultyaffairs/memo/.

And after finals, please don’t forget that grades (yes, you have to grade them) will be due NO LATER THAN 4:30 p.m. Friday December 21st. This deadline ensures that the staff has plenty of time to do all the things that they need to do to finalize the semester and get all our grades in. Please post yours as soon as possible, and then enjoy your well deserved break. When everyone has done so, everyone can do the same. If you have any questions or concerns about this, contact Jackie.

Spring 2013 text book orders are still overdue. If yours are still outstanding, they’re another two weeks later than they were at last posting. Please get yours in as soon as possible to ensure you’ll have books at the start of next term by emailing Ken at 0150txt3@fheg.follett.com and CC’ing Frank on the email. Ken can also be contacted by phone at 818-677-2932.

And one last time, registration for the 2013 Faculty Retreat, “CSUN Shines:  Illuminating Pathways to Success” is now open.  If you have already registered to attend, “thank you!” Otherwise, please click on this link to register:  http://www.csun.edu/senate/retreat.html. The Retreat will once again be held on the CSUN campus on Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at the University Student Union Northridge Center.

3. Opportunities

The 2013-14 Judge Julian Beck Learning-Centered Instructional Project grants RFP is now available.  The Beck grants provide funds of up to $6000 for projects that promote improvements in student learning.  This year’s deadline is March 15, 2013.  For more information, please see the Faculty Development website at http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/rfp-for-2013-14-beck-grants/.

Faculty Development is also now offering a new funding opportunity for faculty attending teaching conferences, who may now apply for funding toward conference registration fees.  A competition will be held each semester.  The Spring deadline is February 15, 2013.  For more information, please see their website at http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/new-faculty-development-competition-for-attending-teaching-conferences/.

And here’s one more from Faculty Development: In May 2012, five CSUN faculty formed a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) focused on research productivity with a CSUN teaching load. (Some of us will have been here long enough to be thinking, hmm, haven’t we been here before?) The Research Productivity Resource Guide they developed (still a working document and open for input) can be found at http://blogs.csun.edu/faculty-development/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Research-Productivity.pdf.

Here’s an interesting notice we’ve received from Peter LaBerge, a seventeen-year-old senior in high school from Stamford, Connecticut, who is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of The Adroit Journal (www.adroit.co.nr) and who has asked us to consider encouraging our students to submit work to him. The Adroit Journal is a print literary publication LaBerge created in November 2010 to offer young writers from around the world the unique opportunity not only to submit work for publication alongside numerous established writers, but also to participate in this evaluation process themselves, as part of the journal’s staff of readers and editors. As of right now, the journal has received almost 3,000 submissions of writing and art, and attains a staff of 53 high school and college students from half of the United States, and six other countries. Five issues of the journal have been published to date, including a special issue on Cuban poets from around the world, and in 2013, it will be offering prizes in fiction and poetry. For more information, please check out their website. This sounds like a good opportunity for our students.

Students at Loyola Marymount University are seeking submissions in literary nonfiction, the essay, memoir and commentary for Got Truth? The Truth About the Fact, an International Journal of Literary Nonfiction. 1000-5000 words. Narrative poetry and black & white art and photography. The submission deadline is December 31, 2012, and submissions can be sent via email to editor@thetruthaboutthefact.com. Published by Loyola Marymount University. For more information, please see thetruthaboutthefact.com.

On July 12, 2012, the Barbara Pym Centenary International Conference will celebrate the achievement of Barbara Pym in the year that marks the 100th anniversary of her birth. Abstracts should be 250 words and accompanied by brief biographical details.Please send to Dr Nick Turner, University of Central Lancashire (NTurner4@uclan.ac.uk) by Feb 28th 2013.To register your interest and to receive further details please email Emma Woodward, Conference Officer barbarapymconference@uclan.ac.uk, or call 01772 894500.

4. Achievements

Coming of Age (cover image), by Kent Baxter

Kent Baxter edited, and contributed to, a new collection of essays, published by Salem Press. Reaching from Homer to Sherman Alexie, Critical Insights: Coming of Age features two overview essays and thirteen detailed case studies of coming-of-age stories, explicated by some of the most knowledgeable and insightful scholars in their respective fields. Included in the collection are essays by CSUN faculty Beth Wightman (“’Not Now …. Not Yet’: Developmental Difficulties in Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea”) and Tomo Hattori (“Song for a Murdered Cousin: Violence in The Woman Warrior”).

On November 16th, Irene Clark presented a paper at the National Council of Teachers of English conference in Las Vegas. The title of her paper was “Students’ Awareness of Genre and Rhetoric” and it was part of a panel titled “Connecting Around Transfer: Multi-Institutional Research on Writing Transfer.” (She also won $5.) Her essay “Multiple Majors, One Writing Class: Discovering Commonalities through Problematization” has been published in Linked Courses for General Education and Integrative Learning: A Guide for Faculty and Administrators (Stylus Press 2013).

Kate Haake published an essay, “Thinking Systematically About What We Do,” in Teaching Creative Writing, edited by Heather Beck and just released by Palgrave Macmillan in its Teaching the New English Series.

Marty Sayles has a book review published in the December 2012 issue of Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal (Vol. 41, no. 8).  The book – Musical Echoes: South African Women Thinking in Jazz by Carol Ann Muller and Sathima Bea Benjamin – examines the role of American and English popular music on South African jazz musicians during the apartheid era.

Undergraduate creative writing student, Olvard Smith, has had a story accepted (his first!) for publication in the online literary journal, The Zodiac Review. Congratulations, Olvard. We will be looking for more from you.

Jackie Stallcup published an essay, “Discomfort and Delight:  The Role of Humour in Roald Dahl’s Works for Children” in Roald Dahl, edited by Ann Alston and Catherine Butler and just released by Palgrave Macmillan in its New Casebooks series.

At “Catastrophes: The 2012 International Conference on Romanticism” held this year at Arizona State University from November 8-11, CSUN was well represented by alumni Cesar Soto (now at Notre Dame), Lorie HamalianRanita Chatterjee and her two Sally Casanova Pre-doctoral students Norma Aceves and Corri Ditch. In a panel called “Mary Shelley’s The Last Man I: Sites of Contagion,” Ranita presented “Our Bodies, Our Catastrophes: Biopolitics in Mary Shelley’s The Last Man.” In “Literal, Symbolic, and Imaginary Violence,” Corri presented “Mary Wollstonecraft’s Death and the Effects of Postmortem Vilification on the Proto-Feminist Ideology of the Romantic Period” and in this same panel coincidentally, Cesar presented “The Catastrophic Sublimity of Romantic Serial Killing: De Quincey’s On Murder Considered as One of the Fine Arts.” Finally, in “Psychological Trauma and the Narration of Catastrophe,” Norma presented “Disabled Body Politics: Charlotte Dacre’s Zofloya and the Catastrophes of the Mind.”

Lauren Byler, Fred Field, and Danielle Spratt have all received COH Faculty Fellowships, which provide three units of reassigned time, for Spring 2013. Congratulations, all!