Volume 38.11

March 8th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1.  Announcements

The CSUN English Department was greatly saddened to learn of the loss of Laura Salwet, a graduate student and TA in the Creative Writing Program, beloved and respected by all who met her. Anyone who remembers Laura will recall a real light in our program. Lively, spirited and among the most passionate members of any classroom, Laura represented the best of our Department. She had a tender and poetic sensibility and was a promising writer of hybrid fiction. Her planned narrative thesis featured flashes of poetry and a circling leitmotif of bees. She adored nature and had a giving spirit. Often, she brought gifts from Puerto Rico to professors and meals of sofrito beans and rice to her fellow students. Known for her moral compass and fierce dedication to her art, she held a B.A. from UCLA and was nearing the completion of her M.A. at CSUN, with plans to graduate in Spring 2012. Tragically, though, she passed away from leukemia in September 2011, after a long battle and a difficult relapse. She left behind a husband and a young daughter, and a legacy of elegance and lyricism. She will be missed.

In happier news, we are all glad to welcome Leslie Yamashita, who will be helping us out in a variety of ways while Tonie is on maternity leave, which started yesterday.   You should feel free to drop by and say hello and make her feel welcome.  Meantime, hang in there, Tonie. We are all rooting for you. And good luck.

On Saturday, February 24, CSUN held its 16th Annual Student Research & Creative Works Symposium in which seven of our outstanding graduate student presented: Norma Aceves, Corri Ditch, Kristin Cornelius, Jessica Glick,  Richard McGinis, Sean Pessin, and Paul Rauch.  And the winners are:  First Place goes to Corri Ditch for her paper, “Hamilton and Robinson: Camouflaging Wollstoncraftian Thetic Ruptures with Ventriloquism,” (Faculty Adviser, Ranita Chatterjee); and Second Place goes to Richard McGinis for his paper, “More’s Law and the Problems with Lacan” (Faculty Adviser, Kate Haake).

CSUN graduate students and the AGSE staged another fantastic Academic Conference, “Shattering,” on Saturday March 3, 2012. Or, as Graduate Adviser Ranita Chatterjee reports, “With 36 student presenters (graduate and some undergraduate students), 12 moderators, one keynote speaker who came from UCSB first thing in the morning in a rented car (after experiencing car problems at 8 am), and around 80 participants (about 65 at the 3:40 pm keynote talk), the AGSE (Association of Graduate Students in English) conference this past Saturday was a great success. The panels had an effortless and thematically unified mix of creative writing readings, literary interpretations, and rhetorical analysis that truly embodied the conference title and theme Shattering.”  Rumor has it that the keynote speaker Dr. Julie Carlson, was especially impressed. Well done, AGSE!

And if you liked that one (or if you missed it), don’t forget there’s another exciting student conference coming up. Please plan to be there for “Sex …or Something Like It,” when CSUN’s Sigma Tau Delta will be presenting its annual colloquium. The event will take place on March 17, beginning at  at 8:30 a.m. sharp and continuing until 3:00p.m., featuring panels of undergraduate and graduate students, and a keynote addres, “Pregnant Men, Heteroflexible Women, and Gaga Feminism,” by Dr. Judith “Jack” Halberstam. Free breakfast and lunch included. What could be better?

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle staged the fabulously successful first sponsored reading on February 16,  featuring Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Eric Morago. More than one hundred people turned out to hear poems together. And the CSUN Critical Theory Club had its first meeting of the semester. A fabulous time was had by all discussing Helene Cixous’ “The Laugh of the Medusa” with our many members and  guest moderator, Kate Haake (me), who apparently scowled at all the right people and moments.

Graduate student and TA Kristin Cornelius has recently started a local chapter at CSUN of an international organization called 4Humanities. The 4Humanities Collective is an international organization that “provides an online platform for humanities advocacy.”  The local chapter, 4Humanities@CSUN, is sponsored by the Center for the Digital Humanities, and offers an excellent opportunity for both students and faculty to get involved in multi-institution collaborations. The next meeting of 4Humanities@CSUN will be a project planning session with UC Santa Barbara on Monday, March 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m in JR 319. There will also be an information session from 1:00-2:00 in ST 703. Anyone interested can come to learn what 4Humanities is all about, what kinds of opportunities it offers, and what kinds of collaborative activities are planned. Please help spread the word and encourage all those who might be interested to attend.

Nominations are being sought for the 2012 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award.  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 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. All materials must be received in the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs by the application deadline which is Monday, April 9.

For those of you who need something to read, the February 2012 edition of the JIL is now in the conference room. And the March/April Writer’s Chronicle is too.

Speaking of reading, the Graduate Reading Series (G.R.S.) would like to invite you, your friends, and your family to the second of the spring 2012 readings. Alejandra Lucero Canaan, Susana Aguilar-Marcelo, and Sanam Shahmiri will be performing their work for the delight of the people who show up. Come enjoy their readings, the refreshments, and the company of your classmates Friday, March 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the English Reading Room, JR 319.  For those of you who have question or comments, or want to get involved, please email Hudit Simonyanhudit.simonyan.972@my.csun.edu; George Fekaris george.fekaris.36@my.csun.edu; Jon Beadle jon.beadle.50@my.csun.edu,; or Sean Pessin, sean.pessin.38@my.csun.edu.

The Spring 2012 Northridge Review is hitting the racks on  Friday, March 23, in the Noski Auditorium at 7 p.m.  (Please note the change of venue.) The celebration will include a lively reading, refreshments, and–a surprise? The terrific and hardworking staff and writers of the review would love for you to join them and bring all your family, friends, classmates, and buddies of all sorts. Be there or be square.

What Books Press, an imprint of Los Angeles’ Glass Table Collective, is pleased to announce its Spring 2012 list, featuring two books by CSUN faculty, due out March 31. Hugely exciting, Mona Houghton will be publishing her debut work of fiction, Frottage & Even As We Speak, two novellas.  And Kate Haake (me, again) will be publishing a new novel, The Time of Quarantine.  Please come help us celebrate at one or more of the following readings: Saturday, March 31, Beyond Baroque, 7:00 p.m., with Chuck Rosenthal and CSUN’s Ramon Garcia; Sunday, April 15, Book Soup, 4:00 p.m.; and Saturday, April 21, The Last Bookstore (officially recognized as one of the world’s twenty most beautiful bookstores), 7:00 p.m. Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.

2.  Reminders

Patricia Kalayjian and Emily Magruder will be hosting the spring meeting of the Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers at CSU Dominguez Hills on March 11.  They are reading Clarence: A Tale of Our Times (1830), by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, edited by Melissa Homestead and Ellen Foster and newly reissued by Broadview.  The meeting will be from 11:30a.m. until 3:00p.m., and lunch will be provided. All are invited. For more information, please contact Beth Wightman.

The Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) is inviting faculty to become readers. The WPE is given eight times per calendar year, and faculty readers are invited on a rotating basis. All readings take place on the Saturday following the exam and begin at 8:30 am. Readers are paid a stipend of $300 for the day and a light breakfast/lunch is served. Come and meet your colleagues from across the campus, share ideas on what constitutes good student writing, and develop a common vocabulary for discussing that writing. Please send a current CV to the UDWPE office at udwpe@csun.edu if you are interested in participating in this collegial activity.

Just a reminder that all full and part-time faculty have been invited to participate in the 2012 graduation ceremony of the College of Humanities, which will take place on May 23, at 6:30 p.m. on the lawn of the Oviatt Library. As before, they have extended the generous offer to provide regalia for those of willing to participate as marshalls or attending faculty, and we are reminded that our presence at the event will have a marked impact on our students and their families. Please remember to fill out your form and send them to the Dean’s Office no later than Tuesday, March 20. Really, graduation is a splendid event.

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. The Fellowships 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.  Both awards provide a stipend of $4,200 per full-time month, up to a maximum of 12 full-time months ($50,400). While not restricted to faculty from Hispanic-Serving Institutions, those faculty are explicitly encouraged to apply to the Fellowships competition, and individuals are welcome to apply to both programs concurrently. The deadline for submission: May 1. Additional information can be found at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/fellowships.html. Please contact Teresa Morrison, COH Grants & Sponsored Projects Officer, at x6096 as soon as possible if you have any questions about the program(s) or if you’re interested in applying!

The Suisun Valley Review of Solano College is proudly accepting submissions of original poetry, prose, short fiction, and visual media for its Spring 2012 edition.  Submissions should be accompanied by a cover letter including the contributor’s name, address, telephone number, email, and two or three lines of biographical information, and should be sent to Suisun Valley Review, English Department/Humanities, Solano Community College, 4000 Suisun Valley Road, Fairfield, CA 94534, or emailed to suisunvalleyreview@gmail.com. Please also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope for snail mail submissions.

4.  Achievements

Former (and much missed) staff member Kavi Bowerman had a fabulous debut of his new short film, The Red Light, on Sunday, February 26, at the New Beverly Cinema. Congratulations, Kavi! And congratulations, too, to our very own Frank De La Santo for his riveting film debut in this same film.

Fred Field participated in the Program Performance Review of the Linguistics Program at Cal State, Fullerton this past February 17.  He was a member of a three-person review team.

Bobby Lopez’s first scholarly monograph, The Colorful Conservative: American Conversations with the Ancients, was published in October by Rowman & Littlefield’s academic imprint. The first print run seems to have been sold, and on this print run Rowman & Littlefield and Amazon have dropped the retail price to $32. Link to Amazon buy page: http://preview.tinyurl.com/4yxo2lj. Here is the official synopsis: In The Colorful Conservative, R.O.P. López culls important insights into American culture from the works of Phillis Wheatley, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry David Thoreau, William Wells Brown, and Walt Whitman. López contends that many of the tensions that emerged prior to the Civil War remain unresolved; thus, the nineteenth century never ended and Americans still live in the literary framework of the 1800s. Beyond political distinctions of the left and the right, there are really four poles: The Left, The Conformist Burkeans, The Anarchist-Nihilist-Libertarians, and The Colorful Conservatives. The Left and the Colorful Conservatives are the two poles most at odds with each other. The Colorful Conservatives, López argues, encompass these five American authors and are the driving force behind many unique paradoxes in the United States’ political culture.

Volume 38.10

February 23rd, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1.  Announcements

Spring is upon us, and with it, a host of new retirements. We are happy for them in their new life adventure, but, sadly, we will miss:  Martha Alzamora, Pam Bourgeois, Patrick Hunter, Rei Noguchi, Sharon Smartt, Pat Watkins. Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 28, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., when we will be gathering to celebrate them at a potluck at Irene Clark’s home. The retirement committee will gratefully accept all donations for gifts and offers of assistance with the set-up and clean-up.  Please RSVP to Frank De La Santo in the main office, ST 706. Frank will also collect the contributions.

The National Endowment for the Humanities has just announced its 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, the 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, 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. The full announcement can be found at http://www.neh.gov/grants/guidelines/AF_HSI.html. And the deadline for submission is April 17, 2012

Martin Pousson will be a featured reader at The Last Bookstore in downtown L.A. at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, February 24. The event will celebrate the release of the new issue of The Rattling Wall and is sponsored by PEN Center USA. Martin will read poems and a short story published in that new issue . One of CSUN’s most distinguished alumni, Kim Young, also will be a featured reader with him. Kim is the author of Night Radio, winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize, and the chapbook Divided Highway (dancing girl press, 2008). Night Radio will be released by The University of Utah Press in September, 2012. Her poems have appeared in Los Angeles Review, MiPOesias, No Tell Motel, POOL and elsewhere. Founder and editor of Chaparral, an online poetry journal featuring Southern California writers, she holds an MA at Cal State University Northridge and an MFA at Bennington College, where she received a Jane Kenyon Scholarship in poetry.

Dorothy Barresi will be giving a reading for the Valley Contemporary Poets on March 18, right here in the Valley.  Mark your calendars.  Details to follow.

The dean’s office would like to help us promote our events!  Please send event information to Noreen Galvin (noreen.galvin@csun.edu), with (please) at least forty-eight hours advance notice. When you do, please include (Noreen wants to know): title, date, description of event and image (if you have one), website, contact information, email, sponsor, cost, location, and anything other pertinent information. You can also request that the event be shared with such other lists as College of Business & Economics, College of Humanities, Institute for Sustainability, Library, Matador Involvement Center, Michael D. Eisner College of Education, Mike Curb College of Arts Media & Communications, NCOD Events, Office of the Provost, University Events Calendar, Valley Performing Arts Center, and other CSUN groups, departments, or programs. This is good news–thanks, Noreen!

Another way to thank them might be for us to “like” them on the new COH Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/CSUN-College-of-Humanities/224957820883813 .  Here, they will be posting information about College events, lectures  and other activities taking place on campus!  What’s not to like?

All CSUN students are now eligible to apply for a $700 Hazing Awareness Scholarship. If you know students who might be interested, please encourage them to contact the scholarship office and request an application or apply online at www.collegegreekbooks.org/cashaward.html. These are rolling scholarships; the next deadline is March 6.

Everyone  is invited to read One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni as part of a Faculty-Staff Book Group this spring.  This book will be CSUN’s new Freshman Common Reading for 2012-2013. Each group meets one time, so you get your choice: March 13 (Tuesday) from 2-3:15 p.m. in CIELO (SH 439); OR March 21 (Wednesday) from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in CIELO (SH 439). Light refreshments and free copy of the book to all participants. Please RSVP to x6535 (Academic First Year Experiences) to reserve your seat. Don’t forget to ask for a copy of the book. More information:  http://www.csun.edu/afye/One-Amazing-Thing-Book-Groups.html. And if you can’t make these, don’t worry–more groups will meet after spring break.

Nate Mills is looking for examples of successful abstracts/proposals submitted to conference and panel organizers for his English 630 graduate students. If you have one (ideally of the 250-500 word variety) that you wouldn’t mind sharing (anonymously, of course) with his class, both Nate and his students would really appreciate it.

Patricia Kalayjian and Emily Magruder will be hosting the spring meeting of the Southern California Society for the Study of American Women Writers at CSU Dominguez Hills on March 11.  They are reading Clarence: A Tale of Our Times (1830), by Catharine Maria Sedgwick, edited by Melissa Homestead and Ellen Foster and newly reissued by Broadview.  The meeting will be from 11:30 until 3, and lunch will be provided. All are invited. For more information, please contact Beth Wightman.

The Northridge Writers’ Circle will be holding their first members’ reading on Friday, in JR 319, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.. Come out and hear them–they will be great!

2.  Reminders

Don’t forget Rick Mitchell’s Highways debut.  Highways, in Santa Monica, will be presenting his new, multimedia play, Ventriloquist Adrift; or Porno for Dummies (in which, lo and behold, the author is performing) on Friday & Saturday, February 24th and 25th, at 8:30 p.m. A theatrical exploration of race, identity, and performance in late 19th century America, the dark comedy is informed not only by vaudeville “humor,” but also by relevant historical conflicts (and, of course, by conflicts of today). The Saturday, February 25th show will be followed by an audience talk-back moderated by Anthony Dawahare, and featuring the play’s director, Roger Q. Mason, and the dramatist. To reserve tickets, please call Highways at (310) 315-1459. For further information, please go to the following webpage: http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/performance/rick-mitchell-ventriloquist-adrift-or-porno-for-dummies/.

3.  Opportunities

This just in:  Graduate Studies has announced two exciting awards open to our outstanding graduate students:

  • The 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 on Saturday May 12, 2012.
  • The Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award For Outstanding Graduate Student:  This annual award is presented to an outstanding graduate student who has completed or will be completing degree requirements by June 2012. 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 the Honors Convocation.

The deadline for both awards is March 26.  Please spread the word to our students and encourage them to apply.

And for our undergraduate students, Thoreau’s Rooster, A Journal of Undergraduate Creative Nonfiction, is calling for submissions of “personal essays with a narrative touch” for an Editor’s Prize of $200. Please let students know that if they are interested they should email attached entries to rooster@assumption.com, and include in the body of the email a paragraph of biographical information, name of academic institution (CSUN), teacher and teacher’s email, and the writer’s email and snail mail addresses for summer. They can be see on the web at http://www.assumption.edu/rooster.

Also, the FictionBrigade, a digital publisher of flash fiction, is currently soliciting stories that are 50-1500 words, short graphics or art, and videos under two minutes. Starting this year they will be publishing ebooks on a monthly basis, and all topics and themes for each ebook can be found on our website. All contributors whose stories accepted will have their work available through all the major digital channels: Amazon, Apple, Google, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc. Submissions guidelines can be found at www.fictionbrigade.com.

4.  Achievements

The last issue of EOTN featured Cesar Soto’s exciting news about his acceptance into at least two PhD programs. Since then, we’ve had good news from other students too, and it strikes that, in this season of decision and as more of our students celebrate good fortune and achievement, it would be a good idea to start keeping a list. Please let me know as soon as you do when  your students share their own successes with you, and I will feature them all in the final issue of EOTN and celebrate them together.

Kristin Cornelius has received both a Digital Humanities Summer Institute Tuition Scholarship and a competitive travel bursary from the Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACH) to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute this summer in Victoria, British Columbia.

Nicole Warwick published an article, “Poetry Is Not a Luxury: Why We Should Include Poetry in the Writing Classroom,”  in the Winter 2011-2012 edition of JAEPL (The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning).

Volume 38.9

February 9th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1.  Announcements

Tomorrow marks the end of the third week of instruction and the last day for students to drop or add on SOLAR, thus bringing to a welcome conclusion the weirdest semester beginning on record. Once again, we want to acknowledge the patience, resilience, and fortitude of all of those who found themselves on the front-line of chaos, from staff, to classroom instructors, to Jackie herself. Now that it’s over and we can get on with the actual business of teaching, we might all want to reflect on how we ended up here and let the people who should be hearing from us actually hear from us. Or, as Vice Provost Cynthia Rawitch and Acting Administrator for Academic Affairs/Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students William Watkins suggested in their thoughtful dispatch last week, “what is playing out here on campus is a reflection of the larger budget crisis in the state of California. The University advocates for public higher education and CSUN students at the state and federal levels, but we can’t do it alone. Please reach out to your legislators to share your stories, so that they understand how their decisions impact you and your families. You can find out who represents you and how to contact them by at http://capwiz.com/csun/directory/statedir.tt?state=CA&lvl=state.”

For those who are missing it, the new and improved TN Calendar is now located on the English webpage.

It’s that time again.  Please, please, please announce to your classes that the Northridge Review is accepting submissions for the Spring 2012 Issue now until February 17.  The NR accepts fiction/drama/creative non-fiction (5000 words maximum) in typed, double-spaced manuscripts, and up to five poems. Names should not appear on manuscripts, but full contact information (name, address, phone number, and email) should be included on a separate cover page. Submissions may be sent or dropped off in the main English Office, ST 706. This is such a great opportunity for all our students–to be considered, to be read, and for some for of them to be published–it would be a shame if they missed out on it just because they didn’t know about it. This includes literature classes where many closet writers hide out or where spectacular (and perhaps non-conventional) essays may also prove worthy of a wider readership.

And while we’re on the subject of the Northridge Review, stay tuned for upcoming announcements regarding their not-to-be-missed bi-annual publication reading celebrating the work of so many students. You’ll be the first to know.

Gordon Nakagawa, Emeritus Professor and former Associate Dean, will be speaking on “The Japanese American Incarceration and Post 9/11 Fortress America on Wednesday, February 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in the Whitsett Room.

Highways, in Santa Monica, will be presenting Rick Mitchell’s new, multimedia play, Ventriloquist Adrift; or Porno for Dummies (in which, lo and behold, the author is performing) on Friday & Saturday, February 24th and 25th, at 8:30 p.m. A theatrical exploration of race, identity, and performance in late 19th century America, the dark comedy is informed not only by vaudeville “humor,” but also by relevant historical conflicts (and, of course, by conflicts of today). The Saturday, February 25th show will be followed by an audience talk-back moderated by Dr. Anthony Dawahare, and featuring the play’s director, Roger Q. Mason, and the dramatist. To reserve tickets, please call Highways at (310) 315-1459. For further information, please go to http://highwaysperformance.org/highways/performance/rick-mitchell-ventriloquist-adrift-or-porno-for-dummies/.

The CSUN deadline for the California Pre-Doctoral Program is March 9. Designed to increase the diversity of the pool from which the California State University draws its faculty, this program provides critical support for the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. A special emphasis is placed on increasing the number of CSU students who enter graduate programs at one of the University of California campuses. Successful applicants will work closely with a CSU faculty sponsor to develop an overall plan which leads ultimately to enrollment in a doctoral program. Funding is available for various projects associated with this plan. Please be on the lookout for students who might benefit from this program and try to help out when asked if you can.

CSU Long Beach Graduate Students have announced their 1st ever Interdisciplinary Conference for the Humanities, organized by students and for students, to provide a forum and discussion on scholarly topics facing our world today as well as creative and historical variations of the “occupy” theme. The Keynote Speaker’s Address, “Occupational Hazards at Home and Abroad” will be delivered by Dr. John Carlos Rowe of the University of Southern California. Graduate students and advanced undergraduates in the Humanities are encouraged to apply. Abstract submission deadline is February 20, 2012. For full details and submission guidelines, please refer to the formal CFP and conference website at http://www.csulb.edu/colleges/cla/departments/english/conference/.

While you’re at it, don’t miss our own AGSE’s Conference, Shattering, which is taking place on March 3, or our Sigma Tau Delta’s Colloquia, Sex or Something Like It, which is taking place on March 17.  Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

The Northridge Creative Writing Circle is thrilled to announce its first sponsored reading, featuring Pushcart Prize-nominated poet Eric Morago on February 16th at 7:00 p.m. in the Oviatt Library Presentation Room. Moraga will be reading a variety of his work in both poetry and fiction and has agreed to do a Q&A session after the reading. Also, he will have a collection of his books available at the reading for purchase and signing. Widely published in such anthologies as Carving in Bone (Moon Tide Press, 2007), Beside the City of Angels (World Parade Books, 2010) and Don’t Blame the Ugly Mug (Tebot Bach, 2011), Morago is currently an associate reviewer for Poetix.net, poet-in-residence with California Workforce Association, and a teacher for Red Hen Press’ Writing in Schools program. This is another exciting not-to-miss event. And kudos to the students for putting it together.

Another Northridge Creative Writing Circle event:  fundraising night at Chili’s is Monday, February 13, from 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.  With each flyer presented, Chili’s will donate 15% of the sales brought in to the Writing Circle. So pick up a flyer and come out to help support our students. Fun will be had by all.

Norma Aceves would like to invite all the faculty, staff, and students in the department to see her perform in Eve Ensler’s, “The Vagina Monologues.”  This event is put on by CSUN VDAY, which is part of a worldwide organization that fights against violence in the world. Proceeds will help our local women’s shelter, Haven Hills. We have only two showings this year, February 17 and 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the USU Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the AS ticket office in the USU or online at ticketmaster.com. Please tell your classes about it and check your mail boxes for flyers.

2.  Reminders

Interim President Harry Hellenbrand recently called your attention to the “Emergency Operations Desk Reference for Faculty Members” posted at http://www-admn.csun.edu/publicsafety/emergency/, and it’s worth repeating here: safety on campus is a shared responsibility. Follow the link and check it out for a quick guide on what to do during emergency situations that might occur on a university campus–medical emergency, fire/explosion, hazardous materials, bomb threat or suspicious object, and earthquake, or a shooting.  You may find a time when you’ll be glad you did.

Don’t forget the All College Meeting, with President Harry Hellenbrand & Administrator-in-Charge William Watkins, an opportunity to share important information regarding the university, still coming up on Monday, March 5, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room.

And again, the 2012 Majors Fair, on March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Matador Square.  The SSC/EOP and Liberal Studies will be representing the College of Humanities, but is asking us to help promote the event with our students.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the College of Humanities to recruit new majors and minors from within CSUN’s existing student body.  If anyone has any materials they’d like to have displayed and/or distributed to students there, please deliver them to Kate Haake (me) who will see that they’re delivered the EOP.

3.  Opportunities

Faculty who are potentially interested in applying for the 2012/13 CSUN Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Awards (deadline, Monday, February 27, at 5 p.m.) are invited to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, February 9, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Whitsett Room. Director of Research and Sponsored Projects Scott Pérez, CAS Associate Professor Douglas Carranza, and COH Grants Officer Teresa Morrison will be on hand to discuss the writing, submission, and evaluation of these mini-grants, which award up to $5,000 or 3 units of reassigned time to pursue scholarly and creative interests. Examples of previously funded grants will be available at the workshop (and are also available for reference at the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects).  This internal competition will fund many diverse research projects throughout the university, and all who are interested are encouraged to apply.  Please RSVP to teresa.morrison@csun.edu .

The Faculty Technology Center has issued a call for proposals for its Summer 2012 Course Redesign Institute. Interested in learning trends and best practices for hybrid and online instruction?  Redesigning your course for 50/50 delivery? Taking advantage of campus supported technologies? Networking? Custom support for your teaching needs? This may be the opportunity for you. The Institute will bring together twelve lucky participants for a two-week, face-to-face session from June 4 to June 15 and pay a stipend of $1500. To apply , please go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RedesignInstitute. The deadline is February 15, and applicants will be notified by March 15.

If you know of any students still looking for graduate opportunities, here is an exciting new one in Creative Writing. The University of Central Arkansas will be inaugurating a new studio MFA in Fall 2012 with a progressive and intensive curriculum.  Assistantships will be available and class sizes will be small.  The program will train students in publishing and pedagogy and poise them for an increasingly global job market where creative imaginations are in demand.  Located just outside Little Rock, near two beautiful mountain ranges (the Ozarks and the Ouachitas), the area boasts a growing and exciting literary arts culture. For more information, please go to http://www.uca.edu/writing/mfa/ or write program director Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice at stephv@uca.edu. The deadline is March 15.

Precipitate, a Journal of the New Environmental Imagination, is accepting submissions for its Fall issue until February 21.  As a literary and visual arts journal, Precipitate aims to better understand how language and art act as interpretive devices for an external world that is simultaneously present and absent, riveting and severe, earthy and complex, and that inspires humor, irony, fear, and joy. Precipitate explores non-traditional perspectives of the physical world, and within these pages we invite writers, artists, and readers to investigate and destabilize ideas of place. Submission guidelines can be found at http://precipitatejournal.com/home/submission-guidelines/.

4.  Achievements

Ian Barnard’s article “Queer Writing” was published in the inaugural issue of College Composition and Communication Online (CCC 1.1, Jan. 2012).  The piece is part of a cluster of texts treating Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s impact on the field of Rhetoric and Composition.

Fred Field evaluated a research project in linguistics for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the NSF.

Charles Hatfield presented a paper at the 2012 Modern Language Association Conference in Seattle this January on the panel, The Material History of Spiderman. His paper was entitled, “Tangled Web: Spider-Man’s Discontinuous Continuity,” and rumor has it that he was “amazing.”

Cesar Soto has been offered admission into English doctoral programs at the University of Maryland and Marquette University (Milwaukee) with good financial packages and is looking forward to continuing his studies in British Romanticism. Still waiting to hear back from other programs before making a final decision, he wishes to thank Ranita Chatterjee and Irene Clark for their guidance and unflagging support.

Volume 38:8

January 26th, 2012 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1.  Announcements

Here we are again, at the start of another Spring semester which commenced, as usual, with rain and, as ever in honor of Lesley Johnstone, the blossoming of pear trees.  And here, in EOTN-land, with a slew of announcements.  And so we begin.

This has been an especially challenging start to the semester, and with the escalation of the enrollment crisis, we have all been faced with desperate students whom we can do nothing to help. Thank you all for your patience and kindness with them, and steely fortitude with the rest.  And to Jackie, especially, for steering the ship so bravely and well in this most difficult time.

Permission numbers have been frozen for all classes; please do not give them out.  Graduating seniors–by which we mean seniors who have filed for graduation and whose graduation date is confirmed–may be granted exemptions, but must see Juana Mora in the Dean’s Office to get them.  Freshmen may also be exempt, although they should be directed to Undergraduate Studies (UN 215).

On January 20, 2012, you received a document from Frank via email detailing all kinds of vital University, College and Department policies.  Here are some highlights, but there’s more–much more–in the original document.  Please dig it up and read it, for your information.  Meantime, here are some highlights:

1) Students who miss the first week of class (the first two meetings of a twice a week class, or the first meeting of a once a week class) have lost the right to remain in the class and should be directed to formally withdraw.  We will not be using instructor initiated administrative drops this term.

2) Please be aware of the College of Humanities office hour policies and abide by them–i.e., be available in your office (or, in some situations, online) for students to see you, and please post them outside your door (and online), and please, please let  Frank know them.

3) Also let Frank know when you’re sick and also when you’re well again, even if it’s not a teaching day, or else you will be charged full sick leave until you physically return to campus.

4) Don’t make long distance calls on your office telephones–we have to pay for them.  Also, please, please, please be frugal with your copying–we have to pay for that too.  (Rumor has it that at another nearby CSU, the Administration, in a last ditch effort to reduce copying costs, was forced to provide iPad2’s for all full-time faculty.  Let’s not let it get to that point here at CSUN.)

5) If you have a problem with your room, please check with Martha.  But please also be aware of our limitations.  For example, in the twentieth century, I used to demand a classroom with windows; now, I am grateful for enough seats.

Also, another ever gentle reminder from Jackie–don’t sell textbooks or instructor copies to strangers or students.  You can give them away, especially to students, or you can buy them, at the bookstore, but at least on campus, these are the only two legal methods of exchange.

And now on to more groundbreaking announcements:  for example, now that it’s official, we can announce that Martin Pousson will be stepping into the role of Queer Studies coordinator beginning in Fall 2012. He’ll serve as Coordinator & Advisor for the Program, as well as Chair of the Queer Studies Advisory Committee. Congratulations, Martin!

Also, a big well done and thanks to yet another hard working and fabulously successful Search and Screen Committee.  Lauren Byler has verbally accepted our job offer and will be joining us in the fall as our brand new Victorianist.  Who could ask for better new colleagues than the ones we’re so lucky, year after year, to attract?  (Yes, that means you.)  Meantime, Lauren would like contact from us and can be reached at lauren.l.byler@gmail.com.

Here is a starred announcement and not-to-miss event:  Dorothy Barresi will be reading this Sunday, Jan. 29 at 4pm at Beyond Baroque, at an event called “Los Angeles: Bastard Child of Literature.”  Along with Michael Ford, Gerald Locklin, Ron Koertge, Eloise Klein Healy (who graced our dept. for many years), and Gary Phillips, Dorothy will read some of her own fantastic Los Angeles poem, proclaiming her proud illegitimacy.  Beyond Baroque is at 681 Venice Blvd. in Venice, 90291. 310-822-3006.

Mark your calendars! All College of Humanities Faculty and Staff are invited to the All College Meeting, with President Harry Hellenbrand & Administrator in Charge William Watkins, an opportunity to share important information regarding the university. Here’s hoping to see many of us there, on Monday, March 5, 2012, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. in the Whitsett Room.

Also in March (but start planning now) is the 2012 Majors Fair.  The event will take place on March 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Matador Square.  The SSC/EOP and Liberal Studies will be representing the College of Humanities, but is asking us to help promote the event with our students.  This is a wonderful opportunity for the College of Humanities to recruit new majors and minors from within CSUN’s existing student body.  If anyone has any materials they’d like to have displayed and/or distributed to students there, please deliver them to Kate Haake (me) who will see that they’re delivered the EOP.

Closer to now–actually, this very day–is the much-heralded Grand Opening of our new, state of the art Student Recreation Center where we can all work on our fitness goals. If you are interested in a faculty/staff membership to the SRC, those memberships  are now available for purchase.  Faculty and Staff memberships are $163 per semester. Faculty or staff who are current Alumni Association members can join the SRC for $130 per semester. Information about joining the Alumni Association can be found here <https://www.csunalumni.com/default.aspx?page=Membership> . Membership for spouses, domestic partners and dependents will be available later in the Spring semester. Membership details can be found here <http://src.csun.edu/about/membership.php>.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to join the Linguistics Club on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the Oviatt Presentation Room for an evening  with Dr. David Harrison and Dr. Gregory Anderson of The Living Tongues  Institute for Endangered Languages and the movie, The Linguists. Their  presentation, entitled “Endangered Languages: Global and Local  Perspectives,” will chronicle their work around the globe to document and  revitalize dying languages. Their visit has been made possible through  funding by the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program and the Office of  Graduate Studies. In conjunction with the event, there will be a screening of The Linguists on  Friday, January 27 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the Santa Susana Room in the USU  Complex. All are welcome. In addition, an exhibit on endangered languages will open in the Oviatt  Lobby on January 30th. Please join us for all of these exciting events!

Red Hen Press is offering discounted tickets to students ($10) for an evening with award-winning writers Dana Gioia, David Mason, and Katharine Coles.  For more information, please contact Jessica Lynn Kubnec at publicity@redhen.org.

And for students, the Learning and Behavioral Center, LLC is now offering Academic Internship opportunities to English majors who are motivated, energetic, and caring individuals interested in teaching in our public school system. This program will allow students to gain experience working with children with various learning and behavioral disabilities as well as accumulate teaching hours that can be added on to resumes. They are amongst the most experienced organizations effectively treating children with Autism, A.D.D., A.D.H.D., O.C.D., mental retardation and more, and have been involved with CSUN’s Child & Adolescent Development Internship Fair with Dr. Joyce Munsch.

And for those of you interested in making a little extra money, Educational Testing Services (ETS) is currently recruiting for EAP Raters to score EAP essays in 2012.  Hiring will continue through the first week in March, and the reading takes place beginning the second week of April.

Finally, anyone interested in a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition might consider the program at University of Texas at El Paso, which has sent us a letter of recruitment and will begin reviewing applications on March 1.

2.  Faculty Opportunities

The 2012-2013 Call for Proposals for the Judge Julian Beck Learning-Center Instructional Projects is available on the Faculty Development website: http://www.csun.edu/facdev/grants.htm  Applications are due March 16, 2012.

Research and Sponsored Projects grants, for scholarship and creative activities, are coming up.  Three unit assignments or $5000 mini grants are available to successful applicants.  Guidelines and proposal application forms are available here http://www.csun.edu/grip/research/forms/index.html.  The deadline this year is February 27.  And good luck!

Here’s a relatively new one (second year):  CSUN ScholarWorks:  The CSUN ScholarWorks Learning Objects collection was established to preserve and distribute original electronic learning objects and teaching tools within the CSUN academic community and beyond.  In its second year, ScholarWorks will focus on materials for frequently-taught courses with high enrollments with the goal of creating learning objects that can be put to immediate use and assessed by the faculty in the course of their implementation.   Selected projects will be awarded funds within the range of $500-$2000. Proposal review will begin February 6, 2012; the deadline is February 20; and recipients will be informed of their awards beginning in March.  For more information and proposal forms, please see http://library.csun.edu/ScholarWorks/DLOG2012.html.

For more opportunities, please check out the COH grants page, at http://www.csun.edu/humanities/grants/.

And while you are there, you might also want to update your digital measure information, at http://www.csun.edu/csm/digitalmeasures.htm.

Elsewhere, the School of Advanced Study, University of London offers a Visiting Fellowship in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  Applications for 2012–13 are now invited from professorial staff and early to mid-career academics (applicants must have been awarded their PhD between eight and fifteen years before applying for a fellowship) who wish to pursue research in London in any of the areas covered by the School, and to engage in an active relationship with the multidisciplinary scholarly community across the School. The Fellowship is tenable for up to six consecutive months between September 2012 and June 2013.  The Fellowship offers an allowance towards travel, accommodation and research costs up to a determined maximum. The deadline for submission is January 31, 2012.  For more information, please see www.sas.ac.uk/school-visiting-fellowship, or contact Peter Niven at peter.niven@sas.ac.uk

And closer to home, our own Robert Louis Chianese is soliciting symposium proposals on science-themed fiction for AAAS, Pacific Division 93rd Annual Meeting.  As Bob writes, we are quite familiar with the popular genre of science fiction, but we give much less attention to science-themed fiction, works of literature in the form of novels and short stories, that derive some or much of their content from science ideas or figures. Issues and themes from astronomy to zoology–including cosmology, biology, ecology, genetics, medicine, mathematics–can form key elements of both historical and contemporary fiction. This symposium explores the use of science by fiction writers and the more general theoretical connections between literature and science.   And as a special bonus, they are hoping to hold a reading of original works of science-themed fiction sometime during the conference and in conjunction with the symposium. Writers should send a copied passage of their work with some explanatory information about its science content. The meeting will take place from June 24 to June 27, at Boise State University, and submission should be sent to : Dr. Robert Louis Chianese, Emeritus Professor of English, CSUN/2465 Hall Canyon Road/Ventura, CA 93001-2467.

 3.  Faculty Achievements

Graduate Student Norma Aceves presented at 2012 Modern Language Association Conference in Seattle this January on a panel organized by the Children’s Literature Association. The theme of the panel was how technology has influenced form and readership in children’s literature. Her paper was entitled, “Twilight Online Fandom: Reaching Femininity through Textual Manipulation and Abstraction.”  Congratulations, Norma!

Also at MLA, Nate Mills presented “Consuming the Cadillac: Ralph Ellison, Postwar Consumption, the Dozens, and Civil Rights Politics” and “Postmodern/Post-Racial African-American Radicalism: Reading Langston Hughes’s The Big Sea in Obama’s Nation.”  Congratulations, Nate!

Martin Pousson will be a featured reader for the Rattling Wall book release at The Standard Hotel in West Hollywood. The event is sponsored by PEN Center USA and will take place on Saturday, February 4 at 7:00 p.m.. Martin will read from his story, “The Masked Boy,” which is published along with two poems, “Hoodoo” and “Voodoo,” in the newest issue of Rattling Wall.

Nancy Taylor and Pat Swenson have announced the impending publication of their new book Online Teaching in the Digital Age, published by SAGE Publications.  This quick-start guide to online teaching is now available for purchase on Amazon.com at  http://www.amazon.com/Online-Teaching-Digital-Age-Swenson/dp/1412996198/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1.  The Matador bookstore will also carry their book, as will Barnes and Noble.   Additionally, they have created a Facebook page to encourage dialogue regarding the ideas presented in the book and to offer support to our ever-growing online community of teachers.  Please “like” them on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/TeachingOnline.  Congratulations to you both!

Volume 38:7

December 8th, 2011 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

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

1. Announcements

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

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

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

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

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

2. Reminders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

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

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

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

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

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

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

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38:6

November 23rd, 2011 | Posted by in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

Mid-Century Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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

1. Announcements

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

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

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

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

2. Reminders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

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

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

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

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

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

Winter’s road held in

trees bared and ended;

sprouting eternity between

journey and spirit ascended.

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

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

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

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38:5

October 27th, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Announcements

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

2. Reminders

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

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

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

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38:3

September 29th, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Observation

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

2. Announcements

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

3. Reminders

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

4. Events

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

5. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

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

6. Faculty Development Opportunities

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

7. Jobs and Opportunities

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

Compiled by Kate Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38:2

September 15th, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off)

1. Acknowledgments

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

2. Announcements

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

4. Reminders

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

4. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

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

 

Compiled by Katharine Haake, Associate Chair

Volume 38.1

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

1. Announcements

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

2. Reminders

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

3. Faculty/Staff/Student/Alumni Achievements

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

Compiled by Kate Haake, Associate Chair