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Academic First Year Experiences
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What I've been reading
Recent reading: A-Z by title. I highly recommend starred titles (***).
***All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- A Bend in the River by V. S. Naipaul
- The Book of Unknown Americans: A Novel by Cristina Henríquez
- Candide by Voltaire
- ***Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? A Memoir by Roz Chast
- ***The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
- Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante
- Deep Down Dark by Héctor Tobar
- Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg
- ***Engaging Ideas, 2nd ed., by John C. Bean
- ***Every Day by David Levithan
- Eviction: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
- ***Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
- Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
- July, July by Tim O'Brien
- ***Kitchens of the Great Midwest: A Novel by J. Ryan Stradal
- ***The Los Angeles Times
- ***Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel
- My Life So Far by Jane Fonda
- The New Yorker
- Mindset by Carol Dweck
- The Periodic Table by Primo Levi
- The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
- ***So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
- ***Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
- Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
- ***This I Believe, ed. Jay Allison and Dan Gediman
- Whistling Vivaldi by Claude Steele
- The White Album by Joan Didion
Publications, presentations, and programs
- Beach Books: The View from My Island. In Thorne, Ashley. Beach Books 2013-2014: What Do Colleges and Universities Want Students to Read Outside Class? National Association of Scholars. Oct. 2014. 170-173. Online. (Or read the pre-publication PDF.)
- Freshman Focus at Cal State Northridge. ITL Connections 2.1 (Fall 2008). Institute for Teaching and Learning, The California State University. Online.
- CSU Northridge Transforms Its Approach to Information Competence. Co-authored with Susanna Eng. E-Source for College Transitions 4.5 (May 2007). Online.
- Instructional Strategies for Teaching CSUN Freshmen: Gum and Glory (.pdf). C.E.L.T. Letter, Cal State Northridge, Fall 2003.
- Editor, Aftermath: Essays in Response to September 11, 2001 by Freshmen at California State University, Northridge. Northridge, CA: CSUN, 2002.
- Articles on Maxine Kumin, Adrienne Rich, and Muriel Rukeyser. Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century. Chicago, IL: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2001.
- Demystifying Office Hours for Your Students at CSUN. Poster presentation and handout. CSUN's Faculty Innovation Showcase, May 2016.
- Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman: Panel discussion. With Linda Rader Overman and David Gerrold. West Valley Regional Branch, Los Angeles Public Library, Reseda, CA. Oct. 24, 2015.
- Out Far and In Deep: The Things They Carried. Invited lecture-discussion. Virginia Yerxa Community Read. Colusa, CA. Apr. 25, 2015.
- Investigation, Imagination, and Invisibility: Longbourn and Nickel and Dimed. Invited presentation. Santa Monica Reads 2015. Santa Monica Public Library, Santa Monica, CA. Mar. 3, 2015.
- Exploring the Role of Common Readings in Student Engagement. With Leslie Jo Sena and Karen Weathermon. National Conference on the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. Dallas, TX. Feb. 8, 2015.
- Shaping the Debate about Common Reading Programs. With Susanna Eng-Ziskin, Leslie Jo Sena, Gina Garera, and Amanda Breu. National Conference on the First-Year Experience & Students in Transition. San Diego, CA. Feb. 17, 2014.
- CSUN's University 100 Makes Transition to Moodle. Digital Stories Blog, CSUN. Sep. 25, 2012.
- The New High Touch, High Tech University 100: Using Technology to Supplement the Freshman Seminar. With Cecile Bendavid, Susanna Eng-Ziskin, Ellyn Gersh Lerner, and Lisa Riccomini. Apr. 2011.
- Executive Order 1048: Mandatory Early Start at CSUN. Campus plan. Nov. 2010.
- Orchestrating Learning: The Example of To Kill a Mockingbird. With David Aks (Music), CSUN. Nov. 6, 2010.
Freshman success, transfer student success, common reading programs, freshman pedagogy, faculty development, learning communities
Jewish-American writing, intertextuality, American literature (esp. fiction, 1820-present)
The BEAMS project at CSUN