Volume 50:4

October 25th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:4)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



If it’s mid-semester, it must be time to start thinking about Department Awards. This semester’s deadline is Friday, November 16, at four o’clock in the afternoon. Forms (when required) and application materials are available from and should be delivered to the English department office by then. More information is available from this year’s chair of the Amenities and Awards Committee (leilani.hall@csun.edu). The fall semester awards are:

  • the Linda Nichols Joseph English Merit Scholarship, up to four four awards of $2000 for excellence in English studies;
  • the Oliver W. Evans Writing Prize, two annual prizes annual prizes of $500 for the authors of the two best critical or creative pieces of prose submitted in an upper-division English course during the academic year;
  • the Eva Latif Writing Prize in Children’s Literature, an annual prize of $500 for the author of the best piece of writing, critical or creative, by a student on the subject of children’s literature;
  • the Philip E. Love English 205 Scholarship, a prize of $500 for the student whose achievements in the study of Business Communication are considered by the faculty as the most distinguished;
  • the Peterson Morley Award, an annual award of $1,000 for a student (either undergraduate or graduate) currently enrolled as an English major who plans to enter the teaching profession;
  • the Richard Lid and Helen Lodge Scholarship, an award of $500 for a graduate student enrolled in English and/or Secondary English Education, to help pay fees for graduate work;
  • the Thomas Matthew Magness Graduate Memorial Fund, to provide a $1,000 tuition remission for a first-semester graduate student in the English MA program.

Speaking of the Amenities Committee, have you made your annual contribution yet? These contributions go to fund food for department meetings, the holiday party, bonuses for the staff, retirement parties, and other niceties. The suggested donations are $40 for Assistant Professors, $50 for Associate, and $70 for Full. Checks made out to “Amenities” and/or cash should be given to Marlene.

The Kristeva Circle conference is coming up tomorrow, Friday 10/26, and Saturday 10/27. Generously co-sponsored by the College of Humanities, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, the Departments of English, Gender and Women’s Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Art, Liberal Studies, Linguistics, Religious Studies, and Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures, this exciting event will take be taking place at the USU East Conference Center. Here are some highlights you might not want to miss:

  • Keynote, “The Incandescence of Abjection: Horror, Borders, Subjectivity,” Mariana Ortega, Penn State
    Friday, October 26, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Flintridge Room, East Conference Center
  • Breakfast and Conversation re: Bulgarian Spy Controversy
    Miglena Nikolchina (Sofia University) and Emilia Angelova (Concordia Univ.)
    Saturday, October 27, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Tujunga Room, East Conference Center
  • Keynote, “Unquiet Ghosts of the Forever War,” Anne McClintock, Princeton University
    Saturday, October 27, 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Flintridge Room, East Conference Center

All 3-6 year faculty, faculty eligible for promotion, Department Personnel Committee members, and College Personnel Committee members, are being asked to save November 8, for a one day training on using Interfolio’s ePIF for Retention, Tenure, and Promotion reviews. Sessions will be held to show faculty how to upload materials for their reviews, and sessions for reviewers (Dept. Chairs, DPC, CPC, Deans) on how to review ePIFs. Final times and locations for the sessions are forthcoming.

The CSU statewide academic senate (ASCSU) is currently going through a process to select the names of two to four members of the CSU faculty to send to the Governor for consideration to fill the position of CSU Faculty Trustee on the CSU Board of Trustees. For information on the CSU process to select these individuals, the position qualifications, the position requirements and what needs to be included in a nomination packet, view “What’s New” under http://www.calstate.edu/acadsen. This nomination process is now open at the campus level. CSUN will be using a self-nomination approach with all submitted nomination packets to be reviewed by the CSUN Faculty Senate Executive Committee. The deadline for submission of the nomination packets to the CSUN Faculty Senate Office is Monday, November 5, 2018. All nomination packets should be submitted electronically by sending them to: Nicole Wilson (nicole.wilson@csun.edu).


On October 11th, Irene Clark gave a workshop on developing thesis proposals at the University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu China.


Volume 50:3

October 11th, 2018 | Posted by khaake in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Volume 50:3)

Chair: Kent Baxter
Notes compiled by: Kate Haake



The staff of The Northridge Review is thrilled to announced the release of the Fall 2018 issue of the magazine and the first ever to be produced here in our new Book Arts Lab. Please come out and help celebrate at next week’s launch reading party. The event will take place on Wednesday, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in CSUN’s Bianchi Planetarium and be preceded by an open mic reading, starting at 6:30 p.m. Also featured, delicious food. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Come see what the B.A.L. is all about!

This Friday, October 12th, at 7:00 PM in Jerome Richfield Hall, Room 319, “The Reimagining Narrative Film Series” returns with Ryan Trecartin’s Center Jenny (2013). First shown as part of an installation at the Arsenale during the 55th Venice Biennale, it was described as a “futuristic fever dream….[that] parodies the excesses of digital identity while at the same time, from camp and queer perspectives, [asking] us to take these identifications seriously—straight, gay, transsexual, bisexual, inter-sexual, racial, post-racial, mainstream, alternative, capitalist or anarchist.” Writing for The New Yorker, critic Peter Schjeldahl described Trecartin as “the most consequential artist to have emerged since the nineteen-eighties.” Curated collaboratively by Dr. Christopher Higgs & Katharine Mason, M.A., each film in series will be introduced & contextualized prior to screening, with an open discussion to follow. Refreshments provided.

Nominations for the 2018 Don Dorsey Excellence in Mentoring Awards are currently open. These awards are in recognition of Professor Don Dorsey’s invaluable contributions to mentoring and mentor training over two decades. Dr. Dorsey, Professor of Educational Psychology and Counseling, helped develop CSUN’s first mentor training program, and devoted himself as a mentor to innumerable students. These awards are presented to faculty, staff, and administrators who have been exceptional mentors at CSUN. A reception honoring the recipients will be held Nov. 28, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The deadline is November 2. For more information, please see https://www.csun.edu/csun-eop/don-dorsey-excellence-mentoring-awardees.

The 10th Annual CSUN Research Fellows Colloquium will be held in Thursday, October 11th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Oviatt Library’s Ferman Presentation Room. This annual symposium, co-sponsored by the Provost’s Office, the Colleges, and the Library, will feature short presentations from the faculty who were given release time over the past year to conduct their research. For details, please see https://library.csun.edu/events/research-fellows-2019.

Are you happy with the way you get to campus? If the answer is no (and even if it’s yes), the Office of Government & Community Relations, in partnership with CSUN’s Department of Parking & Transportation invites you to attend an interactive session regarding transportation initiatives in the North San Fernando Valley. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will be our guest and will be doing a presentation that highlights the proposed Measure M funded east-west Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project in the North San Fernando Valley. This is a great opportunity for Metro to hear from CSUN students, staff and faculty. LA Metro representatives want our feedback and look forward to this CSUN-focused effort. Please consider attending this important information session to learn more about Metro transit options and increasing connectivity in the region. This Open House event will take place on Friday, October 19, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the University Student Union, Thousand Oaks Room. To RSVP, or for questions regarding this event, please e-mail GovernmentRelations@csun.edu. Refreshments provided.



Don’t forget to do your part to support the exciting activities taking place in the upcoming, first-ever Frankenweek. Join the read-aloud, suture your own texts. There will be fun and horror for all.


The Office of Faculty Development is excited to announce a new grant, The Faculty Success Grant! Faculty who would like to engage in a professional development/travel activity this academic year and make a compelling case that this grant would directly benefit all three areas of faculty engagement (teaching, scholarship, and service) are encouraged to submit a proposal. The grant awards up to $500 and can be used towards activities such as: travel and/or registration fees for a teaching focused conference, a discipline-specific scholarly conference, or a leadership focused engagement to benefit faculty service roles; and memberships to faculty success oriented organizations (e.g., National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity; etc.). The deadline is Monday, October 15, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. Applications can be downloaded here https://www.csun.edu/sites/default/files/18-19AY%20Faculty%20Success%20Grant%20RFP_2_0.pdf.

NEH collaborative Research grants support groups of two or more scholars engaging in significant and sustained research in the humanities. The program seeks to encourage interdisciplinary work, both within the humanities and beyond. Projects that include partnerships with researchers from the natural and social sciences are encouraged, but they must remain firmly rooted in the humanities and must employ humanistic methods. For more information, check with the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. Deadline, December 5.