Mark your calendars for the New Student Convocation, coming up on October 4.  it’s always a lovely event where we get to welcome our new students and make them feel at home on campus.  Join the celebration from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on the University Library Lawn.  For more information and to RSVP, click here.

It’s already the end of the fourth week!  Please remind your students that this is the time to make those last changes to their schedule, if needed.  The last day to drop or change grading basis online is this Sunday, September 24 at 11:59 p.m.   

Research and Sponsored Programs is seeking comments from the CSUN community on one new proposed center: The Ethnic Studies Center for Research, Activism, and Community Empowerment (ES Center for RACE). The Center’s purpose and functions are posted on the RSP website. A full draft of the charter is available to view on Box.  Please submit your comments to Comments must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13, 2023. Comments will be de-identified and shared with the Provost’s Council during the second read of the charter. Please reach out to with any questions.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Meera Komarraju invites all candidates who will be reviewed in the RTP process this year, including faculty under review for retention, tenure, and/or promotion in rank to Associate Professor, as well as faculty seeking promotion in rank to Professor, to attend a “Retention, Tenure, and Promotion” informal discussion on Friday, September 29, 2023, from 8:30 am to 9:15 am.  Click here for the zoom room; Passcode: 648393

As you may have seen in the recent campus-wide announcement, Jackie Stallcup has been named Interim Vice Provost. We’re very happy to have additional representation from our college in the Provost’s office but will miss her in the department, of course. This also means we will be making some adjustments in advising. Stay tuned for more information.


Just a quick reminder that there are lots of great opportunities for our graduate students available over on the graduate studies page.  Let your students know to check out the student funding page here.  

Both undergraduate and graduate students can benefit from participating in the Supplemental Instruction program, where they are always recruiting new SIs!  Send names of promising students to Andrea Cabadas at or encourage your students to apply online. 


Scott Andrews presented “Jouissance, Survivance, and Native Eroticism” at the Indigenous Literary Studies Association in Toronto on June 1, 2023. His presentation discussed the role of eroticism as colonial resistance in the work of First Nations poet Tenille K. Campbell. 

This summer, alum Matt Bernstein accepted the position of editor of the Wild West History Association Journal, and in September his biography Hanging Charley Flinn: The Short and Violent Life of the Boldest Criminal in Frontier California will come out through the University of New Mexico Press.  Los Angeles City College will be hosting a book launch at noon on Sunday, October 15 on the third floor of the Student Union.  Food and drink provided.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  

Irene Clark has learned that her article titled, “Where Have You Been? Where Are You Going? Reconsidering Literacy Narratives in the Context of Neuroscience Research” has been accepted for publication in Spring 2024 by WPA (Writing Program Administration).

 Janice Hill, a graduate from our Master’s program, completed a project on the benefits of audio and video feedback in the writing and rhetoric classroom for her culminating project.  A revised version of this project has just been published in The Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning.  Check it out here!

Stephanie Lim presented on “Building Interactivity into Courses through Social Annotation” at the Cal State Tech Connect conference this summer. 

Linda Overman was recently interviewed about her podcast, The Last Thing I Wished I Said, on KLAA radio (830AM) by Tammy Trujillo of Community Cares. The interview aired live on August 20, the birthday of Linda’s late daughter whose passing was the impetus for the creation of the podcast. The interview is available here. Once you click the link, click the download symbol, and then click view (rather than download) in order to initiate the interview playback.