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Congratulations to Professor Hanna Janiszewska on receiving her Ph.D. on April 2014. She received her degree from the English department at Stanford University. The title of her dissertation is "Romantic Lives of the Mind."

Congratulations to Professor Aparajita Nanda, who has been promoted to Senior Lecturer.  We are also happy to announce that Professor Dolores LaGuardia, who recently succumbed to cancer, has been promoted posthumously to Senior Lecturer.

Faculty Accomplishments

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Simone Billings chaired a session in Indianapolis at the March Conference on College Composition and Communication: Women's Languages and Representations.  In early April, she attended the Spring meeting of the Northern California-Nevada Affiliate of Writing Program Administrators, held this spring in Davis CA; she assumes presidency of that affiliate in July 2014.  Billings participated in the interviewing of candidates for SCU's Pi chapter of Phi Beta Kappa during April.  Also during April she participated in a Webinar with the Fulbright administrators: in August she begins a three-year appointment as a Peer Reviewer in the discipline of English for Fulbright applications from US faculty applying to be a Fulbright Scholar abroad.  On April 29th, Billings was one of three presenters at the Varsi Cafe on the topic of hybrid and fully on-line classes since she is completing the CADE (Competency Assessment in Distance Education) training of the JesuitNet people in preparation to offer a summer course fully on-line.  Later in May, Billings will travel to San Antonio for the Rhetoric Society of America's meeting; she will join writing faculty from other Jesuit institutions around the country on a panel discussing the topic of "Jesuit Identity as Rhetoric, Jesuit Rhetoric as Identity: A Roundtable Discussion."  And yes, thank you for asking, theMonday after Commencement she has been called for jury service.
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Michelle Burnham's analysis of disability and windigo in HBO's Game of Thrones series recently appeared in Avidly:
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Stephen Carroll recently attended the WASC conference in LA and gave a 3-hour preconference workshop with Melissa Ganus on “Learning How to Learn: Critical Adaptation Skills for the 21st Century.” Stephen also presented a one-hour session on MetaLearning for Administrators. Four of his Learning Facilitators were also scheduled to present a one-hour workshop, but health issues claimed three of the presenters, so they had to cancel it.

In February, Stephen gave a presentation at the Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching (Newport Beach) on service learning called “Learning by Doing: How and Why Civic Engagement Improves Learning.” Four of his students also attended the conference and gave a very well-received workshop called “Learning Facilitators: A New Model for Supporting Student Learning and Success.”

In March, Stephen gave a presentation with Tim Weston on the new SALG prototype to the National Science Foundation-sponsored Biology REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) Board in Washington DC.

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Juliana Chang’s article “I Dreamed I Was Wanted: Flower Drum Song and Specters of Modernity” was accepted for publication by the journal Camera Obscura. It will appear in Camera Obscura 87 (vol. 29, no. 3), 2014.

In addition, she presented “John Yau’s Poetic Parody: Mimicking Mimicry”at the Modern Language Association conference in January 2014, and “Cross-racial Humor and Mimicry in Rush Hour” at the Association for Asian American Studies conference in April 2014.

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Diane Dreher gave a retreat on vocation based on her book, Your Personal Renaissance, at Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park on April 12. Her English 189 class, “Your Personal Renaissance,” was featured in a recent report in Liberal Education: “Renewing Liberal Education as Vocational Discernment” (Winter 2014, Vol. 100, No. 1). Read more »

Diane’s article, “Leading with Compassion: A Moral Compass for our Time,” was accepted as the lead chapter in The Psychology of Compassion andCruelty: Understanding the Emotional, Spiritual, and Religious Influences, to be published by ACB-Clio in 2015. In February, she and Kitty Murphy of the Religious Studies Department hosted the statewide conference of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) on campus. Diane was just re-elected president of Santa Clara’s AAUP Chapter.

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Kirk Glaser's story, "Anonymity of Faces," has been chosen a finalist for the Gertrude Stein Award in Fiction at Johns Hopkins University's The Doctor T.J. Eckleburg's Review. 

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Jill Goodman and Gail Gradowski have an article coming out in the summer/fall 2014 issue of The Oral History Review, published by Oxford University Press. The title is "Using Online Video Oral Histories to Engage Students in Authentic Research."

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John Hawley's essay, "Chattering Classes/Twittering Revolutionaries: Social Media, and the Arab Spring," has been published by the online journal, Le Simplegadi: 

His Fulbright assignment will be to Humboldt University in Berlin (in Spring 2015).

He is under contract to write a brief biography of Harvey Milk, and is co-editing a volume on Approaches to Teaching Amitav Ghosh for the MLA.

John is one of two nominees for two MLA executive committees: one on Lesbian and Gay Studies, and one on South Asian Literature.  The election is in September.

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Ron Hansen's commentary on The Gospel of Mark has been published in Laurence Plazenet, ed., Evangelie Selon Marc (Paris:  Editions de Corlevour, 2014).
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Hanna Janiszewska defended her dissertation on April 2014. She received her Ph.D. from the English department at Stanford University. The title of her dissertation is "Romantic Lives of the Mind".
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In spring 2014, Denise Krane was appointed as Director of the HUB Writing Center for a three-year term. She is excited about working with students and faculty across campus and is actively focusing on developing research and publication opportunities for HUB writing partners.

English Alumni and Student Recognition

Julianne Parayo, 2013 B.A. English and Music double major, has won a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to teach English in Poland for 2014-15. 

English alumna Lauren Silk was accepted to all eight graduate schools that she applied to.  She has chosen to attend the University of Colorado--Boulder for her degree in Speech-Language Pathology.

In April, Denise Krane and Jill Goodman Gould accompanied two students who presented at the Northern California Writing Centers Association:

  • Karlyse Bailey, "Creating the Best Learning Experience Online" 
  • Mary Robinson, "Conversation in the Writing Process & ESL Students in the Writing Center"

Both Karlyse and Mary work at the HUB and Mary is a junior majoring in English. She plans to teach high school English in the future.

Simone Billings and Michael Lasley accompanied two students who presented at this year's Sigma Tau Delta International Conference in Savannah GA;

  • Zach Milkis, "Autocritique" (fiction)
  • Jacob Wilbers, "Becoming Human: Character Growth in Rasselas"
Both Zach and Jacob are HUB writing partners.

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Meeting/Event: Date: Time: Location:
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