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Faculty Accomplishments

Terry Beers

California Legacy is a co-sponsor of an upcoming visit by Dr. Kevin Starr. On Monday, October 3, Terry lectured on "Nature, Culture, Technology: George Santayana in Dialogue with California." Kevin Starr is the author of "Americans and the California Dream," and University Professor, University of Southern California. His lecture took place at 4:30 p.m., St. Clare Room, Harrington Learning Commons.

Professor Starr is considered the leading contemporary historian of California; his series of books, beginning with Americans and the California Dream, have profoundly influenced the way that Californians understand themselves. He will be speaking to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the philosopher George Santayana's famous 1911 lecture and piece of Californian and American cultural criticism – "The Genteel Tradition in American Philosophy." In the lecture, given at Berkeley, Santayana said, "The American Will inhabits the skyscraper; the American Intellect inhabits the colonial mansion....The one is all aggressive enterprise; the other is all genteel tradition."

The California Legacy Project has recently completed production of a two-part public radio program, “Nature Dreaming: Rediscovering California’s Landscapes with David Mas Masumoto.” Produced in conjunction with KAZU Public Radio and supported by a grant from the NEA, “Nature Dreaming” features award-winning writer and Central Valley farmer David Mas Masumoto, whose books include Heirlooms, Letters to the Valley, Four Seasons in Five Senses, Harvest Son, Epitaph for a Peach, and Wisdom of the Last Farmer. The programs also draw on dramatic readings of California landscape writing and commentary by prominent humanities scholars.

California Legacy is now on facebook. Take a look and consider adding Cal Legacy to the list of pages you like:
We also tweet @CA_Legacy.

Rebekah Bloyd

CONGRATULATIONS to Rebekah Bloyd, who whose poetry "Mother & Son" and "Her Brother," submitted to Narrative, is one of the ten finalists in its Third Annual Poetry Contest. She too will receive a monetary award.

Stephen Carroll

Stephen Carroll was at WASC’s Academic Resource Conference in April, where he presented a workshop on Learning Boot Camp: Improving Performance by Teaching Students HOW to Learn. In May he presented "Three Easy-to-use Techniques for Increasing Student Engagement & Learning" at the Assessment, Teaching and Learning Conference.

In June he was an invited speaker at the Lilly Teaching Conference in Washington, DC, where he presented, "How much can someone really learn in one hour?" And, as part of a symposium on Science Education and Civic Engagement at the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he gave two workshops. One was called, "Using Course-Specific Student Course Evaluations to Drive Learning-Centered Teaching," and the other was entitled, "Metacognitive Learning: Enhancing Performance by Teaching Students HOW to Learn."

In July, at SENCER’s Summer Institute, he gave three workshops, and organized and chaired a symposium. The symposium was on Assessment and Active Pedagogy. It was part three of a four-part, 8-hour sequence for people new to SENCER. The workshops were on using the SALG (for beginners and advanced users) and using the neurobiology of learning to boost student learning and motivation. At the International Positive Psychology Association’s annual conference, he helped present a poster on "High-Speed Positive Education: Resources for Facilitating Significant Learning Experiences in Classrooms and One-on-One."

At the end of August, at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society, he presented "Pedagogy of Assessment: Assessment of Pedagogy (Taking the Sting Out of Assessment)" at the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Symposium. And in September he presented a two-hour workshop called "Getting Faster, Getting More Provocative: How We Can Use the Latest Discoveries and Developments from Neurosciences" at the Lilly Teaching Conference on Brain-Based Learning and Teaching in Traverse City, MI. He has been working with Amy Shachter and a few other SENCER people on a $2.5M grant proposal to the Keck Foundation to fund a regional network of centers for science education. They have made it through the first two rounds and are now in direct conference with the grant administrators. Stephen also published a paper with the Lilly Conferences on College and University teaching called "Metalearning: Improving Student Performance by Teaching them HOW to Learn."

He has been invited to prepare a chapter for an upcoming book on science education. This will be a follow-up volume to last year’s book, in which he also had a chapter. This time, they are looking at next steps and how to sustain and scale up currently successful efforts. Finally, he has been invited to present faculty development workshops on learning boot camp at St. Mary’s College and at Cal State University Maritime.

Juliana Chang

Juliana Chang will serve as an External Reviewer for program review for the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego.

Alan Clinton

In June, Alan Clinton's novel, Necropsy in E Minor, which was shortlisted for the Dundee International Book Prize, was published by Open Books. In July, he read from his chapbook Unsuccessful Love Poems in North Beach. In August, he gave a lecture/performance to University of Berkeley creative writing students entitled What Surrealism Can Do For You.

Diane Dreher

Diane Dreher's article with Dave Feldman (Can hope be changed in 90 minutes? Testing the efficacy of a single-session goal-pursuit intervention for college students) was accepted this summer, is in press and was just posted electronically on the Journal of Happiness Studies web site.

She has a book chapter, The Gifts of Vocation: Finding Joy and Meaning in our Work in T. G. Plante (Ed.). Religion and Positive Psychology: Understanding the Psychological Fruits of Faith. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press (in press).

Diane also has several popular articles: "My Grandmother’s Piano" (memoir article) LLI Review (in press); "Dr. Judith Orloff on Developing Emotional Freedom" (Interview article) in "Science of Mind Magazine" (in press); and a review of The Miracle Chase in Santa Clara Magazine (in press). Her essay, "Cura Personalis and the Challenge of Work-Life Balance. Discussion of our time-starved culture, the need for work-life balance, and Santa Clara’s recent Work-Life Balance initiative," has been invited by Conversations for the upcoming January 2012.

Diane will also be participating in a panel on Work/Life Balance at Stanford on October 11th, 2011.

Judith Dunbar

Judith Dunbar attended the Cambridge Shakespeare Conference in Cambridge, England, 9-11 September 2011.

Eileen Elrod

In June Eileen won the Sisterhood is Powerful Award, which "recognizes
a faculty or staff member who has made important contributions to the status of women at SCU."

Articles published: "Geography, Gender, and Slavery: The Other Rowson, Rowson's Others." (Invited) In Beyond Charlotte Temple: New Approaches to Susanna Rowson. Desiree Henderson and Jennifer Desiderio, eds. Studies in American Fiction (Special Issue) 38.1&2 (2011): 163-184. Eileen has also been invited to speak in November at Stanford's Future Faculty Seminar course, aimed at helping graduate students and post-doctoral trainees prepare for faculty positions.

Kirk Glaser

Kirk Glaser is the featured poet in the latest issue of De La Mancha, with five poems in the Palo Alto-based journal of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and art. The issue, Realities of Love, Issue 3, May 2011, can be viewed (and purchased) at the MagCloud site:

Ron Hansen

Ron Hansen's essay, Why I Play Golf, appears in the most recent issue of PLOUGHSHARES. On September 13th he lectured on the literary friendship of Robert Bridges and Gerard Manley Hopkins, SJ at Notre Dame's Center for Culture and Ethics, and on September 22nd he gave the Eamon McEneaney Memorial Reading at Cornell University. On September 30th, 2011 he was a guest author at the Ragdale Foundation's "Novel Affair" in Chicago.

John Hawley

John Hawley participated in a three week NEH institute on Eurasia at the Harriman Institute at Columbia University this summer. His article, "Freedom for/from Self-Immolation: The Reluctant Fundamentalist," appeared in Experiences of Freedom in Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures (Routledge, 2011).

Robin Tremblay-McGaw

Robin Tremblay-McGaw has presented a paper, “Erotic Transformations in Robert Gluck‘s Margery Kempe,” at the Modernist Studies Conference in Buffalo, where she also participated in the MSA poetry reading. She is also curating an event and leading a discussion on the work of Bay Area editor and writer Steve Abbott happening November 6th here in San Francisco as part of Small Press Traffic's fall season.

Claudia McIsaac

Claudia McIsaac's essay, "Apple Hour," was a finalist in the food writing issue of the literary magazine Creative Nonfiction.

Tim Myers

Tim Myers has two poems coming out in Bloodroot 2011: "Cottonwood in June;" "My Neighbors Tonight." He just had a story, "Yao Bai and the Egg Pirates," accepted by Cricket Mag–in press. He is appearing at Kidquake, part of Litquake, up in SF on October 12th, 2011 where he's doing a presentation and conducting a haiku workshop for first graders. Move over, Basho!

Aparajita Nanda

Aparajita Nanda's article, entitled "Re-writing the Bhabhian 'Mimic Man': Akin, the Post Human Other in Butler’s Adulthood Rites" has been published in Ariel, vol 41, 3-4 July, 2011. Also, a radio talk show, "Against the Grain" was hosted by KPFA on her book, Black California in July 20, 2011.

Juan Velasco

Juan Velasco presented a paper, "Chulifeas fronteras: cuentos de Justo S.Alarcón," at Arizona State University in April, and another one, “Teaching: Autobiography as the Liminal Space of Self-Creation," at the Expanding the Circle: Creating an Inclusive Environment in Higher Education for LGBTQ Students and Studies conference in San Francisco in March. His poem, "Mujer de nombre ausente/She of the Missing Name" (Translation by Ron Hansen), appeared in Cultura Door, an online Latino literary magazine He and Diane Dreher started a new blog on writing:

Upcoming Events for Fall 2011
Mark your calendar!

October 2011
Friday, October 7 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Alumni Gardens next to St. Joseph’s
Reception for Faculty and Alumni who’re here for the Alumni Grand Reunion

Tuesday, October 11 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
St. Joseph's Hall 309
Michelle Burnham for the first Working Scholars Brown-Bag on “Calculation and Speculation; or, What Does Mathematics Have to Do with the Novel?” Manuscript in Progress available in advance.

Thursday, Oct. 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
St. Clare room, Learning Commons/Technology Center/Library
Poetry reading by Tsering Dhompa.

Thursday, October 20 @ 3:40 pm – 4:40 pm
Donohoe Conference Room
Grading Workshop Follow-up – questions, problems, successes now that you’ve dealt with at least your first assignment in CTW 1

Tuesday, October 25 @ 11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Nobili Dining Hall
Apara's Book Lunch

Thursday, October 27 @ 3:40 pm– 5:15 pm
Wiegand Room
Department Meeting

Thursday, October 27 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Round Table Pizza Parlor next to Safeway: Pizza and Pedagogy or Pizza with the Profs (will be decided by this coming Wednesday)

November 2011
Wednesday, November 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Fess Parker Studio
Poetry reading by Kirk Glaser, Claudia McIsaac, and William Rewak, S.J.

Monday, November 7 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Donohoe Conference Room
Faculty Development Workshop on Assignment Design and Sequencing

Monday, November 14 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Kennedy Commons
Department Meeting

Thursday, November 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Round Table Pizza Parlor next to Safeway: Pizza and Pedagogy (a time to get together to discuss challenges, questions, and successes related to CTW 1 this term)

December 2011
Tuesday, December 6 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Kennedy Commons
Department Meeting

Thursday December 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Donohoe Conference Room
Faculty Development Workshop on Updates on e-portfolios and from the Digital Advocacy and Pedagogy Working Group

Executive Committee Meetings

Thursday October 6th, 2011 3:00 pm Kenna 112I
Monday November 7th, 2011 3:00 pm SJ 309
Wednesday November 30th, 2011 3:00 pm SJ 309
Monday January 9th, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309
Tuesday January 31st, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309
Wednesday February 29th, 2012 3:00 pm A&S 246
Tuesday April 3rd, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309
Tuesday May 8th, 2012 3:00 pm SJ 309

Office Staff and Student News

Our graduate, Audrey Kim, now has an internship with the United Nations in Vienna.

CONGRATULATIONS to Canterbury Scholar Senior Ainsley Kelly for not just publication of her poem “Firestorm” in the Sigma Tau Delta creative writing journal but receipt of the first place prize in the category of poetry, for which she will receive a monetary award. She just learned this information at the end of August.

Student Kaelin Holland's creative non-fiction piece, "The Isolated Islands," has been selected to appear in Rectangle: The Sigma Tau Delta Journal of Creative Writing.


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