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Helpful Resources

Dear Fellows,

At times like this it helps to have good information at hand, so we want to share several CUNY-wide resources. The “CUNY Continuity” page is a place to start:

https://www.cuny.edu/cuny-continuity/cuny-continuity-for-students/

From here you can access University-wide resources as well as each CUNY college’s “coronavirus page” for information specific to the individual campuses.

Because this week is likely an especially difficult one for the CUNY community and for New York City, we also want to mention that CUNY has resources focused on health and wellness, including counseling and mental health services, as well as child care and food security on our campuses. Links to campus counseling centers can be found here:

https://www.cuny.edu/current-students/student-affairs/student-services/counseling/campus-centers/

More general information about health services at CUNY are here:

https://www.cuny.edu/current-students/student-affairs/student-services/health-services/

At some CUNY colleges, individual departments have compiled resource lists. An example of a departmental resource list is the following from Black and Latino Studies at Baruch College:

https://blogs.baruch.cuny.edu/blackandlatinostudies/?page_id=9

Many campus webpages also point CUNY community members to health and wellness resources outside the CUNY system, including NYC Well Counseling Services:

https://nycwell.cityofnewyork.us/en/

As ever, and on behalf of our Mentors, we want you to know how thankful we are to have you as colleagues and how deeply we value your participation in the Faculty Fellowship Publication Program.

All our best,

Shelly and Matt

 

Debra Schultz Wins ACLS/Mellon Prize

Former FFPP Fellow and Kingsborough Community College (KCC) faculty just earned an ACLS/Mellon Community College Faculty Fellowship Prize for her project, In the Footsteps of Emmet Till:  And Intellectual and Experiential Engagement with Civil Right Movement Legacies.  Her award will support a participatory research trip with six KCC to civil rights sites in Mississippi.

Debra began her work on this amazing project during her time in FFPP, and we are thrilled to celebrate this recognition of her scholarship as an inspiration for students to learn and to engage racial justice.

 

Congratulations, Debra!

Tenure and Promotion Advice

Hello Fellows!

How are you doing?  As we make our way through all of the challenges facing us in this moment, it remains so important that we all practice Self Care.  We are doing all that we can to stay healthy and sane in this time of isolation.  Have you tried a free dance class with the legendary Debbie Allen?  Or the free 90 day trial from Peleton?  Their an app offers short stretching exercises, yoga and cardio classes, guided meditation and more.

Of course also, we are doing what we can to remain productive.  Some of you may be wondering and worrying about tenure.  And since we won’t be meeting in person on April 3 to talk about your questions and your plans, we’ve curated some good advice for you from “The Professor is In” column at The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Please follow these links for PDFs of “10 Things No One Ever Told Me About Applying for Tenure,” “Publishing as Strategy,” and “4 Steps to a Strong Tenure File.”

And, in case you haven’t heard, given the current circumstances, The University is offering the option to delay tenure for one year.  This option is outlined in the Guidance Memo (March 24, 2020) from CUNY’s Vice Chancellor of Labor Relations.  It states that it is “going to permit faculty whose candidacies for tenure are coming up in the fall 2020 semester to receive a one-year extension, if they so desire.  Such faculty must request a tenure clock extension by emailing their request to their college Provost by May 1, 2020.”

“Going forward,” the Guidance Memo states that “faculty on the tenure track who subsequently want to request a tenure clock extension based on the circumstances of Spring 2020 must apply by February 1 in the year immediately preceding their tenure review…their request will be subject to a fact-specific review, in accordance with past University practice.”

This announcement might be a much needed reprieve for some.

Whatever the case, we look forward to seeing you all at our revised Professional Development Day on Friday, August 28.  Please mark your calendars!

 

Take care, Shelly and Matt

Research Foundation Guidance + Work-Life Balance for Faculty of Color

Hello Fellows,

We are truly heartened to hear that you have been relying on the structure provided by your writing groups and your Mentors to stay focused and find professional support in the face of adversity. The underlying strengths of the FFPP are becoming more vivid than ever: the capacity to connect, draw on professional resources, build layered support systems, and persevere together.

We have several timely informational items to share with you.

  1. The CUNY Research Foundation has just released the following for PIs and grant workers:  https://www.rfcuny.org/RFWebsite/about/announcements/coronavirus-guidance/ and specifically  https://www.rfcuny.org/RFWebsite/learning-resources/covid-19-guidance/faqs-for-rf-field-staff-and-principal-investigators/   This guidance will be updated periodically, so please check back at the RF site.
  2. The current moment only highlights something the FFPP has long focused on: the question of how faculty of color can achieve a good work-life balance in academe. Dwayne A. Mack, professor of history and Carter G. Woodson Chair of African American History at Berea College, offers his perspective here.

Finally, our STEM Mentor, William Carr, recently gave a talk about coronavirus (COVID-19). Thank you to William for sharing your expertise with us!

We look forward to communicating with you regularly–even as we want to respect the fact that we’ve all been a bit overwhelmed with email lately! The FFPP Commons will be, we hope, a valued site of connection, resource-sharing, and collegiality as we move ahead.

Very best wishes to all,

Matt and Shelly

Professional Development Day Postponed

Hello Everyone,

By now you may have already read our post about the importance of self-care in a time like this.  It is more important than ever.

We’d also like to remind you that we’ll be sharing some selections from our Professional Tool Kit—items like tips from publishers and editors, advice from grant makers, and slides about tenure and promotion.  You’ll find them here, in our digital community so please continue reading our posts as they land in your inbox.

We know the personal connections Fellows make during our Professional Development day are really important, so we’ll schedule an event early next fall.

Stay tuned and stay well!

Shelly and Matt

Now More Than Ever: Self Care

How are you doing?  We have been thinking a lot about you, hoping that you are finding a way to take care of your mind and your body as we all adjust to this new (temporary) reality of “social distance” and teaching online.

With this goal in mind, we’ve collected some tips and resources for you to help insure your self care.

  • UNPLUG OCCASSIONALLY.  Take a break from the news every now and then so you can recharge and (try to) relax.
  • FIND SUPPORT.  Please don’t forget you are part of an academic community.  Check in with your Mentors and fellow Fellows.  Message us, if you need to (shelly.eversley@baruch.cuny.edu or matt.brim@csi.cuny.edu), or try meditation.  The Breathing App is a free option.   And Tricycle, a Buddhist magazine is offering free meditation practice sessions online (using Zoom).
  • STAY SOCIAL.  Keep in touch with your friends and family.  Group chat, set up a virtual happy hour, or even a virtual writing session.
  • MOVE YOUR BODY.  Now is a good time to develop an at-home work out routine.  There are plenty of free, on-demand options on Youtube and on Spotify.  Try Yoga with Adriene, FitnessBlender, or Tiny Workouts.

Most of all, please be sure to honor your feelings and remember we’re in this together.  We’ll get through it together.

In the coming days and weeks we’ll post some gems from the Professional Tool Kit we were going to share at our Professional Development Day.  We’ll also schedule an in-person, abbreviated workshop in the fall so we can gather and celebrate our community of scholars.

Stay tuned and stay positive.

XO, Shelly and Matt

Congratulations, Matt Brim! #PoorQueerStudies wins #MLA Prize

Matt Brim at MLA, holding an advance copy of his new book!

FFPP’s co-director Matt Brim won the MLA’s Crompton-Noll Award for Best Essay in LGBTQ Studies!  The article became the introduction to his new book, Poor Queer Studies:  Confronting Elitism in the University (Duke UP).

You can read it here.

Congratulations, Matt!  Your scholarship, your leadership, and your commitment to quality education for everyone makes us so proud!

Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Plan Your Work, Work Your Plan

Today is a great day to work on your writing project.  So many of us have big plans for the coming year, and its important to look for the tools and strategies that can help us stay on track.  We hope that FFPP’s academic community will be a resource for you as you build your career and set your writing goals.  Carrie Hintz former Mentor and Friend of FFPP offered some great advice “On Distraction and Tomatoes” about how to get a little bit of work done every day–even when teaching, committee work, and life make their demands on your time. You can also read it in last year’s “New Year, New Goals” post to our community of scholars.

FFPP Mentor Mark McBeth’s new book, Queer Literacies:  Discourses and Discontents was just published by Rowman & Littlefiled.   Congratulations to Mark!  He has some excellent advice about how he planned his work and worked his plan: book cover

  • Set a “Backwards Calendar” that sets a manuscript completion date as well as benchmark achievement of tasks that contribute to the final goal.  Some folks call it a “Reverse Calendar,” which you can read about here.
  • Don’t beat yourself up when you miss a deadline.  Instead, reset it.
  • Keep a journal that notes your accomplishments.  These notes can reassure you that you are indeed getting work done–and sometimes you need to pat yourself on the back.

Our Professional Development Day will take place on April 3.  We’ll have seminars and workshops on publishing books and articles, finding and writing grant and fellowships, on organizing your tenure and promotion files, on self-care and so much more.

Your Working Groups will meet from 10AM-1PM on these days–you can use your presentation dates as benchmark achievements toward your final goal:

February 7; February 21; March 6; March 20; April 24; May 8

 

FFPP Welcomes Spring 2020 Fellows!

The FFPP Academic Directors and Mentors offer our warmest congratulations to the spring 2020 Fellows! This year FFPP expands to 10 writing groups across the most diverse range of disciplines and specialties in our history, including STEM fields and Rhetoric & Composition. We look forward to another productive year of writing, peer review, and professional development at CUNY!

Faculty Mentor Faculty Name Campus Department
Kelly Baker Josephs, York Stuart Davis Baruch Communication Studies
Sean Gerrity Hostos English
Donna Hill Medgar English
Minna Logemann Baruch Communication Studies
Cristina Migliaccio Medgar English
Chun-Yi Peng BMCC Modern Languages
Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn Christine Farias BMCC Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice
Victoria Muñoz Hostos English
Raquel Otheguy Bronx CC History
Erica Richardson Baruch English
Marisa Solomon Baruch Sociology & Anthropology
Marta-Laura Suska John Jay Anthropology
Nivedita Majumdar, John Jay Andy Connolly Hostos English
Adrian Izquierdo Baruch English
Yasha Klots Hunter Classical & Oriental Studies
Laurie Lomask BMCC Modern Languages
Schneur Newfield BMCC Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice
Rafael Walker Baruch English
Anahí Viladrich, Queens  Tanzina Ahmed KBCC Behavioral Sciences & Human Services
Dwayne Baker Queens Urban Studies
Brenda Hernandez Acevedo Lehman Nursing
Fabienne Snowden Medgar Social Work
Jessica Van Parys Hunter Economics
Myriam Villalobos Solís Baruch Psychology
Mark McBeth, John Jay Sara Alvarez Queens English
Carrie Hall NYCCTech English
Yana Kuchirko Brooklyn Psychology
Marcela Oss Parra Queens Elementary & Early Childhood Education
Meghmala Tarafdar QBCC English
Missy Watson CCNY English
Ted Ingram, Bronx CC Asrat Amnie Hostos Health Education
Stacey Cooper Hostos Behavioral & Social Sciences
Jacob Eubank Lehman Health Sciences
Nicole Kras Guttman n/a
Anya Spector Guttman n/a
Anuradha Srivastava QBCC Biological Sciences & Geology
Ava Chin, CSI Jonah Brucker-Cohen Lehman Journalism & Media Studies
Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich Queens Media Studies
Donika Kelly Baruch English
George Larkins NYCCTech Communication Design
Brenda Vollman BMCC Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice
Natasha Yannacañedo Hostos Humanities
Katherine Chen, City College Marcello Di Bello Lehman Philosophy
Charles Gomez Queens Sociology
Naja Berg Hougaard QBCC Social Sciences
Andrew Lambert CSI Philosophy
Elizabeth Minei Baruch Communication Studies
Maite Sánchez Hunter Curriculum & Teaching
William Carr, Medgar Evers Tatiana Emmanouil Baruch Psychology
Karen Flórez SPH Environmental, Occupational & Geospatial Sciences
Mabel Korie Medgar Nursing
Sandra Maldonado Lehman Nursing
Anna Manukyan Hostos Natural Science
Mara Schvarzstein Brooklyn Biology
Lina Newton, Hunter Marcus Johnson Baruch Political Science
Jennifer Laird Lehman Sociology
Ke Li John Jay Political Science
Min Liu Bronx CC Social Sciences
James Rodriguez Guttman n/a
Liza Steele John Jay Sociology

FFPP Mentor Spotlight: Anahi Viladrich featured in LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment exhibition

Kudos to FFPP Mentor Anahi Viladrich, who will be featured at an upcoming exhibition sponsored by LaGuardia Airport Redevelopment, in collaboration with the Queens Historical Society. Ani has very graciously used this occasion to highlight the good work of FFPP, as the following “In Her Own Words” paragraph beautiful demonstrates. Thank you so much for allowing FFPP to share in your well-deserved celebration, Ani!

The exhibit will be placed in the Marine Air Terminal rotunda (Terminal A), La Guardia Airport. Please note below the INVITATION to a reception hosted at the airport this coming Wednesday, October 23rd, at 2 pm.

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