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

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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J. Bret Maney translates Manhattan Tropics in new bilingual edition

Congratulations to FFPP Alum Bret Maney (Lehman College) for the release of his translation of Guillermo Cotto-Thorner’s Manhattan Tropics. Maney also edited this bilingual edition, published as Manhattan Tropics/Trópico en Manhattan. The first novel of the Puerto Rican mass migration to New York City, and one of the early novels of Puerto Rican New York, Manhattan Tropics appears as part of the “Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Series” from Arte Público Press at the University of Houston.

Originally published in 1951 as Trópico en Manhattan, it was the first novel to focus on the postwar influx of Puerto Ricans to New York. Cotto-Thorner’s use of code-switching, or “Spanglish,” reflects the characters’ bicultural reality and makes the novel a forerunner of Nuyorican writing and contemporary Latino literature. This new bilingual edition contains a first-ever English translation by J. Bret Maney that artfully captures the style and spirit of the original Spanish. The novel’s exploration of class, race and gender—while demonstrating the community’s resilience and cultural pride—ensures its relevance today.

 

 

Matt Brim coedits Imagining Queer Methods

Imagining Queer Methods showcases the methodological renaissance unfolding in queer scholarship. The volume brings together emerging and esteemed researchers from all corners of the academy who are defining new directions for the field by asking “How do we do queer theory?”

From critical race studies, history, journalism, lesbian feminist studies, literature, media studies, and performance studies to anthropology, education, psychology, sociology, and urban planning, this impressive interdisciplinary collection covers topics such as humanistic approaches to reading, theorizing, and interpreting, as well as scientific appeals to measurement, modeling, sampling, and statistics.

Matt Brim is Associate Professor of Queer Studies in the English department at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. His books include James Baldwin and the Queer Imagination (U. of Michigan Press, 2014) and the forthcoming Poor Queer Studies: Confronting Elitism in the University (Duke U. Press, 2020), which reorients the field of queer studies away from elite institutions of higher education and toward working class schools, students, theories, and pedagogies. With Dr. Shelly Eversley, he is Academic Director of the Faculty Fellowship Publication Program.

Lara Saguisag wins Popular Culture Association’s Ray and Pat Browne Award AND is nominated for Eisner Award for Best Scholarly Work

Lara Saguisag (College of Staten Island), a 2014-15 FFPP Fellow, has won the Popular Culture Association’s Ray and Pat Browne Award for Best Single Work by One or More Author for Incorrigibles and Innocents: Constructing Childhood and Citizenship in Progressive Era Comics (Rutgers UP 2018). Lara has also been nominated for the Eisner award for Best Scholarly Work for Incorrigibles and Innocents.

Incorrigibles and Innocents

 

Incorrigibles and Innocents examines the ways childhood was depicted and theorized in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century comic strips. Drawing from and building on histories and theories of childhood, comics, and Progressive Era conceptualizations of citizenship and nationhood, Saguisag demonstrates that child characters in comic strips expressed and complicated contemporary notions of who had a right to claim membership in a modernizing, expanding nation.

Congratulations to Lara!

Grant Writing @ CUNY

At FFPP’s April 12th Professional Development Day, John Tsapogas from the Research Foundation led a workshop on STEM grant writing at CUNY. While we asked John to gear his presentation toward investigators in STEM fields, he offered valuable advice for all CUNY faculty, including in the humanities and social sciences. We encourage all Fellows to make use of the list of TIPS FOR WRITING COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS below. For the full grant writing presentation, see Grant Writing @ CUNY.  All Fellows engaged in quantitative research should familiarize themselves with the CUNY Graduate Center Quantitative Research Consulting Center.

 

TIPS FOR WRITING COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS

–Sponsors want to know the size and scope of intellectual payoff

–Proposal should use plain, simple English-avoid technical language as much as possible

–This is not a journal article presenting research results it is a proposal to conduct research

–Identify what you will study (research questions, theories, hypotheses, methods), your research plan, your team, and your budget, your project evaluation

–Do not include more information than requested in the announcement

–Use tables, figures, and flow charts to save words if you need more space

–Adhere to all formatting rules (page limitations, font sizes, style of biosketches of key personnel, bibliography) and make it visually appealing and easy on reviewers

–Include sufficient budget justification, current and pending support, institutional facilities and equipment to be used in the research, a data management plan, and postdoctoral mentoring plan, IRB, and letters of commitment if needed

–Get your proposals peer reviewed by RF APPS prior to submission. If heavily data oriented use the CUNY Graduate Center Quantitative Research Consulting Center

Moustafa Bayoumi coedits The Selected Works of Edward Said

The renowned literary and cultural critic Edward Said was one of our era’s most provocative and important thinkers. This comprehensive collection of his work, expanded from the earlier Edward Said Reader, now draws from across his entire four-decade career, including his posthumously published books, making it a definitive one-volume source.
The Selected Works includes key sections from all of Said’s books, including his groundbreaking Orientalism; his memoir, Out of Place; and his last book, On Late Style. Whether writing of Zionism or Palestinian self-determination, Jane Austen or Yeats, or of music or the media, Said’s uncompromising intelligence casts urgent light on every subject he undertakes. The Selected Works is a joy for the general reader and an indispensable resource for scholars in the many fields that his work has influenced and transformed.

Moustafa Bayoumi is a professor of English at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. He is the author of the critically acclaimed How Does It Feel To Be a Problem?: Being Young and Arab in America (Penguin), which won an American Book Award and the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction. His book, This Muslim American Life: Dispatches from the War on Terror (NYU Press), was chosen as a Best Book of 2015 by The Progressive magazine and was also awarded the Arab American Book Award for Non-Fiction.

Bridgett Davis Publishes New Memoir

A daughter’s moving homage to an extraordinary parent, The World According to Fannie Davis is also the suspenseful, unforgettable story about the lengths to which a mother will go to “make a way out of no way” to provide a prosperous life for her family — and how those sacrifices resonate over time.

Bridgett M. Davis is Professor of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College, CUNY, where she teaches creative, film and narrative writing. Davis is the director of the award-winning feature film Naked Acts, as well as the author of two novels, Into the Go-Slow and Shifting Through Neutral.