TLH Event November 20 @1PM

TLH Event November 20 @1PM

 

I am thrilled to invite you to our upcoming event, “Open TLH: Sharing Tips for Getting to the Finish Line,” a one-hour interactive workshop on Friday, November 20th at 1:00 PM. In this peer-to-peer workshop sponsored by the Transformative Learning in the Humanities initiative (a project supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation), participants will share strategies for the best ways to successfully close what we know has been a grueling semester for all. Bring your best ideas, challenges, successes (and fails). This event is about learning from one another. We’ll be breaking into groups to share our best tools and tips for success with one another—and beyond!

RSVP here.

You can join the conversation in the TLH Group on the CUNY Academic Commons.

 

Take care, Shelly

Poor Queer Studies (Belated) Book Launch with Matt Brim!  Friday @6PM!

Poor Queer Studies (Belated) Book Launch with Matt Brim! Friday @6PM!

Hello Friends!

Please join me in celebrating our Matt Brim and his book, Poor Queer Studies:  Confronting Elitism in the University (Duke UP) this Friday, October 23 @6PM online at Bureau of General Services Queer Division (BGSD).  You can register for free here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poor-queer-studies-matt-brim-in-conversation-tickets-124145792407

In Poor Queer Studies Matt Brim shifts queer studies away from its familiar sites of elite education toward poor and working-class people, places, and pedagogies. Brim shows how queer studies also takes place beyond the halls of flagship institutions: in night school; after a three-hour commute; in overflowing classrooms at no-name colleges; with no research budget; without access to decent food; with kids in tow; in a state of homelessness. Drawing on the everyday experiences of teaching and learning queer studies at the College of Staten Island, Brim outlines the ways the field has been driven by the material and intellectual resources of those institutions that neglect and rarely serve poor and minority students. By exploring poor and working-class queer ideas and laying bare the structural and disciplinary mechanisms of inequality that suppress them, Brim jumpstarts a queer-class knowledge project committed to anti-elitist and anti-racist education. Poor Queer Studies is essential for all of those who care about the state of higher education and building a more equitable academy.

Matt will be in conversation with Melissa Maldonado-Salcedo (Department of Anthropology, NYU), Justin T. Brown (Executive Director of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies, CUNY Graduate Center), and Greg Newton (co-founder of the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division).

I plan to celebrate and listen with a glass of wine.

Congratulations, Matt!

Take care, y’all.

xo, Shelly

Professional Opportunities!

Professional Opportunities!

Hello Colleagues,

We hope you are holding up OK.  This is a quick post with two CUNY professional opportunities coming up next week:

#1:  The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy is looking to expand its Editorial Collective.  If you’re looking for an opportunity to engage teaching+technology by collaborating on a scholarly journal, this is a great opportunity!  Application deadline is Monday, October 19.  Here’s the link again:  https://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/join-the-collective/

#2  Please consider attending the information session for a new three-year initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “Transformative Learning in the Humanities.”  The Transformative Learning in the Humanities (TLH) initiative supports public talks, symposia, and workshops across CUNY as well as a series of intensive peer-to-peer faculty seminars. CUNY faculty at all ranks (including adjuncts) in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences are eligible to apply for these seminars.

Registration:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/transformative-learning-in-the-humanities-an-information-session-tickets-124695803505 [eventbrite.com]

You can join the TLH Group at CUNY Commons:

https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/groups/transformative-learning-in-the-humanities/

Take care,

Shelly, Matt, and Kelly

Big Congratulations to FFPP Mentor, Bridgett M. Davis!

FFPP Mentor Bridgett M. Davis has a lot to celebrate!  Her memoir, The World According to Fannie Davis:  My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers will not only be the first year text for Fall 2020, but it will be adapted for a feature film — to be released by Searchlight Pictures, the Disney-owned arthouse studio, and produced by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B Entertainment. For details, see The Hollywood Reporter. For more details, see Detroit Metro Times.

Congratulations, Bridgett!  We can’t wait to celebrate with you in person!
“This memoir about my family is, I believe, a timely illustration of the racial discrimination that has continued to impact African- American lives for hundreds of years,” said Prof. Davis. “Playing the numbers constituted an informal, underground economy in the Black community that helped my family and many, many others realize a middle-class life,” explained Prof. Davis. “Millions of African-Americans migrated from the racist south, like my family from Tennessee, to create what they called “a way out of no way”. However, when they arrived in urban cities, they were confronted with an equally virulent Northern racism, which restricted their access to good jobs, or even steady employment.”
Prof. Davis will be writing the feature film script with an assist from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage. The author of novels as well as this memoir said she’s excited to convert her story to film because it will “reach a wide audience, illuminating the ingenuity of black folks like my mother, who always believed she too was entitled to the American Dream.”
Planning for Tenure and Promotion

Planning for Tenure and Promotion

In this moment of anxiety and uncertainty, it’s natural to feel even more stress about the already stressful tenure and promotion process.  Since we can’t meet in person, we’ve organized this post to include some advice and tools that we would have shared with your in person at our Professional Development Workshop.  You’ll see these tips and tools hyperlinked throughout this post.

First, it is important that you start planning for your tenure and promotion.  We created deck of slides you can use to plan your success year by year.  For instance, your third and fourth year are important moments to show benchmarks in publishing.  Have you published peer-reviewed articles or significant creative work?  Have you identified a list of ideal publishers for your book? Let’s be clear: there will always be bumps in the road; Matt Brim shared his Response to Fourth Year Review that didn’t go as well as he’d hoped.  The moment helped him get clear about what he needed to do to succeed, and he did just that  (Matt just got promoted to full professor and his third book was recently published by Duke UP).  Remember, this is a marathon.  Do not let a setback derail you.

Your sixth year is another important milestone year.  By the end of it, you should have the bulk of your dossier ready to go out for national review.  Its a scary process, so don’t hesitate to ask for advice.  Your department chair and or colleagues who have recently been through the process can share all kinds of insights.

In our experiences, we learned the most from colleagues who were willing to share their candidate statements.  FFPP Mentor Katherine Chen shared an Annotated Tenure Statement that shows the logic she used to draft hers.  Statements like these provide a narrative of your career–they tell who you are, what you value as a scholar and as a teacher, and they provide the language that sets the tone for a review committee’s discussion of you and your accomplishments.  In your narratives, please be sure to describe not just the labor of your work (e.g., archival research, interviews, translations, or grant funding), but also the impact (e.g., citations on Google Scholar, downloads on Academic Works, reviews, or invited lectures).  Think of your work not just in the present–what about your past work?  What about future projects?  Where are they in the pipeline of what will be a long and active career post-tenure and promotion?

Regardless of where you are in your career, its always a good idea to be mindful of the stories you tell about your professional self.  Are you always complaining?  Do you share your good news?  The stories you tell accumulate in your institution’s memory.  Bethany Albertson’s Operation Keep My Job offers excellent insight on this point. “4 Steps to a Strong Tenure File” and Publishing as Strategy by Karen Kelsky also offer insight into how you can organize for the long view of a successful academic career.

Finally, always remember the hard part is behind you.  You got the job–a tenure track job in a highly competitive market!  Now is the time to get over that imposter syndrome and trust yourself.  When you feel unsure, ask for help.  Your College’s Provost’s Office, or its Office of Academic Affairs, has a schedule for tenure and promotion that you should access well before you need it.  It will help you organize. And besides your department chair and your colleagues on your home campus, you have your FFPP Mentor and Fellows–our working groups are always confidential.  The PSC CUNY Union will help you understand your rights, and if necessary, it will assist you if you need to file a grievance.

Please dig into our Commons site for even more resources.  For instance, we posted on CUNY’s new Guidance Memo that allows tenure track faculty the option to delay tenure and promotion review.  You’ll also find a trove of publishing resources.  Please let us know if you need something and you can’t find it here in our Commons Community.

Wishing you health, safety, and peace in this chaos. May you have tremendous success in your career.

xo, Shelly, Matt, and all the FFPP Mentors

Chat with Book Publishers–June 11!

Chat with Book Publishers–June 11!

CUNY’s Office of Research is hosting a  Zoom webinar on book publishing and you are invited!

This event will announce this year’s Book Completion Award Winners and the launch of a new web-based resource for scholarly publishing, and it will feature a panel discussion with university press editors for prospective authors.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 3:00pm – 4:30pm

You can register here: http://ybephbsyus.formstack.com/forms/bcaevent

Agenda:

Welcoming Remarks

Effie MacLachlan, Interim Assistant University Dean for Research, CUNY

Announcement of 2020 Book Completion Award Winners

June 11Tamera Schneider, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, CUNY

Panel Discussion: ASK UP – the University Press website for prospective authors

Fredric Nachbaur, Director, Fordham University Press
Gisela Fosado, Editorial Director, Duke University Press
Ilene Kalish, Executive Editor, Social Sciences, New York University Press Trevor Perri, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Northwestern University Press

Revise and Resubmit.  Ugh.  Wait, Yay!

Revise and Resubmit. Ugh. Wait, Yay!

Hello Everyone.

We thought you’d appreciate some advice about the revise and resubmit (r&r) processes that define our publishing careers.  In this brief post, we’re sharing two bits of excellent advice on how you can successfully survive the double-sided challenges that go along with the dreaded/welcome r&r.

First, please read Cathy Davidson’s “How to Cope with the Dreaded–I mean, AMAZING–“Revise and Resubmit”” from HASTAC.  Some of you may know that Cathy was scheduled as our Professional Development Day keynote speaker.  Her advice is always on point, and we both think of her as a Mentor.

We also attached an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, How Your Journal Editor Works by Devoney Looser.

We know it helps to remember you’re not alone.

Take care,

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

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