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.
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
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
Juno Morrow’s new memoir, Marginalia, is slated for release on June 23rd 2020 from CLASH Books. Marginalia was completed as part of the Faculty Fellowship Publication Program.
Constructed of words, artwork, photos and personal artifacts, Marginalia is an intimate and unconventional account of what it means to be a hybrid. It seamlessly interweaves experience with elements of sociology and psychology, exploring how one cultivates an identity containing multitudes — queer, trans, mixed-race, other.
Juno Morrow is a multidisciplinary artist, independent game designer, photographer and educator living in Brooklyn, New York. She is an Assistant Professor of Game Design and Unit Coordinator at the City University of New York’s Eugenio María de Hostos Community College. At Hostos, she has been developing the game design program, the first public degree program of its kind in New York City, since 2015. Prior to that, Morrow earned an MFA in Design and Technology from Parsons School of Design. As an internationally exhibiting artist and designer, Morrow has presented games and spoken at sites such as SXSW, GDC, MAGFest and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. With over 10 years of experience as an award-winning photographer, she’s had work featured in The Guardian, Dwell magazine and released 3 monographs of urban photography.
Her unusual games, often infused with dark humor, feature distinctive aesthetics and novel premises. Examples include Oral Perspectives, a VR game taking place inside the player’s mouth, and Mastering Tedium, an existentialist laundry simulator played inside a text terminal. Recent work includes Pruuds vs. Sloots, a “dumb versus game,” Blood Broker, a consent-based human sacrifice management simulator, and Marginalia, a memoir examining intersections of mixed-race and transgender identities.
The Office of Award Pre-Proposal Support (APPS) at the Research Foundation CUNY has been working hard to keep us connected to opportunities for funding in the Arts and Humanities as well as STEM fields. The resources below will help you begin planning to apply for future grants and fellowships. Please take a look!
A two-page Guide to Local Arts and Humanities Funders (look here for support beyond the usual suspects!)
APPS has filmed several of its workshops for future faculty development needs. We encourage the FFPP cohort to check out some of these prior talks to familiarize themselves with research development themes of interest. See the RF YouTube channel here.
COVID-19 funding advisories for both STEM/health faculty and arts and culture faculty. The STEM/health document is focused on urgent research projects, while the arts and culture document is focused on relief grants for those with loss of gig income and medical bills.
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:
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:
More general information about health services at CUNY are here:
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:
Many campus webpages also point CUNY community members to health and wellness resources outside the CUNY system, including NYC Well Counseling Services:
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
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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
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
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!
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|
|Minna Logemann||Baruch||Communication Studies|
|Chun-Yi Peng||BMCC||Modern Languages|
|Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn||Christine Farias||BMCC||Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice|
|Raquel Otheguy||Bronx CC||History|
|Marisa Solomon||Baruch||Sociology & Anthropology|
|Marta-Laura Suska||John Jay||Anthropology|
|Nivedita Majumdar, John Jay||Andy Connolly||Hostos||English|
|Yasha Klots||Hunter||Classical & Oriental Studies|
|Laurie Lomask||BMCC||Modern Languages|
|Schneur Newfield||BMCC||Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice|
|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|
|Marcela Oss Parra||Queens||Elementary & Early Childhood Education|
|Ted Ingram, Bronx CC||Asrat Amnie||Hostos||Health Education|
|Stacey Cooper||Hostos||Behavioral & Social Sciences|
|Jacob Eubank||Lehman||Health Sciences|
|Anuradha Srivastava||QBCC||Biological Sciences & Geology|
|Ava Chin, CSI||Jonah Brucker-Cohen||Lehman||Journalism & Media Studies|
|Madeleine Hunt-Ehrlich||Queens||Media Studies|
|George Larkins||NYCCTech||Communication Design|
|Brenda Vollman||BMCC||Social Sciences, Human Services & Criminal Justice|
|Katherine Chen, City College||Marcello Di Bello||Lehman||Philosophy|
|Naja Berg Hougaard||QBCC||Social Sciences|
|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|
|Anna Manukyan||Hostos||Natural Science|
|Lina Newton, Hunter||Marcus Johnson||Baruch||Political Science|
|Ke Li||John Jay||Political Science|
|Min Liu||Bronx CC||Social Sciences|
|Liza Steele||John Jay||Sociology|