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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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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.

Looking for a master list of education journals?

Hi FFPP Peeps,

Some of  your institutions might subscribe to a service called Cabell’s that lists acceptance rates, time to publication, and other useful kinds of information. For those in the field of education who do not have access to this, I found this pretty comprehensive chart. It could be useful as a reminder of all the journals out there and for those who would like to cite acceptance rates for your tenure packets and CVs.

JOURNAL RATES

Debbie Sonu

Hunter College