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The WVC English Department

Department News

Calla Lilies at the Campus Center

More Big Changes at the End of Spring Semester 2013! 

Classrooms in the Language Arts building will reopen beginning fall semester 2013. The year-long complete renovation project has transformed this space into green light-filled smart classrooms for students to thrive. We are looking forward to teaching in these fresh classrooms.

The English Department faculty elected a new Chair: Leslie Saito-Liu. She will serve a two-year term beginning 1 June 2013. Leslie has been at WVC for over 15 years. During that time she has served in Academic Senate, ACE, the WVC Distance Learning Committee, as Writing Center Co-Facilitator and as English Department Chair. 

Two new members of the English Department completed their first year as full-time faculty: Bill Davis and Nicole Cuttler. Bill has a PhD in American Literature and Culture from Claremont Graduate University; Nicole has an MA in English Composition and Teaching of Post-Secondary Reading from San Francisco State University. The English Department is currently in its final stages of hiring an additional full-time member who will begin teaching during fall 2013 semester.

Leigh Burrill, our Language Arts Division Chair, has been elected to serve a two-year term in WVC's new Academic Directions Committee. The ADC is a standing subcommittee of the Academic Senate.

Nicole Cuttler and Tina Golaw's applications to participate in California Community Colleges' Success Network (3csn)'s California Acceleration Project (CAP), an initiative that supports and mentors faculty teaching accelerated courses, have been accepted. Nicole and Tina will participate in CAP's Community of Practice in Acceleration extended faculty development program, a series of three in-person workshops and on-going coaching from more experienced faculty.  

Susan Glass (formerly Schulter) will be retiring at the end of this spring semester. During her almost twenty-year tenure as a member of the English Department faculty, Susan served the department, college and community in exemplary ways. In addition to teaching Creative Writing, Fiction and all of the department's composition courses, she also taught literature and all of the Women and Gender Studies courses. She published her poetry, essays, and novel excerpts in the Feminist Press' With Wings: An Anthology about and by Disabled Women and The Blind CalifornianShe served as English Department Co-Chair, member of multiple department and college committees, and leader in the National Association of Blind Teachers, Friends in Art Community, and Girl Scouts. We bid a fond farewell and warm wishes to Susan as she pursues a new and exciting stage of her life!

Tina GolawLeslie Saito-Liu and associate faculty member Jill Buettner Ouellette, along with about fifteen other WVC faculty members, attended the On Course National Conference, a professional development event described as "a festival for learner-centered educators," in Costa Mesa, CA.

Dulce Maria Gray attended the Association of American Colleges and Universities' "General Education and Assessment: A Sea Change in Student Learning" conference in Boston, MA and the XIX Juan Bruce-Novoa Mexican Studies Conference on Travel at University of California, Irvine. She published a book, Meanderings on the Making of a Diasporic Hybrid Identity, and an article, "Two Easy Ways to Practice Global Citizenship in the College Classroom," is forthcoming in the North Dakota Quarterly

Lenore Harris completed a year-long fellowship at the San José State University Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies. The fellowship offers emerging writers the opportunity to pursue a significant writing project while in residence. For the year's last public event on Wednesday 1 May at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Lenore read excerpts from her forthcoming novel.

Vicky Kalivitis and Leigh Burrill have been selected to participate in Salzburg Global Seminar's week-long session for faculty and administrators focusing on "Education for Global Citizenship: What, Why, and How" at the beautiful 18th-century palace, Schloss Leopoldskron, in Salzburg, Austria during July 2013.

Eric Pape  has been elected President of the WVC  Academic SenateHe begins a two year term on 1 June 2013.

As summer begins, English Department faculty disperse and use the "down" time to nourish by attending conferences, traveling, learning, reading, writing, publishing and preparing terrific courses and activities. We look forward to seeing all of you in our classrooms!


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