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Professor Andy Stewart's Upcoming Book Launch Event Andrew Kelly Stewart's first book, WE SHALL SING A SONG INTO THE DEEP, comes out on March 9, 2021. Help us celebrate by joining this virtual book launch party from 5:30-6:30pm PT on the 9th!

Andy will read from the book and then engage some fellow writers in a conversation about the craft of writing and publishing. There will be an open Q&A and some time to socialize at the end.We'll meet in a Zoom Room. Please register to access the link:

Learn more about the book, and pre-order a copy, visit's website:

We're looking forward to seeing you! 

Professor Mary Stewart published "Strategic, User-Centered Design for a Globally Distributed, Condensed Format, Online Graduate Course". Her chapter in the edited collection presents a case study of engaging in strategic, user-centered design for a globally distributed online course that aimed to train first-year writing instructors in hybrid and online pedagogy. The fifteen graduate students in this course represented six time zones, from California to China. Drawing on the Community of Inquiry framework, she analyzes her design decisions and demonstrates how she initially designed the course to be responsive to her particular student population, and how she adapted the design in response to student feedback as the course progressed. The chapter aims to provide an example that can inform how other writing instructors design flexible and responsive online writing courses.

Access the full collection Access Mary's chapter

 Professor Syndee Wood Bridges the Gap with Food Donations! Outside of the classroom, Professor Wood is actively helping and inspiring her community. She has been collecting donations to purchase food from local restaurants for healthcare workers, and now has a team of volunteers to help with the continuous donations. Read the full story here. 

 Professors Mary Stewart and Rachelle Fitzgerald were featured on Teaching Tips Tuesday! Literature and Writing Studies is leading the charge in online instruction tips this week (Nov 3, 2020) with helpful videos on Peer Review Using Discussion Forums and Writing Communities. Thanks for sharing your knowledge with the college!

Dr. Rebecca Lush has recently earned Full Professor status! In addition to leading the department as Chair, Dr. Lush continues to excel in teaching, research, writing, publishing and serving the profession. 

 Dr. Robin Keehn was acknowledged for her encouragement of a published alumni! Not only did she guide this student through her CSUSM journey, but she continues to be a source of inspiration to her. Read the full story to hear how prompting her students to "keep going" allows them to accomplish even more after graduation. 

 Dr. Heidi Breuer was nominated by her students as a campus hero! She went above and beyond in supporting student needs during the COVID-19 crisis, providing resources and flexibility to ensure the wellbeing of her students. Thanks for Making a Difference!



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