Publications and achievements submitted by our faculty, staff, and students.

Faculty Nicolette Amann English Nicolette Amann, Lecturer in English, who coordinates the Redwood Writing Project for local Humboldt teachers, and Anne Hartline from the School of Education facilitated a year-long professional development program on the untold local histories of Humboldt County and California. This project resulted in multiple sharable lessons that have been published at the National Writing Project site. Various CAHSS faculty presented as part of the program:

  • Ryder Dschida (History)
  • Loren Cannon (CRGS/Philosophy)
  • Sarah Ray (Env Studies)
  • Nicolette Amann (English)
  • Dominic Corva (Sociology)
  • Suzanne Pastor (History)


Submitted: March 25, 2024

Faculty Marianne Ahokas, Nicolette Amann, Sarah Ben-Zvi, Natalie Giannini, Tessa Head, Kerry Marsden, Jolien Olsen, and Erin Sullivan English Humboldt's First Year Composition Program Faculty has received the CCCC's Certificate of Writing Program Excellence. They are recognized for their long-term dedication to co-create the program around research and best practices for first-year writing instruction and to provide professional development leadership across campus. CCCC will present our program with a certificate at the award presentation of the 2024 CCCC Annual Convention in Spokane, Washington, on Friday, April 4, at 6 p.m. 

Submitted: March 25, 2024

Faculty Sarah Ben-Zvi English Sarah Ben-Zvi has worked to support local high school teachers in developing meaningful writing and literacy curricula, coordinated the annual Redwood Writing Contest for students in grades 3-12, and dedicated herself to first-year composition students. Sarah has been invited to accept the 2024 Classroom Excellence Award from the California Association of Teachers of English at the annual CATE convention in Los Angeles. 

Submitted: March 25, 2024

Faculty Marcos Hernandez; Janelle Adsit English Marcos Hernandez and Janelle Adsit have published an essay that reflects on Cal Poly Humboldt's literary magazine *Toyon: Multilingual Journal of Literature and Art.* Their chapter, "Literary Journals, Editorial Courses, and Equity in the Publishing Industry," appears in the collection *Creative Writing Scholars on the Publishing Trade* (edited by Sam Meekings and Marshall Moore; published in the Routledge series Studies in Creative Writing, 2022). 

Submitted: March 7, 2023

Faculty Nicolette Amann English Nicolette Amann has been awarded $27,000 in funding from the University of California Office of the President to support a variety of literacy-focused professional development programs for local K-16 educators.

Submitted: February 7, 2023

Faculty Nikola Hobbel English Dr. Nikola Hobbel's co-edited collection titled *Social Justice Pedagogy Across the Curriculum: The Practice of Freedom* has been released from Routledge in a second edition. Co-edited by Cal Poly English Professor Nikola Hobbel and Thandeka K. Chapman, the book takes up the question: "What knowledge and tools do pre- and in-service educators need to teach for and about social justice across the curriculum in K-12 classrooms?" The collection synthesizes historical foundations, philosophic/theoretical conceptualizations, and applications of social justice education in public school classrooms. That the book is released in second edition is indicative of its significance in the field.


Submitted: December 2, 2022

Student Linda Kuckuk English Linda J. Kuckuk (graduate student, M.A. English, Applied English Studies) is presenting a paper titled "Interwoven Stories/Embroidered Identity" at the 119th Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association (PAMLA) Conference in November 2022. The conference theme is "Geographies of the Fantastic and the Quotidian." Linda's presentation will be part of a session on ideas about "Auto/biography." 



Submitted: October 21, 2022

Student Mary Lipiec English Mary Lipiec, graduate M.A. student in English, presented at the SPARK conference in New York City. Mary is researching representations of  autism in literature for the culminating M.A. project in English. As part of the SPARK conference, Mary was part of a panel discussion on disability justice.

Submitted: September 30, 2022

Faculty Cyndy Phillips, Kyle Morgan, Jessica Welch, James Woglom English On September 3, Humboldt County will finally have its first published anthology of painters, Looking for Beauty: Humboldt’s Plein Air Community Shows Why Art Matters, designed and compiled by former associate faculty of English, Cyndy Phillips. Phillips' indie press, SequoiaSong Publications, worked with Cal Poly Press as an advisor over the span of the three and a half year project and community minded art professor, James Woglom, wrote the foreword. The opening reception for this historic publication is at the Redwood Art Association (603 F St, Eureka), 6-9pm, where the remaining 80 limited edition hardbacks will be for sale.

Submitted: September 15, 2022

Faculty Nicolette Amann, English Dept. / Director, Redwood Writing Project English Nicolette Amann has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the National Writing Project to support the design and implementation of a year-long professional development program that will be offered through the Redwood Writing Project. The program will bring up to 15 public school teachers together from across the region to create curriculum that will enrich history education, enabling educators to better teach the “complicated stories” from local and US history, and promote more robust and explicit instruction in the four domains of civics education--knowledge, skills, dispositions, and behaviors.

Submitted: March 24, 2022

Faculty Christina Hsu Accomando English

On October 28, Christina Hsu Accomando, professor of CRGS and English, presented an invited talk, "Critical Race Theory: A Vital Lens to Examine Systemic Racism," at the Bedford/St. Martin's WPA Workshop.

Submitted: November 1, 2021

Faculty Christina Hsu Accomando English

Christina Hsu Accomando, professor of English and Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, presented a June 17 Macmillan Learning webinar: "Teaching Ethnic Studies and Critical Race Theory during Pandemic, Protest and Backlash." In the wake of last year's global protests against systemic racism, we saw increased interest in structural inequities, as well as efforts to silence discussions of racism and ban Critical Race Theory. The webinar addressed how critical concepts from Ethnic Studies and CRT can inform classroom teaching and DEI work.

Submitted: September 7, 2021

Faculty Christina Hsu Accomando English

Christina Hsu Accomando, Professor of English and Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, served as the Contributing Editor for the 11th edition of Race, Class, and Gender in the United States: An Integrated Study (Worth Publishing, 2020), an interdisciplinary textbook used at HSU and across the U.S.…

Submitted: December 4, 2019

Faculty Christina Hsu Accomando English

Christina Hsu Accomando, professor of English and Critical Race, Gender & Sexuality Studies, presented on the roundtable "Exploring Feminist Pedagogy and Student Learning through the Lens of Threshold Concepts" at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in San Francisco on November 16, 2019.

Submitted: December 4, 2019

Faculty Janet Winston English

Prof. Janet Winston was awarded a Faculty Development Seminar Travel Fellowship by the Palestinian American Research Center as part of its 10th annual competition. Prof. Winston traveled to Palestine/Israel as part of a U.S. faculty delegation to five Palestinian universities. She met with professors and human rights activists in the West Bank in an effort to develop place-based knowledge and foster international collaborations with teacher-scholars living in Palestine.

Submitted: June 13, 2019

Faculty Cyndy Phillips English

Cyndy Phillips has formed a local independent press, SequoiaSong Publications, which specializes in bringing voices and art to print that might not otherwise make it to mainstream publishing. SequoiaSong's first publication (in conjunction with HSU Press)--a children's bilingual picture book written by Peter Jain and illustrated by South Bay and Pine Hill Elementary School students-- will be released at Arts Arcata on May 11, 5:30-7p.m, at Wrangletown Cider Company, 1350 9th Street, Arcata.
The book serves as a fundraiser to support the music, art, and library programs of South Bay Union Elementary Schools.

Submitted: May 3, 2018

Student Ryan Hazen, Stephanie Osborne, and Zachary Weaver English

Ryan Hazen, Stephanie Osborne, and Zachary Weaver are the recipients of the English Scholarship for 2018.

Submitted: March 26, 2018

Faculty Prof. Janet Winston English

Prof. Janet Winston (English and Critical Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) presented research at the 27th Annual British Commonwealth and Postcolonial Studies Conference in Savannah, Georgia on February 17, 2018. Her paper—“Rainbow Flags, Lizard People, and Me: Unpacking the Visual Rhetorics of Contemporary Antisemitism and Pro-Israelism”—examines how current forms of antisemitism, charges of antisemitism, and responses to antisemitism circulate in public discourse.

Submitted: March 25, 2018

Faculty Janelle Adsit English

Janelle Adsit's book *Toward an Inclusive Creative Writing: Threshold Concepts to Guide the Literary Writing Curriculum" is now available from Bloomsbury. The book makes the argument that creative writing stands upon problematic assumptions about what counts as valid artistic production, and these implicit beliefs result in exclusionary pedagogical practices. To counter this tendency of creative writing, this book proposes a revised curriculum that rests upon 12 threshold concepts that can serve to transform the teaching of literary writing craft.

Submitted: October 30, 2017

Faculty Janelle Adsit English

Janelle Adsit (Assistant Professor, English) has recently published two articles in the journal New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing. Both articles are on threshold concepts in creative writing. The article "Creative writing and the limits of *Naming What We Know*: threshold concepts from aesthetic theory and creativity studies in the literary writing curriculum" is part of a featured author series and will also appear in a forthcoming collection.

Submitted: September 11, 2017