Arts and Humanities faculty ovations: September 2019

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Faculty ovations are a regular series to applaud our faculty for their achievements in the College of Arts and Humanities at Fresno State. Their hard work and accomplishments directly impact our students, college, university, and the wider community. 

We ask that you join us in giving a round of applause to:

Professor Joan K. Sharma for receiving an honorable mention in the “People: Other” category of the 2019 International Photography Awards for her photo “Boatman on Ganga, Bhagalpur India.”

"Boatmen on Ganga Bhagalpur, Searching for endangered, bottlenose dolphins" by Joan K. Sharma.
“Boatmen on Ganga Bhagalpur, Searching for endangered, bottlenose dolphins” by Joan K. Sharma.

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera for being named one of the finalists in Young Readers’ Literature category of the 2019 Kirkus Prize for his book “Imagine.” Published in September 2018, Imagine features Felipe Herrera’s poetry along with illustrations by Lauren Castillo.

imagine book cover, by Juan Filipe Herrera and illustrated by Lauren Castillo

Assistant Professor Dr. Falon Kartch for her chapter in the new volume of case studies on family communication. Kartch said the section is loosely based on research going back to her dissertation. Full citation: 

Kartch, F., & Timmerman, L. (2019). Flying under the radar: Finstas and nonresidential parenting. In S. S. LeBlanc (Ed.), Casing the Family: Theoretical and Applied Approaches to Understanding Family Communication (pp. 65-74). Dubuque, IA: Kendall-Hunt. 


Dr. Shane Moreman, who has had a banner year for publications. His article “A queer futurity A queer futurity autofantasía: Contouring discourses of Latinx through memory and queer youth literature” was the lead article in “Text and Performance Quarterly.” He also published “Accommodating desires of disability: A multi-modal approach to Terry Galloway and the Mickee Faust Club” in “QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking” and “The Hispanic-serving institution: Communicating a future with or without a past” in “Communication Education.”

Full citations:

Moreman, S. T. (2019). A queer futurity autofantasía: Contouring discourses of Latinx through memory and queer youth literature. Text and Performance Quarterly, 39(3). doi:10.1080/10462937.2019.1620959

Moreman, S. T. (2019). Accommodating desires of disability: A multi-modal approach to Terry Galloway and the Mickee Faust Club. QED: A Journal of GLBTQ Worldmaking, 6(3).

Moreman, S. T. (2019). The Hispanic-serving institution: Communicating a future with or without a past. Communication Education, 68(4). doi:10.1080/03634523.2019.1646429

Dr. Shane Moreman also published a joint article in the Journal of Communication Inquiry with Fresno State and Smittcamp Family Honors College alumna Alexandria Aiello entitled “Prime-Time Television’s First White, Female U.S. President: Gender and Race Discourses of a Feminist Media Artifact.”

Moreman, S. T., & Aiello, A. J. (2019). Prime-Time Television’s First White, Female U.S. President: Gender and Race Discourses of a Feminist Media Artifact. Journal of Communication Inquiry. https://doi.org/10.1177/0196859919873664


Both Dr. Shane Moreman and Dr. Amin Makkawy for their lead article in “Communication Education” titled, “Putting crip in the script: A critical communication pedagogical study of communication theory textbooks.” Full citation:

Makkawy, A., & Moreman, S. T. (2019). Putting crip in the script: A critical communication pedagogical study of communication theory textbooks. Communication Education, 68(4). doi:10.1080/03634523.2019.1643898


Communication lecturer Angela Muñoz, who was featured in the article “Teach Multicultural Skills to Future Teachers with Field Research,” by Kara Baskin. The article highlights various activities and pedagogical strategies that Muñoz uses in teaching COMM 114: Communication and Learning.


Assistant Professor of English Alexander Adkins-Jaramillo who published the critical essay “Neoliberal Disgust and Arvind Adiga’s ‘The White Tiger’” in the Journal of Modern Literature. Will publish the critical essay “Vilem Flusser and the Critique of Ideology” in the forthcoming Bloomsbury anthology “Understanding Flusser, Understanding Modernism.”


Assistant Professor Venita Blackburn who organized a summer workshop through her Live, Write project that honored forgotten histories of Arizona.


English lecturer Howard V. Hendrix who published his fourth story collection, “The Girls with Kaleidoscope Eyes: Analog Stories for a Digital Age” with Fairwood Press.


Assistant professor of English Brynn Saito who was recognized by ValleyPBS for her work as narrator for the documentary film “Silent Sacrifice: Stories of Japanese American Incarceration,” which won a Northern California Emmy Award. She was featured in Lit Hub for an article on “5 Artists Who Explore Japanese American Incarceration and Internment.” She was interviewed by Valley Public Radio about drawing on memory and family history in art. Also, she presented a guest lecture for the Live, Write project on visiting Arizona’s World War II internment camps.


Department of English faculty Mai Der Vang who presented two poetry readings at the 2019 Asian American Lit Fest in Washington, DC. Interviewed by Jefferson Beavers for the We Grow Writers blog.


Professor Nick Potter‘s “Constructed Utopias” exhibition is currently on display at the Fresno Art Museum until January 5th. The oils on canvas art large format and emote a time gone by; depicting spare interior spaces, mid-century modern furnishings, and isolated architectural monoliths in surreal settings.


Did we miss your accomplishments? Submit this short form or email Benjamin Kirk at benjaminkirk@mail.fresnostate.edu.

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The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

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