University Bookstore Unveils Section Highlighting Faculty Authors
On Sept. 18, a special section of books authored or edited by faculty at California State University, Dominguez Hills was unveiled at a reception in the University Bookstore.
“It is important to recognize the creative work and the scholarship of our faculty,” says President Mildred García. “They are the ones who put Dominguez Hills on the map through their academic excellence and their creative works.”
The event was inspired by a gift to García last year from Donald Hata, emeritus professor of history: a copy of City of Promise: Race and Historical Change in Los Angeles (Claremont: Regina Books, 2006). Hata and his late wife, Nadine, a renowned historian and longtime administrator at El Camino College in Torrance, contributed the articles “Into the Mainstream: Asians & Pacific Islanders in Post-1945 Los Angeles” and “Indispensable Scapegoats: Asians & Pacific Islanders in Pre-1945 Los Angeles.” Gloria Miranda, dean of behavioral and social sciences at El Camino College and Donald Hata’s former student (Class of ’72, B.A., history/Chicano studies), is also featured in the volume.
Hata was also instrumental in establishing with the University Library the online Campus-wide Directory of Awards, Scholarly Work, and Creative Activities, which he hopes will reinforce President García’s belief that all at Dominguez Hills are educators.
“It’s not just a faculty publications list,” he says. “My dream is to make it a campus-wide publication section, to build a sense of shared pride across the campus community and realize we’re all important to the [mission] of teaching students.”
Books written and edited by Dominguez Hills faculty and staff are located on a permanent designated shelf in the University Bookstore, with topics including clinical medicine, terrorism, gender and labor studies, literature, poetry and art.
Lynne Cook, dean of the College of Education, says that she had recognized the writing accomplishments of Dominguez Hills faculty long before she arrived at the institution in 2006.
“I think it’s really impressive that we’ve got this many accomplished authors with a diversity of work in a number of areas,” says Cook, the author of Interactions: Collaboration Skills for School Professionals (with Marilyn Friend; New York: Longman, 1992) “Actually, before I came here, I was quoting and citing authors from here in my own writing.”
Abe Ravitz, emeritus professor of English is the author of a dozen books on American literature, including Imitations of Life: Fannie Hurst’s Gaslight Sonatas (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997). The founding chair of the CSUDH English department, he celebrated the fact that the university was highlighting its campus authors.
“I think this event is just marvelous,” he says. “I can sense a kind of energy. The dedication to scholarship has always been strong here and now it seems to be climbing out from under its shell.”
- Joanie Harmon