This is the discussion area for the HEP Part-Time and Contingent Faculty Issues forum. Please feel free to join, post calls for papers, new initiatives for Part-time Faculty activism, and questions about contingency and pedagogy to the group!
Maria Maisto, Past Chair Jan. 2017
Lee Skallerup Bessette, Chair, Jan. 2018
Virginia Cooper, Secretary, Jan. 2019
Maria Grewe, Jan 2020
Robin Sowards, Jan 2021
Extended CFP deadlines: March 25! We want YOU to be a part of one of our sessions at MLA 2022 in D.C. Please submit an abstract or share these with your colleagues. Much appreciation for your interest and assistance.
Building Bridges and Breaking Down Walls: The Teaching of World Literature in English
Studying world languages and literature…[Read more]
Anne Donlon started the topic Invitation to join a new Commons group on teaching remotely in the discussion HEP Part-Time and Contingent Faculty Issues on MLA Commons 1 year, 10 months ago
I’m writing to invite you to join a new group on MLA Commons: Teaching Remotely. The group was created to provide a space for MLA members to build collective resources, share their experiences with one another, and ask questions about teaching remotely.
I thought that members of this Commons group may be interested in—and would h…[Read more]
Pamela Lim-McAlister started the topic CFPs for MLA 2022 from HEP Part-time and Contingent Faculty Issues Forum in the discussion HEP Part-Time and Contingent Faculty Issues on MLA Commons 1 year, 11 months ago
We are excited to share our three CFPs from the HEP Part-time and Contingent Faculty Issues Forum for MLA 2022. Please read the details below and submit an abstract and short bio by March 15. We are looking forward to a terrific convention in D.C. and would love for YOU to be a panelist in one of our sessions. Please share these…[Read more]
Hello, everyone! I am honored to have been nominated as a candidate for the forum on HEP Part-time and Contingent Faculty Issues and I wanted to briefly introduce myself before MLA voting opens this week. As a Spanish instructor and contingent employee, I have been a “freeway flier” and “roads scholar” traveling among institutes of higher learnin…[Read more]
Colleagues: Please consider signing the petition ‘1% for Adjuncts,’ which would have the MLA annually set aside 1% of its assets to support adjunct unionization.
And, just as importantly, please share the petition widely: on email lists, via social media, and the like.
Full petition here: https://forms.gle/qgjBJi4KMjh2Tj2Q6
With best wishes,
As advocacy to increase tenure-track academic career opportunities for PhD recipients and reverse institutions’ abuse of an immiserated class of adjunct instructors has long deplored, the portion of the faculty with tenure or on the tenure track has declined to under a third of the academic workforce, while the segment with part-time appointments…[Read more]
Dear HEP Part-Time and Contingent Faculty Issues members,
My name is Stefan Vogel. I am a PhD student in the Second Language Acquisition and Teaching Program at the University of Arizona, and I would like to invite you to participate in my dissertation research. In my dissertation project, I focus on the professional development of L2 writing…[Read more]
Maria Shine Stewart started the topic An Inside HIgher Ed Essay — Just Sharing … Written in July 2016 in the discussion HEP Part-Time and Contingent Faculty Issues on MLA Commons 4 years ago
https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2016/07/21/how-improve-teaching-conditions-adjunct-faculty-members-essay Nothing fancy here, but a dean at one of my schools contacted me after it ran.
The Women’s Caucus for the Modern Languages (WCML) is now accepting submissions for its annual awards. The Caucus is gender-inclusive and welcomes feminist scholarship from all authors. Please note that there are no membership dues for graduate students and for those whose income is below $20,000 a year. For further information about these a…[Read more]
The scholarly journal Academic Labor: Research and Artistry has published its latest issue, and it includes a submission from me that reviews two recent books on contingent academic labor: “Reviews of Daniel Davis’s Contingent Academic Labor and Lisa del Rosso’s Confessions of an Accidental…[Read more]
I first observed the starkly different working conditions of full-time and part-time faculty as an English department secretary many years ago. Fast forward 35 years: Too little has changed at too few institutions for larger and larger numbers of adjunct, non-tenure-track, term, or contingent faculty. I teach at up to four northeast Ohio colleges…[Read more]
Carolyn McCue Goffman deposited Sending Canaries to the Job Market: Ethical Issues in Training Community College Faculty in the group HEP Part-Time and Contingent Faculty Issues on MLA Commons 5 years ago
This presentation explores ethical dilemmas for graduate school educators in programs that prepare M.A. students to teach English in community colleges. Such graduate programs attract students and produce strong, enthusiastic teachers, and university administrators value the programs because they draw tuition; however, the job prospects for…[Read more]
The idea that the US media is biased against organized labor may seem too obvious to require comment and research, but the details are quite important to understanding to to communicate more effectively between voices of the labor community and voices of management. The common assumption that labor media coverage became more skewed with the…[Read more]
A sobering look at adjunct faculty: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/28/adjunct-professors-homeless-sex-work-academia-poverty?CMP=share_btn_fb
This 22 December 2016 U. S. Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Program Letter (UIPL) provides guidance to states about the interpretation of “contract” and “reasonable assurance of future employment” in determining eligibility for unemployment insurance of adjunct faculty members in higher education. The guidance in this UIPL supersedes…[Read more]
Kathi Inman Berens replied to the topic Award Winner Kevin Birmingham Speaks About Adjuncts and Exploitiation in the discussion Part-Time Faculty Members on MLA Commons 6 years, 3 months ago
Maria Maisto started the topic Award Winner Kevin Birmingham Speaks About Adjuncts and Exploitiation in the discussion Part-Time Faculty Members on MLA Commons 6 years, 3 months ago
Full speech at http://www.kevinbirmingham.net/research/
I accept the Truman Capote Award in this spirit of justice. I would be remiss, therefore, if I did not address another injustice tarnishing the literary critical profession. I am, so far as I can tell, the first adjunct faculty member to receive this award. To be sure, I have one of the…[Read more]
This infographic represents an in-progress attempt by the #Humetrics team at TriangleSCI to pin down values that, if encouraged and incentivized in the academy, would enrich and improve humanities scholarship. It is meant to start a conversation. What are we missing? See more about the process and thinking behind this approach at…[Read more]
This presentation is a slide-show introduction to MLA 8 documentation for classroom use. Reasons for citing, core elements of MLA8 format, and examples are included in the Powerpoint.
Lenora Hanson started the topic Low-Wage Work: The Boundary Condition of University Labor in the discussion Part-Time Faculty Members on MLA Commons 6 years, 4 months ago
This year the MLA Executive Council is sponsoring the roundtable session “Low-Wage Work: The Boundary Condition of University Labor” on Saturday, January 7th from 8:30-9:45 in 103A, Pennsylvania Convention Center. Please share information about this session widely:
Participants include: Laura Goldblatt, Global Studies Postdoctoral Fellow at the…[Read more]
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