Membership Suggestions for 2017 Forum Delegate Elections

Beginning next year, representatives of the MLA’s forums in the Delegate Assembly will be elected by the members who have primary affiliations with the forums that have open seats to fill. Fifty-three forums will hold delegate elections in the fall of 2017; the executive committees of these forums will take up the matter of nominations when they meet during the January 2017 convention in Philadelphia. Each forum’s executive committee is required to consider for nomination those members who have been suggested by the membership. Please see the overview of forum delegate elections for additional information about these elections, about Delegate Assembly service, and about how to submit a suggestion. The deadline for making suggestions is 19 December 2016.

Vote in 2016 MLA Elections by 10 December

The deadline for submitting the online ballot (member log-in required) covering this year’s elections for second vice president, the Executive Council, the Delegate Assembly, and the forum executive committees is now only ten days away. Voting will close on Saturday, 10 December, at 12:00 midnight (EST). All members in good standing as of 10 November are eligible to vote. Be sure to vote before time runs out.

MLA Issues Postelection Statement

In the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election in the United States, the MLA Executive Council has issued a statement reaffirming “in the strongest terms possible its commitment to free inquiry and academic freedom for all, unimpeded by acts of prejudice and hate.” Asserting the need to support those who are vulnerable, the statement recognizes the critical role of the humanities and humanistic knowledge, which “are now more essential than ever to help guide us in these difficult times.” The American Comparative Literature Association, the Modernist Studies Association, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies have endorsed the MLA statement.

Vote in 2016 MLA Elections

If you are a current member, you can now vote for second vice president, Executive Council members, Delegate Assembly members, and members of the convention forum executive committees. You may vote online (member log-in required) until 12:00 midnight (EST) on Saturday, 10 December. If you wish to exit the ballot system before you finish voting, your votes will be saved until your next session. To request a paper ballot, please e-mail the coordinator of governance by 16 November.

Help Lead an MLA Forum

Have you ever wondered how you could become more involved in association activities? Would you like to expand your field’s boundaries by creating exciting programming for the annual convention? How about furthering the development of MLA Commons as a tool for scholarly and professional collaboration? Service on a forum executive committee allows members to pursue these opportunities. During the upcoming convention, each executive committee will nominate at least two members for the fall 2017 committee election; at least one of these names must be selected from a list of suggestions put forward by the membership. To suggest yourself for executive committee service or to recommend a colleague, please fill out a brief online suggestion form by 19 December.

Travel Grants for the 2017 MLA Convention

The MLA offers $400 grants to help cover expenses for travel to the MLA convention, which will be held in Philadelphia from 5 to 8 January 2017. Non-tenure-track and unemployed members, as well as members living abroad, may apply for financial assistance. Graduate students who join by 30 November as 2016 members are also eligible. For more information and to apply online, visit the MLA Web site. The deadline for applications is 1 December 2016. If you have questions, please contact Annie Reiser at awards@mla.org.

Travel grants are supported by contributions to the Professional Education Assistance Fund and the Good Neighbor Fund. Please consider making a donation to help those who need assistance; your contribution is tax-deductible.

2016–17 Job Information List Opens

The MLA Job Information List database is now available for searching. Access to the database is free to all users. To search the list, users can log in with their MLA member credentials or create a nonmember log-in. The JIL database is updated weekly to make job listings available in a timely manner. Please visit the MLA Web site for more information about access to the JIL and for tips on searching. Job seekers interested in careers outside the academy are also encouraged to view the MLA’s list of job sites for positions in business, government, and nonprofit organizations and to explore the other resources on the Connected Academics Web site.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments

Earlier this year, the Executive Council and the Delegate Assembly forwarded proposals for constitutional amendments to the Committee on Amendments to the Constitution. The council’s proposal was to align the provision for paid life membership in article 3.C with the new criterion for the granting of life membership after fifty years. The assembly’s proposal was to provide representation on the council for part-time faculty members. The next step in the amendment process is for the Delegate Assembly to consider the proposed amendments at its meeting during the January 2017 convention in Philadelphia. The official notice of the proposed amendments, including the texts of the amendments, has now been posted on the Web site.

Agenda for the 2017 Delegate Assembly Meeting

Information about the agenda for the upcoming meeting of the Delegate Assembly, to be held on Saturday, 7 January, during the 2017 MLA Annual Convention in Philadelphia (session 510), has been posted on the Web site. So that association members may engage with the issues to be discussed at the Delegate Assembly meeting, meeting documents will be linked to this agenda page by mid-December. MLA members who wish to address the assembly on a particular issue should consult the relevant documents in advance.