Monthly Archives: December 2014

Executive Council Comments on Virginia Executive Order

In a letter to Terry McAuliffe, the governor of Virginia, MLA President Margaret W. Ferguson expressed concern over the governor’s recent executive order requiring certain faculty members at state universities to make public detailed statements of their economic interests. While public disclosure of financial interests is “an important tool to prevent corrupt influence by employees… Read more »

New Resources for Planning Your MLA Convention

Starting to think about what sessions to attend or how to navigate the convention center? Check out the 2015 Convention Guide on the MLA Web site for quick information about on-site convention resources and floor plans for meeting venues, and visit MLA Commons for lists of convention sessions by topic. If you have a session… Read more »

Make Your Executive Committee Suggestions Now

This year’s elections may be over, but there is still time for members to make suggestions for the executive committee elections that will be held in 2015. Serving on an executive committee is an excellent way for members to become more involved in association activities, to create exciting programming for the annual convention, and to… Read more »

Results of 2014 Elections

Balloting in the 2014 elections for second vice president, the Executive Council, the Delegate Assembly, and the division and discussion group executive committees closed on 10 December. Diana Taylor was elected second vice president, and Emily Apter, David Palumbo-Liu, and Vicky Unruh were elected to the Executive Council for four-year terms. Full election results are available on… Read more »

New MLA Project to Strengthen Career Preparation for PhDs

The MLA has received generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to undertake a major project, Connected Academics: Preparing Doctoral Students of Language and Literature for a Variety of Careers. The project will run through August 2019 and will support initiatives aimed at demonstrating how doctoral education can develop students’ capacities to bring the… Read more »

Only Hours Left to Vote in 2014 MLA Elections

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 division and discussion group executive committees is now only hours away. Voting will close at 12:00 midnight (EST). All 2014 members are eligible to vote. Let your voice be… Read more »

Using MLA Commons to Prepare for the Convention

Are you participating in a session in Vancouver? Visit the MLA convention blog for posts on using the Docs feature to collaborate with colleagues and on uploading your convention materials to the Commons. Posting your presentation is a great way to get attendees involved and to provide resources for those who may be unable to… Read more »

New NEH Grants for Public Scholarship

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has launched the Public Scholar Program to support well-researched books in the humanities that are aimed at a broad readership. Books supported through the Public Scholar Program might present a narrative history, tell the stories of important individuals, analyze significant texts, provide a synthesis of ideas, revive interest… Read more »

Join an MLA Commons Discussion about Reforming Doctoral Study

The MLA is pleased to announce the launch of Graduate Education Reform, an MLA Commons site dedicated to encouraging discussion about the association’s Report of the Task Force on Doctoral Study in Modern Language and Literature and about the future of graduate programs in the humanities. The site features the full text of the report with… Read more »

2014 Prizewinners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 MLA publication prize competitions. The publication prizes will be awarded in a ceremony on 10 January at the 2015 MLA Annual Convention in Vancouver. The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a reception.