Posts Categorized: Advocacy

The MLA Condemns Cuts at West Virginia University

The MLA’s recent advocacy in support of language and other humanities programs at West Virginia University has received coverage from Inside Higher Ed, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Yahoo News, among numerous other outlets. In a letter to West Virginia University president Gordon Gee featured in the Washington Post, the MLA’s executive director Paula… Read more »

MLA Executive Director Speaks Out against Dramatic Cuts to Humanities Programs at West Virginia University

In a letter sent to Gordon Gee, the president of West Virginia University, on 11 August, the MLA’s executive director, Paula M. Krebs, responded to the recently proposed cuts at West Virginia University, including the elimination of the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Linguistics. Krebs noted that the kinds of cuts to the humanities… Read more »

Response to Florida Violations of Shared Governance and Academic Freedom

The MLA’s professional standards on academic freedom and shared governance, including the MLA Statement on Academic Freedom (2014), Tool Kit on Academic Freedom, and Tool Kit on Shared Governance, are clear. The political machinations in Florida that have resulted in what dismissed New College of Florida president Patricia Okker referred to as a “hostile takeover” are in violation of every standard of shared governance, including those… Read more »

Resources for Humanities Professionals in Response to the Invasion of Ukraine

The MLA has collected resources shared by its members and by members of the ADE and ADFL communities in response to the invasion of Ukraine. We encourage you to help us develop this list of events, teaching materials, and other resources by sending your suggestions to Lydia Tang, the MLA’s head of world language programs.

MLA Endorses Twenty-First-Century Federal Writers’ Project Act

The MLA has strongly endorsed the Twenty-First-Century Federal Writers’ Project Act, proposed by Congressman Ted Lieu and Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez, which would establish a grant program in the Department of Labor to assist unemployed and underemployed workers whose careers have been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Like its predecessor, Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s Federal… Read more »

MLA Executive Council Statements on COVID-19 and Higher Education

As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, higher education faces unprecedented challenges, with significant consequences for institutions, faculty members, and students. In its statements about the pandemic, the MLA Executive Council has appealed to institutional leaders to uphold their central mission and support faculty members, staff members, and students in their vital work… Read more »

MLA Launches Matching Challenge to Fund COVID-19 Emergency Grants

To fund emergency grants for part-time faculty members who’ve been hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, the MLA has launched its first ever matching gift challenge. The MLA Executive Council, former MLA presidents, and the Teagle Foundation have pledged to match up to $10,0000 in contributions to the Paving the Way fund to underwrite the… Read more »

MLA Executive Director Advocates for Fair and Equitable Treatment of Contingent Faculty Members

On 30 January, Paula Krebs, the executive director of the MLA, testified at a Committee on Higher Education and Committee on Civil Service and Labor hearing on contingent labor issues at the City University of New York (CUNY). Krebs recognized the efforts of the City University of New York to address inequities in working conditions… Read more »