Posts Categorized: Feature

Angela Gibson Named New Director of Scholarly Communication

The MLA is pleased to announce that Angela Gibson has been named the new director of scholarly communication. In this role, Gibson will oversee MLA’s periodical and book publications, book acquisitions, and digital initiatives. This includes expanding the array of educational and editorial resources available at The MLA Style Center; enriching the MLA’s open-access resources, including CORE and MLA Commons;… Read more »

Deadline for Submitting Delegate Assembly Proposals

Motions and regular resolutions that the Delegate Assembly will consider at its next meeting, which will take place during the 2018 MLA Annual Convention in New York, must be submitted by 1 October of this year. The assembly’s Web page provides information about placing an item on the agenda for the meeting as well as links… Read more »

MLA Receives Grant for Humanities Commons

The MLA has received a generous $309,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to continue its work on Humanities Commons. With support from the Mellon Foundation, the MLA will engage in a nine-month process of sustainability planning and governance-model development. In the course of the project, the MLA will bring together its existing society… Read more »

Results of 2017 Ratification Vote

Voting on the 2017 ratification ballot concluded at midnight (EDT) on 1 June. Members ratified the 2017 Delegate Assembly’s approval of two constitutional amendments. One amendment aligns the provision for paid life membership in article 3.C with the new criterion for the granting of life membership after fifty years; the other provides for the representation… Read more »

Paula M. Krebs Named MLA’s Next Executive Director

In a statement released today, the MLA announced that Paula M. Krebs will become the fourteenth executive director of the association on 1 August. Krebs, who is stepping down as dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University, will succeed Rosemary G. Feal, the MLA’s executive director since 2002. Krebs… Read more »

Executive Council Opposes Proposed Stony Brook Cuts

In a letter to leaders at Stony Brook University, State University of New York, the MLA Executive Council expressed deep concern about the proposed cutbacks to several humanities programs at the university. Threatened with dissolution or resizing are the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature and the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, and undergraduate majors in… Read more »

MLA Staff Members Lobby for the Humanities on Capitol Hill

As part of its mission, the MLA regularly advocates for federal funding for the humanities in cooperation with other leaders in higher education. On 9 March 2017, the MLA’s director of programs, Dennis Looney, attended a series of meetings on Capitol Hill organized by the Coalition of International Education (CIE). Looney joined a group of… Read more »

MLA Past Presidents Ask You to Support the NEH and NEA

The new administration’s proposed 2018 budget calls for the total elimination of funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). In response, twenty-four past presidents of the MLA have created a petition asking Congress to support full funding for these critical institutions. From scholars and students… Read more »

1 April Deadline for MLA Bibliography Fellowship Applications

The deadline to apply for a three-year field-bibliography fellowship from the MLA International Bibliography is approaching! MLA field bibliographers examine scholarly materials and submit citations and indexing information for the bibliography. Open to all MLA members, the 2017 fellowships will run from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020. The MLA provides materials and training and waives… Read more »

Comment on Two Delegate Assembly Resolutions

At its meeting on 7 January 2017 in Philadelphia, the Delegate Assembly approved two resolutions that the Executive Council has forwarded to the membership for a ratification vote. Before the vote is conducted, MLA members are invited to comment on the resolutions on the MLA Web site (log-in required) until 5:00 p.m. (EDT) on 17 April…. Read more »