The 2013 MLA convention’s Presidential Forum, which addressed the working conditions of non-tenure-track faculty members in higher education, was featured in a recent Chronicle of Higher Education article (log-in required) about the issue. Examining a recent vote by faculty members of New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences, the piece considers the role of non-tenure-track faculty members in university governance and how that affects their working conditions.
Planning a session for the 2014 MLA Annual Convention in Chicago? Forms for submitting program copy and for proposing sessions are available on the MLA Web site and are due by 1 April. Special-session proposals and nonguaranteed-session proposals will be reviewed by the Program Committee at its meeting in May, and organizers will be informed of the committee’s decision by early June. Please note that all session participants must be MLA members by 7 April or have received a waiver of membership (applications for which are included with the program-copy forms). For more information about organizing or participating in a session, please visit Planning Your Convention Session or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
On 14 February 2013, the Committee on Scholarly Editions (CSE) awarded the CSE seal to Writings of Charles S. Peirce: A Chronological Edition, volume 9: 1892–1893, edited by André De Tienne, Jonathan Eller, and April Witt, to be published by Indiana University Press.
The CSE serves as a clearinghouse for information about scholarly editing and editorial projects, offers advice and consultation to editors on request, honors excellence in editing by awarding emblems to qualified volumes, and promotes dissemination of reliable texts for classroom use and among general readers. Editors or publishers who wish to submit their editions (preferably before or at the copyediting stage) for consideration for the CSE seal should contact the committee at email@example.com.
Four new essays join Literary Studies in the Digital Age, the first born-digital open-access anthology to appear on MLA Commons. Edited by Kenneth M. Price and Ray Siemens, the collection aims to familiarize readers with tools and techniques used in digital literary studies. Readers are invited to activate their MLA Commons accounts (a benefit of membership in the association) in order to comment on essays, submit essays and ideas for future iterations of the volume, and upload drafts of their own work to the DLS Anthology group. The volume is free and accessible to all at http://dlsanthology.mla.hcommons.org.
News from the MLA is moving to MLA Commons. Beginning on 6 March, news headlines that appear on the MLA home page and in the biweekly digest e-mail message will be linked to posts on the Commons. If you subscribe to a feed for the news page on the MLA Web site, you can use the Subscribe link on the left of this page to set up your Commons feed.
A new volume in the Options for Teaching series, Teaching Translation, edited by Lawrence Venuti, is in development. You are invited to submit essay proposals for this volume through 1 May.
PDFs of the English and foreign language editions of the MLA Job Information List (JIL) are available online. The lists contain live links provided by advertisers as well as links to apply through Interfolio for positions that are still accepting applications. Anyone who applies for a position from the JIL will receive an Interfolio Dossier account at no cost. With an account, a job seeker can submit application letters and CVs electronically for free. More information about the dossier service is available in the JIL section of the MLA Web site.
In response to the New York City Council’s pressure on Brooklyn College to rescind an invitation to a speaker the council considered controversial, Marianne Hirsch, the 2013–14 president of the MLA, wrote to Karen Gould, the president of Brooklyn College. Hirsch affirmed her support for the college’s “efforts to uphold the principles of freedom of expression and debate.” The full message is available on the From the President site.
The Spring 2013 Newsletter is now available online. The issue includes 2012 election results, an article on the launch of MLA Commons, Rosemary G. Feal’s editor’s column on her return to Guatemala, and Marianne Hirsch’s president’s column on rethinking the MLA’s division and discussion group structure. Visit the From the Executive Director blog for an expanded version of Feal’s column that includes photographs.
Recent PhD recipients who are interested in careers in government and the nonprofit sector are encouraged to apply for the Public Fellows program of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS). The program, which will place twenty fellows in staff positions at partnering organizations for two years, has an application deadline of 27 March 2013. To learn more or to apply online, please visit the ACLS Web site.