Contingency: Abstracts due Jan. 15, 2016

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Angelic Rodgers
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Stories about the horrors of living as a contingent faculty member have become commonplace; ever since Slate's story "Death of a Professor" in 2013, news pieces and essays about the harsh reality that adjuncts and short-term contract academics face increased in public media. Despite the increased attention to the issue, many still question why adjuncts and contingent faculty stay.

The Modern Language Association's Professions has served as the place to go to read others' experiences in the field; however, it's quite clear that those articles, despite MLA's dedication to expanding opportunities beyond tenure track traditional PhD careers, are not really relevant to contingent faculty. In order to provide a space for a variety of voices to share their experiences on the margins of academia in a post-tenure age, I am putting together an anthology of first-person narratives about the contingent experience. This collection will be independently published (which seems fitting given contingent faculty's lack of space on campuses and need to innovate for things like office space) in both paperback and eBook formats on all major platforms. I seek personal essays that explore the both the rewards and the challenges of this career path.

All levels of experience are acceptable—even if you only taught one adjunct class and ran for the hills or if you've been teaching at a non-traditional school.

Because these essays are meant to be personal and not researched beyond your own experience and observation, keep citations and endnotes to a minimum.

Suggested essay length: 2,500 to 3,500 wds.

Abstracts (200-300 wds.) due by Jan 15, 2016.

Deadline for completed essays: June 15, 2016.

Essays will be read by a panel of three readers (details will be posted to the website). There will be a final deadline for any required edits or revisions of November 15, 2016 and the projected release date will be January 2017.