Empowering the New Professorate: Pathways to Publication among Contingent Faculty

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)

The economic realities facing today’s undergraduate population have led to a proliferation of enrollments into PhD programs. The unfortunate reality is that the majority of these neophyte graduate students are waiting for jobs that are either no longer available or never existed in the first place. Concurrently, for right or wrong, in US colleges and universities at all levels, adjunct and contingent faculty members are no longer in the minority. These part-time and non-tenure track (NTT) instructors outnumber their tenured and tenure-track counterparts at many two-year and four-year institutions. Even--especially--at schools at the R1 level, adjuncts and NTTs teach the bulk of undergraduate courses and, therefore, collectively, are in contact the largest number of students. There has been a significant amount of research on the pay and benefits inequities among the levels within the complex stratification of our contemporary professorate, as well as much politicized and prescriptive discussion of this state of affairs. However, very little has been said about the significant scholarship and publishing gap as it concerns full-time NTT faculty members.

As fortunate full-time NTT faculty attempt to move up newly instituted ladders or unfortunate ones simply attempt to survive in an atmosphere where they are being reduced with the best of intentions but the worst of results, they are expected to do more than simply demonstrate teaching excellence. This situation is intensified by the ever-increasing demands of a supersaturated academic job market. Even when their level of scholarly production is equivalent to that of those in tenure track Assistant Professor positions, many of these temporary faculty members are languishing in their respective departments, seeing as the financial support available to them is often negligible while the avenues to publishing their research are limited by their own position in the academic hierarchy. This roundtable will focus upon the possibilities of enculturation and professional development opportunities available to such individuals. We hope to share ideas and resources as published full-time NTT faculty members, while discovering what others are doing in the same arena.

View the full CFP and submit abstracts here: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/S/17336. Deadline for abstracts is September 30.

More information on the NEMLA conference here: http://www.buffalo.edu/nemla/convention.html.