Double the Teaching: the Work of Community College Faculty

deadline for submissions: 
April 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 

We readily describe the job of university professors as having three components: research, teaching, and service. These same three components manifest themselves in the work of community college faculty. Nevertheless, full-time community college faculty typically have at least double the teaching load of their peers at the university. This much greater emphasis on teaching together with much diminished requirements (and support) for research means the work of a full-time community college instructor has a distinct balance of efforts and outcomes.


Building off the conference theme of “Duality, Doubles and Doppelgängers,” this special session seeks to critically reflect on dualities in the life and work of community college faculty. We invite proposals for papers drawing on knowledge and methods from the humanities, the social sciences, and the interdisciplinary field of higher education studies. We also welcome creative proposals such as memoirs or personal essays that help develop knowledge about the phenomenon of community college faculty.



Points of inquiry might include the following:

  • Strategies to more efficiently and better teach a double-sized teaching load
  • How dual roles of faculty as teachers and researchers complement each other in a community college setting
  • History of the dual influences of rhetoric and literary studies on the community college English curriculum
  • Representations of community college faculty in campus or academic novels
  • Autoethnography that explores the double scholarly identities of faculty whose research backgrounds are rooted in more than one discipline or field
  • How the double mission of teaching and service dovetail one another in a community college setting
  • Strategies for teaching a dual-credit student population
  • Teaching methods that support the dual outcomes of community college graduates (entering the job force or entering the university)
  • Institutional research that assesses the success of sharing limited facilities for multiple or dual needs


Please send a 250-word abstract along with a brief academic bio to by April 15, 2019. This year the MMLA will meet in Chicago at the Hilton Chicago on Michigan Avenue. The conference is held November 14-17, 2019.