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Graduate Studies

Superliteracy in the Age of Information: Preparation for Higher Discourse (PHD)

Joseph R. Urgo

The amount of edu­cation required to prepare a human being for meaningful, effective interaction with the information infrastructure that undergirds the contem­porary social order has increased exponentially in the last seventy-five years. . . .

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Photo by Alyson Hurt

From the Committee

Facing the Data: Introduction

Ifeoma Kiddoe Nwankwo and Richard T. Rodríguez

Our introduction’s title, “Facing the Data,” signals the twofold aim of this special section of Profession: to assess the statistics documenting people of color in humanities doctoral programs, given in the MLA report Data on Humanities Doctorate Recipients and Faculty Members by Race and Ethnicity, and to bring into focus the faces of those composing the report’s data. . . .

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Photo by Leo Reynolds

From the Committee

Insisting on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender: Reflections of a Latina Scholar (Who Is Also a Professor of Spanish)

Frances R. Aparicio

In her recent On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life, Sara Ahmed concludes her reflections on dealing with the challenges of creating diversity in European universities with the image of a brick wall as a metaphor for institutional inertia. . . .

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Photo by Chris Potter

From the Committee

Double-Crossed (or Stabbed Twice), Again and Again (and Again): Reflections on Our Data-Driven Academic Economy

Robert Warrior

As an academic-unit administrator in a high-quality, public institution of higher education in this era of dwindling resources, I have come to a sort of peace with the way deans, provosts, chancellors, and their minions (of which, I guess, I am one) make data-driven decisions. . . .

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Photo by Heather a.k.a. Molly

From the Committee

“The Field and Function” of the Historically Black College and University Today: Preparing African American Undergraduate Students for Doctoral Study in the Humanities

Dana A. Williams

When W. E. B. Du Bois wrote “The Field and Function of the Negro College” in 1933, the “Negro” college, still in its youth, grappled mightily with its ability to introduce unique curricular approaches to enhance higher education in America and to help the country meet its potential as a democracy. . . .

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From the Committee

Conclusion: Numbers and Passion

Doug Steward

Half a century ago—at a forum on nationalism, colonialism, and United States foreign policy—James Baldwin cautioned, “We are misled here, because we think of numbers. . . .

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Photo by Randolf Rautenberg

Presidential Forum

Avenues of Access: The 2013 Presidential Forum

Michael Bérubé

The 2013 MLA convention in Boston featured the first Presidential Forum panel consisting entirely of faculty members off the tenure track. “Avenues of Access: Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Members and American Higher Education” sought to put non-tenure-track (NTT) faculty issues front and center at the MLA convention, both for MLA members and for the national higher education press. . . .

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Photo by Ryan Dickey

Presidential Forum

Free-Market Faculty Members

Joshua A. Boldt

The following story was posted on the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Adjunct Project Web site by an adjunct who identifies himself only as dancesintheruins, for fear of retribution by his institu­tion . . .

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Photo by Brandon Cripps

Presidential Forum

Contingent Labor: National Perspectives, Local Solutions

Beth Landers

From June 2009 to June 2012 I served on the MLA Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession (CLIP), chairing the committee during my last year. One of the greatest benefits of working on a professional commit­tee of this sort is the opportunity to learn about the profession as a whole . . .

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Photo by Ian "Harry" Harris

Presidential Forum

Addressing the Scarlet A: Adjuncts and the Academy

Maria Maisto

The title of my essay was inspired by the fact that around the country, adjunct faculty mem­bers—and not exclu­sively those in English departments—have seized on The Scarlet Letter as an allegory of what they have experi­enced in their contin­gent appointments. . . .
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