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Curriculum

The New Mission and Location of United States Spanish Depart­ments: The Mount Holyoke College Experi­ence

Rogelio Miñana

The Spanish depart­ment at Mount Holyoke College has in the last six years pro­foundly transformed itself. It merged with the college’s Latina/o and Latin American studies programs to form a new academic unit possibly unique in the United States, while it thor­oughly recon­figured its major. . . .

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Photo by Denis Jacquerye

Workplace

Faculty Members, Accom­modation, and Access in Higher Education

Stephanie L. Kerschbaum and Others

In January 2012 the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) issued a report titled Accommodating Faculty Members Who Have Disabilities, and in January 2013 the presi­dential theme of the MLA convention was Avenues of Access, calling attention to disability and access, broadly conceived, in higher education. . . .

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Photo by Dena Michele Rosko

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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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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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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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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