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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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Photo by Mick Stanic

Presidential Forum

Reinventing Access: Free Public Higher Education, Quality Instruction, and Job Security for All Faculty Members

Robert Samuels

The problems facing higher education cannot be resolved in a piece­meal or institu­tion-by-institu­tion process. We need a compre­hensive plan to deal with tuition increases, student debt, decreased degree attain­ment, question­able educational prac­tices, and the casual­ization of the academic labor force. . . .
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