The following post on the Angela Davis and Nas event was written by members of the spring 2014 “Politics & Poetics of Black Feminist Thought” class being offered by the Africana Studies, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and English programs. Contributors include adjunct faculty, graduate students in English, American Studies, and Sociology, and undergraduate English majors. We chose to put our individual voices together and give writing credit to the whole class as an exercise […]
Yesterday, I wrote an open letter to the Provost of the University of Southern Maine, my alma mater. USM is in the process of imposing a disastrous package of cuts including the layoffs of a dozen tenured and tenure-track junior faculty. My own English Department, which even after the years since I’ve graduated still feels like my academic home, was hit hard. Others—including economics, sociology and theatre—were also targeted. And I am filled to bursting […]
I was lucky enough to attend my first Modern Language Association convention in a relatively low-stress situation: no conference paper to give, no interview to prepare for. Even in this scenario, the conference was still quite overwhelming. To make it easier on fellow first-timers, here are a few tips to prepare you for the uniqueness of the annual convention.
“Publish or perish” is a phrase we often hear in relation to tenure, but a sparse job market glutted with applicants has brought it down to the graduate level. As Lehigh’s Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences told grad students and faculty at a panel on academic publishing, having publications has become absolutely necessary to compete in that market. As I’m sure you’ll agree, this is a daunting and disheartening statement. However, the […]