Don't Know Much About History

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Many colleges in recent years have eliminated majors or departments in relatively obscure fields, citing the need to focus on areas with growing student interest. Few, however, have taken the step Post University plans: eliminating majors in English and history and upper-level courses in liberal arts generally.

English Jobs Hold Steady

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As interview season arrives, MLA releases job figures that encourage some, but leave others anxious.

Word Play at the MLA

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Professors choose terms -- mostly bleak ones -- to describe higher ed’s fiscal situation.

Anonymous Power

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Scholars debate fairness of shielding identities of those who review tenure candidates and journal submissions.

Easy Targets

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Literary scholars discuss why the mainstream press tends to treat them with disdain -- and reporters weigh in.

What the Press Editors Want

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Material culture, American lit, and media studies are all in. Theory and monographs -- not so much.

Radical Change for Tenure

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MLA panel outlines plan to end monograph "fetishization," create agreements between departments and new hires, and rethink evaluation process.

Hoping for a Year Without Dawgs or Hunkering Down

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Lake Superior State U. once again tries to banish overused and abused words.

MLA Notes: Academic Freedom, Jobs at Community Colleges

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The issue of academic freedom was everywhere at this year's Modern Language Association meeting, in Washington. There were panels on "Academic Work and the New McCarthyism" and discussions on teaching issues related to war criticism.

At a Friday session, titled "Criticism and Crisis: Twenty-First Century Intellectuals and the Politics of Academic Freedom," the focus was how to build broader support among the general public for academic freedom.

A Tenure Reform Plan With Legs

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Experts say timing may be just right for changes MLA panel is putting forth -- particularly the move beyond the monograph.


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