Association of Departments of Foreign Languages


Call for Submissions

Special Joint Issue of the ADE Bulletin and the ADFL Bulletin

“Non-Tenure-Track Faculty in the Modern Languages: Issues and Directions”

Throughout their more than 100-year history, English and other modern language departments in American higher education have employed non-tenure-track faculty members to complement a staff of mostly tenured or tenure-track faculty members. Appointments off the tenure track come under many names, but common to all, both full- and part-time, is the contingent character of limited, fixed-term contracts—a semester, a year, or (at most) a term of two, three, or five years. Since the 1970s, contingent positions have been the fastest growing faculty employment category in higher education. Recent surveys document that non-tenure-track faculty members now constitute a majority of the entire faculty and that non-tenure-track faculty members now teach a majority of all undergraduate classes. The trend has accelerated even more quickly than attempts to study its implications and determine appropriate responses. As a result, the Modern Language Association’s Committee on Contingent Labor in the Profession—formed in 2009 in response to a motion from the organization’s Delegate Assembly—is sponsoring a joint edition of the ADE Bulletin and the ADFL Bulletin to promote informed, professional discussion of contingent labor in departments in the United States and Canada. To support such discussions, the committee created “Professional Employment Practices for Non-Tenure-Track Faculty Members,” a policy document approved by the MLA Executive Council in 2011. We seek contributions showing how departments and individuals are using or might use the document. Essays relating to academic contingent labor are also welcome on topics including but not limited to the following:

  • Analyses, documentation, or description of trends or situations, nationally, regionally, or locally
  • Implications or effects of higher education trends (technology, distance learning, undergraduate education, curriculum issues)
  • Recruitment and hiring practices
  • Implications and issues of online or distance-education models for contingent faculty members
  • Compensation and professional advancement
  • Coalition building within and across institutions
  • Professional rights and responsibilities
  • Professional development and recognition
  • Graduate education and training issues
  • Research by contingent faculty members
  • Integration into the life of the department and institution
  • Best practices and models (case studies) of departments or institutions
  • Issues related to community colleges

Contributions to the issue will be subject to blind peer review. Authors’ names should not appear on manuscripts; instead, a cover sheet with the author’s name and mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, and the title of the article should accompany each manuscript. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the MLA Style Manual and submitted as a Word attachment to or The deadline for submissions is 1 April 2012.

About the ADE Bulletin: The ADE Bulletin is the journal of the Association of Departments of English, a subsidiary of the Modern Language Association.

About the ADFL Bulletin: The ADFL Bulletin is the journal of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages, a subsidiary of the Modern Language Association.