The ADFL is a central resource for the language and literature community in the United States and Canada. ADFL's broad membership base of departments in diverse languages and every type and size of postsecondary institution makes it an ideal context for the examination and articulation of issues confronting the field and the development of fieldwide policy. Approximately one thousand college and university departments are members. They are represented by the chair in association activities.
The ADFL puts department chairs in touch with experienced peers and provides professional development to help departmental leaders work more effectively. It provides a forum for collegial exchange about important issues through its summer seminars, journal, and Web site. Members are kept informed about legislation that affects the field.
The ADFL articulates fieldwide consensus on standards of good practice on such topics as class size and workload, evaluation of teaching and scholarship, the employment of adjunct faculty members, and procedures for departmental review. ADFL and MLA conduct surveys on undergraduate and graduate programs, staffing, PhD placement, and enrollments. Information on the job market appears annually.
For Current Members
Renew your department's membership online.
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- Create and change department passwords
- Update membership information
Search the ADFL membership directory
See the current roster of the ADFL Executive Committee
If Your Department is Not Currently a Member
How your department can join ADFL
ADFL dues and membership benefits
How to Join ADFL
ADFL is an association of departments of foreign languages and literatures and divisions of humanities. Member departments are represented by their chairs or heads, who may in turn grant the privileges of membership to their faculty and graduate students.
To receive a membership application form please contact Roy Chustek at 646 576-5133 or email@example.com.
ADFL Departmental Dues Schedule, 2012-2013
Departments may choose to renew individually or to combine with other departments, programs, or academic units to renew collectively. Either way, dues will be based on the sum total of full-time equivalent (FTE) faculty members in the departments, programs, or units that are renewing together in a single transaction. When calculating dues, departments should count all full-time faculty members and sum the fraction of all part-time faculty members, rounding to the nearest whole number. For example, three part-time faculty members who are each 1/3 FTE count as 1 full-time faculty member. Do not include graduate teaching assistants.
Units (or combinations of units) in four-year institutions with:
|5 or fewer FTE faculty members || $225
|6 to 13 FTE faculty members || $275
|14 to 24 FTE faculty members || $375
|25 to 39 FTE faculty members || $575
|40 to 74 FTE faculty members || $675
|75 to 124 FTE faculty members || $775
|125 to 174 FTE faculty members || $975
|175 to 224 FTE faculty members ||$1,175
|225 to 274 FTE faculty members ||$1,575
|275 to 325 FTE faculty members ||$1,975
|More than 325 FTE faculty members ||$2,475
|Departments or divisions in two-year colleges ||$125
Comprehensive membership, which prepays registration for one person at one of the ADE or ADFL Summer Seminars, is available for an additional $475.
Check or Credit Card accepted.
Benefits of ADFL membership include:
- NEW: Language Consultancy Service. The Language Consultancy Service advises language departments on best practices related to curriculum design and governance. Consultants (experienced chairs, deans, and provosts) discuss innovative educational trends with the department's faculty members and address institution-specific concerns, with an eye toward creating ongoing and productive dialogue within an academic unit. The Language Consultancy Service is not a department or program review. Instead, the service aims to start fruitful discussions on curricular matters and governance procedures and help facilitate the work of modernizing departmentsí programs, activities, and decision-making processes. Financial support for the program will be shared by the MLA and the institution requesting a consultancy. The MLA will pay the consultant's honorarium, and the college or university will cover the costs of travel and room and board.
- Eligibility to attend ADFL Summer Seminars at the member's rate. Chairs unable to attend my send a designated department representative. The seminars are annual gatherings that provide department administrators with three days of lively debate, problem solving, and exchange of information about the field's most pressing issues in workshops, plenary sessions, and discussion groups.
- Access to the ADFL Bulletin, which publishes online essays and statistical data dealing with professional, pedagogical, curricular, and departmental matters. Online access to the searchable Bulletin archive, 1969 to the present, is available to all faculty members and graduate students in ADFL-member departments.
- ADFL Chairs Discussion List. Membership in the listserv provides an opportunity for an immediate exchange of information.
- ADFL Web site. Access to policy statements, reports, surveys, the directory of member departments, and the searchable archive of the ADFL Bulletin: thirty years of articles on issues confronting department chairs.
- The MLA Job Information List (JIL). Departmental access through the ADFL Web site (for chairs, faculty members, and graduate students) to online listings, updated weekly, of both foreign language and English positions in colleges and universities. Member departments receive a 35% discount off the standard insertion rate for job advertisements submitted to the JIL.
- The ADFL staff is available to respond to members' special requests for information and data or the names of appropriate outside program evaluators.