The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 9th, 2015
A group demanding that the Modern Language Association better
represent non-tenure-track faculty members claims to have made major
progress in the organization’s annual elections, but has been stymied in
its efforts to quantify how well its candidates fared.
The group, #mlademocracy, knows that one of its four candidates in
the elections won a seat on the association’s Executive Council, and is
asserting that the other three came close enough to winning their races
to give it hope of prevailing in future elections. But its
characterization of the election results has been disputed by the
association’s executive director, Rosemary G. Feal, and the MLA does not
release voting tallies.
The dispute over the outcome of the voting, tallied last month,
reflects lingering unrest within the association as it begins its annual
conference on Thursday in Vancouver, British Columbia.