Friday, January 9, 2015

Outsider Slate’s Success in MLA Elections Is Shrouded by Withheld Numbers

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.

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