Loyola University Chicago

Midwest Modern Language Association

Opportunities and Announcements

The MMLA regularly posts updates and announcements that might be of interest to our membership: Conference CFPs, grant and fellowship openings, publication opportunities and anything that engages with the scholarly interests of our members. Check this page regularly for new updates. 

Newberry Institute for Research and Education Seminar

The Archive: Theory, Form, Practice

Fridays, October 4 - December 6, 2019 

The Newberry Library invites graduate students in the humanities to apply for a seminar that will explore the theoretical, critical, and practical methods necessary to negotiate historical and literary archives. The seminar will be held on eight Fridays from October 4 - December 6, 2018 (with no meeting on November 8 & 29). The course will be led by Liesl Olson (Director of Chicago Studies, Newberry Library) and a team of Newberry archivists and curators, including Alison Hinderliter and Catherine Grandgeorge. The seminar will include guest presentations by Brent Edwards (Columbia University) and Matt Kirschenbaum (University of Maryland).

The seminar will provide graduate students with a set of tools essential to doctoral research in any archive. Students will acquire skills that will also broaden their opportunities for career diversity by exposing students to archival work at an independent research library.

The course is ideal for PhD candidates in or beyond their third year of doctoral studies. A cohort of 15 graduate students will be selected to participate. Each participant will receive a $500 award, and lunch will be provided for each session. Travel funding for students outside of the Chicago area is also available.

Applications are due May 28, and applicants will be notified on June 7th. For more information, including how to apply, visit: https://archiveformtheorypractice.com


Chicago Research Summit Symposium

October 18, 2019

We are seeking presenters across various disciplines to lead engaging and stimulating sessions about how they are using Chicago-based research pedagogy to enhance undergraduate student learning. We are also interested in sessions that share research, institutional best practices, successful programs, assignments, coursework, and creative approaches to this method of instruction. Lastly, we encourage representatives from Chicago area museums, cultural institutions, and community organizations to submit proposals that highlight their services and collections. Areas of interest include:

  • Engaging Undergraduate Learners
  • Pedagogy and Curricula
  • Facilitating Student Researchers
  • Program Administration and Evaluation
  • Community Partnerships
  • Exploring Chicago Collections

Sessions and panels will be 20 or 40 minutes and should include audience interaction or discussion. The Chicago Research Summit will also include lightning talks, which are a great way to share ideas, collections, assignments, and best practices that don’t warrant a full session.

Submissions for full sessions and lightning talks should include a 150-250 word description of your presentation. Please include outcomes for your audience. To submit a proposal go to the following link: https://www.chicagoresearchsummit.org/present.

The deadline for submitting proposals is June 1, 2019 and the symposium will take place on October 18, 2019. Presenters will be notified in early August 2019 of their proposal status. 


Assistant Professor Opening at Park University

Assistant Professor of English - Professional and Technical Writing

The Department of English and Modern Languages at Park University is seeking applications for an Assistant Professor of English - Professional and Technical Writing to teach professional, technical, and first-year writing classes, upper-level rhetoric and composition courses in the English major, and develop courses for an existing minor in professional and technical writing.  This is a full-time, tenure-track position starting August 2019 with a standard teaching load of 4/4 with a mix of face-to-face and online classes.  There is potential for an applicant with the right experience to eventually coordinate first-year or professional writing.  Additional administrative duties come with appropriate release time.  The successful candidate will join a small but active department that values innovative teaching and collaboration.  The candidate selected for this position will be expected to participate in scholarship and engage in service to the department and the university. 

Minimum qualifications:  Ph.D. in professional and technical writing and/or rhetoric and composition with specialization in professional and technical writing from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; Ph.D. is required at time of appointment; evidence of successful teaching of professional, technical, and/or first-year writing courses; cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate coursework.  

Desirable qualifications: experience teaching and designing online courses; experience working with diverse student populations; experience designing new courses in professional and technical writing; experience in writing program administration.

Qualified applicants should upload a curriculum vitae, cover letter, transcripts, brief statement of teaching philosophy, and 3 letters of recommendation (at least 2 of which emphasize teaching proficiency).  

Review of applications will begin on November 19, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.   The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements for work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.   Park University, a private, not-for-profit University, founded in 1875, offers academic programs at 40 campus centers nationwide and online. The main campus is located approximately 10 minutes north of downtown Kansas City on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River, in Parkville, Missouri.  Park University has an excellent benefits package including health and life insurance, retirement plan, and tuition paid undergraduate classes for employees and dependents. Park University is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.  

Questions about the position can be directed to:

Dr. Silvia Byer and Dr. Stacey Kikendall, Search Committee Co-Chairs, Dept. of English and Modern Languages




The MLA Publication Award is now accepting submissions

We invite you to submit works and to call attention to the Modern Language Association’s upcoming publication prize competitions. In January 2020, eighteen publication prizes will be presented at the MLA Annual Convention in Seattle. In addition to the James Russell Lowell Prize for an outstanding scholarly work by a member of the association and the MLA Prize for a First Book, prizes will be awarded for the following subject areas and genres:

  • studies of Latin American and Spanish literatures and culture
  • comparative literary studies
  • French or francophone linguistic or literary studies
  • literary translations into English
  • scholarly translations into English
  • studies of black American literature or culture
  • studies of Italian languages, literatures, and culture
  • studies of twentieth- or twenty-first-century literature and thought
  • the teaching of languages other than English
  • scholarly editions of letters
  • scholarly editions of literary works
  • studies of Slavic language, linguistics, and literature
  • Latina and Latino or Chicana and Chicano literary and cultural studies
  • manuscripts in Italian literary studies

Detailed information on the prize competitions, including the number of copies required for submission, can be found on the MLA Web site.

Please note that books may compete for either the James Russell Lowell Prize or the MLA Prize for a First Book and one other prize, provided they meet eligibility requirements. Only books published in 2018 may compete for the annual prizes and for the Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies; for biennial prizes, books published in 2017 and 2018 are eligible. Each prize consists of a cash award and a certificate.

Some prize competitions require MLA membership; authors who are not currently MLA members may become eligible to compete for these prizes by joining the association before the competition’s deadline.

For more information, please contact Annie Reiser (646 576-5141; awards@mla.org).