Posts By: Anna Chang

Don’t Miss These Preconvention Workshops!

There’s time still to register for preconvention workshops at this year’s MLA convention in New York City! Many of these workshops focus on career development for members at all stages of their careers and provide opportunities for collaboration and hands-on learning. Advocating for Your Department Thursday, 4 January, 8:30–11:30 a.m., Gibson, Hilton William Nichols, Georgia… Read more »

Presenting at the 2015 Convention in Vancouver?

Whether this year’s convention presentation will be your first or your hundredth, here are a few tips to make it your best yet: Don’t read your paper. Looking down and reading a paper that was written to be read rather than heard is a sure way to make your audience disengage. Plan for accessibility. Give… Read more »

Collaborating on Convention Materials Using Docs

If you’re working with other members on a roundtable or another type of collaborative session for the convention, you might consider using the Docs feature on MLA Commons. Much like Google Docs, Docs on MLA Commons allows more than one user to edit and save a document online without using a separate software program. This… Read more »

Posting Convention Materials to MLA Commons

Presenting at the convention? Consider posting your presentation on the 2015 MLA Convention group in advance. To upload a file, click Files in the left-hand navigation bar and follow the instructions. Make sure to include the session number, date, time, and location in the description. You can also add an annotation to the online Program by… Read more »

2014 Presidential Theme on the Commons

The presidential theme for the 129th MLA Annual Convention is Vulnerable Times, and more than two hundred sessions will focus on the theme. Between now and January, the Commons newsletter and this blog will highlight descriptions of presidential theme sessions that have been posted on MLA Commons. View these panel descriptions and share Commons blogs… Read more »

#mla14 on the Commons

Are you organizing a session at the 2014 convention in Chicago? Start the conversation now by creating a blog with a description of your session, abstracts, panelist information, and other materials. Comment here with the link, and we may feature your blog in an upcoming e-mail message to MLA members. Here are posts from a… Read more »

Snapshots from MLA 2013: Day Two

On day two temperatures inched into the thirties, Nobel laureate Gao Xingjian discussed his work, members of the Flying Words project got expressive, the last MLA Commons t-shirt found a home, and a few attendees took to the dance floor after Michael Bérubé’s Presidential Address, “How We Got Here.”    

Snapshots from MLA 2013: Day One

The first day of the Boston convention featured the Presidential Forum, a Creative Conversation between Michael Erard and Dennis E. Baron, and single-degree temperatures! Attendees quickly mastered the indoor connection between the Hynes and Sheraton, and hundreds of members picked up t-shirts when they activated their Commons accounts. Only a handful left!

A Day of DH at #THATCamp #MLA13

A guest post by Genie Giaimo, Elizabeth Hopwood, Meg Tarquinio Roche Early on the second morning of the year, over 100 scholars braved the Boston cold to come together at Northeastern University’s Digital Media Commons for the 2013 THATCamp MLA—an unconference sponsored, in part, by the MLA and NUlab for Texts, Maps, and Networks. The… Read more »

Questions They Might Ask You

This post by Katherine Ellison and Cheryl Ball originally appeared on their Get a Job! blog and was previously published by Inside Higher Ed. The questions you’re asked at a preliminary interview (phone, Skype, at Modern Language Association meeting, etc.) will depend on the job description, sometimes on your rank (e.g., whether you’re entry-level or advanced),… Read more »