Forthcoming November 2016.
Written/Unwritten is a collection of essays and interviews by and about scholars of color from around the country about their experiences on the tenure track (see overview for more information). As the book’s title suggests, there are two sets of rules that faculty are subjected to when applying for reappointment, tenure, and promotion: those made explicit in handbooks, faculty orientations, and determined by union contracts and those that operate under the surface. It is this second set of rules that disproportionally affects faculty of color who are often hired to “diversify” academic departments and then expected to meet ever-shifting requirements set by tenured colleagues and administrators.
The purpose of this blog is to collect news articles and op-ed pieces focused on the issue of diversity, affirmative action, and tenure cases under dispute.
I am an Associate Professor of English. I specialize in the history of the novel, specifically during the Romantic period (1790-1830), and am writing a book on the intersection of literary history and nineteenth-century medicine and teach in the English department at Montclair State University. I am most interested in reading novelists outside of their generic boxes. I’ve published essays and book reviews in Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Literary Studies, and Pedagogy and edited “Prospecting Romanticism” a special issue of Romantic Pedagogy Commons with Miriam Wallace. My research has been supported by fellowships from the Mellon Foundation (University of Massachusetts-Amherst), the National Endowment for the Humanities (Corvey Collection at University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and through research grants awarded by Montclair State University. Most recently I published a piece on British abolitionist prose for the new Encyclopedia of Romantic Literature (Blackwell/Wiley). I also lead workshops and participate on panels about race, racism and privilege in higher education.
For my thoughts on any number of thingshere.