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 at Montclair State University where I teach courses about British Romanticism, the history of the novel, and British abolitionist literature. I am the co-editor of a special issue for Romantic Pedagogy Commons and have published essays and reviews in Women’s Writing, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, and the Keats-Shelley Journal. I am the editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (University of North Carolina Press, 2016) and have published essays and books reviews on diversity in higher education in PMLA, The ADE Bulletin, Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, The New Inquiry and The Atlantic. My work on diversity has been featured in in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. In addition to essays on race and popular culture, I am currently writing a monograph about sugar, motherhood, and British abolitionist literature.
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