Just a few quick links that empasize some of the other discussions taking place this year at MLA. First, Inside Higher Ed reports on the MLA panel on tenure evaluation and notes that some changes may be on the horizon (this is another panel I wish I had been able to attend). The highlights: less emphasis on the scholarly “monograph,” more willingness to accept peer-reviewed online publications as of equal value with “print” publications, a distinction that has become rather silly with so many “print” journals now making their issues online through Project Muse and eventually through such projects as ElectraPress.
Other changes included a reconsideration of the role of outside readers in determining a candidates’ qualifications for tenure; a more explicit understanding of how teaching, scholarship, and service contribute to a tenure case; and a renewed emphasis on mentoring tenure-track professors.
I also wanted to highlight the IHE article on some of the changes in what university presses are looking to publish. That process is still somewhat mysterious to me, so I found the article to be fairly useful in demystifying that process to some extent.
Finally, I think I’m the only blogger who was at MLA who didn’t meet Scott Eric Kaufman of Acephalous. I do think that Scott’s right to note that having a blog can make MLA a little less daunting and alienating than it might normally be. I had the chance to meet up with several other bloggers, including several bloggers who write anonymously.