American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators, and Directors of Language Programs

The Academic Workforce Advocacy Kit brings together a set of reports and guidelines on faculty workload and staffing norms developed by the Modern Language Association since the 1990s. Armed with these facts and figures, buttressed by goals and guidelines endorsed by the largest professional association of scholars in the country, we can begin to do the hard work of describing the situation in our own institutions; comparing it with the situation on the national level; confronting administrations with the facts, needs, and relevant standards; and educating the public at the local and state level.

The MLA Advocacy Tool Kit is found at

It contains links to the following items of interest to language program directors and department chairs:

MLA Issue Brief: The Academic Workforce

The MLA Executive Council created this issue brief to inform members of the profession and the general public of the circumstances faced by the academic workforce in the humanities. It provides background information and explains the council’s working assumptions. The brief then lays out an agenda and recommends a course of action to improve working conditions for the academic workforce.

Demography of the Faculty (2008)

This report presents statistical information from United States government sources about the composition of the faculty across the modern languages in United States institutions of higher education.

Foreign Languages and Higher Education: New Structures for a Changed World (2007)

"In the context of globalization and in the post-9/11 environment . . . the usefulness of studying languages other than English is no longer contested. The goals and means of language study, however, continue to be hotly debated. Divergent views concerning language and its many functions are reflected in differing approaches to the study of language."

Report of the MLA Task Force on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion (2006)

This report examines current standards and emerging trends in requirements for tenure and promotion in English and foreign language departments in colleges and universities throughout the United States. The report is based on a survey of more than 1,300 departments at institutions across the nation and includes 20 major recommendations for change.

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