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The Strength of the Alt/Ac Candidate on the Academic Market

by Beth Seltzer

“My fellow scholars in the MLA’s Connected Academics proseminar,” says Beth Seltzer, “tackle a mind-boggling range of responsibilities. They edit academic journals, serve as assistant deans and departmental administrators, lead graduate student associations, and volunteer with local youth-art programs. And they get all this done while they’re writing their dissertations and producing strong academic scholarship. I am sure that—through their work in various fields—they will make the world a better place.”

Financing the Life of the Mind

by Sarah Ruth Jacobs

“What this program means for me,” says Sarah Ruth Jacobs, is that I will no longer settle for adjunct wages… I hope that the conversations we have will reverberate outside our group and that we will ultimately encourage others not to settle for working conditions that offer little respect or compensation.”