As some of you might have seen, I’ve been nominated to stand for election to the Modern Language Association’s Executive Council.
The Executive Council “has fiduciary and administrative responsibility for the association,” according to the official description. Basically, as I understand things, the Executive Council advises the Executive Director (Rosemary Feal) on a variety of topics, and is designed to provide a breadth of viewpoints and to reflect a variety of constituencies within the MLA at the level of executive decision making and action.
My own nomination has come about because I tick some of those boxes quite well, namely, that I’m a graduate student at a non-US, non-R1 institution. This year, of the seven individuals nominated for the Executive Committee, the membership must elect one regular member of MLA and two graduate students. I am one of five students standing; two of us will be joining the council, however things work out. Of the folks standing, I am the only one not at a US institution and, I believe, the only one currently living outside of the US. All hail the Canadian incursion.
I’ve pasted my official, MLA-produced profile here for folks to take a look at. As it’s a bit dense and full of abbreviations, I’ll be elaborating on a few different things over the coming weeks that I feel aren’t quite captured by this listing.