CELJ is pleased to announce that Debra Rae Cohen has been elected as the next vice president of CELJ. Her term will begin immediately after the MLA Convention and continue for two years, after which she will rotate into the presidency for an additional two years. Cohen just finished a five-year term as co-editor of Modernism/modernity. Cohen notes that she is
particularly interested in seeing CELJ grapple meaningfully with some of the institutional challenges facing scholarly publishing today, whether in the form of open access initiatives, reduced university support, downsizing of academic publishers, pressures and benefits of digitality, or our own responsibilities vis-à-vis precarious labor. CELJ has long been devoted to mentoring, but I’d like to see that mentorship extended beyond the design of editors speaking with potential authors: we need to discuss and support editorship as an aspect of a scholarly career, and work to mentor our own potential replacements.
In addition to Cohen's election, CELJ is happy to report that the ratification of Janine Utell as CELJ's next secretary and Nora Gilbert as its mentoring coordinator was successful. Both editors began these positions, appointed by the current board, after last year's MLA convention, and each have a remaining two years in their position!
Finally, the votes to update CELJ's constitution to reflect corrected language for its institutional home were unanimously in favor of the change. Those amendments have been made to the constitution effective immediately and the change date noted on the Constitution page of the website.
Thank you to all of the CELJ members who voted in this election! We need your input and your support is invaluable for the excellent running of this organization.
Note that your materials will be repackaged for shipment to the MLA warehouse in advance of the conference. Please ship materials to the following address:
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All materials must arrive by December 9, 2019.
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Note that your materials will be repackaged for shipment to the MLA warehouse in advance of the conference.
If you have questions, please contact Cheryl or her research assistant at email@example.com.
Please review and vote on the proposed constitutional changes by November 1. You can access the new document and voting link here: http://celj.org/documentation-revisions. The current Constitution is located under the "About" tab on the "Constitution" page.