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Vision Interview with Paula Krebs, Modern Language Association

Vision Interview with Paula Krebs, Modern Language Association

November 2021

This interview with Paula Krebs, Executive Director, Modern Language Association closed out the 2021 NISO Humanities Roundtable which focused onThe Monograph in an Evolving Humanities Ecosystem. In his role as moderator, Todd Carpenter noted that in 2007, the Modern Language Association released a Task Force Report on Evaluating Scholarship for Tenure and Promotion which noted the pressure on junior faculty to produce a book for consideration at “a time when universities have lowered or eliminated subsidies for scholarly presses and libraries have dramatically reduced their purchases of books in the humanities”. Among the recommendations emerging from that report was that “the profession as a whole should develop a more capacious conception of schol­arship by rethinking the dominance of the monograph, promoting the scholarly essay, establishing multiple pathways to tenure, and using scholarly portfolios.” Listen in to hear whether Krebs felt she was seeing any indication of such a change in process.

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