Dr. Pressler Elected as Delegate to Modern Language Association of America
Dr. Charlotte Pressler, a professor of English and philosophy and Honors Program director at South Florida State College (SFSC), has been elected to a three-year term as a special-interest delegate of the Modern Language Association of America’s (MLA) delegate assembly that starts Jan. 15, 2015 and ends Jan. 15, 2018.
Dr. Pressler is one of six representatives nationwide from a two-year college. The MLA delegate assembly consists of 278 members, 54 of which are special-interest delegates elected by a general vote from MLA membership.
Founded in 1883 to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature, the MLA serves as a platform for English and foreign language teachers to share scholarly findings and teaching experiences. The Association holds a yearly convention to discuss issues that are critical to these academic fields. The MLA has nearly 28,000 members in 100 countries.
“It is a great honor to be elected to represent English and foreign language faculty in two-year colleges on the national level,” Dr. Pressler said. “We two-year faculty have many issues and concerns, from the ‘adjunctivization’ of the profession, bringing with it the loss of academic freedom, to the slow erosion of humanistic education in colleges serving rural and lower-income students. As a member of the Delegate Assembly, I hope to bring these concerns to the attention of the entire membership of the Modern Language Association.”
The delegate assembly’s main responsibility is to recommend actions to MLA’s executive council and to initiate amendments to the association’s constitution. In addition, the delegate assembly is responsible for formulating and submitting resolutions on matters of public and institutional policy regarding the status of the language and literature professions represented by the association.
For more information on MLA delegate assembly, visit http://www.mla.org/delegate_assembly.