Contingent / Adjunct / Independent Scholar / Two-Year Caucus (CAITY)

The CAITY Caucus advocates for NeMLA members who are contingent, adjunct, or independent scholars and/or teach at two-year institutions. The Caucus organizes panels, speakers, and discussions on topics including pedagogy, unionizing, and non-traditional career paths, offering travel and paper prizes in support of these endeavors. Everyone with interests in these areas is welcome!


CAITY Essay Award

NeMLA awards an annual prize for the best essay developed from a paper presented by contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty members.

  • The competition is limited to papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the previous NeMLA convention.
  • Please send 20-25 page versions of your essay to with “NeMLA CAITY Essay Award Submission” in the subject line.
  • The submission deadline is January 14.  

Criteria for all Caucus Essay Awards

Submissions should be between 7,000 and 9,000 words, with a maximum of 10,000 words including notes and works cited. We cannot consider unrevised paper presentations. The author’s name, address, and academic affiliation should appear only on a separate cover sheet.

The winning essay receives a $100 prize that that is given out at the business brunch meeting at the convention. Prize-winning essays will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

CAITY Travel Award

The NeMLA CAITY Travel Awards are open to contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty who have been accepted to present at the annual Convention. 

Please read the submission guidelines below and fill out the information that follows (all fields are required).

Submission Guidelines:

  • This stipend is for people who have had a paper presentation accepted to a panel only. C.A.I.T.Y. travel awards are not meant for panel chairs or for participants of creative sessions or roundtables.
  • Applicants must choose to apply for either the C.A.I.T.Y Caucus Travel Award or the Graduate Student Caucus Award.
  • The recipients of this stipend are selected on merit.
  • All applications must be emailed as attachments (.doc. or .docx files only) to
  • This year's application period will close on January 7, 2022, and recipients will be notified soon after.

Please include:

  • Full Name
  • Institutional Affiliation(s)
  • Professional Status (mark “X” next to the appropriate category; if you are unsure, please email us at
    • Contingent (Full-time faculty with a contract that may be renewed after a set period of time, such as non-tenure track Lecturers, Visiting Assistant Professors, or Post-Doctoral Fellows)
    • Adjunct (Part-time faculty with a contract that may be renewed)
    • Independent Scholar (Scholar with no current institutional affiliation) 
    • Two-Year Faculty (Part- or Full-Time faculty with or without tenure at a community college
    • Other Equivalent Title: _________________
  • Email Address
  • Mailing Address
  • Estimated Total Cost to Attend Conference
  • Estimated Amount of Assistance from Other Sources
  • Panel Title
  • Abstract Title
  • Abstract (300 words maximum)

Annual Business Meeting

Held each year at the annual convention, this Business Meeting welcomes you to join NeMLA members who advocate for contingent, adjunct, or independent scholars and faculty at two-year institutions to discuss the business and goals of the CAITY Caucus. Topics include panels, speakers, and continuing to advocate for our members on topics including pedagogy, unionizing, and non-traditional career paths.



Oversees the caucus and is elected triennially. The President serves on the NeMLA board, and attends both the fall and spring board meetings. Other responsibilities include organizing convention CAITY events, and assisting with the CAITY Essay Award and Travel Awards.

  • Nominations for leadership positions within the Caucus are accepted up to the annual CAITY Meeting/Reception, held at the annual NeMLA convention.
  • The elections take place at the Meeting/Reception.

Francisco Delgado
President and Board Representative

Past President

Katelynn DeLuca
Past President

Meeting Minutes