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 Conference Paper Prizes

Each year, 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. However, as NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention will be virtual, no travel awards will be offered this year. 

To make up for this lost source of support, and to continue championing the amazing work by those part of CAITY, the CAITY Caucus will offer Conference Paper Prizes. This prize is in addition to, and not in replacement of, the CAITY Essay Award. What makes the Conference Paper Prize distinct is that it is offered for a paper being presented at the current conference, whereas the Essay Award is for an article-length paper presented at the previous conference.

The extended deadline for the Conference Paper Prize awards is January 18. Applicants must email their submissions to under the subject "CAITY Conference Paper Prize Submission" and include the following: 

  • their name, current institution, and position title
  • the name of the panel they are presenting on
  • the title of their paper
  • their complete paper presentation

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 10.  

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.

2021 CAITY Sponsored Roundtable

The Value (and Struggles) of Public Engagement

Some in our profession have begun fostering partnerships in our communities in ways that show the transferability of the skills we have acquired working and/or teaching in academia. This roundtable will be a setting to share some best practices of engaging the public(s) beyond our campuses. How can we promote the value of the work that we do beyond the traditional venues of academic journals and conferences?

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