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!

Sponsored Roundtable for NeMLA's 52nd Annual Convention: "The Value (and Struggles) of Public Engagement" (abstracts due Sep 30, 2020)

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? Submit abstracts here by September 30, 2020.

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.

The CAITY Travel Award Application Form will be available beginning November 1, 2020, and will close on January 6, 2021.

Congratulations to recipients of the 2020 Boston CAITY Travel Award

Alessandra Aloisi, Silvia Alvarez-Olarra, Katja Anderson, Ayendy Bonifacio, Keridiana Chez, Luis Cuesta, Valeria Dani, Misun Dokko, Lisa Dolasinski, Omotayo Fakayode, Yolanda Franklin, Maite Garbayo Maeztu, Kristen Gunderson, Rachel Heffner-Burns, Emily Iekel, James Kenward-Abdollahyan, Caroline Laurent, Katja Lindskog, Taraneh Matloob Haghanikar, Peter McKenna, Alice Morin, Ayesha Muzaffar, Amy Paeth, Sara Parisi, Justyna Poray-Wybranowska, David Price, MennaTullah Reda Atta, Eleonora Sartoni, Hannah Schroder, and Stephanie Weber.

CAITY Essay Award (applications due Jan 10, 2021)

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 at any of the convention’s sections.

The submission deadline for the annual CAITY Caucus Essay Award is January 10, 2021. The competition is limited to papers presented by CAITY members at a session during the NeMLA convention earlier in the year. Contingent faculty, adjunct instructors, independent scholars, and two-year college faculty are invited to send 20-25 page versions of their essay to with “NeMLA CAITY Essay Award Submission” in the subject.

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.

Each caucus prize offers a $100 cash award. Prize-winning essays will automatically be considered for publication by Modern Language Studies. All essays are subject to MLS’s double-blind review.

Congratulations to Dr. Aoise Stratford, winner of the 2020 Boston Convention Essay Award for "Abortion, Infanticide, Sterilization and the Monstrous Maternal in Suzan-Lori Parks's Red Letter Plays."

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.

Meeting Minutes


Nominations for leadership positions within our Caucus are accepted up to the annual CAITY Meeting/Reception, held at the annual NeMLA convention. The election itself also takes place at the Meeting/Reception. Officers include the following:


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

Vice President TBA

Current Officers

Francisco Delgado
President and Board Representative

Katelynn DeLuca
Past President

Emily Lauer
Past President