Connected Academics: Humanistic Study and Careers

Seminar South, held at the Georgia Tech Conference Center in Atlanta, and organized jointly by the Association of Departments of English, the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages, and MLA Connected Academics, will be centered on the topic of careers and the curriculum, from undergraduate to graduate. Focusing not only on pathways for humanities PhDs, but paying equal attention to the study of language and literature at the undergraduate and master’s level in a variety of institutional contexts, participants will discuss how to advocate for the value of humanistic expertise while preparing students for a variety of career opportunities in today’s job market. The Seminar will conclude with two working groups on Sunday morning, “Humanities Student Success” and “Tracking and Alumni Engagement for PhD Programs.”

When. 13–17 June, 2018.

Where. Accommodations and meetings are at the Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center in midtown Atlanta.

Hosts. The MLA’s Connected Academics partners Arizona State University, Georgetown University, and the University of California Humanities Research Institute.


  • Defining Humanistic Expertise
  • Creating Community Partnerships
  • Culture Change and Resistance
  • Tracking and Engaging Alumni
  • Career-Oriented Master’s Degrees
  • Reversing the Decline in the Major and Enrollments
  • Partisan Politics and the Classroom
  • MLA Bibliography Teaching Tools
  • New Structures for Graduate Student Advising
  • Facilitating Internships and Site Visits
  • Study Abroad and Careers
  • Innovations in Undergraduate Pedagogy
  • Working with Your State Humanities Council
  • Advocacy and the Curriculum

Preseminar Workshops.
Registration and Check-In Information for Preseminar Workshops. Workshop participants may check in from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, 13 June. The six ADE and ADFL workshops will begin together with a dinner at 6:00 p.m., followed by meetings from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.; workshops continue on the next day, with meetings from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and conclude with a working lunch. There is a $195 registration fee for the preseminar workshop, which includes all meals and materials.


Click here for more information on ADE-sponsored Preseminar Workshops

New Chairs in English. Leaders: Tarshia Stanley (Spelman Coll.) and Nancy Warren (Texas A&M Univ., College Station). In the preseminar workshop for new chairs, those about to start or just completing their first year as department chairs can glean practical advice and have questions answered by seasoned administrators about all aspects of chairing.

Reversing the Decline in English Majors and Enrollments. Leaders: Samuel Cohen (Univ. of Missouri, Columbia)​ and Sheila Smith McKoy (Kennesaw State Univ.). Participants will share ideas about how to confront the challenge of shrinking numbers facing many English departments today, including strengthening the curriculum, attracting new majors, expanding the minor, working with the university, and telling success stories.

English Graduate Curricula and Careers. Leaders: Jenna Lay (Lehigh Univ.) and Charles Waite Mahoney (Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs). The workshop will explore resources and strategies for graduate education, with particular attention to admissions practices, curricula, and career planning to support graduate students with diverse aspirations and to recognize a range of humanities careers.

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New Chairs in Foreign Languages. Leaders: Gary B. Schmidt (Coastal Carolina Univ.) and Anna Westerstahl Stenport (Georgia Inst. of Tech.). In the preseminar workshop for new chairs, those about to start or just completing their first year as department chairs can gather practical advice and have questions answered by seasoned administrators about all aspects of chairing.

ADFL-MLA Language Consultancy Initiative. Leaders: Dennis Looney (MLA) and William Nichols (Georgia State Univ.). With the goal of training potential consultants for future assignments, this preseminar workshop will review a wide variety of the issues addressed in a typical ADFL-MLA Language Consultancy, including enrollments, majors, curriculum design, faculty governance, strategic planning, and advocacy.

Please note that the preseminar workshop “Building Coherent Language-Content Curricula in FL Programs” has been cancelled.



2017 Summer Seminar participants visit the Center for Civil and Human Rights

2017 Summer Seminar participants on excursion to the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Registration and Seminar Times.

On-site seminar check-in will take place at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center from 12:00 noon–2:00 p.m. on Thursday, 14 June; the seminar begins that afternoon at 2:00 p.m. The program continues through Sunday, 17 June, with two special working groups from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: “Tracking and Alumni Engagement for PhD Programs” and “Humanities Student Success.” The registration fee of $595 for ADE/ADFL members ($850 for nonmembers) includes most seminar meals and receptions. Register online at www.ade.mla.org or www.adfl.mla.org. Participants sometimes make the seminar part of a family vacation, and guests are welcome to join participants for meals. Contact the ADE/ADFL staff for costs.


Reserve rooms online or call 800 706-2899 and identify yourself as a participant in the ADE-ADFL Seminar. The group rate is $144/night for a single room, plus applicable taxes; please call the hotel directly to inquire about the availability of double rooms. Wireless Internet access and overnight self-parking in the hotel’s covered garage are included for all registrants. The cutoff date for guaranteed reservations is 23 May 2018. After this date, any unsold rooms in the block reserved for ADE and ADFL will be made available to the general public, and the special seminar rate may no longer be available.


The Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center is located in Midtown Atlanta, 800 Spring Street NW, just off the I-75/I-85 connector highway. It is easy to get to the hotel from the airport by taxi or MARTA,  Atlanta’s transit system.


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Driving and Parking: Because of construction in the area, the hotel advises drivers to use a GPS system, as detours might be necessary (the construction is not expected to affect MARTA users or pedestrians).
There is ample self parking available in a garage connected to the hotel; the cost is included in registration. For day guests, parking is $15 per day (one time access), or $18 for unlimited in/out access.

Taxi: Most companies charge a flat fee from the airport to Midtown of around $35. Ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber are also available at the airport and offer reasonable rates; please take note of the temporary relocation of the rideshare pick-up zone.

MARTA: Follow signs from baggage claim to the MARTA station. At the station, purchase a reloadable Breeze Card for $2; each one-way fare is $2.50. The Georgia Tech Trolley provides free pickups at the Midtown station to the hotel. The hotel is located between the North Avenue MARTA station and the Midtown MARTA station on the red/gold rail line.

Walking from North Avenue Station: Follow the signs pointing to the Fox Theatre after getting off the train.  Exit the fare gates and walk straight ahead through an indoor mall to reach sliding doors to 3rd Street. Turn left on 3rd, right on West Peachtree Street then left on 5th Street. The hotel is about a block on the left. Walking time is roughly 5-6 minutes.

Walking from Midtown Station: Take the Peachtree Place exit out of the station and turn right. At the first intersection turn left on West Peachtree Street then right on 5th Street. Walking time is about 7-8 minutes.


Postseminar Working Groups.

Humanities Student Success. Leader: Paula M. Krebs (MLA). The postseminar working group on “Humanities Student Success” will focus on building regional initiatives to measure and improve postgraduate outcomes for undergraduate humanities majors. Participants will develop plans to get their faculty members connected and working with local employers, public humanities organizations, campus careers offices, and other interested parties.

Tracking and Alumni Engagement for PhD Programs. Leader: Maureen McCarthy (Council of Graduate Schools). Using current tools and best practices, participants in the postseminar working group titled “Tracking and Alumni Engagement for PhD Programs” will develop take-home strategies for putting the knowledge, experience, and good will of their alumni to work for the benefit of their graduate programs and PhD students.

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