Anthropology News

AN Call for Proposals: Academic Labor

The academic labor market is in a state of flux. There is talk of abolishing tenure, or at least changing it. There are patterns of hiring more adjuncts and part-time instructors. Those with and without union representation struggle for more equitable compensation and health benefits. There is a rise in the for-profit educational model. The one constant seems to be the tightening of budgets at all levels. In the meantime, educators are trying to keep their programs funded, and graduate students are trying to establish themselves and be prepared for an academic market that is changing.

Anthropology News, the newspaper of the American Anthropological Association, requests proposals for an ongoing series on academic labor. We seek a wide range of perspectives on this topic that affects both current and future educators. We welcome proposals that reflect issues including but not limited to: the relationship between contingent and permanent educators with their institutions; pros and cons of tenure; ideas for improving the flow of the academic career track; how educators’ concerns are being expressed; innovative solutions for meeting student and educator needs while facing budgetary constraints.


To participate, email a 300-word abstract and 50–100-word biosketch to Anthropology News Acting Managing Editor Amy Goldenberg ( We welcome proposals on academic labor for independent commentaries, Teaching Strategies, news stories and interviews. Final contributions will be 1100-1300 words in length for commentaries, and shorter for other contribution types. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the series closes.

Proposal submission deadline: Ongoing.