The Modern Language Association (MLA) is the primary professional association for academics in the fields of languages and literatures. The MLA publishes a journal, Publications of the Modern Language Association of America, and serves as the clearinghouse for job announcements and professional issues for the colleges and university systems. The Association publishes an annual list of conferences and grants, circulate calls for papers, and maintains an ongoing list of available academic jobs.
The Department of Literature is a member of the MLA and receives their publications. Students engaging in a job search may access the MLA job list through the departmental membership by obtaining the access code from the Graduate Office. Individual students may wish, however, to become members of the MLA, thus receiving information specific to their own research and teaching specialties. The MLA offers special student membership rates.