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Written/UnwrittenDiversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure$
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Patricia A. Matthew

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781469627717

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627717.001.0001

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Tenure in the Contact Zone

Tenure in the Contact Zone

Spanish Is Our Language, Too1

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(p.95) Tenure in the Contact Zone
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Written/Unwritten
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Angie Chabram

Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469627717.003.0006

Angie Chambram charts her negotiations of higher education, her own brand of cultural politics, and her interdisciplinary path toward bilingual Chicana/o studies and interdisciplinary cultural studies to winning tenure. Rather than overpersonalizing her story or providing celebratory closure, she invites readers to consider how the language and tenure struggle that intersect in higher education reflect the struggles of everyday people in different geopolitical and educational venues. Chambram discusses the challenge of building a new program while on the tenure track while making claims for the importance of diversity within Spanish literature and language departments. The essay provides glimpses of these negotiations which begin early on in the lives of many assistant professors of color (most of whom are untenured) and continue well beyond tenure, as these individuals negotiate points of entry and articulation and seek to redress longstanding social injustices.

Keywords:   cultural studies, interdisciplinary programs, Chicana/o studies, Spanish departments

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