PAMLA Activities and Deadlines

2009 Elections Now Underway

It is once again time to conduct our annual elections for new PAMLA Officers.

In November, the terms of two of our Executive Committee members will expire: Andrew Fleck of San Jose State University and Heidi Schlipphacke of Old Dominion University will be stepping down from the Executive Committee. The Nominations Committee would like to express our sincere gratitude for their excellent service. We are fielding four candidates for the two Executive Committee slots that will be vacated. The length of term for both slots is three years. Please vote for two of the candidates.

New "Academic Announcements" Section

Site visitors will notice that we have added a new section for "Academic Announcments" at PAMLA members are invited to submit academic announcements and CFPs to Craig Svonkin, PAMLA's Executive Director: Please send potential academic announcements to Craig Svonkin as word document attachments.

Statement Regarding Washington State University's Plan to Eliminate the German Program

PAMLA members are invited to read the statement from the President and the Executive Committee regarding Washington State University's decision to eliminate its German Program, under the section "Programs in Peril."

Special Election Results

We are pleased to announce the results of our recent special election. The newest member of the PAMLA Executive Committee is Jeremiah B.C. Axelrod, Adjunct Assistant Professor of American Studies, Cultural Studies, and History at Occidental College in California, and an active PAMLA member since 2003. So, congratulations to Jem, who is sure to bring an exciting new voice to our Executive Committee.

Paper Proposals for PAMLA 2009

The deadline has now passed for paper proposals for all sessions at the 2009 PAMLA Conference, to be held November 6-7 at San Francisco State University. This year we introduced a new Online Proposal Submission Form to aid us in organizing the conference program. If your paper has been accepted for a session, but you did not submit a proposal online, please contact for instructions on how to submit a late proposal. All proposals must be submitted online to be included in the conference program.

Extended Deadline Sessions

The deadline for paper proposals for most of this year’s PAMLA conference sessions has now passed, and so most sessions are now closed. Some specific sessions, however, have extended their proposal deadlines until April 13, 2009. The sessions with extended deadlines are:

Special Election for Vacant Executive Board Seat

PAMLA is currently conducting a special election for the empty Executive Committee seat created when Craig Svonkin took on the job of Executive Director. The PAMLA Nominating Committee has nominated two extremely qualified candidates. Members who are current on their dues should check their mailboxes for a message with candidate bios and a link to the online ballot. If you haven't received the email but believe you are eligible to vote, please contact the Executive Director at Voting must be completed by April 10, 2009.

Deadline Extended for PAMLA 2009 Paper Proposals

The deadline for paper proposals for this year's PAMLA conference has been extended to March 30th for all sessions. We are extending the deadline in order to allow PAMLA members a bit more time to learn how to use the new online paper submission form (which is, we promise, quite easy to use). Here is the link to our Online Proposal Submission Form:

Message from PAMLA's New Executive Director

Dear PAMLA Members and Friends,

I’m writing to you as PAMLA’s new Executive Director.

First, I want to thank PAMLA’s nominating committee, officers, and Executive Committee members for this great honor, and Salah Khan, our out-going Executive Director, for all of his wonderful work on our organization’s behalf and for his kind assistance in guiding me through this transition.

Executive Directorship Changes Hands

A message from PAMLA's President:

I write with some important news about PAMLA. Professor Salah Khan is stepping down as Executive Director to pursue his scholarly projects. On behalf of the Executive Committee, I thank Salah for his excellent management of the association as well as his inspired leadership. It has been a great pleasure to work with Salah these past several years, and we wish him well in all of his new endeavors.


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