Disability and the Academic Job Market (Panel)


Pedagogy & Professional

Chris McGunnigle (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)

Securing a position as a fulltime tenure track professor is difficult but even more so for people with a disability. Despite an increased call for applicants from marginalized populations, people with a disability are more quickly eliminated as potential candidates for fulltime positions, either through direct discrimination or from ablest conventions of the job interview process.

This interdisciplinary panel will explore various issues, both impediments and aid, related to navigating the fulltime college and university job search for people with a disability. While personal experience is valuable, topics will be worked towards a more generalized discussion of specific issues facing people with disabilities while on the market. Allies without a disability are also welcome to add their perspective and expertise.

Participants might address issues like:

1. Neurodiversity and its impact on job interview performance

2. Disability and specific fields

3. The campus interview, traveling, and physical disabilities

4. The uncanny valley and the social nature of the job application process

5. To declare a disability and when

6. When is it discrimination and how do you know?

7. Affording the MLA interview on disability income

8. Technology and the application process

9. Fitting into the workplace

10. And moreā€¦

People with a disability encounter more difficulties in the academic job search than those without disabilities. This panel will explore the various obstacles that people with disabilities face while looking for a fulltime academic position at the college and university level. Topics can include, but are not limited to: the interview process, direct discrimination, finances, ablest mentality, and more.