Vernon Press invites chapter proposals on Disability and the Academic Job Market. The volume will be edited by Christopher McGunnigle, Seton Hall University.


Securing a position as a full time tenure track professor is difficult enough 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 full time academic employment, either through direct discrimination or from ablest conventions of the job interview process.


Because disability entails a wide variety of impairments, and because every college and university has its own politics on how to screen out applicants, job-hunting in academia with a disability can involve innumerably different experiences and obstacles. We are looking to capture the diversity of these problems while working towards their solutions. Representation matters and the inclusion of people with a disability into the faculty of higher learning benefits not only the individual but the academic community, its students, and overall populations with a disability.


This collection seeks to explore various issues, both impediments and aid, related to navigating the full time college and university job search for people with a disability. Our main goals are to bring to light the concerns of applicants with a disability and discuss reform. While personal experience is valuable, topics should be worked towards a discussion of specific issues facing people with a disability while on the market, with personal testimony contributing to the discourse.


Submissions do not need to be from those who have secured a position. Allies without a disability are also welcome to add their perspective and expertise.


Participants might address issues like:


  1.    Neurodiversity
  2.    Disability and entering 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. Discrimination in ad postings
  11. Differences in community colleges versus four year universities
  12. and more…

Deadline for submissions: February 28th, 2019


How to submit your proposal

Abstracts should be roughly 300 words long and written in English. Please include the title of the proposed submission, name(s) of the author(s) and contact information (institutional affiliation, mailing address, and email address), as well as a short 100-word biography. Please submit your proposal to Feel free to ask questions.


More information on what we look for in a proposal is available on our website.


About the publisher

Vernon Press is an independent publisher of scholarly books in the social sciences and humanities. We work closely with authors, academic associations, distributors and library information specialists to identify and develop high quality, high impact titles.


Dolmage, Jay. Academic ableism. University of Michigan Press, 2017.

Evans, Nancy J., et al. Disability in Higher Education: A Social Justice Approach. Jossey-Bass, 2017.

Horton, John, and Faith Tucker (2014). “Disabilities in academic workplaces: experiences of human and physical geographers.” Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers, 3: 76-89. doi:10.1111/tran.12009.

Kerschbaum, Stephanie L, Laura T Eisenman, and James M Jones, editors. Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education. University of Michigan Press, 2017

Price, Margaret. Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life. University of Michigan Press, 2011.

This proposal is due on February 28th 2019.

Page last updated on December 24th 2018. All information correct at the time, but subject to change.