Skip to main content

About the Conference

Why Hills and Hollers?

The home node of this conference is Appalachia, a mountainous region known for its hills and hollers. On a hilltop, we can see far distances and gain greater perspective. In a holler, we gather close to our kin and develop strong ties.

For non-tenure track faculty, gaining perspective and developing ties can be challenging. Our conference seeks to bring together from across the country faculty who are intimately familiar with this contingent academic world. We seek to develop connections among our community; to empower faculty to have tough conversations with their campus leaders and colleagues; and to advocate for enfranchisement, inclusion and equity in benefits, pay and access.

We hope to answer questions and address topics around such topics as:

  • Faculty identity: What does it mean to be faculty? What rights does being faculty entail?
  • Workload
  • Pay equity
  • Eligibility for professional development, sabbatical leave, leadership advancement, professorships
  • Organizing and advocacy on campus
  • Rewards, recognition, incentives
  • Empowering our passions in our work
  • Diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice on the non-tenure track
  • Networking
  • Building a cohort of peer evaluators (internally and externally)
  • Evaluation and promotion

This conference is sponsored by the WVU Office of the Provost.

Why Virtual?

This inaugural conference will take place virtually for a few reasons. We understand that non-tenure track faculty may not have access to support and funding to help with travel to a conference’s physical location. One positive effect of the pandemic is we now all see the possibilities of virtual work for bringing together a wide range of people. Finally, the conference organizers wanted to test the waters to see whether there is an interest for such a conference; if the response is positive, in-person options are in our future.

Conference Goals

The goals of this conference include:

  • Highlighting the work various people and institutions are doing to recognize and reward non-tenure track faculty
  • Facilitating connections among non-tenure track faculty
  • Promoting best practices and identifying areas of concern to enfranchise non-tenure track faculty
  • Providing guidelines for institutions looking to improve their work cultures for non-tenure track faculty


Register by June 15 for discounted prices!

  • WVU participants - $25
  • Students of any institution - $15
  • General registration by June 15 - $30
  • Late registration (after June 15) - $40

Payments will be accepted through the registration link.

Register Now

About the Organizers

Lisa Di Bartolomeo

Lisa Di Bartolomeo

Lisa Di Bartolomeo is a Teaching Professor at WVU and coordinates the Russian Studies and Slavic and East European Studies programs. In 2013-2014, she served as the first non-tenure track Faculty Senate Chair and held a two-year elected term as one of two faculty voting members of the institutional Board of the Governors. She was awarded an A.C.E. Leadership Fellowship in 2018-19 and has held other fellowships and leadership positions. Lisa and Nathalie have a long history of friendship and a special focus on non-tenure track faculty.

Nathalie Singh-Corcoran

Nathalie Singh-Corcoran

Nathalie Singh-Corcoran is a Service Professor at WVU and serves as the coordinator of the Writing Studio, the university’s writing center. She also served as the WVU Faculty Senate Chair from 2020-2021. She has collaborated with Lisa DiBartolomeo on a number of different campus initiatives related to non-tenure track faculty and is currently a member of the university non-tenure track faculty steering committee.

Kaytely Carpenter

Kaytely Carpenter

Kaytely Carpenter is a graduate student in WVU’s professional writing and editing program, working towards an M.A. with hopes of pursuing a PhD in English after completion of her master's. She received her B.A. in English and interdisciplinary studies at WVU. She currently teaches English 101 to undergraduate students as well as being Dr. Di Bartolomeo’s Graduate Teaching Assistant for a class being taught at SCI-Greene, a maximum security federal prison. As she is interested in teaching in postsecondary education in the future, she wants to learn more about non-tenure track faculty and what that looks like at different institutions.


Reach out using our general email or individually to the conference organizers.

General Email

About the Artwork

Liz Pavlovic is a West Virginia artist who takes pride in representing Appalachia.

Learn More