Professional Organizations

National Organizations

The American Communication Association (ACA)
The ACA is a not-for-profit virtual professional association with actual presence in the world of communication scholars and practitioners. ACA is committed to enabling the effective use of new and evolving technologies to facilitate communication instruction, research and criticism, and to offering a technologically supportive venue for all who study the ways in which humans communicate. While the Association is based in the United States, it is a virtual organization that welcomes participation from academics and professionals throughout the world. Membership is free.

The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW)
ATTW is an active organization of teachers, researchers, and teacher/practitioners of technical communication across a range of academic and professional institutions. Members of ATTW work in graduate and undergraduate programs in technical communication, media, engineering, rhetoric, writing studies, and English, among other complimentary research programs. The organization includes members from both U.S. and internationally based institutions. Membership is free.

The Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP)
AWP provides community, opportunities, ideas, news, and advocacy for writers and teachers. We support over 34,000 writers, 500 college and university creative writing programs, and 100 writers’ conferences and centers

The mission of The Association of Writers & Writing Programs is to foster literary achievement, to advance the art of writing as essential to a good education, and to serve the makers, teachers, students, and readers of contemporary writing.

An individual membership in AWP for one year costs $65 or $110 for two years; however, currently enrolled students who enclose a photocopy of their valid student ID pay only $40.

College English Association (CEA)
Since 1938, CEA has been a vibrant, growing professional organization of scholar-teachers who regard teaching college students, undergraduate and graduate, as the proper focus of the profession.

Members represent a broad range of interests traditionally gathered under English studies, including literature, composition, popular culture, women’s studies, minority studies, creative writing, film studies, technical communication, speech, and ESL.

Individual membership is $40 for one year, $75 for two years, or $15 for one year for current students.

Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA)
CWPA is a national association of writing professionals with interests in developing and directing writing programs. CWPA believes in writing and writers. They advocate and help members advocate for effective writing programs.

Regular one-year memberships cost $30. Graduate student one-year memberships are $10.

The Linguistic Society of America (LSA)
LSA is the largest linguistic society in the world and welcomes linguists of all kinds. It is the only umbrella professional linguistics organization in the US, with over 5,000 individual and library members. LANGUAGE, the official journal of the LSA, continues to publish across the subfields, and LSA’s annual and summer meetings, biennial summer institutes, and other activities promote the study of language from many different perspectives.

LSA works on behalf of linguists and the discipline of linguistics, often cooperating with other scholarly societies and alerting members to issues that may concern them in their own universities or other workplaces. At the same time, LSA also addresses a wider public, offering news on linguistic findings, answering queries about language, and supporting different efforts to disseminate linguistic perspectives on language issues. An interest in linguistics remains the only requirement for membership.

Memberships are $95 a year for regular members and $40 a year for student members.

Modern Language Association of America (MLA)
Founded in 1883, the Modern Language Association of America provides opportunities for its members to share their scholarly findings and teaching experiences with colleagues and to discuss trends in the academy. MLA members host an annual convention and other meetings, work with related organizations, and sustain one of the finest publishing programs in the humanities. For over a hundred years, members have worked to strengthen the study and teaching of language and literature.

Membership fees vary by income. Graduate student memberships are $20 a year.

National Communication Association (NCA)
The National Communication Association advances communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.

The NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, the NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems.

Memberships are $165 a year for regular members and $60 a year for current students.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
The National Council of Teachers of English is devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education. This mission statement was adopted  in 1990: “The Council promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.”

Runs the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)

THE main national organization for college-level composition teachers and scholars. Essentially the college arm of the NCTE.

Membership is $50 for individual membership and $25 for student memberships (both with no journal subscriptions).

Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)
The purposes of the Society shall be to gather from all relevant fields of study, and to disseminate among its members, current knowledge of rhetoric, broadly construed; to identify new areas within the subject of rhetoric in which research is especially needed, and to stimulate such research; to encourage experimentation in the teaching of rhetoric; to facilitate professional cooperation among its members, to organize meetings at which members may exchange findings and ideas; and to sponsor the publication of such materials dealing with rhetoric.

Membership is $90 for one year ($50 for students) and $160 for two years ($90 for students).

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
TESOL’s mission is to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.

Membership is $95 for one year and $165 for two years. Student membership is $33 for one year and $56 for two years (lower rate options are also available for lower-income professional and new professorial members).

Regional Organizations

Boston Rhetoric and Writing Network (BRAWN)
The Boston Rhetoric and Writing Network connects Boston-area college writing and rhetoric teachers for professional development and intellectual community by sponsoring free and local workshops, symposia, research collaborations, and other events. Membership is free.

New England Association of Teachers of English
A regional affiliate of NCTE. Online membership is free.

New England Writing Across the Curriculum Consortium

The Northeast Writing Center Association (NEWCA)
The Northeast Writing Center Association (NEWCA) is a regional affiliate of the International Writing Center Association (IWCA). This annual conference is a two-day event providing writing center tutors, staff, faculty, administrators, and scholars with opportunities to interact with colleagues from other writing centers in the Northeast.

The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
The Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) is a scholarly organization for professionals in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, and other modern languages. Most members are professors and students at colleges and universities from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and eastern Canada. The group was founded as the New York – Pennsylvania MLA in 1967 by William Wehmeyer of St. Bonaventure University and other MLA members interested in continuing scholarly discourse at annual conventions smaller than that hosted by the Modern Language Association.

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