Becoming a member of NeMLA means becoming part of a community of scholars engaged in cutting-edge academic conversation. If that's not enough, here are 10 more benefits of joining the NeMLA family!
As a member of NeMLA:
1. Awards and Fellowship Opportunities
NeMLA sponsors several awards and fellowships to promote new scholarship in modern languages, including the yearly Book Award, Summer Research Fellowship, and Travel Awards to our annual convention. Applicants must be members of NeMLA. Additional awards are sponsored by NeMLA’s individual Caucuses to recognize quality research among their constituents who presented at the yearly convention.
2. Presentation Opportunities and Special Events
Each March, members are invited to submit proposals to chair or organize sessions for NeMLA’s annual convention. Once the call for papers is announced in June, members are invited to submit their paper proposals to the appropriate chairs and organizers. These opportunities to present allow you to build community not only in your field but also across disciplines. You have the opportunity of attending special events in the different areas of scholarship showcased and sponsored at NeMLA: invited speakers, fiction and poetry readings, film screenings, music, and more! With attendees from all over the world, NeMLA has a large group of long-time members who like to return again and again to the friendliest regional conference we know.
3. Professionalizing Workshops, Mentorship, and Service
Each year, the Board plans several workshops that focus on professionalization--such as book and article publication, promotion and tenure, writing grant proposals, and negotiating the job market. These sessions typically include several panelists who are at various points in their careers, as well as people in relevant fields (such as acquisitions editors of university presses, journal editors, and grant-writing officers). Brief presentations are followed by a lengthy discussion with attendees, in which NeMLA members are encouraged to bring whatever questions they might have about these issues.
In addition, the Graduate Student Caucus offers the Job Clinic to NeMLA convention attendees. In these workshops, faculty with search committee experience host one-on-one meetings with attendees seeking employment to discuss CV and job application strategies.
The Women’s and Gender Studies Caucus also operates the Women's and Gender Studies Mentorship Program, an interdisciplinary mentoring program which pairs senior faculty mentors with junior faculty and doctoral students.
NeMLA members may also volunteer to serve on the Board of the organization and become part of the decision-making process while adding to your administrative experience. Nominations for most open positions are due August 15, with elections completed by February.
4. Publishing Opportunities
Members of the association are encouraged to submit essays and book reviews to Modern Language Studies, NeMLA's journal. NeMLA Essay Award winners receive automatic consideration for publication by MLS, subject to the journal’s double-blind review. As well, our Annual Book Award winner receives assistance from NeMLA with contacting presses about publication of their manuscripts, at the winner’s discretion.
Members are also encouraged to have their publishers contact MLS about having their books reviewed. All new books by members will be announced on the NeMLA website and on social media. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Subscription to Modern Language Studies
In Summer and Winter, our award-winning journal MLS presents peer-reviewed essays on special topics of current and lasting interest to the profession, book reviews of recent publications, and creative writing. Edited and produced in the Department of English & Creative Writing at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, MLS is a forum for both emerging and established scholars, and for all the theoretical and critical perspectives that make our organization a richly diverse one. MLS therefore enables conversations begun at NeMLA to continue beyond the convention.
7. Advertising Opportunities
Take advantage of MLS’s broad readership and NeMLA’s large annual convention membership to announce your own book. MLS offers a special advertising rate to members with books completed during the last year or about to appear.
8. Discount Hotel and Travel Rates for Conference Attendees
Convention attendees also can take advantage of special airline fare rates.
NeMLA also provides Travel Awards to and from the annual convention for some members, as well as opportunities to share costs for hotels and travel.
9. Social Engagement
The Women's and Gender Studies Caucus hosts the Women's and Gender Studies Mentorship Program breakfast for its mentors, mentees, and caucus members. And we host a free Sunday late-morning Membership Brunch, which allows all members to converse and network. At the Membership Brunch, we also announce the winners of the Essay Awards, congratulate out-going members of the Board and welcome new members of the Board, and announce the Call for Sessions Proposals due before Summer.
10. Explore the Northeast.
NeMLA is a regional convention that attracts scholars from around the world. This convention allows members to see new cities throughout the northeastern United States, with previous conventions held in Baltimore, Boston, Montreal, and Toronto.
Note: If you would like to become a member but are not planning to attend the annual convention, please email Administrative Support for a special link.
NeMLA member benefits for institutions and libraries include:
1. Subscription to Modern Language Studies
In Summer and Winter, MLS presents peer-reviewed essays on special topics of current and lasting interest to the profession, book reviews of recent publications, and creative writing.
2. Advertising Opportunities
Have your institution listed and recognized in our bi-annual newsletter.
Take advantage of MLS’s broad readership and NeMLA’s large annual convention membership to advertise your degrees, services, awards, fellowships, and other educational and professionalization opportunities.
Subscription at the $500 level includes subscription to MLS and recognition in the NeMLA Winter and Summer Newsletters.
Subscription at the $800 level includes subscription to MLS, recognition in the NeMLA Winter and Summer Newsletters, and an advertisement in our annual Northeast Modern Language Association convention program.