The Value of ATTW Membership

A Letter from ATTW President Michelle Eble:

Eble_profileThe first of the year is the best time to remind you to renew your ATTW membership or join if you’re not already a member. ATTW membership runs January through December. If you renew in March each year, it still ends in December, and you will want to renew before the conference in April.

 

If you’re unsure about your membership status, please contact Michelle McMullin,assistant web editor at attworg@gmail.com and she’ll confirm whether you’re a member or not.

Historically, ATTW membership has been a bit of a mystery and involves suspicious looking brown envelopes from the United Kingdom that arrive during the fall months. We want to be more proactive about membership and also give you a quick, easy way to confirm your membership status. If you are presenting at the 2016 conference, you will need to renew your membership to secure your place on the program. ATTW membership includes a subscription to Technical Communication Quarterly, but also for each subscription, ATTW receives approximately 42% of the revenue for use by the organization.

Membership Benefits Scholarship in the Field

I want to take a moment to highlight how your membership not only benefits you through subscription to TCQ, and by helping to fund our annual conference, but also how these proceeds contribute to the resources and awards that ATTW sponsors. For example, for the second year, ATTW has awarded three Graduate Research Awards, and these recipients will be featured at a session at ATTW 2016. Their conference registration is waived, and they receive funds towards travel.

Besides these Graduate Research Awards, your membership dues help drive research in the field in other ways. Since 2010, 71 members have participated in the Research Methods Workshops, which are held the day before the ATTW conference. This competitive initiative provides an opportunity for those entering the profession to develop more sophisticated research skills. ATTW provides scholarships for this initiative to help cover travel and lodging to attend. You’ll be hearing more about how these workshops have led to some contemporary research projects as I’ve done a little digging on what some of these 71 members are up to now.

In addition, this year’s conference will again have the Graduate Career Workshop as well as the Women in Technical Communication Luncheon as continuing options for networking.

Instructions on how to get or renew your attw membership are available on the ATTW website. There is student pricing available for graduate students through Taylor and Francis.

Again, if you have questions about your membership status, please email Michelle McMullin at attworg@gmail.com

I’ll see you in Houston.

Eble Signature

Michelle F. Eble
ATTW President

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