To the Members of the Medieval Academy,
The end of the year is now quickly approaching, and we encourage you to renew your membership in the Medieval Academy for 2017 as soon as possible. If you have not already paid your 2017 membership dues, please do so by 31 December 2016.
We hope you will renew your membership and support our worldwide community of more than 3,400 medievalists. The Academy’s mission is to foster the study of the Middle Ages at all levels throughout North America, a mandate reflected in our newly-codified Values Statement:
Membership in the Medieval Academy is open to all persons concerned with the study and teaching of the Middle Ages, including, but not limited to, independent scholars, secondary teachers, graduate students, curators, librarians, and college and university professors of all ranks and at all types of institutions. We aim to foster an environment of diversity, inclusion, and academic freedom for all medievalists. Further, we affirm the right of students and junior faculty to receive supportive, professional mentoring that respects their intellectual freedom and personal integrity.
Click here to renew online for 2017. You will need to sign in with your username and password; if you have forgotten either, please contact us at email@example.com. While you’re online, don’t forget to take advantage of the reduced subscriptions to several online bibliographies and the ACLS Humanities E-Book Library that are available to Medieval Academy members. We invite you to take this opportunity to explore our website and, after signing in with your username and password, update your personal homepage so that you can connect with other members with similar interests. Members can now use their personal MAA homepage to indicate an interest in being considered to serve on one of our committees or to review books for Speculum. In this way we hope to engage more members in our work.
Since the Medieval Academy is a membership organization not affiliated with any other institution, we rely on the income received annually from member dues to maintain our program of publications, awards, grants, and conferences.
We are pleased to report that in 2016, with your contribution, the Academy increased its support of members, especially graduate students, independent scholars, and adjunct faculty, through the numerous awards and fellowships offered annually. Funds awarded topped $100,000 this year, with the Olivia Remie Constable Awards, GSC/MAA Grant for Innovation, and the broadened MAA/CARA Summer Language Stipends program, among others. In 2017, the Academy will also be able to offer increased support to the efforts of its numerous volunteer committees that are responsible for so much of the work of the Academy, from the Speculum boards to the many awards committees, from the Committee on Centers and Regional Associations (CARA) to the Graduate Student Committee. We are doing all this while continuing to streamline administrative functions and expand digital offerings. As always, online access to the entire Speculum archive remains a perquisite of membership. In addition, members receive a 30% discount on all University of Chicago Press publications.
You can easily pay your dues through the MAA website. The dues and donations categories are outlined on the website with links you can follow for further explanation. If you have already renewed, thank you. If you are a Corresponding Fellow, an Honorary Life Member, or a Life Member, no dues are payable, but we hope that you will consider making a gift to the Academy here. We encourage all members to consider supplementing their membership by becoming a Sustaining or Contributing member or by remembering the Academy with a bequest as part of our Legacy Society. In addition, you may want to give a gift membership to a colleague or student; please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
If you prefer to renew by mail, our traditional paper membership form can be printed here.
As we begin preparing for our 2025 centennial, the Academy welcomes the opportunity to think about our mission for the future and how we can best serve our members and the greater community of medievalists. We look forward to your participation in this important process as a member of the MAA. We sincerely hope that you will renew soon and continue your valued membership in the Academy. Click here to renew.
Carmela Vircillo Franklin, President
Lisa Fagin Davis, Executive Director