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3 ways to make the most of your society membership

Hive of Knowledge: ST&D

BumblebeeFor early and mid career researchers growing your network and getting your name known within your field is a real challenge. Learned society membership could help you to achieve these goals and move forward in your career. But, you need to know how to take advantage of the opportunities on offer.

Professor David Rapp, Editor-in-Chief of Discourse Processes, the official journal of the Society for Text & Discourse (ST&D) shares how society membership has helped him progress professionally.

Give a little to get a little

“I first became aware of ST&D as a post-doc, when I noticed that many authors whose work I was reading regularly attended the Society’s annual conference. My advisor encouraged me to apply to present some dissertation work at the 2002 meeting. In the end, they accepted my proposal and I received the Jason Albrecht Outstanding Young Scientist Award, which was a great way of raising my profile within my academic community.

Now I routinely encourage my students to become members of the Society and attend the annual conference. Their participation in the broader ST&D community supports them as it continues to do for me.”

3 ways to make the most of your society membership

  1. Connect with other members

“At my first ST&D conference, I was struck by the supportive interactions and collegiality of Society members. They welcomed new attendees with open arms, and I’ve been attending every year since.”

  1. Collaborate on projects

“Networking at conferences is a great way to build professional relationships; several valuable research collaborations have developed from conversations I had with conference attendees.”

  1. Develop your skills

“Participating in presentations and poster sessions at Society conferences produced useful feedback and support. This has helped me to develop my skills, and further my academic career.”

As the Editor-in-Chief of Discourse Processes, Professor Rapp also has experience in editing a society journal. Read his top tips for Editors on working effectively with a membership organization to ensure your journal is the best it can be.

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David Rapp: society membership tips

David Rapp is a Professor in the Department of Psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Science, and in the Learning Sciences program in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, Chicago. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of Discourse Processes, the official journal of the Society for Text & Discourse (ST&D).