Developed to help create a sense of community for textbook and academic authors, TAAís chapter program provides an opportunity for authors to connect with their peers, find collaborators, and encourage the use of accountability partners. Participation in a chapter can help an institutionís faculty or an organizationís members improve their writing skills and become more successful authors.
For information on these chapters or on starting a chapter at your institution please email Maureen.Foerster@taaonline.net
- CSU San Bernardino Chapter
- Haywood Community College Chapter
- Lone Star College Chapter
- Molloy College Chapter
- Portland State University Chapter
- Sisters of the Academy Chapter
- Texas A&M University Chapter
TAA chapters receive the following benefits:
- Reduced Dues ranging from $15 to $30 per member.
- Annual Grant - Chapters can apply for an annual grant ranging from $250 to $1000, amounts based on the chapter’s membership tier, to cover the cost of purchasing books, software or other resource material as well as speaker fees. In lieu of a grant, Tier II and Tier III chapters have the option of bringing a TAA workshop to their institution that is open to all faculty members.
- Complimentary TAA Conference registrations for the chapter chair or a designated chapter representative.
- Members receive all of the Benefits of TAA membership, including networking opportunities, peer mentoring programs, publication grants, free audio conferences and podcasts, free webinars, annual conferences, member publications and access to the members-only section of the TAA website. (Links to benefits of TAA Membership Section within website.)
- Chapter support materials
Chapter dues are based on the following tiered member ranges:
||Per Member Dues Amount
||$15 Grad Students; $30 all others
||$15 Grad Students; $25 all others
||76 - and above
||$15 Grad Students; $20 all others
Chapters can apply for an annual grant, amounts based on the membership tiers. Chapter grants are awarded for reimbursement of eligible expenses including the purchase of books, software or other resource material, as well as speaker fees. Grant applications must be submitted to TAA for pre-approval, and receipts for funded grants must be provided.
Available annually, chapter grants are as follows:
In lieu of a grant, Tier II and Tier III chapters have the option of bringing a TAA workshop to their institution that is open to all faculty members.
- Tier I Chapters with 15 – 35 members are eligible for a $250 annual grant.
- Tier II Chapters with 36 to 75 members are eligible for a $500 annual grant.
- Tier III Chapters with more than 75 members are eligible for a $1000 annual grant.
TAA Chapter Grant Application
Establishing A Chapter
Chapters must be composed of a minimum of 15 members; there is no maximum. All members of each chapter will have the same renewal month, regardless of when they join. Members who join in the first six months of the chapter’s membership year will receive the current renewal year; members who join in the last six months of the membership year will receive the following renewal year.
Chapter Management Takes Minimal Time
Chapter management takes minimal effort and commitment. TAA helps you manage your chapter by providing an efficient registration and renewal process as well as a TAA staff coordinator to help assist with your needs.
With very little effort on your part, your faculty will benefit by the extension of benefits and services your institution is providing through your TAA chapter sponsorship.
Are you interested in creating a more interactive writing community? Consider forming a writing group within your chapter. Although you may think you don't have the time to lead or participate in a writing group, research shows that academics who meet regularly, and who set personal goals and a deadline for reaching them, are more successful. Check out TAA’s ideas for Chapter Meeting Activities.
How to Form a TAA Chapter
We will process your chapter memberships and each chapter member will receive a welcome e-mail containing his or her username and password to access the members-only areas of TAAís website. Members will also be mailed a welcome to TAA introduction package.
- Print out a Chapter Membership Application/Authors Coalition Survey and make copies for each of your chapter members.
- Ask each chapter member to fill out an application, including signing the Authors Coalition Survey on the backside.
- Mail at least 15 Chapter Membership Applications/Authors Coalition forms along with payment to: TAA, Attn: Maureen Foerster, S2874 Spruce Street, Fountain City, WI 54259. Make checks payable to "Text and Academic Authors Association." If you prefer to pay by credit card, contact Maureen Foerster to make arrangements maureen.foerster@TAAonline.net.
|Please note: While you can add new chapter members after your chapter has formed, all chapter members will have the same renewal date regardless of when they join within the year. Members who join in the first six months of the chapterís membership year will receive the current renewal year; members who join in the last six months of the membership year will receive the following renewal year. TAA will notify your chapter chair 60 days prior to your chapterís annual renewal date to confirm the chapter roster so that the chapter can renew in one group at the discounted tiered dues rate.|