Professional Organization Resources
American Association of University Professors
Founded in 1915 by John Dewey and Arthur Lovejoy, the AAUP is the elder statesman of academic professional groups. AAUP's purpose is to advance academic freedom and shared governance, to define fundamental professional values and standards for higher education, and to ensure higher education's contribution to the common good.
American Studies Association
The ASA, founded in 1951, promotes and encourages the study of past and present American cultures. The ASA is the major professional organization for practicioners of American Studies, whether in the university, museums, non-profit organizations, or humanities institutions.
Mid-America American Studies Association
The Mid-America American Studies Association (MAASA), a regional chapter of the American Studies Association, promotes and supports the study of American culture, society, and politics. MAASA owns the journal American Studies and organizes a conference each spring. As one of the four American Studies Ph.D. programs in the eleven-state MAASA region, our SLU department holds two permanent seats (one faculty and one graduate student) on the MAASA Executive Board. SLU has hosted the association's annual spring conference six times: in 1957, 1969, 1978, 1990, 2002, and 2006.
Museum Studies Professional Links
San Francisco State University's Museum Studies Program offers an excellent page of links to a wide range of professional associations and organizations in the world of museums, archives, libraries, historic sites, and cultural resource management.
National Association of Graduate and Professional Students
The principal interest and lobby group for post-undergraduate students in all academic and professional fields. Recently, the NAGPS has also worked on behalf of adjunct instructors, who make up an increasing proportion of classroom educators in our colleges and universities.
National Council on Public History
The NCPH is the major professional organization for public historians in universities, museums, historic sites, preservation agencies, state and national parks.