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Sharing ideas and knowledge continues to improve communication education and scholarship throughout Tennessee. Members of the Tennessee Communication Association are a diverse mix of representatives from large and small schools, both public and private, from two-year institutions through colleges and universities. In addition, members ranges from academics and consultants to business and professional communicators.

The Tennessee Communication Association offers members professional development opportunities. In addition, the annual convention allows members to observe or participate in programs, workshops and meetings about scholarship and teaching. The annual convention is also a great place to network with and meet new colleagues — which might spark on-going discussions and collaborations.


A TCA membership is beneficial to those seeking professional development opportunities, wanting to participate in communication-related programs or those who wish to network with colleagues. Frequently, a person is the only person within a field or emphasis area. Whether you are in education, or the private sector, TCA provides an opportunity to network with colleagues for collaboration, professional enrichment and discussion among peers.

Membership runs from fall conference to fall conference. Members receive two TCA newsletters during the year, issues of The Communication Teacher and an opportunity to network with colleagues for collaboration, professional enrichment and discussion among peers. The cost of membership varies, depending on membership type. The types and fees are as follows:

  • New Member (first year free)
  • Regular ($25)
  • Adjunct Faculty ($10)
  • Student ($5)
  • Emeritus, no fee (Must be retired from active service and have been a regular member for 15 continuous years.)
  • Visitors/Spouses ($25)

Membership in TCA shall be open upon application and payment of dues to any person interested in promoting the TCA purpose.

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There shall be five classes of membership in TCA: student, regular, emeritus and honorary. Full-time high school, undergraduate and graduate student may be admitted to student membership.

Annual dues for all membership categories shall be determined by the Executive Committee. Any other person may be admitted to regular membership.