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Membership FAQ

  • What are the benefits of membership?

    There are two types of SCMS membership: individual and institutional membership. Individual members receive four issues of Cinema Journal per membership year, and are invited to submit proposals to participate in the annual conference held in locations across the U.S. and abroad. Our website enables members to be in contact with colleagues, collaborators, and mentors. Our online Career Center allows members to access the most up-to-date job listings and gain access to useful insight from professionals about careers in cinema and media studies. Institutional members receive all of these benefits as well as the ability to send a member of their institution to the annual conference. Institutional members can also make use of our Career Center to post an unlimited number of job advertisements for their institutions. They may also feature their institution in our growing resource area online for graduate and undergraduate students interested in the field of cinema and media studies.

  • How do I join SCMS?

    Individuals must first create a profile for the website before they can join. Three types of payment methods (funds must be paid in USD) are available: Credit Card via BLUEPAY, Checks, and Money Orders.

    • Go to the SCMS website.
    • Click on Join SCMS found in the top right corner of the page.
    • Select your general membership type from the list.
    • Create a username and type in your name.
    • Select a specific membership type from the drop down list based on your income level.
    • Complete the member information form to create your profile.
    • Select Payment Method:

      (a) Credit Card (BLUEPAY): If you wish to pay by credit card, please follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen.

      (b) Mail: If you wish to pay by check or money order (funds must be in USD), print the membership application and mail along with your payment to the address on the form.

    • After you submit you have completed everything above, your membership application will be submitted to the SCMS admin, and you will receive e-mail notification when your membership is approved.
  • When does my membership expire?

    Your membership expires on August 31 of each year. The SCMS membership year runs from September 1 through August 31 to accommodate the publication schedule for Cinema Journal. The University of Texas Press publishes one volume with four issues each year: Fall (No. 1), Winter (No. 2), Spring (No. 3) and Summer (No. 4).

    If you join or renew after the new membership year has started, you will receive the next issue published, followed by any earlier issues. To ensure that you receive each issue of Cinema Journal, renew your membership before August 31 and keep your mailing address current on the website.

    NOTE: Membership payments received June 1 or after will be applied to the upcoming membership year. If you are not a member for the current membership year your membership will not start until September 1.

  • How do I confirm that I paid my membership fee?

    You can request a membership confirmation e-mail or change your membership on this page.

    • Go to the SCMS website.
    • Sign in by entering your username and password in the "Sign in” area located on the right side of the page.
    • Click on "Manage Profile” found in the MY PROFILE area located on the right side of the page.
    • Scroll down to ACCOUNT HISTORY and select Membership. The Membership Information will show your membership status and type.
  • How can members become involved in the governance of SCMS?

    Members elected to the Board of Directors and volunteers selected for the "Standing" and "Annual" Committees conduct daily SCMS business and planning, assisted by the SCMS staff. "Caucuses" and "Scholarly Interest Groups" also play vital roles in sustaining and developing the organization.

    Members are encouraged to volunteer for service on the "Standing" and "Annual" Committees, and to participate as interested in the "Caucuses" and "Scholarly Interest Groups."

    SCMS has by-laws to facilitate the governance and administration of the organization. The Society has also developed policies related to our professional practices, including teaching, publishing, and the reproduction of visual and aural materials.

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