Members of these organizations come together to increase knowledge of their profession and the guidelines under which they operate. These associations serve this mission through sponsored research, government affairs programs, industry conferences and seminars, as well as publication of books and journal about specific topics related to their field. Such groups also offer industry certification education and programs to regulate core competencies and elevate professionalism. Contact Fran Burke for more information.

American Marketing Association (AMA)

One of the largest marketing associations in the world with over 30,000 active members, the AMA strives to shape the marketing profession through leadership and professional excellence, and by connecting its membership within a single professional community. Membership provides access to knowledgeable marketing professionals around the world, as well as training programs and seminars on the latest tools, tactics, and cutting-edge thinking.

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

CASE is a professional association serving educational institutions and the advancement professionals who work on their behalf in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing and allied areas. CASE helps its members build stronger relationships with their alumni and donors, raise funds for campus projects, produce recruitment materials, market their institutions to prospective students, diversify the profession, and foster public support of education.

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

The Public Relations Society of America is an organization of public relations professionals with more than 22,000 public relations and communications professionals, in addition to more than 10,000 university and college students through the Public Relations Student Society of America. PRSA seeks to impact standards of ethics and excellence for its membership, as well as promote the discipline as a vital component of business and professional communications.

University Photographers’ Association of America (UPAA)

The UPAA is an international organization of college and university photographers concerned with the application and practice of photography as it relates to the higher education setting. This organization is committed to photographic excellence through continuing education and networking with other professional colleagues. $75 annual membership for professional photographers; $25 annual membership for students.