What’s It Like to be a MCFLAC Member?

MCFLAC Membership Details

The Media, Communication and Film Liberal Arts Consortium is a national organization made up of over a dozen of the leading liberal arts colleges in the United States. The organization, as a consortium, serves its institutional members by sustaining a community of knowledge-sharing and a set of resources for its members’ media, communication, and film studies programs.

MCFLAC fosters dialogue, resource-sharing, and collaboration among educators who teach media, communication, and film studies in the liberal arts context. Our activities include:

  • An annual symposium
  • Compilation of a department/program directory through an annual member survey, with a focus on curriculum
  • Sharing of assignments, calls, and resources on our listserv community
  • Guidelines and best practices for department/program reviews, the evaluation of digital scholarship, faculty recruitment and retention, program assessment, equipment management and maintenance, fair use, and related issues
  • A directory of vetted senior faculty for department/program reviews
  • National representation of the interests of liberal arts colleges on media, communication, and film studies issues

MCFLAC is managed by a Steering Committee drawn from the membership.

Launched from a symposium at Muhlenberg College in 2016, MCFLAC became a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization incorporated in the state of South Carolina in 2017.

My College is in MCFLAC. Am I in MCFLAC?

Yes. Institutions are formally represented by a Primary Representative. As a member instition, all interested faculty and staff members are considered MCFLAC members, as well.

Maintaining an Institutional Membership

There are three requirements for maintaining membership in MCFLAC:

  • Completion of the annual survey
  • Attendance at the annual business meeting held during the symposium
  • Payment of annual dues

More details are outlined in the MCFLAC Bylaws.

The MCFLAC Annual Symposium

The MCFLAC annual symposium is the most prominent MCFLAC activity. Every year, we gather for two days at one of our campuses for a mix of panels, workshops, key-text discussions, lighting sessions, along with informal discussion and exchange. A wide range of participants are encouraged to attend, including undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from non-liberal arts colleges with an interest in the MCFLAC mission. The small scale, range of formats, attention to pedagogy and to liberal-arts-specific challenges, and a sense of community make the annual symposium a unique and rewarding gathering.

The MCFLAC Email List

MFLAC hosts an email list for its members to share assignments and teaching strategies, ask questions, and share resources.