With over 500 active members and more than a dozen regional affiliates, the CEA welcomes teacher-scholars at all levels—from graduate students to emeritus faculty—who share our belief that teaching is central to who we are and what we do.
As a national academic organization, CEA encourages participation and inclusion of faculty from diverse backgrounds and life experiences without regard for race, ethnicity, religion, age, socio-economic background, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, physical ability, or other areas that may be seen as exclusionary or divisive. Both in our CEA publications and in our national and regional conferences, we promote inclusion and equitable freedom of expression of ideas through academic research that explores a diversity of perspectives.
Pictured: 2023Conference Speaker Norma Elia Cantu
Each spring, CEA members old and new gather for three days to share their work, test new ideas, seek feedback from their colleagues, and celebrate our shared love of all things language and literature. And, of course, to party. Conference cities are chosen for their local appeal and overall accessibility—from San Antonio to Baltimore, from Denver to St. Petersburg. However, just as much as place, what attendees love about the CEA conference is the collegiality that begins in the sessions and spills into the various food-filled events such as the President’s Reception, the Diversity Luncheon, or the Women’s Connection Reception.
The CEA sponsors two journals. The CEA Critic, in print since 1939, is published by the prestigious Johns Hopkins University Press. The CEA Forum is CEA's on-line journal.
Note: The CEA Forum is on hiatus starting FALL 2023 while we search for a new editor. For information or to apply, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although the annual CEA Conference is the cornerstone of our organization, CEA’s affiliates are building blocks that hold us together all year long. In the decades before the first CEA conference, regional affiliates offered local opportunities for CEA members to meet and share their work. They are invaluable partners allowing members to engage explore their more particular interests.
Today, there are thriving affiliates from Michigan to the Caribbean and from the Rocky Mountains to New York. In addition, many of our affiliates host local conferences, and some also publish journals and newsletters. Some affiliates partner with other regional organizations. Wherever you are, there is an affiliate near you!
The CEA Board is composed of an Executive Director, an Associate Director/Treasurer, a President, a First and Second Vice President, a National Coordinator of Affiliates, an Editor of The CEA Critic, an Editor of The CEA Forum, a Technology Director, the Immediate Past President, and nine elected Directors.