Key Initiatives
Key Initiatives
Call for Graduate Student Liaison!

Graduate students: Are you interested in getting more involved with AERA special interest groups? Are you a graduate student that is interested in exploring the vast resources utilized as a part of meaning-making and communication? Are you interested in the perspective of multimodality and how it relates to meaning-making? Do you find yourself drawn to researching the interest and agency of those making and interpreting meaningful signs? Are you concerned with the social and cultural implications of how digital technologies have changed the way people communicate?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the AERA Semiotics in Education SIG may be a great place for you to get more involved! The Semiotics SIG Officers are looking to strengthen our connection to the graduate student population and seek to appoint a graduate student to serve as a liaison throughout our current term (2020 - 2022). While serving in this position, you will have the opportunity to gain experience with SIG leadership and represent the graduate student voice in the conversation. 

If you are interested in applying for this position please compose a brief bio (200-250 words) telling us a bit more about yourself and your research interests. Be sure to include your program and year of study, university, as well as why you would like to join us! Please send this to:

Membership Drive

The Semiotics in Education: Signs, Meanings, and Multimodality SIG is undergoing a membership drive to increase the number of scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students who desire to learn and share their work with others in the field of semiotics.

In recent decades, work in multimodality and social semiotics has been grown across all disciplines. The SIG should reflect and represent this diversity in disciplinary perspectives, approaches, and cutting edge research using social semiotics.  New membership is urgently needed to reflect the diversity in all fields of educational research and all levels of educational development. Please reach out to colleagues and students who may be interested in joining the Semiotics in Education SIG.  

Membership is $7.00 (1 yr); students $5.00 (1 yr). Directions for joining the SIG are located at the Membership link on the sidebar.

If we do not act quickly, the Semiotics in Education SIG may be subject to deactivation. Clearly, given the burgeoning research in the area of social semiotics and multimodality, there is a great deal of interest and enthusiasm for work in this area. Help us channel this interest and enthusiasm into the SIG.  All ideas are welcome. 

Thank you for your support.

Best wishes,

Mary McVee, Chair

Featuring Member Scholarship

We want to highlight your work!

Do you have a recently published article or book chapter in the realm of social semiotics, multimodality, and/or media? Are you looking for an outlet to share or propose a project that relates to our SIG? As our SIG grows, we want to highlight the work of our members in the effort to:

  • generate conversation around what is current in social semiotics and multimodal educational research
  • foster collaborations in scholarly work across our membership
  • broaden the impact and reach of such scholarly work

If you have work you would like to share, please email the following information:

  1. Title of your publication or work
  2. A 50-150 word summary of your work
  3. A link to where we can find it (if applicable)
  4. An APA citation of your work

We will then share your work on our social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, and this website.

We look forward to hearing about your research and scholarly work!

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