NAS members receive a subscription to our journal Academic Questions and access to a network of people who share a commitment to academic freedom and excellence. We offer practical counsel and the opportunity to influence aspects of contemporary higher education.

Academic Questions

NAS membership includes a subscription to the quarterly journal Academic Questions. Renewing at any point in the year secures you all four issues of Academic Questions from that year. The official journal of the National Association of Scholars, AQ explores the vices and virtues of the contemporary university. Issues are often themed and include scholarly articles, book reviews, poetry, and items of academic interest. See AQ's Frequently Asked Questions for address changes and accessing AQ online. 

National Network

NAS is above all a body of people who share a common interest in improving American higher education. Members receive discounted registration for our national conferences, where you can meet like-minded others and take part in the large-scale conversation on reforming our colleges and universities.

We ask our members to keep us informed as well; we welcome news tips and article submissions.

Local Network

The best way for members to find community through NAS is to connect with a local affiliate. We have affiliates in 46 states and the District of Columbia. (We also have a “sister organization” in Canada, the Society for Academic Freedom and Scholarship.) Many of these affiliates hold meetings and events where you can meet other NAS members, network, and share your voice. Members can get in touch with any affiliate by contacting its president. All affiliate presidents are listed by state here.


We feature NAS members’ books and articles in our email newsletter to recognize their work and to help members with similar research interests find one another. We are happy to provide this publicity for members who tell us about their publications and thereby opt to be publicly associated with NAS.


We often call upon NAS members whom we know to have special interests or expertise to participate in specific discussions. We invite members to submit articles about current issues and controversies in higher education, and we welcome a plurality of views. Our initiative “Ask a Scholar” matches readers’ questions to scholars with educated answers, and we are always seeking experts who can weigh in. Often people ask us to refer them to members at a particular campus, in a particular state, or specializing in a particular field. Our members thus play an important role in influencing debates and serving as key contacts.