History of the MASC
The MASC, the Michigan Association of Speech Communication, was formed in 1925. At that time, it consisted of twenty-nine teachers, mostly from public schools in Michigan, and was coined the Michigan Association of Teachers of Speech. Over the last eighty years, the organization has undergone a number of structural changes, periods of extreme growth, periods of disinterest and shifts in focus. During this time the association changed it's name to the Michigan Speech Association. Later, the Editorial Board created in 1958 would move for another name change and a focus shift, creating the relatively recent association name that the group holds today: the Michigan Association of Speech Communication.
Today, MASC members focus on the advancement of oral communication in all aspects. Their research, discussions and workshops are designed to further the cause of improving and increasing the usage of oral communication as a primary means of interaction. Modes, strategies, styles and advice for public speaking are often presented in workshops at their annual conferences. The usages of their extensive and varied knowledge base is as widely applicable as it is adaptable. The MASC has something to offer to everyone and every organization.
The constitution of the MASC notes a threefold purpose or goal set. Number one, to facilitate the interchange of ideas on the teaching of effective and ethical communication. Number two, to encourage high standards of research, performance and ethics in all professional communication activities. Number three, to promote the recognition of the importance of communication in society.
In the academic pursuit of improving communication in the state of Michigan and the rest of the world, members of the MASC are determined to succeed. With the backing of a wide range of professors, teachers and other professionals, this organization has the clout to drive its goals.
Past Presidents of the MASC
Charter Members of the MASC