On October 16, 2008, the Whedon Studies Association (WSA) was incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia, by Rhonda V. Wilcox, David Lavery, and Tanya R. Cochran as a domestic non-profit corporation. However, scholars interested in the creative works of Joss Whedon had been publishing their work in Slayage: The International Online Journal of Buffy Studies since 2001, when the journal was founded by Lavery and Wilcox. Ultimately, the goal of the WSA is to further the study of the work of Whedon and his associates both in the present and in years to come. Today the WSA continues to grow, and 2012 marked the association’s first democratic elections. Current officers include Stacey Abbott, President; Cynthia A. Burkhead, Vice-President and President-Elect; Kristopher Karl Woofter, Secretary; and K. Dale Koontz, Treasurer.
How to Get Involved
The WSA welcomes all people with an interest in Whedon scholarship--folks across the spectrums of gender, race, ability, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, and more--to join the organization. Please email your name and request for membership to the WSA’s secretary Kris Woofter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Those who join the WSA will receive first notice of new issues of the journal; information about upcoming conferences; shared calls for papers for upcoming books; announcements of association meetings; and more. In terms of the organization’s finances (and, as Buffy discovered in season seven, there are indeed costs for simply existing), the WSA proposes to operate in a fashion somewhat similar to NPR (the U.S.’s National Public Radio). For anyone who can provide monetary assistance, $25 is the suggested contribution for those who are employed full-time; $10 is the suggested contribution for those employed less than full-time (presumably most students). However, we invite all devotees of Whedon scholarship to join the association, with or without financial contribution. Contributions can be made via PayPal or by mailing a check or money order to our treasurer: