We, the members of the planning committee, are thrilled to host the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference. Read more ›
We, the members of the planning committee, are thrilled to host the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics conference. Read more ›
The site host committee at the University of Dayton invites scholars to review paper and panel proposals for the 2017 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Reviewers will be responsible for: evaluating the potential quality of conference papers, panels, roundtables, and other presentations; evaluating the relevance of the proposed work according to the conference themes; and should be committed to the timely review for acceptance to the conference.
There are several opportunities for review. The committee asks for reviewers to commit by November 15, 2016 and to be available for review between January 1 and February 15, 2017.
Reviewers will be asked to return their comments on proposals within two weeks of receiving proposals.
Reviewers must be past or current members of Feminisms and Rhetorics or Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition, or attendees of previous Feminisms and Rhetorics Conferences. Interested persons should submit the following: name, contact information (email and/or phone), and areas of interest or expertise. Please send details and inquiries to email@example.com.
The conference is scheduled for Oct 4-7, 2017 in Dayton OH. See you there!
Around this time of year, I find myself thanking the rhetoric gods that I am no longer on the job market. You know how I feel. If you have a job, you too are thankful. If you are looking for one, you are looking forward to being on my side of that prayer.
Last month, my colleague, Erin, posted the first blog in this series on finding a job in rhet/comp. The series was spawned at the 4c16 CFSHRC mentoring tables, where we, with colleague Letizia Guglielmo, offered advice on the job hunt.
I’m going to take this opportunity to elaborate from personal experience on some of Erin’s wonderful pieces of advice.
It is easy to get wrapped up in the “spin” of the job search, adjusting your documents for a variety of institutions to make yourself seem like the perfect fit. It’s also easy to become too concerned with other people’s wishes for your success: fellow graduates, your adviser, your mentors. When it comes down to it, you know who you are and where you would fit better than anyone else. Trust that.
When I was on the job hunt, I applied for a wide variety of institutions. I was flexible, as Erin so wisely advised. In my application process, I became distracted by a vague concept of prestige and I lost track of my own strengths and desires. I am an excellent teacher and I love students. As much as I enjoy my research, I need teaching to fuel me. I’m not meant to be at an R1 institution. Yet, I applied to some. I have colleagues who have taken positions similar to mine at a small liberal arts college, who really are dissatisfied with their teaching and service loads. They aspire to very prestigious journals and presses and hope to make academic waves. They’d probably be happier at a more research-intensive institution.
I didn’t know that I was the perfect fit for a small liberal arts college where I am part administrator and part faculty until I was interviewing for the job. True story: I had several interviews lined up at MLA. The night before my first interview, with the school where I am currently employed, I had horrible, gut-wrenching food poisoning. I got 2 hours of sleep at the most. I went into my interview convinced the whole MLA experience was for naught. My lovely interviewers kept offering me snacks and drinks, and all I could concentrate on was NOT getting sick. In the end, this distraction proved useful. I had no energy to be nervous about my answers. I could not spin them because I didn’t have the brainpower. I was forced to be honest and open and it paid off.
I enjoyed that interview. I ENJOYED that interview, despite my stomach, despite MLA, despite the fact that I never attended a liberal arts institution. Pay attention to how you feel about interviews. If you feel at home, that is a good sign. If it feels like something is off, maybe something is off.
Now that I am on the other side of job searches, we resist talking about “fit,” because it can be shorthand for discrimination. Whoever is interviewing you or evaluating your materials cannot tell you if you “fit.” However, they do know what competing demands the position needs to fill. They want to imagine you filling those demands. So, again, you must be honest. I would rather recommend a candidate for hire who is exceptionally prepared for two of the demands of the position, and only slightly prepared for a third, but willing to learn and take on the challenge.
You know how daunting your dissertation was when you first wrote that prospectus? Remember the process of sorting through the literature relevant to your research? At some point, you had to stop sorting and start writing. At some point in the writing, you had to conclude. You could not make it perfect and get done in time (If you are still finishing your dissertation, take this to heart, especially if you are on the job market—you must finish). Your goal with the dissertation was ultimately a degree, not a perfect piece of writing. Your goal with the job search, is ultimately a job, not perfect job materials, not the best teaching statement ever (you will have to write it again for tenure anyway), not even the perfect job (none exist).
Give yourself a break. Do what you can and learn to let go when it is time to let go. Do other things in your life that keep you sane: exercise, eat chocolate, spend time with friends, family, and animals, work on an article (no, really), watch some Netflix (but that has an end too). Be kind to yourself and know when you need to take a break from the process. You can come back refreshed and ready for more.
The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Composition and Rhetoric seeks its next Web Coordinator to maintain, monitor, and update the organization’s website. The Web Coordinator typically collaborates with CFSHRC Executive and Advisory Board members as needed. Approximate time on task averages 5-10 hours per month, with some periods of the year being slower or busier (e.g., prior to CCCC or FemRhet). Proficiency with WordPress is required.
The CFSHRC Web Coordinator performs the following activities:
Timeframe and Remuneration
The web coordinator serves a two-year term, typically starting on May 1 and ending on April 30, although an earlier start date is both possible and preferable this term in advance of some of the new initiatives at 4Cs.
There are no geographical restrictions on this position, as the role can be performed remotely at the Web Coordinator’s convenience.
Compensation is $500 over a two-year term, plus complementary registration for one conference each year, either to attend CCCC or FemRhet.
We seek applications from graduate students, faculty, and/or independent scholars committed to helping the Coalition maintain and expand its strong presence in the field through digital means. All applications will be considered, but strong candidates will have the following qualifications:
Coalition members are encouraged to apply, but applicants need not be current members. Interested candidates should submit a brief letter of interest and current resume or CV. The latter should include URLs to sites designed or maintained, or access to other digital projects representing the candidate’s range of interests and abilities. Materials should be emailed to Lisa Mastrangelo (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tarez Graban (email@example.com) by December 15, 2016.
Guest post by Erin Costello Wecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Director of Composition
The University of Montana
At the 4C16 CFSHRC event, Lydia McDermott, Letizia Guglielmo and I co-hosted a mentoring table on preparing for the job market. Now that the job hunt season is gearing up, we are going to use the coalition blog to sum up a few of the key points to help prepare and empower job seekers in rhet/comp. This blog post offers some insight that was shared with me while I was on the job market and things that I learned while going through the process two years ago. Be on the lookout for additional advice from Lydia and Letizia in upcoming blog posts on this topic.
Be flexible and open to different kinds of academic settings and positions, this includes TYC, WPA, small Liberal Arts Colleges, and larger state Universities. Sometimes when looking at all of the job openings it is daunting to envision which type of school or position you are looking for, especially if you are just finishing graduate school.
Begin by making a list of schools and then take time to visit their website. What is their mission statement? Who would be your colleagues and what type of research are they doing? Would your position be teaching focused, research focused, a combination of the two? What type of students attend this institution (i.e. focus on STEM fields, thriving Business School, loads of English majors)? Would you be working with graduate students?
From this preliminary search you can get a sense of what type of work seems exciting. It is helpful to think of your own schooling background. What type of institutions did you attend? Generate a list of things you enjoyed and things you felt did not foster your academic development.
From that list a clearer picture of what contributions you would like to make to a school will become more evident, which will in turn help to refine your list of places to apply. Let your list guide you, but do not let it rule your search--remember where we started, be flexible and open to different kinds of academic settings. To that point, generate honest and focused documents for your teaching statement, research statement, and administrative statement and tailor your CV for two-three different types of positions.
Start getting ready soon. The job ads are already coming out. You can check them out here on the handy-dandy rhet map.
A job search is demanding, but it is also exhilarating as there is promise in each new adventure. As the title suggests, willow trees are adaptive to climate and soil, grow fast, and have a distinctive shape with strong, well-developed roots. When I went on the job market I could not imagine leaving the city I loved, especially after calling it home for fifteen years; to my mind I had roots and I was not sure I wanted to uproot them. Yet as I begin year number two in my new job, in my new home, in a new time zone, with a new climate, and new people, I am reminded that possibility is what led me to this location.
A final bit of advice, to help wrap your mind around the changes that accompany a job search, take time to read your documents over and allow yourself to enjoy, for at least a moment or two, the accomplishments that have led you to a job search in the first place. When teaching writing we often stress the importance of process vs. product, yet when on the job market it is so easy to develop tunnel vision where landing a job is the only destination in sight. So, trust your talents and embrace the opposite actions of the willow tree: reaching skyward for light and remaining earthbound for rootedness, and when a gust of wind approaches just sway; I promise you will not break.
Members of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition are busy publishing, researching, teaching, designing, leading, and mentoring. And in the process we’re shaping the future of our field. In this blog post series, let's celebrate Coalition Feminists Getting Sh*t Done! As the series continues, we will celebrate the accomplishments of different groups of members within the CFSHRC. To get things started, this post features recent publications, ongoing research and pedagogical projects by members of the Advisory Board, including several Executive Board members. Let's take the time to read their work, connect with possible mentors and collaborators, and celebrate their accomplishments!
Check out this quick list of their research projects. For more detail, feel free to reach out to these Advisory Board members through their web profiles included below.
Lynée Lewis Gaillet is the coeditor of the recently published book Landmark Essays on Archival Research (Eds. Lynée Lewis Gaillet, Diana Eidson, and Donald Gammill).
Review the important essays included in this collection here. The Landmark Essays Series, edited by James J. Murphy and Coalition feminist member Krista Ratcliffe, with contributions by several other Coalition scholars, including Cheryl Glenn and Andrea Lunsford. And congrats to all of the authors included in the collection.
Charlotte Hogg published “Including Conservative Women’s Rhetorics in an ‘Ethics of Hope and Care” in Rhetoric Review 34.4.
Download the article here.
In May, after 10 years of hard, if off-again, on-again labor, Jenn Fishman, Joan Mullin, and Glenn Blalock, launched REx: The Research Exchange Index and published REx 1, which is a searchable database of peer-reviewed information about writing research conducted between 2000 and the present. As Jenn writes: “Distinct from scholarship about writing research, which tends to feature completed studies and be written by a limit set of researchers, REx was designed to capture (in brief form) information about everyone's research activity, whether it's ongoing, completed or stalled. There's so much we can learn from each other, and this project represents an attempt to facilitate that. Anyone interested in getting involved or contributing to REx 2 should be in touch with Joan. She and her colleagues at UNC-Charlotte are leading the next charge.”
Explore this important resource here.
Mariana Grohowski co-authored the chapter "Subverting Virtual Hierarchies: A Cyberfeminist Critique of Course-Management Spaces" in the digital book Making Space, edited by James P. Purdy and Dànielle Nicole DeVoss.
Check out this chapter and the rest of this engaging e-book here.
Pamela VanHaitsma, with support from a 2016 Summer Research Fellowship from the Office of Research, and the 2015-2016 Robin L. Hixon Fellowship from the Department of English, both at Old Dominion University, is conducting archival research for a new project on the rhetorical practices of 19th-century women teachers in romantic friendships. Contact Dr. VanHaitsma to learn more about her ongoing research and read her recent publication “Gossip as Rhetorical Methodology for Queer and Feminist Historiography” in Rhetoric Review 35.2.
Read the article here.
Tarez Samra Graban published Women's Irony: Rewriting Feminist Rhetorical Histories with SIUP in July 2015. Tarez is now serving as a non-residential research fellow through the University of South Africa in Pretoria, South Africa, until 2018, and has begun a new project at the intersection of rhetoric, archives, and transnational feminism.
Learn more about her research or reach out to Tarez through her online portfolio http://tsgfolio.com
Cristina Devereaux Ramirez's monograph Occupying Our Space: The Mestiza Rhetorics of Mexican Women Journalists and Activists, 1875-1942 (UAP, 2015) was awarded the 2016 Winifred Bryan Horner Book Award.
Get your copy here!
Read a book review in RSQ.
Jenn Fishman, Jane Greer, and Dominic DelliCarpini were awarded a CCCC Research Initiative Grant for their work on the Undergraduate Research Impact.
Contact Jenn for updates on this important collaborative research.
In Spring 2017, Tarez Samra Graban will be conducting an undergraduate seminar called “Women in the Archives, Vandals in the Stacks,” where students will study and work at the intersections of feminist rhetoric, archival theory, and institutional history. In partnership with FSU’s Director of Special Collections, Graban will have students process and identify archival materials related to some of FSU's former women faculty members.
The this list is just a small selection of what our advisory board has been doing. We hope to continue sharing and celebrating the work of coalition members more regularly on this blog. What are you working on? Let us know in the comments section or contact Trish Fancher (fancher.patricia at gmail dot com) to be included in the future blog posts.
Greeting Coalition Members! My name is Alexis Ramsey-Tobienne and I am the Coalition’s first Archivist and Historian. My task is two-fold: to help capture, preserve, and share the Coalition’s rich history through the expansion of our current archive (now freely available to all users and accessed by the “archive” link in the resources section of our homepage) and to think about if and how we should create a physical archival space.
Currently, our archive houses mainly the administrative papers of the Coalition including, but not limited to: various types of planning documents for all the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conferences; minutes, emails, and proposals from Annual Meetings; various correspondence among members from 2006 to present; Treasurer Reports; and Videos celebrating the Coalition.
While there are many detailed, informative documents already stored in our archive, I would like to add to our holdings.
Please send documents and photographs to me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide some context for the photographs and videos and please make sure photographs are .jpg and that individuals pictured within are identified.
If you are interested in joining me on an archive-building adventure, I would like to convene a task force to explore possible physical locations for our archive and to consider what we would need from that space. Please email me at email@example.com to share your interest and ideas.
I encourage you to explore our archive!
post by Alexis Ramsey-Tobienne
Hello and thank you for your attention. Now that I have it, I’d like to make two brief introductions.
Introduction 1: My name is Mariana Grohowski. I am an Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University Southeast. I was recently appointed to the Coalition’s Advisory Board and I have been a proud member of the Coalition since 2013. In 2014, I helped to assess the Coalition’s use of social and digital media.
Introduction 2: The second and more important introduction I seek to facilitate is to introduce the Coalition to the inaugural issue of the Journal of Veterans Studies (JVS). I founded JVS in November 2015 after 3 years of receiving journal article rejections based on the focus of my research on women veterans. Indeed, I noticed a lack of referred publication venues for interdisciplinary research and writing on and about the issues and experiences of military veterans. JVS is the only refereed, open access, interdisciplinary, online journal focused on veterans studies.
I published the inaugural issue, thanks to the help of generous reviewers and an amazing editorial board, in July 2016. I hope many members of the Coalition will find the articles to be of interest. The inaugural issue contains eight original research articles and three reviews: two of books and one on a work of new media). The entire issue is available online (open access) at veteransstudies.org/journal
Because I suspect that the Coalition may be unfamiliar with the term "veterans studies,” please allow me to briefly explain my use of the term. We might think of veterans studies, Coalition, comparable to our interest in gender studies. Whereas feminists identify the ways in which gender shapes intellectual and social norms, including its intersections with power structures (i.e., race, class, and sexuality), veterans studies scholars are interested in studying how society views and treats "the veteran" as well as how "the veteran" views him/herself.
In short, veterans studies is an multi-faceted, scholarly investigation of military veterans and their families. Topics oftentimes include, but are not limited to: combat exposure, reintegration challenges, and the complex systems that shape the veteran experience. Veterans studies, by its very nature, may analyze experiences closely tied to military studies, but the emphasis of veterans studies is the “veteran experience,” i.e., what happens after the service member departs the armed forces. Scholars of veterans studies pursue their work in such fields as Rhetoric and Composition, Literature, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Student Affairs (among others). Likewise, the work of veterans studies occurs in and outside of formal education--by current members of the military, leaders of nonprofits, independent artists, grassroots activists, and students taking courses in veterans studies--indeed, "veterans studies" designated programs have been established at four public universities in the U.S.
Questions that drive veterans studies scholars and are the sorts that the Journal of Veterans Studies seeks to promote may include:
Three articles in the inaugural issue Coalitionists may find most interesting are summarized briefly:
(1) “A Theoretical and Applied Review of Embodied Restorying for Post-Deployment Family Reintegration” by Jeanne Flora, David M. Boje, Grace Ann Rosile, and Kenneth Hacker (New Mexico State University).
This article shares the team's innovative theoretical approach to working with veterans and their families through storytelling. According to the authors' approach, storytelling is utilized to reframe and recreate narratives held by veterans and their family members. Compellingly, the authors substantiate the importance of storytelling and the role family members play in the veteran's process of reintegration post-deployment.
(2) Leland Spencer’s (Miami University) “Faculty Advising and Student Veterans: Adventures in Applying Research and Training By critically reflecting on his experiences academically advising undergraduate student veterans."
In this article, Spencer engages personal narrative to share his journey of learning (by stumbling and tons of research) to effectively advise undergraduate student veterans. I think Coalition readers could view Spencer's writing style as employing feminist strategies, as he is as quick to admit to what he doesn’t know as he is to providing answers. The author provides five suggestions that readers–who are teachers, administrators, and staff who work with student veterans in postsecondary educational settings–will find valuable.
(3) “The Other, Other Students: Understanding the Experiences of Graduate Student Veterans" by Glenn Allen Phillips (UT Arlington)
Phillips shares the experiences and perceptions of graduate students with military experience. Not only does he present long experts from his interviews with eleven graduate student veterans, but he also situates his findings within five key areas. As Phillips points out, his research is a first of its kind in its focus on the mechanisms of support (five of which he identifies from his interviews) advanced-degree seeking student veterans desperately need.
In closing, there are three ways all Coalitionists can work in #solidarity to promote and sustain JVS:
Thank you, Coalition, for your support of this scholarly endeavor. Please feel free contact me, Mariana Grohowski at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Mariana Grohowski, CFSHRC Advisory Board Members
When the Coalition was first formed in 1989, our organization was one of the few places that women in the field, especially those doing historical work, could gather to mentor and be mentored, to create and join in community. When the group created the initial bylaws, these bylaws represented this initial formation—women gathering to do historical work.
In the 26 years since the Coalition’s founding, however, as they say, times have changed. We now recognize gender as more fluid, historical work as more than just recovery of white men and women, and mentorship as taking increasing diverse and even technological directions. When we gather, we want to include diverse voices, views, and types of work.
As a result, then-President Jenn Fishman gathered a Mission Task Force to examine the work of the Coalition and the ways in which it was viewed. As a part of this work, Task Force members Wendy Sharer, Kate Navickas, Jess Enoch, Barbara L’Eplattenier, and Risa Applegarth worked to revise the Coalition’s by-laws. The by-laws reflect any organization’s views of both its membership and its relationship to that membership. We are pleased to present a new, up-to-date version of our by-laws, with more inclusive language and an updated view of who we are and what we do. Please view them on our bylaws page.
by Lisa Mastrangelo, CFSHRC President