The Blogora: The Rhetoric Society of America


Computers and Composition accepting nominations for awards

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 24, 2014 - 1:11pm

Computers and Composition is now accepting nominations for its annual awards in five categories. Award titles and descriptions may be viewed below. All nominations and supporting materials are due by March 15, 2014.

Dates of eligibility for all awards are January 1 through December 31 of 2013. All recipients will be honored at the 2014 Computers and Writing Conference. Queries and nominations can be directed to Kris Blair at and supporting materials and nominations for any of the awards can also be mailed to:

Kris Blair
Department of English


TAs and MOOCs: Supporting our Newest Colleagues

Submitted by John W. Pell on February 21, 2014 - 2:06pm

In my experience, I have found my colleagues in Rhetoric and Composition to be generous, collaborative, and inquisitive. As a graduate student I was invited to participate in conferences and studies with faculty-mentors, as a job candidate I received advice from mid-career colleagues at conferences, and I even found my time with hiring committees to be instructive.


On Job Negotiation

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 20, 2014 - 12:06am

Get a Job!
'You Can't Always Get What You Want'
February 19, 2014
(Rhetorician) Cheryl E. Ball
A friend in a field with few jobs every year once told me that she wasn't about to negotiate her job offer because she was just grateful to have an offer. Job negotiations are tricky business but not beyond the realm of any offer. I've negotiated successfully for three jobs, gaining more than was in the original offer, but that doesn't mean I have received everything I have asked for.


Call for Awards for NCA Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 19, 2014 - 2:05pm

Call for Awards for NCA Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division

The Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of NCA invites nominations for the 2014 New Investigator Award, the 2014 Distinguished Scholar Award, and the 2014 Faculty Mentorship Award. Nominations are due by June 2, 2014.


2015 RSA Summer Institute in Madison, Wisconsin

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 17, 2014 - 1:15pm

February 17, 2014
The 2015 RSA Summer Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, will provide the widest array of seminars and workshops since the first summer institute was held in 2005. With seven seminars and twenty-one workshops, the Summer Institute at Madison presents outstanding opportunities for scholars of all ranks and in all areas of rhetorical study to work with leading voices in the field.

The Summer Institute in Madison will be held from Monday June 1 through Sunday June 7, 2015.


The Long Tail and Higher Education

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 16, 2014 - 1:36pm

The Long Tail is the principle that, as more and more product is available and findable by customers, less and less demand will be placed on "hits" and more and more demand will fall to the mid-level and niche products. The rise of web-searchable databases for books and of ebooks means that more and more book sales come from the very deep backlist and the very small publisher, instead of from the bestseller. In some ways, desire for access to that backlist made Amazon and the Big Box retailers of the 1990s possible, in the book world.


The Obligations of the Professional (for a Friend)

Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 15, 2014 - 7:23am

A colleague has recently accepted a position at another university. I anticipated this day would come -- she is devastatingly successful as both an administrator and a scholar. There was no way, I knew, when she applied, she would not be a finalist. And unlike many successful academics, who present well on paper but who have hardened in their self-presentation (and so appear crusty or careerist or curmudgeonly), she is polished, professional, and kind. So I knew that, when she became a finalist and would be flown to campus, she would win the offer.