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Does Tenure Affect Pedagogy?

Submitted by cvcedillo on September 11, 2013 - 1:03am

In case you missed it, The Atlantic's take on the study out of Northwestern that says non-TT faculty outperform TT and tenured faculty when it comes to teaching freshmen undergraduates:

And one take on why the study's terms might not say much:


NCA funding opportunities

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 10, 2013 - 9:33pm

October 1st is the deadline to apply for the following NCA funding opportunities

Funds to Advance the Discipline: supporting projects and events that advance the discipline of communication.

Public Policy Working Groups: supporting public policy working groups that bring together teams of scholars to translate existing academic communication research into recommendations that can inform and impact public policy.

Dale G. Leathers Memorial Fund: supporting communication studies that benefit emerging democracies.


Research Fellowships

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 10, 2013 - 7:10pm

Sponsor: International Society for the History of Rhetoric
Program Number: 19890
Title: Research Fellowships
Web Site:
Program URL:
SYNOPSIS: ISHR Research Fellowships support individuals engaged
in advanced research related to the theory and practice of rhetoric in
all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics,
literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, religion, law,
and other aspects of the socio-cultural context.


RSA's biennial election

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 9, 2013 - 7:16am

September 09, 2013
RSA's biennial election is coming soon! Elections are being held for six positions on the Board of Directors -- four for 4-year terms and two student positions for 2-year terms. Voting will open on September 15 and close on October 15. Look for an e-mail message ob September 15 directing you how to access the ballot. Meanwhile, I encourage you to read the brief statements by the candidates. To access the candidate statements, CLICK HERE

David Zarefsky


Is the job market finally healed?

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 7, 2013 - 6:45am

Is the job market finally healed? This looks promising...

Assistant Professor of English (Writing Specialist)
Providence College
Location: Providence, RI
Posted: 09/06/13

Instructor in English, College of Liberal Arts - F13004F1
University of Southern Indiana
Location: Evansville, IN
Posted: 09/06/13

Assistant Professor of Technical Communication
Virginia Tech
Location: Blacksburg, VA
Posted: 09/06/13


Word Hoard Issue III Call for Papers: "Pop/Corn"

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 6, 2013 - 12:45pm

Lots more CFPs in the RSS feeds on the left.

Word Hoard Issue III Call for Papers: "Pop/Corn"
full name / name of organization:
Word Hoard
contact email:


Torture Victims Ordered to Pay Contractors

Submitted by cvcedillo on September 6, 2013 - 11:05am

Arguments from CACI include that they were not being directly involved in acts of torture, and that they were not on U.S. soil at the time, and therefore out of U.S. jurisdiction. Yet the bigger argument being made may be that some bodies remain less human than others and that they can be made to pay to maintain even outsider status.


RSA Student Chapters

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 6, 2013 - 7:51am

September 06, 2013
Attention graduate student chapters of RSA! We need your help updating our data on your membership and participation. Please ask your student chapter chair to fill out the student chapter survey linked below. Chairs, be advised you will need the following information to complete the survey:

Faculty sponsor name and email address
Student chapter current member names, email addresses, and departmental affiliations (Faculty sponsors and students should be current RSA members)
Your student chapter’s plans for the coming year


RSA Registration

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 3, 2013 - 12:38pm

September 03, 2013
Registration is now open for the 2014 RSA Conference, which will be held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter - May 22-26, 2014. The program is shaping up very nicely, and I'm sure you will find the conference engaging and thought-provoking.

If you are interested in attending the conference, please note the following:


Free Book: Learning in Depth: A Simple Innovation That Can Transform Schooling by Kieran Egan

Submitted by syntaxfactory on September 3, 2013 - 12:32pm

Free Book:

We are headed back to school this month, with a book that makes a fresh and startling argument about the school curriculum. Our free e-book for September is Learning in Depth: A Simple Innovation That Can Transform Schooling by Kieran Egan.

Egan argues that the broad, general curriculum that is the basis of traditional elementary and secondary school education misses a vital fact about knowledge: that real knowledge of a subject is knowledge in depth. In Learning in Depth he outlines an ambitious yet practical plan to incorporate deep knowledge into basic education.