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TAs and MOOCs: Supporting our Newest Colleagues

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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.

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On Job Negotiation

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


Get a Job!
'You Can't Always Get What You Want'
February 19, 2014
By
(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.

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Call for Awards for NCA Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Edited Collection: Best Practices in Writing Assignment Design


Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 14, 2014 - 1:23am


Edited Collection: Best Practices in Writing Assignment Design
Karma Waltonen and Melissa Bender
University Writing Program, University of California, Davis.

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Communicative Engagement and Social Liberation: Justice Will Be Made


Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 11, 2014 - 9:11am


Pat Arneson, arneson@duq.edu

New Book: COMMUNICATIVE ENGAGEMENT AND SOCIAL LIBERATION: JUSTICE WILL BE MADE

Communicative Engagement and Social Liberation: Justice Will Be Made recognizes limitations in contemporary understandings that separate history and rhetoric. Drawing together ontological and epistemic perspectives to allow for a fuller appreciation of communication that shapes lived-experience, facets of the two academic disciplines are united in acts of communicative engagement.

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Bill Coggin Passes Away, too


Submitted by syntaxfactory on February 11, 2014 - 8:00am


Bill Coggin died on February 9, 2014, at his home in Bowling Green. He was born on December 3, 1948 in Malvern, Arkansas, to Bertha (Davis) and William Coggin. He is survived by his wife, Betty. He is also survived by their two sons, Robert and Martin; daughter-in-law, Hadley, four beloved grandchildren, Grace, Maggie, Emmett and Colleen; and brother, Charles.

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