Peitho Seeking Short Memorial Pieces on bell hooks (deadline 2-28)

The Coalition mourns the passing of bell hooks on December 15, 2021. In recognition of her immeasurable legacy, the editorial team at Peitho, the journal of  the Coalition, invites short memorial pieces for the winter 2022 issue. Contributions might reflect on how hooks influenced feminist teaching, research, activism, and more.

 

Reading Lisa Ede: A Tribute (Call for Presenters)

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition is pleased to announce “Reading Lisa Ede: A Tribute,” an April 2022 webinar dedicated to the scholarly legacy of Dr. Lisa Ede. The webinar will be held in mid- to late April. A specific date will be set after presenters are identified.This message is a call for presenters.Lisa Ede in front of bookshelf

The impetus for this event is Lisa’s own way of working. Here is just one example: In Situating Composition (2004), she invites us to reconsider our collective approach to making sense of and telling stories about our field. She asks—or wonders or dares: “Can scholars find ways to resist the tendency for taxonomies to totalize and to sever the connection between scholarly texts and materially embodied experiences? What if it were a common scholarly practice to read against the grain of—as well as with—taxonomies?” (104). 

In this spirit, we invite all colleagues who engage with Lisa’s scholarship, reading with and against the grain, to contact us. We are eager to hear from colleagues at all career stages, students through staff, independent scholars, community practitioners, and retirees. We also welcome examples drawn from all kinds of work, including completed or in-progress undergraduate research, graduate theses and dissertations, scholarly books and articles, pedagogical materials, and public- and community-facing resources. All genres, media, and modes are welcome. 

To make a nomination or self-nomination, send Jess Restaino and Jenn Fishman the following information: 

  • Your name
  • Your current institutional affiliation, academic or otherwise
  • Your current professional role 
  • If you are nominating someone, please offer their name, institutional affiliation, and their current professional role
  • A brief, 250-word description of your (or your nominee’s) engagement with Lisa’s scholarship, including the text(s) and passages you address as well as the genre, title, and audience of your own work. 

We welcome nominations that engage Lisa’s scholarly publications, including her textbooks and collaborative works, her conference presentations, and her public writing. Please contact Jess and Jenn with questions.

Nominations are due February 1st; notifications will be made by February 15th.

Webinar: Asian Women and the Model Minority Myth in North America (1/18/21)

Please join us for this important event, a part of the Coalition’s Feminist Scholarship Webinar Series!

Tuesday, January 18, 4:30-6:00 PM Eastern Time

Registration is required. Please register using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtceqgpz4sGNOboyD3F_P2tBVrFAOnCqEM


From the recent mass shooting in Atlanta, to the high profile case of Brock Turner, to the historic discrimination against Asian women in North American immigration policy, violence against Asian women is part of the legacy of racism and white supremacy in the United States and Canada. One of the stereotypes that this legacy draws upon is the Model Minority myth, which is the idea that Asians are quiet good minorities who exceed at all levels: academically, economically, professionally. This panel explores and reflects on the harm created by the Model Minority myth in shaping constructions of gender/sexuality of Asian women.

Session Leaders:

Dr. Kim Hong Nguyen Dr. Kim Hong Nguyen (she/they): Moderator, Associate Professor Communication Arts University of Waterloo

 

 

 

Dr. Thy PhuDr. Thy Phu (she/her)Distinguished Professor of Race, Diaspora and Visual Justice in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media at the University of Toronto, Scarborough

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Sano-Franchini Dr. Jennifer Sano-Franchini (she/her): incoming (2022) Gaziano Family Legacy Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies at West Virginia University

 

 

Nisha Shanmugaraj Nisha Shanmugaraj (she/her)fourth year PhD Candidate in Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University, Winner of the Coalition’s Shirley Wilson Logan Diversity Scholarship Award

 

 

Dr. Shui-Yin Sharon Yam Dr. Shui-Yin Sharon Yam (she/her)Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies at the University of Kentucky

Call for Nominations: Graduate Student Representatives to the Executive and Advisory Boards / due January 15th

Join the 2022–2024 Leadership Team! Call for Nominations, due January 15th. 

Dear Coalition Friends,

A new term of service begins in April 2022, and the CFSHRC Advisory Board is now accepting nominations for our three graduate student representatives: one to serve on the Executive Board (EB), and two to serve on the Advisory Board (AB). All terms are two years in length, and can be renewable if a representative is still in graduate school when their first term completes. (Once graduate students complete their terms or are no longer eligible for re-appointment, they may apply to join the Advisory Board through the regular election process, which occurs biennially in even years.)

Members of both the EB and AB have voting rights, attend regular business meetings, can chair and serve on various committees, adjudicate awards, lead and enact special initiatives, and generally help guide the direction of the organization, though the Executive Board position typically involves a greater commitment of time and labor. Unique to the EB position is an opportunity to co-chair a standing committee on graduate student engagement in the CFSHRC.

For Executive Board nominations, please send the following to Tarez Graban, CFSHRC Immediate Past President, at tarez.graban@gmail.com, by January 15, 2022:

  • current CV
  • brief (2-3 paragraph) statement indicating your prior experiences with the CFSHRC and/or vision for serving on the CFSHRC’s executive board.

For Advisory Board nominations, please send the following to Jessica Enoch, CFSHRC Vice President, at vice-president@cfshrc.org, by January 15, 2022:

  • current CV
  • brief (2-3 paragraph) statement indicating your prior experiences with the CFSHRC and/or vision for serving on the CFSHRC’s advisory board.

A more formal description of advisory and executive board roles can be found in our bylaws here: https://cfshrc.org/about-us/#by-laws.

Come join us! There is always much work to do, and we need you!

 

Peitho 24.1 (Fall 2021) Now Live!

"Sunrise at the International Space Station" from NASA. Image description: a vertical rectangle showing a dramatic sunrise, with the bottom half of the image black. The sunrise is shown as bands of color: red, orange, yellow, with the sun at the right side of the image. Above the sun is a gradient blue sky with a light blue band surrounding the sun and progressively darker blue toward the top of the image. In the bottom left corner is the word Peitho in a sans-serif font in a sunrise gradient. Underneath that are the words "Volume 24.1 Fall 2021."The most recent issue of Peitho (Volume 24.1, Fall 2021) is now live! Please take some time to enjoy tributes to the late Lisa Ede (contributed by Michael J. Faris, Jessica Restaino, Asao B. Inoue, Vicki Tolar Burton, Tim Jensen, Kristy Kelly, Sarah Tinker Perrault, Ehren Helmut Pflugfelder, and Rachel Daugherty), articles by Zosha Stuckey, Emily January Petersen, Breanne Matheson, Megan J. Busch, and Ashley Canter, Recoveries and Reconsiderations by Mary LeRouge, Jacyln Fiscus-Cannaday, Susan Ghiaciuc, Cathryn Molloy, and Vanessa Rouillon, and Nanette Rasband Hilton’s review of Opportunities for Feminist Research in Rhetoric and Composition edited by Jessica Enoch and Jordynn Jack. 

Many thanks to the Editorial Team that made this issue possible: Co-Editors Rebecca Dingo and Clancy Ratliff, Associate Editor Temptaous Mckoy, and Editorial Assistants Kelli Lycke Martin, Stacie Klinowski, Ashley Canter, and Stacy Earp.  

(Nearly) Final Call: Winifred Bryan Horner Book Award & Nancy Myers Feminist Research Grant

Dear Coalition Friends,

Some excellent nominations have already come in for two upcoming awards – the biennial Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award and the biennial Nancy A. Myers Feminist Research Grant — and we are happy to accept even more! The Horner Book Award is one of the Coalition’s original three awards, while the Myers Feminist Research Grant is still young – only in its third award cycle – but both were created and named to honor Win’s and Nancy’s legacies of mentoring feminist scholars within and beyond the organization and the field.

Feel free to direct queries about either of these awards to tarez.graban@gmail.com. For a list of past award winners, and to learn more about our awards in general, please visit https://cfshrc.org/awards.

With thanks and extreme well wishes for healthy, safety, and sanity
Tarez Graban
2020-2022 Awards Chair
CFSHRC Immediate Past President

 

WINIFRED BRYAN HORNER OUTSTANDING BOOK AWARD

The Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award is presented biennially in even years for work in the field of composition and rhetoric to recognize outstanding scholarship and research in the areas of feminist pedagogy, practice, history, and theory. The award carries a $200 honorarium and will be presented at the Wednesday evening meeting of the Coalition at the 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication.

An eligible nomination will have been published in the two years previous to the year of the award. (For example, a work eligible for the 2022 award will have been published in calendar year 2020 or 2021.) Single or multiple authored books, as well as edited volumes, are eligible. We welcome nominations from authors, editors, publishers, or readers. To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member of Coalition at the time of nomination.

Please see the Horner Award Page for review criteria and application details. Nominating statements and physical or electronic copies of the nominated book are due December 1, 2021.

 

NANCY A. MYERS FEMINIST RESEARCH GRANT

The Nancy A. Myers Feminist Research Grant is also presented biennially in even years to help researchers discover, pursue, or continue feminist projects that require funding and funded activities. This award provides up to $700 for eligible activities, including – but not limited to – archival research, translation, interview transcription, and digital archivization and/or digital project development. It will be presented at the Wednesday evening meeting of the Coalition at the 2022 Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Please see the Myers Award Page for eligibility requirements and application details. Application materials are due December 15, 2021.

Online Event! “Let’s Talk about Mentoring: A Feminist Approach to Compassion and Care in Academic Spaces” (Tues. 11/9, 4-5:30 PM EST)

The Coalition is very pleased to present the first event in our 2021-2022 Feminist Scholarship Webinar Series! Read below for details, and don’t forget to register by November 2nd!


Image including the details of the Event. The title is "Let’s talk about mentoring: A feminist approach to compassion and care in academic spaces." The date and time are: Tuesday November 9, 2021 1pm PST/4pm EST -2:30pm PST/5:30pm EST

***Please register for the event by Tuesday, November 2nd
Registration link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvcumtqDsoHt1DNhwJamnw_6ZZvL_XfCp1 

Join our charla to explore how feminist mentoring can help shape academia into a compassionate and caring place for BIPOC students and faculty. Drawing on our award-winning work on comadrismo, a feminist mentoring approach based on kinship and care, this webinar provides space for reflection, conversation, and practical takeaways to facilitate the success of underrepresented populations.

 

One week before the webinar, participants will be invited to read the article and participate in s Slack discussion facilitated by Sonia and Ana. Drs. Ribero and Arellano are winners of the 2021 Kathleen Ethel Welch Outstanding Article Award for “Advocating Comadrismo: A Feminist Mentoring Approach for Latinas in Rhetoric and Composition,” published in Peitho (21.2, 2019).

Your session leaders from left to right: Ana Milena Ribero, Sonia Arellano, Mallory Henderson, Genevieve Garcia de Mueller

Feminisms and Rhetorics 2023: Call for Site Hosts

The Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition (CFHSRC) is pleased to invite proposals for hosting for the 2023 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. The CFSHRC’s Conference Committee and Executive Board seek hosts who are committed to creating a conference that is antiracist, inclusive, and accessible. We welcome interdisciplinary, as well as cross-institutional, collaborative hosting arrangements.

Proposals should be submitted to Jessica Enoch, Coordinator of the CFSHRC Conference Committee, at vice-president@cfshrc.org, by December 1, 2021.

What are we looking for in a site proposal?
Proposals for the 2023 conference should

  • explain plans to “front themes of antiracist activism and center the work of feminists of color,” in keeping with the CFSHRC summer 2020 resolution.
  • identify ways to amplify the voices of disabled scholars and emerging scholars
  • articulate possibilities for antiracist, inclusive conferencing practices through conference planning, featured events, conference themes, and programming
  • address how conference organizers will engage the complexity of their conference location, e.g., acknowledging racist or other exclusionary practices that inform the history of the campus and/or the local community
  • describe strategies to ensure accessibility for all conference participants
  • discuss steps to promote affordability: how will the costs of travel, lodging, food, etc. be approached in order to keep registration costs manageable for those who have limited or no funding? Feminisms and Rhetorics has traditionally drawn around 400 registrants and the conference has been held in the fall, historically starting on a Wednesday and running through Saturday afternoon. In the interest of affordability, we are happy to consider alternative time frames moving forward. Details about previous conferences, along with a hosting FAQ, can be found on our website: https://cfshrc.org/femrhet-conference-call-for-hosts/

Proposal Components
While there is no set format, we encourage proposers to address the following areas:

Conferencing Plans

  • Possible theme(s)
  • Potential keynote speakers and/or featured sessions
  • Ideas for special events and/or social events, particularly programming that amplifies scholars of color, disabled scholars, and emerging scholars
  • Ideas for programming that welcomes participants new to the Coalition and Feminisms and Rhetorics. Applicants might consider programming that moves beyond presenting formal papers to programming around mentorship, community-building, community outreach, pedagogical investments, mentoring, etc.

Venue Information

  • Location: institution, cross-institutional, town/city, region
  • Facilities: meeting rooms, exhibition space, technical resources
  • Possibilities for community outreach and/or engagement with historical-present-day complexity of the site

Conference Details

  • Tentative dates for the conference and for submission of abstracts/proposals from potential presenters
  • Rationale for date selection and opportunities that come with these dates

Accessibility

  • Access to local interpreters and CART services
  • Connection to/collaborations campus/institutional accessibility office
  • Identification of possibilities and opportunities to welcome and amplify the work of disabled scholars
  • See note about Access Coordinator and Coalition Conference Committee below

Travel, Accommodations, and Commitments to Affordability

  • Distance from international airport/s
  • Estimated travel costs from a range of major cities
  • Access by bus, cab, coach, train, etc. and costs
  • Travel between conference venue and accommodation
  • Lodging: university/hotel options, location in relation to conference venue, capacity, costs per person/night, discount rate options
  • Meal options and costs
  • Attention to affordability and cost-savings

Organization and Support

  • Conference committee participants: Details about organizers, responsibilities, administrative support, etc.
  • Institutional support: Level and nature of possible department/institution involvement and funding
  • Additional support: Details of funds, facilities, sponsorship or other involvement from additional organizations

What can the CFSHRC offer site hosts?
Beginning with the 1997 “From Boundaries to Borderlands” conference at Oregon State, the Feminisms and Rhetorics conference has been a centerpiece of the Coalition, serving as an intimate, dynamic, and engaging gathering place for feminist scholars to exchange ideas, build community, and create support networks. To support the teams who make these conferences possible, the Coalition provides the following for FemRhet site hosts:

  1. $2000 seed money, which does not need to be returned later, to conference hosts;
  2. Funding for offsetting costs for graduate students (25% of any proceeds from the previous FemRhet conference). Conference hosts are to use these proceeds specifically to reduce expenses of attending the conference for graduate students;
  3. Flexibility for scheduling the conference. As noted, Feminisms and Rhetorics has traditionally been a fall conference. We recognize that such scheduling may mean higher costs, particularly given greater demand on campus and community resources during the semester. Thus, we ask only that, when determining possible dates for the conference, potential site hosts  be sensitive to the dates of other, similar conferences;
  4. Assistance from our newly established Conference Committee to help ensure  an antiracist, accessible, and inclusive conference experience for all. This committee will work with the Feminisms and Rhetorics Host Committee. Assistance from the Conference Committee includes
    • Funding and arranging for the training of a conference Access Coordinator. The Access Coordinator will be selected by and become a member of the local site host committee. Their work will involve coordinating the majority of access services for the conference, including an accessibility guide for the conference.
    • Providing guidance and support for inclusive conferencing practices such as  an antiracist, inclusive, anti-ableist proposal review process and the selection and engagement of featured speakers or sessions.
    • Creating a Rapid Response Team (RRT) tasked with collecting feedback and responding, in a timely fashion, to grievances relating to antiracism, inclusion, or accessibility during the conference.

The Conference Committee is happy to speak with potential site hosts. Please direct any questions about hosting or the site host proposal process to Jessica Enoch, Coordinator of the CFSHRC Conference Committee, at vicepresident@cfshrc.org.

2021 Presidents Dissertation Award Winners

This image shows the Coalition banner and headshots of Emily Smith and Luhui Whitebear.

The Presidents Dissertation Award was created in 2016 to celebrate recently completed doctoral dissertations that make “an outstanding contribution to our understanding of feminist histories, theories, and pedagogies of rhetoric and composition.” This year’s judges had the honor of vetting a set of projects that not only met these standards but did more, including reflecting innovative research methodologies and illuminating oft-neglected cultural and intellectual traditions. Additionally, the 2021 submissions celebrated advocacy and praxis, were elegantly composed, and rigorously engaged—or even challenged—extant frameworks, enhancing our understanding of feminist academic work in general by inviting subsequent inquiry and exchange.

In a non-COVID year, we would have conferred this award at Feminisms and Rhetorics 2021; however, this year, we are conferring awards online. Thus, on behalf of the 2021 Presidents Dissertation Award Committee, I am pleased to announce this year’s award recipients, in alphabetical order: Emily N. Smith (Penn State University) and Luhui Whitebear (Oregon State University).

Emily N. Smith, recipient of the 2021 Presidents Dissertation Award for

“Performing Histories: Archival Embodiment as Rhetorical Historiography.”

Dr. Smith is currently a Marion L. Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the Writing and Communication Program at Georgia Institute of Technology, where she will spend the next year working alongside 25 other scholars from the US, UK, and Canada, developing teaching and scholarship in writing and communication that emphasizes rhetoric, process, and multimodality. In May 2021, Smith completed her PhD in Rhetoric and Composition at Penn State University, where she was also a Dissertation Fellow at the Center for Democratic Deliberation. Her dissertation project argues that artists, scholars, and community members use performance to compose and circulate shared cultural histories through a methodology of “archival embodiment,” emphasizing Suzan-Lori Parks’s The America Play, the ouvre of American photographer Charles “Teenie” Harris, and Philadelphia’s Monument Lab project.

A related article, “A View from the Hill: ‘One Shot’ Harris and The Pittsburgh Courier,” appeared in Rhetoric Society Quarterly this past spring, demonstrating some of the “idiomatic visual rhetorical strategies of representation” that Smith argues for in her dissertation. One judge wrote the following of Smith’s project:

“Outstanding areas of inquiry—how people enact historiography through performance. Great objective: understanding performance as a mode of historiography and a significant genre of public memory. Excellent notes on the pedagogical implications of interconnections between rhetoric and embodied/multimodal performances.”

Another judge concurred:

“This is a conceptually rich study of performance, embodiment, and historiography. Smith’s project demonstrates some of the heretofore ‘untapped potential’ of multimodal composition pedagogies and helps readers to think in expansive and yet exacting ways how embodying archives implicates the rhetorical practices of historical storytelling and historiography. Especially compelling is the chapter on Harris’s quotidian photography as counternarrative, and the role that contemporary bodies play in reconstituting Black Pittsburgh’s history across time.”

Luhui Whitebear, recipient of the 2021 Presidents Dissertation Award for

“Secrets of Survival: Intergenerational Storytelling and Cultural Healing Through Gendered Rhetoric and Representation in Indigenous Activist Circles.”

Dr. Whitebear is an enrolled member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation and the Assistant Director of the Oregon State University Native American Longhouse Eena Haws. She completed her PhD in Spring 2020 through the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies program at OSU, where she also received a B.S. in Ethnic Studies, a second B.S. in Anthropology, and a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (WGSS, Ethnic Studies, and Queer Studies focus). She is a mother, poet, and Indigenous activist, as well as an award-winning diversity advocate on her campus and in the Corvallis community.

Her research generally focuses on Indigenous rhetorics and she has published widely in the following areas: Indigeneity and reclaiming Indigenous identity/gender roles; murdered and missing Indigenous women; Indigenous resistance movements; and national laws and policies that impact Indigenous peoples. As such, Whitebear is passionate about disrupting systems of oppression and creating positive change in society. Her dissertation in particular works through rhetoric and representation in order to locate the Indigenous people and voices that are missing in the stories circulating through Indigenous activist communities, including both recorded stories and stories told verbally. One judge wrote the following of Whitebear’s project:

“The motivating question of study—how indigenous methodologies might fit within colonized epistemologies—provides an instructive case study. Feminist rhetorical scholars can better understand the deliberate ways that indigenous rhetorics can disrupt settler colonialism while centering practices of intergenerational healing. The result is a methodologically impressive and compelling narrative of reclaiming rhetorical sovereignty, one that not only theorizes about but also demonstrates the strength of intergenerational storytelling.”

Another judge concurred:

“This dissertation does address an important rhetorical intervention into storytelling and its relation to indigenous identity and activism. It illuminates memory and how that memory manifests in modern storytelling practices. The project is well versed in relevant academic work but extends that work. Even though the focus is on women’s studies, the same methods, methodologies, and praxis are relevant to rhetoric and composition. … The project does a good job of saying, this is just a step in the longer process, which invites more future scholarship. The methodology … offers an interesting and effective application of theories, particularly the concept of survivance.”

We offer our “Congratulations” to Whitebear and Smith, and to the faculty mentors who constituted their committees! Both of these winning projects drew simultaneously on the embodied, the historical, and the theoretical, but all of this year’s submissions were noteworthy. Thus, in addition to congratulating these scholars on their achievements, we gladly acknowledge the following individuals whose excellent work was also nominated or submitted for this award: Nancy Fox Edele (U of Washington, Seattle); Kathleen Hardesty (Texas Tech); Sarita Mizin (Lehigh U); Ruby Nancy (Eastern Carolina U); and Lena Ziegler (Bowling Green). Please look for their work, both in the ProQuest dissertation database and in their ensuing publications.

Tarez Samra Graban
Immediate Past-President
Awards Chair 2020–2022

and members of the 2021 Presidents Dissertation Award Committee

Moushumi Biswas
Maureen Johnson
Amanda Pratt
Patrick Thomas

Lisa Ede Mentoring Award Winner

Stephanie L. Kerschbaum
Winner of 2021 Lisa Ede Mentoring Award

Faculty head shot of Stephanie L. Kerschbaum

The Lisa Ede Mentoring Award was established in 2015 as a biennial award to recognize an individual or group with a career-record of mentorship, including formal and informal advising of students and colleagues; leadership in campus, professional, and/or local communities; and other activities that align with the overall mission and goals of the Coalition. In the spirit of its namesake, Professor Emerita of English, Lisa Ede, the award was designed to encourage as broad and collective an understanding of “mentoring” as possible. As a career award, it often honors those individual mentors or mentoring teams who demonstrate a breadth, depth, and longevity of mentoring that is guided by a feminist of caring and care.

On behalf of the 2021 Lisa Ede Mentoring Award Committee, I am pleased to announce this year’s winner: Stephanie L. Kerschbaum, Associate Professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle, and formerly Associate Professor of English at the University of Delaware. While at UD, Stephanie provided stellar feminist mentoring on her campus through leadership of Faculty Success Program cohorts, organization of Write on Site groups and writing retreats, and various workshop facilitations. In 2018, she served as the inaugural Faculty Mentoring Fellow to analyze, improve, and develop resources for faculty mentoring across campus. Stephanie also coordinated funding to support the participation of 12 women faculty of color on the tenure track in Promotion and Tenure Workshops.

Truly Transformative Mentoring

At the national level, she has also influenced how we mentor in the field, through her service as CCCC Executive member and Chair of the CCCC Committee on Disability Issues; and by co-facilitating the “Making a Career in Rhetorical Studies” workshop for two different RSA Summer Institutes. More recently, she has organized online mentoring groups and virtual Write on Site groups, such as the “First Book Club,” which supported faculty composing their first academic monographs. These online opportunities, spanning more than a dozen institutions, exemplify her truly transformative mentoring practice. They signal, as one nominator wrote, how Stephanie creates “sustainable, interdependent networks between thinkers who otherwise might not ever become connected.” Another nominator suggested that, as a close mentor to so many within disability studies specifically, Dr. Kerschbaum might earn an official title of “Disability Rhetoric Field Mentor” for Rhetoric and Composition.

Dr. Kerschbaum is also a leading scholar of disability studies and rhetoric. Her first book, Toward a New Rhetoric of Difference (2014) challenges institutional diversity discourse by examining classroom interactions, marketing of higher education, and her own researcher positionality. She is co-editor of Negotiating Disability: Disclosure and Higher Education (2017) and a Special Issue of Composition Forum on “Doing Composition in the Presence of Disability” and also the author of numerous single-authored and collaboratively authored articles on disability and rhetoric in journals such as Research in the Teaching of English, Disability Studies Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, Kairos, and others. She is, as a third nominator writes, “someone dedicated to the advancement of feminist research and pedagogy through the mentorship of feminist colleagues.”

Mentoring in Invisible Spaces

The Award committee agreed, indicating that Stephanie’s nomination packet left a strong impression. Their conversation around her nomination materials was rich, noting especially her wide-ranging mentoring practice that encompasses people at all career stages, from graduate students to middle-career faculty; that she creates spaces for mentorship that are not egocentric; and that she mentors in ways that would typically be invisibilized by institutional structures.

In a typical year, the Lisa Ede Award would be conferred at the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, but in 2021, we look forward to featuring Dr. Kerschbaum in conjunction with one of the Coalition’s  “Advancing the Agenda Workshop Series” sessions, which will occur online this fall. Watch for further announcements about this and other sessions!

In addition to congratulating Dr. Kerschbaum on her achievement, we want to acknowledge the following individuals whose mentoring careers were also illuminated and nominated for this award, evidenced by strong supporting letters: Dr. Katrina Powell (Virginia Tech); Dr. Suellynn Duffey (U Missouri-St. Louis); and Dr. Jane Greer (U Missouri-Kansas City).

Congratulations!

— Tarez Samra Graban
Immediate Past-President
Awards Chair 2020–2022

and members of the 2021 Lisa Ede Mentoring Award Committee
— Amy Lueck
— Becca Richards
— Kaia Simon

 

[The image at the top of this post is a head and shoulders photograph of Dr. Stephanie L. Kerschbaum.]