Peitho, the flagship journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC), seeks its first web coordinator to serve a 2-year term (May 1, 2018 to April 30, 2020). As part of a highly collaborative editorial team, the web coordinator will work with Peitho’s editors to upload each issue of the journal (currently published twice per year), archive past issues, help remediate the annual 4C Wednesday night SIG into a digital format, and liaise with the Coalition’s general web coordinator as needed. Read more
In response to the NAACP Travel Advisory in effect for the state of Missouri, in response to the Coalition’s decision to cancel its appearance at the 4C18 SIG, and subsidized in part by a generous gift from an anonymous donor, the Coalition would like to announce that there are funds available for a small scholarship program this year.
Specifically, these funds are available to support undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in an English/Composition or Women’s Studies undergraduate or graduate program in the state of Missouri with demonstrated financial need to travel to other conferences in 2018. Conferences may include (but are not limited to) RSA, WPA, Computers and Writing, Watson, Conference on Community Writing, or Cultural Rhetorics. The Coalition is pleased to offer three (3) travel awards at $300 apiece.
Nominations for scholarships are due by May 1, 2018 to Lisa Mastrangelo ( ).
1) A brief cover letter and cv
2) A brief statement of eligibility/support from a current professor or advisor.
Twenty-five years ago, in “Mapping the Margins,” Kimberlé Crenshaw provided feminist academics and activists with the critical vocabulary they needed to define identity politics at various intersections of sexism and racism, in turn equipping us with structural, political, and representational “frameworks” for thinking about the fraught or hybrid spaces we occupy. Emphasizing frameworks over “totalizing theor[ies] of identity” (Crenshaw 1244), the Coalition’s 2019 Wednesday evening session dedicates itself to an interrogation and exploration of how those intersections look today, and of where intersectionality has led us as a Coalition, and as a field.
We invite proposals for brief critical talks to form the basis of a roundtable discussion on any of the following questions: Read more
As our coalition grows, we are also able to expand our opportunities to celebrate and support feminist research in rhetoric and composition. We have two upcoming opportunities that we hope YOU will consider: the Feminist Research Grant (application due Dec 15, 2017) and the Winifred Bryan Horner Outstanding Book Award (nominations due December 1st, 2017) Read more
Five years ago, Gesa Kirsch and Jacqueline Jones Royster published Feminist Rhetorical Practices: New Horizons for Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies. Met with much critical acclaim, Feminist Rhetorical Practices offered historians of rhetoric and composition a way to read, interpret, and analyze historical texts through the lenses of social circulation, critical imagination, strategic contemplation, and globalization. An immediate success, the text had—and continues to have—a major impact on the historical feminist thinking in our field.
To that end, the Coalition’s 2018 Wednesday evening session* will revisit Kirsch and Royster’s work and how it has changed (and continues to change) our discipline. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference is scheduled for Oct 4-7, 2017 in Dayton OH. See you there!
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:
- Filtering and responding to user questions as well as general questions about the website;
- Working with Peitho editors to upload each issue of the semi-annually published journal, overseeing the process of archiving past issues, and liaising with the Peitho editorial team as needed;
- Coordinating the PayPal portion of the site (e.g., radio buttons, membership information) in collaboration with the Treasurer;
- Working with the CFSHRC Archivist to maintain the group’s administrative archive;
- Maintaining and (as needed) updating website style guidelines.
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:
- Academic training and/or scholarly interest in one of several fields, including rhetoric, composition, feminist historiography, data design, or technical and professional writing;
- Demonstrated experience managing and maintaining websites with shopping carts and PayPal connections;
- Strong English language skills;
- Strong collaborative and interpersonal skills both on and offline;
- Commitment to serving the CFSHRC, which is the intellectual home of a diverse and growing group of scholars whose interests span histories of studies in gender and sexuality and feminist research in rhetoric and composition.
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 (email@example.com) and Tarez Graban (firstname.lastname@example.org) by December 15, 2016.
The CWSHRC is seeking the organization’s first Digital Media and Outreach Director. Applications are due 1/5/2016. See below for complete details about this exciting new opportunity or download a PDF version of this post.
Overview: Over the past several years, digital media use within the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition has increased considerably. Currently, the CWSHRC boasts not only a long-standing listerv and website but also Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts and along with a 2015-16 Social Media Action Team 53 volunteers strong. Eager to make the most of these resources while meeting the demands of effective communication both within and beyond the Coalition, we are pleased to announce the creation of a new term-based position: the CWSHRC Digital Media and Outreach Director.
Position description: The Digital Media and Outreach Director will report directly to a designated member of the Executive Board and work in close collaboration with the group’s web coordinator. General responsibilities will include:
- Overseeing communication across available digital platforms to promote effective communication among current and prospective
- Coalition members and the greater professional community;
- Generating and regularly posting appropriate content to the Coalition’s social media platforms and coordinating across platforms as appropriate;
- Maintaining and purposefully increasing listserv use;
- Generating meaningful website content, such as organizational news, member profiles, mentoring spotlights, and so on.
- Working with available data and, when needed, generating new data about CWSHRC digital media practices.
The Digital Media Outreach Director will not work alone. Instead, the Director will establish and supervise committees, task forces, and teams as needed, working in accordance with the CWSHRC Bylaws.
Appointment and eligibility:The CWSHRC Digital Media and Outreach Director will be selected by a committee established by the CWSHRC President and will serve a two-year term beginning April 15, 2016 and ending April 14, 2018. The Director will have Ex Officio status on the Coalition Advisory Board (AB) unless the Director is an AB member. All CWSHRC members are eligible to apply except next term’s officers (including the Member-at-Large). Consideration will be given to applicants who already hold a terminal degree (i.e., PhD, MFA), and who have an established record of relevant research, teaching, and/or service. Applicants must be current members of the Coalition. To confirm membership status, contact Treasurer Marta Hess no later than 12/30/2015.
Since the Digital Media and Outreach Director will need to be an active participant in the Coalition’s two main conferences, CCCC and (in alternate years) Feminisms and Rhetorics, the Director will receive a stipend of up to $750 per year to defray the cost of conference travel and housing.
To apply: Email a cover letter and current CV to Coalition President Jenn Fishman. In the letter be sure to elaborate your interest in the position and in serving the Coalition; your ideas for fulfilling the role and your ability to do so in relation to your current and projected responsibilities; and your qualifications, including (but not limited to) relevant scholarship and/or scholarly projects. Applicants are welcome to send citations for or links to examples of relevant work. Applicants are also encouraged to get to know the Coalition’s current digital resources, including this website and our Facebook page, Twitter account, and Instagram site. In addition, copies of the recent Digital Task Force Report on the Coalition’s media needs and use are available upon request. Send initial questions to Jenn Fishman no later than 12/30/2015.
Applications are due 1/5/2016
Consider becoming the Coalition’s inaugural Archivist and Historian. See below for complete details about this new position or download a PDF version of this post.
Overview: As the Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition enjoys its second quarter century, we are pleased to announce the creation of a new two-year position: CWSHRC Archivist and Historian. To date, Tarez Samra Graban has created and overseen the Coalition’s administrative archive, which contains meeting minutes, organizational correspondence, and other similar documents. In addition, Kathleen Welch has set an example by amassing a personal collection of documents and artifacts that represent not only the Coalition’s history but also the growth of feminist scholars’ presence in our field. By establishing a formal, term-based role, the Coalition hopes to recognize and build on their efforts while ensuring they continue and expand, supported by the full range of resources the Coalition can provide.
Position description: The CWSHRC Archivist and Historian will take responsibility for building and maintaining the Coalition’s archives in both digital and analog forms. This work will include ongoing collection and curation of administrative documents, working in coordination with the CWSHRC Secretary, plus the acquisition of relevant materials from past and present CWSHRC members. The CWSHRC Archivist and Historian will also conduct research (i.e., surveys, interviews) designed to enhance our understanding of the Coalition’s evolution and its contribution to our field.
Specifically, the first CWSHRC Archivist and Historian will be responsible the following:
- Maintaining the administrative archive designed and currently overseen by CWSHRC Secretary;
- Working actively to collect relevant materials (i.e., memorabilia, personal notes, remembrances) from current and past CWSHRC members, especially emerita colleagues;
- Leading a Task Force charged with identifying possible sites and arrangements for a physical CWSHRC archive;
- Designing and conducting research to illuminate new aspects of CWSHRC members’ professional work (i.e., CWSHRC members’ relationship to WPA work or undergraduate research mentoring).
Appointment and eligibility: The CWSHRC Archivist and Historian will be selected by a committee established by the CWSHRC President and will serve a 2-year term (4/15/2016 to 4/14/2018) with the option of reapplication and reappointment for a total of 3 terms served. This role will have Ex Officio status on the Advisory Board unless the individual appointed is an AB member. All CWSHRC members are eligible to apply except next term’s officers (including the Member-at-Large). Applicants must be current members of the Coalition. To confirm membership status, contact Treasurer Marta Hess no later than 12/30/2015.
To apply: Email a cover letter and current CV to Coalition President Jenn Fishman. In the cover letter be sure to elaborate your interest in the position and in serving the Coalition; your ideas for fulfilling the role and your ability to do so in relation to your current and projected responsibilities; and your qualifications, including (but not limited to) relevant scholarship and/or scholarly projects. Applicants are welcome to send citations for or links to examples of relevant work. Applicants are also welcome to send preliminary questions to Jenn Fishman no later than 12/30/2015.
Applications are due 1/5/2016