Introducing the Journal of Veterans Studies

Hello and thank you for your attention. Now that I have it, I’d like to make two brief introductions.

Introduction 1: My name is Mariana Grohowski. I am an Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University Southeast. I was recently appointed to the Coalition’s Advisory Board and I have been a proud member of the Coalition since 2013. In 2014, I helped to assess the Coalition’s use of social and digital media.

Introduction 2: The second and more important introduction I seek to facilitate is to introduce the Coalition to the inaugural issue of the Journal of Veterans Studies (JVS).  I founded JVS in November 2015 after 3 years of receiving journal article rejections based on the focus of my research on women veterans. Indeed, I noticed a lack of referred publication venues for interdisciplinary research and writing on and about the issues and experiences of military veterans. JVS is the only refereed, open access, interdisciplinary, online journal focused on veterans studies.


I published the inaugural issue, thanks to the help of generous reviewers and an amazing editorial board, in July 2016. I hope many members of the Coalition will find the articles to be of interest. The inaugural issue contains eight original research articles and three reviews: two of books and one on a work of new media). The entire issue is available online (open access) at

Because I suspect that the Coalition may be unfamiliar with the term “veterans studies,” please allow me to briefly explain my use of the term. We might think of veterans studies, Coalition, comparable to our interest in gender studies. Whereas feminists identify the ways in which gender shapes intellectual and social norms, including its intersections with power structures (i.e., race, class, and sexuality), veterans studies scholars are interested in studying how society views and treats “the veteran” as well as how “the veteran” views him/herself.

In short, veterans studies is an multi-faceted, scholarly investigation of military veterans and their families. Topics oftentimes include, but are not limited to: combat exposure, reintegration challenges, and the complex systems that shape the veteran experience. Veterans studies, by its very nature, may analyze experiences closely tied to military studies, but the emphasis of veterans studies is the “veteran experience,” i.e., what happens after the service member departs the armed forces. Scholars of veterans studies pursue their work in such fields as Rhetoric and Composition, Literature, History, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Student Affairs (among others). Likewise, the work of veterans studies occurs in and outside of formal education–by current members of the military, leaders of nonprofits, independent artists, grassroots activists, and students taking courses in veterans studies–indeed, “veterans studies” designated programs have been established at four public universities in the U.S.

Questions that drive veterans studies scholars and are the sorts that the Journal of Veterans Studies seeks to promote may include:

  1.  Who is “the veteran in society?”
  2. How do power structures like race, class, gender, and sexuality affect the veteran from claiming his/her “veteran-ness”?
  3. Who “counts” as a veteran?

Three articles in the inaugural issue Coalitionists may find most interesting are summarized briefly:

(1) “A Theoretical and Applied Review of Embodied Restorying for Post-Deployment Family Reintegration” by Jeanne Flora, David M. Boje, Grace Ann Rosile, and Kenneth Hacker (New Mexico State University).

This article shares the team’s innovative theoretical approach to working with veterans and their families through storytelling. According to the authors’ approach, storytelling is utilized to reframe and recreate narratives held by veterans and their family members. Compellingly, the authors substantiate the importance of storytelling and the role family members play in the veteran’s process of reintegration post-deployment.

(2) Leland Spencer’s (Miami University) “Faculty Advising and Student Veterans: Adventures in Applying Research and Training By critically reflecting on his experiences academically advising undergraduate student veterans.”

In this article, Spencer engages personal narrative to share his journey of learning (by stumbling and tons of research) to effectively advise undergraduate student veterans. I think Coalition readers could view Spencer’s writing style as employing feminist strategies, as he is as quick to admit to what he doesn’t know as he is to providing answers. The author provides five suggestions that readers–who are teachers, administrators, and staff who work with student veterans in postsecondary educational settings–will find valuable.

(3) “The Other, Other Students: Understanding the Experiences of Graduate Student Veterans” by Glenn Allen Phillips (UT Arlington)

Phillips shares the experiences and perceptions of graduate students with military experience. Not only does he present long experts from his interviews with eleven graduate student veterans, but he also situates his findings within five key areas. As Phillips points out, his research is a first of its kind in its focus on the mechanisms of support (five of which he identifies from his interviews) advanced-degree seeking student veterans desperately need.


In closing, there are three ways all Coalitionists can work in #solidarity to promote and sustain JVS:

  1. Spread the word about the journal your friends. Even those you think might be tangentially interested. Let them know the journal is live. Encourage your friends to subscribe and contribute. Share this convenient URL and “Like us on Facebook” (
  2.  Consider submitting an article, announcement, book or media reviews, interviews, and program or organizational profiles to the journal for publication. JVS only succeed if people take time to send us their ideas. (Full submission guidelines are available at Coalitionists might be intrigued by the December 1, 2016 call for papers for a special issue in which former CCCC presenters are asked to contribute their (slightly) modified presentations (related to veterans studies).
  3. Make the effort to cite articles published in the journal. As we know, Coalition, the power of citations makes an impact (i.e., to an author’s legitimacy and a journal’s credibility). Please consider: Is there a way you can integrate a source published in JVS in your article, review, presentation, etc.?

Thank you, Coalition, for your support of this scholarly endeavor. Please feel free contact me, Mariana Grohowski at

By Mariana Grohowski, CFSHRC Advisory Board Members


Follow Our Guest Tweeters!

We thank all of you for following @CFSHRC on Twitter and Facebook. We’ve only been on social media for a couple of years, but we’ve already build a strong following and curated a rich set of conversations relevant to anyone interested in feminism and rhetoric. #thefeministsarecoming to social media and we’ve got a lot to say!

And now, we’re working to improve the way we use our social media platforms. We want to create a genuinely multi-vocal space that represents different coalitions of feminists in rhetoric and composition. Follow our social media experiment this summer as 5 different women take turns curating our twitter feed. (3)

Follow our curated twitter feed @cfshrc with Patricia Fancher, Marie Novotny, Ruth Osorio, Christine Martorana, Latoya Sawyer, and Karrieann Soto

July 18-24: Patricia Fancher is a lecturer in the Writing Program of the University of California Santa Barbara. Her research intersects rhetoric of science and feminist rhetoric, and she has a special interest in Alan Turing as well as the women who worked at Bletchley Park. She is the Director of Digital Media and Outreach for the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. In her free time, you’ll find Trish with her fat orange cat, who aspires to be internet famous.

July 25-Sep 7: Maria Novotny is a PhD candidate in Rhetoric & Writing at Michigan State University and a project partner with The ART of Infertility. Her research examines how infertile individuals must navigate across health and cultural systems and the challenges that this navigation poses as well as their dependence upon private and peer-led networks to exercise agency in these systematic spaces. In 2015, Marie received the CCCC Gloria Anzaldua Rhetorician Award for her research on infertility activism.

Aug 8-21: Ruth Osorio  is a PhD candidate in rhetoric and composition at the University of Maryland, College Park. She teaches courses in composition, digital writing, disability studies, and professional writing. Her dissertation examines the rhetorical strategies of disability activism in activist, queer, digital, and professional spaces. When not teaching or writing, Ruth is spending time with her daughter, spouse, and chihuahua rescue mutt.

Aug 22-Sep 4: Christine Martorana is an Assistant Professor and the Director of the Writing Program at the College of Staten Island – CUNY. Her research interests circulate around feminist agency, feminist activism, and composition pedagogy. In her teaching, she espouse a collaborative, interactive, and multimodal approach, a pedagogical perspective through which she invites students to adopt more expansive notions of what it means to “write” and consider the diverse and impactful ways they function as rhetoricians both within and beyond the academic community.

Sep 5-18:  LaToya Sawyer doctoral candidate in Syracuse University’s Composition and Cultural Rhetoric program. Her research interests are Black women’s discourse, literacy and rhetoric, Black feminism and computer-mediated-communication. LaToya is a Hollis, Queens native, writer and educator. Her dissertation explores Black women’s language and identity performance as agency in social media spaces. She has taught in community-based and university educational settings within the African American community, the U.S. and China.

Sep 19-Oct 2: Karrieann Soto Vega is a PhD Candidate at Syracuse University, where she studies Puerto Rican Nationalist rhetorics as enacted by the figure of Lolita Lebrón. Her research interests run the gamut of decolonial feminist rhetorics, sonic and visual rhetorics, multimodality, new media, and cultural rhetorics, among others. For the year 2016-2017 she will be a Teaching Assistant at Syracuse University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

Interested in contributing as a CFSHRC guest tweeter? Contact Trish Fancher at pfancher [at] writing.ucsb [dot] edu

Your Coalition Curated Guide to RSA16

We asked if the feminists were coming to RSA, and boy did you respond. Here are over 30 RSA panels featuring coalition members and/or feminist related material. Let’s support each other’s feminist work by attending some of the panels. While there, be sure to add to the back channel with the hashtags #cfshrc and #thefeministsarecoming.



Gender at Work: Engaging with Spatial, Material, and Embodied Rhetorics in Feminist Research
riday, 11-12:15

Panel: “Teaching the ‘Cross-Cultural’ at the Convergence of History, Temporality, and Locality: Locating New Pedagogical Traditions in Changed Theoretical Spaces”
Friday, May 27, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. / Hilton 313

Blue Bell, Corporate Shell?: Small Town Rhetoric in Big Corporate Liability
Friday 12:30-1:45 Hilton Rm 302

Intersectionality, Interdisciplinarity and the Future of Feminist Rhetoric: A Roundtable
Friday, 27th, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

I Apologize: Rhetorical Missteps as a Constraint to Contemporary Black Feminist Discourse
Friday, May 27th. 2:00 p.m., Hilton Downtown 402

Black Feminist Rhetoric: Anger, Apology, Agency

(Re)Articulating “Woman”: Archival Performances and Gender Activisms in Women’s Colleges
Friday, May 27, 2016 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Hilton Downtown, 311

Negotiations of Identity and Power: Researching Academic Women and Conducting a Feminist Rhetorical Practice
Friday, May 27 3:30-4:45 PM Hilton Downtown 311

Making and Mattering in a Makerspace: Toward a More-than-human Rhetoric
Friday, 3:30-4:45, Hilton Downtown 206

“Revolutions, Evolutions, and Transnational Nationalisms–The View from the Hemisphere”
Friday, May 27: 3:30 PM – 4:45 PM | Room 309

The “Wicked Stepmother”: Changing Maternal Identity and Transforming Personal Narrative
Friday, May 27th 3:30-4:45pm, Hilton Downtown Room 302

The One Girl (R)Evolution: Malala Yousafzai’s Multicultural Girl Power Rhetoric
Saturday, May 28th, 8:00 – 9:15 AM Rm 209

Materiality and Digital Spaces as Agents of Rhetorics of Change
Saturday, May 28: 8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Hilton Downtown Room: 212

Mapping the Circulation of _Sex in Education_
9:30-10:45 Saturday, May 28 Hilton Downtown Room 210

#YesAllWomen: Re-centering Bodily Experiences in Digital Space
Saturday, 9:30 am, Hilton 306

Panel: Changes to Identification: Queer Thought, Embodiment, and the Politics of Emotion. Paper: Verbing the Body: Implication for Embodied Rhetoric
May 28th, 11:00-12:15, Hilton Downtown 405

Rhetorical Interventions: How Women Negotiate Healthcare Practices and Spaces
Saturday (5/28) 11:00am-12:15pm

Many Hands Make Invisible Work: Volunteerism and the Female Academic
5/28 @ 12:30 PM, Hilton Room 304

The Lived & Rhetorical Responses of Catholic Women’s Groups Following Vatican II
Saturday 5-28-17, 12:30 pm – 1:45 pm, 207 Hilton

Agency, Affect, and Performativity in Visual and Material Rhetorics of Environment and Technology
aturday 12:30-1:45

#BlackRhetoricsMatter?: The Future of African American Rhetoric
Saturday, May 28th, 2:00 p.m., Hilton Downtown 211

Changing Rhetorical Pedagogies for Digital Archives
Sat., May 28, 2-3:15 PM, Hilton Downtown 201

Theory of the Local: Rhetoric and Change at the Intersection of Composition and Communication
Saturday, May 28, 2016, 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm at Grand Ballroom East, 2nd floor

Situated (R)Evolutions: Rhetorical Meaning-Making and Memory Sites in the United States
Saturday, May 28, 3:30 PM, Hilton rm 314

How Do We Create Change?: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Social Action
Saturday, 3:30, Hilton Downtown Rm 207

Rhetorical Practices in Legal and Academic Institutions: Transnational Perspectives
Sunday May 29 8AM Hilton Downtown 211

Transnational Feminist Rhetorics + Posthumanist Rhetorics→ Emerging Rhetoric Pedagogies
Sunday May 29 8:00am Hilton Downtown 212

Forty Weeks of Change: Embodied Rhetorics, Pregnancy, and Shifting Strategies of Disclosure
Sunday, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM, Hilton Downtown, 209

Precarious Desire: Feminist Perspectives on Design and the Big Giant [W]hole Surrounding Rhetoric
Sunday, May 29: 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM, room 208

Tethered Amid/Against Change: Sorority Historical Education as (Gendered) Epideictic Rhetoric
Sunday, May 29, 2:00 PM – 3:15 PM

The Archive as Rhetoric
Sunday 5/29 3:30

Supersession D: Disability Rhetorics
Sunday, May 29: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM, Hilton Downtown, 210


Welcome to the Coalition of FEMINIST Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition


Greetings all!  As the spring semester comes to a close for many of us, the Coalition is entering a new era!

Our biggest announcement:

The Coalition is changing its name!  We are very excited to announce that officially starting May 15, 2016, we will be the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Composition and Rhetoric. 
In addition, if you are missing us and thinking that there is no FemRhet this year, don’t despair!  Coalition folks will be meeting up at RSA this year. Join us on May 28th from 4-7pm at the Pulse Bar in the lobby of the Marriott.

Last (but of course, not least) we welcome several other women who are joining this leg of the run—new Advisory Board members Pamela VanHaitsma, Suzanne Bordelon, Charlotte Hogg, Mariana Grohowski, Staci Perryman Clark, and Lisa Shaver.

In addition, we have several new members joining us in positions both new and established:

We are so fortunate to have so many people who continue to give their time and energy to the Coalition.  Please know that we will be reaching out for volunteers throughout the year—stay tuned for ways that you can contribute.

Jenn Fishman has handed me the torch to carry for the next two years of the Coalition’s leadership—her energy and commitment to the Coalition have been unwavering and she cannot be thanked enough for all of her hard work.  I look forward to my new place in a long line of distinguished women who have served as Coalition Presidents.

I hope that you will join me for this next leg of the journey!

Lisa Mastrangelo
CFSHRC President

CCCC 2016 Advisory Board Meeting + Performing Feminist Action

Next week, many of us will gather for the CWSHRC’s annual business meeting in Houston, TX, held in advance of the 67th annual Conference on College Composition and Communication.

The full Advisory Board (active and ex officio members) will be in attendance at this meeting, as well as some members of the Mission Articulation Task Force and the Long Range Financial Planning Task Force:

  • Wednesday, April 6, 2016
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (CDT)
  • Hilton of the Americas, Rm. 346A-B

Agenda, slates, and other documents have already been circulated via e-mail, but AB members should feel free to send additional questions to in advance.

actionhourposter_final (1)Later that evening, all conference goers are welcome to join us for the Coalition’s annual sponsored event, “Performing Feminist Action,” with a dozen concurrent microworkshops in the first hour — offering interactive lessons in old and new ways of performing feminist activism — and mentoring tables in the second hour:

  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. (CDT)
  • Hilton Ballroom of the Americas, Salon A, Level Two

If your travel plans allow you to attend, we look forward to seeing you there!

On behalf of the Coalition Executive Board,
Tarez Samra Graban (CWSHRC Secretary)

FemRhet 2015 Advisory Board Meeting

Many of you are finalizing your travel plans to Tempe, AZ for the 10th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference one month from today. It promises to be a stimulating conference at an excellent venue!

This year at FemRhet, we will hold a meeting of the full CWSHRC Advisory Board (active and ex officio members). Some members of the Digital Task Force will also be in attendance:

  • Thursday, October 29, 2015
  • 8:00-9:00 a.m.
  • ASU Memorial Union, Arizona Ballroom

We will circulate a meeting agenda in advance. If your travel plans allow you to attend, we look forward to seeing you there!

On behalf of the Coalition Executive Board,
Tarez Samra Graban (CWSHRC Secretary)

Spend 4C15 with Feminists

4C15 approaches, and there are an unprecedented number of incredible sounding sessions and events on the docket. In fact, it is a near-impossible task to choose just one per time slot. That’s where the Coalition can help.

3/18: Spend the day (9-5) at the Feminist Workshop in the Tampa Convention Center, Room 5. This year’s theme is “Teaching, Service, and the Material Conditions of Labor.” Participants will work to identify ways they can and do engage in feminist labor within academia. First Level Co-Chairs include Lauren Connolly, Jennifer Nish, April Cobos, Patty Wilde, April Conway, Lydia McDermott, Roseanne Gatto, Shannon Mondor, Moushumi Biswas, Emma Howes, Alison A. Lukowski, Nicole Khoury, and Lauren Rosenberg. Speakers include Dawn Opel, Liz Egen, Jessica Philbrook, Dara Regaignon, Jennifer Heinert, Cassandra Phillips, Shelley Hawthorne Smith, and Michele Lockhart, Kathleen Mollick.

The letters CWS, HRC, and NWS are stacked on top of each other at the center of this image. The phrase “CCCC 2015” runs sideways along the left-hand side; the names of NWS speakers are listed (also sideways) on the right.

3/18: Join the CWSHRC from 6:30-8:30 in the Marriott’s Salon E. 

We’ll start with a showcase of new work by 11 Coalition scholars: Heather B. Adams, Erin M. Andersen, Geghard Arakelian, Heather Branstetter, Tamika Carey, Lavinia Hirsu, Nicole Khoury, Katie Livingston, LaToya Sawyer, Erin Wecker, and Patty Wilde.

We’ll end with interactive mentoring tables on the following topics: Alt Academics & Independent Scholars with Beth Hewett & Erin Krampetz, Campus Labor Activism with Kirsti Cole & Bo Wang, Developing Research Questions with David Gold, Sarah Hallenbeck, & Lindsay Rose Russell, Grad School Transitions with Nan Johnson & Wendy Sharer, Fostering Inclusion with Risa Applegarth, Cristina Ramirez, & Hyoejin Yoon, Making Monographs with Kate Adams & Lynée Gaillet, Making the Most of Digital Resources with April Cobos & Becca Richards, Mentoring Undergraduate Research with Jane Greer & Paige Banaji, When and How to Say No with Marta Hess & Gwen Pough, Working in the Archives with Nancy Myers & Kathleen Welch.

This image, an informational poster for the Women’s Network SIG, features a Wonder Woman LEGO figure, complete with star-spangled bikini and red boots.

3/19: Participate in the Women’s Network SIG from 6:30-7:30 in the Tampa CC, Room 14.Open to all CCCC attendees, this Special Interest Group is a participant-led sharing session on gender, professional labor, and workplace equity. Chair: Heather B. Adams.

3/21: Meet the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession from 9:30-10:30 at the Action Hub in Tampa CC, Ballroom B. This final-day meet-up is a chance to talk with representatives from all 4Cs committees, including this one led by Co-Chairs Holly Hassel and K. Hyoejin Yoon.

Help Us Keep Improving

This image shows a red wall with a roughly cut square hole in the middle, where grey metal mounts for two electrical switches sit partially covered by blue electrical tape.

As a group, we’ve been busy this year with any number of new projects and initiatives. Two important efforts have been led by two recently formed task forces, the Task Force on Digital Media and the Task Force on Mission Articulation.

The TL;DR goes like this: you can help these two groups by taking their surveys:

For readers who would like additional details:

The Task Force on Digital Media was formed to review the Coalition’s scholarly communication needs and goals, study members’ engagement with digital media both in general and specific to Coalition business, and evaluate the organization’s capacity to support new roles (i.e., social media director), resources (i.e., Tumblr), and activities (i.e., regular blog series). Members include Estee Beck, Cristy Beemer, Kris Blair, Jenn Fishman, Mariana Grohowski (Chair), Laurie McMillan, and Alexis Ramsey-Tobienne.

This image shows the tops of three differently sized paintbrushes in a clear glass jar.

The TF on Digital Media survey is currently available online. The group will circulate their report and recommendations to the CWSHRC Advisory Board and interested Coalition members in time for discussion at FemRhet 2015, October 28-31 in Tempe, AZ.


The Task Force on Mission Articulation was formed to address Coalition members’ concerns that the organization does not engage the full range of teachers and scholars doing feminist work in rhetoric and composition, including feminist research, histories of women, studies of gender and sexuality, mentoring, and advocacy for gender-based justice both in and beyond higher education. Recognizing the prominence of white, cis-gendered women and feminisms within the CWSHRC, this task force is working to understand how organization can better support more scholars, including (but not limited to) scholars of color, LGBTQ scholars, and scholars with disabilities.

The TF on Mission Articulation includes Risa Applegarth, Jess Enoch, Barb L’Eplattenier, Kate Navickas, and Wendy Sharer (Chair). They have two surveys: one for current Coalition members and one for nonmembers. They will be gathering data through FemRhet 2015 and circulating a report along with recommendations to the CWSRHC Advisory Board and interested members prior to 4C16, April 6-9 in Houston, TX.

This image shows a white peg board with six rows of differently colored drawer pulls.

We welcome your comments and questions as we continue our work, and we look forward to sharing the results of our labors in the future.


Image 1: “Switching Color and Light” by Robert S. Donovan: ; Image 2: “DIY” by Alan Cleaver; Image 3: “Home Improvement, 2011” by Marc Gautier.

Last Preview of Remastered Documentary

With only a couple days before the CWSHRC Gala, see these last three clips of the remastered documentary. See original post describing the documentary herethe second round of clips, and the third.

Clips from Remastered Documentary – Part III

See original post describing the documentary here, and the second round of clips.