Dear RSA Members:
The Board of Directors has approved changes to the standing committee structure of RSA. The proposed changes are to establish three new standing committees and to revise the title and purpose of an existing standing committee.
The proposed changes are as follows:
Section 8.09 Budget Advisory Committee. The President shall appoint three members to the Budget Advisory Committee, which shall be advisory to the Executive Director. Members shall have prior budgetary experience and be appointed to staggered terms. The Committee shall review any budgetary matters brought to it by the Executive Director, shall provide advice on the budgetary implications of all proposals with budgetary consequences prior to board consideration, and shall review the proposed budget prepared by the Executive Director. The Budget Advisory Committee shall be free to disclose the nature of the advice it rendered to the officers and board at its discretion.
Section 8.10 Membership Committee. The President shall appoint the Membership Committee, which shall consist of the Membership Officer, serving as chair, and at least three additional members, one of whom shall be a graduate student. Committee members shall serve a two-year term. The committee shall be charged to aid in retention and expansion of RSA membership, while better enabling the Society to fulfil its commitment to inclusivity, diversity, equity and access.
Section 8.11 Committee on Committees. The President-Elect shall appoint the Committee on Committees, which shall consist of eight members, and to include the chair of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access Committee ex officio. The committee shall identify and recommend candidates to fill the Society’s standing committees. In addition, the committee may be called upon to make recommendations for nominees to ad hoc committees at the request of the President and/or President-Elect.
Section 8.06 Committee on Equity and Diversity. The President shall appoint at least three members to the Committee on Equity and Diversity who shall serve a two-year term. The committee should study, make recommendations, and develop programs to enhance equity and diversity within the academic field of rhetorical studies.
Section 8.06 Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access. The President shall appoint at least five members to the Committee on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access, who shall serve a two-year term, which may be renewed for a second consecutive term. At least one board member must serve on the committee, either as chair or vice-chair. The committee is charged to study, make recommendations, and develop programs that counter the ongoing legacies of systematic and structural marginalization and enhance inclusion, diversity, equity, and access within the academic field of rhetorical studies.
Our Bylaws stipulate that there shall be a 30-day period from notification of a bylaws measure when members may vote to approve an amendment to the Bylaws. Since these are changes to our Bylaws, they require approval by 2/3 majority of those voting. Ballots will be accepted until December 15, 2019.
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Gerard A. Hauser