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New Developments Emerge from RSA Board Meeting

New Developments Emerge from RSA Board Meeting

At its regular semi-annual meeting in San Francisco on lucky March 13, RSA Board members took several important steps to improve its services to members.  You can view the full minutes of the meeting by going to the RSA web site, but here are some highlights:

  • Under the leadership of Editor Carolyn Miller, Rhetoric Society Quarterly is adding a fifth issue.  This will be an annual Special Issue devoted to a particularly important topic in our field, and consequently it will bring added visibility and prestige to RSQ and to the Society.  And of course it will stimulate further important scholarship.  The Board anticipates that the fifth issue will not require any addition to membership fees; furthermore, the Board expects that ancillary activities around the Special Issue, such as online chats made available to graduate and undergraduate courses, will also benefit members.  Stay tuned for specific developments:  after contract renegotiations are completed this summer with our publisher Taylor and Francis, the first Special Issue will begin to take shape under the newly designated editor for the Special Issues, Debra Hawhee.
  • RSA is taking concrete steps to create a book series on
    rhetoric in partnership with a prestigious university press.  Based on promising initial explorations, a Task Force is being formed to present to the Board a concrete proposal in November.  The book series is expected to further the Society's central purpose of stimulating outstanding scholarship; at the same time the series will add to the visibility of rhetorical studies in the profession.
  • The Board has developed guidelines for site selection committees and presidents in the process of negotiating with hotels.
  • The Board is encouraging productive relationships with high school teachers, in an effort to promote increased attention to rhetorical studies within the secondary school curriculum.
  • President-elect Michael Leff is making plans for the biennial RSA Conference in Minneapolis in May.

The Board is moving forward on other issues as well--initiatives to support graduate students and its female and minority and international members--and so I encourage you to take a look at the Board minutes.  Please direct any questions, comments, or suggestions to me or to other members of the Board.  Best wishes for a wonderful spring, and I look forward to seeing many of you this June at the RSA summer Institute

Jack Selzer
RSA President

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