In addition to receiving your own copy of Rhetoric Society Quarterly five times a year, joining RSA helps you in several ways. Joining RSA puts you into direct contact — via this website, RSA conferences and institutes, and other RSA members-only resources — with a large and growing interdisciplinary group of scholars who share your interest in rhetoric. Most RSA conferences are able to offer lower registration rates for RSA members, and RSA members are eligible to be nominated for several RSA awards.
Please note all memberships now run annually, for one (or two) years from the date of purchase. RSA membership dues are non-refundable.
If you have questions about joining RSA, or about the status of your membership, visit the Members Only section of this website and/or contact our RSA Membership Officer.
Individual Membership levels & Dues
Includes annual subscription to RSQ
|MEMBERSHIP LEVELS||ANNUAL INCOME LEVEL||2 YEARS||1 YEAR|
|REGULAR LEVEL V MEMBERSHIP||Over $115,000||$325||$240|
|REGULAR LEVEL IV MEMBERSHIP||$95,000–$114,900||$305||$220|
|REGULAR LEVEL III MEMBERSHIP||$65,000–$94,900||$260||$210|
|REGULAR LEVEL II MEMBERSHIP||$40,000–$64,9000||$230||$180|
|REGULAR LEVEL I MEMBERSHIP||Under $40,000||$185||$125|
|RETIRED FACULTY MEMBERSHIP||N/A||$145||$100|
Become a Student Member
Being an active student member of RSA helps students become aware of and integrated into interdisciplinary conversations about rhetoric — and helps them learn about resources — as they invent projects, study for comps, and enter the profession. Student chapters bring in rhetoric scholars from other universities, discuss matters of professionalization such as publishing in the field; applying for fellowships or jobs, and navigating the complexities of interdisciplinary research.
Consider buying a student membership for one of your advisees. Being an active member of RSA helps students become aware of and integrated into interdisciplinary conversations about rhetoric, and helps them learn about resources.
RSA Student Chapters provide a forum for gathering locally as rhetoricians and can serve a variety of rhetoric-related functions. Many established student chapters have created or are creating rhetoric colloquia.
Some chapters use these colloquia as a speaker series to bring in rhetoric scholars from other universities; others use them as a forum to discuss matters of professionalization such as publishing in the field; applying for fellowships or jobs, and navigating the complexities of interdisciplinary research.
Institutional memberships include:
- One complimentary student membership*
- 25% discount on additional bulk student and/or non-tenure track memberships
- 10% discount on bulk student conference registrations.
*Should you need to add additional Student(s) please email Meghan Fiely, RSA Membership Coordinator, with the first name, last name, and email address of the Student(s).
ENHANCED LIFETIME MEMBERSHIP
$3,000 (one-time payment)
or 5 annual installments of $600
- RSA conference registration
- RSA membership
- RSQ subscription for life
$2,000 (one-time payment)
or 5 annual installments of $400
- RSA membership
- RSQ subscription for life
Affiliate Status with Rhetoric Society of America
Organizations that share the Society’s interest in furthering the study of all aspects of rhetoric are invited to apply for affiliate status. Affiliate status confers two guaranteed panel slots at the Society’s biennial conference, and a link on the Society’s website to the affiliate organization’s website, if desired.
To apply for affiliate status, an organization should send to the Society’s Executive Director: a letter of application, which should include the organization’s web address [if any]; a copy of the organization’s constitution and bylaws; a copy of the most recent issue of the organization’s journal [if any]; and a copy of the most recent program for the organization’s conference [if any].
The Executive Director will present the organization’s application to the Board of the Society at its next meeting after the application has been received. Upon the Board’s approval of the application, the Executive Director will send a letter of agreement to the organization spelling out the nature of the relationship and the specific benefits as described above.
All RSA affiliate agreements will be reviewed at five-year intervals by the RSA Board of Directors, to determine whether the relationship remains beneficial to both RSA and the affiliate organization. Contact Leslie Dinauer, RSA Executive Director, for consideration.