Wednesday, December 30, 2009

170.


Associate or Full Professor

Institution:
Howard University, Department of English

Posted:
December 29, 2009

Location:
District of Columbia

Category:
English/ literature

Position Description:
Not Provided

Employment Level:
Not Provided

Website:
http://www.coas.howard.edu/english (www.howard.edu)

Salary:
Not Provided

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The Department of English at Howard University seeks to hire an Associate or Full Professor in Rhetoric and Composition who will a) teach in the undergraduate curriculum a variety of intermediate and advanced writing courses as well as a course for future teachers; b) teach courses in the theory and practice of Rhetoric and Composition in the Graduate Program; and c) take some leadership role in the Freshman English Program.

Candidates must have college teaching experience and a Ph.D. and record of publication in the field.

The deadline for application is February 15, 2010.

Applications:

Dr. Dana A Williams,
Chair, Department of English,
Howard University,
2400 6th Street, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20059.

Hiring for this position is contingent upon funding availability. Howard University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively committed to diversity within its community.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

169.

Call for Papers: 18th Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric
from RAIL by Steve

Read the CFP in French, Italian, German, or Spanish

The Eighteenth Biennial Conference of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric (ISHR) will be held in Bologna, Italy, from Monday, July 18th to Friday, July 22, 2011. The biennial Conference of ISHR brings together several hundred specialists in the history of rhetoric from around thirty countries. This will be the first meeting of the Society in Italy since 1993.

SCHOLARLY FOCUS OF THE CONFERENCE

The Society calls for papers that focus on the historical aspect of the theory and practice of rhetoric. In honor of the origin of the University of Bologna the main theme of the Conference will be “Rhetoric and Law”. Papers dedicated to this theme will explore points of contact between rhetoric and law and their mutual influence through the centuries.
Papers are also invited on every aspect of the history of rhetoric in all periods and languages and the relationship of rhetoric to poetics, literary theory and criticism, philosophy, politics, art, religion, geographic areas and other elements of the cultural context.

PROCEDURE FOR SUBMISSION

Proposals should be submitted for a 20-minute presentation delivered in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Latin. Group proposals are welcome, under the following conditions. The group must consist of 3 speakers dealing with a common theme in order to form a coherent panel. A fourth person responsible for the panel but not delivering a paper of his or her own, has the task of introducing and summarizing the content of the three papers, highlighting the results achieved by the speakers and guiding a preliminary discussion between the panellists before the listeners ask their questions. Each speaker in a panel should submit a proposal form for his or her own paper and send this paper to the head of the panel before the conference; proposals for such papers must specify the panel for which they are intended. In addition, the person who is responsible for the panel must complete and submit a separate form explaining the purpose of the proposed panel.

Proposals for papers and for groups must be submitted on-line (http://www.ishr-web.com/proposition.php).

Please fill out the on-line form carefully. Exceptionally proposals may also be sent by mail to the following address:

Lucia Montefusco,
Dipartimento di Filologia
Classica e Medioevale, via Zamboni 32
40126 Bologna (Italy).

Guidelines for preparing proposals are provided at the bottom of this message. The length of the abstracts must not exceed 350 words.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS
The deadline for submitting proposals is April 30th, 2010.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent out before the end of August 2010. In a few cases participants may require an earlier acceptance date in order to secure funding. We will try to accommodate such requests if they are made with appropriate documentation.

Information about the Conference, including accommodation at negotiated favorable rates, will be provided during the academic year 2010-2011. The conference registration fee is still to be determined; by way of indication it was around 125 euros / 150 US dollars for the previous conferences. Graduate students and scholars from certain countries may be eligible for reduced registration fees.
Looking forward to your participation,

Lucia Montefusco,
President of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric
Guidelines for the preparation of proposals :

The members of ISHR come from many countries and academic disciplines. The following guidelines are intended to make it easier for us to come together and understand one another’s proposals. The Program Committee recommends that all proposals contain:
1) a definition – accessible to a non-specialist – of the field of the proposal, including chronological period, language, texts, and other sources;
2) a statement of the problem that will be treated; its place in relation to the present state of research in the field under consideration; its significance for the history of rhetoric;
3) a summary of the stages of argumentation involved in treating the problem;
4) scientific results and advances.
168.

Call for Papers: Conference on Persuasion and Argumentation
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Call for Papers: Conference on Persuasion and Argumentation

December 28, 2009 by Steve

Read the CFP in French

International symposium organized by the CRAL (Centre de recherches sur les arts et le langage), CNRS/EHESS, as part of a French-Mexican research project. It will be held in Paris, at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, September 7th – 9th, 2010.

Persuasion has long been opposed to argumentation. From this standpoint, conviction would pertain only to argumentation because it is based on reason, whereas persuasion would rest on techniques of manipulation aimed at producing an effect on the audience. Perelman, for instance, even though he put emphasis on the importance of the audience, nevertheless defended a universally valid conception of rationality whose goal is to convince a universal audience, whereas persuasion is oriented toward a particular audience. Yet this opposition has been qualified by what is called, since Hamblin’s seminal work, the “pragmatic turn” of argumentation, as argumentation always occurs in a given context, limiting its scope to the context in which it occurs.

Nowadays, many distinct and even conflicting conceptions are held in the field of argumentation, among which persuasion is one of the most debated. For the epistemic trend (John Biro and Harvey Siegel), persuasion and argumentation remain quite distinct, for even if it is allowed that persuasion may sometimes be the aim of argumentation, proponents of this position nevertheless consider that the validity of an argument must be evaluated through epistemic criteria only. Based on a different analysis, Marc Angenot arrived at the same conclusion in his latest book (Dialogue de sourds, 2008): for him, argumentation rarely leads to persuasion, so that they should be radically separated. At the other end of the spectrum stands Douglas Walton’s position, as he considers persuasion to be one of the different kinds of dialogue that constitute argumentation as a whole. Between these extreme positions there is room for many intermediary ones.

The pragma-dialectical approach, for instance, evolved. In 2004, it insisted on the opposition between, on the one hand, the process of persuasion, centered on the effect to be produced and therefore on the rhetorical categories aimed at influencing effectively a given audience and, on the other, on the process of convincing which rests on how an arguer can resolve a difference of opinion by means of an argumentative discourse. Van Eemeren and his coauthors consider now that these two elements are always present to some degree in every argumentation. Their concept of “strategic maneuvering” is intended to take these two complementary but different aims of argumentation into account: both the dialectical objective of reasonableness and the rhetorical objective of effectiveness. Strategic maneuvering is also directed at reducing, within argumentative practice, the potential tension resulting from these opposed aims.

On the other hand, according to the informal logic approach (Tony Blair and Ralph Johnson), persuasion and argumentation are not really opposed. Hence Johnson’s definition of the aim of argumentation as that of a “rational persuasion.”

The objective of this conference is to review the controversial relationship between persuasion and argumentation within the different theories of argumentation. Several lines of research might be explored, among which:

* examining the importance of context in persuasive practices, when they are considered context-dependent;
* understanding how these practices appear in different disciplines, in so far as there are also forms of persuasion in scientific argumentation, for instance, so that persuasion would not be the prerogative only of the literary and the visual arts; a comparative study of different persuasive practices would be particularly fruitful;
* articulating persuasion and argumentation more in detail instead of considering them as opposed. While it is clear that all persuasion processes do not fall within the province of argumentation, some could match the epistemological and cognitive criteria governing argumentation as a rational enterprise;
* from this point of view, integrating some persuasive techniques into the field of argumentation would make it possible to take into account different kinds of discourse which are still too often excluded from the field of argumentation precisely because they would be more persuasive than argumentative: literature, advertising, political propaganda, visual argumentation.

Participants are welcome to deliver their papers in French or in English.

Abstracts (c. 300 words) and provisional titles should be submitted, together with a brief résumé (one page) in Word format, to Georges Roque (grgsroque@gmail.com) no later than February 15, 2010.

The final decision of the selection committee will be communicated by February 28, 2010.
167.

Summer School on Argumentation in Context 2010
from RAIL by Steve

International Institute for Argumentation Studies Amsterdam

This Summer School, to be taught by the research group Argumentation in Discourse, focuses on the analysis and evaluation of strategic manoeuvring in argumentative discourse in various argumentative activity types (political, medical, legal, etc.). The Summer School will be held from Monday, July 5, to Friday, July 9. Participation is open to all international PhD students specializing in argumentation or having a strong interest in argumentation. The participation fee, which includes lunches and receptions, is € 150,- . Lodging is not included, but will be offered against reduced rates. Because no more than 20 PhD students can be admitted to the course, interested students are advised to register as soon as possible. If you want to participate, please send an e-mail to Bart Garssen.

Monday, December 28, 2009

166. Nonfiction Prose

I'm working on a piece that depends on a claim that nonfiction prose slipped from being an integral part of histories of literature to near erasure by the start of the 21st century. A portion of the narrative that traces those claims is below.

...

Journalism Migrates from English Literature (and takes the essay with it!)

The nonfiction essay is not synonymous with journalism, but as journalism developed as a set of genres, it clearly came to represent a point of intersection with literary works. As teacher-scholars began to invest effort into the development of a literary curriculum, some were invested in seeing the literature of journalism in that canon. According to A. E. Flectcher, “One of the chief aims of an ideal newspaper would be to remove the reproach that journalism is not literature. It ought to be literature (“The Ideal Newspaper,” The Independent 52: p773). It derives, historically, from literature: T. H. S. Escott argues that “Journalism… like occasional verse or the lighter departments of belles letters generally, is but a branch of literature as the parent trunk” (“Literature and Journalism,” Living Age 273: p. 31). Because of these shared historical antecedents, in Littell’s Living Age, the editors advanced the claim that “one is conscious of a difference, but the two [journalism and literature] melt almost indistinguishably into each other” (“The Profession of Letters” Littell’s Living Age 174: p. 627). This position was a minority position.

Not all teacher-scholars at the turn of the 20th century were hopeful of the inclusion of journalism as a genre or a practice within the developing canon of literary texts. For example, an unnamed author with initials A. C. H. claims that “what keeps journalism from being literature is exactly what keeps much vers libre from being poetry” (“Lazy Criticism,” Poetry 9: 1450) – pointing to the formal features that defined some attempts to set a literary canon, and beginning to set up a hierarchy between literary canon and journalistic writing. Arthur Reed Kimball marked the distinction clearly: “journalistic work is exhausting, and to that extent unfits a man for literary effort” (“Newspaper Work as a Career,” The Writer 10.4: 45-48 [p. 47]). Journalism simply was not an elite activity, though literary work certainly was.

Some of the distinction was made based on an understanding that journalism tended toward objective representation of the world, while literature remained the expression of the individual. In “W. E. Henley and Journalism,” the claim is made that literature is “necessarily personal,” while journalism is “normally impersonal” (H. W. Boynton, Atlantic 92: p. 415). But those genre distinctions were already breaking down: Margaret Deland claims that “personal journalism is doing more to-day to injure the art of Literature than ever hunger and cold and neglect did!” (“A Menace to Literature,” North American Review 158 p.158). Personal journalism, it seems, was encroaching.

While some teacher-scholars argued for the hierarchy (and felt threatened if journalism challenged that hierarchy), others understood journalism as a unique product of American life. Journalism was not simply a discourse to be opposed to literary discourse (as, for example, later scholars would oppose literary and scientific discourse). It responded to its own historical exigences. In Library Journal, William H. Brett describes the relationship between journalism and literature: on the one hand, there was “journalism, strong, eager, careless,” while on the other, we find “literature, almost dragged along by the rough, good-natured handclasp of the big brother, goes stumbling and panting, but striving to keep up” (Library Journal 20: p. 12). To Brett, journalism was becoming an important set of discourses in the growing democracy of the United States, while literature, more traditional and resistant to change, was catching up. Under these conditions, journalism did not compete with literature; it was an invention to meet the needs of the need of the new republic: “democracy has added a new class of readers, or rather let us say a new kind of reading, and for them it provides not literature but journalism” (“Theodore Roosevelt as a Journalist” The Outlook 107: p. 643). Poetry and novels were not the discourses of democracy – at least, not in the same way.

For teacher-scholars like these, literature was not opposed to the work of the journalist anymore than it was opposed to the work of the farmer; there was no inherent contradiction between one and the other. H. W. Boynton (in Journalism and Literature, Boston: Houghton, Mifflin and Co, 1904) argues that “journalism has, strictly, no literary aspect” (4)… a journalist is contemptible only when by some falsetto method he attempts to lead the the public into fancying that it is getting literature of him” (21). Law has no literary aspect and makes no claims to it; medicine has no literary aspect and makes no claims to it.

Lyman Abbott continues to claim that “Robert Louis Stevenson could never have been a journalist. Horace Greeley could never have been an essayist” (“Theodore Roosevelt as a Journalist,” The Outlook 107: p 642) – giving to Caesar what is Caesar’s, if you will. For better or for worse, this way of thinking though the relationship between journalism and literature would come to dominate university curricula (ending in departments of journalism and/or mass communication). More importantly, it would make it difficult for decades to thoroughly think through some very powerful texts within traditional literary surveys. It became tricky to think through a way to keep (say) Joan Didion or Hunter S. Thompson within the American literary canon – were they, properly, literary essayists or journalists for curricular purposes?

By itself, these divisions and hierarchies would not have undermined the place of literary nonfiction in the developing canons. But at the same time or shortly thereafter, other scholars were building a competing canon of nonfiction prose.
165.

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION
Institution:Albany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesPosted:December 28, 2009Location:New YorkCategory:Other communications, Curriculum and instructionPosition Description:Tenure TrackEmployment Level:Full TimeWebsite:http://www.acphs.eduSalary:Not Provided
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (www.acphs.edu) is seeking candidates for a tenure-track faculty position of communication to commence in August 2010. Responsibilities include overseeing the Writing/Oral Communication Skills Center, development of communication skills throughout the College's curricula, teaching in introductory communications courses, and offering electives in an area of interest. The successful candidate will also be expected to develop an active research program and provide service to the College and profession. It is anticipated that this position will be filled at the Assistant Professor level but well qualified candidates may be considered for advanced rank.

A PhD in composition, rhetoric, applied communication or closely related field is required. Experience in a writing center or similar learning environment is also required. Preference will be given to candidates with previous teaching experience, experience teaching in a science oriented environment, and/or an interest in health communication.

Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences is a private college located in New York State's Capital Region that offers a pre-pharmacy curriculum in addition to undergraduate degrees in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biomedical Technology, and Health and Human Sciences. The College also has graduate programs in Pharmacy, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Administration and Health Outcomes Research. The College is part of a vibrant and growing community that offers opportunities for collaborative teaching and research within the College as well as with area academic institutions, health related organizations and state government.

Candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, research plans, and the contact information for three references via email to Arts.Sciences@acphs.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

164. What I Seek in the New Year

I've had a lot of time to think about it with colleagues and friends, and what I've come to realize is this:

What I want, professionally, for 2010 is to believe that the acts of research, teaching and service are coherent with my identity as a historian and historiographer of rhetoric... that working with colleagues, students, and community constitute the single labor of being a professor of rhetoric... and to work in (or create!) a context where these visions are shared.

Friday, December 25, 2009

163. Christmas

Last night, I spent the night in rapt attention to the movements of Santa Claus as traced by NORAD. I was one of more than 5,000 people watching him via Facebook and an undefined number watching from NORAD's site, Twitter, Google Earth and other links.

The comments from FB users were fascinating -- some playful indignation when their city was skipped on the tracker (NORAD couldn't pace Santa through every urban center; sorry, Des Moines). Some expressed gratitude for the geography lesson. Some expressed gratitude for their kids. The best one, though, expressed a little kid humor that I appreciate: apparently, some kid was just wise enough to figure what NORAD's normal use was, and that kid was anxious that they were hunting Santa.

...

The Internet jiggled out around 1am. We use Clearwire, and generally, I am amazingly happy with their service for the price (less than $40month including all taxes). But they do drop off in storms, maybe three times a year, and last night was a doozy.

Because we are less than half a mile from the water in Duluth, we get a slightly different weather pattern. While there 19 inches of snow at the airport, there was far less here -- though when the rain fell, it became heavy and wet and hard to shovel. The car is still plowed in.

...

Today, two movies from Duluth Public Library ("The Air I Breathe" and "Noise") while Kate slept, still recovering from her back troubles. Sleep is good in that case.

Both are tense movies; I almost never let myself watch tense narratives. But these are pretty good -- and "Noise" is a murder-thriler with a protagonist with tinnitus, a real interesting character development. I'd recommend both at Netflix prices or less.

...

Christmas: An odd holiday. A weekend with a few extra days, and no shopping. Good enough for me.
162.

Assistant Professor of English - Contractual Position
Coppin State University
State/Region: MD
Posted: 12/21/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175409164

Assistant Professor of English
Coppin State University
State/Region: MD
Posted: 12/21/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175409162

Communication Instructor
Santa Barbara City College
State/Region: CA
Posted: 12/21/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175409058

English Instructor
North Central Missouri College
State/Region: MO
Posted: 12/21/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175409009

Assistant Professor of English
University of Tampa (Florida)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

161.

Communication - Department Chairperson
Western Illinois University
State/Region: IL
Posted: 12/22/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175409500

Professor FT - English (Writing Emphasis)
Collin County Community College
State/Region: TX
Posted: 12/22/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175409478

Professor FT - English
Collin County Community College
State/Region: TX
Posted: 12/22/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175409477

Monday, December 21, 2009

161. CFP

Call for Proposals for RSQ 2011 Special Issue

RSQ invites proposals for the 2011 special fifth issue. The fifth issue will be a themed publication developed by a Guest Editor, with the aim of enabling the journal to help set the intellectual agenda in rhetorical studies, to encourage focused statements on timely topics in rhetorical studies by scholars working in related areas, to attract participation by top scholars, and to stimulate scholarly activity within? the RSA, such as pre-conference colloquia, convention sessions, or RSA workshops.

Proposals should identify the Guest Editor, provide a descriptive rationale of no more than 500 words, a list of authors, as well as a brief discussion (150-250 words) of each individual essay. The rationale should demonstrate the timeliness of the topic, discuss how the topic falls within the scope of RSQ as described in its general submission guidelines, and where applicable, address the proposal's relationship to other similar-themed issues or edited collections, and note the qualifications of its guest editor and contributors to speak to the field on the topic's behalf.

The special fifth issue is allotted the same amount of space as the regular four quarterly issues, 102 pages, which will accommodate a guest editor's introduction and 4-6 articles totaling 40,000 words. It will be published in the fall of 2011.

Deadline for proposal submission: February 15, 2010

RSA will make available to the guest editor up to $1,000 reimbursement for expenses related to the special issue. First drafts of manuscripts for the selected proposal will be due in mid-January 2011; final versions will be due June 1.

Please submit proposals electronically to:

Debra Hawhee, RSQ Associate Editor for Special Issues, hawhee@psu.edu
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160. CFP

Speaker and Gavel Special Call for Papers:

Speaker and Gavel - A publication of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha

Call for a special issue on "Method in Communication Studies."

As communication methods vary vastly in shape and form, Speaker and Gavel, would like to showcase in this special issue a wide array of methodological approaches. Any methodological perspective will be considered as long as the subject/object of the manuscript is to showcase how the method(s) address communication theory. Speaker and Gavel encourages and promotes undergraduate and graduate research; thus, submissions from undergraduate and graduate students should be identified as such on the cover letter.

Manuscripts must conform to the latest edition of the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Manuscripts must provide, on the cover page, complete contact information for the senior/lead author and brief biographical information for each author. The abstract page should contain an abstract not to exceed 150 words, and a list of keywords for indexing. All manuscripts must be submitted in Word format (doc). Submissions should be e-mailed to the editor-elect of Speaker and Gavel Stephen M. Croucher by March 15, 2010 for full consideration at scrouch@bgsu.edu

For questions should be directed to the editor-elect at: scrouch@bgsu.edu
159.

Assistant-Associate Professor of English
Concordia University Chicago
State/Region: IL
Posted: 12/16/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175408356

Assistant/Associate Professor, English: Writing
Curry College
State/Region: MA
Posted: 12/16/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175408327
158.


Postdoctoral Fellowship in English/Communication

Institution:
Georgia Institute of Technology

Posted:
December 18, 2009

Location:
Georgia

Category:
Other communications, English/ literature

Position Description:
Fellowship

Employment Level:
Not Provided

Website:
Not Provided

Salary:
Unspecified

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in English/Communication

Georgia Tech seeks recent PhDs in English, literature, rhetoric, composition, technical communication, film, linguistics, visual rhetoric/design, and related fields for the Brittain Postdoctoral Fellowship. The Fellowship includes a 3/3 teaching assignment, Instructor rank, and benefits. Fellows teach multimodal composition, technical communication, thesis writing, and web design courses informed by their research interests. Courses emphasize communication across the disciplines, digital media, and cultural studies of science and technology.

Submit a letter of application, teaching statement, CV, and three letters of recommendation:

Chair, Brittain Fellowship Committee
School of Literature, Communication, and Culture
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332-0165

Review begins January 15, 2010 , and continues until all positions are filled.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. The Writing and Communication Program is especially interested in considering applications from women and minority candidates.

For more information, please see
www.lcc.gatech.edu/writingcomm/brittain/application.php
158.


Assistant Professor in Writing (Technical and Professional or Composition/Rhetoric)

Institution:
Stephen F. Austin State University

Posted:
December 21, 2009

Location:
Texas

Category:
English/ literature, Other humanities

Position Description:
Tenure Track

Employment Level:
Full Time

Website:
http://www.sfasu.edu

Salary:
Unspecified

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Writing: Assistant Professor in Writing (Technical and Professional or Composition/Rhetoric). The Department of English at Stephen F. Austin State University seeks a writing specialist for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Technical and Professional Writing or Composition/Rhetoric. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in technical and professional writing and editing, digital rhetoric, and/or rhetoric and writing, as well as freshman composition courses. This position will be key in helping to develop our recently-approved technical and professional writing minor. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Technical and Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, or a closely related field, along with several years of writing or editing experience in business or another professional field, significant experience using publishing and design software, and a record of scholarship and publication in technical and professional writing or rhetoric and composition. Experience in specialized areas/genres, such as science, policy, grant, or proposal writing is highly desirable. The standard load is 4-4 with opportunities for research and service-related reductions. SFASU is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, located in the East Texas Piney Woods region. Candidates must apply via the SFASU online application system. Please submit letter of application and curriculum vitae at: https://careers.sfasu.edu. Send copies of transcripts, three current letters of recommendation, and a 25-page writing sample directly to Dr. Mark Sanders, Chair; Department of English; Stephen F. Austin State University; P.O. Box 13007, SFA Station; Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-3007. The writing sample should consist of multiple excerpts of professional and scholarly writing totaling no more than 25-30 pages. Review of applications begins January 20, 2010; position open until filled.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

156.

ENGLISH (Composition & Technical Writing)

Responsibilities:
-The College invites applicants with backgrounds in Rhetoric and Composition to develop and teach courses for the DSC English Department's Professional & Technical Writing program
-To teach first- and second-year writing courses
-Advise English majors, especially those who are pursuing the Prof/Tech emphasis
-Serve on college and departmental committees as assigned
-Attend department, division, and faculty meetings
-Work with faculty in program management
Minimum Qualifications:
-Ph.D. in English by August 2010 from a regionally accredited institution
-Must have experience in professional and technical communication or related fields, with an emphasis in document design and writing for interactive media
-Additional education and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: composition theory, technical writing, technical editing, grant and proposal writing
-Applicants should show potential for excellence in teaching, research, and service, and should possess strong verbal and written communication skills

Terms of Contract: Tenure Track (9-month) position. Fall Semester begins August 2010. Salary is based on nationally competitive Dixie State College faculty salary schedule. Excellent benefit package included. This position is contingent upon funding

Application Procedures: Application screening will begin February 15, 2010, open until filled. Submit a Dixie State College application, cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation to Office of Human Resources, Dixie State College, 225 South 700 East, St. George, UT 84770For more information, call the Human Resources Office at (435) 652-7520 or fax (435) 656-4001. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

About Dixie State College: DSC is a state-supported institution with two interdependent tiers. DSC offers associate degrees and certificate programs as well as baccalaureate degrees in high demand areas and in core or foundational areas consistent with four-year colleges; the enrollment is over 8,000 students. The college is fully accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges at both the baccalaureate and the associate levels. St. George, home of DSC, is located in southwestern Utah, 300 miles south of Salt Lake City and 110 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The area is noted for its mild year-round climate, clean air, palm trees, and stunning red rock vistas. With a population of nearly 60,000 (and over 140,000 in Washington County), St. George is currently the fastest growing city in the state of Utah. The region is a tourist mecca with close proximity to scenic wonders like Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon National Park, Cedar Breaks National Monument, and Lakes Mead and Powell.

DSC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. The College is firmly committed to non-discrimination and affirmative action and it is the policy of the College to strive to afford equal opportunity to qualified individuals, regardless of their religion, race, color, age, disability, gender, Vietnam or disabled veterans status or national origin and to conform to applicable laws and regulations.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

155

Assistant Professor in Composition
Syracuse University (New York)
(date posted: 12/07/2009)

Assistant Professor, Media Studies
University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa (Alabama)
(date posted: 12/07/2009)

Assistant Professor, Composition/Rhetoric
Monmouth University (New Jersey)
(date posted: 12/07/2009)

Assistant Professor of English
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (Illinois)
(date posted: 12/07/2009)

Instructor, Faculty Services - English - CTU Online (762-139)
Career Education Corporation (Illinois)
(date posted: 11/30/2009)
154.

Assistant Professor of English
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
State/Region: IL
Posted: 12/09/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175407201

Assistant Professor
Stevenson University
State/Region: MD
Posted: 12/09/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175407079
153.

New York City College of Technology/The City University of New York

Assistant Professor - Tenure Track - 3 positions
(Rhetoric/Composition and/or Developmental Reading and/or English as a Second Language)

Compensation
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Web Site
www.citytech.cuny.edu

POSITION DESCRIPTION AND DUTIES
The English Department at New York City College of Technology (City Tech), a comprehensive college of the City University of New York, invites applications for three tenure-track positions. City Tech is the designated college of technology of the City University of New York, and offers associate and bachelor's degree programs in the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Technology and Design, and Professional Studies. Located in downtown Brooklyn, the College is convenient to Manhattan and mass transit.

The English Department offers general education courses in composition and literature, as well as courses in developmental reading and writing, and in English as a second language. The department is dedicated to advancing student success and encourages its faculty to become involved in innovative educational approaches, including utilizing technology to enhance student achievement and promoting learning communities. Faculty members work collaboratively with other departments to sponsor an annual Literary Festival, roundtable discussions, and other enrichment activities. A bachelor's degree program in technical writing is currently in development.

We are especially interested in candidates with a strong record of teaching, publication, and conference presentations and papers. In addition to teaching and scholarly work leading to publications and presentations, responsibilities include advisement, curriculum development, and departmental, college-wide, and university-wide administrative and/or committee assignments.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
Ph.D. required, in rhetoric and composition, linguistics, literature, or English education, with substantial experience teaching composition, developmental writing, developmental reading, and/or English as a Second Language in a college setting. ESL applicants should be familiar with language assessment and computer assisted language learning (CALL).

TO APPLY
Send Cover letter and resume

Electronically: ISR@citytech.cuny.edu
Subject line must read: English

The City University of New York
An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Immigration Reform and Control Act/Americans with Disabilities Act Employer
152. Micellaneous Jobs

English Composition Instructor
Saddleback College
State/Region: CA
Posted: 12/11/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175407722

Communication Instructor (Tenure Track Public Speaking/Journalism) - F
College of Southern Nevada
State/Region: NV
Posted: 12/11/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175407683

English Composition Instructor (3 Openings)
Irvine Valley College
State/Region: CA
Posted: 12/11/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175407680

Communication Instructor (Tenure Track Public Speaking) Fall 2010
College of Southern Nevada
State/Region: NV
Posted: 12/11/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175407674

Communication Instructor (Three Tenure Track Positions) - Fall 2010
College of Southern Nevada
State/Region: NV
Posted: 12/10/09
http://www.higheredjobs.com/details.cfm?JobCode=175407351

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

151

Repost: From the Leiter Reports blog:

Should Scholars Referee Papers for Free for For-Profit Journal Publishers?

Warren Goldfarb (Harvard) raises an interesting issue:

I was wondering whether you'd like to muse about a topic on your blog, namely, that of refereeing for for-profit journals. I was just asked to referee something for Erkenntnis, which is a Springer journal. I began to think, why should I donate my time for no compensation to a for-profit enterprise? It's one thing when a not-for-profit journal asks (for me, it's usually the Jnl. Symb. Logic, or Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, or Mind), but why should I give my time gratis to help Springer or Elsevier make money?

The culture of journal refereeing as a duty of the professoriate in a subject, without compensation, developed when journals did not make any profit. It continues only because we are not interrogating the changes that academic publishing has undergone. (Book refereeing has always been compensated, even from university presses, because the publication was supposed to make some kind of money, even if for a non-profit entity.) Yet, of course, I don't want to damage the younger people in the subject, who need to be published, even in for-profit journals.

But I am tempted to write back to the editor who asked me to referee, "Please be advised that I do not do any refereeing work for journals published by for-profit entities without compensation. Are you prepared to offer compensation for this refereeing job?"

I'd be interested in your reaction, and those of your readers if you think this is an issue of general enough interest to discuss on the blog.


...

If this were to happen in rhetoric, it would bring the discipline to a standstill: only the NCTE journals, JAC, CF, CS, Rhetorica, Phil & Rhet, and Arg & Adv are still nonprofit, right?

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Smartest Thing I'll read this week:
(blog discussion post by Ken Rufo on social networks, from here:
http://www.joshiejuice.com/blog/?p=1329&cpage=1#comment-117927)

I think that the compulsion you’re identifying and the way you see people treating social networking may have more to say about the structure of sociality than it does the structure of digital or virtual life. I know you’re inclined toward the chemical/physical possibilities, but you’ve got to make a choice here – does the digital deform, transform, or reform the social on the one hand, in which case the difference between conventional sociality and online social networking can tell us something about how subjectivity and communication obtain when digital, or on the other hand, does the digital reflect an as of yet unreflected dimension of sociality, that was always there, and thus not apparent, in which case the difference between digital and analog/chemical processes represent a potential to thicken our understanding of sociality as a phenomenon and conceptual apparatus.

Obviously the two mutually constitute each other (no material practice acts upon a concept without being acted upon in return), but for the purpose of a descriptive or diagnostic accounting of a phenomenon like social networking, critique has to involve some initial designation of the ontological direction of causality (”influence” might be a better word). It’s possible, for example, that what we might call “chemical networking” only becomes apparent and a problem at the moment that alternative viable networks come to fruition (Peters makes a similar argument about the “problem of communication” surfacing around the 1850s and later, not before).

It’s also possible that the archiving impulse we’re seeing so clearly in digital social networking has always been at the core of sociality, but that what we’re seeing with social networking, or more accurately with the digital archiving of expression included within most social networks, is the perfection of an impulse that was once negotiated as a series of imperfect recollections (”remember that time when you …”) dispersed across a group. As with many a traversing of the fantasy, perfecting the desire often has negative repercussions, which is what you’re keying on here, but I’m not sure the network fever is new, as much as advanced.

--I'll be thinking about this all week.

Sunday, December 06, 2009

155.

Assistant Professor
Institution: Stephen F. Austin State University
Location: Nacogdoches, TX
Category:

* Faculty - Liberal Arts - English and Literature

Posted: 12/04/2009
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
Posting Number: 0600272

Position Type: Faculty

Department: ENGLISH & PHILOSOPHY

General Description:
This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track faculty position responsible for contributing significantly to Stephen F. Austin State University's undergraduate and/or graduate programs through teaching, scholarship/creative accomplishment, and service. Works under minimal supervision, with extensive latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. This is a security-sensitive position. Reports to the Chair.

Essential Job Functions:
1. Performs an equivalent of eight teaching units of work (three credit hour course equals one teaching unit) during the regular academic year.
2. Engages in research/scholarly/creative and service activities at levels that are appropriate to faculty rank and departmental tenure/merit criteria.
3. Provides services to the university and the profession.
4. Participates in promotion review of lower-ranked faculty within the department.
5. When tenured, participates in tenure review of candidates for tenure.
6. May conduct supplemental instructional activities such as, independent studies, internships, advising, and thesis/dissertation supervision.

Non-Essential Job Functions:
1. May receive course load reassignment when assigned administrative duties in support of the department/college/university.
2. May receive course load reassignment when assigned to prepare course material during the first semester/year when included as part of initial contract.
3. May receive course load reassignment when approved to conduct research/scholarly/creative accomplishment and service which exceed normal expectations.
4. May supervise the work of student and/or graduate assistants.
5. May serve on departmental, college and university committees.
6. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Extensive knowledge in the field in which the individual will be teaching.
2. Ability to effectively teach undergraduate and/or graduate students.
3. Ability and commitment to conduct research and/or scholarly/creative accomplishments and service.
4. Ability to work within a collaborative faculty environment.
5. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written form.
6. Ability to work effectively and patiently with students.

Education:
Terminal degree in the field in which the individual will be teaching is required. ABD candidates may be considered if Ph.D. is earned prior to start date.

Experience and Training:
The rank of Assistant Professor is held by an individual who demonstrates the capability to produce research/creative accomplishments, teach effectively, and provide service to the academic and general communities.

Work Hours: 12 hours instruction; 10 hours office

Special Instructions: Send copies of transcripts, a writing sample consisting of multiple excerpts of professional and scholarly writing totaling no more than 25-30 pages, and three current letters of recommendation directly to Dr. Mark Sanders, Chair, Department of English, Stephen F. Austin State University, PO Box 13007, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3007

Minimum Pay Rate: $45,000-$46,000

Specific Job Requirements for this Posting: The Department of English at Stephen F. Austin State University seeks a writing specialist for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Technical and Professional Writing or Composition/Rhetoric. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in technical and professional writing and editing, digital rhetoric, and/or rhetoric and writing, as well as freshman composition courses. This position will be key in helping to develop our recently-approved technical and professional writing minor.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Technical and Professional Writing, Rhetoric and Composition, or a closely related field, along with several years of writing or editing experience in business or another professional field, significant experience using publishing and design software, and a record of scholarship and publication in technical and professional writing or rhetoric and composition. Experience in specialized areas/genres, such as science, policy, grant, or proposal writing is highly desirable. The standard load is 4-4 with opportunities for research and service-related reductions.

SFASU is a comprehensive university with an enrollment of more than 12,000 students, located in the East Texas Piney Woods region. Candidates must apply via the SFASU online application system. Please submit letter of application and CV at: https://careers.sfasu.edu. Send copies of transcripts, a writing sample consisting of multiple excerpts of professional and scholarly writing totaling no more than 25-30 pages, and three current letters of recommendation directly to Dr. Mark Sanders, Chair, Department of English, Stephen F. Austin State University, PO Box 13007, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3007. Review of applications begins January 20, 2010; position open until filled.

Contact Name(s): Dr. Mark Sanders, Chair
Dr. Steven Marsden, Search Committee Chair

Contact Phone/Extension: (936) 468-2319

Contact Email: sandersme1@sfasu.edu

Contact Fax: (936) 468-2614
Application Information
Contact: Stephen F. Austin State University
Online App. Form: https://careers.sfasu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=50779&jtsrc=www.high eredjobs.com&jtrfr=www.peopleadmin.com&adorig=PA
153.

Assistant Professor, Composition/Rhetoric
Institution: Monmouth University
Location: West Long Branch, NJ
Category:

* Faculty - Liberal Arts - English and Literature

Posted: 12/04/2009
Application Due: 01/30/2010
Type: Full Time
Assistant Professor Composition/Rhetoric

Full Time

JOB DUTIES: Teach 9 credits per semester (3/3 load). Departmental and University service as appropriate. Teaching responsibilities include first-year composition and U/G courses in rhetoric, writing, and linguistics, with possibility of graduate-level classes. Contribute to new course development and program development in writing. 3-credit scholarship course release per semester. Provide academic advising to English majors.

REQUIREMENTS: Ph. D. in English composition/rhetoric. ABD candidates may be considered with degree completion expected by date of employment.

Demonstrated effectiveness as a teacher, or substantial promise of such effectiveness, both in the classroom and in the guidance of students. Demonstrated capacity for professional growth and accomplishment. Demonstrated competence in scholarly work. Ability to work constructively with members of the University community.
Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 1.30.2010

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS: Anticipated opening for the 2010-2011 academic year. Tenure track. Three letters of recommendation and transcript may be sent to Search Committee, Dept. of English, Monmouth University, West Long Branch, NJ 07764.

For additional information about English, please go to:
http://www.monmouth.edu/academics/english/default.asp

REQUIRED APPLICANT DOCUMENTS: Resume or Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter

TO APPLY:
For further information on this position, additional vacancies, or to apply: visit: http://jobs.monmouth.edu

MONMOUTH
UNIVERSITY
Where Leaders look forwardTM
Monmouth University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer
Application Information
Contact: Monmouth University
Online App. Form: http://jobs.monmouth.edu
152.


School of Liberal Arts Full-Time Faculty Openings

Institution:
Mercy College

Posted:
December 4, 2009

Location:
New York

Category:
English/ literature, History

Position Description:
Tenure Track

Employment Level:
Full Time

Website:
http://mercy.edu

Salary:
Not Provided

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Mercy College-New York invites applications for full-time faculty positions in the School of Liberal Arts beginning September 2010.

English, tenure track, assistant or associate professor. Successful candidates must hold a Ph.D in rhetoric and composition or writing and have a successful record of publication and experience in teaching at all levels of the composition sequence, writing for the professions, and creative writing.

History, tenure track, assistant or associate professor. Specialist in Latin American History, with knowledge also of United States Latino/Hispanic History. Teach major and non-major classes. Ph.D. required, teaching experience and research are preferred.

Speech Communication, tenure track or renewable contract, assistant professor. Ph.D preferred. MFA or MA in the following disciplines will be considered: speech and/or theatre arts, speech communication, theatre, ESL(if graduate study included performance, articulation and communication theory) and communication theory. A minimum of 2 years experience in teaching speech communication courses is preferred. Responsibilities include curriculum development, research and publication.

Freshman and Junior Seminar Faculty, renewable contract, visiting instructor. A minimum of a master's degree preferably in a liberal arts area, and experience teaching first year college students are required. Doctorate is preferred. The ideal candidate must be fluent in methods of student engagement and assessment of student learning outcomes. Responsibilities include teaching freshmen seminar (a course emphasizing inquiry) and junior seminar (a course emphasizing assessment of general education competencies).

Mercy College is an independent, New York area institution offering over 90 undergraduate and graduate programs. The College has an enrollment of almost 10,000 students from diverse backgrounds, across five campusesâ??Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan, Bronx, White Plains and Yorktownâ??plus an online learning community.

Throughout its history, Mercy College has remained dedicated to its missionâ??to make available the transformational power of a college education. Mercy's commitment to quality, innovation, and to student support and success, remains as strong today as ever.

Mercy College actively engages in recruiting a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups, and strives to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus community.

Preferred start date is September 1, 2010. All positions are 9 month appointments unless noted otherwise, and most require teaching commitments on more than one campus. Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2010 and continue until the positions are filled.

Electronic applications are required and must include a cover letter responsive to the specific faculty position announcement, CV, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Please submit the above documentation online at https://jobs.mercy.edu/
151.


Composition & Rhetoric; Tenure-track faculty position

Institution:
Peninsula College

Posted:
December 6, 2009

Location:
Washington

Category:
English/ literature

Position Description:
Not Provided

Employment Level:
Not Provided

Website:
http://www.pencol.edu

Salary:
Unspecified

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Peninsula College, a Washington State Community College, is recruiting for a full-time tenure-track instructor of Composition and Rhetoric to begin work Fall Quarter 2010. In addition to preparing students for careers and transfer to baccalaureate programs, Peninsula College offers one applied bachelor degree and partners with several universities. We are looking for professionals who show exceptional classroom skills, whose enthusiasm for the subject matter engages students, and who challenge students through innovative and challenging coursework. We seek teacher scholars whose scholarly activities complement and inform their teaching.

Responsibilities
* Teach composition and other related courses;
* Provide academic advising and student assessment; maintain accurate student records;
* Evaluate and develop or modify curriculum to reflect current scholarship within the field of composition and rhetoric;
* Use current technology to enhance teaching and teach on-line;
* Engage in scholarly activities that complement and inform teaching;
* Implement learning outcomes-based assessment of the English curriculum;
* Participate in on-campus and community outreach programs;
* Serve on college committees.
Professional Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have:
* A Doctorate degree in Composition and Rhetoric; Master's degree required;
* Excellent teacher scholar with demonstrated effective teaching and scholarship;
* Experience in successfully incorporating technology into pedagogy;
* Interdisciplinary teaching experience; learning community teaching experience;
* Community college teaching experience;
* Experience teaching on-line;
* Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, are essential. This includes the ability to speak clearly and fully comprehend written and spoken English and to communicate clearly with native and non-native English speakers.
Employment Terms
* A full-time tenure-track faculty position beginning the 2010 Fall quarter; this is a nine-month academic year appointment.
*Position title and placement on the faculty salary schedule are based on documentable education and experience. The base salary ranges from $43,382 for a person with a Masters degree to $53,758 for a person with a PhD and 16 years of teaching experience.
* Peninsula College contributes $745.00 per month to help employees defray the cost of insurance premiums that include coverage for medical, dental, vision, life, and long-term disability. In addition to these benefits, Peninsula College provides paid sick leave and a defined contribution retirement plan with matching employer contributions. Optional credit union and tax deferred annuity programs are also available.
* Peninsula College strongly supports faculty professional development.

The Institution
Our campus is nestled in the foothills of the Olympic Mountains in Port Angeles, Washington, overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island, Canada. We offer traditional community college education and collaborate with universities to develop programs that capitalize on Peninsula's unique setting. Our college community operates under guiding principles that emphasize teaching and learning, shared governance, respect for others, and personal integrity.
Application Procedure
A complete application file will include:
* a college employment application (available at www.pencol.edu)
* a letter of application addressing specific qualifications of this position,
* a current resume, and
* three names of current professional references qualified to assess your experience and ability to perform the duties specified. Please include references' addresses and telephone numbers.

Application materials may be submitted by mail, email, or fax to:
Human Resources
Peninsula College
1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
Email: mmcneil@pencol.edu
Phone: 360-417-6298
Fax : 360-417-6315
Web: www.pencol.edu
150. School of Liberal Arts Full-Time Faculty Positions
Institution: Mercy College
Location: Dobbs Ferry, NY
Category:

* Faculty - Liberal Arts - English and Literature
* Faculty - Liberal Arts - History
* Faculty - Communications - Speech

Posted: 12/03/2009
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
Mercy College-New York invites applications for full-time faculty positions in the School of Liberal Arts beginning September 2010

English, tenure track, assistant or associate professor. Successful candidates must hold a Ph.D in rhetoric and composition or writing and have a successful record of publication and experience in teaching at all levels of the composition sequence, writing for the professions, and creative writing.

History, tenure track, assistant or associate professor. Specialist in Latin American History, with knowledge also of United States Latino/Hispanic History. Teach major and non-major classes. Ph.D. required, teaching experience and research are preferred.

Speech Communication, tenure track or renewable contract, assistant professor. Ph.D preferred. MFA or MA in the following disciplines will be considered: speech and/or theatre arts, speech communication, theatre, ESL(if graduate study included performance, articulation and communication theory) and communication theory. A minimum of 2 years experience in teaching speech communication courses is preferred. Responsibilities include curriculum development, research and publication.

Freshman and Junior Seminar Faculty, renewable contract, visiting instructor. A minimum of a master's degree preferably in a liberal arts area, and experience teaching first year college students are required. Doctorate is preferred. The ideal candidate must be fluent in methods of student engagement and assessment of student learning outcomes. Responsibilities include teaching freshmen seminar (a course emphasizing inquiry) and junior seminar (a course emphasizing assessment of general education competencies).

Mercy College is an independent, New York area institution offering over 90 undergraduate and graduate programs. The College has an enrollment of almost 10,000 students from diverse backgrounds, across five campuses-Dobbs Ferry, Manhattan, Bronx, White Plains and Yorktown-plus an online learning community.

Throughout its history, Mercy College has remained dedicated to its mission-to make available the transformational power of a college education. Mercy's commitment to quality, innovation, and to student support and success, remains as strong today as ever.

Mercy College actively engages in recruiting a diverse workforce and student body that includes members of historically underrepresented groups, and strives to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus community.

Preferred start date is September 1, 2010. All positions are 9 month appointments unless noted otherwise, and most require teaching commitments on more than one campus. Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2010 and continue until the positions are filled.

Electronic applications are required and must include a cover letter responsive to the specific faculty position announcement, CV, and the names and contact information of at least three references. Please submit the above documentation online at https://jobs.mercy.edu.
Application Information
Postal Address: Human Resources
Mercy College
555 Broadway
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Online App. Form: https://jobs.mercy.edu

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

149. Anthology Story Submissions Wanted!

From Shane Moore and Stygian Publications:

Stygian Publications is pleased to announce a fantasy short story contest for the Abyss Walker Anthology, a new joint venture with the creator Shane Moore. All stories must take place in the Abyss Walker world. You can write a story about your favorite character or create a new one and they may be set in any time.

Half of the stories will be by established writers to include Shane Moore, the creator of the Abyss Walker series, but the other half will come from a writing contest sponsored by Quatrecon. The First Place winner will receive publication in the anthology, professional pay of 5 cents per word, and five contributor copies. The 5-8 runners up (depending on length of stories) will receive publication in the anthology, 1 cent per word, and two contributor copies.

Submission Guidelines:
• It will be important to be familiar with the Abyss Walker universe
• Stories will be selected on quality and consistency
• Stories should be between 3-7k words (Query before sending a longer or shorter piece)
• Use standard manuscript format
• Paste your story in the body of the email, no attachments
• Deadline is March 19th, 2010

What we want:
• If you choose an existing character, you must be completely accurate in your depiction
• We prefer new characters. Any race in the Abyss Walker world is acceptable-Including gods or demons
• We are looking for Dark Fantasy, Horror, or Cross Genre
• Solid, character driven stories

For more information on the convention, go to Quatrecon.com

Here are some of the well known writers that your story (if selected) will appear with
Roy C. Booth (novelist and internationally award-winning and produced playwright)
Sean Taylor (Gene Simmon’s "Dominatrix")
Jon Klement ("Tales of the Smerdiverse")
Shane Moore (Creator of the Abyss Walker world)
Paul Genesse ("The Dragon Hunters")
and more to come!

No simultaneous submissions, no multiple submission, but if rejected before the deadline you may submit again.

Submissions should be sent to:
abysswalker@necrotictissue.com

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

149.

An (ex-)friend of mine accused a genuine friend of mine of being anti-Semitic. When I tried to defend that friend in a wimpy "that may be what you heard, but it's surely not was intended" way, he accused me of being anti-semitic. For the first time in 15 years, I ended a friendship -- saying "I'd prefer we not." Any...way: FB entangles us, until you find the "block" button in the lower left corner -- a godsend.