Sunday, March 21, 2010


English Faculty
Carroll Community College
State/Region: MD
Posted: 03/19/10

Assistant/Associate Professor - English-Rhetoric and Writing Studies
University of Texas - El Paso
State/Region: TX
Posted: 03/19/10

Full Professor in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication
James Madison University
State/Region: VA
Posted: 03/19/10
192. the rhetoric major of the future...

This is what I think of when I think of the rhetoric major of the future.

Arts & Contemporary Studies

Ideas that Shaped the World

In a set of common courses in the first two years of the program, you study the great ideas that have shaped the world from ancient times to the present day. These courses are interconnected in a manner that stimulates and challenges your sense of what it means to live as an individual, a citizen and a member of a complex, multifaceted and volatile global society. You learn about the challenges and perspectives offered in the works of such divergent thinkers as Northrop Frye, Albert Einstein, Margaret Atwood, Aristotle, Leonardo da Vinci, Dionne Brand, Karl Marx, Jacques Derrida and Tomson Highway. You draw connections between such topics as literary theory, philosophy, history, religion, science and global affairs.

Skills Development

In other core courses in the first two years of the program, you develop skills that are essential in today’s workplace. You will hone your ability to read precisely and critically with a comprehensive view of language and its roots; to communicate effectively in speech and in writing; to design, implement, and evaluate research projects; to create strategies for lifelong learning; to think critically; to mediate conflict; and to work in teams.


In the last three years of the program, you may direct your studies by selecting courses from one of eight options. Four of these options are subject-based, and four are interdisciplinary.

Subject-Based Options

* The English Option focuses on how to read a wide range of literary and cultural texts critically. Through an engagement with narratives of the past and present, you will develop an understanding of contemporary cultural production.
* The French Option gives you the opportunity to concentrate in this important linguistic and cultural field, while acquiring critical insights into the role that French and Francophone culture play at a national level and in the broader international context.
* The History Option offers not only a study of the past as a way to understand the present, but also a range of skills applicable to many jobs – those which require an understanding of research techniques, analysis and logic.
* The Philosophy Option provides you with a broad understanding of the main historical trends and contemporary developments within the discipline, while encouraging you to read and think about philosophical issues in an active and critical manner.

Interdisciplinary Options

* The Culture Studies Option examines the forms of culture and entertainment which reflect who we are and who we dream of becoming. You will examine cultural identity as it is expressed in both high culture and popular entertainment.
* The Diversity and Equity Studies Option focuses on diverse and politically charged social issues and explores the encounters of language, perspective and value that shape contemporary politics, culture and society.
* The Global Studies Option explores how people are interconnected environmentally, politically, culturally and economically on a global scale.
* The Inquiry and Invention Option explores institutions, systems and ideas as they relate to scientific discovery and technological innovation.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Full-Time Faculty Position: English
Northern Essex Community College
State/Region: MA
Posted: 03/09/10

Assistant Professor of English
Southwest Minnesota State University
State/Region: MN
Posted: 03/09/10

English Faculty - Developmental
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
State/Region: WV
Posted: 03/09/10

English Faculty Position
West Virginia University at Parkersburg
State/Region: WV
Posted: 03/09/10

Saturday, March 06, 2010


What I've been up to: Blogora blogging below.

Also: I started posting job ads here for students of mine and younger friends. This may be one of the few places to list rhet/comp and rhet/comm jobs, both. Are these still valuable? Or should I cut that stuff out? Drop me an email at

Book: Ananios of Kleitor

books rhetoric and poetic
Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 6, 2010 - 7:10am

So I am just fascinated with a book reviewed in Rain Taxi ( called _Ananios of Kleitor_ by George Economou. It's reviewed in the poetry section of that journal, but it appears to be less than 25% poetry and 75% apparatus.

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Book: Walking and Talking Feminist Rhetorics: Landmark Essays and Controversies

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 5, 2010 - 7:10am

Walking and Talking Feminist Rhetorics: Landmark Essays and Controversies
SKU: 978-1-60235-135-6
Edited by Lindal Buchanan and Kathleen J. Ryan
Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition
Edited by Patricia Sullivan, Catherine Hobbs, Thomas Rickert, and Jennifer Bay

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Book: Humanistic Critique of Education: Teaching and Learning as Symbolic Action

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 5, 2010 - 7:08am

Humanistic Critique of Education: Teaching and Learning as Symbolic Action
SKU: 978-1-60235-157-8
Edited by Peter M. Smudde

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journal toc
Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 5, 2010 - 7:04am

Critical Studies in Media Communication: Volume 27 Issue 1 ( is now available online at informaworld (

Special Issue:Space, Matter, Mediation, and the Prospects of Democracy

Original Articles

Textural Democracy, Pages 1 - 7
Authors: Donovan Conley; Greg Dickinson
DOI: 10.1080/15295030903557261

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CFP: Encyclopedia of Women

conferences and calls
Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 4, 2010 - 11:01pm

We are inviting academic editorial contributors to the Multimedia
Encyclopedia of Women in Today's World, a new print and electronic
reference that will look at women today around the world and delve into
the contexts of being female in the 21st century. Thus the scope of the
encyclopedia will focus on women's status starting in approximately 2000
and look forward.

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NCA Summer 2010 "Hope Conference" (Institute for Faculty Development), Theodore F. Sheckels

conferences faculty development
Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 4, 2010 - 10:02pm

NCA Summer 2010 "Hope Conference" (Institute for Faculty Development)

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Post-Publication Review of Scholarship

awards publishing
Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 4, 2010 - 4:56pm

So I've been reading my own links posted to Blogora in the last few days, especially the ones about academic publishing.

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Award: Political Communication

Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 4, 2010 - 1:06pm

The Political Communication Division of NCA is pleased to open nominations for its awards. We offer awards for outstanding book (published in 2008 or 2009), outstanding article (published 2008 or 2009), and outstanding dissertation (completed in 2008 or 2009). No nomination materials submitted for book, article or dissertation awards will be returned.

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CFP: The Good Life!

conferences and calls
Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 4, 2010 - 1:00pm

The Good Life
Call for papers and panels for the 33rd annual meeting of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language and Gender Hosted by the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL Held at TradeWinds Island Resorts on St. Pete Beach, FL (guest room rate is $129) ).
October 14-17, 2010

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CFP: Speaker and Gavel

conferences and calls
Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 4, 2010 - 12:59pm

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

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189. From the Blogora

Book: Ananios of Kleitor

books rhetoric and poetic
Submitted by syntaxfactory on March 6, 2010 - 7:10am

So I am just fascinated with a book reviewed in Rain Taxi ( called _Ananios of Kleitor_ by George Economou. It's reviewed in the poetry section of that journal, but it appears to be less than 25% poetry and 75% apparatus.

"Apparatus" is apparently a kind of misdirection. As I read the reviews, I was hoping for a work something like _Protagoras and Logos_ -- Ed Schiappa's masterful book which both makes sense of the fragments of Protagoras and makes sense of the ways we make sense of fragments. No work in rhetorical studies is more interesting to me, perhaps because I am completely incapable of doing it, than the work of making sense of authors from whom a thousand years of visits to archives might yield 22, instead of 21, pages of text in a no-longer spoken language. No wonder Bob Gaines made such impassioned arguments for the study of classical rhetoric as the study of “anything written using any medium that has survived complete or in fragments ... [including] original and copied writing on papyrus, wood, wax, or animal skin or writing on or in pottery, masonry, stone or metal... man-made objects of aesthetic, practical, religious or other cultural significance” (in _Viability_). When all of those texts could be collected on a single DVD-ROM, and still you'd have only scraps of someone as central as Protagoras, these claims are both important and feasible.

As Schiappa demonstrated, Protagoras became a site of projection, as various scholars saw in Protagoras what they wanted to see. Economou tells a similar story of Ananios. According to the review in TLS, "The fragmentary Ananios of Kleitor is an almost blank screen on to which others project their own fantasies, with the same rapacity that their compatriot soldiers and tourists approach the people of modern Greece... So, Ananios turns out to be an imaginary object of desire, endlessly recreated by his later readers."

I felt a little ripped off, to be honest, when I discovered that there was an Ananios of Clitor, that Economou has been publishing new translations of his poems in poetry journals lately, but that the apparatus is all fake.

The scholars surveyed who engaged in reading and rereading Ananios are as fictional as the interpretations they produce. Fine enough, I guess. Oddly enough, the University of Michigan has deposited the drafts of Economou's books, which include fictionalized texts by fictionalized interpreters of the real Ananios, into the University of Michigan's Papyrology library -- giving a strange kind of epistemic status to this work of fiction.

Still, I think I want to read it. The TLS review makes clear that it is an engaging read:
"The scholarly ventriloquism and the command of details are impressive, certainly, but the fictitiousness (for example “Kythe College, Cambridge”) is too visible for any reader to be fooled into mistaking this world for ours. What it actually is, however, is harder to define: perhaps equal parts academic parody, postmodern romance and prose poem, a kind of ancient-world equivalent of Nabokov’s Pale Fire. Some sequences are uproariously funny, but others are provocative, moving or horrifying. It draws to the surface the absurdity, myopia and arrogance of academic prose and the awful conjunctures of history and scholarship; but it is also an affectionate and humane tribute to the power of poetry to lend new meanings to new readers’ lives across the ages."

It's just that, now, the book will sit on a different "to-read" list. Instead of competing with the latest scholarly monograph, it will now compete with _The Avenging Mind of Steve Ditko_, by the co-creator of Spider-Man, in the recreational pile.

I'd welcome thoughts on this kind of work: the continuing "making sense" of classical fragments in rhetorical studies... whether anyone would buy a book about fictionalized scholars dueling over the interpretation of George Campbell... I'm not sure where I'm going with this, in part because I just don't know what to make of my combined sense of disappointment in the book and yet desire to read it,

--David Beard, UM Duluth
189. Assistant Professor of Humanities (Tenure Track) and Director of Writing
Ferris State University
State/Region: MI
Posted: 03/05/10

Interested individuals should submit an electronic FSU employment application, cover letter, resume, three letters of reference, and copies of college transcripts. To access the electronic applicant system click on Employment from the FSU home page, Job Postings at Ferris State University, under Job Listings click by Title, and click on Employment Opportunities.

Ferris State University is sincerely committed to being a truly diverse institution and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups.

Summary of Position: To teach writing and rhetoric in writing and rhetoric courses, with release time to direct the Colleges newly-established Writing Center. To provide vision and direction to KCAD's Writing Center; recruit, train, and supervise student tutors; develop materials and workshops for faculty and staff to support the development of good writing campus-wide; exercise budgetary responsibility for the Writing Center and oversee the day-to-day administrative operations of the Writing Center.

Required Education: Ph.D. or M.F.A in Rhetoric/Composition, Writing, or a related field (degree must be complete by date of appointment).

Required Work Experience: 1-3 years of College-level teaching experience (part-time or full-time); writing center experience.

Friday, March 05, 2010

188. More Jobs:

Assistant Professor in Rhetoric
University of Georgia - Speech Communication Dept (Georgia)
(date posted: 03/05/2010)

Assistant Professor to Associate Professor (Composition and Rhetoric Specialist)
University of Guam Human Resources Office (Guam)
(date posted: 03/04/2010)

Assistant Professor of English (Writing Specialist), Department of Wri
University of Wisconsin - Superior
State/Region: WI
Posted: 03/04/10

English Chair
Heartland Community College
State/Region: IL
Posted: 03/04/10

Director, Writing Center
Suffolk University
State/Region: MA
Posted: 03/04/10

Associate Professor of English in Composition and Rhetoric
University of South Carolina (South Carolina)
(date posted: 02/17/2010)

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Writing Studies, Director of First-Year Writing
Western Michigan University, Department of English (Michigan)
(date posted: 02/16/2010)

Lecturer, Rhetoric
Boston University (Massachusetts)
(date posted: 02/12/2010)

Assistant Professor of English in Composition/Rhetoric
Ohio Northern University (Ohio)