No Assistant Professor Should Be an Island

Inside HigherEd is beginning a series addressing the writing needs of pretenured faculty.  In the first installment, “Writing for Academe: A Series on Dialogue, Mentoring, and Motivation,” Western Washington University professors Karen Hoelscher and Carmen Werder begin dishing up advice collected from veterans of their support program.

They suggest “aligning writing projects with department expectations” so that service feeds scholarship.  SoTL, anyone?

There’s more good advice in the article–and likely more to come.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Wants Rhetoric Scholarship across the Curriculum

Noted from a listserv:

Announcing a new journal in rhetoric studies.

Present Tense: A Journal of Rhetoric in Society
( is a peer-reviewed, blind-refereed, online
journal dedicated to exploring contemporary social, cultural, political and
economic issues through a rhetorical lens. In addition to examining these
subjects as found in written, oral and visual texts, we wish to provide a forum
for calls to action in academia, education and national policy. Seeking to
address current or presently unfolding issues, we publish short articles of no
more than 2,000 words, the length of a conference paper.

Conference presentations on topics related to the journal’s focus lend
themselves particularly well to this publishing format. Authors who address the
most current issues may find a lengthy submission and application process
disadvantageous. We seek to overcome this issue through our shortened response
time and by publishing individual articles as they are accepted. We also
encourage conference-length multimedia submissions such as short documentaries,
flash videos, slidecasts and podcasts.

In order to foster dialogue, our journal features a Reader Response section in
which both contributors and readers are welcome to discuss the publications’
content in a public, digital space

Sample Submission Topics:

Present Tense is interested in submissions dealing with theory, criticism,
production, pedagogy and empirical research.

•        Social justice issues involving language, power, and the body: How do
institutional rhetorics shape economic policy, the treatment of bodies, and the
architecture of resistance movements? How do displaced peoples and refugees use
rhetorical resources? How do institutions exercise power? How do sovereign
powers operate in the midst of institutional and control societies?

•        Minority issues and minority rhetorics: How has Obama’s presidency
affected our notions of racism? How has the immigration debate changed in the
last decade? How are people of color and queer people portrayed by the media?
How do we negotiate the needs of women of color with those of feminism?

•        Green Rhetoric: How is rhetoric being used within and against
environmental movements? How is the green movement being portrayed by the media,
pop culture, corporations and the government? How does the language used to
frame environmental issues on either side have an effect on personal choices?

•        Rhetoric in national and international politics: How are attitudes
about domestic and foreign policies formed by various media outlets? How do
technologies shape our dialogue about foreign and domestic issues? How do public
speeches by prominent political figures seek to shape the ethos of the
individual, organization, and/or country they represent?

•        Popular culture and media analysis: How do rhetorical concepts help us
better understand today’s media and pop culture? How do networking sites affect
the way in which humans relate to one another? How are sites like YouTube,
Wikipedia and Creative Commons changing creative agency as well as the way we
share knowledge in our culture?

•        Rhetorics of Everyday Life and Technology: How might different
understandings of everyday things change our lives? How do the things which make
up our everyday world help shape our work, leisure time, social lives, emotions
and/or mobilities? What technologies mediate these interactions and how do their
rhetorical features affect our respective communities?

•        Non-Western Rhetorics: How do rhetorical practices in non-Western
contexts intersect with issues of education, justice, and power in those
communities and cultures? How are discursive practices used to negotiate
difference and conflict throughout the world? How do non-Western discursive
practices challenge or broaden traditional Western rhetorical concepts and

•        Public Rhetorics and Rhetoric in Action: How is the field of rhetoric
uniquely positioned to help us understand and engage the public? How can issues
of community-based research and service learning be informed by rhetorical
theory? How can historical, hermeneutic, and empirical research be used to study
and encourage public participation?

•        Rhetoric, Teaching, and Literacy: How are new composing practices
shaping our approaches to writing instruction? What emergent language paradigms
affect how we compose, argue, and design? How are new discourse technologies and
composing contexts mediating what it means to be a rhetor in the 21st century?

Please email questions or submission to: