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Call For Proposals: Local Site and Institute Director/S Rhetoric Society Of America Seventh Biennial Institute, 2017


The Rhetoric Society of America seeks nominations and self-nominations to serve as Local Site and Institute Director/s for the Seventh Biennial Institute, to occur in the summer of 2017.

Kent State University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Penn State University, University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Kansas hosted previous Institutes and the 2015 Institute will be held at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

The content and format of the 2017 Institute will be planned by the Institute Director/s and the Institute Steering Committee which will be appointed by the RSA Board in consultation with the Institute Director/s. Recently, the Institute Director/s has been from the host institution thus allowing the local hosts to play the major role in the composition and direction of the Institute program as well as logistical issues.

Proposals should include [1] identification of the individual/s who will serve as the Institute Director/s; [2] indication of the specific site/s that would accommodate up to 500 participants in plenary sessions, smaller break-out groups, and other activities for the duration of the institute (typically one week); [3] an explanation of the resources—institutional support, other subventions, faculty and student volunteers, etc.

Strong proposals will project significant participation in planning and supporting the event from rhetorical studies scholars working in both English and Communication, and will include both a detailed description of meeting spaces and lodging resources that will be available and sufficient preliminary budget information to demonstrate that the event is likely to raise $7500 for the RSA operating budget beyond event expenses.

Proposals should be submitted electronically to Gerard Hauser, RSA Executive Director, by October 15, 2014: The Site Selection Committee will review proposals and make recommendations to the RSA Board of Directors during the Board’s Fall 2014 meeting.

Direct any questions to Gerard Hauser at

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