Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Structure in Fall 2014

In Fall 2014, we changed the governance structure to that of an Executive Board. There is a Chair (who serves as the President for duties with the national RSA relationship) and Executive Board members. The advisor relationship remains in place and we are still a Registered Student Organization at ISU.

Duties of the chair include requesting funding from the national chapter, filling out the national chapter survey, requesting matching funding from the English department, handling funds for reimbursement from these sources, leading the executive board in planning meetings, representing the organization with the RSO office, and other duties as needed. Duties of the executive board members include assisting the chair with these duties as needed and planning one chapter meeting per semester (including providing refreshments, emailing the listserv about the meeting, and reserving the room location).

For Fall 2014-Spring 2015, the Chair is Kristi McDuffie and the Executive Board members are Barbi Smyser-Fauble, Hilary Selznick, Lisa Phillips, and Elizabeth Jett-Williams. Our advisor is Dr. Amy Robillard. Please contact Kristi (kmcduff [at] ilstu [dot] com) if you are interested in serving the organization! Please also contact Kristi if you would like to learn more about being a member of our RSISU listserv.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

We have new officers and faculty advisor beginning October 2012!

Please welcome:

President: Kristi McDuffie
Vice President: Barbi Smyser-Fauble
Secretary: Hilary Selznick
Treasurer: Lisa Phillips
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Amy Robillard

We look forward to a great year!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Welcome to the RSISU Blog

Welcome to the official blog of Illinois State University's own Rhetoric Society of America chapter, RSISU.

If you've stumbled upon this blog and are unsure what RSA and RSISU are, the description below will provide some basic background on the RSA and how we are affiliated with this organization:

RSA is the umbrella organization for scholars and teachers in every discipline who are interested in rhetoric, the art of effective communication.

The RSA website, http://www.associationdatabase.com/aws/RSA/pt/sp/home_page, can provide with further information about the group. As for the RSISU:

The Rhetoric Society of America at Illinois State University, or RSISU, was founded in Fall 2010. It is affiliated with the national Rhetoric Society of America organization. While housed mainly in the Department of English, membership is open to anyone interested in the study of rhetoric.

The Founding Members of the RSISU are:

Co-President: Kellie Sharp-Hoskins
Co-President: Chris Mays
Secretary: Erin Frost
Treasurer: Anjanette Riley
Media Relations: Rachel Parish
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Julie Jung

What is our mission?

The mission of RSISU is to promote activities which enhance the study of rhetoric at Illinois State University in accordance with the tenets of the Rhetoric Society of America. RSISU encourages the collaborative learning of scholars and teachers of rhetoric through various activities including reading and writing groups and an annual conference.

RSISU meets at least once per semester, usually in the first three weeks of the term. RSISU also organizes several activities per year.

A few of the activities we particpate and organize are as follow:

Reading Groups
Writing Groups

For more information about these activities, visit our developing webpage Found here:


If you have questions about RSISU, please visit the site and feel free to contact via email.

Best wishes,