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2014 RSA Career Retreat for Associate Professors

2014 RSA Career Retreat for Associate Professors

A Special Preconference Retreat held in conjunction with the 2014 Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) Conference in San Antonio

Cheryl Geisler, Simon Fraser University

Gerard Hauser, University of Colorado at Boulder

Carolyn Miller, North Carolina State University

The Career Retreat for Associate Professors is an initiative of the RSA to reach out to associate professors seeking to complete a scholarly project and achieve promotion to full professor. Following tenure, many RSA members suffer from isolation at their home institutions that can make completing scholarly projects difficult.  Advice and support on advancement issues often disappears, and a host of new obligations often compete for our attention. 

With a special invitation for women and underrepresented minorities, the 2014 Career Retreat offers the opportunity to work with a senior member of the RSA who has agreed to serve as a Career Mentor to:

  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of your current curriculum vita,
  • Develop an action plan to achieve promotion to full professor, and
  • Confer with a writing workgroup designed to sustain you once the Retreat is completed.

Following the Retreat, your writing workgroup will be asked to keep in touch on a monthly basis and check in with your Career Mentor every few months. Writing workgroups are expected to continue for at least 18 months.

The Career Retreat begins at 1:00 on Thursday, May 22 and concludes with a special session at the RSA Conference from 12-2 on Friday, May 23.   During this special session, members of the 2009, 2010, and 2012 Career Retreats will be invited to reflect on their experiences.

The Career Retreat is open to all associate professors.  Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

To apply, please email your name, institution, and a 100-word explanation of what you would like to accomplish in the Retreat to Cheryl Geisler at cgeisler@sfu.ca no later than February 15, 2014. Notification will be sent by March 1.  Space is limited to 25 participants.

Questions about the Career Retreat can be directed in email to Cheryl Geisler, cgeisler@sfu.ca.  See you there!