Welcome to the ARS Website

Chairperson's Message

Scholars who study rhetoric are dispersed across several units of the contemporary university, most prominently in departments or programs of communication studies, English, composition, rhetoric, and writing studies. Formal discussions on how to increase collaboration among these scholars and to increase the national visibility of rhetoric as a discipline began in the summer of 2001 at a conference held at Northwestern University. Shortly after that meeting, the Alliance of Rhetoric Society's (ARS) was formed. The goal was to bring together representatives from scholarly societies with an interest in rhetoric onto an ARS Board. In a letter inviting membership, Jerry Hauser, wrote that "ARS would seek . . . to regularize dialogue among rhetoricians and, thereby, promote a comprehensive intellectual community of rhetoricians who share in the common labor of scholarship." ARS members now include representatives from most, if not all, of the professional societies interested in rhetoric and argumentation. We have created this website to bring together opportunities and resources for scholars of rhetoric.

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Arthur E. Walzer
Chair, ARS Board
Professor, Department of Rhetoric
University of Minnesota

About ARS

Purpose

The Alliance of Rhetoric Societies exists to advance research and teaching in the art of rhetoric. Toward that end it seeks to foster collaboration among the different scholarly organizations and communities whose members’ work includes, in whole or in part, the traditions and techniques of rhetorical studies. The varied disciplinary locales for research and teaching in rhetorical studies has made it difficult for scholars to interact with those outside their typical spheres of affiliation, to establish an awareness among themselves and with others regarding their collective interests, and to shape an inclusive agenda of scholarly activity. ARS seeks to bridge these institutional borders in order to make scholars known to one another, to facilitate dialogue, to promote intellectual community, and to provide advocacy in support of the continuing development of the art. It welcomes as members any scholarly organization with a self-declared interest in rhetoric.

Constitution & By-laws

CONSTITUTION OF THE ALLIANCE OF RHETORIC SOCIETIES

PREAMBLE

The Alliance of Rhetoric Societies exists to advance research and teaching in the art of rhetoric. Toward that end it seeks to foster collaboration among the different scholarly organizations and communities whose members’ work includes, in whole or in part, the traditions and techniques of rhetorical studies. The varied disciplinary locales for research and teaching in rhetorical studies has made it difficult for scholars to interact with those outside their typical spheres of affiliation, to establish an awareness among themselves and with others regarding their collective interests, and to shape an inclusive agenda of scholarly activity. ARS seeks to bridge these institutional borders in order to make scholars known to one another, to facilitate dialogue, to promote intellectual community, and to provide advocacy in support of the continuing development of the art. It welcomes as members any scholarly organization with a self-declared interest in rhetoric.

ARTICLE I – NAME

Section 1. The name of this organization is The Alliance of Rhetoric Societies, hereinafter referred to as "the Alliance."

Section 2. Official use of the Alliance’s name shall be made only through the authority of the Alliance’s Board of Directors, hereinafter referred to as "the Board."

ARTICLE II – PURPOSES

Section 1. The purposes of the Alliance shall be to enhance the missions and to facilitate the activities of its member associations, and to promote the understanding and advancement of rhetoric as an academic/professional field.

Section 2. The Alliance, a not-for-profit corporation, exists for educational, research, and literary purposes only. No part of the organization’s net revenues may be used for the private benefit of any individual or group.

ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP

Members of the Alliance shall be membership societies or associations. Any such membership organization whose primary interests are to promote the purposes of the Alliance may apply for membership in the Alliance.

ARTICLE IV – MANAGEMENT

The business of the Alliance is governed by its Board. The membership of the Board shall be as specified in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE V – OFFICERS

Section 1. The officers of the Alliance shall be Chair, Vice Chair, Immediate Past Chair and Executive Secretary.

Section 2. The duties of the officers shall be as specified in the Bylaws.

ARTICLE VI - LEGISLATION AND ADMINISTRATION

Section 1. The Board shall be the principal policy-making body of the Alliance and shall be responsible for managing its resources and activities.

Section 2. Policies and actions of the Alliance shall not necessarily be interpreted as those of any member association.

ARTICLE VII - USE OF RESOURCES

The resources and earnings of the Alliance will in no way inure to the benefit or be distributable to the members of the Board, the officers of the Alliance, or other private individuals, except that the Alliance shall be able to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered, reimburse individuals for money expended in the Alliance’s behalf, and make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes set forth in Article II of this instrument. No substantial part of the resources or activities of the Alliance will be devoted to influencing legislation, and the Alliance will not participate or intervene in the campaign of any individual for public office.

ARTICLE VIII – DISSOLUTION

The Alliance may be dissolved only at a special meeting of the Board called for the purpose, and in the manner prescribed by the relevant state laws, by vote of the three-fourths of the members present. Subject to compliance with the applicable provisions of such laws, upon any such dissolution of the Alliance and all its property remaining after satisfaction of all its obligations shall be distributed to one or more corporations, funds, foundations or learned societies such as the Board may select, organized and operated exclusively for charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes, no part of which inures to the benefit of any private shareholder, member, or individual, and which does not carry on propaganda or participate or intervene in any political campaign.

ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION
The Alliance’s Constitution may be amended upon the concurrence of at least a two-thirds majority of the Board.

BYLAWS OF THE ALLIANCE OF RHETORIC SOCIETIES

ARTICLE I - ALLIANCE MEMBERSHIP

Section 1. The rights, privileges, services and obligations of membership shall be authorized by the Board.

Section 2. Any membership society or association whose primary interests are consistent with the purposes of the Alliance is eligible to apply in writing to the Board for membership in the Alliance. Admission to membership is at the discretion of the Alliance’s Board.

Section 3. Removal of a member association from the Alliance may be done only at a meeting of the Board at which the subject of the removal must be announced to all Directors as an agenda item. A two-thirds majority vote is required for a motion of removal to carry.

ARTICLE II - DUES AND FEES

Section 1. Annual dues shall be determined by the Board and collected by the Executive Secretary.

Section 2. Fees for Alliance services, programs and products shall be determined by the Executive Secretary, with the advice of the Board.

ARTICLE III – MEETINGS

Section 1. An annual meeting of the Alliance’s Board shall be held at a time and place to be designated by the Board. The date, place and time of annual meetings will be established by the Board. Written notice of such meetings must be sent to each Board member not less than 15 days prior to the date of the meeting.

Section 2. Additional meetings of the Board may be called by the Chair, Executive Secretary, or by at least one-third of the members of the Board. The date, place and time of such meetings may be established by the callers of those meetings. The 15-day notification may be waived with approval of two-thirds of the Board.

Section 3. At any meeting of the Board, a quorum shall consist of one-half of the member association’s representatives on the Board plus one, dropping fractions. The meetings of the Board shall be governed by Roberts Rules of Order (Revised) except where those rules conflict with the Alliance’s Constitution or these bylaws, which shall then take precedence.

Section 4. All meetings of the Alliance shall be open.

Section 5. The Alliance assumes no responsibility for position statements or actions of its individual member associations or individual members.

ARTICLE IV - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1. Each member association of the Alliance shall elect or appoint by whatever procedure it deems appropriate two individuals to serve as its representatives to the Alliance’s Board. The two representatives from each member organization shall serve staggered terms, each term of office not to exceed six years.

Section 2. The Executive Secretary shall be designated an ex officio member of the Alliance’s Board. The term of office of the Alliance’s Executive Secretary shall be three years.

Section 3. If a vacancy occurs on the Board, the represented member associations shall designate a new representative to complete the unexpired term.

Section 4. At meetings of the Board, each member association’s representative shall have one vote on each matter brought before the Board. All decisions, unless otherwise specified in the Constitution or Bylaws, shall be by simple majority vote of those present, provided a quorum is present. Voting by proxy is permitted. Proxies must be in writing and must authorize a specific Board member to cast votes at his/her discretion for the absent Board member at a specific meeting of the Board. Proxies count toward a quorum.

ARTICLE V – OFFICERS

Section 1. The officers of the Alliance shall be elected by the Board at its annual meeting from among the member associations’ representatives.

Section 2. A subcommittee of the Board, called The Nominating Committee, composed of the Immediate Past Chair and two members of the Board, shall nominate a member of the Board for the office of Vice Chair.

Section 3. The officers shall succeed from Vice Chair to Chair to Immediate Past Chair. The term of office is one calendar year, beginning on the first day of January following the officer election.

Section 4. If a vacancy occurs in the office of Chair, it shall be filled by the Vice Chair. If a vacancy occurs in the office of the Vice Chair, the Board shall elect another Board member to complete the unexpired term.

Section 5. The officers may not be succeeded by a representative from the same organization.

Section 6. An officer may be removed only at a meeting of the Board at which the subject of the removal has been previously announced to all Directors as an agenda item. A two-thirds majority vote is required for a motion of removal to carry.

Section 7. The Chair shall serve as presiding officer of the Alliance and the Board and shall discharge the responsibilities normally adhering to the office.

Section 8. The Vice Chair shall discharge the responsibilities normally adhering to the office and become Chair in the event of the death, disability, resignation or removal of the Chair.

Section 9. The Immediate Past Chair is charged with the duty of assisting and advising the Chair on matters dealing with policy and procedures.

Section 10. The Executive Secretary shall discharge the usual functions of Director and Treasurer, shall administer the business of the Alliance under the direction of the Board and shall be responsible for the management and business of the staff.

ARTICLE VI - EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Section 1. The Executive Committee of the Alliance shall consist of the three elected officers plus the Executive Secretary, ex officio.

Section 2. The Board may delegate to the Executive Committee such authority as it deems proper and necessary to provide for effective operation of the Alliance’s activities between Board meetings.

ARTICLE VII – STAFF

The Board of Directors may hire such staff as it deems necessary to implement the activities of the Alliance.

ARTICLE VIII - RECORDS AND REPORTS

Section 1. The Executive Secretary of the Alliance shall record, maintain, and distribute minutes of all meetings of the Board and of the Executive Committee.

Section 2. Budgets shall be approved and expenditures shall be authorized only by the Board. Expenditures in accordance with previously authorized budgets shall be made by such procedures as the Board shall decide.

Section 3. The Executive Secretary shall keep and maintain complete account of all financial transactions of the Alliance. A full statement of the Alliance’s income, expenditures and reserves shall be made annually by the Executive Secretary to the Board. The fiscal year of the Alliance shall be the calendar year.

ARTICLE IX - AMENDMENT OF THE BYLAWS
These bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the Board.

( The Constitution and Bylaws of the Alliance of Rhetoric Societies was approved May 23, 2002 at the Rhetoric Society of America Biennial Conference in Las Vegas, NV by representatives from AFA, ASHR, CCCC, CSSR, CWSHR, ISHR, ISSA, KBS, MLA, NCA, and RSA. These organizations shall be considered charter members of the Alliance, pending their expression of interest in membership.)

Representatives Approving the Alliance of Rhetoric Societies Constitution and Bylaws:
Frederick J. Antczak, Prof. of Rhetoric, University of Iowa
Patricia Bizzell, Prof. of English, Holy Cross College
Lynn Clarke, Graduate Student, Northwestern University
Rosa Eberly, Assoc. Prof. of Rhetoric and Composition, University of Texas at Austin
Robert Gaines, Assoc. Prof. of Communication, University of Maryland
Lawrence Green, Prof. of English, University of Southern California
Robert Hariman, Prof. of Rhetoric, Drake University
Gerard Hauser, Prof of Communication, University of Colorado
Michael Leff, Prof. of Communication Studies, Northwestern University
Andrea Lunsford, Prof. of English, Stanford University
Jennifer MacLennan, Prof of English, University of Lethbridge
Shirley Wilson Logan, Assoc. Prof. of English, University of Maryland
Steven Mailloux, Prof. of English, University of California at Irvine
Jacqueline Royster, Prof. of English, Ohio State University
Arthur Walzer, Assoc. Prof of Rhetoric, University of Minnesota
Alisse Theodore, Asst. Prof. of English, University of Michigan
Susan Zaeske, Asst. Prof. of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin

Officers & Board of Directors

There are 7 member organizations, each of whom has two members on the ARS Board of Directors. See contact information below.

Details regarding the selection and duties of ARS Officers and Directors are listed in the Constitution & By-laws.

Officers

Arthur Walzer
Chair
University of Minnesota
(ISHR) (2019)
David Zarefsky
Vice Chair
Northwestern University
(RSA) (2019)
Patricia Bizzell
Immediate Past Chair
Holy Cross College
(RSA) (2019)

David Henry
Executive Secretary
University of Nevada at Las Vegas
(RSA) (2003-2019)
David Beard
Director of Research
University of Minnesota - Duluth

Board of Directors

Kate Adams
Loyola University New Orleans(CWSHR) (2009)
Daniel Emery
Utah University
(ASHR)
Jeanne Fahnestock
University of Maryland
(CCCC) (2019)

Robert Gaines
University ofMaryland
(ISHR)
Cheryl Glenn
Penn State University
(CCCC)
Richard Graff
University of Minnesota(ASHR)

Scott Jacobs
University of Arizona
(ISSA)
Jameela Lares
University of Mississippi -Hattiesberg
(ISHR) (2018)
Michael Leff
University of Memphis
(NCA)

Carolyn R. Miller
North Carolina State University
(CDPRC)
Nancy Myers
University of North Carolina Greensboro
(CWSHR) (2020)
Leah Polcar
University of Amsterdam (ISSA)

Jack Selzer
Penn State University
(RSA)
Francisca Snoeck Henkemans
University of Amsterdam (ISSA)
Art Walzer
University of Minnesota (ISHR)

Louise Wetherbee Phelps
Syracuse University
(CDPRC)
Susan Zaeske
University of Wisconsin
(NCA)
David Zarefsky
Northwestern University
(RSA) (2019)

Member Organizations

American Society for the History of Rhetoric

Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

Conference on College Composition and Communication

The Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric & Composition

International Society for the History of Rhetoric

International Society for the Study of Argumentation

National Communication Association

Rhetoric Society of America

Institutional Member

Institutional membership in ARS is open to any department or program with a self-declared interest in rhetoric. ARS posts the relevant institutional URL of its institutional members and their calls of significance to the scholarly pursuits of specialists in rhetoric studies. Please click on the institution's name to view the website.

Institutional Members:

How to Join

Organizations

The Alliance welcomes as members any scholarly organization with a self-declared interest in rhetoric. Membership requires annual dues and entitles the organization to appoint two of its members to the ARS Board of Directors and to privileges of posting relevant organizational information on the ARS web site. Dues for 2006 are set at $200. or the relevant organization officer may indicate its desire by writing to:

David Henry, ARS Executive Secretary:
UNLV - Greenspun School of Communication
Box 454052
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4052

Institutions

The Alliance welcomes as institutional members academic departments with a self-declared interest in rhetoric. Membership requires annual dues and entitles the institution to listing of its homepage and posting relevant bulletins on the ARS website. Dues for institutional members are set at $50 for 2006. To become a member, the unit head may indicate its desire by writing to:

David Henry, ARS Executive Secretary:
UNLV - Greenspun School of Communication
Box 454052
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4052

ARS Calendar

The ARS Calendar provides a four-year listing of scheduled conferences and events of its member organizations. The calendar is useful for conference and event planners who wish to coordinate their activity with other planned conferences and events of interest to rhetoric scholars. It also is of use to rhetoric scholars for planning purposes.

October 2019
11 thru 13

Clio sous le regard d'Hermès
Location: Montpellier, France
November 2019
8 thru 11

NCA Annual Convention
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Rhetoric and Revolution
Location: Cresthill Room, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
April 2020
2 thru 5

CCCC Annual Conference
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
May 2020
17 thru 20

THE PROMISE OF REASON: THE NEW RHETORIC AFTER FIFTY YEARS
Location: University of Oregon
23 thru 26

RSA 13th Biennial Conference
Location: The Westin - Seattle, Washington

The ARS Calendar provides a four-year listing of scheduled conferences and events of its member organizations. The calendar is useful for conference and event planners who wish to coordinate their activity with other planned conferences and events of interest to rhetoric scholars. It also is of use to rhetoric scholars for planning purposes.

American Society for the History of Rhetoric
Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric
Conference on College Composition and Communication
International Society for the History of Rhetoric
International Society for the Study of Argument
National Communication Association
Rhetoric Society of America
Other Events of Interest

American Society for the History of Rhetoric
Rhetoric and Revolution
When: November 14, 2007
Where: Cresthill Room, The Palmer House Hilton, Chicago
More Info/
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Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric
No events scheduled at this time.
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Conference on College Composition and Communication
CCCC Annual Conference
When: April 2, 2008 - April 5, 2008
Where: New Orleans, Louisiana

International Society for the History of Rhetoric
No events scheduled at this time.

International Society for the Study of Argument
No events scheduled at this time.

National Communication Association
NCA Annual Convention
When: November 8, 2007 - November 11, 2007
Where: Chicago, Illinois
More Info
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Rhetoric Society of America
RSA 13th Biennial Conference
When: May 23, 2008 - May 26, 2008
Where: The Westin - Seattle, Washington

Other Events of Interest
Clio sous le regard d'Hermès
When: October 11, 2007 - October 13, 2007
Where: Montpellier, France
More Info
THE PROMISE OF REASON: THE NEW RHETORIC AFTER FIFTY YEARS
When: May 17, 2008 - May 20, 2008
Where: University of Oregon

Resources

Research Opportunities

This area is linked to calls for conferences, institutes and research opportunities of interest to rhetoric scholars.

Please contact David Henry to submit requests for inclusion.

CFPs

The following Calls for Proposals are current and may be of interest to rhetoric scholars.

THE PROMISE OF REASON: THE NEW RHETORIC AFTER FIFTY YEARS
University of Oregon – May 17-20, 2008
for details.

The Seventh Triennial Conference of the Kenneth Burke Society
Villanova University June 29-July 1, 2008

Institutes

The following Institutes have been announced and may be of interest to rhetoric scholars.

Conferences

The following Conferences have been announced and may be of interest to rhetoric scholars.

Fellowships

The following Fellowship opportunities have been announced and may be of interest to rhetoric scholars.

Rhetoric Societies

American Society for the History of Rhetoric

Coalition of Women Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition

College Conference on Composition and Communication

International Society for the History of Rhetoric

International Society for the Study of Argumentation

National Communication Association

Rhetoric Society of America

Rhetoric Sites

This area is linked to the RSA Resources page where you will be able to access other sites and the Idea Exchange.

Public Address Division of NCA

Society of Biblical Literature's Rhetoric and New Testament

We invite Member Societies and Member Institutions to provide links. They Should be sent to:

David Henry, ARS Executive Secretary:
UNLV - Greenspun School of Communication
Box 454052
Las Vegas, NV 89154-4052

Open Forum

This area is linked to the RSA Resources page. There you will find four threads for discussion -- teaching resources, book reviews, bibliographies, and article discussion -- in a dialogic format that won't bloat your email inbox. You also will find instructions there for posting.