By Michelle Ballif, D. Diane Davis, Roxanne Mountford

This quantity explores how girls within the fields of rhetoric and composition have succeeded, regardless of the demanding situations inherent within the situations in their paintings. targeting these ladies often considered as "successful" in rhetoric and composition, this quantity relates their tales of successes (and disasters) to function types for different ladies within the occupation who aspire to "make it," too: to be triumphant as ladies teachers in a sea of gender and disciplinary bias and to have a existence, as well.

Building at the profits made through numerous generations of rhetoric and composition students, this quantity presents options for a more moderen new release of students getting into the sector and, in so doing, broadens the help base for ladies within the box by means of connecting them with a better internet of girls within the career. providing frank dialogue and private struggles in addition to offering reference fabrics addressing those issues, sturdy occupation recommendation, and inspirational narratives instructed via ladies who've "made it" within the box of rhetoric and composition, this paintings highlights such universal issues as:

* facing sexism within the tenure and promoting strategy,
* holding a stability among profession and relatives,
* suffering for scholarly and/or administrative appreciate,
* mentoring junior girls,
* discovering one’s voice in scholarship, and
* suffering to claim "no" to unrewarded carrier paintings

The profiles of person winning ladies describe each one woman’s tools for achievement, research the associated fee every one has paid for that luck, and go alongside the recommendation each one has to supply different ladies who're starting a profession within the box or trying to jumpstart an current profession. With assets and common suggestion for girls within the box of rhetoric and composition to lead them via their careers—as they turn into, live to tell the tale, and thrive as execs within the self-discipline – this ebook is must-have interpreting for each lady making her occupation within the rhetoric and composition fields.

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It is extremely rare for an article to be accepted outright in a prestigious journal, where the rejection rate can be as high as 90 percent (Goldsmith, Komlos, and Gold, 190). It is not rare, however, for submissions to be rejected outright, and anonymous reviewers’ reports can be extraordinarily harsh: “dismissive, nasty, even brutal,” as Gold puts it (196). But everyone who regularly publishes also gets such rejection letters, so don’t despair or take it personally when you get one, too. Gold confesses that she got a brutal rejection letter on the first piece she ever sent out, and that it might have discouraged me from ever trying to publish again but for the fact that I shared my distress with a colleague.

Our advice to you: Take all of the above suggestions into account and then strike a comfortable compromise with your own current wardrobe. ” Indeed, to potential objections that scholarship is the same “leisurely, gentlemanly activity” that it always was, Olson argued compellingly that scholarship now “is a kind of business activity” and that “published works are the currency with which we purchase tenure, promotion, salary increases, and the respect of colleagues” (“Publishing” 19). Olson’s disturbingly accurate depiction of the academic publishing scene can hardly be contested today, more than a decade later—except perhaps to note that things have gotten even worse.

A few years ago, we conducted a national survey of women in the field to determine the specific obstacles they face and their strategies for negotiating them; we then profiled eight successful women scholars whose “ways of making it” were of interest to our survey respondents. That research is the basis for our recent book project, Women’s Ways of Making It in Rhetoric and Composition, in which we offer women in the field strategies for negotiating the hard realities they face throughout their professional career, from graduate school to promotion to full professor.

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