Dr. Charles Kostelnick Recieves 2017-2018 Phorum Faculty Award!

Phorum President Dale Grauman and Dr. Shannon Fanning present Dr. Kostelnick with the Phorum Faculty Award.

Congratulations to Dr. Kostelnick on this phantastic news! Dr. Kostelnick received enthusiastic support from RPC graduate students in recognition of his tireless efforts. Dr. Kostlnick is serving as a chair or committee member for many RPC graduate students, and many consider him to be a model scholar, teacher, and mentor. With this award, a small token of our gratitued, Phorum recognizes Dr. Kostelnick’s commitment to graduate student education in RPC.

Phorum recognizes one faculty member annually for outstanding professional and academic support of Rhetoric and Professional Communication (RPC) graduate students.

State of the Phorum Address


Hello Phorum-ites!

As this year draws to a close, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on our accomplishments over the past year. We’ve done a lot to uphold our mission statement “to evaluate, organize, implement, and develop services that meet the professional and academic needs of rhetoric graduate students,” and I’m sure this good work will continue into next year and beyond.

Part of what made this year so successful was the willingness of our Phorum officers to not only generate new ideas but also follow through on them to make them a reality. None of these accomplishments would be possible without them–or without the many others who contributed their time by attending and helping prepare for events.

Our major accomplishments this year include the following:

  • Our funding doubled. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Phorum Treasurer Phil Gallagher, we successfully received more money through our primary funding agent and we held a wildly successful bake sale last fall. These funds will enable us to pay for our networking and social events and establish a travel award.
  •  We are working to establish a travel award. This travel award will be sponsored by our fundraising efforts, and now that the homework is completed on how to set up this award, Phorum’s next steps will be to set funding guidelines in the coming year.
  • We designed and selected a logo. We can now use this logo to help identify our group around the department and the university.
  • We started a peer mentoring program. At the beginning of the year, Faculty Liaison Bremen Vance matched participating RPC and RCPC students into informal mentoring relationships, and we plan to continue this program in the fall.
  • We posted several Phor the Record entries. Begun last year and edited by Communications Officer Dale Grauman, we continue to post entries written by current and former RCPC and RPC students about professional development topics.
  • We held a writing retreat. Spearheaded by Phorum Secretary Lauren Malone, Phorum hosted a writing retreat intended to give folks a chance to write in a distraction-free environment. We hope to continue developing these retreats in the coming year.
  • We continued the Phorum Phling events. These events give us an opportunity to welcome new folks in the fall and celebrate each other’s accomplishments in the spring.
  • We started a Documents Repository. Over the past year, we gathered (with the author’s permission) RPC and RCPC students’ comprehensive exams questions, conference proposals, and reading lists. We hope to continue to add to these repositories and expand them to include more genres.

As you can see, we have really accomplished a lot this year, and we will continue to do great work in the coming year. I wish the incoming Phorum officers all the best, and I hope everyone takes a moment to recognize what great opportunities for professional development and support exist in our program.

Have a great finals week, everyone!

– Jill Grauman
Phorum President (2016-2017)

2nd Annual Phorum Spring Phling

Our 2nd Annual Spring Phling was held at Hickory Grove Park (near Nevada) on Saturday, April 15th. Phun and phood were enjoyed by all. This post was written using passive voice.


Allison Piper Geber: Three Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Becoming a Lecturer

After finishing my MA in Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication at Iowa State University, I accepted an offer to stay on as a lecturer in the English department. As a lecturer, I enjoy the privileged ability to focus my efforts solely on teaching. This can be both a blessing and a curse; a blessing because of the opportunity to hone my pedagogical skills and methods, and a curse because I find myself pining for those graduate school discussions that were so stimulating that they gave me a headache. With that, it truly is a simpler life to just wear the instructor hat instead of juggling a second, student hat as well. Continue reading

Dr. Tina Coffelt Receives 2016 Phorum Faculty Award

Phorum officers present Dr. Coffelt with the 2016 Phorum Faculty Award. From left to right: Treasurer Phillip Gallagher, RCPC Representative Mariah Kemp, Dr. Coffelt, and President Jillian Grauman.

A cluster of Phorum officers crowded into Dr. Tina Coffelt’s office to present her with the 2016 Phorum Faculty Award on Tuesday, January 31. Phorum recognizes one faculty member annually for outstanding professional and academic support of Rhetoric and Professional Communication (RPC) graduate students.

Dr. Coffelt, an assistant professor in Communication Studies and English, has taught research methods courses for RPC students. In Spring 2016, she taught ENGL 501: Research Methods in Rhetoric and Professional Communication. She has also taught ENGL 602B, a course on quantitative research methods.

Several of Dr. Coffelt’s students have asked her to serve on their program of study committees.

Jillian Grauman, president of Phorum, selected Dr. Coffelt as a co-chair of her committee. “I selected Tina because she had the quantitative expertise that I needed, and I also knew her from our class to be supportive and helpful” Ms. Grauman said. “She is supportive, she does a good job of checking in on her students, and she cares a lot about her grad students really understanding what they’re taking on.”

Dr. Coffelt also served as the English department’s Director of RPC for the 2015–2016 school year. As Director of RPC, she frequently asked graduate students for input on departmental business, such as revisions to course requirements on the RPC program of study.

Voting for the 2017 Phorum Faculty Award will take place later this Spring semester, with ballots to be distributed after Spring Break (March 13–17). All Iowa State University students in RPC or Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication (RCPC) will be eligible to vote.


Spring Phorum Meeting Times

Mark you calendars to join Phorum for our regular meetings. These meetings are great opportunities to learn more about what’s going on in our department, get involved, and get an idea of what being a Phorum officer includes.

  • Jan. 17, 9:00 a.m. in Ross 212
  • Feb. 10, 8:30 a.m. in Ross 420
  • March 10, 8:00 a.m. in Ross 420
  • March 31, 11:00 a.m. in Ross 420
  • April 28, 11:00 a.m. in Ross 420