Fred Antczak, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has an additional role after being named executive director of the Rhetoric Society of America. Antczak will begin his appointment during the summer of 2012 and will serve a renewable four-year term, while continuing to serve at Grand Valley.
Antczak is a long-term member of RSA and served as president in 2000-2001. Many of RSA's moves to become the umbrella organization for rhetorical studies began with activities undertaken during his presidency. Antczak is the author of Thought and Character: The Rhetoric of Democratic Education, which won a Phi Beta Kappa book award.
Antczak said RSA is one of the few scholarly societies that has experienced significant growth. His research has focused on American rhetoricians like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, in addition to the general field of ethics of rhetoric.