Sponsorship, Exhibitor, Advertising Opportunities

Individuals, departments, and presses who wish to advertise products or to sponsor the 2021 RSA Institute are encouraged to contact Krista Kennedy at

9th Biennial RSA Summer Institute: 
A Virtual Conference
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York

May 24 – June 4, 2021

The 2021 RSA Institute at Syracuse University will bring together more than 450 faculty and graduate students for two weeks of study.  Like Institutes before it, SU will offer multiple ways for scholars to participate:

7 primarily synchronous seminars, Monday, May 24 to Friday, May 28
1 primarily asynchronous seminar, Monday, May 24 to Friday, June 4
23 primarily synchronous workshops, Tuesday, June 1 to Friday, June 4
3 primarily asynchronous workshops, Tuesday, June 1 to Friday, June 4

The Institute offers multiple venues for marketing and promoting what your organization has to offer. Some of these opportunities are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. There are a variety of options listed with prices ranging from $40 to $2,000, but we are happy to consider other packages based on your specific needs. Please contact Krista Kennedy at to discuss your idea or receive more information. 


All Institute registrants will receive a digital program detailing sessions and special events. The program provides a rich opportunity for advertising.

Virtual Program Advertising:

Full Page: $350
Half Page: $200
Inside Front Cover: $550
Outside Back Cover: $600

RSA Announcements E-Blast - $350 per blast
Distribute information about your program or new publications/current offerings to our 1,400 members. 

Social Media Campaigns - $40 per post

Your message will circulate on one day during the Institute. We are also open to scheduling posts in tandem with related events.


Advertising Combo Packages:

Social Media Combo: $100 (a $120 value)

  • send one blast across all social media platforms

Social Media and Program Combo: $275 (a $320 value)

  • Send one blast across all social media platforms
  • Half-page ad

Book Promotion Combo: $400 (a $470 value)

Ideal for promoting individual books or annual releases to our full membership!

  • 1 RSA Announcement E-Blast
  • 1 post across all social media platforms

Messaging for all advertisements is subject to approval by the RSA Board of Directors. Advertising art specs will be provided upon confirmation of purchase. Please send quality, camera-ready copy. Photos already paneled for ads should be of sufficient quality for reproduction. Camera-ready art must be received by April 15, 2021.

Institute Sponsorships

Event sponsorships will be acknowledged in the program and on the website. We are open to shared or partial event sponsorships. To discuss, contact Krista Kennedy at Reservations must be received by May 1, 2021.

Key Event Sponsorships

Opening Reception (5/24): $1,000 ($500 co-sponsorship minimum)
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, & Accessibility Discussion (5/26): $800 ($400 co-sponsorship minimum) SOLD
Seminars Friday Evening Social (5/28): $750 ($375 co-sponsorship minimum)
Workshops Opening Reception: (6/1) $2,000 ($1,000 co-sponsorship minimum)
Workshops Wednesday Social (6/2): $1,500 ($750 co-sponsorship minimum)
Keynote Talk by Karma R. Chavez: $1,500 ($750 co-sponsorship minimum)

Saturday Coffee Hours (5/29) 

3 available, $500 each

Coffee hours are the perfect opportunity to foster community discussions as well as to launch newly published projects or publishing initiatives.

RSA Awards Sponsorships

Throughout the days of the Institute, we will roll out individual videos announcing each of the five 2021 RSA Awards. Each video will include an opening screen that prominently acknowledges you as the award sponsor. Ersula Ore, this year’s Awards Committee Chair, will introduce each winner and each awardee will offer a 30 second acceptance speech. The videos will circulate on RSA’s social media channels and will likely also be circulated by the awardees and members. Finally, all videos will be archived in the members section of the RSA website.

RSA Book Award: $300 SOLD
RSA Dissertation Award: $300 SOLD
Fellows’ Early Career Award: $300
Charles Kneupper Award: $300 SOLD
Outstanding Student Chapter Award: $300 SOLD

RSA Remote Sponsorships

$300 per session

RSA Remote events are attended by members from all demographics and career stages. Your sponsorship will be acknowledged on all relevant promotional materials as well as verbally at the beginning of the sponsored session. We are open to shared or partial event sponsorships. To discuss, contact Krista Kennedy at

  • Feb. 19, Navigating Publication Series: “Supporting Writing in Unusual Times”  SOLD
  • March 5, Contemporary Issues Series: “Why are Rhetoricians Such Good Leaders? Career Diversity in Rhetoric.” COMPLETED
  • March 26, Navigating Publication Series: “Scholarship as Creative Work/Creative Work as Scholarship.” COMPLETED

Additional Sponsorship Opportunities

Additionally, we invite departments, colleges, and presses to consider providing general sponsorship at various levels:

  • Friends of RSA21: $250
  • Supporters of RSA21: $500
  • Sponsors of RSA21: $1000
  • Major Sponsor: $7500

Supporting organizations will be acknowledged in the conference program and website. 

RSA Tax ID # 41-1612678 

CLICK HERE to submit your requests.