The Ohio State University at Newark


Ohio State Newark Faculty Member Chosen for International Board

September 25, 2019

Elizabeth Weiser, PhD, a professor of rhetoric at The Ohio State University at Newark, has been elected to the Executive Board of the International Committee on Museology (ICOFOM), the world’s main international forum for museum-related debate. She is one of 14 board members who will represent a network of museum scholars from over 100 nations. Weiser was elected in early September during the triennial assembly of the International Council of Museums (ICOM) in Kyoto, Japan.

Weiser, who teaches in the Department of English, is active in both teaching and research. She has taught rhetoric, linguistics and creative and professional writing at Ohio State Newark since 2004.

Her research has focused on the rhetoric of national identity formation in the world’s national museums. She has published numerous articles and chapters on museums in public discourse, and her fourth book, Museum Rhetoric: Building Civic Identities in National Spaces, was published by Penn State Press in 2017 as part of its Series in Interdisciplinary Rhetoric.

“I am honored and thrilled to be part of the ICOFOM board,” she said. “I appreciate the group’s broad-based scholarly attention to questions of cultural heritage and to museums’ role in the world, as they are increasingly called on to both sustain and challenge the values that should hold our societies together. Museums today truly are safe communal spaces for unsafe, future-oriented ideas.”

ICOM, representing the global museum community, is a UNESCO-partnered organization of 45,000 museum professionals represented in 124 national and 32 international committees. With approximately 1,000 members worldwide, ICOFOM is one of the largest of its international committees. In its broadest sense, museology is concerned with the theoretical approach to any individual or collective human activity related to the preservation, interpretation and communication of our cultural and natural heritage.

Weiser has received multiple awards and recognition for her teaching and scholarly work, including: Ohio State Newark Faculty Award for Mentoring of Undergraduate Research, 2019; Ohio State Newark Faculty Teaching Excellence Award and Faculty Service Award, 2016; Ohio State Newark Faculty Scholarly Accomplishment Award, 2015; and the Kenneth Burke Society Emerging Scholar award for the top new Burke scholar in the nation, 2008.

She holds a PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from Texas Christian University; an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University; an MA in International and Multicultural Education from American University; and a BA in Anthropology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Caption: Ohio State Newark Professor of Rhetoric Elizabeth Weiser, PhD, (fifth from left) was elected to the Executive Board of the International Committee on Museology.