Central China Normal University

On March 28, 2012, I presented a talk entitled “From Generation to Generation: Maintaining Cultural Identity over Time” to the School of Foreign Languages, part of the Central China Normal University, in Wuhan, China.

My thanks to Zongping Xiang (Eudora), a faculty member in the Department of English, who invited me and made all of the arrangements, including dinner with several of the faculty afterwards. My thanks to Prof. Hua Xianfa, Chair of the Department of English, who was able to attend, and my apologies that we did not think to take the photograph until after he had left.

Profs Shu Baimei and Leeds-Hurwitz, Ms. Yu Bo and Zongping Xiang

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Wuhan University 2012

On March 26, 2012, I presented a talk entitled “Interactional resources for the “problem” of intercultural communication” at Wuhan University, in Wuhan, China. Last year when I was in China, I was invited to return in order to visit Wuhan, which I was able to do this year, and I found it a delightful city and campus. I owe great thanks to my host, Prof. SHAN Bo, the Associate Dean of the School of Journalism and Communication, and also Director of the Research Center for Intercultural Communication, at Wuhan University, for the invitation, and for organizing all of the events. Dr. LIU Xue served as my contact for logistics, and was of great help, whatever was needed.

Prof Leeds-Hurwitz, Liu Xinya, Prof Shan, Liu Harrison, and Dr. Xin Jing, and Liu Xue (standing)

There were multiple lunches, dinners, and conversations with various combinations of faculty and graduate students over the week I was at Wuhan, as well as an entire afternoon spent sorting out areas of overlapping interests with Prof. Shan. Some of the other faculty members I met are shown below.

Li Jiali, Xiao Jun, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Si Jingxin

I was lucky enough to be in Wuhan for sakura (the cherry blossoms). They are a major tourist attraction, and the campus was full of visitors during that week.

Profs. Shan and Leeds-Hurwitz

I was assigned two graduate student guide/translators, LIU Xinya (Cynthia) and Harrison LIU, pictured below at the Yellow Crane tower which we visited, among other sites. The Hubei provincial museum was also quite impressive.

I look forward to continued connections of several types with Wuhan in the future.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Beijing International Studies University 2012

From March 11-23, 2012, I took on the role of visiting professor at the School of English of the Beijing International Studies University, in China. (In China, intercultural communication is often viewed as an extension of foreign language training in order to ensure that students achieve intercultural communicative competence.

As part of my responsibilities there, I taught a graduate seminar on research methods, and also delivered several presentations.

On March 13 and 16, I presented on the topic of “The Social Construction of Identity.” On March 20, the topic was “The History of Intercultural Communication in the United States.

On March 21, I participated in a workshop on “Training for Intercultural Competence in the United States; Prof. JIANG Fei, Director of the Department of Communication, and also Director of the Center for World Media Studies, at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, was the respondent. He and his wife, Dr. Viola Kuo HUANG, introduced my husband and me to a new form of Chinese buffet one evening.

My sincere thanks to Dr. HONG Liang, Associate Dean of the School of English and an intercultural communication scholar, for inviting me, organizing all of the events, including multiple meals with faculty and graduate students, and ensuring the success of the visit. Dr. GU Guoping (Gordon), from the American Studies department, helped with logistics ahead of time, and offered the official welcome when I arrived. Dr. David YU, Chair of the Department of Intercultural Communication, met with me over several days, and then provided the official farewell when I left. Dr. Ivory Juan ZHANG of the same department, participated in several events. Dr. Belinda Zou of the School of International Education not only attended most of the graduate seminar and the other lectures, but also volunteered to play tour guide and showed off parts of Beijing I had not yet visited.

Lu Qinsha (Emily), a master’s level student studying intercultural communication, was my guide and translator for the entire visit. To Emily and all of the other students, I hope you learned enough about research methods to have an easier time preparing your masters’ theses! To the faculty members, I look forward to continuing the connection in the future.

While in Beijing, although it was spring, there was one cold night, and it snowed. This was the view from the campus hotel (from the 18th floor) of the campus. The next morning students were having snowball fights!

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Mara Adelman-Fulbright

Mara Adelman
Seattle University

Fulbright Specialist to Ethiopia

Communication Professor Mara Adelman (Ph.D. U. of Washington), currently an associate professor of communication at Seattle University, recently received a Fulbright Specialist award. She will join the Department of Communication at the University of Mekelle in northern Ethiopia next October-December, 2012. The Fulbright Specialist Program links American academics with colleagues at host institutions overseas for short-term collaborative projects.  Adelman will work with faculty and students for six weeks and will present workshops and seminars, consult, and collaborate on community outreach activities. The university is home to 23,000 students.  Adelman received her Ph.D. from the University of Washington and then joined Northwestern University.  She came to Seattle University, Department of Communication in 1994.  She is author of Beyond Language: Cross-cultural communication for ESL (co-authored with Deena Levine; Prentice Hall, 1987, 1997), and an award-winning ethnographic study of the second largest home for persons with AIDS, The Fragile Community (co-authored with Lawrence R. Frey; Lawrence Erlbaum, 1997).  Her research and scholarship focus on cross-cultural communication and adaptation, restorative solitude, interpersonal and organizational social interaction.

Dr. Adelman encourages communication faculty to apply for the Fulbright Specialist position.  This procedure is quite simple (1-2 page application), efficient, and the award position lasts for 5 years.  You are encouraged to cultivate relationships with international universities that then invite you and/or you respond with short proposals from universities that review your Fulbright resume.  Dr. Adelman responded to the call for an appointment to Ethiopia with a brief paragraph and a list of courses, workshops, lectures, and public outreach.  She carefully read the proposal and tried to address the needs of the University of Mekelle.  Fulbright Specialist appointments run 2-6 weeks.  Her appointment is for 42 days, with coverage for airfare, housing, food, and a daily stipend.  In order to share and speak upon a broad range of topics, Dr. Adelman has solicited the help of people in the communication discipline to send information and powerpoints that could be used in public presentations; and she is seeking donations for small laptop notebooks that she can bring to faculty and students at the University of Mekelle.

**See Mara Adelman’s description of her Fulbright after it was completed.

George Washington U postdoc

School of Media and Public Affairs
Research Fellowship, Political Communication

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Political Communication at the School of Media and Public Affairs, The George Washington University, September 2012-August 2013.

GW is seeking a scholar to spend one year working closely with Robert Entman, Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs (and in 2012-2013 with Kimberly Gross, Associate Professor).  For 2012-13 the focus will be on public opinion effects of framing in traditional news media, hybrid formats and online media with particular reference to healthcare policy.  

The person appointed will devote three-four days per week to collaborative work with Professors Entman and Gross and the rest of the time to personal research projects.  The position carries a $50,000 salary and is designed for a recent recipient of the Ph.D.  The Research Instructor position at GW comes with faculty benefits.

To be appointed, individuals must have a Ph.D. in communication, political science or a related discipline by August 1, 2012; and an excellent record of published research in political communication or, for recent degree recipients, a record suggesting great promise.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in quantitative content analysis.  Background and training in experimental methods is highly desirable.
In order to be considered, send a C.V., writing samples, a 500-750 word proposal for personal research that might be carried out during the year at GW, and the names of three scholars who can be contacted for recommendations to:  Professor Robert Entman, School of Media and Public Affairs, Suite 400, 805 21st Street NW, Washington DC 20052.  Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2012.

Lifelong learning-collaborative opportunity

As Managing Director of CEFRO, LLC based in Nice, France, I am looking for partnership and support for a training project designed to build and expand the reach of Adult Education and Lifelong Learning Programs in an international context. The project could be a basis for an international collaborative research in that field.

Developed as Lifelong Learning Training Courses for adults (provider for the European Program called Grundtvig), the project aims to provide continuing education in social and technology integration, with an emphasis on creating healthy, balanced and enriching workplaces. Since 2008, CEFRO provided courses for that European Lifelong Learning Program, and created four original and unique courses: “Enriching and diversifying the training environment”, “Balanced and healthy workplaces”,”Learning strategies for the elderly”, “Developing Emotional Intelligence in the workplace”. Additionally, it organized ten course sessions with participants from Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany,Italy, Spain, and Romania.

The urgent purpose of my request for support is to maintain CEFRO’s current activity and status, in order to pursue projects on the field of science and society. CEFRO is looking for a potential international collaborator/an international research team, who is the beneficiary of a research grant and may be interested in to sharing their work with a partner/sub-contractor.

For basic information, please, find below the original document of CEFRO LLP Plan and my CV, and feel free to contact me for additional information.

Thank you for your consideration.
Kind regards,
Carmen Serghie Lopez, Ph.D
CEFRO-Conseil, échanges, formation
Nice 06000-FR
Tél./Fax: +33(0)4 93 79 80 20
Mobile +33(0)6 12 19 16 98

Calouste Gulbenkian Prize

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation has opened nominations for the CALOUSTE GULBENKIAN PRIZE until next April 15th. The Prize, worth 250.000€, will be awarded to an individual or non profit organization, regardless of nationality, who has made a valuable impact and commitment to foster the universal values inherent to the human condition, respect for diversity and difference, a culture of tolerance and the conservation of the environment in man’s relationship with nature. Please refer to Prize website for the nomination form and Prize regulation 

The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, based in Lisbon (Portugal) is a non-profit Portuguese foundation, both operating and grantmaking in the fields of arts, science, education and human development. I would kindly invite you the visit our website for more information about our activities, in Portugal and abroad.

We would be grateful if you could nominate any organization or individual you might consider to meet the Prize criteria. Please contact us should you have any further queries.

Best wishes,

Ana Barcelos Pereira
Office of the President
Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Avenida de Berna, 45-A
1067-001 Lisboa
[+ 351] 21 782 3540


U Denver postdocs

Lecturer-Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Denver invites applications for a three year, annually renewable, Lecturer-Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow with a specific focus on migration and/or diaspora studies, to begin September 1, 2012.

The Department of Communication Studies grants the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. The graduate program is focused on three areas of inquiry: Culture and Communication, Interpersonal and Family Communication, and Rhetoric and Communication Ethics. Given faculty research and teaching foci we are particularly interested in applicants who have teaching and research interests in Communication, transnationalism, diaspora, and/or migration. Scholars with research and teaching foci in the areas of African diaspora studies, citizenship studies, and diaspora studies, and/or queer diaspora studies are particularly welcome. We seek to participate in the process of preparing recent Ph.D. recipients for tenure track positions and careers in academia. A central component of this position is mentoring; thus, a faculty mentor will be assigned to our new colleague. Eligible applicants are individuals who have received the Ph.D. in Communication no earlier than May 2009. The person hired will be expected to teach six courses over three quarters (two courses a quarter).

The Postdoctoral Fellow will contribute to the University’s Common Curriculum and the major of the department of Communication Studies. Given these needs, in consultation with the Dean’s Office, the following courses are likely possibilities.
•       First Year Seminar  (1) : Special topic course and advising for first year students. (Title and content to be determined by the Fellow the Department, and the Dean’s Office.)
•       Ways of Knowing Class (2 or3): For undergraduates, for instance, COMN 2220, Race and Popular Culture and COMN 2210, Gender and Communication. (Title and content to be determined by the Fellow the Department, and the Dean’s Office.)
•       Advanced Seminar (2 or 3 Classes): For advanced undergraduates, for instance ASEM 2509, Communication and the Production of Culture, or a new ASEM focused o the candidates specific interest. (Title and content to be determined by the Fellow the Department, and the Dean’s Office.)

Review of applications will begin April 9, 2012 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants who wish to apply must complete an online application at www.dujobs.org. Attach letter of application and vitae. Please mail evidence of teaching effectiveness (syllabi and sample evaluations), three letters of recommendation, and other materials to:

Dr. Roy Wood, Chair Search Committee
Department of Communication Studies
2000 E. Asbury Ave.
Sturm 200
University of Denver
Denver, CO 80208

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff and encourages applications from women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans. DU is an EEO/AA employer.

Howard U job ad-Dean

Dean, School of Communications
Under the leadership of President Sidney A. Ribeau, Howard University invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the School of Communications.

The School of Communications:
Howard University’s School of Communications seeks to maintain an environment in which students engage in the pursuit of knowledge within a framework of academic excellence, professional ethics and social justice, and prepare themselves for leadership roles in the complex fields of communications, whether as teachers, researchers, or professional practitioners.  The School of Communications is the University’s third largest and currently consists of four academic departments:  Communication and Culture; Communication Sciences and Disorders; Journalism; and Radio, Television and Film.  It offers undergraduate degrees with concentrations in legal communications, speech and applied communications, advertising, broadcast news, print/on-line journalism, public relations, audio production, television production, telecommunications management, and film.

The school also offers an M.F.A. degree in film (and is the only historically Black college/university with this degree offering).  In conjunction with the Graduate School, the School of Communications offers an accredited M.S. degree in communication disorders and speech language pathology and Ph.D. degree concentrations in speech language pathology, mass communications and media studies.  Fifty-five full-time faculty members are distributed among these programs, and another thirty-four part-time faculty members teach specialized courses.  The School also sponsors an endowed undergraduate honors program and a center for excellence in advertising.  Its current student body consists of 1,200 undergraduate students and 160 graduate students.

Duties and Responsibilities:  The Dean is responsible for the overall academic, administrative and fiscal leadership of the School of Communications.  The Dean reports to the university’s Provost and Chief Academic Officer.  Major responsibilities include: maintaining academic programs of high quality; promoting an organizational climate that fosters excellence in teaching, research, professional practice, and service; enhancing the unit’s contribution to communications research; identifying  and securing external sources of support for academic programs and initiatives; fostering the continued professional development of faculty and staff; and recruiting and training students who will serve as future leaders in the communication professions and in the academy. Consistent with the university’s emphasis on interdisciplinary collaborations, the Dean will also be responsible for encouraging their growth both within the school and between the school and the other academic and research units. Additionally, the Dean will be expected to articulate a commitment to shared governance and faculty collegiality as well as advance the academic renewal goals of the university and the school.

Minimum Qualifications:  Preferred candidates will possess an earned Ph.D. in an academic discipline related to communications.  In addition, the candidate will have a demonstrated record of success at senior levels of academic leadership, including responsibility for accredited programs; a distinguished record of scholarship, teaching and service that merits the rank of professor at a research university; and a successful record of budgetary, organizational and personnel management.

Alternatively, candidates may possess a master’s degree in communications or a related discipline and a record of high achievement as a professional in communications, preferably at the executive level, with significant experience leading complex organizations; managing creative, innovative people; and managing operational and capital budgets. The successful candidate has a record that merits the rank of professor at a research university.

Salary and Benefits:  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The preferred starting date is July or August 2012.

The University:  Chartered by Congress in 1867, Howard University is the world’s largest and most comprehensive university with a predominantly African-American enrollment. Its faculty, staff and student body include persons of all colors, creeds and nationalities. Howard University is a private university accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  Thirteen schools and colleges offer undergraduate and graduate academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, education, engineering, and health sciences, and graduate professional training in dentistry, divinity, medicine, law, and social work.  The faculty consists of more than 1, 100 full-time and approximately 450 part-time members, whose ranks included nationally and internationally recognized scholars.  Its 10,500 students pursue studies in more than 120 disciplines leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.  The Carnegie Foundation for  the Advancement of Teaching classifies Howard University among the Research Universities with High Research Activity.

Review of Applications and Nominations:  Candidates should address the above criteria in a letter of interest along with current curriculum vitae and the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail and mailing address of four references.  Review of applications will begin immediately.  To assure full consideration, applicants are advised to submit their materials by April 20, 2012.  Nominations and applications should be submitted electronically to:  CommunicationsDeanSearch@howard.edu.  Inquiries and submissions may also be addressed to:  The Search Advisory Committee, School of Communications, Office of the Provost, Suite 405, Howard University, 2400 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC  20059.

Equal Employment Opportunity: Howard University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability.



LIU Xue, Ph.D., is assistant professor of the School of Journalism and Communication in Wuhan University, China.

Shan, Bo, Yibin Shi & Xue Liu (2011) Eds. The Intercultural Turn of Journalism and Communication. Shanghai Jiaotong University Press.

Journal Articles:
Liu, Xue & Zongping Xiang (2011). The Democratic Concern in America’s Media Criticism and It’s Problem. Commentary on China’s Media Development and Media Research (Zhongguo Meiti Fazhan Yanjiu Baogao). 2011.

Shan, Bo & Xue Liu (2011). A Study of Intercultural Events in 2011. Commentary on China’s Media Development and Media Research (Zhongguo Meiti Fazhan Yanjiu Baogao). 2011.

Liu, Xue (2010). Pursuing the Media Ethic for Intercultural Communication. Social Sciences Abroad (Guowai Shehui Kexue). 2010 (3), 155-8.

Shan, Bo & Xue Liu (2009). Discourse Bias & Face-negotiation: Intercultural Analysis on Coverage of Wenchuan Earthquake. Communication & Society (Chuanbo Yu Shehui Xuekan). 2009(10), 135-156.

Liu, Xue & Zongping Xiang (2008). Civic Media Reform Movement in the U.S.A:

1920s-2007. Mass Communication Research (Xinwenxue Yanjiu). 2008 (97), 179-229.

Shan, Bo & Xue Liu (2007). The Democratic Implications, Inherent Nature and Problems of the American Media Reform Movement. China Media Reports (Zhongguo Chuanmei Baogao). 23(3), 4-17.

Liu, Xue (2007). The Transition of American Media in Recent Thirty Years. Hubei Social Sciences (Hubei Shehui Kexue). 2007 (10), 188-190.