S Asia Journalists workshop

South Asia’s Youth at Risk – Multimedia Storytelling by Young Journalists
International Center for Journalists (ICFJ)

Journalists from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and the Maldives are invited to apply to a program that aims to connect 21-30 year old journalists in South Asia for joint reporting projects that will explore topics relating to youth and the risks young people face in the region, while also training the journalists on responsible reporting in the digital age. The program, run by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, has two main components.

ICFJ will conduct a six-week online course for 80 journalists on digital expression. During the interactive course, participants will receive an introduction to in-depth reporting, weekly individual feedback from trainers on story progress, and lessons on Internet and document research. They will also learn interview techniques, how to generate support for a complex story in one’s newsroom, how to harness social media for reporting, and how to plan and execute a story plan and a multimedia package. Participants are required to propose story ideas related to the youth in their countries prior to starting the course so that they can rely on the online training to help them develop their stories for more in-depth reporting. The course will be conducted in four languages: English, Hindi, Pashto and Urdu. Daily translation will allow those of all languages to share ideas with the group.

ICFJ will follow the online course with a five-day conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka that will bring together the 30 best participants from the online course who propose the best projects. The projects will be grouped together for regional cooperation. The groupings will help each of the young journalists report their stories in a more responsible and informed way, and create a lasting change in the journalists’ understanding of one another’s cultures. Through these joint reporting projects, audiences throughout the region will benefit from more nuanced and in-depth reporting on critical cultural, religious and social issues. Project selections will be made before the Colombo conference, giving the journalists an opportunity to plan their reporting together. They will also present their projects to the larger conference group. The conference in Colombo will also include panel discussions, site visits and small group breakout meetings.

To apply for this program in English, click here. Applications are due January 1, 2013.

Studentship-intercultural and health

The development of intercultural competence among medical students
King’s College London

First supervisor: Shuangyu Li
Second supervisor: Ben Rampton
Division: Medical Education
Type of programme: 4 years
Project code: MELiS

Project description: There is growing recognition of the need to develop intercultural competence among medical students, and this is reflected in the GMC’s Tomorrow’s Doctors 2009 and DoH’s the Race Equality Action 2004. But research suggests that intercultural training lacks coherence in UK medical schools, and the situation of international students is also a source of concern. Within this problem-space, this studentship addresses 3 questions at the interface of medical education and linguistic ethnography:

– what kinds of contribution to intercultural competence development derive from which settings, taking into account the full range of formal and informal contexts in which medical students participate?

– how far and in what ways are the intercultural learning needs of home and international students complementary or divergent?

– what are the implications for training?

Objectives for each year:
Year 1: a. review training frameworks and facilities available in UK medical schools; b. develop research skills c. design research tools year
Year 2: a. conduct ethnographic investigation with medical students at KCL
Year 3: a. analysis data; b. consider publications in journals and conferences
Year 4: write up and disseminate results.

The studentship will draw on training provided both by the Centre for Language Discourse & Communication and the College’s ESRC Doctoral Training Centre, and it will be affiliated to the DTC’s Education, Mind and Society Theme.

Fulbright update-Adelman

Nov. 16th,  Mekelle University—Northern Ethiopia

Am nearing the end of my 42 day Fulbright appointment.  So many poignant moments to share.  15 students came to my home last night to make braided bracklets, compliments of my friend NIKKI, from BEADWORLD—60% men, 40% women; their focus, determination, energy was mindblowing, within an hour they made the bracklets and were so happy…now they must teach their classmates.  An older student said to me, “A teacher has never done this for us…”

Tomorrow is an ALL-DAY workshop for all 75 students in Public Speaking and Nonverbal Comm…am throwing a Public Speaking CONTEST next Weds. evening w/ PRIZES!

I’m giving a FINAL PARTY for all three classes, 75 students; the President of Mekelle U. is coming (with his wife), and about 10 faculty and friends…at a delicious, outdoor Pizza Restaurent, with pizza, drinks & dancing!

I got such a nice compliment from the guy who brought me to Ethiopia—he said, “I notice you teach the WHOLE 2 hours, most faculty are 1—1.5 hours; and you do all these extra lectures/workshops….we all agree you were the right Fulbrighter to bring here” – I was very touched.  It’s been fun, takes a lot of initiative to do anything here; easy to just slide by.  Last week, I gave a talk to faculty on SOLITUDE, expected about 4 to come; but 12 faculty came, including the DEAN (who is a poet and misses his solitude!)…we had such a great, lively discussion!  Not sure I could do a full year here—but I leave w/ so many great memories!

There are little reminders of life’s struggle here…although never verbalized.  When I grab the students’ arms to walk up stairs, I am always struck with how thin and fragile they are—even those that look “full body” are what we would call “skin & bones.”  A perpetual reminder of the minimal food, low protein here or in their past diet.  You do not see starvation, but people are so thin here.

One never knows the “real” background of their students.  I took this student, who I think is exceptional, out for coffee—to hear about her life plans.  She comes to class dressed so immaculately, so sparkling clean, her writing is great, she is outspoken, so quick and lively (unlike the sullen, taciturn females here).  I presumed she was from a middle-income, intact family.  Her mother died when she was about 8, only child, her father is a laborer.  She said, “I am very neat because it gives me confidence.  I don’t have any money, but I can be neat.”  She is studying Japanese/Chinese, and trying to learn as much as possible—she wants to enter politics and study political science…I find her inspiring.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Addis wants me to do a couple workshops in Public Speaking and also Nonverbal Communication—the US Embassy is working on dates and logistics…MFA heard about my “success” with govt. officials and PR people—now the “big wigs” want the workshop…I am totally jazzed to do this.

I will be very sad to leave…it really has been an amazing journey, of all kinds….

Mara Adelman, Ph.D.
Seattle University
Associate Professor
Department of Communication


CMM certificate

Beginning in the summer of 2013, Fitchburg State University in association with the CMM Institute, will offer a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Interdisciplinary Studies: Coordinated Management of Meaning through a combination of distance learning and real-time workshops and seminars. This is a 36 credit program for post-master’s level students. Students will complete 10 courses for a total of 30 credits and then complete a 6 credit thesis that would demonstrate the ability to apply CMM to real-world challenges. The faculty selected for this program are among the leading researchers in the field of CMM research and application. This certificate will be delivered through a combination of distance/online learning (synchronous and asynchronous) and on-campus workshops and seminars.

Career Opportunities
The Coordinated Management of Meaning CAGS program is a post-master’s academic certificate designed for candidates seeking to enhance their professional knowledge and skills. Graduates of this program may elect to go onto existing doctoral level programs that would support CMM as a research methodology.

“CMM has a rich past and has become one of the most important social science theories. More than an interpretive theory, it serves as a practical theory with applicability in many arenas. Students of this program will develop the capacity to help individuals and organizations understand and enhance their communication and action in ways that allow people to form better relationships and ultimately offer solutions to a number of human issues.”
–Dr. John Chetro-Szivos, Graduate Program Chair

Apply online or request a print application

Contact Admissions Office: (978)665-3144, admissions AT fitchburgstate.edu

Study abroad Greece 2013

5 weeks: May 19th to June 26th 2013

The Department of Communication at Villanova University announces its 2013 Summer Study Abroad in Greece program–and invites applications from undergraduate students across the United States. Admission is competitive; early action deadline for application is December 15, 2012. Interested students should contact the 2013 Program Director, Dr. Billie Murray (billie.murray AT villanova.edu), as soon as possible.

This unique five-week, 6-credit summer program is specially designed to give Communication students important insights into the origin of the discipline and its relevance to contemporary public discourse. The program travels throughout Greece–including stops in Athens, Delphi, and Tolo as well as the Greek islands of Mykonos, Santorini, and Crete–as it focuses on the history of the spoken word–and its relation to epic storytelling, oratory, drama, and the life of the polis.

The program consists of two team-taught courses, one focusing on ancient Greek rhetoric and democracy (taught by Dr. Billie Murray, Villanova University), and the other on the rhetorical function of myth (taught by Dr. Bryan Crable, Villanova University). The courses take place on ancient archaeological sites and on hotel grounds (including, often, the beach). The size of the program is also ideal, since two Villanova faculty members are accompanied by no more than 20 students, from universities across the country. This creates a unique learning environment, one that fosters a close intellectual and personal bond between students and faculty.

Scheduled site visits include the Athenian Acropolis, Agora, and Pnyx, Delphi,’s Temples of Apollo and Athena, Ancient Corinth, the Palace of Knossos on Crete, the sacred island of Delos, Agamemnon’s palace at Mycenae, and Epidaurus.  The program is housed in 3- and 4-star hotels throughout the duration of the trip, and program costs include tuition for 6 Villanova credits in COM, all land fees, all breakfasts, all site admissions, and in-country transportation via bus and ferry.

U Macau job ad

Distinguished / Full Professor of Communication Studies
Department of Communication
University of Macau

The University of Macau is a leading higher educational institution in Macao and is making strides towards becoming internationally recognized for its excellence in teaching, research and service to the community. The University is growing rapidly with a number of new strategic initiatives, including the relocation to a new campus and the establishment of the largest Residential College system in Asia. The new campus will be 20 times larger than the present one with a projected 40% increase in student enrollment and faculty size. English is the University’s working language.

The Department of Communication of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSH) invites applications for the position of Distinguished or Full Professor of Communication Studies. The Department of Communication currently offers broad-based curricula leading to BA and MA degrees embracing the full range of the field, including Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Mass Communication, New Media, Media and Cultural Studies, Cinema, International and Intercultural Communication and Media Production. It also hosts a lively PhD programme. The Department wishes to make a strategic appointment at a senior level that can both contribute to and complement existing departmental emphases. While the post is open to applicants from any area of Communication Studies, we are especially interested in candidates with leading international reputations for their research and whose academic expertise is relevant to the concerns of Macau, the Greater China region and/or Southeast Asia. The successful candidate will be expected to play a full leadership role in the department; where appropriate, this may include serving as Department head.
For academic enquiries, please contact FSH.Comm.enquiry AT umac.mo

Qualifications Candidates must hold a PhD in a relevant field, an international reputation for excellence in research, a distinguished publication record, a record of quality in teaching, experience working with graduate students and experience in curriculum design. The candidate should also possess excellent organizational qualities, communication skills and leadership ability. Candidates must be fluent in English and able to lecture and publish research in English. Ability to speak Chinese may be considered an asset, but is not necessary for the appointment.

The selected candidate is expected to assume duty in August 2013. Position and Remuneration Remuneration and appointment rank offered will be competitive and commensurate with the successful applicants’ academic qualification, current position and professional experience. The current local maximum income tax rate is 12% but is effectively around 5% – 7% after various discretionary exemptions. Review of applications will commence on 31 October 2012 and continue until the position is filled.

Application Procedure
Application should include a current curriculum vitae in English.
Applicants should visit http://www.umac.mo/vacancy for more details and apply ONLINE at Jobs AT UM (https://isw.umac.mo/recruitment/). Other contact points are:
Human Resources Office, University of Macau, Av. Padre Tomás Pereira, Taipa, Macau, Website: https://isw.umac.mo/recruitment/, E-mail: vacancy AT umac.mo

The effective position and salary index are subject to the Personnel Statute of the University of Macau in force. The University of Macau reserves the right not to appoint a candidate. Applicants with less qualification and experience can be offered lower position under special circumstances. ***Personal data provided by applicants will be kept confidential and used for recruitment purpose only***

GriffinHarte Foundation Grants

The GriffinHarte Foundation, a 501(c)(3), is accepting applications for small grants ($100-$1000) from individuals exploring civility and/or the ways their research contributes to an understanding of civility, civil discourses, and civil practices.  For more information, contact the GriffinHarte Foundation, or cindy AT griffinhartefoundation.org.  Deadline for grant applications is December 31, 2012.

Costa Rica study abroad


International Perspectives on Interracial Communication
The University of Georgia Costa Rica Study Abroad Program

If you are an undergraduate and graduate student interested in intercultural/interracial communication AND a study abroad experience, then the UGA Costa Rica Study Abroad program is just for them!! From June 6 to July 3, 2013, Students travel the beautiful country of Costa Rica with a leading scholar of race and culture while earning 3 or 6 credit hours. This program is taught by Dr. Tina M. Harris (interracial communication). By enrolling in this program for upper or graduate level course credit, students gain the invaluable experience of culture, country, and communication. During this program, students will explore multiple regions of Costa Rica on group excursions, including white water rafting, hiking rain forests, and spending time with indigenous people of the country. The program costs $3,300 plus in-state UGA tuition and fees. The cost of the program covers lodging and most meals (e.g., some meals on are your own), study abroad insurance, in-country transportation on program excursions and programmed group activities, and entry fees to national parks, museums, etc. included in the program itinerary. Additional costs include some meals, personal items, airfare, and departure tax upon leaving Costa Rica. Non-UGA students are eligible, pay in-state fees, and are welcome to apply! More information on deadlines, deposit due dates, and other application and program information are available here.

Students recommended by other communication faculty/scholars will be given strong consideration. Dr. Tina M. Harris (Program Director and Instructor) can be contacted directly at tmharris AT uga.edu or ugacr AT uga.edu or call 706-425-3318


CFP War & Peace as liberal arts

Call for Papers or Proposals:  War and Peace as Liberal Arts

Twelfth Annual Conversation on the Liberal Arts
February 21 – 23, 2013
The Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts
Westmont College
Santa Barbara, California

Featured Speaker: Michael Walzer
Additional Speakers: Jean Bethke-Elshtain, Sherman Jackson, Duncan Morrow,
Chris Eberle, Helen Frowe, Eric Patterson, Gerald Mast

The Gaede Institute for the Liberal Arts at Westmont College invites proposals for papers on the theme of War and Peace as Liberal Arts. We seek submissions from scholars across the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences addressing issues in their field related to war and peace. We also seek submissions from practitioners of peacemaking and conflict resolution. Finally, we seek submissions on the teaching of war and peace, and on curricular and programmatic initiatives dedicated to studying war and peace. We hope that all submissions might connect to the question. How can a liberal arts education equip students to engage justly and effectively in issues of war and peace? Some concurrent sessions will be dedicated to outstanding student work. Please encourage your students to submit a proposal.

One of the highlights of the Conversation on the Liberal Arts, as the name suggests, is the rich discussion it provokes. We hope for an extended conversation among all participants on issues around war and peace and the liberal arts. We anticipate that all participants will take part in the entire conference, and to be active participants in the extensive discussion times in plenary sessions. Papers accepted for concurrent sessions will be distributed in advance, and these sessions will be dedicated primarily to discussion of the paper after a brief introduction by the author and a brief response.

Please submit either a completed paper (maximum 25 pages in English) or a 350-word abstract electronically to libarts@westmont.edu. Complete papers are preferred. (All standard academic citation and formatting styles will be accepted, but we prefer Chicago Manual of Style). Be sure to include: 1) First author’s full name, academic rank or job title, name of institution or organization, and contact information, mail, phone, and email; 2) Full names, ranks or titles, and institutions/organizations of all co-authors; 3) Title of abstract or paper. All student work should be clearly labeled as student work.

Proposals must be received by November 30, 2012. Those submitting will be contacted early December with a decision on the acceptance of their proposal or paper. If an abstract/proposal is accepted, the full paper should be submitted by January 15, 2013. If you do not receive confirmation of your submission within a couple of days, please re-send.

Selected papers may be developed for publication following the conference. Proceedings from previous Conversations on the Liberal Arts are available from the Gaede Institute.

U Leeds doctoral scholarships

There are 2 types of doctoral scholarships available at the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds, for studies starting 2013-2014.

ESRC White Rose Doctoral Training Centre Studentship

The University of Leeds has been allocated a number of studentships as part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre, a major collaboration between the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. One of these awards is for study at the Institute of Communications Studies and is available on either a 1+3 or +3 basis.

The awards are for study commencing 1 October 2013, and cover full fees and maintenance. Closing date for applications: 1 February 2013.

ICS Full Scholarships

The Institute of Communications Studies is offering a number of PhD Scholarships for study commencing in September/October 2013. The scholarships cover full maintenance and fees equivalent to the Home/EU rate, for a period of three years. They are intended to support full-time study leading to a PhD in any area of the Institute’s research activities, and are open to both home/EU and international applicants. Closing date for applications is 1 May 2013.

Further details for both can be found at http://ics.leeds.ac.uk/pg/phd/