University of Otago

On February 7, 2012 I presented “Integrating new technologies into higher education pedagogy in the United States: What problems do they solve? What problems do they create?” at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand.

U of OtagoMy thanks to Dr. Masataka Yamaguchi, of the Department of Languages and Cultures, for organizing my talk, Prof. Simon Ryan, Head of that department, for hosting a faculty lunch, and David Paterno, a graduate student in Communication, for managing the logistics of my stay.

U of Otago
Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Masataka Yamaguchi, David Paterno

For those who have not yet visited Dunedin, the entire area is just stunning. I had the opportunity to see albatrosses, blue penguins, fur seals, and had a possible wild kiwi sighting on campus at Knox College. There are high cliffs at the edge of the ocean both north and south of Dunedin, and in center city is Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Penn State postdoc

The Institute for Information Policy at the College of Communications at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a postdoctoral fellow. This is a one-year full time position beginning in July 2012, which may be renewed for an additional year.

The appointee will be expected to serve as managing editor of the Journal of Information Policy, an online academic journal (www.jip-online.co.il), support the work of the Institute in the ongoing managing of the journal and the research forum it is affiliated with, and to contribute to the ongoing work of the Institute. The appointee is also expected to participate in the preparation and presentation of research generated at the Institute, and author, co-author or collaborate on reports, conference papers, publications and other outputs. The appointee will be encouraged to further develop her or his own research agenda. An opportunity to teach in the College’s undergraduate program may also be available for additional compensation.

A Ph.D. in communications or a related field obtained by the time of appointment and a research focus in communication and information policy is required. A publication record in the field is an advantage.

The Institute for Information Policy (IIP), created in 1997 at the College of Communications, conducts sponsored research and self-funded programs on the social implications of information technology, with an emphasis on the potential of information technologies for improving democratic discourse, social responsibility, and quality of life. For a review of recent projects see the Institute’s web page http://comm.psu.edu/about/centers/institute-for-information-policy/institute-for-information-policy
To apply, please submit the following by email to pennstateiip@psu.edu:
1. CV
2. Cover letter
3. One page statement of research agenda and interests
4. Official academic transcripts
5. Names and addresses of three academic references

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Final appointment to the position is subject to approval of funding. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Richard D. Taylor and Amit M. Schejter
Co-directors
Institute for Information Policy
College of Communications
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802

Public Anthropology book competition

The California Series in Public Anthropology is continuing its International Competition in 2012. It seeks proposals for short books oriented toward undergraduates that focus on how social scientists are facilitating social change. We are looking for accessible, grounded accounts that present compelling stories, stories that inspire others.

The proposals should describe a book that will be relatively short – around 100 pages – with a personal touch that captures the lives of people. The core of the book should involve stories of one or more social scientists as change agents, as making a difference in the world.

The University of California Press in association with the Center for a Public Anthropology will award publishing contracts for up to three such book proposals independent of whether the manuscripts themselves have been completed. The proposals can describe work the author wishes to undertake in the near future.

Interested individuals should submit a 3-4,000 word overview of their proposed manuscript detailing (a) the problem addressed as well as (b) a summary of what each chapter covers. The proposal should be written in a manner that non-academic readers find interesting and thought-provoking.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS MARCH 1, 2012

Submissions should be emailed to: bookseries@publicanthropology.org with the relevant material enclosed as attachments.

Naomi Schneider and Rob Borofsky, Co-Editors, California Series in Public Anthropology

The Center for a Public Anthropology is a non-profit organization that encourages scholars and their students to address public problems in public ways.

Westminster College postdoc

Westminster College in Salt Lake City seeks applicants for a Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship in Speech

Applicants for the Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship in Speech must have a doctoral degree (Ph.D. or Ed.D.) in hand by August 2012. While the primary responsibility of this position is teaching SPCH 111 Public Presentations LE (a required course in the Liberal Education curriculum), the committee invites applicants from a broad range of interdisciplinary perspectives (such as communication studies, media studies, cultural studies, gender studies, ethnic studies, mass communications, and more). Qualified candidates must possess successful teaching experience in a public speaking or hybrid (public speaking plus introduction to human communication) course. We seek candidates with experiences, skills, and potential to provide mentoring support to historically underrepresented students (such as students of color, Native American students, LGBT students, students with disabilities, and first-generation college students).

For a complete job posting including application instructions, please navigate to the online job board.

NCA IICD distinguished scholarship awards

Call for Nominations:
NCA IICD 2012 Distinguished Scholarship Awards

Nominations are invited for the NCA Distinguished Scholarship Annual Awards by the International and Intercultural Communication Division for scholarship published during 2011 in the areas of international and intercultural communication. Up to four awards will be given for the following categories featuring work in international and intercultural communication:
· Best Book (edited or authored)
· Best Article (or Book Chapter)
· Best Dissertation and/or Master’s Thesis

Unless otherwise specified, all nomination materials must be by electronic submission only to: ymiike@hawaii.edu and must include the following:
(A) A nomination letter outlining justification for the award.
(B) For ARTICLE or BOOK CHAPTER submissions, send PDF copies only.
(C) For BOOK submissions, send three (3) copies of the complete work. (You may ask your publishers to send copies directly as part of their promo!)
(D) For DISSERTATION or THESIS submissions, mail three (3) CD-Rom copies of the complete work.

Mail hard copies (for C & D) to:
Dr. Yoshitaka Miike
Department of Communication
Humanities Division
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4091, USA
E-mail: ymiike@hawaii.edu

Awards will be presented at the International and Intercultural Communication Division Business Meeting at the NCA 2012 Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida in November. Recipients of the awards will be notified by September 1, 2012 and are expected to be present for the award presentations. Self, peer, or advisor nominations accepted. Works must have been published during the 2011 calendar year.

Nomination packets must be received by April 15, 2012.

Sara DeTurk

RESEARCHER PROFILE

Sara DeTurk is an associate professor of communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her research focuses on dialogue, identity (especially whiteness), alliances across difference, and social change activism. Her doctoral dissertation (Arizona State University, 2004) was a phenomenological study of an intergroup dialogue program. She also holds an M.Ed. in international education and a B.A. in psychology. Her publications include the following:

DeTurk, S. (2011). Allies in action: The communicative experiences of people who challenge social injustice on behalf of others. Communication Quarterly, 59 (5), 1-21.

DeTurk, S. (2011). “I need to know”:  Conditions that encourage and constrain intercultural dialogue.  Journal of Intergroup Relations, 35 (1), 37-60.

DeTurk, S. (2010). “Quit whining and tell me about your experiences!”:  (In)tolerance, pragmatism, and muting in intergroup dialogue. In R. T. Halualani & T. K. Nakayama (Eds.), The Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

DeTurk, S., &  Foster, E. (2008). Dialogue about dialogue:  Investigating intersubjectivity in interview research. Qualitative Research Journal, 8 (2), 14-27.

DeTurk, S. (2006).  The power of dialogue:  Consequences of intergroup dialogue and their implications for agency and alliance building.  Communication Quarterly, 54, 33-51.

DeTurk, S. (2005).  “When I was white”:  Semiosis of whiteness, race, and sociocultural diversity in contemporary U.S. culture.  Journal of Intergroup Relations, 32 (1), 40-60.

Broome, B. J., DeTurk, S., Kristjansdottir, E., Kanata, T., & Ganesan, P. (2002).  Giving voice to diversity: An interactive approach to conflict management and decision-making in culturally diverse work environments.  Journal of Business and Management, 8 (3), 1-26.

DeTurk, S. (2001).  Intercultural empathy:  Myth, competency, or possibility for alliance building?  Communication Education, 50 (4), 374-384.

She is currently conducting ethnographic research on a social change organization in San Antonio.

Marymount Manhattan job ad

Marymount Manhattan College seeks applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Communication Arts with a specialization in interpersonal and intercultural communication to begin Fall 2012. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field by the time of appointment, a demonstrated record of teaching excellence, a commitment to service, and an active research agenda. Responsibilities include teaching courses in interpersonal communication and intercultural communication and one or more of the following areas: race and ethnicity, social activism, and organizational communication; service to the College; and successful pursuit of a research agenda leading to publication. Applicants will send a letter of application, curriculum vitae (including names and contact information of three references) and evidence of teaching effectiveness to the search committee chair: LauraTropp, Ph.D. Department of Communication Arts Marymount Manhattan College 221 East 71st St. New York, NY 10021 ltropp@mmm.edu

Application materials are due January 31, 2012.

This position is subject to final budget approval.  Please refer to the college website, www.mmm.edu  and catalogue for course program and information. Marymount Manhattan College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

Marymount Manhattan job ad #2

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts in Critical Media Studies

Marymount Manhattan College seeks applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Critical Media Studies to begin Fall 2012.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field by the time of appointment, a demonstrated record of teaching excellence, a commitment to service, and an active research agenda.

Responsibilities include teaching courses that cover a range of media from critical, theoretical, and historical perspectives and at least two of the following areas: race and ethnicity, emerging technologies, global media, gender and sexuality, and media industries; service to the College; and successful pursuit of a research agenda leading to publication.

Applicants will send a letter of application, curriculum vitae (including names and contact information of three references) and evidence of teaching effectiveness to the search committee chair:

Peter Schaefer, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Arts
Marymount Manhattan College
221 East 71st Street
New York, NY  10021
pschaefer@mmm.edu

Application materials are due January 31, 2012.

This position is subject to final budget approval.  Please refer to the college website, www.mmm.edu  and catalogue for course program and information. Marymount Manhattan College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.

U Colorado Denver-Beijing job ad

Communication Instructor
International College at Beijing Program
University of Colorado Denver

The University of Colorado Denver (UCD) Department of Communication invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track Instructor position at the International College at Beijing (ICB). The job will commence in September, 2012; multi-year renewals are a possibility.

Located in the Haidian District of Beijing (China’s silicon alley), ICB is an international partnership between the China Agricultural University and the University of Colorado Denver that offers complete undergraduate programs in Economics and Communication. All courses are administered and taught by UCD faculty in English, and the degree earned is awarded by UCD. For more information about the UCD/ICB program, please see the stories included in the UCD Department of Communication’s 2011 newsletter, “InterAction“.

The teaching load is 4 courses each semester. The instructor will be responsible primarily for teaching Fundamentals of Communication but may teach some other basic level courses as well. Base pay is $45,000 for the year. Instructors also receive two round-trip airline tickets between Beijing and the US, international health insurance, and free on-campus housing. Semesters are 14 weeks long; the fall semester begins in mid-September, and the spring semester begins in mid-February.

The successful applicant will possess a Ph.D. in communication, experience teaching in an international setting, and a personal and scholarly interest in diverse cultures. Fluency in Mandarin is also highly valued, as is an active research agenda.

Interested applicants must apply through www.jobsatcu.com using posting number 815913. Submit a vita, cover letter, a syllabus for a Fundamentals of Communication course, and a list of at least three references. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2012. Finalists for the position will be interviewed between February 17 and 21, 2012.

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at http://www.cu.edu/pbs/. UCD is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

For more information, please contact Dr. Sonja Foss (Sonja.Foss@ucdenver.edu).
To apply, visit: www.jobsatcu.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=67182

Baruch College job ad

The Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College is seeking applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Communication Studies to begin Fall 2012. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in research, teaching, and college service. We seek a communication studies generalist with a research background in the social sciences or humanities and with the ability to contribute to the development of a planned new communication studies major in the department. Candidates should be equipped to teach existing undergraduate and graduate courses in the department, and have expertise in one or more of the following areas: business communication, communication theory, digital media, diversity studies, group communication, international communication, media analysis, public address, and rhetorical criticism.

Baruch College, located in midtown Manhattan, is a senior college of the City University of New York and is recognized as among the most diverse colleges in the nation. The Department of Communication Studies offers a B.A. degree in Business Communication, an M.A. in Corporate Communication, and a minor in Communication Studies; a B.A. in Communication Studies is planned. The Department serves several hundred undergraduate majors and minors, 70 graduate students, and 2000 undergraduate students in the basic course. Subfields represented include argumentation, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, media studies, organizational communication, and public relations. For more information, please see http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/wsas/academics/communication/index.htm

To ensure full consideration, an applicant should send a CV, three letters of reference, evidence of teaching excellence, and representative publications by January 15, 2012 to
Professor Jana O’Keefe Bazzoni
Chair, Department of Communication Studies
Baruch College
Box B 8-240
1 Bernard Baruch Way
New York, NY 10010

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Baruch College is an AA/EO/IRCA/ADA employer.