NCA 2011

On November 20, 2011 I presented “Learning to walk like a local: Applying Goffman’s theory of face to pedestrian behavior” at the National Communication Association convention held in New Orleans, LA. My co-author for the paper was Prof Yves Winkin, Director of the Institut Français de l’Education in Lyon, France, and we divided up the presentation. My thanks to Prof. Beth Haslett for organzing the panel, and inviting us to participate.

While at NCA I met with several members of the Advisory Board of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue (Profs Donal Carbaugh and Barbara Hines) as well as the Center’s Technology adviser, Dr. Brenda Berkelaar, and the President of the Council of Communication Associations, Prof. Patrice Buzzanell. I also met with dozens of scholars about the Center, participated in business meetings for several divisions of NCA and, of course, attended sessions. A number of those who participated in the NCA Summer Conference on Intercultural Dialogue in 2009 were at NCA, and I had a chance to talk with at least half a dozen. Several people made very good suggestions for additions to the website – so look for what’s new in the coming months!

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue


Randolph-Macon College job ad

Randolph-Macon College is seeking an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies to teach advanced undergraduate courses in interpersonal, group, and intercultural communication. This faculty member will join her or his communication studies colleagues in teaching core theory/research courses in major, in team-teaching a proposed general education introduction to the discipline, in providing some basic instruction in communication skills, and in occasionally offering an interdisciplinary seminar in the college’s “first-year experience” program.

More specifically, a typical year’s schedule for this position would be:
2 advanced undergraduate courses in interpersonal, group, or intercultural communication (6 credit hours);
either Communication Theory, Communication Research Methods, or Senior Seminar (3 credit hours);
2 sections of COMM 215–Interpersonal and Small Group Communication (6 credit hours);
Team-teaching 2 sections of a proposed Introduction to Communication Studies (2 credit hours);
Providing speech communication instruction embedded in 8 “first-year experience” courses (4 credit hours; 24-48 clock hours);

The successful candidate, then, would typically have an annual 21 credit hour teaching load. The college norm for full-time faculty is between 20 and 22.

Ph.D. in communication studies or closely related discipline should be in-hand or anticipated by 9/1/12. Teaching experienced, preferably at the undergraduate level, is required, as is potential for significant professional activity in faculty member’s area of specialization. Familiarity with a liberal arts college environment as either a faculty member ir a student desirable.

Randolph-Macon  College is a traditional, residential liberal arts college growing to an enrollment of 1,500 undergraduates. It is located in central Virginia, 15 miles North of Richmond and 90 miles South of Washington, DC.

The communication studies major and department are new, the major approved in 10/11 and the department formed in 7/11. Enrollment is healthy, and new courses are already being added. The major situates itself in the liberal arts context by integrating coursework in rhetoric, mass communication, and the broadly-defined interpersonal area and by emphasizing the theory and research of the discipline while not neglecting its applied dimensions.

Randolph-Macon College is an equal opportunity employer. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Letters of application, a curriculum vitae, and at least three letters of recommendation should be sent to Communication Studies Search, c/o Susan Timberlake, Randolph-Macon College, P.O. Box 5005, Ashland, VA 23005. Materials may be submitted electronically to

ASU Tempe job ad

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University is seeking a tenure-earning assistant professor in communication studies and new media to begin in Fall 2012. Successful applicants will articulate teaching and research efforts in relation to our School’s mission within the New American University model. Our mission aims to produce transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching that responds to pressing issues in the world today. Specifically, we seek a new media scholar whose interests align with our research initiatives in strategic communication; health communication; conflict transformation; wellness and work-life; as well as our core expertise in interpersonal, intercultural, and organizational communication, rhetoric and performance studies. We are searching for an outstanding candidate whose teaching, research, and service complements our vibrant faculty and program. This position includes: teaching courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels; establishing and maintaining an ongoing research program in area of specialty; contributing to curriculum development; seeking external research funding; serving on school, college, and university committees; assisting with recruitment of students for ASU and the program; and, providing service to professional associations and the community. Salary will be competitive based on qualifications. Required: Applicant must hold a Ph.D. in communication or related field at the time of appointment; evidence of excellence in teaching and research at the postsecondary level.

Demonstrated evidence of experience in research methodology.
Successful experience teaching/assisting in a large lecture format class.
Expertise in new media.
Evidence of ability to seek and secure external funding support.

The HDSHC includes 23 full-time faculty members and offers the BA, BS, MIP, and Ph.D. degrees in communication. The School offers laboratory facilities, computer resources, project support, grant development support, and a performance studio. The Main Campus is located in Tempe, a progressive suburb of Phoenix. Our location offers the resources of a major metropolitan area (5+ million) in a state with spectacular natural scenery and recreational areas, sublime winters, and a culturally rich population.

The postmarked application deadline is January 6, 2012; if the position is not filled, then applications will be accepted every subsequent Friday until search is closed. Applicants must submit a cover letter specifying interest in the position and how their qualifications match the required and desired qualifications; curriculum vitae; names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references; evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g. syllabi, teaching evaluations); and evidence of excellence in scholarship (e.g. reprints of published articles). A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to excellence through diversity. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement can be found at:

Address application materials to: Dr. Steven Corman, Search Committee Chair The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication Arizona State University P. O. Box 871205 (regular mail) Tempe, AZ 85287-1205 or 950 S. Forest Ave., room A412 (express mail) Tempe, AZ 85281 For additional information: HDSHC Strategic Initiatives: ASU, A New American University: Email:

Northeastern U job ad

The Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin September 1, 2012. The candidate must have an earned doctorate by August 2012 in Communication or a related field. We are seeking candidates who will excel in the research and teaching of digital communications (e.g., youth, global development, social change and protest) and social networking services (e.g., Facebook, Google+, bookmarking). We are open to a range of methodological approaches and welcome multi- and inter-disciplinary scholarship though we are interested in candidates capable of teaching research methods or communication theory from a social science perspective. The successful candidate must be able to document teaching excellence and to speak to the importance of achieving and maintaining diversity in higher education. Women and members of underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Department of Communication Studies is committed to excellence in research and teaching within a broad framework of experiential education and community engagement. Communication Studies is primarily an undergraduate-serving department with courses that range across a number of areas such as rhetorical studies, organizational communication, health communication, digital communications, and intercultural communication.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on December 5, 2011 and full consideration will be given to applications received by December 30, 2011. Each applicant should send a letter that addresses the selection criteria and indicates how her/his background and expertise fit with the needs of the department. Samples of scholarship, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information of at least three references should accompany the letter. To apply, visit the College of Arts, Media and Design website at and click on the Faculty Positions button.

Applicant with questions pertaining to the search should call Prof. Tom Nakayama, Search Committee Chair, at:  617-373-7342 or email at

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston and a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. Northeastern University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Title IX Employer.

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. 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 information about the Department of Communication Studies, please see

To apply, please visit and follow the instructions under “How to Apply Online.”

Politécnico de Coimbra

On November 8, 2011, I presented a talk entitled “Intercultural weddings and the simultaneous display of multiple identities” to the Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra, Politécnico de Coimbra, Portugal.

Coimbra posterOn November 9, 2011, I presented another talk entitled “Constructing a community of practice around the scholarship of teaching and learning: The role of centers for teaching excellence” to the Centro de Inovação e Estudo da Pedagogia no Ensino Superior, also part of the Politécnico de Coimbra.

My host was Dr. Susana Gonçalves, Director of the Centro de Inovação e Estudo da Pedagogia no Ensino Superior (Center for Innovation and Higher Education Pedagogy) at the Politécnico.
After the talk, Susana, her colleague Mark Carpenter, and Dr. Maria João Pinto Cardoso, the Vice President of the Politécnico, made time for lunch and followup conversation about future activities.

My thanks to Susana for inviting me to come to Coimbra, and to Mark and his wife Carmo, for offering me and my husband gracious hospitality at their home for our few days in Coimbra. Mark and Susana made time to give us the grand tour of the old city.

While in Coimbra, I had time to meet with Dr. Nancy Duxbury, a Canadian scholar I had not seen in several years, currently part of the Research Group on Cities, Culture and Architecture, a project of the Centro de Estudos Scoials at the Universidade de Coimbra.

I look forward to future connections with all of these colleagues.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Arizona State University job ad

The Communication program at Arizona State University (Downtown campus) seeks a tenure-track assistant professor in rhetoric, cultural communication or community advocacy.
Teaching load is 2/2 for tenure-track faculty with significant research agenda. Teaching opportunities are at upper-division undergraduate level including potential for curriculum development. Faculty are eligible to apply for graduate faculty status in the MA and Ph.D. programs at ASU Tempe campus. Service required appropriate to rank.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in Communication by time of hire; college-level teaching experience appropriate to rank; an established record of research using rhetorical or qualitative methods appropriate to rank; a commitment to working in multicultural settings;  a commitment to multidisciplinary scholarship and evidence of department, college, community and/or professional service appropriate to rank.
Research interests in one of our core emphasis areas, demonstrated commitment to community engagement, place­based inquiry, and use­inspired research consistent with mission of a New American University.

5:00pm, December 2, 2011; if not filled, then every Monday thereafter until search is closed.
Applicants must send the following: Cover letter, curriculum vita, teaching philosophy, and names of three references with complete contact information electronically to Search Committee (Assistant Professor -Communication #9959), as one complete electronic PDF file to Kim Haren ( DO NOT send your application letter, vita, names of references, etc., as separate files or your application will be considered incomplete.  We do not accept incomplete applications.

ASU Downtown is participating in an exciting interdisciplinary communication degree program. The major offers three areas of emphasis: Law and Community Advocacy, Communication and Culture, and Communication, Technology & Society.  There are multiple opportunities to make interdisciplinary connections of one kind or another with our faculty in Philosophy and other humanities.
Academic year contract – 8/16/12 THROUGH 5/15/13. Salary contingent upon qualifications and assigned teaching load. Background check required prior to employment.  ASU is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.  Women and members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

U Dubuque job ad

The University of Dubuque invites applications for a full-time faculty position in communication, with an emphasis in intercultural communication, beginning August, 2012.  Preferred qualifications include an earned doctorate in communication, teaching experience, and interest in teaching in the master’s degree program in Organizational Communication and Leadership. Secondary specialization in visual-digital rhetoric, Integrated Communication, or market- or media-related communication is desirable. Primary responsibilities include teaching 24 credit hours per year, advising students, maintaining a scholarship agenda, and participating in the broader life of the University.

The University of Dubuque (UD) was founded in 1852 and maintains its historic ties to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).  Since the late 1990s, UD has transformed itself into a mission-driven, learning-centered Christian university serving approximately 1600 traditional undergraduate students and 400 graduate, non-traditional, and seminary students.  Eighty full-time faculty members are committed to serving an undergraduate student population that includes over 25% students of color and over 50% students categorized as first generation and/or low income.  In 2011, Washington Monthly recognized UD’s commitment to its mission by ranking it #13 nationally in the baccalaureate category for contribution to the public good.  A $30 million Performing Arts, Campus, and Worship Center, scheduled to open in 2013, will add to over $100 million in new facilities built since 2000.  More information about the University of Dubuque and its mission can be found at http://www.dbq.ed/UDMissionVisionAction2010.pdf.

Dubuque, Iowa, is a city of 60,000 perched on the bluffs of the Mississippi River.  It serves as the cultural and economic center for 250,000 residents in the Iowa/Wisconsin/Illinois tri-state area. A growing economy, vibrant cultural life, and setting of natural beauty contribute to a high qualify of life.  Dubuque has been named one of America’s greenest cities and one the most livable small cities in America.  More information can be found at

To apply, please send the following application materials electronically to
1) UD application (available online at,
2) A letter of introduction summarizing your interest in and qualifications for the position,
3) A current resume/vitae,
4) An official transcript for the highest degree held,
5) A statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and
6) Contact information for three professional references.

Applications will be reviewed as received and accepted until the position is filled. The University of Dubuque is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and persons of color.

New York U job ad

Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
Assistant Professor

The Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies at New York University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in the cultural study of the Middle East at the assistant professor level, to begin September 1, 2012, pending budgetary and administrative approval. We seek a scholar who can contribute to the department’s graduate track in Culture and Representation, which focuses on the history, politics, and theories of representation as they relate to Middle Eastern cultures within an interdisciplinary framework. The department welcomes candidates from different disciplines in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and from across the broader geography of the Islamic world (interest in Turkey or the Maghrib is desirable). Candidates must have the Ph.D. by the time of appointment, demonstrate potential for superior scholarly accomplishment, and be prepared to teach a wide range of graduate and undergraduate courses and to supervise doctoral dissertation research.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2011. To apply see the NYU Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies web site at via the “Employment” link to submit a detailed cover letter describing research and teaching experience, c.v., writing samples, and the names of three referees.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

5th Brazil-US Colloquium on Communication Research

V Colóquio Brasil – Estados Unidos de Estudos da Comunicação
5th Brazil-US Colloquium on Communication Research

Dr. Sonia Virgínia Moreira of INTERCOM—the Brazilian Society of Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication, the School of Communication at Illinois State University (Dr. John Baldwin) and the College of Communication at DePaul University (Dr. Jacqueline Taylor) invite you to submit completed papers to the 5th Brazil-U.S. Colloquium on Communication Research. The deadline for receipt of completed papers is February 1, 2012.

CONFERENCE OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the Colloquium is to bring together Brazilian and United States researchers who work in the field of communication in order to discuss current topics in theory, method, and community engagement. More specifically, this conference aspires to foster a dynamic and intellectually stimulating dialogue between communication scholars from both countries—encouraging the participation and exchange of communication professors and students —and promoting the production of comparative analyses and joint projects related to on-going debates in communication research.

WHEN and WHERE: The biennial conference will take place at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Papers will be presented in English or Portuguese (translation available as necessary). The conference will be August 7-8, 2012.

CONFERENCE TOPIC: The central conference theme is Communication and Community Engagement. Following are some suggested thematic areas:
1.   Communication Research and Community Engagement: Linking theory and research to community efforts, growth and change.  (Engagamento social da comunicação e a pesquisa)
2.   Media Literacy and Critical Inquiry: Providing critical tools for analysis, assessment and production of media content. Using media literacy to enhance community leadership and development. Transforming media consumption into an active process, and using independent media for active citizenship. (Educação para a leitura crítica da mídia)
3.   Social, Interactive, and Participatory Media: Researching the effect of Internet use on public and social life. Focus on social networking sites—such as Facebook, Orkut, Twitter, etc—and community engagement in social media across cultures and borders.
4.   F2F Communication: Including studies on interpersonal (persuasion, message production and reception, nonverbal communication, organizational/small-group, communication among cultural, age-based, or other social groups), or relational communication.
5.   Public Relations and Commercial Media: Including studies on advertising, marketing and communication.

NOTE: Papers in any session may include comparisons between communication issues both in Brazil and the U.S., but may also analyze an issue related to a singular country.  We encourage theme-related papers but will consider all submissions.

Each session will have a coordinator with two to four papers, with discussion

Paper Requirements
*Submission of proposals to the National Colloquium Coordinator
*Indication of the thematic group desired (if any)
*Summary of paper (250 words maximum
*Complete paper (6.000 words maximum, Times New Roman, 12-pt font)
*Hold at least a Master’s Degree
*Brief CV (100 words maximum)

Where to submit papers:
Participantes brasileiros – inscrição pelo website do congresso em
American participants – send by email to: John R. Baldwin –