Paris-UNESCO experts meeting

On September 21-22, 2011 I participated in the UNESCO Experts Meeting on Intercultural Competences at their headquarters in Paris. My thanks to Dr. Katérina Stenou, on this Center’s Advisory Board, for including me.

The goal of the meeting was to respond to a series of regional reports (prepared by Drs. Milena Dragicevic Sesis of Belgrade, Serbia; Alejandro Grimson of Buenos Aires, Argentina; Prue Holmes formerly of New Zealand but now in Durham, UK; Melissa Steyn of Cape Town, South Africa; and Magdi Youssef formerly of Egypt, but now in London, UK) and the synthesis of these prepared by Dr. Darla Deardorff (North Carolina, USA). The other respondents were Drs. Noureddine Affaya (Rabat, Morocco), Eric Cattelain (Bordeaux, France), Yolanda Onghena (Barcelona, Spain), Hanna Schissler (Berlin, German), and Yves Winkin (Lyon, France). On the second day we were joined by a large group of UNESCO Chairs on Interreligious Dialogue for Intercultural Understanding.

We were too busy working to take photographs, but the next day I had time to see the exhibit “Go West!” (a collaboration between artists in Paris and Texas) at UNESCO headquarters.


Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Texas A & M University job ad

Texas A&M University, Department of Communication

The Department of Communication at TAMU invites applications for a tenured position at the Associate or Full Professor level in Civic Dialogue and Leadership starting September 1, 2012.  All methodological and theoretical orientations are acceptable so long as the scholarship focuses on the interrelationships among civic discourse, leadership, and democratic practice.  Possible areas of expertise include: political communication and the interrelationships of democratic government, elections, and new media; argumentation and advocacy in the public sphere; social movements; public dialogue, public deliberation, and participatory democracy; public discourse and conflict management; intergroup dialogues regarding diversity, ethnicity, race, and gender; difference, dialogue, and multiculturalism, organizational communication and workplace representation; formal and informal leadership practices and workplace democracy; corporate social responsibility; communication technologies, web 2.0, and political campaigns; the role of new media technologies in civic and/or political dialogues; and community dialogues around health.

To receive fullest consideration, applicants should apply by November 1, 2011, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.  Interested candidates should mail a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to J. Kevin Barge (kbarge@tamu.edu).   Chair of Committee, Department of Communication, 4234 TAMU, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4234. Phone: (979) 845-5500; FAX: (979) 845-6594 (emailed applications will not be accepted).

The department offers the PhD, MA, and BA degrees. It has 21 tenure-track faculty members, 60 graduate students, and 1000 undergraduate majors. Texas A&M is the fourth largest university in the United States. The student body includes 23% African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaskan Native students and over 4300 international students from 126 countries. It ranks among the highest nationally in number of national merit scholars, total research expenditures, and total endowment funds. Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is deeply committed to diversity, and responds to the needs of dual-career couples.

North Carolina State U job ad

The Department of English at North Carolina State University is searching for a new faculty member to join its programs in technical communication, professional writing, and digital media. The position is listed at the rank of Assistant Professor but exceptional candidates will be considered for appointment at a higher rank.

Position Description: Duties include teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in technical communication, digital media, professional writing, and/or rhetoric of science and technology (2-2 base teaching load for assistant professors), as well as maintaining an active research and publication program and participating in scholarly and university service. Applicants with research and teaching interests in international and global issues in technical communication will receive primary consideration; those with strengths in multimedia design and production, digital media theory, project management, computer-supported cooperative work, and rhetoric of science and technology may also be considered. We are interested in strengthening connections with industry and increasing opportunities for industry-based or grant-supported research and instructional projects.

Qualifications: Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in technical communication, rhetoric, or a related field, completed by August 15, 2012, and evidence of promise in research and teaching related to departmental programs and the areas of interest listed above.
Information about Department and Programs: Technical communication programs at NC State are well established within the Department of English and include courses within an undergraduate concentration in Language, Writing, and Rhetoric, a minor and a master’s degree in Technical Communication, and an interdisciplinary doctoral program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media that incorporates technical communication. There is a large service program in technical, business, and scientific writing and a nationally innovative Campus Writing and Speaking Program that works to incorporate writing and speaking experiences within undergraduate instruction across the curriculum. The Department’s 55 tenure-track faculty members include 11 in rhetoric, technical communication, and composition.

Instructions for Applicants: Please use the NC State University employment web portal; we cannot consider applications submitted in any other way. Upload letter of application (addressed to Antony H. Harrison, Department Head, and referencing the position title Assistant Professor in Rhetoric and Technical Communication and position number 00065227), CV, and contact information for at least three references. Three letters of reference, a writing sample, and teaching materials and evaluations may be requested later. Screening of applications will begin October 15 and will continue until position is filled. North Carolina State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer welcoming applications from members of under-represented groups and all persons without regard to sexual orientation.  For ADA accommodation, contact Sonia Meeks at (919) 515-4109 or Sonia_meeks@ncsu.edu.

Ohio U fellowship for Chinese students

The Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University seeks students from China to apply for Enlight Foundation Graduate Fellowships beginning in fall 2011 for admission in fall 2012.

The Enlight Foundation will fund multiple fellowships per year that provide master’s or PhD students an annual stipend of at least $12,000. The stipends will be accompanied by tuition waivers provided by Ohio University.

Eligibility criteria are:
*Status as full-time, degree-seeking students enrolled in or accepted for admission to Ohio University’s Scripps College of Communication graduate programs and receiving a grant or scholarship for the full tuition.
*Status as non-residents, non-citizens, or residents/citizens who have resided in the United States for five years or less prior to the first day of school of the year of application.
*Financial need.
*Cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 at prior institutions attended, or a ranking within the top 10 percent of the applicant’s undergraduate class.
*Student must be from China.
Recipients will be chosen principally on the basis of their academic performance or potential. The fellowship may be renewed for up to three academic years, provided the recipients continue to meet eligibility criteria and make satisfactory progress toward a degree.

In addition to the stipend, recipients may seek up to $3,000 in research and instructional support.

Applicants should direct inquiries to:
*School of Communication Studies, Benjamin Bates, graduate director : batesb@ohio.edu
*E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Michael S. Sweeney, graduate director: sweenem3@ohio.edu
*School of Visual Communication, Terry Eiler, director: eiler@ohio.edu
*J. Warren McClure School of Information and Telecommunication Systems, Andrew Snow, graduate director: snowa@ohio.edu
*School of Media Arts & Studies, Duncan Brown, graduate director: brownd4@ohio.edu

Davidson College job ad

Davidson College invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of Communication Studies, Sociology and Education. Applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching in each of the three areas as well as a record of promising research. While the academic home will be in Communication Studies, this faculty member will be part of all three departments/programs. The successful candidate will teach five courses per year; areas of particular interest include race/ethnicity/diversity; media and society; urban life; communication and organizations; and health and education.

Davidson College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college located in Davidson, North Carolina, that has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently ranked in the top ten liberal arts colleges in the country.  Faculty of Davidson College enjoy a low faculty-student ratio, emphasis on and appreciation of excellence in teaching, and a collegial, respectful atmosphere that honors academic achievement and integrity.  Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college’s mission

Applicants should complete an online application and submit the following materials online: a CV, a statement of teaching interests, a statement of research interests, copies of significant research papers or publications and the names and email addresses of three references. Our system will automatically contact those references to request a letter for your application. Candidates may also upload evidence of excellence in teaching, such as syllabi, assignments, and evaluations. Review of applications will begin October 12, 2011.

Villanova U Endowed Chair

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

THE MARGARET E. AND PAUL F. HARRON ENDOWED CHAIR IN COMMUNICATION

The Department of Communication at Villanova University invites applications for the annual Margaret E. and Paul F. Harron Endowed Chair in Communication. The Department seeks a senior colleague whose scholarship, regardless of specialization or methodological orientation, has made a significant contribution to the discipline of Communication. This visiting, one-semester appointment is for the fall 2012. University-sponsored housing will be provided for the duration of the appointment. The responsibilities of the position include teaching one undergraduate and one graduate course related to his/her area of expertise, delivering a lecture to the Villanova community during the semester in residence, and mentoring faculty and students in the Communication Department. In addition to the salary generated by the Endowment and University-sponsored housing, The Margaret E. and Paul F. Harron Endowed Chair in Communication is eligible to receive graduate assistant support and to apply for a grant of up to $10,000 from the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society. This visiting position may be used to supplement sabbatical leave, but the Department encourages all interested, qualified candidates to apply.

THE CURRENT HARRON CHAIR
The Department of Communication at Villanova University is pleased to announce that DR. RAKA SHOME has been named the inaugural, 2011-2012 Margaret E. and Paul F. Harron Endowed Chair in Communication. Her pioneering, nationally- and internationally-recognized scholarship has marked her as one of the leading voices in critical/cultural studies in the Communication discipline. As a result, the Department is proud to welcome her to campus for this prestigious visiting appointment; she embodies the intellectual excellence and prominence that the Harron Chair was designed to celebrate.

APPLICATION PROCESS
To be considered for The Harron Chair, applicants should hold the rank of Associate or Full Professor of Communication or a closely related field, and have a national/international reputation for distinguished scholarship. In addition to an extensive, successful research program, candidates should demonstrate a strong teaching record and a willingness to contribute to the intellectual life of Villanova’s Department of Communication.  A complete application will include:
–       a letter stating the candidate’s interest and qualifications, as well as indication of availability, housing needs, area(s) of expertise, and potential courses and research projects the candidate would pursue during the appointment;
–       a current curriculum vita;
–       the names and full contact information for two personal references.
These materials should be sent to Dr. Maurice Hall, Chairperson, Department of Communication, Villanova University, 800 Lancaster Ave., Villanova, PA 19085-1699. Electronic versions of these materials may be sent to maurice.hall@villanova.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the 2012 Harron Chair is selected.

ABOUT THE HARRON FAMILY AND THE DEPARTMENT
The Harron family has been associated with the field of communication since the turn of the twentieth century. Through the endowment of scholarships for students demonstrating academic achievement and financial need and support of the University’s highly-regarded One Book Villanova program, the Harron family has also been a leader in philanthropic efforts at Villanova University.  The Margaret E. and Paul F. Harron Endowed Chair in Communication honors the Harron family’s accomplishments in the field of communication, their philanthropic legacy, and the Department’s commitment to excellence in communication education, scholarship, and practice.

The Department of Communication is the largest undergraduate major at Villanova, and has a thriving M.A. program with an excellent track record of sending students to Ph.D. programs. The strength of our programs is due to our Department’s emphasis upon intellectual rigor, the teacher-scholar model, and strong collegiality. Villanova University is a Roman Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order, located in the ethnically, racially, and culturally diverse Philadelphia metropolitan region. An AA/EEO employer, the Communication Department values dynamic and diverse faculty members who are committed to teaching, scholarship, and service-and who can contribute to the University’s conversation regarding truth, community, values, and social justice. 

Maurice L. Hall, Ph.D.
Department Chairperson
Associate Professor
Department of Communication
Garey Hall Room 14
Villanova University
Villanova, PA 19085
(610) 519-4750 (Office)

Ethnog of Comm conference

Ethnography of Communication: The Ways Forward June 10-14, 2012 Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska Proposal Deadline: December 17, 2011 Conference Organizers: Dr. Donal Carbaugh, University of Massachusetts and Dr. Jay Leighter, Creighton University

The summer of 2012 will mark the 50th anniversary of Dell Hymes’ 1962 landmark publication of The Ethnography of Speaking, and the 25th anniversary of Gerry Philipsen’s 1987 influential theoretical work, The Prospect for Cultural Communication. These milestones in the Ethnography of Communication (EC) come at a time when EC scholarship is developing intensively as it is being applied to practical concerns and social problems worldwide.

The Ethnography of Communication: The Ways Forward is a conference designed to bring together scholars in the EC tradition, broadly conceived. The conference takes as its impetus the celebration of several simultaneous milestones in the field of EC but aims to bring EC scholars from around the world together for the purpose of charting ways forward in research, teaching and practice.

Scores of Ph.D.s in communication have contributed EC scholarship and leadership to several areas in the field including but not limited to Environmental Communication, Ethnography, Intergroup Communication, International and Intercultural Communication, Language and Social Interaction, Performance Studies, Religious Communication, and Rhetoric and Public Address. The past several years have seen advances in theoretical and applied work in several settings. In addition, EC scholarship has had a foundational influence in the creation of two international research centers: The University of Washington Center for Local Strategies Research (UWCLSR) and the Center for Sustainable Social Change (CSSC, UMass Amherst). This conference provides an opportunity for intellectual discussion and discovery among beginning and established scholars within this broad tradition. EC scholars are spread worldwide and this event presents a unique forum for bringing them together to discuss theory, methodology and practice in a concentrated way.

We are now taking proposals for papers, panels, and roundtable discussions.
Proposals are due Dec. 17, 2011. Please submit your conference proposals to Jay Leighter.

Conference sponsorship includes: Department of Communication Studies, Creighton University and Office of Multicultural Affairs, Creighton University. Partial funding for doctoral student attendees is currently being sought and hopefully anticipated. Inquiries about doctoral student funding should be directed to Jay Leighter.

USF post doc

The Department of Communication at the University of South Florida is pleased to announce its participation in the fourth year of USF’s Postdoctoral Scholars program in the social sciences and humanities. The over-arching theme for this year’s scholars is “Global Change in a Dynamic World.”

Postdoctoral Scholars are expected to (a) contribute to one or more of the priority goals of USF’s strategic plan, (b) work closely with distinguished faculty, (c) participate in an interdisciplinary and programmatic seminar series, (d) teach two courses over a twelve-month period, and (e) continue building an independent research record and publishing refereed scholarship.

Areas in which post doctoral scholars might work include (but are not limited to) sustainability; sustainable development; disaster management; population changes; technology and information issues; communication and language development; cultural diasporas; ethnicity, gender, and aging issues; cultural heritage and histories; citizenship; identity; health, economic, education, and environmental disparities; political economy; ethics; human rights; peace and conflict studies; injury and violence; and security issues. Specific research and geographical areas are open, and applicants may consider both past and contemporary perspectives.

Appointments are for full time employment (40 hours per week) and will be continued for a maximum of 2 years contingent upon satisfactory performance. The salary is $40,000 per year and the University contributes to a health insurance program for postdoctoral scholars and their dependents (up to $6,000). Support for travel to academic conferences will be available. Scholars are responsible for their relocation and housing expenses.

Applicants in communication must have earned a doctoral degree in communication no earlier than 2009 and successfully defended their dissertations by May 1, 2012.  The doctoral degree must be conferred prior to the first day of employment.  (Applicants must receive their doctoral degree from an institution other than USF.)

A complete application consists of (a) a cover letter stating your interest in this Postdoctoral Initiative and providing details on (i) how your research and teaching expertise would contribute to the theme of “Global Change in a Dynamic World” and the goals and aspirations of the USF Strategic Plan, (ii) the department(s) with which you would like to be affiliated, (iii) your teaching experience and courses that you would like to offer, and (iv) your long-term goals; (b) your curriculum vitae; (c) two letters of reference; (d) scanned copies of up to three of your published papers/scholarly works; and (e) scanned copies of current academic transcripts from all degree awarding institutions (original transcripts will need to be mailed by those individuals who receive formal offers).  All application materials must be submitted by December 9, 2011.

Additional information about the department and the university is available through our departmental Web site.  Complete details about the position are here.

Address any inquiries to Ken Cissna, Professor and Chair, Department of Communication, USF by phone (813-974-6820) or email (kcissna@usf.edu).

USF is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Equal Access employer.

USF junior faculty job ad

The Department of Communication at the University of South Florida invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 2012.  Applicants must have earned a doctorate in Communication (or related discipline) by August 2011, and be willing to make Communication their academic home. We seek a scholar who has a record of published scholarship and successful teaching experience commensurate with the length of time since earning the Ph.D. and appropriate for appointment in a doctoral degree granting department at a Research I university.  Applicants should have a research and teaching profile that fits within and contributes to our department’s qualitative, critical, and interpretive orientation, and our integration of social science with humanistic, narrative, and performative approaches to inquiry.  Although substantive areas are open, the candidate’s interests should connect with one or more of our department’s emphases in interpersonal, family, health, organizational, media, global, and applied communication. We welcome applicants whose research engages race, gender, or class within these areas of study. We seek candidates who can demonstrate potential to secure external funding for research, mentor graduate students, and build productive connections with local or global research sites.

Salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with the candidate’s credentials and experience.  According to Florida law, applications and meetings regarding the search are open to the public.  For disability accommodations, please notify the search chair at least five working days in advance of need.  The department strongly encourages applications from scholars of color.

A completed application file includes a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, a teaching portfolio, and documentation of research (include up to three published works).  For more information and to apply, go to this site.

Application materials other than letters of recommendation must be included in your online application and received by November 23, 2011.

Letters of recommendation should be sent to:
Dr. Carolyn Ellis
Chair,  Search Committee
Department of Communication
University of South Florida
4202 East Fowler Avenue CIS1040
Tampa, FL 33620-7800

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified the University of South Florida in the top tier of research universities (RU/VH), a distinction attained by only 2.2% of all U.S. universities.  USF’s total for research awards topped $394 million.  The university is authorized to provide 246 degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. It has a $1.6 billion budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion in the Tampa Bay area, and serves more than 47,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and USF Polytechnic in Lakeland. The university is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference and is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Equal Access employer.

Further information about the department, its students, and faculty is available at our website. Inquiries can be addressed to Dr. Carolyn Ellis.

USF senior faculty job ad

The Department of Communication at the University of South Florida invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor to begin August 2012.  Although substantive areas are open, the candidate’s interests should connect with one or more areas of interpersonal, family, health, organizational, global, or applied communication. We seek a seasoned scholar with a strong record of published scholarship; national or international visibility; a capacity to provide leadership in interpretive, ethnographic, and qualitative communication research; and a demonstrable ability to mentor graduate students and contribute to our vibrant graduate program. Applicants should have a research and teaching profile that fits within and contributes to our department’s qualitative, interpretive, and critical orientation, and our integration of social science with humanistic, narrative, and performative approaches to inquiry.

Candidates must have earned a doctorate in Communication or achieved the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in a Department of Communication. Applicants must demonstrate evidence of strong accomplishment in research, teaching, and supervising graduate research appropriate for appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor in a doctoral degree granting department at a Research I university.  We seek candidates who bring attention and visibility to the department’s focus on interpretive, ethnographic, and qualitative research; have a record of (or potential for) securing external funding for research; and can build productive connections with local or global research sites.

Salary is negotiable and will be commensurate with the candidate’s credentials and experience.  According to Florida law, applications and meetings regarding the search are open to the public.  For disability accommodations, please notify the search chair at least five working days in advance of need.  The department strongly encourages applications from scholars of color.

A completed application file includes a letter of application, curriculum vitae, documentation of teaching and research (include three published works), and names and complete contact information for three recommenders. For additional information and to apply, go to this site.

All application materials must be included in your online application and received by November 23, 2011.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching classified the University of South Florida in the top tier of research universities (RU/VH), a distinction attained by only 2.2% of all U.S. universities.  USF’s total for research awards topped $394 million.  The university is authorized to provide 246 degrees at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. It has a $1.6 billion budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion in the Tampa Bay area, and serves more than 47,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and USF Polytechnic in Lakeland. The university is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference and is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Equal Access employer.

Further information about the department, its students, and faculty is available at our website. Inquiries can be addressed to Dr. Carolyn Ellis.