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.

Sorbonne grad fellowship

GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Information and Communication Sciences & Curricular Development
(Effective 27 August 2012)

JOB DESCRIPTION:
CELSA, the Graduate School of Journalism and Communications of the Sorbonne University, seeks an articulate and experienced native-English-speaking researcher to play a key role in curricular development and teaching in association with its languages department and degree programs.

The Graduate Fellowship position will be composed of 10-12 hours of work per week during the 2012-2013 academic year.  Coursework will be based on a combination of teaching (classroom and tutorial settings) and research on innovative forms of pedagogy, including case-study writing, to further the fellow’s professional development.  Fellows will also present their research plans and results to the academic community at least once during the year-long fellowship.  The monthly stipend for the position is €1,256.12 (after taxes) for the 12-month period based on a Contrat de Lecteur in the French national education system.

Ideal candidates will possess proven knowledge of the Information and Communication Sciences in an effort to promote a cross-cultural understanding of the field to students and colleagues.  The candidate must possess excellent written and spoken communication skills in English.  Successful candidates will be able to communicate in French in addition to being adept at using computer soft and hardware for innovative pedagogical applications. An advanced university degree, some teaching experience and specific research experience would also be assets.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:
All candidates wishing to apply should send a CV, a letter describing the research to be pursued while a fellow and how scholarship will be furthered at CELSA and with its research group (GRIPIC), two samples of their scholarship, course syllabi and teaching evaluations (if available) and two letters of reference to the University.  All inquiries and applications should be directed by email to kyle.schneider@celsa.paris-sorbonne.fr or by post to:
Mr. Kyle Schneider
Graduate School of Journalism & Communications (CELSA) – Université Paris-Sorbonne
77, rue de Villiers
92523 Neuilly-sur-Seine Cedex
France

Applications must be received before 1 March 2012.  All applicants will be contacted during the month of March 2012.  CELSA’s policy is to employ the best qualified personnel, while providing equal opportunity for the advancement of employees and not to discriminate against any person because of any condition or requirement which cannot be shown to be justified. All applications are dealt with fairly and properly in line with our policies and procedures.  Applicants from CELSA’s international partner institutions will be given first priority for the post.  However, all those interested are encouraged to apply.

INFORMATION ABOUT THE CELSA:
A graduate school at the Sorbonne University, CELSA offers degree programs in Journalism, Institutional Communications, Marketing + Advertising, Media, Communications Management and Human Resources. It awards an Undergraduate Degree (Licence), Master’s Degrees (Research and Professional tracks) and an MBA in addition to Magistère and Doctorate Degrees.  CELSA has pioneered interactive teaching since its creation in 1957. The trademark of the school is its foothold in academic and professional worlds, demonstrated by its pedagogical supervision, international outreach and placement of graduates in their chosen professions through internship and work-placement programs.  Read more at www.celsa.fr.

Policy on posting job ads

I have been asked about the current policy for posting job descriptions to the Center’s site. At this point, ads for faculty positions (tenure-track, not lecturer or adjunct positions) will be posted if the description includes expertise in an area related to the Center – that is, intercultural, dialogue, or international. Shorter term positions that are especially intended to attract international applicants (such as visiting positions, or post-docs) will also be posted, again if the focus overlaps with the concerns of the Center in some way. Occasional ads for other positions clearly connected to the Center’s concerns will be posted, as seems appropriate. If you have a question, contact me.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director

Arab West Report job ad

Job Opening at the Arab West Report

Due Date: October 13, 2011

There is an immediate opening for the position of International Coordinator / Project Manager at the Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Translation (CIDT) in Cairo, Egypt.

Egypt is going through an important transitional period. CIDT plays a role in this transition by continuing to contribute accurate reporting, media monitoring, and peace-building projects, which help build bridges between Muslims and Christians, both in Egypt and abroad.

CIDT receives funding from donor organizations in order to do its general work and complete its projects. The international coordinator is responsible for maintaining relations with existing donors, applying for funding for new projects, and ensuring that projects are carried out according to agreements.

For more information about this position, see our full job description.

Arab West Foundation | Arab West Stichting Blaak 550 | Blaak, Ro 3011 TA, Netherlands

UCSB job ad

The Department of Communication at the University of California Santa Barbara invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of race, ethnicity, and communication. The search is open rank, with an anticipated effective date of July 1, 2012. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field, a strong social science background, and demonstrated excellence in publishing innovative research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and professional activities in the area of race, ethnicity, and communication. Active service in the department and on campus is expected.

The successful candidate will complement one or more of the department’s core areas in media communication, interpersonal/intergroup communication, and organizational communication, as well as any of our cross-cutting emphases in communication and technology, globalization, along with family, group, health, political, legal, and intercultural communication.

In particular, we seek applicants whose specializations in race/ethnicity and communication enhance the department’s emphases in media studies or interpersonal/intergroup communication. Research and teaching expertise in any of the following areas are especially desirable: race/ethnicity and identity, interracial relationships, media portrayals of racial/ethnic groups and their effects on audiences, use and impacts of new technologies in racial/ethnic communities, the role of social media in intergroup ethnic/racial relationships, and reducing ethnic/racial inequalities in communication and health.

Applications with a letter highlighting qualifications, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, any relevant grant activity, and a publication reprint should be mailed to: Dr. Dave Seibold, Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication, 4005 Social Sciences and Media Studies Bldg, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-4020. Applicants also should request that three letters of recommendation be mailed to the address above. Department review of materials will begin on November 1, 2011.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service. UCSB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Meina Liu Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesMeina Liu (Ph.D., Purdue University, 2006) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Her research and teaching, at both undergraduate and graduate levels, focus on Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication, and Negotiation and Conflict Management. A major strand of inquiry that Dr. Liu undertakes is concerned with whether people from different cultures engage in different cognitive and emotional processes, and if so, what effect might these differences have on the way they negotiate, manage conflict, and provide emotional support to distressed others. Her current research investigates culture’s main and moderating effects on the process through which negotiators’ emotions influence their own, as well as their counterpart’s, bargaining tactics and negotiation outcomes. This line of research is primarily quantitative, utilizing sophisticated statistical techniques, such as multilevel modeling and structural equation procedures, to analyze data collected from simulated negotiation interactions. Works from this line of research are published in the field’s premier journals, such as Human Communication Research and Communication Research, as well as key specialty journals, such as Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Negotiation and Conflict Management Research. Two of the conference papers received the Top Paper Awards, one from the Interpersonal Communication Division and the other from the Intercultural Communication Division of the International Communication Division. One of her journals articles received the 2010 Outstanding Scholarly Work Award from the ICA Intercultural Communication Division [Liu, M. (2009). The intrapersonal and interpersonal effects of anger on negotiation performance: A cross-cultural investigation. Human Communication Research, 35, 148-169.]

Dr. Liu also conducts research exploring culture and communication from a social constructionist, critical-interpretive perspective, using qualitative research methods such as interviews, textual analysis, and grounded theory techniques. Early in her career she was involved in a collaborative research project investigating gendered workplace processes, particularly as they relate to career communication and work-life conflict, as embedded in working mothers’ workplace pregnancy and maternity leave discourses. One of her ongoing projects examines bi-cultural identity (re)construction of second-generation immigrants as a contested space for meaning making. These qualitative works are also published in some of the field’s premier journals, such as Communication Monographs, Human Relations, and Journal of Applied Communication Research, as well as key specialty journals, such as International and Intercultural Communication Annual, Journal of Business Communication, and Journal of Family Communication. It has also resulted in a Top Four Paper Award from the Organizational Communication Division of the National Communication Association, and three Outstanding Published Article Awards, one from the NCA Applied Communication Division, and two from the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender. Dr. Liu’s published articles can be found at http://terpconnect.umd.edu/~liu/.

Media and Crisis CFP

Call for Papers:
War of the Worlds to Social Media: Mediated Communication in Times of Crisis
Editors:
Joy Elizabeth Hayes, The University of Iowa
Kathleen Battles, Oakland University
Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Augustana College
Publisher:  Peter Lang

The year 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast and provides an occasion to reflect on the possibilities and limitations of mediated communication in times of crisis.  The broadcast is remembered for causing a “panic” in over a million listeners who took the broadcast to be a genuine report of a coming invasion.  Since then, War of the Worlds has come to symbolize the power of mass media during times of crisis.

We solicit scholarly essays that take this notorious broadcast as a starting point, or point of reference, in investigating the continuities and discontinuities between old and new media and their use by citizens in times of crisis.  The broadcast event deserves attention in its own right as a milestone in media history, and because it highlights a number of issues that remain important in 21st century communication practices:  the problem of authenticity in mediated communication; the aesthetics of persuasion; the importance of social context; and the dynamic role of listeners, viewers and users in talking back to media producers and institutions.  We seek essays that bring an historical and theoretical perspective to bear on the question of media power and the ability of citizens to hear and be heard during times of crisis.

We are looking for essays that address a number of questions within three broad areas:
1) War of the Worlds and media power in times of crisis
How has the War of the Worlds broadcast served media institutions, regulators, audiences, and scholars as a touchstone for conceptualizing media power and audience agency in the 20th and 21st centuries?
In what ways do recent changes in media, especially the rise of the Internet and social media, invite us to reconsider the lessons of the War of the Worlds event?
How and why does the War of the Worlds broadcast continue to surface in popular discourse about the role of media in times of social crisis?
How have the meanings of the War of the Worlds story and event changed over time, from its original moment, through the Cold War, the decades of the 1980s and 1990s, and in the post-9/11 decade?
2) War of the Worlds, broadcasting conventions, and crisis
*       How was War of the Worlds shaped by – and how did it shape – the emerging broadcast conventions and genres of the 1930s?  Does an examination of crime dramas, horror stories, reality-based reenactments, music broadcasts, or other radio genres shed new light on the meaning of War of the Worlds?
*       In what ways did the broader social crisis of the 1930s influence the form and content of radio genres and broadcast conventions?  To what extent is “crisis” an enduring or structural aspect of broadcast address?
*       Has broadcast coverage of specific moments of political or social crisis (like the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, 9/11, etc.) directly or indirectly drawn on War of the Worlds as a point of reference?
3) War of the Worlds and the promise of social media
*       How are social media transforming the parameters and practices of citizenship, communication and crisis in the 21st century?
*       How do “new media” (web casts, Youtube videos, Twitter feeds, etc.) make use of “old media” conventions, especially in the case of crisis communication?
*       How important is the mimicking or mining of broadcasting genres for communication via social networking and Web 2.0?
*       Have we finally outrun the legacy of the War of the World broadcast, or are we still haunted by its enduring presence in our digital mediascape?

Submission Timeline
Nov. 25, 2011:  Paper abstracts are due to the editors (500 words)
Dec. 16, 2011:  Paper selections announced
March 16, 2012:  Extended abstracts or outlines due to the editors.  Interested participants submit panels to the AEJMC Conference in Chicago April 1 for presentation August 9-12, 2012
July 16, 2012:  Paper draft due
August 17, 2012:  Final papers due to editors

For more information and to submit an abstract, please contact:
Joy Elizabeth Hayes (joy-hayes@uiowa.edu)
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Co-Director, Latin American Studies Program
147 Becker Bldg., The University of Iowa,
Iowa City, IA 52242 (319) 353-2265

Kathleen Battles
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication and Journalism
Oakland University
2200 N. Squirrel Rd.
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
battles@oakland.edu

BEA CFP

Call for Papers and Panel Proposals
International Division, Broadcast Education Association
Deadline 15 Sept. 2011

The International Division of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) invites panel submissions and scholarly papers from academics, students and professionals for presentation at the 57th annual convention, the Las Vegas Hilton from Sunday, April 15 – Wednesday, April 18, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2012.  The BEA meets concurrently with the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) and BEA registrants have access to many of the NAB activities. Through an online system by All Academic, Inc., individuals may upload papers and panel proposals online for the 2012 competitions. Tipping Points serves as a focus for the convention, but papers are not limited to this area of research and discussion.

We urge interested parties to consider organizing and submitting a panel proposal or full paper.  The annual meeting also is an ideal time for graduate students to submit recently completed seminar papers.  The BEA makes a wonderful first-convention opportunity for student as well as junior scholars. All sessions must adhere to the goals and objectives of the interest division(s) to which they are submitted. Descriptions of each Interest Division are listed on the online paper submission site. Cash awards also are made for some of the papers.
COMPLETED Papers and Program Proposal Submissions must be submitted online through BEA’s submission site by midnight EDT on September 15, 2011.