U Buffalo-Singapore Inst of Management job ad

Applications are invited for instructors to teach Communication courses in the University at Buffalo’s undergraduate program at the Singapore Institute of Management in Singapore. Positions are available beginning with the Fall 2012 semester, and the individual(s) hired will be employed on a single semester or a multi-semester basis.

Available courses are expected to include, among others, those in the areas of General (Introductory) Communication; Communication Theory; Organizational Communication; and Interpersonal Communication.Position salary will depend on qualifications as well as number and type of courses supported.  Accommodations in Singapore, and round-trip airfare to Singapore are provided.

A Master’s degree in Communication or a closely related field and experience teaching undergraduate students in a US college or university are required; as is experience teaching Communication courses and experience teaching in an intercultural context.

A PhD degree in Communication or closely related field is preferred, as is additional teaching experience. Experience living and teaching in an overseas environment, especially an Asian environment, are a plus.

For further information, and to apply, please visit https://www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu, and search under Posting 1200135.  Application deadline: March 23, 2012.All applications must be submitted via https://www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu; applications submitted via any other method may not be considered. This is a Research Foundation of SUNY position. The Research Foundation of SUNY is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer/Recruiter

Conference: argumentation, rhetoric, debate, pedagogy of empowerment

Fourth International Conference on Argumentation, Rhetoric, Debate and the Pedagogy of Empowerment
11-13 January 2013, Doha, Qatar
Qatar National Convention Center
Organized by QatarDebate Center

Affiliate organizations:
-World Debate Institute, University of Vermont, USA
-Za in Proti Institute for a Culture of Dialogue, Slovenia
-International Society for the Study of Argumentation, Netherlands
-International Center for the Advancement of Political Communication and Argumentation, USA


The conference will welcome scholars and educators from diverse fields for vigorous dialogue and exchange.  This conference will unite scholars of argumentation and rhetoric, teachers, and organizers of local, national and international debating networks to discuss critical thinking and advocacy discourse through pedagogy.  We intend for the conference to welcome all who are involved in public discussions and debates about different issues.

This conference is extremely timely.  A global information society which seeks reasoned solutions to problems through broad citizen involvement needs to develop and refine techniques for criticizing and validating ideas through discourse and then impart these to new generations of citizens if we are to create a better future and avoid looming crises.  This conference represents a unique opportunity to share ideas, network and cross-fertilize with global critical thinkers.

This conference is unique:
-Civilizations will meet and exchange ideas.
-Proceedings will be in English and Arabic, simultaneous translation of all events.
-Hosted in Qatar, one of the most beautiful, safest and international destinations in the world, the center of learning in the Arabic world.
-All accepted presentations will be published in a printed volume.

We welcome presentations, workshops, and poster sessions in English and Arabic from scholars, teachers and active citizens from around the world. Our goal is to open the way for in-depth discussions, debates, and the sharing of ideas that will enable more enlightened discourse in the 21st Century.

The program for the conference will have three themes.  Submissions are encouraged to center their work on one of the three themes and to submit proposals to the appropriate conference division.  Interdisciplinary work that might fit into more than one category is very welcome. All parts of the program will involve simultaneous translation using English and Arabic.
       Argumentation and rhetoric.  The use of logic and reason to criticize and analyze ideas through communication.  Those interested in research on argumentation theory, criticisms of communication acts and scholarship on argumentation practice are encouraged to submit to this division. English – Chair: David Williams, Florida Atlantic University, USA dcwill@fau.edu, committee members Frans van Eemeren, University of Amsterdam, Satoru Aonuma, Tsuda College, Japan. Arabic – Chair: Abdel Latif Sellami, QatarDebate asellami@qf.org.qa
       Debate.  The use of formal argumentation forums to educate and empower citizens. Those interested in work on the practice and theory of debate competition, public debates, research on the impact of debate for participants, and theorizing about debate paradigms are encouraged to submit to this division. English – Chair: Bojana Skrt, ZIP Slovenia bojana.skrt@siol.net, committee members Allan Louden, Wake Forest University USA, Steve Woods, Western Washington University. Arabic – Chair: Abdul Gabbar Al Sharafi alsharaf10@gmail.com
       Critical thinking/pedagogy.  Teaching and the methodology of teaching in the active classroom.  Those interested in using debate, discussion and argumentation in classrooms, discussion of experiences and teaching lessons relating to communication and critical thinking are encouraged to submit to this division. English – Chair: Alfred Snider, alfred.snider@uvm.edu, committee members Debbie Newman, DebateMate, UK, Loke Wing Fatt, SAID, Singapore. Arabic – Chair: Abed Naji Al Sameai aalsameai@qf.org.qa

Go to the website and download the application form. Decide which committee to submit your application to, fill out the form and send it by email. Make sure to follow instructions.
US$300 travel grants will be awarded to those with extraordinary presentations who face financial barriers.  See website for details.

Those not making presentations are cordially invited to attend, ask questions at sessions and get involved.
Based on local costs, the registration for the fourth conference is comparable to the third conference. Payment can be by wire transfer or in cash on arrival. See website for details.
Full Registration: $500 (you get a lot for it)
-Four nights in a four star hotel (we are negotiating to upgrade to a five star facility).
-All meals: breakfast and dinner in the hotel, lunch at the conference site, snacks and coffee breaks.
-Transportation to and from the conference hotel and the Qatar National Convention Center.
-Admission to all conference events, panels and workshops.
-Conference formal dinner.
-Visa arrangements ($181 value for USA citizens).
-Field Trips: Islamic Museum of Art, Desert Safari and other choices.
-Conference kit and materials along with personal gifts.
Conference Registration only: $150 ($100 students)
-Admission to all conference events, panels and workshops.
-Transportation to and from the conference hotel and the Qatar National Convention Center, not available to and from other hotels.
-Lunch, snacks and coffee breaks during day sessions.
-Conference formal dinner.
-Visa arrangements ($181 value for USA citizens).
-Proof of student status required for student rate.
-Conference kit and materials along with personal gifts.
Please circulate this information to colleagues and others who might be interested.
For additional questions: (dcwill@fau.edu).

ASU postdoc in strategic comm

The Center for Strategic Communication (CSC) and the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University are pleased to announce a new Postdoctoral Fellowship program beginning in May 2012.

Postdoctoral Fellowship
A postdoctoral fellowship will be awarded beginning in the May/June 2012 time frame. The appointment is for full time employment (40 hours per week) for 18 months.  Renewal for up to two additional 18 month periods is possible, contingent on additional funding by the sponsor and satisfactory job performance. Salary is $50,000 and the University offers subsidized health insurance. Support for travel to conferences will be available. Fellows are responsible for relocation and housing expenses. Fellows will support a research project sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) studying the persuasive effects of narrative.

For additional information regarding postdoctoral fellowships at ASU, please see: http://provost.asu.edu/postdoc

Applicants must have an earned doctoral degree in Communication, Psychology, or a related field/discipline. The degree must have been earned no earlier than 2010. Candidates with pending degrees who successfully defend their dissertations by May 1, 2012 will also be considered. Applicants must have no more than two years of formal postdoctoral experience.

Required Expertise
Applicants must have relevant expertise in persuasion and social influence, communication, experimental design, and advanced statistical analysis.

Desired Expertise
Relevant expertise or experience in one or more of the subjects of social/cognitive neuroscience, strategic communication, counter-terrorism, social psychology, and/or narrative persuasion, are desirable.

Postdoctoral scholars are expected to carry out the research plan and fulfill the goals established with their supervising faculty member, Dr. Tony Roberto; to assist the supervising faculty member and other Principal Investigators in fulfilling the requirements of the grant in a timely manner; to communicate regularly with the supervising faculty member and other members of the research team; and to notify the faculty member of any change in research plans.

For further information about the position contact Prof. Tony Roberto, anthony.roberto@asu.edu

Submit application materials electronically with all documents included in a single PDF file, to include the following:
1. A cover letter stating your interest in the Postdoctoral Fellowship. Provide details on:
a. how your research and expertise contributes to the interests of the CSC,
b. how your research and expertise relates to the project described above, and
c. your long-term professional goals.
2. An up to date curriculum vitae.
3. Contact information for two references who agree to be contacted.
4. Copies of up to three published papers/scholarly work.
5. Scanned copies of current academic transcript from all degree awarding institutions. Official transcripts will be requested from those who received formal offers.

The search will initially close with applications received by April 15, 2012.  If the position is not filled, then applications will be accepted every subsequent Friday until search is closed.

Send materials to:
Josephine Wong, Program Manager
Center for Strategic Communication

ASU 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:  http://www.asu.edu/titleIX/

Taiwan – 2 universities

On March 5, 2012, I had the chance to meet with scholars at two different universities in Taiwan. Drs. Jung-huel Becky Yeh and Pei-Wen Lee are in the Department of Speech Communication at the Shih Hsin University in Taipei. Dr. Yu-Sheng Li is part of the Department of Computer and Communication Engineering at the Ming Chuan University, with campuses both in Taoyuan and Taipei.

Taipei, Taiwan
back: Drs. Li and Lee
front: Drs. Leeds-Hurwitz and Yeh

We spent a delightful evening in Taipei eating local delicacies, and discovering common research interests as well as many potential future connections. I look forward to continuing the conversation with all three in the near future.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

University of Melbourne

Between talks in Dunedin and Brisbane, I had a chance to visit the University of Melbourne and meet a few faculty members there. On February 15, 2012, I met with Dr. Ingrid Volkmer, Director of the Media and Communication program at the School of Culture and Communication there. In addition, I met with Prof. Nikos Papastergiadis, Professor in the same school. Both are extremely active scholars, producing particularly interesting research (follow the links provided for details). We found potential future connections, and I look forward to following up on the conversations.

The buildings at the University of Melbourne are like those elsewhere in the city in that they are eclectic in design, often combining multiple elements in ways I have not seen previously. A pleasure to see!

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz,Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CFP Cutting Edge Technologies in Higher Ed

Call for book proposals

Book proposals for inclusion in the series Cutting-edge Technologies in Higher Education are solicited. We hope you will consider submitting one.

Editorial Objectives
The objective of this series is to provide new research on important emerging technologies in higher education, including both teaching and administrative applications from a variety of methodological approaches. The series encompasses both theoretical and empirical developments and provides evidence from a range of disciplines throughout the world. It seeks to reflect on and shape current higher educational policies and practices regarding new technologies.

The ability to identify and exploit new technologies in higher education is increasingly important as competitive and cost factors are impacted in an increasingly globalized arena. Today’s learners are digital natives who thrive in technologically mediated environments and interfaces. Organizations in the second decade of the 21st century are increasingly flat without the top-down structure of the past. Per force, they require staff who are adept in new modes of technology-supported collaboration. This series endeavors to assist higher educational institutions to stay on the cutting-edge of technological innovation.

More details are available at:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/books/series.htm?id=2044-9968 .

To discuss a book concept you can contact Charles Wankel, the series editor, at wankelc@stjohns.edu , Skype: mgtprof , or phone: 1-908-218-5646.

Submission of a book proposal should use the attached form, perhaps saved as a PDF. It should be sent to both Charles Wankel wankelc@stjohns.edu , Chris Hart (Emerald Education Editor) chart@emeraldinsight.com , and Thomas Dark tdark@emeraldinsight.com .

EURIAS Fellowships

EURIAS (European Institutes for Advanced Study Fellowship Programme) est un programme de mobilité internationale qui propose des résidences de recherche de 10 mois dans 14 instituts d’études avancées : Berlin, Bologne, Bruxelles, Bucarest, Budapest, Cambridge, Helsinki, Jérusalem, Lyon, Nantes, Paris, Uppsala, Vienne et Wassenaar. Les instituts d’études avancées offrent à des chercheurs de haut niveau la possibilité de travailler en toute indépendance. Ils bénéficient des meilleures conditions de recherche et de l’environnement stimulant d’une communauté scientifique internationale et pluridisciplinaire de premier plan.Les résidences sont principalement allouées aux candidats issus des sciences de l’homme et de la société, mais sont également ouvertes aux sciences exactes et aux sciences du vivant dès lors que les recherches ne requièrent pas de travail en laboratoire et qu’elles engagent un dialogue avec les sciences humaines et sociales. La diversité des 14 instituts offre aux chercheurs du monde entier un large panel de contextes et d’environnements de recherche en Europe. Les candidats indiquent jusqu’à trois structures d’accueil possibles en dehors de leur pays de nationalité ou de résidence.Le programme est ouvert à toutes les nationalités ; aux chercheurs prometteurs en début de carrière comme aux plus reconnus. Le programme étant extrêmement compétitif, les candidats doivent soumettre un projet de recherche solide et innovant, démontrer leur capacité à dépasser les spécialisations disciplinaires et témoigner d’une implication internationale et de publications importantes.Pour l’année académique 2013-2014, EURIAS offre 32 résidences de recherche (pour 16 chercheurs juniors et 16 chercheurs séniors).

Les 14 Instituts sont convenus de dispositions communes, incluant une allocation de 26,000 € pour un junior et 38,000 € pour un sénior, la mise à disposition d’un logement (ou une prime de mobilité), un budget de recherche, ainsi que la prise en charge du voyage.

– Les candidatures sont exclusivement soumises en ligne sur le site www.eurias-fp.eu. Vous y trouverez des informations détaillées quant au contenu des candidatures, les critères d’éligibilité, la procédure de sélection.
La date limite de candidature est le 7 juin 2012. Aucune candidature ne pourra être acceptée au-delà de cette date.

– Évaluation scientifique par deux experts internationaux
– Présélection par le Comité scientifique international d’EURIAS
– Sélection par les Conseils scientifiques des instituts


Date limite de candidature  7 juin 2012

Résultats de la présélection par le Comité scientifique d’EURIAS  Mi-octobre 2012

Publication des résultats  Mi-décembre 2012

Rentrée académique des résidents  septembre/octobre 2013

Pour de plus amples informations sur le programme, merci de consulter le site www.eurias-fp.eu
Pour de plus amples informations sur les IEA et les conditions de résidence : www.eurias-fp.eu/IAS


The European Institutes for Advanced Study (EURIAS) Fellowship Programme is an international researcher mobility programme offering 10-month residencies in one of the 14 participating Institutes: Berlin, Bologna, Brussels, Bucharest, Budapest, Cambridge, Helsinki, Jerusalem, Lyons, Nantes, Paris, Uppsala, Vienna, Wassenaar. The Institutes for Advanced Study support the focused, self-directed work of outstanding researchers. The fellows benefit from the finest intellectual and research conditions and from the stimulating environment of a multi-disciplinary and international community of first-rate scholars.EURIAS Fellowships are mainly offered in the fields of the humanities and social sciences but may also be granted to scholars in life and exact sciences, provided that their proposed research project does not require laboratory facilities and that it interfaces with humanities and social sciences. The diversity of the 14 participating IAS offers a wide range of possible research contexts in Europe for worldwide scholars. Applicants may select up to three IAS outside their country of nationality or residence as possible host institutions.The Programme welcomes applications worldwide from promising young scholars as well as from leading senior researchers. The EURIAS selection process has proven to be highly competitive. To match the Programme standards, applicants have to submit a solid and innovative research proposal, to demonstrate the ability to forge beyond disciplinary specialisation, to show an international commitment as well as quality publications in high-impact venues.For the 2013-2014 academic year, EURIAS offers 32 fellowships (16 junior and 16 senior positions).

All IAS have agreed on common standards, including the provision of a living allowance (in the range of € 26,000 for a junior fellow and € 38,000 for a senior fellow), accommodation (or a mobility allowance), a research budget, plus coverage of travel expenses.

– Applications are submitted online via www.eurias-fp.eu, where, you will find detailed information regarding the content of the application, eligibility criteria, selection procedure.
The deadline for applications is June 7th, 2012. Late applications will not be considered.


– Scientific assessment by two international referees
– Pre-selection by the EURIAS international Scientific Committee
– Final selection by the IAS Academic Boards


Application deadline  June 7th, 2012

Results of the preselection by EURIAS Scientific Committee → Mid-October, 2012

Publication of IAS final selections → Mid-December, 2012

Arrival of fellows  September/October 2013

For further information on the Programme, please consult our website: www.eurias-fp.eu
For further information on the IAS and their specific working conditions: www.eurias-fp.eu/ias

Nanyang Technological University

On February 29, 2012, I presented “Intercultural weddings and the simultaneous display of multiple identities” to the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University, in Singapore.

Nanyang Technological UniversityMy thanks to Dr. Vivian Hsueh-hua Chen for organizing the event, and to her colleagues and graduate students who showed up even though my visit fell during a break in classes. While there I had lunch with Dr. Chen and several members of her research team (Gina Cordero-Rahman and Zhou Qiongyuan), met her colleague, Dr. Brenda Chan, and received a tour of the outstanding media facilities at the School. (The photo above shows Drs. Chan, Chen, and Leeds-Hurwitz, as well as Gina and Qiongyuan. The one below shows Drs. Chen and Leeds-Hurwitz.) I walked away with lots of notes about potential connections to be made to researchers here, and look forward to continued contact in the future.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

University of Queensland

On February 24, 2012, I spent a day at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. My visit was sponsored by the School of Journalism and Communication, and included a formal presentation entitled “Interactional Resources for the ‘Problem’ of Intercultural Communication,” a lunch with faculty and graduate students, a data session on “Complex Constructions of Social Identity,” and a faculty dinner.

My thanks to Dr. Sean Rintel for organizing the entire event, and to Prof. Cindy Gallois for originally encouraging me to visit Brisbane. I met lots of new scholars, including Dr. Richard Fitzgerald, Dr. Shuang Liu, and Dr. Aparna Hebbani, and reconnected with Dr. Joan Mulholland, who created a quilted banner for the Language and Social Interaction division of the International Communication Association just as the division was being established in the mid-1990s.

One of the unexpected surprises was the extent to which the day’s activities were attended not only by faculty and graduate students from other Schools within UQ but also several from either nearby Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology, and even a visitor from Linköping University in Sweden who was in town to present at QUT.

Over the weekend, there was time for a tour of the area with Sean Rintel and Cherie Gregoire, including some of the many parks in Brisbane, where the water dragons are so accustomed to humans they let us get very close for photos – this dragon is nearly 3 feet long and only about 2 feet away from me.

Water dragon

Ed Reynolds, a PhD student in the department, videotaped my morning talk. When the video is available, I’ll add a link here.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue