Kansas State University job ad: Social Change

Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Kansas State University

Continuing our growth, the Department of Communication Studies at Kansas State University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure track, nine-month appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning
August 2016. We seek a researcher with expertise in the communicative processes and practices of social change, advocacy, or community organizing. This scholar’s work can address these processes and practices in a variety of contexts, such as organizational, intercultural, or political. Preference will be given to candidates who
approach their work from multiple methodologies, assume a critical perspective in their research, demonstrate a history or potential of securing external research funding, and/or pursue research that is
international in scope.

The successful candidate will contribute to K-State’s Vision 2025 goal of being a top-50 research university by 2025 (k-state.edu/2025) in a number of ways: by carrying out a vibrant program of engaged research; by contributing to the department’s reputation for teaching excellence in teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses; by advising graduate and undergraduate students; and by providing service to the department, university, and community. Candidates should have the Ph.D. in communication or a related field in hand by August 2016.

The Department of Communication Studies offers masters’ and bachelors’ degrees in communication and rhetorical studies. We offer four specialized tracks at the undergraduate level: Political Communication,
Organizational Communication, Legal Communication, and Relational Communication. The department makes a strong commitment to civic  engagement and public deliberation through the internationally recognized Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, as well as our graduate certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement. In addition to producing quality research and innovative teaching, we take pride in our students who compete on nationally competitive debate, orensics, and mock trial teams.

The department is located at Kansas State’s Manhattan campus, home to more than 24,000 students. In 2015, Kansas State University achieved record highs in fundraising and external grant awards while also
enhancing the diversity of its student body. Additionally, Kansas State is recognized for its commitment to engaged scholarship and has the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification on Community Engagement.
A part of the scenic Flint Hills region some 100 miles west of Kansas City, Manhattan is the fastest growing city in Kansas, earning livability.com‘s top ranking for best college town in the U.S., Forbes’ ranking in 2011 as the best small city in the U.S. for business and careers, and glassdoor.com‘s ranking second in 2015 among top
universities for which to work.

Please apply by sending (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vita, (3) teaching evaluations, (4) evidence of scholarly activity and (5) names and contact information for three professional references to commstudies@k-state.edu or by mail to Cassie Hall, Department of Communication Studies, 129 Nichols Hall, 702 Mid-Camps Drive South, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Greg Paul.

Kansas State University is an AA/EEO employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. A background check is required. Screening of applications will begin November 13, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

This institution offers benefits to same-sex partners.

Conflict Conference U Texas Austin

The Conflict Conference (TCC) will hold its first annual conference at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin) on April 10-11, 2014. TCC is a multidisciplinary annual conference promoting the study of conflict and conflict resolution. We invite papers on any relevant topic, such as apologies, advocacy, dispute resolution, peace, negotiation, reconciliation,  mediation,  restorative  justice, conflict management, and ethics.

The DEADLINE for submissions is 10 DECEMBER 2013. Notices of acceptance will be sent no later than 31 January 2014. Paper proposals must include the author’s name and institutional affiliation, the title of the paper, and an abstract of no more than 150 words for the program. In addition, proposals must include a 600 word extended abstract without personal information. (Be as specific as you can, even if your project is still gestating.) Documents must be attached to an email as a pdf or Word document. TCC welcomes submissions from students. Please indicate student status in all paper proposals. Please send all proposals to TCC.

Conference panels will be held on Thursday, April 10th, and Friday, April 11th  on the  UT-Austin campus.  Keynote speakers  will address the conference both Thursday and Friday. TCC will host a cocktail mixer the evening of Thursday, April 10th at a nearby off- campus location and host a closing party off campus Friday, April 11th. A detailed schedule will be sent to participants at a later date. A conference registration fee of USD $25.00 is required. Watch for updates on our webpage.

This conference is sponsored by the UT Project for Conflict Resolution.