CFP Civic dialogue conference

CFP Civic Dialogue and Leadership Conference
Texas A&M, April 3-6, 2014

Texas A&M University

Civic dialogue is both a process and a product.  As process, it indicates how multiple groups and individuals engage in persuasion, conversation, and argumentation in the context of civil society and politics.  But as product, it is something to strive for through sometimes “uncivil” acts, often in the face of powerful opposition.  Thus, civic dialogue is at the same time a means of engagement and a desired endpoint.   The tension between process and product is particularly acute in contemporary political culture in which the proliferation of polarizing discourse in our public sphere and in organizations presents a challenge for politicians, citizens, and organizations who wish to take a leadership role.  But whether as process or product, civic dialogue always stands in relationship to acts of rhetorical leadership that mobilizes people to act in concert toward a common aim.  This conference will bring together rhetoric, leadership, and organizational communication scholars to explore and analyze civic dialogue and leadership in political and organizational contexts. Scholars will present papers on civic dialogue and leadership in different contexts including: democratic deliberation, social movements and protest, workplace democracy, corporate social responsibility, ethics and leadership practice, the presidency, and diversity and difference.

One goal of the conference is to draw together both established and junior scholars (including graduate students) who are interested in civic dialogue and leadership. Therefore, the conference will feature both plenary speakers and contributed paper presentations. Plenary and contributed papers and responses will be competitively selected to appear in a planned edited conference volume.  A second goal of the conference is to draw together a group of interdisciplinary scholars who are interested in civic dialogue and leadership; therefore the conference will feature the work of both rhetorical and organizational communication scholars. We are pleased to announce that Professor John Murphy will deliver Texas A&M University’s annual Kurt Ritter Lecture in Political Rhetoric during the conference.

Scholars interested in contributing a paper to the conference should submit a one-page abstract to:

Dr. Jennifer Jones Barbour
Department of Communication
Texas A&M University
4234 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Or email your submission (emailed submissions encouraged) Deadline for abstract submissions is December 15, 2013; notifications of acceptance will go out January 1, 2014; completed papers are due March 1.

Texas A & M job ads

The Department of Communication at Texas A&M University invites applications for two tenured positions at either the Associate or Full Professor level starting September 1, 2013. The first position is in Organizational Communication and the second position is in Rhetoric & Public Affairs or Political Communication.  Both positions are intended to enhance our strategic initiative in Civic Dialogue and Leadership, which draws together faculty from different scholarly traditions to conduct research and teach courses on the interrelationships among civic discourse, leadership, and democratic practices.  These positions offer a unique opportunity for senior scholars to provide leadership in moving the program in Civic Dialogue and Leadership into a position of national and international prominence.  Applications from scholars employing all methodological and theoretical orientations are welcome.   Scholars able to address issues regarding civic dialogue and leadership, as well as complement our existing strengths in Organizational Communication, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Telecommunication & Media Studies, or Health Communication are particularly desirable.

The Department of Communication has articulated a strategic vision to be consistently ranked among the top ten departments in the nation, and to that end, is establishing two new anchor programs in Civic Dialogue and Leadership and in Global Media and Technology.  The department offers the PhD, MA, and BA degrees, and has 19 tenure-track faculty members, 60 graduate students, and over 900 undergraduate majors.  Texas A&M is the sixth largest university in the United States, and the student body includes 24% African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaskan Native students, and over 4700 international students from 126 countries. It ranks among the highest nationally in the 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.

To receive fullest consideration, applicants should apply by November 1, 2012, but applications will continue to be accepted until the positions are filled.  A PhD and strong record of scholarship and teaching are required; successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the department in the areas of teaching, research, and service. Interested candidates should mail a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to: Jennifer Mercieca, 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 be accepted).