Xi’an Jiaotong – Liverpool University job ad (China)

Lecturer/Associate Professor at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
Department: English, Culture and Communication
Ref: LCT1407
Closing date for receipt of applications: 30 November 2014

Applications are invited for positions in the Department of English, Culture and Communication at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. The Department specialises in communication and media studies, applied linguistics, literary and cultural studies. It currently has 20 academic staff and over 500 students. Successful applicants will have, or expect shortly to receive, a PhD, or be able to demonstrate appropriate professional experience. They will have good teaching experience and evidence of the ability to produce high quality research publications. Candidates for the role of Associate Professor should also have a strong track record in teaching and academic supervision, as well as an international research profile in their field and a successful record of research funding. Candidates with teaching and research expertise in communication and media studies, media management and new and digital media are encouraged to apply.

Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees. Formed in 2006, the first cohort of students graduated in August 2010. The university now has 6,000 students studying on campus. The language of instruction in Years 2 to 4 is English. XJTLU aims to become truly research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of Ph.D. student numbers on campus.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to other major cities in China, just 25 minutes from Shanghai. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP ($195 billion in 2012). The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals, UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens, and the I.M Pei-designed Suzhou Museum attracting millions of tourists annually. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there are a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and a great nightlife. Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

The salary range for the positions is 14,898 – 30,099 RMB/month (Lecturer), and 30,555 – 41,712 RMB/month (Associate Professor). In addition, members of academic staff are entitled to accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses. Overseas staff may receive a tax “holiday” of up to three years, depending on nationality and personal circumstances.

All applicants should apply using the HR online application system. Please click the ‘Apply’ button below and register a user account. After registration, you will be asked to upload your CV, submit a covering letter (in English) outlining your interest in the position, and complete the online Basic Information, Referees and Equal Opportunities forms.

If you are experiencing difficulties using our HR online application system, please contact: recruitment.hrATxjtlu.edu.cn.

CFP Kome

KOME, a new peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by the Hungarian Communication Studies Association is calling for submissions for its forthcoming issue. The journal aims to create a platform for an innovative interdisciplinary discourse in the field of communication and media studies, with a focal point on basic researches.

Since its formation, there has been a wide debate on the (in)famous first axiom of pragmatics which states that ‘one cannot not communicate’. Questions of whether the subsuming of any and all kind of information processing in a category called ‘communication’ results in a viable approach towards actions performed by various entities, or simply suits in the flow of the inflation of concepts so precious concerning human existence and co-existences are rarely answered, if even posed in the field of communication and media studies. Nowadays, applied communication researches seems not to care much about the fact that no researches on communication and media can be carried out without having preconceptions about the nature of the phenomenon constituting its object. Which, considering their disciplinary boundaries, would be perfectly acceptable if not only a marginal fraction of theories, serving as the basis for those researches had linked their assertions on communication to the preconceived notions that determine the demarcation of the domain of communication and media studies through the selection and organization of different perceptions in a given intellectual framework. The unidentified nature of such preconceptions is relevant not exclusively in metatheories but it may also make the adequacy of a given theory questionable in additional researches, which results in a situation where these theories can not provide a general answer to a couple of the most basic questions, namely, ‘what is communication’ ‘what is media’ ‘who is able to communicate’ etc. Therefore KOME welcomes researches and discussions with an eye toward defining and theorizing communication and the media, and invite authors to submit manuscripts exploring basic questions of the field with plausible reasoning, but regardless of the theoretical framework or the chosen methodology.

For submission please send your paper to the Editorial Office:
kome AT komjournal.com

Please visit our website and view the current issue.

DEADLINE: Februry 25, 2013

Marton Demeter & Janos Toth, editors