Villanova U: Postdoc in Communication & Race (USA)

Postdoctoral Fellow in Communication & Race, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, USA. Deadline: 28 February 2023.

The Department of Communication at Villanova University seeks applicants for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow, to begin Fall 2023. The position is renewable for up to three years. The position is designed to foster the professional development of recent PhDs on their journey to full-time faculty positions. Successful candidates will gain formal teaching experience as well as support and mentorship from Communication faculty. The department is particularly interested in expanding studies at the juncture of communication and race which may include intersections with practices of gender, sexuality, ability, transnationalism, etc.

Basic requirements: Ph.D. in Communication (ABD considered, with degree in hand by August 2023). Seeking candidates whose teaching, scholarship, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as demonstrated in our Departmental focus on social justice, dialogue, and storytelling across the eight area concentrations (Interpersonal & Intercultural Communication, Journalism, Media Production, Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Performance Studies, Public Relations & Advertising, Rhetorical Studies). Some college-level teaching is a plus but not required.

CFP Communication & Race


Call for submissions to a new journal: Communication and Race. Inaugural Editor: Armond R. Towns (Carleton University, Canada). Deadline: Ongoing.

Launching in 2024 as a journal of the National Communication Association, Communication and Race welcomes submissions that address theorizations of race infrequently published elsewhere. Communication and Race rejects the idea that race is relevant only in reaction to recently publicized events of racism. Instead, the journal’s point of departure is that race plays a significant role in the global circulation of epistemological, political, social, and economic relations. Communication and Race assumes that the serious study of race is of value for a collective push toward thinking about new forms of humanity, far beyond Western race, while also developing a rigorous understanding of Western racial practices. Communication and Race strives to play a central role in imagining a different world, which does not ascribe a higher reality to Europe and its limited classifications of humanity.

While emerging from the field of communication studies, Communication and Race encourages submissions from across the disciplines, with an eye toward fresh theorizations of race. Such approaches may be rhetorical, media analytic, quantitative, qualitative, philosophical, historical and historiographic, (auto)ethnographic, performative, and more. Topics and areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Global poverty and debt
  • (Neo)colonialism and decolonization
  • Climate crises
  • Robotics and AI
  • Information economies
  • Migration, borders, and refugees
  • Militarism and (anti)imperialism
  • Finance and consumer capitalism
  • Labor and unionization
  • Media archaeology and ecology
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Law and legal studies
  • Nuclear power
  • Health communication
  • State-sanctioned violence
  • Mass incarceration
  • Nationalism
  • Fascism
  • Religion and secularism
  • Education and knowledge production
  • Intellectual histories
  • Literature
  • Media technology and infrastructure

Essays will be peer reviewed, and should be submitted in MS Word, be no more than 9,000 words long, and should adhere to the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style in bibliographical endnote format. They must not be under review elsewhere or have appeared in any other published forms. The journal’s submission site is forthcoming. For any questions about the journal or the submissions process, or to submit a piece, please email the Editor Armond Towns.

Call for Nominations: Communication & Race Editor

Professional Opportunities

Call for Nominations/ Applications: Communication and Race, Editor-elect. Deadline: January 31, 2022.


The journal Communication and Race is a new peer-reviewed publication of the National Communication Association. The journal publishes original scholarship on the centrality of race, racism, and colonialism to the praxis of communication. The journal contributes in distinct ways to the Communication discipline by building on the theories and epistemologies of Black, Ethnic, Latinx, Indigenous, and Asian studies scholars.

During 2022, NCA’s Publications Council will nominate an Editor-Elect (or co-Editors- Elect) for the new journal. The appointed Editor, who will serve as the journal’s founding Editor, will begin processing manuscripts early in 2023, and will oversee the volumes for 2024-2026. The journal is to be published four times each year.

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