Digital Transformations, Social Media Engagement & the Asian Century (Australia)

Planning is highly advanced for the International Communication Association Regional Conference, Digital Transformations, Social Media Engagement, and the Asian Century, to be held at the Queensland U of Technology (Gardens Point campus) from 1-3 October 2014.

The conference has a very exciting range of keynote speakers, including incoming ICA President Peter Vorderer (U of Mannheim), Mohan Dutta (National U of Singapore), Cynthia Stohl (U of California Santa Barbara), Jack Linchuan Qiu (Chinese U of Hong Kong), Yi-Hui Christine Huang (Chinese U of Hong Kong), ICA fellows Cindy Gallois (U of Queensland) and John Hartley (Curtin U), Lance Bennett (U of Washington), Christoph Neuberger (LMU U, Munich), and Stuart Cunningham (Queensland U of Technology).

There will be a range of special events taking place, including a forum on “Science Communication in the Digital Age” hosted by the U of Queensland at the historic Customs House, and “Crisis Communication in Chinese Context”, sponsored by the Public Relations Institute of Australia. There are also special lunchtime sessions on academic publishing convened by the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) and Taylor & Francis, as well as over 50 paper sessions, panels and poster sessions.

Information on the conference can be found on the conference website. Early bird registration ($300 for faculty and $150 for graduate students) is available until 22 August 2014, with final registration by 12 September 2014. A draft program can be accessed from the conference website, as well as information about accommodation in Brisbane.

Wayne State U job ad

Wayne State University
Assistant Professor of Public Relations

The Department of Communication in the College of Fine, Performing and Communication Arts at Wayne State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor tenure-track position in Public Relations beginning no later than August 19, 2013. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Minimum qualifications are a completed PhD in Communication or related discipline by August 19, 2013.

We seek a colleague with a program of research in public relations with emphasis in social media, crisis communication, international contexts, or campaign metrics and evaluation. Preference will be given to candidates with professional experience in public relations. Candidates must present clear evidence of the potential for establishing a national reputation through an active program of research, an interest in seeking external funding, a strong record of teaching, a commitment to both undergraduate and graduate (MA and PhD) education, a willingness to mentor graduate students, and experience with diverse populations. Responsibilities include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations; mentoring undergraduate and graduate (MA and PhD) students; pursuing an active program of research and publishing in high-quality venues; seeking external research funding; contributing to the intellectual life of the department; and providing appropriate professional service.

All applicants must use the Wayne State Online Hiring System, referring to posting #038969. The application packet must include a letter of application, curriculum vita, names and contact information for three references, a representative sample of research, and a teaching portfolio that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Faxed or email applications will not be accepted. Please do not submit transcripts or other supporting material at this time.

Inquiries about the positions may be directed to: Pradeep Sopory, Chair, Public Relations Search Committee, Department of Communication, 585 Manoogian Hall, Wayne State University Detroit, MI 48201 (psopory AT Applications remain open until the position is filled; the search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 21, 2012Wayne State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

Michigan State U job ad

The School of Journalism and the Department of Communication in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) at Michigan State University (MSU) seek a tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor in the areas of health, environment, science, and risk communication.

The successful candidate will conduct research about risk communication related to health, science, and the environment.  Candidates could have expertise in areas such as: environmental journalism; health communication, science communication, crisis communication; international and intercultural communication of risks; public participation and advocacy; risk decision-making; policy and risks; or social influence and persuasion.  The successful candidate would work with interdisciplinary teams to seek research funding from government agencies and private foundations.

This position is jointly appointed between Journalism and Communication and housed in the School of Journalism. The split of duties will depend on the expertise of the person hired, but the person will be expected to teach courses in both units.  The candidate would be expected to work with faculty in the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, the CAS Health & Risk Communication Center and other units at MSU. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Journalism, Communication, Mass Communication, or a related field. Experience in funded research is desirable.

To apply, please refer to Posting #5234 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website Applicants should submit electronically a cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position, a vita, and the names of three references.  Please direct inquiries to Dr. Lucinda Davenport ( or Dr. Charles Atkin (, co-chairs of the search committee. The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants Nov. 1, 2011, and continue until an exceptional candidate is selected.

The School of Journalism and Department of Communication are housed within MSU’s world-renowned College of Communication Arts and Sciences, located in East Lansing, Michigan.  The College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University, established in 1955, was the first such college in the country.  Today, with more than 4,000 students, it is one of the largest and most respected.  The College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University combines a research-intensive faculty with a strong professional mission to prepare students for rewarding careers and emerging technologies, and to influence the professional practice of communication globally.  For additional information, visit

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Marquette Asst Prof

The Strategic Communication Department in the J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor beginning August 20, 2012. The Diederich College of Communication includes majors in advertising, broadcast and electronic communication, communication studies, corporate communication, journalism, performing arts and public relations. A $28 million gift from the Diederich family has made possible renovations of Johnston Hall, the college’s home; laboratory and studio technology; and generous support for faculty development and travel.

Duties and Responsibilities: Teach graduate and/or undergraduate courses in the public relations field such as, Public Relations Writing, Multicultural and International Strategic Communication, Integrated Marketing Communication, Crisis Communication, PR Strategies, Emerging and Social Media, Digital Communication and Health Communication. Engage in a rigorous research program, advise undergraduate and graduate students and provide service as requested to the college and/or university.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: Ph.D. required. Applicants should have Ph.D. in communication or closely related field with knowledge base in public relations or strategic communication and demonstrated potential for teaching excellence and high quality research. Competence in digital technologies and social media and professional experience in the PR industry preferred. Ability to teach in advertising is a plus.
Applications must include: 1) A cover letter that addresses interest in and qualifications for the position, including a statement explaining how the candidate’s teaching and research will contribute to the department; 2) A curriculum vitae; 3) Evidence of teaching, and 4) Names and contact information for a minimum of three references.

Applications must be submitted through the Marquette University Human Resources website. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2011 and continue until the position is filled. Marquette University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

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