Emerson College: Global Communication (USA)

“JobExecutive in Residence or Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Global Communication at Emerson College, Boston, MA, USA. Deadline: Open until filled (posted October 21, 2019).

The Department of Communication Studies at Emerson College seeks a faculty colleague with expertise in the field of global communication. This full-time appointment may be for a tenure-track Assistant Professor or for a renewable term Executive in Residence, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and current position. Appointment begins on August 20, 2020. Emerson College is committed to an active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity—in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in the college’s intellectual, social, cultural, and geographical communities. Emerson endorses a framework of inclusive excellence, which recognizes that institutional excellence comes from fully engaging with diversity in all aspects of institutional activities. Therefore, they strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate through their teaching, research, and service that they can contribute to Emerson’s excellence in this area.

Clarifying Conversations: Race and Identity

REPRESENTATIONS OF RACE AND IDENTITY IN CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN CULTURE

Responding to ongoing public discussions about race and identity, this panel is an interactive dialogue about how race and identity are represented, articulated, constituted, and enacted in various ways in American culture, from political discussions to popular culture, in the news media and among citizens in everyday conversation.

Richard West’s NCA Presidential Initiative
A Public Program of the National Communication Association
Held at Emerson College

Important questions to be addressed include:
* How do we talk about race and identity?
* What are the consequences and effects of how we communicate about race and identity?
* How do our interactions about race and identity include and embrace, exclude and oppress?
* How can we clarify, through conversation, our public understanding and enactment of race and identity in the American context?

Thursday, March 20, 2014
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
BILL BORDY THEATER
216 Tremont Street, First Floor
Emerson College, Boston, MA 02116

MODERATOR
HARVEY YOUNG, Department of Theatre at Northwestern University
An award-winning author and an internationally recognized authority on African-American culture and performing arts, Professor Young is the author of Embodying Black Experience and Theatre & Race, and co-editor of Performance in the Borderlands and Reimagining A Raisin in the Sun: Four New Plays.

PANELISTS

ANNE DEMO, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University
Professor Demo’s work explores the relationships between visual/digital rhetoric and U.S. cultural politics. She is the co-editor of Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form: Sighting Memory.

KIMBERLY McLARIN, Department of Writing, Literature & Publishing at Emerson College
Appearing regularly on the Emmy Award-winning show Basic Black, Boston’s long-running television program devoted to African-American themes, Professor McLarin is the author of four books, including Jump at the Sun, which was chosen as a 2007 Fiction Honor Book by both the Massachusetts Center for the Book and the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Her new memoir, Divorce Dog, was published last year.

TOM NAKAYAMA, Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University
Professor Nakayama studies intercultural communication and whiteness. A former editor of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, he is a co-editor of the Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication.

JEFF SCHAFFER, Executive Producer, The League
Mr. Schaffer is a producer, writer, and director for television and film. His writing credits include episodes of the television programs Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm and the films Bruno and The Dictator. He is also the creator, writer, and director of The League and writer and director of the 2004 film EuroTrip.

ANGHARAD N. VALDIVIA, Media and Cinema Studies at the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In examinations of media studies and contemporary mainstream popular culture, Professor Valdivia combines the areas of gender studies with ethnic studies and transnational studies. She is the managing editor of the International Encyclopedia of Media Studies.

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Phillip Glenn – Fulbright

Phillip Glenn
Emerson College

Fulbright Senior Scholar, Moldova

In May 2006 I traveled to the Republic of Moldova on a Fulbright Senior Scholar Grant.  A former Soviet Republic, Moldova is a small nation located north of the Black Sea, between Ukraine and Romania.  Although it faces many of the same economic, political, and social struggles that challenge other post-Soviet nations, Moldova’s situation is particularly difficult.  It is the poorest nation in Europe.  The eastern part of Moldova called Trans-Dnistrya (across the Dniester River) has been operating as a quasi-independent breakaway republic for the past twelve years and is widely known to be a regional center for trafficking in drugs, slavery, and mass weapons.  Moldovans hope someday to enter the European Union (EU), as their neighbors to the west are doing, but they recognize how much needs to change before they can do so.  The higher education system is undergoing reform in attempts to align with the Bologna Agreement that aims to provide for consistency among European universities.

Glenn with members of the International Relations Faculty

My gracious hosts at IRIM (the International Relations Institute of Moldova in Chisinau, the capital city) set me up with multiple opportunities to lecture and meet with students on topics related to conflict, negotiation, and communication.  I attended a student-organized conference on Moldova’s prospects for joining the EU.  I met with the faculties of International Relations and Germanic Languages to discuss their curricular reform efforts.  IRIM is expanding the depth and breadth of its offerings in communication, conflict, and negotiation. These subjects appeal strongly to many students and faculty members, in part because of Moldova’s recent history and current political situation.

As a faculty member in Emerson College’s Department of Organizational and Political Communication, my teaching concerns the central role communication plays in resolving conflicts and building productive relationships.  As a Fulbright Scholar in 1995 in the Czech Republic I had previous experience with post-Communist educational institutions.  My wife Liliana is from Moldova, and from previous visits I had some acquaintance with the country and its people.  Liliana accompanied me to most lectures and meetings, and it was truly helpful having her contributions and insights.  Most Moldovans are bilingual speakers of Russian and Romanian; I speak only a bit of Russian.  Fortunately, most students understood English well, and interpreters were provided when needed.

Other activities included lectures at Moldova State University (Chisinau) and the State University at Cahul and attending an American Studies Conference.  One of the highlights of the trip was meeting with staff members from Helsinki Watch Cometitul Moldova.  We learned about their important work in monitoring human rights issues in Moldova and began exploring ways I could help provide educational opportunities to further their efforts.

The Fulbright trip was brief, but it opened doors for further exchanges of information, visits, and scholarly collaborations.  It gave me new perspectives on my own teaching and research, especially greater sensitivity to how core concepts in conflict and negotiation are shaped by cultural and historical contexts. Moldovan students and faculty, like their American counterparts, are keenly interested in learning alternative ways to resolve differences.  They see their nation clearly as needing new relationship paradigms, from the interpersonal to the international levels, and they are committed to helping bring about positive change.  Although the challenges are great, it is an exciting time.