Post-doc, U New Mexico

The Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico invites applications for two post-doctoral fellowship appointments for fall, 2011. We are seeking scholars with substantial background in culture and communication, intercultural communication, and health, culture and communication. The department offers nationally recognized doctoral, masters and undergraduate degrees, and welcomes research that features diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. Our scholarly community features faculty and graduate students who are active in numerous professional associations, and who regularly collaborate with interdisciplinary institutes and programs such as the Latin American & Iberian Institute, Women Studies, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Applicants will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation, the relevance of their research to the department’s academic priorities, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and strength of recommendations. Post-doctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to teach graduate and undergraduate courses and work with graduate students, will be invited to become involved in the Institute for Communication, Culture & Change, and will be expected to contribute to the department research colloquium series. Fellows will be expected to carry out research in their area of specialization and teach two courses each semester. Appointments will be for one year, renewable for up to two subsequent years.

Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in Communication or a related field by the time of appointment.  A complete application consists of: (1) a signed letter of interest identifying areas of expertise and background, research interests, and teaching experience; (2) a curriculum vitae/academic resume including email address; (3) two samples of recent, representative publications or conference papers; (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness in introductory and advanced undergraduate courses, and graduate level courses, if appropriate; and (5) names and contact information for three references.

Send applications to Mary Jane Collier, Professor, Post-Doctoral Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication & Journalism, MSC03 2240, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001, FAX (505) 277-2608, or via email to Review of applications will begin April 15, 2011 and continue until the Fellowship positions are filled. The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Patricia O. Covarrubias Profile

ProfilesPatricia O. Covarrubias (Ph.D. University of Washington, 1999) is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She is former faculty in the Department of Communication and Journalism, also at UNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Patricia Covarrubias

Her previous careers include work as a broadcast journalist for KCRA-TV (NBC affiliate in Sacramento, California) and owner of OCELOTL, a consulting company providing presentation skills to US and Japanese business persons. Her academic research focuses on understanding and describing how local cultures influence people’s ways of communicating and vice versa, and on describing how culturally-grounded communicative practices reflect and create a unique life for groups of people. Ultimately, she is interested in the influence of culture and cultural diversity in the activities and events of everyday life across a variety of contexts. Her research goals include contributing to the ethnography of communication, to language and social interaction approaches, and to Mexicanx and Chicanx communicative practices. Further, her aim is to contribute to cultural and intercultural communication, metaphors as communication, and the much-understudied area of generative communicative silence. In whatever context, her professional passions and research impetus are driven by personal ideals for achieving social inclusivity and justice, improving institutional (and other) contexts, more peaceful living, richer multicultural experience, and greater benefits from our human socio-cultural distinctiveness.

In the area of communicative silence she is interested in exploring silences as “generative” rather than “consumptive” enactments.  For example, she studied silence as a generative means for perpetuating, particularizing, and/or protecting culture. To this research she would like to add uses of silence to enact social resistance for purposes of emancipation. Also, she is interested in studying the kinds of social worlds people create when competing culturally situated silences collide. For example, using American Indian examples, she has taken a critical look at silence enactments that reveal “discriminatory silence” within the context of the college classroom. In future work, she hopes to explore the silencing of women who practice orthodox religions, particularly to not exclusively, in college contexts. The study of communicative silence is a much under-studied and under-theorized aspect in the field of communication, among other academic fields, and her goal is to contribute to centralizing its importance in studies about human communication.

Her past research includes ethnographic investigation of the ways of speaking of native Mexican construction workers and the ways they use pronominal address to create interpersonal webs that, in turn, enabled them to achieve workplace cooperation. This work was published as, Culture, Communication, and Cooperation: Interpersonal Relations and Pronominal Address in a Mexican Organization. Also, she co-authored Among Cultures: The Challenge of Communication, a textbook that applies the Ethnography of Communication and narrative approaches to the study of cultural communication. And, she was writer, co-producer, co-director, and co-editor of Trenzas: Margaret Montoya Stories, a documentary about the first Chicana to be admitted to Harvard Law School.


Hall, B. J., Covarrubias, P. O., & Kirschbaum, K. (2018). Among cultures: The challenge of communication (3rd ed.). London: Routledge.

Covarrubias, P. (2002) Culture, communication, and cooperation: Interpersonal relations and pronominal address in a Mexican organization. Bounder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield.

Creative Productions:

Covarrubias, P. (2019). Originator, writer, co-producer, co-director, co-editor of documentary. Trenzas: Margaret Montoya Stories.

Recent articles and chapters:

Covarrubias, P., Kvam, D., & Saito. M. (2019). Symbolic agonistics: Stressing emotion and relation in Mexican, Mexican@, and Japanese discourses. In M. Scollo & T. Milburn (Eds.) Engaging and transforming global communication through cultural discourse analysis: A tribute to Donal Carbaugh (pp. 179-194). Denver, CO: Rowman & Littlefield.

Covarrubias, P. (2017). Respeto [respect] in disrespect: Clashing cultural themes within the context of immigration. In D. Carbaugh (Ed.) The handbook of communication in cross-cultural perspective (pp. 208-221). London: Routledge.

Covarrubias, P., & Windchief, S. (2009) Silences in stewardship: Some American Indian college students examples.  The Howard Journal of Communications, 20(4), 1-20.

Covarrubias, P. (2008). Masked silence sequences: Hearing discrimination in the college classroom. Communication, Culture & Critique, 1(3), 227-252.

Covarrubias, P. (2007). (Un)biased in Western theory: Generative silence in American Indian communication. Communication Monographs, 74(2), 265-271. 

Recent shorter works:

Covarrubias, P. O. (2018). Cultural communication. In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of communication. New York: Oxford University Press.

Covarrubias, P. O. (2018). Communication modes: Mexican. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), International encyclopedia of intercultural communication. Wiley-Blackwell.

Covarrubias, P. O. (2015). Ethnographic research. In J. M. Bennett (Ed.) Encyclopedia of intercultural competence (vol. 1, pp. 312-315). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Covarrubias, P. O. (2015). Silence. In K. Tracy (Ed.) International encyclopedia of language and social interaction (pp. 1354-1359). Boston, MA: Wiley.

Covarrubias, P. O. (2015). Pronoun functions. In K. Tracy (Ed.) International encyclopedia of language and social interaction (pp. 1236-1242). Boston, MA: Wiley.

Covarrubias Baillet, P. O. (2009). The ethnography of communication. In S. Littlejohn & K. Foss (Eds.) Encyclopedia of communication theory (pp. 355-360). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Covarrubias Baillet, P. O. (2009). Speech codes theory. In S. Littlejohn & K. Foss (Eds.), Encyclopedia of communication theory (pp. 918-924). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Job ad-interaction/intercultural

Assistant Professor of Communication: Language & Social Interaction
University of Wisconsin-Parkside
Beginning Fall 2011

The Communication Department is seeking candidates for a tenure track Assistant Professor to teach courses in Language and Social Interaction (e.g., discourse analysis, ethnography of communication, pragmatics, narrative analysis), with an emphasis in qualitative research on culture, identity, diversity, and/or questions of social justice.  The successful candidate will be able to teach 1-2 sections of Communication and the Human Condition, a large lecture course for entry-level undergraduates (majors and non-majors).  Additional assignments may include courses in Introduction to the Communication Discipline Parts 1 & 2 (theory and research courses), Communication and Ethnicity (African American or Native American sections needed), Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Communication and Social Movements, or Health Communication, depending upon interests/expertise and department needs.

-Teaching:  teaching classes in the undergraduate program, curriculum development, grading, holding regular office hours.
-Research:  research and scholarly publication, culminating in refereed journal and conference publications. Book publications and grants are welcomed contributions.
-Service:  provide service to the department in support of curriculum, teaching, and service to the university and community. Service includes student advising, serving on departmental and university committees, assisting in departmental and university events.  Contribute to the development and improvement of departmental programs and activities. Contributions to community projects and events are also appreciated.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Sensitivity to, or experience in, working with a diverse, multicultural population
-Ability to teach introductory communication courses and upper-level courses in Language and Social Interaction at the college level.
-Ability to engage in appropriate instructor-student relationships and interactions and collegial conduct
-Ability to effectively communicate with students, staff and colleagues both orally and in writing
-Knowledge of computer technology (software programs such as MS Word) and ability to learn and use new software/technologies (e.g. D2L course management software)

-Ph.D. in Communication at the time of appointment.  ABD’s considered.
-Coursework, scholarship, and/or teaching experience in language and social interaction, and in one or more of the emphases noted in the position description
-Minimum of one year’s teaching experience at the college level, with evidence of teaching effectiveness.
-Some evidence of course development.
-Experience teaching courses in the areas under “additional assignments” in the position description.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

The University:
UW-Parkside is committed to academic excellence, student success, community engagement, and diversity and inclusiveness. The University enrolls approximately 5,100 students, many of whom are first generation and nontraditional students. Located in northern Kenosha County in the Chicago-Milwaukee urban corridor, much of the university’s 700-acre campus has been preserved in its natural wooded and prairie state.

Review of Applications:
Complete applications received by March 18, 2011 are ensured full consideration; position is open until filled.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should submit the following, preferably in electronic format:
-A cover letter of application
-Curriculum vitae
-Copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial copies will be acceptable at the application stage)
-Samples of syllabi from courses taught
-Statement of teaching and research philosophy
-Summary of teaching evaluations
-Examples of scholarly work
-Names and contact information for three references
(Additional materials may be requested.)

Email submissions to:

Joseph Lambin
University of Wisconsin-Parkside,
Communication Department
900 Wood Road
Kenosha, WI 53141

UW-Parkside is an AA/EEO employer D/M/V/W

Northeastern U job ad

“The Department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor with expertise in intercultural communication and global communication to begin Fall 2011. We are seeking a candidate with teaching and research expertise in intercultural and global communication in a variety of contexts.

Our mission is to develop both research and teaching in a way that advances critical thinking into practice and application. We are a primarily undergraduate department looking for candidates that can contribute to the development of our graduate, as well as undergraduate programs. Candidates should also be comfortable in a co-operative education environment. All candidates must have an established record of research and an ongoing research program, demonstrable teaching excellence, and possess a doctorate in communication studies. Successful applicants will also have a demonstrated commitment to achieving and maintaining diversity in higher education.

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on December 6, 2010 and continue until the position is filled. Application information and complete job description available at the online application website:, and click on ‘Faculty Positions’.”

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