EWHA-KACA Research Award


Ewha Womans University, Division of Communication and Media (EWHA) and The Korean American Communication Association (KACA) jointly award outstanding research proposals focusing on Korea-related communication and/or media studies. A total of $3,500 will be awarded to the winning recipient(s). Ideally, one or two faculty-led projects (faculty as a PI) will be competitively selected to receive up to $3,500. The half of the award will be distributed at the beginning of the award cycle (August 2017) and the remaining half will be distributed at the completion of the study within two years (August 2019). The research findings should be presented at one of the KACA research sessions at NCA, ICA, or AEJMC in 2018 or 2019.

All material must be submitted electronically to the Award Committee Chair, Dr. Joonghwa Lee, by April 15, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.


Any topic that advances Korea-related communication and/or media research is eligible for the award. Proposals must emphasize contributions to relevant research streams and the Korean society in general. All methods, whether qualitative or quantitative, are welcomed.


Any full-time faculty member who is currently teaching, researching or studying communication or media in North America, Korea, or elsewhere is eligible to apply. To be considered for the award, the PI should be a KACA member as of April 15, 2017. In other words, an applicant should be a KACA member at the time of a proposal submission. Members of the KACA Executive Committee (2015-2017) are not eligible to apply. NOTE: EACH SUBMITTER/AUTHOR IS LIMITED TO ONE PROPOSAL.

U Utah Asia Job Ad (South Korea)

Lecturer Position in Communication (non-tenure track) at University of Utah

The University of Utah’s Department of Communication seeks a lecturer for its Utah Asia Campus (UAC) to commence January 1, 2017.  Depending on experience, appointment may be at the assistant, associate, or professor-lecturer level.  The teaching load is 4 courses or sections per semester.
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. (A.B.D. considered) in communication and experience with US higher education.  Excellent teaching ability is required.  All courses are taught in English.  Housing for US citizens will be provided by the IGC (Incheon Global Campus).

Two programs in communication, strategic communication and journalism, are offered at the UAC.  Strengths in one of these two areas is most desirable, but abilities to teach outside these areas is also desirable.  Core courses at the UAC include Analysis of Argument, Principles of Public Speaking, Introduction to News Writing, Theoretical Perspectives in Communication, Intercultural Communication, Introduction to Media Business & Ethics, Visual Communication, Digital Journalism, Video Production, Principles of Advertising, Cross Cultural Documentary, Communication, Visual Editing, Strategic Communication Theory & Practice, Magazine Writing, Mass Communication Law, PR Cases & Campaigns, and Media Ethics.  Other, more “elective” communication courses are taught as well.

Established in 2014, the UAC has a growing presence in Songdo, South Korea.  A new building, solely for the University of Utah on the Incheon Global Campus, was occupied this year.  Built on reclaimed land, the campus is 30 minutes from Incheon International Airport, a major gateway and transportation hub for East Asia.  Seoul may be reached by bus, subway, or taxi, and is less than an hour away by car.

Formal review of applications will begin November 15 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting teaching experiences and credentials; a CV; a writing sample; evidence of teaching excellence; and a list of three references that includes contact information.  To apply click here.  Questions about the position may be directed to Kent A. Ono, Department Chair and Search Committee Chair, at Kent.Ono[at]Utah.edu.

The Department of Communication is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity; and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. The University of Utah recognizes that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365. Full benefits are provided for both same sex and different sex couples. The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

U Utah Asia Campus job ad (Korea)

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor (Lecturer) at University of Utah Asia Campus

The University of Utah’s Department of Communication invites applications for one to two non-tenure track lecturer positions in Communication beginning July 1, 2016, for appointment at the University of Utah Asia Campus (UAC) in Songdo, Korea. Songdo, Korea, is about an hour southwest of Seoul and close to the Incheon International Airport. The UAC is a campus of the University of Utah. All non-language courses are taught in English.

Lecturers will teach courses from the following list of courses offered at the UAC: Analysis of Argument, Principles of Public Speaking, Introduction to News Writing, Theoretical Perspectives in Communication, Intercultural Communication, Introduction to Media Business & Ethics, Visual Communication, Digital Journalism, Video Production, Principles of Advertising, Cross Cultural Documentary Communication, Visual Editing, Strategic Communication Theory & Practice, Magazine Writing, Mass Communication Law, PR Cases & Campaigns, and Media Ethics. An abbreviated description of these courses may be found online.

Successful candidates will be excellent teachers. The standard annual teaching load for lecturers at the UAC is 4/4. Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in Communication (A.B.D. candidates will be considered) or a terminal degree in a closely related discipline or interdisciplinary program and a record of, or demonstrated potential for, teaching excellence.

Formal review of applications will begin April 8, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting teaching experiences and credentials, a CV, a writing sample, evidence of teaching excellence, and a list of three references. Apply online.

Questions about the position may be directed to Kent A. Ono, Department Chair and Search Committee Chair.

Korean Adoption Studies Research Symposium (Seoul)

Call for Papers
Fourth International Korean Adoption Studies Research Symposium

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Planned location: IKAA Gathering 2016, Seoul, Korea.
Symposium Sponsor: IKAA (International Korean Adoptee Associations). 

Submissions Due by: December 1, 2015
Submit to: ISKAS2016@gmail.com

Questions? Please contact the Symposium organizers Sara Docan-Morgan, Tobias Hübinette, Kimberly McKee, and Elizabeth Raleigh at ISKAS2016@gmail.com.

The International Korean Adoptee Associations (IKAA) will convene the Fourth International Symposium on Korean Adoption Studies as part of the IKAA Gathering 2016. The field of Korean adoption studies is specifically concerned with international adoption from Korea including the experiences of overseas adopted Koreans, birth families, adoptive families, and the families of adoptees. We recognize and celebrate the interdisciplinary nature of Korean adoption studies. These scholars work at the intersections of Asian and Korean studies, postcolonial and cultural studies, and social and behavioral sciences. Their research is also engaged with issues of race and ethnicity, migration and diaspora, gender and family, and globalization and transnationalism.

The day-long symposium will bring together scholars from around the world who are conducting research in the field of Korean adoption studies. We also welcome submissions from scholars creating linkages between transnational adoptions from Korea and other sending countries such as China, Ethiopia, and Ukraine. By bringing together a diverse group of scholars from multiple fields, we hope to build on the momentum of the previous Research Symposiums to further academic inquiry and strengthen the network of scholars tackling questions surrounding international adoption.

We encourage submissions from everyone, but will prioritize academic papers from those who have completed or are currently enrolled in a terminal master’s or Ph.D. program. All studies involving human subjects must abide by IKAA’s Rules and Guidelines for Conducting Scholarly Research. We seek presentations/papers on a range of topics that represent as many of the current research approaches on Korean adoption as possible. Suggested topics include (but are not limited to):
–       Research related to the theme of the IKAA Gathering 2016: Connecting Communities & Looking Towards the Future
–       Links in adoption policy, history, ideology and/or adoption cultures between South Korea and other sending nations
–       Ethics and positionality in Korean adoption research, imagining and researching adoption, including methodologies, disciplines and the politics of criticism
–       The lifelong processes of Korean adoptee identity: Genealogies, long-term mental health issues in Korean adoptee populations, intimacy, sexuality, and family formation
–       Korean adoption aesthetics, representation and affectivity
–       Korean adoptee experiences in the context of the larger Korean diaspora

Submission Deadline and Instructions
Submissions are due December 1, 2015. No late proposals will be accepted. We will accept proposals via email only. A cover page submitted without attached proposal or CV is NOT considered complete. The cover page can be found online. We will not accept or consider submissions that are lacking information. Selection notifications will be made by e-mail by the end of January.

Santoi Wagner – micro grant

Santoi WagnerDr. Santoi Wagner, Associate Director of TESOL at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, received one of the National Communication Association’s micro grants in Fall 2012 in order to work with Dr. Eun Sung Park, Assistant Professor of TESOL/Applied Linguistics and Director of the General English Education Program at Sogang University, Korea. They share research and professional interests in issues surrounding second language teaching and learning. Through this international and intercultural collaboration, the project will contribute to a deeper understanding of the interactional competencies and expectations of appropriate communicative behaviors for the classroom that non-native English speaking teachers bring to their training, and take home with them. The collaboration will also help ensure that the question of how to best support international students will receive balanced consideration from the perspectives of training in TESOL programs in the United States and teaching in students’ home countries.

Project background: With the spread of English around the globe, and the growing use of English as a lingua franca, there is an increasing demand for English language teachers. A significant proportion of students in many TESOL graduate programs in the United States are non-native English speaking (NNES) international students. While the experience for these students is often a positive one, an under-examined aspect of their training is how well the programs prepare students to teach in their home countries. For researchers interested in the interface of language and social interaction in the classroom, an issue of concern is the potential diversity in culturally appropriate norms of classroom communicative behavior. Although the impact of teacher education on actual teaching practices is an established field of inquiry, there has been much less research with respect to NNES teachers. Much of the work relating to NNES teachers of English has only been completed in the past fifteen years, and is predominantly centered around teacher self-accounts through narratives, interviews, and surveys, rather than investigations of actual teaching practices. This project seeks to explore two related questions: (a) How are NNES teachers’ communicative behaviors in the classroom altered by undergoing a training program outside of their home country? (b) How is this communicative behavior affected when NNES teachers return home to classroom and educational contexts that may be significantly different? Because the focus is the interactional practices of NNES teachers as they engage in their teaching, the study will primarily employ a qualitative micro-analytic approach to analyze the data collected from classroom observations.

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