University of Otago 2014

Constructing Frames flyerOn March 21, 2014 I presented “Constructing frames: Goffman, Bateson, and frame analysis as a neglected part of social construction theory” at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand. This was my second talk at Otago (description of the first was posted in 2012). Last time I was hosted by the Department of Languages and Cultures; this time by Media, Film and Communication.

Despite meeting late on a Friday afternoon, there was a large crowd, so local dedication to scholarly conversations is impressive. A personal first for me was having someone, in this case Rosemary Overell, tweet about my talk as it was occurring.

The fact that faculty and graduate students from across the campus attended on a Friday afternoon was even more impressive. In addition to multiple members of the Media, Film and Communication department, I talked to people from Theatre Studies, Sociology, Anthropology, Tourism, German, the Higher Education Development Centre, Applied Sciences, the Centre for Science Communication, and several other parts of the university.

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Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz and Michael Bourk

My thanks to my host, Michael Bourk, who organized the event, to Vijay Devadas, Head of Department, who supported it with a generous reception and dinner, and to department staff members Maureen and Paulette for managing the details. In the days before and after the talk, I met with several graduate students and faculty members about a variety of other subjects, ranging from intercultural communication to ethnographic methods. I look forward to continued conversations on these and other topics, and hope to have the chance to visit the University of Otago again in the future.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

U Otago job ad tourism faculty

Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Tourism-1302076
DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

We are seeking applications from research active staff at the level of Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Tourism. This vacancy offers applicants the opportunity to join the staff of the well-established and progressive Department of Tourism, at the University of Otago.

Applicants for the position of Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor must hold a PhD and have a demonstrated record of publication in high quality academic journals. Candidates who have the capability to teach events management and/or tourism product development will be viewed favourably. Applicants who demonstrate a capacity to work with industry are especially welcome to apply. All applicants should be able to demonstrate a clear commitment to team work and the ability to enhance the teaching, learning and research environment of the Department of Tourism. Experience in supervision of postgraduate students is also a critical component to this position.

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to continue developing their academic career in a vibrant and dynamic tourism context.  Tourism is a cornerstone of the New Zealand economy and is of great significance to New Zealand’s environment and society. The Department is located in the South Island’s southern tourism region which includes Queenstown, the Central Otago Lakes region and Fiordland which are famed for adventure and wildlife tourism products, ski fields, extensive alpine national parks, and indigenous Maori tourism enterprises, among other things. Dunedin is a harbour city of outstanding Victorian heritage set adjacent to the Otago Peninsula and its unique marine wildlife. It offers a temperate climate and an excellent quality of life.

The preferred starting date for the successful applicant will be mid 2014 to late 2014 (start date will be open to negotiation).

Specific enquiries may be directed to Associate Professor Hazel Tucker, Head of Department, contact details below.

Applications quoting reference number 1302076 will close on Friday, 31 January 2014.

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Location About Dunedin

Primary Location: NZL-SI-Dunedin
Employment Status: Permanent Full-time
Salary Level and Range Senior Lecturer / Senior Research Fellow ($94,832 to $109,669) or Associate Professor / Research Associate Professor ($124,079 to $136,888)
Organisation: Tourism
Job Function: Research and Teaching

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Massey U job ad

The College of Business at Massey University is searching for a Head of School for the School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, to be located at either the Palmerston North or Wellington campus. Location at the Albany campus could be considered, although is not preferred.

Massey University

The Head of School provides academic leadership and strategic management of the School within the strategic framework of the College and wider University. He or she contributes to the mission and strategic objectives of the College as a member of the College Board and College Executive Team.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, innovative and effective academic leader who will work with the Pro Vice-Chancellor to lead a large and diverse School across three campuses. The College’s strategic priorities are academic excellence, engaged staff and stakeholders, impactful research, an enterprising culture and outstanding reputation.

Employment will be on an ongoing (tenured) basis with the appointment as Head of School being an initial term of three years after which time a further term may be available or the appointee would take up an academic position within the School. The Head of School should be appointable at Professor Level.

In 2013 Massey University was ranked New Zealand’s fifth most attractive employer in in the annual Randstad Awards, an international survey conducted across 14 countries. It was also the education sector winner. The College of Business has a proud history, with New Zealand’s longest running MBA, journalism and entrepreneurship/small business programmes. The College comprises five schools: Accountancy; Aviation; Communication, Journalism & Marketing; Economics & Finance; and Management. We have programmes on three campuses (Albany, Palmerston North, and Wellington) plus New Zealand’s oldest and most substantial distance education offering. We are accredited by AACSB and AMBA, alongside several discipline-specific endorsements.

The Palmerston North campus is located in the Manawatu region, set between the Tararua and Ruahine ranges in the east and the vast Tasman Sea in the west. Manawatu combines the charm of rural New Zealand with the sophisticated city appeal of Palmerston North. It has a thriving arts and sport scene and is reputed to have the highest number of restaurants, eateries and cafe bars per capita in New Zealand.

Wellington is New Zealand’s capital, with a population of approx. 400,000. The 2010 Mercer Quality of Living Survey ranked Wellington 12th in the world. In 2011 Lonely Planet named Wellington as fourth in its Top 10 Cities to Visit, referring to the New Zealand capital as the “coolest little capital in the world”.

Closing date: 08 January 2013
Reference number: A359-13SF

Massey U (New Zealand) job ad

The School of Communication, Journalism and Marketing in the College of Business at Massey University (New Zealand) is searching for a Lecturer or Senior lecturer in Communication, to be located at the Albany Campus. Candidates will exhibit a record of, or a strong potential for, research and teaching in one or more of the following emphases: (a) public relations; (b) communication management; (c) professional and business communication; (d) journalism studies; and/or (e) health communication. The successful appointee will join other recent recruits in communication to assist in a substantial expansion of the communication programmes at Albany.

Massey University was ranked fifth most attractive employer in New Zealand in the 2013 Randstad awards, an international survey conducted across 14 universities. It was also the education sector winner. Massey University is ranked in the top 150 worldwide for communication and media studies in the QS World University Rankings 2013. The College of Business is AACSB and AMBA accredited and has New Zealand’s longest running MBA, journalism and entrepreneurship and small business programmes. The Albany campus is located in Auckland, consistently ranked as one of the most liveable cities in the world by the Economist magazine. The campus has good access to beaches, forests and boating, as well as the attractions of Auckland city.

Closing date: 30 October 2013
Reference number: A282-13SF

See here for further information and to apply online.

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Tema Milstein – Fulbright

Tema Milstein
University of New Mexico

Fulbright to New Zealand

I was lucky to receive a Fulbright Scholar award for 2012 to the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. I’m here now, gazing beyond my computer screen across emerald green hills and listening to the melodious calls of tui birds. The experience of doing my research here, getting to know colleagues and friends, and introducing my family to a different way of life is unmatchable.

There are basics the application requires, such as having a host institution. I had met colleagues in New Zealand by attending an international conference several years earlier that focused on one of my study topics (marine tourism) and when I approached a couple of them later about their university acting as my host institution, they were supportive. Many universities, and many countries, don’t have communication emphases, but many are interested in the kind of work communication scholars do as it relates to their shared topic area, so expanding one’s paradigm beyond the confines of communication can broaden Fulbright destination possibilities.

There are also things you can do to help your application stand out and rise through the different steps of the selection process. One is to do your homework about your country of choice so you can accurately represent cultural and social issues and show how your work might matter or positively contribute. Another is to show how your former studies (the one I highlighted was an environmental communication study on North American ecotourism) might culturally compare to your proposed study (for me, ecotourism in New Zealand).

One thing to note is that each country has its own spin on the awards with different amounts of time and different purposes. New Zealand’s 5-month research award perfectly matched the time I had for leave in my pretenure research semester at the University of New Mexico.

University of Otago

On February 7, 2012 I presented “Integrating new technologies into higher education pedagogy in the United States: What problems do they solve? What problems do they create?” at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand.

U of OtagoMy thanks to Dr. Masataka Yamaguchi, of the Department of Languages and Cultures, for organizing my talk, Prof. Simon Ryan, Head of that department, for hosting a faculty lunch, and David Paterno, a graduate student in Communication, for managing the logistics of my stay.

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Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Masataka Yamaguchi, David Paterno

For those who have not yet visited Dunedin, the entire area is just stunning. I had the opportunity to see albatrosses, blue penguins, fur seals, and had a possible wild kiwi sighting on campus at Knox College. There are high cliffs at the edge of the ocean both north and south of Dunedin, and in center city is Baldwin Street, the steepest street in the world.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

U Waikato doctoral fellowships

The Department of Management Communication at the University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand, is seeking two Doctoral Assistants to provide teaching assistance, tutoring, marking, and other teaching support.  These positions serve to support outstanding students as they pursue their PhD and to support the department in continuing its record of teaching and research excellence. Doctoral Assistants dedicate 20 hours of the week to supporting the department’s teaching and/or research goals, and the rest of the time to their own doctoral studies.

Salary will be NZ$49,793 per year, pro rata.  Doctoral Assistants will also receive a tuition waiver.  Applicants must first apply to enrol in the PhD programme at the University of Waikato. Applications to the Ph.D. programme can be made at any time of the academic year. The positions are fixed term for four years at 20 hours a week and will remain open until filled. Excellent applicants who do not receive a doctoral assistantship will also be considered for a tuition waiver.

The essential attributes for this position are to be enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of Management Communication prior to commencing employment. Candidates must demonstrate excellent aptitude for PhD study and the competencies required to provide teaching and research support.

Further information about the department, including the PhD program can be obtained from: http://mngt.waikato.ac.nz/mcom

The University’s Ph.D. student handbook is available at:
http://www.waikato.ac.nz/sasd/files/pdf/postgraduate/higherdegreeshandbook.pdf.Enquiries about the doctoral assistantships as well as the Ph.D. application process should be directed to Associate Professor Shiv Ganesh, email: sganesh@waikato.ac.nz(preferred), or telephone 07 838 4466 ext 8529.Vacancy number: 310125.

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At the University of Waikato we define ourselves by our academic and research excellence and the strength of our international connections. Our distinctiveness is driven by our focus on sustainability, our commitment to Mâori learning and research, and our role as leaders and innovators. Our motto, Ko te Tangata, underlines our acknowledgement of the Treaty of Waitangi, equal opportunity for all, the importance of collegiality, and the individuals who are our staff, students and stakeholders.
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