Gulf University of Science and Technology job ad (Kuwait)

Asst/Assoc/Full Prof: PR/Strategic Comm, Broadcasting, or Digital Media 
Gulf University for Science and Technology

The Gulf University for Science and Technology is Kuwait’s first private, American-model university. GUST currently offers programs in Arts and Sciences, and Business—including an MBA.

The Department of Mass Communication and Media (MCM) at GUST invites applications for four full-time positions beginning in Fall 2015 in the following areas:

Public relations or strategic communication (x2): Professional experience and expertise in international/intercultural public relations, advertising, political communication, or rhetoric are highly desirable. Teaching duties include courses in PR and advertising, integrated marketing communication, strategic/political communication, and persuasive writing.

Broadcasting (x1): Experience with audio/video production and broadcast copywriting are expected. Expertise in media law, media theory, journalism, or digital media are highly desirable. Teaching duties include courses in radio and TV production, video and sound editing, media packages, news gathering, public speaking, media theory, and writing for mass media.

Digital or social media (x1): Teaching duties include courses in digital/social media, web design, digital animation, graphic design, visual communication, or visual culture depending on the faculty’s areas of specialization.

Additional duties for all positions include advising students, engaging in scholarship, and providing institutional service.

Qualified candidates will hold a Ph.D. in one of these areas or a related degree in communication by the time of appointment, have evidence of quality teaching, and demonstrated scholarly potential. Review of applications begins December 1, 2014 and will continue until the positions are filled.

The MCM Department offers a B.A. degree with concentrations in public relations and advertising, visual communication, and radio/TV broadcasting. The department hosts approximately 500 majors in a university of over 3,500 students.

GUST offers generous salaries and an excellent package, including a housing allowance, educational allowances for dependents, medical and dental plans, as well as annual return airfare home. Kuwait is also a tax-free country. Interested applicants are requested to send a cover letter, complete CV, and the names and contact information for at least three references to Dr. Ali Ansari, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In the subject of the email please state “Position applied for: Public Relations.” Kindly note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

U Virginia job ad: Social Media/Mobile Technologies

Assistant Professor of Social Media and Mobile Technologies at University of Virginia

The Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor, appointment beginning August 25, 2015. The successful candidate must have a PhD (or be ABD with expected completion of June 2015), evidence of innovative and effective teaching, and excellent research promise in the field of media studies. We are searching for a scholar who specializes in social media and mobile technologies. We particularly welcome candidates with a focus on one or more of the following: infrastructures, mobilities, and non-North American perspectives. Candidates should be well versed in theories of technology, globalization, and new media so as to complement current departmental strengths in global media, technology, and policy.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVA, and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest that describes research agenda and teaching experience, curriculum vitae that includes the names and contact information of three (3) references that can speak to research excellence. Also, under separate cover by e-mail please arrange for one (1) of the references listed in the CV to send a confidential letter of recommendation to: Professor Bruce Williams, Chair of Search Committee.

For priority consideration, please submit all application materials and letters of reference by November 1, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Professor Bruce Williams, Chair of Search Committee.

CFP Social Media in the Middle East

Social Media in the Middle East
Call for Chapter Proposals
Deadline: September 20, 2014

Michael H. Prosser, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, University of Virginia/Shanghai International Studies University
Adil Nurmakov, Ph.D., International IT University, Kazakhstan
Ehsan Shahghasemi, University of Tehran, Iran

Publication information: to be published in late 2015 or early in 2016 by Dignity Press.

The Middle East is a challenging and highly provocative region today, and many countries and regional or local groups have a vibrant/fractured social media in interaction or opposition. The editors believe that Social Media in the Middle East will be a valuable scholarly book which will provide greater insights into the historical and contemporary events in the rapidly changing Middle East.

Seeking online chapter proposals of 200-300 words and a resume, for intended scholarly analytical chapters of 22-25 pages on topics related to social media in the Middle East: historically, politically, militarily, geographically, economically, religiously, culturally, and/or cross-culturally,  the chapters including an abstract of about 200 words; key words; an analytical framework; with qualitative, quantitative, or mixed method methodology; discussion; appropriate charts and graphs; and generous citations and references according to the sixth edition of the APA Guidelines. A maximum of three coauthors for each chapter is allowed.

Interested scholars of the Middle East seeking to submit a high quality chapter proposal of 200-300 words, plus a resume, should send it all of the editors (emails in links above) by September 20, 2014.

Decisions about accepted chapters will be made in between mid-September to early October, 2014. Selected authors will have four months from acceptance to complete their chapters (not later than February 1, 2015).  All finalized chapters will be reviewed by the three coeditors for recommended revisions, additions, or changes.  Social Media in the Middle East will also include authors’ 200-250 word biographies in the third person, and thumbnail photos as an attachment, with at least 300 pixils. It is intended that Social Media in the Middle East will be in the range of 500+ pages with a preface, introduction, 14-15  high quality chapters, biographies and thumbnail photos of authors, and an index.

In the meantime, already planned  tentative chapters include:
*Dr. Haneen Mohammad Shoaib, Jeddah College of Advertising, University of Business  and Technology, Saudia Arabia:  social media in Saudia Arabia and immediate  environs, with Dr. Samar M. Shoaib as coauthor;  *Adil Numakov, International IT University, Kazakhstan: a cross-cultural study relating to social media in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Turkmenistan as they border the Middle East; and
*Ehsan Shahghasemi, University of Tehran:  social media in Iran.

These tentative chapters do not exclude other possible proposed chapters relating to similar topics.

The editors have an interest in additional topics, as illustrative, among other possibilities: Cross-cultural study of social media in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank; Social media historically and contemporarily in Egypt; Cross-cultural study of social media in Sudan and South Sudan; Cross-cultural study of social media in Yemen, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Dubai; Cross-cultural study of social media among the Kurds in Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Turkey; Cross-cultural study of social media in the Syrian government and opposition groups in Syria; Social media in Iraq; Social media in Turkey; Social media in Lebanon; Social media in Kuwait; Social media of ISIS, the Levant, proposed Caliphate; etc.

CID has 1000 Subscribers!

About CIDAccording to the Center for Intercultural Dialogue’s website, we have just crossed the 1000 mark!

CID at 1000 subscribers

This number includes those who have signed up through WordPress for email notification each time a new post appears, as well as those who follow us through Facebook, Twitter, or Google +. WordPress cannot track those who have joined the CID LinkedIn group (which currently stands at 112), or who find CID through YouTube or Pinterest, so the actual number of subscribers is actually even higher. It took 3 1/2 years to get to this point, but presumably it will take a lot less time to get to 2000!

As the number of followers has increased, CID’s email has increased as well. We try to answer all emails within a few days, and to post relevant information within a week.

We very much appreciate your support.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

CID and Social Media

About CIDIn addition to the Facebook group page developed several years ago, the Center for Intercultural Dialogue now has a social media presence that includes LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, and Google+.

social media logos

Nearly all of this activity is due to the efforts of Minh Cao, Assistant to the Director.  Minh also learned the required format to post on Wikipedia – an entry on CID is currently under review and will be described in a post once it is public. [UPDATE: CID is now on Wikipedia as well!]

Several colleagues have asked why a broad social media presence is valuable (and whether it is worth the considerable time it takes). The short answer is that social media permit CID to meet interculturalists on whatever platform they choose to spend their time. A further question might be: are so many people really using social media today? The answer to that comes from the Pew Internet and American Life Project which just posted their Social Media Update for 2013. They conclude:

Some 73% of online adults now use a social networking site of some kind. Facebook is the dominant social networking platform in the number of users, but a striking number of users are now diversifying onto other platforms. Some 42% of online adults now use multiple social networking sites.

Substantial thanks are due to Minh for making the CID accessible across multiple platforms in 2013. The goal for 2014 will be to determine what content best fits each of these contexts, and to expand the impact of the CID as a result.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Social travel-Peeta Planet

Two brothers from the United Arab Emirates, Mohammed and Peyman Parham Al Awadhi, are exploring the globe in a new social TV show, Peeta Planet. Their unscripted travels are spurred by online conversations and their twitter followers, and then broadcast on Dubai One. The first show started in April 2013, and they go somewhere new every week; at this writing, they have been to Singapore, Istanbul, Dublin, Seoul, and Tokyo. They are reinventing both travel and television for the social media generation, and in the process demonstrating a new way to begin intercultural dialogues.

Originally, they made schwarma, then that turned into a restaurant named Wild Peeta – with input from many on social media who made suggestions about everything from menu choices to decor. When they needed a vacation, they asked their social media followers for ideas. That went so well, they ended up with a television show of further travels. They connect with fans through Google Plus, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. Everything they do in each episode, from where they travel to the food they eat and the people they meet, is based on suggestions from their followers. They’re calling their new idea “social travel.” Not only do they get to meet people they’ve only corresponded with, but they also then help their connections meet one another, as when they introduced an app developer in Turkey to a programmer in Ireland. They help break down stereotypes with every trip they take.


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.

U San Francisco job ad

Tenure-track, Assistant Professor, Communication and Technology
University of San Francisco
Arts & Sciences
Job Type: Full-Time

Job Summary:
The Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Francisco invites applications for a tenure-track position in Communication and Technology. This position will be at the Assistant Professor level to begin in Fall 2013.

Job Responsibilities:
Teaching responsibilities will include, inter alia, a methods-level course (Qualitative and Interpretive Methods), a foundational course for the major (Communication and Culture, Rhetoric and the Public Sphere, or Communication and Everyday Life), and upper-division courses in the area of his/her expertise. Individuals with strong lines of research in the following areas are encouraged to apply: technology, social media, or critical/interpretive organizational communication. The Department continues to increase course offerings at the junior-senior level and looks to faculty to develop compelling new courses that complement our existing course offerings. Successful applicants will have training and teaching experience in Qualitative Research Methods and one of the foundational course areas, and should also detail what possible new upper division courses they could contribute to the Department. The teaching load at USF is two 4-unit courses per semester with an additional third 4-unit course every fourth semester (2-2-2-3 over two years).

Minimum Qualifications:
Qualifications include Ph.D. (ABD considered) in Communication or a related field earned by August 2013, university teaching experience, evidence of a strong commitment to teaching, evidence of a strong and ongoing scholarly research program, experience and willingness to work in a culturally diverse environment, and an understanding of and commitment to support the mission of the University and a dedication to service to both the Department and the University. Individuals with a record of securing grants or research funding are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply for this faculty position, applicants must submit the following information:

1) Applicants must apply for this job on USF’s Human Resources website by creating a username and login. Once logged in, applicants must fill out the pertinent contact information.
2) Applicants must submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, brief description of their research agenda, samples of published research, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching ability (including copies of official teaching evaluations), and three letters of recommendation. As many as possible of these elements should be submitted electronically to as separate pdf documents.

Any remaining elements that cannot be submitted electronically should be mailed to:
Communication Studies, Associate Professor, Search Committee Chair, Evelyn Ho, Ph.D.
Department of Communication Studies
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080

Applications must be received by October 1, 2012 in order to ensure full consideration.

The University of San Francisco is located in the heart of one of the world’s most innovative and diverse cities, and is home to a vibrant academic community of students and faculty who achieve excellence in their fields. Its diverse student body enjoys direct access to faculty, small classes and outstanding opportunities in the city itself. USF is San Francisco’s first university, and its Jesuit Catholic mission helps ignite a student’s passion for social justice and a desire to “Change the World From Here.”

EEO Policy
The University of San Francisco is an equal opportunity institution of higher education. As a matter of policy, the University does not discriminate in employment, educational services and academic programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age (except minors), sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related and genetic-related) and disability, and the other bases prohibited by law. The University reasonably accommodates qualified individuals with disabilities under the law.


U Michigan Dearborn job ad

Department of Language, Culture and Communication
Assistant Professor, Public Communication and Culture Studies

Assistant Professor of Public Communication and Culture Studies. Full time (6 courses per year), tenure track assistant professor with a specialization in public relations and social media, effective 9/1/12.

Specialization in public relations with an emphasis in social media applications for professional and advocacy settings.  Demonstrated achievement in conducting and publishing research on social media in any of a variety of contexts, for example, global PR, non-profit PR, health communication, environmental communication, and/or risk and crisis communication.

Experience in teaching public relations required. Experience in teaching social media theory and skills highly desirable.  Knowledge of social media applications in public relations context essential.

In addition to the teaching duties, the candidate will be expected to engage in program and course development relevant to areas such as the newly formed certificate program in public relations. Ph. D. from a recognized university communications doctorate program in hand by 9/1/2012.

For full consideration, submit letter of application, CV, unofficial transcripts, samples of recent scholarly work, and three letters of reference by November 15, 2011 to Chair, Communication Search Committee, Department of Language, Culture and Communication, University of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women. The University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Media and Crisis CFP

Call for Papers:
War of the Worlds to Social Media: Mediated Communication in Times of Crisis
Joy Elizabeth Hayes, The University of Iowa
Kathleen Battles, Oakland University
Wendy Hilton-Morrow, Augustana College
Publisher:  Peter Lang

The year 2013 marks the 75th anniversary of the 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast and provides an occasion to reflect on the possibilities and limitations of mediated communication in times of crisis.  The broadcast is remembered for causing a “panic” in over a million listeners who took the broadcast to be a genuine report of a coming invasion.  Since then, War of the Worlds has come to symbolize the power of mass media during times of crisis.

We solicit scholarly essays that take this notorious broadcast as a starting point, or point of reference, in investigating the continuities and discontinuities between old and new media and their use by citizens in times of crisis.  The broadcast event deserves attention in its own right as a milestone in media history, and because it highlights a number of issues that remain important in 21st century communication practices:  the problem of authenticity in mediated communication; the aesthetics of persuasion; the importance of social context; and the dynamic role of listeners, viewers and users in talking back to media producers and institutions.  We seek essays that bring an historical and theoretical perspective to bear on the question of media power and the ability of citizens to hear and be heard during times of crisis.

We are looking for essays that address a number of questions within three broad areas:
1) War of the Worlds and media power in times of crisis
How has the War of the Worlds broadcast served media institutions, regulators, audiences, and scholars as a touchstone for conceptualizing media power and audience agency in the 20th and 21st centuries?
In what ways do recent changes in media, especially the rise of the Internet and social media, invite us to reconsider the lessons of the War of the Worlds event?
How and why does the War of the Worlds broadcast continue to surface in popular discourse about the role of media in times of social crisis?
How have the meanings of the War of the Worlds story and event changed over time, from its original moment, through the Cold War, the decades of the 1980s and 1990s, and in the post-9/11 decade?
2) War of the Worlds, broadcasting conventions, and crisis
*       How was War of the Worlds shaped by – and how did it shape – the emerging broadcast conventions and genres of the 1930s?  Does an examination of crime dramas, horror stories, reality-based reenactments, music broadcasts, or other radio genres shed new light on the meaning of War of the Worlds?
*       In what ways did the broader social crisis of the 1930s influence the form and content of radio genres and broadcast conventions?  To what extent is “crisis” an enduring or structural aspect of broadcast address?
*       Has broadcast coverage of specific moments of political or social crisis (like the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Iranian Hostage Crisis, 9/11, etc.) directly or indirectly drawn on War of the Worlds as a point of reference?
3) War of the Worlds and the promise of social media
*       How are social media transforming the parameters and practices of citizenship, communication and crisis in the 21st century?
*       How do “new media” (web casts, Youtube videos, Twitter feeds, etc.) make use of “old media” conventions, especially in the case of crisis communication?
*       How important is the mimicking or mining of broadcasting genres for communication via social networking and Web 2.0?
*       Have we finally outrun the legacy of the War of the World broadcast, or are we still haunted by its enduring presence in our digital mediascape?

Submission Timeline
Nov. 25, 2011:  Paper abstracts are due to the editors (500 words)
Dec. 16, 2011:  Paper selections announced
March 16, 2012:  Extended abstracts or outlines due to the editors.  Interested participants submit panels to the AEJMC Conference in Chicago April 1 for presentation August 9-12, 2012
July 16, 2012:  Paper draft due
August 17, 2012:  Final papers due to editors

For more information and to submit an abstract, please contact:
Joy Elizabeth Hayes (
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Co-Director, Latin American Studies Program
147 Becker Bldg., The University of Iowa,
Iowa City, IA 52242 (319) 353-2265

Kathleen Battles
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication and Journalism
Oakland University
2200 N. Squirrel Rd.
Rochester, MI 48309-4401

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