CFP Communicating Diversity (USA)

ConferencesCall for Submissions, 2018 Communicating Diversity ConferenceMarch 22-23, 2018, Texas A&M University

The Department of Communication at Texas A&M University invites submissions from undergraduate and graduate students to our annual Communicating Diversity Conference, which provides a forum to showcase, share, and engage in discussions about scholarship on communication and diversity.

This two-day conference begins on Thursday evening with a workshop facilitated by our conference Co-Directors. On Friday, talented undergraduate and graduate students will present scholarship engaging diversity in a variety of contexts and through different theoretical lenses. The day will culminate with Dr. Tomeka Robinson’s keynote address concerning her current research on the intersections between health, culture, and policy.

We invite submissions related to, though not limited to, social justice, cultural diversity in “old” and “new” media, mass media, global technology, civic discourse, leadership, health communication, organizational communication, rhetoric and public address, visual communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, public relations, political communication, and mass communication.

We especially encourage submissions that highlight voices of minoritized and marginalized groups based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, class, ability, and age.

Texas A&M University job ad

The Department of Communication at Texas A&M University is advertising 3 positions. One of these is in global media and technology, as described below.

Open Rank Professor in Global Media and Technology
This position is intended to enhance our strategic initiative in Global Media and Technology. Applicants should demonstrate an active research program in global media studies, international communication, or closely related areas in communication. We are especially interested in receiving applications from scholars working at the intersection of global media and communication technology or communication law and policy, but we will also consider candidates with experience in other fields or using mixed approaches.

Other key departmental initiatives include Civic Dialogue and Leadership and the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture. Texas A&M is an internationally prominent university with a faculty pursuing ongoing, internationally oriented research, a branch campus in Doha, Qatar, international study centers in Costa Rica and Italy, and an ongoing study abroad program campus-wide.  Our close proximity to some of the nation’s largest cities also provides opportunities for collaboration with media corporations and other top universities in highly diverse metropolitan areas.

To receive fullest consideration, applicants should apply by October 15, 2014, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. A PhD is required for all candidates. A strong record of scholarship and teaching are required for senior candidates. Successful candidates will be expected to contribute to the department in the areas of teaching, research, and service. Interested candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, no more than two publications, and contact information for three references to Patrick Burkart, Department of Communication, 4234 TAMU, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-4234. (Emailed applications are preferred.)

The department offers the PhD, MA, and BA degrees, and has 20 tenure-track faculty members, 55 graduate students, and over 1100 undergraduate majors. Texas A&M is a research-intensive flagship university with more than 53,000 students, including 10,000 graduate students, making it the sixth largest university in the United States. The student body includes 26% African American, Hispanic, Asian or Pacific Islander, and American Indian or Alaskan Native students, as well as approximately 5000 international students from 124 countries. We seek candidates who can teach in a diverse and global classroom. It ranks among the top universities nationally in total research expenditures (with more than $700 million dollars per year), and in total endowment funds. Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, is deeply committed to diversity, and responds to the needs of dual-career couples.  This institution does not offer benefits to domestic partners.

CFP Civic dialogue conference

CFP Civic Dialogue and Leadership Conference
Texas A&M, April 3-6, 2014

Texas A&M University

Civic dialogue is both a process and a product.  As process, it indicates how multiple groups and individuals engage in persuasion, conversation, and argumentation in the context of civil society and politics.  But as product, it is something to strive for through sometimes “uncivil” acts, often in the face of powerful opposition.  Thus, civic dialogue is at the same time a means of engagement and a desired endpoint.   The tension between process and product is particularly acute in contemporary political culture in which the proliferation of polarizing discourse in our public sphere and in organizations presents a challenge for politicians, citizens, and organizations who wish to take a leadership role.  But whether as process or product, civic dialogue always stands in relationship to acts of rhetorical leadership that mobilizes people to act in concert toward a common aim.  This conference will bring together rhetoric, leadership, and organizational communication scholars to explore and analyze civic dialogue and leadership in political and organizational contexts. Scholars will present papers on civic dialogue and leadership in different contexts including: democratic deliberation, social movements and protest, workplace democracy, corporate social responsibility, ethics and leadership practice, the presidency, and diversity and difference.

One goal of the conference is to draw together both established and junior scholars (including graduate students) who are interested in civic dialogue and leadership. Therefore, the conference will feature both plenary speakers and contributed paper presentations. Plenary and contributed papers and responses will be competitively selected to appear in a planned edited conference volume.  A second goal of the conference is to draw together a group of interdisciplinary scholars who are interested in civic dialogue and leadership; therefore the conference will feature the work of both rhetorical and organizational communication scholars. We are pleased to announce that Professor John Murphy will deliver Texas A&M University’s annual Kurt Ritter Lecture in Political Rhetoric during the conference.

Scholars interested in contributing a paper to the conference should submit a one-page abstract to:

Dr. Jennifer Jones Barbour
Department of Communication
Texas A&M University
4234 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843

Or email your submission (emailed submissions encouraged) Deadline for abstract submissions is December 15, 2013; notifications of acceptance will go out January 1, 2014; completed papers are due March 1.

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