Sheyla Finkelshteyn Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesSheyla Finkelshteyn is an international student, from Uzbekistan, currently working on her Masters in Communication at the University of Kentucky.

Sheyla Finkelshteyn

Sheyla speaks English, Russian and Spanish, and has traveled to 16 countries, leading to a focus in intercultural communication. She is a member of the International and Intercultural Communication Division and the Training and Development Division of the National Communication Association. Her research examines higher education and international students, most recently on implementing training, based on Sorrells’ Intercultural Praxis Model, to increase the intercultural competency of domestic students. In future, she hopes to investigate whether IPM training can ease the transition of domestic students for study abroad.

CFP Social Media in Asia

Call for Papers: Special issue on Social Media in Asia
International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies

The International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies (IJICST) seeks scholarly contributions for a special issue on Social Media in Asia from researchers in the fields of social media and related areas.

The unprecedented growth of social media in the world, particularly in Asia, has become a phenomenon that requires in-depth analysis and evaluation. The purpose of this special issue is to publish state-of-the-field works in the scholarly investigation of the transformative impact of a variety of social media platforms and technologies on communications and cultures in Asia.

The special issue will be published in summer 2014, and the deadline of submission for consideration is January 20, 2014.

Guest Editors:
Zixue Tai, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, University of Kentucky
Deborah S. Chung, School of Journalism and Telecommunications, University of Kentucky
Yonghua Zhang, Department of Journalism and Communication, Shanghai University

IJICST is a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary academic journal focused on a broad spectrum of issues pertaining to existing and emerging Internet-based social interaction technologies.

Please forward your questions and submissions to Zixue Tai.


U Kentucky job ad

Assistant/Associate Professor of Intercultural Communication

The University of Kentucky Department of Communication within the College of Communication and Information extends this invitation for applications for an Assistant/Associate Professor of Intercultural Communication beginning August 15, 2014. Expertise in intercultural communication from a social scientific orientation, Ph.D. in communication, evidence of excellence in teaching, and research and publication credentials commensurate with departments in Research I universities required. Candidates demonstrating the ability or potential to teach courses related to existing undergraduate curricula in interpersonal, health, organizational, or mediated communication contexts preferred. Opportunities are also available to teach in the College master’s and doctoral programs. Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester, actively engaging in research, and participating in program advising and service activities.

The Department of Communication is a part of the College of Communication and Information with master’s and doctoral programs in communication and undergraduate programs in communication, journalism, media arts and studies, and integrated strategic communication; a new interdisciplinary major in information, communication, and technology has been approved. The University has recognized Department faculty for their teaching excellence. The Department has an active research faculty with a consistent record of extramural funding. Research technology includes 1) digital survey building, 2) portable data-base driven data-collection, 3) a one-of-a-kind, digital content analysis lab, 4) a private video coding lab for content analysis, 5) a 20-seat stadium-style theater for video stimuli presentation, and 6) an interpersonal interaction lab. Faculty research specialties include interpersonal, mass, instructional, organizational, health, and risk communication.

Lexington is in the center of the Bluegrass, an internationally acclaimed cultural landscape, and in close proximity to Louisville and Cincinnati. It is a community of 300,000 and is distinguished by its rating as one of the top 10 most educated cities in the nation (according to the U.S. Census), top 5 cities for young professionals (Kiplinger), top 3 mid-sized cities for lowest cost of living (KPMG LLP), and top 5 cities to raise a family (Forbes). More information on Lexington is available at and

The University of Kentucky and the UK College of Communication and Information are strongly committed to increasing diversity in their community of students and faculty. Individuals with ethnically diverse backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply for this position. The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Contingent on final budgetary approval, salary for the position will be commensurate with experience. To apply, please send a letter of application, vitae, evidence of teaching and research excellence, and contact information for three references to the Intercultural Communication Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication, 227 Grehan Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0042 (email:  Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled; interviews are planned to begin in November, 2013. Upon offer of employment, successful applicants for all positions may be required to pass a national background check as required by University of Kentucky Human Resources.