U New Mexico: Race & Communication (USA)

“JobAssistant Professor of Race and Communication (African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies), University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Deadline: 28 November 2022.

The University of New Mexico’s Department of Communication & Journalism, housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, invites applications for a Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Race and Communication effective August 1, 2023. The department seeks a scholar-teacher whose research and pedagogy centers African American Studies and African Diaspora Studies as the analytical framework for the study of Race and Communication. The successful candidate will have an outstanding research record or the promise of such a record in Race and Communication with a focus on African American Studies and African Diasporic Studies that complements and expands the research expertise of the department’s faculty.

U New Mexico Job Ad: Culture & Comm (USA)

Job adsAssistant Professor in Culture and Communication, Department of Communication & Journalism, University of New Mexico, NM. Deadline: November 14, 2018.

The intercultural emphasis at UNM defines culture broadly as pertaining to emergent identities; discursive practices and norms; performative, artistic, and mediated forms; locations of speaking/acting/producing; organizational systems; and institutional structures. Culture is socially constructed and structurally produced and therefore a factor that is influential across all communication contexts. Courses reflect this emphasis, focusing on questions and critiques of “diversity” in and across local, national, and global contexts; identities and subjectivities (i.e., nationality, race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, class, multivocality, intersectionality, positionality, and agency); and places and spaces (i.e., transnationalism and globalization, migration, borderlands, social activism and change, and sustainability).

University of New Mexico job ad

The Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico invites applicants at the rank of a senior associate professor or professor with tenure to be appointed chair. The successful applicant must be a scholar able to lead an integrated department with graduate programs in communication and undergraduate programs in communication, journalism and mass communication.  The applicant should be able to demonstrate strong organizational skills and be dedicated to excellence in research, teaching and service.  The ideal candidate should be able to encourage collaboration and enhance learning opportunities with community organizations, professionals and public media outlets.

The chair position is typically a four-year, renewable term, contingent on favorable annual evaluations.  Duties include ensuring delivery of the curriculum, managing faculty and staff, as well as the budgets and program assessments and fostering faculty and graduate student research.  The chair represents the Department within the College and greater University and also facilitates collaboration with other university units. The date of appointment is August 2016, prior to the commencement of the fall semester.

The doctoral program specializes in culture with emphases in intercultural communication, health communication, and mass communication.  It enjoys a national/international reputation in intercultural communication. The MA program offers a general communication degree and the Department has over 800 undergraduate students majoring in communication, strategic communication and multimedia journalism.  The Department currently has 25 full-time faculty.

The Department of Communication & Journalism is housed in the College of Arts & Sciences. A&S is the largest and most diverse of UNM’s eleven colleges and schools.

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is a Carnegie Very High Research Activity Institution and a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution, with nearly 35,000 students on the main and branch campuses. UNM offers benefits to same-sex and different sex domestic partners.

UNM is located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. It is an ethnically diverse city in a metropolitan area of over 900,000 that has been listed as one of the best places to live in the United States. The city has rich cultural diversity and offers unparalleled opportunities for outdoor recreation and adventure. The University is located one hour south of Santa Fe and within minutes of the Sandia and Manzano Mountains, which feature excellent hiking, biking, rock climbing and skiing.

Minimum Qualifications:
1.      Doctorate in communication, journalism, mass communication or a related field.
2.      Achieved the rank of senior associate or full professor.
3.      Administrative/leadership experience at the department level or higher.

Preferred Qualifications:
1.      Record of excellence as a leading communication scholar.
2.      Demonstration of leadership experience at the university, department or community levels.
3.      Ability to address the needs of a department that integrates communication, journalism and mass communication.
4.      Demonstrated excellence in teaching graduate and undergraduate students.
5.      Ability or potential for obtaining external funding to support research and teaching.
6.      Record of active participation in academic and professional associations.
7.      A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities.

Application Process:  A complete application consists of:  (1) letter of interest identifying scholarship, areas of administrative/leadership experience and teaching experience; (2) academic curriculum vita; and (3) three letters of references.  Reference letters should be emailed as PDF files from the letters’ authors directly to Dr. Phil Ganderton, Senior Associate Dean AND to Dr. Janet Shiver, Chair, Communication & Journalism.   References will be contacted for all semifinalists.

Submit application materials online.  For best consideration, applications should be submitted by December 15, 2015, and applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. For more information, contact, Dr. Janet Shiver, Chair, Communication & Journalism. Applicants who are appointed to a UNM continuing faculty position are required to provide an official certification of successful completion of all degree requirements prior to their initial employment with UNM.

U New Mexico job ad: Interpersonal/Conflict Management

Communication Lecturer III Search Announcement: Interpersonal/Conflict Management/ Mediation
University of New Mexico

The Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a full time, 9-month appointment at the rank of Lecturer III to begin August 1, 2015. The department seeks to hire a lecturer with knowledge and experience teaching interpersonal communication, conflict management, and mediation. The successful candidate will coordinate the teaching assistants and part-time instructors who teach sections of CJ 221 (Interpersonal Communication) and CJ 320 (Mediation). In addition, this lecturer will teach other courses at the undergraduate level that meet teaching needs in the department’s concentrations (interpersonal, organizational, intercultural, environmental, media studies, and public communication). Graduate teaching is a possibility, depending on the lecturer’s areas of specialty and department need.

This is a renewable teaching appointment based on the lecturer’s performance. The position involves 70% teaching and 30% service, and the teaching load involves 7 courses each year.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Communication or related field completed by August 1, 2015, and three years post-secondary teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications: (a) A strong record of effective teaching across the communication curriculum; (b) Experience teaching interpersonal communication, communication and conflict, and mediation; (c) Experience directing/coordinating teaching assistants and/or part-time instructors; (d) Experience/interest in developing and teaching courses in on-line or condensed formats; (e) A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, student success, and working with broadly diverse communities, as well as a desire to mentor students from diverse backgrounds; and (f) Evidence of participation in professional and/or communication associations.

Application Process: A complete application consists of: (1) letter of interest identifying qualifications related to the position announcement; (2) a complete academic resume, including current position; (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness, including course syllabi and teaching evaluations; (4) a statement of teaching philosophy; and (5) letters of recommendation sent from three academic sources. The letters of recommendation should be sent by the authors in a PDF attachment to Nancy C. Montoya, department administrator, Communication & Journalism.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

To apply, please go to the UNM website and reference Posting Number: 0827867. For best consideration, please apply by December 8, 2014. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer and educator.

For more information contact Dr. Judith Hendry, Search Chair. The departmental website provides additional information about the goals, mission, courses, and the student population.

Susana Martínez Guillem Profile

ProfilesSusana Martínez Guillem (Ph.D., University of Colorado-Boulder) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico, USA. She is also affiliate faculty at the Latin American and Iberian Institute, and the European Studies Program at UNM.

She is originally from Spain, and came to the United States to start her graduate studies in 2000. Before moving to New Mexico, she spent her time between Europe and the U.S., living in Iowa, Italy, Spain and Colorado.

Dr. Martínez Guillem is convinced that the best scholarship comes out of grappling with productive tensions among different methods, theories and disciplines. In her research, she draw from the Discourse Studies as well as the Cultural Studies traditions, together with scholarship on race, ethnicity and whiteness across the humanities and the social sciences. She finds these theoretical and practical intersections necessary as she tries to develop a research agenda that aims at approaching complex phenomena in a holistic way.

Her current projects include examining the ideological dimensions of institutional, mediated, and everyday practices in relation to immigration, place, space, social movements (anti)racism, bilingualism, and their connection to material conditions.

Selected publications:

Martínez Guillem, S. & Toula T.M. (2018) Critical Discourse Studies and/in communication: theories, methodologies, and pedagogies at the intersections. Review of Communication, 18(3), 140-157.

Martínez Guillem, S. & Barnes, C. C. (2018). Am I a good [white] mother? Mad Men, Bad Mothers, and post(racial)feminism. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 35, 3, 286-299.

Martínez Guillem, S. & Cvetkovic, I. (2018). Analysis of discourses and rhetoric in European migration politics. In A. Weinar (Ed.), Handbook on the politics of migration in Europe. London: Routledge.

Martínez Guillem, S. (2017). Precarious privilege: Indignad@s, daily disidentifications, and cultural (re)production. Communication & Critical/Cultural Studies, 14(3), 238-253.

Martínez Guillem, S. (2017). Critical discourse studies; Race/ethnicity.  In J. Flowerdew & J. E. Richardson (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Critical Discourse Studies. New York: Routledge.

García Agustín, O., Martín Rojo, L., Pujolar Cos, J., Pérez Milans, M., Moustaoui Srhir, A., Hidalgo McCabe, E. A., Cárdenas Neira, C. & Martínez Guillem, S. (2016). Reflexiones sobre ‘Occupy. The spatial dynamics of discourse in global protest movements’ de Luisa Martin Rojo. Discurso y Sociedad, 10(4) 640-684.

Briziarelli, M., & Martínez Guillem, S. (2016). Reviving Gramsci: Crisis, communication, and change. New York: Routledge.

Martínez Guillem, S.,  & Flores, L. A. (2015). Maternal transgressions, feminist regressions: How Whiteness mediates the (worst) White moms. In H. L. Hundley & S. E. Hayden (Eds.), Mediated moms: Contemporary challenges to the motherhood myth. New York: Peter Lang.

Martínez Guillem, S. (2015). Exclusive inclusion: EU integration discourse as regulating practice. Critical Discourse Studies, 12(4), 426-444.

Martínez Guillem, S. (2014) Going global, (re)locating privilege: A journey into the borders of Whiteness, foreignness, and performativity. Journal of Multicultural Discourses, 9(3), 212-226.

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 New Mexico job ad

Assistant Professor of Intercultural Communication
The Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a full-time probationary appointment leading to tenure decision as an Assistant Professor to begin August 2012. The department expects to hire a specialist in intercultural and is open to various theoretical and methodological approaches.

Minimum Qualifications:
Doctorate in communication or related field, completed by August 1, 2012.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Background/coursework in intercultural communication or other areas of culture and communication studies.
2. Strong record of research and scholarship showing potential to lead to tenure and promotion to the rank of associate professor.
3. Interest in research and teaching that addresses intersections of the three main concentrations of the doctoral program: intercultural communication, culture and mass media, and culture and heath communication.
4. Record of teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels.
5. Ability to advise and mentor students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
6. Record of active participation in professional communication associations.

The university is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to diversity through their teaching, research, and service.  Advising graduate students in Communication & Journalism is an expectation.

In 2004, the UNM doctoral program was ranked #2 among intercultural communication departments in the United States. Our program emphasizes the study of inter/cultural communication practices with a particular focus on the intersection of culture, change, and communication. We use the term inter/cultural deliberately to (1) signify our interest in culture as socially constructed and structurally produced and as a factor that is influential across communication contexts; and (2) to emphasize the study of difference as perceived and addressed across cultures. At the doctoral level, the curriculum includes courses such as Culture, Sustainability, and Change; Culture, Community, and Change; and Culture, Borderlands, and Change. Within the department, the Institute of Communication, Culture, and Change aims to engage research with communities to address local and international social justice issues. The department is consistently rated as a student favorite across campus. Various campus research centers and programs provide opportunities for collaboration, such as the Latin American & Iberian Institute, the Southwest Hispanic Research Institute, the Institute for American Indian Research, Women Studies, Africana Studies, and Sustainability Studies.

The University of New Mexico, the flagship university in the state, is a research I university and a minority-serving institution. Founded in 1889, 30,000 students attend UNM, which offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs. The Communication & Journalism Department sits on historic Route 66 in a newly renovated building and offers undergraduate majors in Communication and in Journalism and Mass Communication.  The MA degree is a general communication degree; at the doctoral level, intercultural communication, culture and health communication, and culture and mass communication are the areas of emphasis.

The University of New Mexico lies in the heart of Albuquerque, a high desert city of 700,000 with a multi-cultural population. The city is bordered by the Sandia Mountains, straddles the Rio Grande, and enjoys 310 days of sunshine per year. In 2008, Forbes Magazine rated Albuquerque the 13th best metro area in the country and, in 2006, the best city for business and careers.

A complete application consists of (1) a letter of interest identifying areas of expertise, research interests, and teaching experience; (2) an academic resume; (3) a sample of a recent, representative publication or conference paper; (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness, for example: student evaluations, course syllabi and/or letters of evaluation; and (5) letters from three references. For complete details and to apply, please visit this website: https://unmjobs.unm.edu/ and reference Posting Number:  0812991.   Letters of recommendation, in pdf format, should be sent separately by the recommender to Nancy C. Montoya, Department Administrator, at nmontoya@unm.edu. For best consideration, apply by October 28, 2011. The position will remain open until filled.

Contact Karen Foss, Intercultural Communication Search Committee Chair, Karen.Foss@comcast.net, 505-379-0459 if you have questions.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator.

Post-doc, U New Mexico

The Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico invites applications for two post-doctoral fellowship appointments for fall, 2011. We are seeking scholars with substantial background in culture and communication, intercultural communication, and health, culture and communication. The department offers nationally recognized doctoral, masters and undergraduate degrees, and welcomes research that features diverse theoretical and methodological approaches. Our scholarly community features faculty and graduate students who are active in numerous professional associations, and who regularly collaborate with interdisciplinary institutes and programs such as the Latin American & Iberian Institute, Women Studies, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Applicants will be evaluated according to the overall quality of their academic preparation, the relevance of their research to the department’s academic priorities, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and strength of recommendations. Post-doctoral Fellows will have the opportunity to teach graduate and undergraduate courses and work with graduate students, will be invited to become involved in the Institute for Communication, Culture & Change, and will be expected to contribute to the department research colloquium series. Fellows will be expected to carry out research in their area of specialization and teach two courses each semester. Appointments will be for one year, renewable for up to two subsequent years.

Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in Communication or a related field by the time of appointment.  A complete application consists of: (1) a signed letter of interest identifying areas of expertise and background, research interests, and teaching experience; (2) a curriculum vitae/academic resume including email address; (3) two samples of recent, representative publications or conference papers; (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness in introductory and advanced undergraduate courses, and graduate level courses, if appropriate; and (5) names and contact information for three references.

Send applications to Mary Jane Collier, Professor, Post-Doctoral Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication & Journalism, MSC03 2240, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001, FAX (505) 277-2608, or via email to mjc@unm.edu. Review of applications will begin April 15, 2011 and continue until the Fellowship positions are filled. The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Patricia O. Covarrubias Profile

ProfilesPatricia O. Covarrubias (Ph.D. University of Washington, 1999) is Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She is former faculty in the Department of Communication and Journalism, also at UNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Patricia Covarrubias

Her previous careers include work as a broadcast journalist for KCRA-TV (NBC affiliate in Sacramento, California) and owner of OCELOTL, a consulting company providing presentation skills to US and Japanese business persons. Her academic research focuses on understanding and describing how local cultures influence people’s ways of communicating and vice versa, and on describing how culturally-grounded communicative practices reflect and create a unique life for groups of people. Ultimately, she is interested in the influence of culture and cultural diversity in the activities and events of everyday life across a variety of contexts. Her research goals include contributing to the ethnography of communication, to language and social interaction approaches, and to Mexicanx and Chicanx communicative practices. Further, her aim is to contribute to cultural and intercultural communication, metaphors as communication, and the much-understudied area of generative communicative silence. In whatever context, her professional passions and research impetus are driven by personal ideals for achieving social inclusivity and justice, improving institutional (and other) contexts, more peaceful living, richer multicultural experience, and greater benefits from our human socio-cultural distinctiveness.

In the area of communicative silence she is interested in exploring silences as “generative” rather than “consumptive” enactments.  For example, she studied silence as a generative means for perpetuating, particularizing, and/or protecting culture. To this research she would like to add uses of silence to enact social resistance for purposes of emancipation. Also, she is interested in studying the kinds of social worlds people create when competing culturally situated silences collide. For example, using American Indian examples, she has taken a critical look at silence enactments that reveal “discriminatory silence” within the context of the college classroom. In future work, she hopes to explore the silencing of women who practice orthodox religions, particularly to not exclusively, in college contexts. The study of communicative silence is a much under-studied and under-theorized aspect in the field of communication, among other academic fields, and her goal is to contribute to centralizing its importance in studies about human communication.

Her past research includes ethnographic investigation of the ways of speaking of native Mexican construction workers and the ways they use pronominal address to create interpersonal webs that, in turn, enabled them to achieve workplace cooperation. This work was published as, Culture, Communication, and Cooperation: Interpersonal Relations and Pronominal Address in a Mexican Organization. Also, she co-authored Among Cultures: The Challenge of Communication, a textbook that applies the Ethnography of Communication and narrative approaches to the study of cultural communication. And, she was writer, co-producer, co-director, and co-editor of Trenzas: Margaret Montoya Stories, a documentary about the first Chicana to be admitted to Harvard Law School.


Hall, B. J., Covarrubias, P. O., & Kirschbaum, K. (2018). Among cultures: The challenge of communication (3rd ed.). London: Routledge.

Covarrubias, P. (2002) Culture, communication, and cooperation: Interpersonal relations and pronominal address in a Mexican organization. Bounder, CO: Rowman and Littlefield.

Creative Productions:

Covarrubias, P. (2019). Originator, writer, co-producer, co-director, co-editor of documentary. Trenzas: Margaret Montoya Stories.

Recent articles and chapters:

Covarrubias, P., Kvam, D., & Saito. M. (2019). Symbolic agonistics: Stressing emotion and relation in Mexican, Mexican@, and Japanese discourses. In M. Scollo & T. Milburn (Eds.) Engaging and transforming global communication through cultural discourse analysis: A tribute to Donal Carbaugh (pp. 179-194). Denver, CO: Rowman & Littlefield.

Covarrubias, P. (2017). Respeto [respect] in disrespect: Clashing cultural themes within the context of immigration. In D. Carbaugh (Ed.) The handbook of communication in cross-cultural perspective (pp. 208-221). London: Routledge.

Covarrubias, P., & Windchief, S. (2009) Silences in stewardship: Some American Indian college students examples.  The Howard Journal of Communications, 20(4), 1-20.

Covarrubias, P. (2008). Masked silence sequences: Hearing discrimination in the college classroom. Communication, Culture & Critique, 1(3), 227-252.

Covarrubias, P. (2007). (Un)biased in Western theory: Generative silence in American Indian communication. Communication Monographs, 74(2), 265-271. 

Recent shorter works:

Covarrubias, P. O. (2018). Cultural communication. In J. Nussbaum (Ed.), Oxford research encyclopedia of communication. New York: Oxford University Press.

Covarrubias, P. O. (2018). Communication modes: Mexican. In Y. Y. Kim (Ed.), International encyclopedia of intercultural communication. Wiley-Blackwell.

Covarrubias, P. O. (2015). Ethnographic research. In J. M. Bennett (Ed.) Encyclopedia of intercultural competence (vol. 1, pp. 312-315). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Covarrubias, P. O. (2015). Silence. In K. Tracy (Ed.) International encyclopedia of language and social interaction (pp. 1354-1359). Boston, MA: Wiley.

Covarrubias, P. O. (2015). Pronoun functions. In K. Tracy (Ed.) International encyclopedia of language and social interaction (pp. 1236-1242). Boston, MA: Wiley.

Covarrubias Baillet, P. O. (2009). The ethnography of communication. In S. Littlejohn & K. Foss (Eds.) Encyclopedia of communication theory (pp. 355-360). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Covarrubias Baillet, P. O. (2009). Speech codes theory. In S. Littlejohn & K. Foss (Eds.), Encyclopedia of communication theory (pp. 918-924). Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

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