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Student Column: ICAfrica: Research From Africa Essential to International Communication

Posted By Wangeci Kanyeki (Daystar U) and Joy Kibarabara (Daystar U) , Friday, November 3, 2017

We need your research! is what ICA  President  Paula Gardner told mentees during the opening ceremony of the first ever  ICAfrica  Research and Publication Training Workshop in Entebbe, Uganda October 24-26.


Your issues are unique and your research is essential to international communication, Gardner added in her opening remarks, during the workshop that brought together participants from 41 universities from seven African countries including Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Kenya.


The uniqueness of African Research was echoed by a number of mentors such as Dina  Borzekowski (U of  Maryland) who emphasized that African Scholars should capitalize on their  cultural competencies and  regional expertise to grow research beyond the region Herman  Wasserman (U of Cape Town) noted that scholars can use this unique expertise to build their research brand and identity.


Overall, the themes of collaborative research and integration as well as the internationalization of African scholarship were emphasized by the 18 mentors who facilitated the workshops and breakaway sessions. 


Speaking about her mentorship experience, Monica Chibita (Uganda Christian U) said, “The level of enthusiasm amongst the mentees was so energizing. The training workshop provided communal learning time as well as small group learning to reinforce lessons. The workshop aims at creating a research community which can answer relevant questions about media and society from an understanding of the African context.”


Training on literature review writing, Faith  Nguru (Riara  University) , likened the huge task of analytical organization of literature review development to slow deliberate cooking of  matoke – a staple Ugandan food of steamed bananas that is served with a ground nut sauce and just as one continuously checks the state of the  matoke being cooked, the effective academic writer must continuously develop and refine both theoretical framework and conceptual framework.  

Nguru was delighted by the mentorship opportunity as it fulfilled her personal mission to influence the next generation of scholars. “The training demystified research and publication process and made it look possible to  increase journal publishing from African scholars which will contribute to an African inclusivity and involvement which adds to the African voice in answering of  global issues 

This Research and Publication Training Workshop is a by-product of the historic  ICAfrica Regional Conference held at Daystar U last year. Then, it emerged that ICA needed to do more with regards to mentorship as a way of rectifying the unusually low publishing rates for many African scholars within the ICA journal circles and beyond.


Whilst majority of the mentees were either MA Students or PhD candidates, one mentee stood out as the youngest mentee. Sussy  Gitari a third year student pursuing B.A Communications in electronic media at Daystar U in Kenya applied for the workshop after she saw the  ICAfrica Training Workshop poster at her campus. “ICA training has greatly boosted my knowledge in research and skills in writing journals. I look forward to publishing and would like to encourage my fellow undergraduate students to participate more in research and academic writing.


As a mentee participant, Wangeci  Kanyeki (Co-author of this article) says, “the workshop gave perspective on the bigger goal and purpose of academic scholarship.  It’s not just about acquiring your respective degree. It is about researching on global issues to provide solutions that improve humanity. Publishing gets your degree off the shelf and expands your study to global benefit.” 

The other great advantage of attending conference workshops is the opportunity to network with academic book authors and scholars as observed by Daystar U M.A Communication student John Nyamu. Your network is your net worth and attending the  ICAfrica conference provided a great opportunity to increase my academic worth, he said.


ICA Africa Visionary and Coordinator Sr. Agnes Lucy Lando echoed the value and significance of this workshop. “If each of the mentees went away with the spirit to support and mentor others, Africa will become a huge academic and research giant to reckon with,” she observed.  

During the closing ceremonies, two Daystar U graduate students and also Local Organizing Committee Members, Miriam  Kwena(MA Student) and Joy  Kibarabara (PhD Student & Co-Author of this article) presented short speeches about their ICA journey and experience from a student perspective.


Both noted how their research profile had expanded since their first ICA experience in Fukuoka, Japan, and encouraged the mentees to join the growing community of online African student and early career scholars at the African Communication Researcher’s Network active on Facebook since last year.


More than 100 mentees participated in the three day workshop held at the Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel in Entebbe. 

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Call for Nominations: Editor for Journal of Communication (JOC)

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Friday, November 3, 2017

The ICA Publications Committee is soliciting nominations for the editor of the Journal of Communication. Self-nominations are welcome. The appointment is for four years, begins August/September 2018, and will work with ICA’s new publisher, Oxford University Press. 


Journal of Communication is a general forum for communication scholarship and publishes articles and book reviews examining a broad range of issues in communication theory and research. JOC publishes the best available scholarship on all aspects of communication. All methods of scholarly inquiry into communication are welcome. Manuscripts should be conceptually meaningful, methodologically sound, interesting, clearly written, and thoughtfully argued. 


JOC is the flagship journal of the International Communication Association. According to ISI Journal Citation Reports for 2016, JOC is ranked No. 3 out of 79 journals in the field of Communication. More details about the journal can be obtained at 


A complete nomination package includes a letter of application from the candidate which should include a mission statement for the editorship; the candidate’s vitae; 1-2 letters of support from published scholars familiar with the candidate’s work, experience and suitability for the task of journal editing; and a letter of institutional support from the candidate’s home institution. Responsibilities are detailed in the ICA Publication Manual: 


Editors of ICA publications should reflect and seek to enhance the diversity of the Association in terms of their interest areas, gender, ethnicity, and national origin.


Please send your nomination package at your earliest convenience to John Paul Gutierrez, ICA Associate Executive Director ( Review of packets will begin on 1 January 2018, and continue until the position is filled. 


If you have any questions about packet submission, logistics, or support, contact JP Gutierrez (

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A New Interest Group is Among Us! ​

Posted By Julie Randolph & Kristine Rosa, ICA Membership Team, Friday, November 3, 2017

 As the new academic year gets underway, we’d like to thank all members of the International Communication Association  for choosing ICA as your professional asset!  We wish you a successful new year; and as you get back into the groove of things,  remind you to renew your ICA membership!  

The ICA membership term runs from 1 October to 30 September annually, the grace period for renewal ends 1 December If you haven’t done so already, be sure to login to your account, select the link to “Renew your Membership Now” and complete your renewal.   We encourage you to do so before 1 December to  avoid a disruption in accessing your account and to take advantage of  a full year’s worth of benefits!


New this year is the Activism, Communication and Social Justice interest group:


  • Activism, Communication and Social Justice. This newly created interest group promotes research and teaching in the intersections of three key aspects of contemporary life as captured in its name. It strives for diversity in the representation of its membership and embraces pluralism and boldness in theory and methodology. It pushes the boundaries between theory and practice and between scholarship and activism by encouraging and facilitating dialogues and engagements.


Divisions and Interest Groups are a nice way to customize your membership experience based on your personal topic area(s) of interest. Joining a Division or Interest Group affords you increased potential to network with colleagues of similar interest. You will receive field-specific calls for papers, newsletters or special announcements disseminated by section leaders. Each function autonomously and conduct business meetings in conjunction with our annual conference. Most offer awards for various scholastic achievements such as best paper, or best research by a young scholar. We recommend joining at least one section to augment your ICA membership experience 

What is the cost to join an ICA Division or Interest Group? 


Section dues generally range from US$3-$6. To learn more about the 32 different Divisions and Interest groups, check out their pages here:  

How do I join an ICA Division or Interest Group? 


If you would like to join the newly created Activism,  Communication and Social Justice interest group, or any other division or interest group, it is easiest to join by selecting them during the renewal process.   If you’ve already renewed but would like to join a new section, then contact Kristine Rosa at Let her know which sections, and she will gladly assist. 

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Puerto Rico: Plea For Help

Posted By Federico Subervi, Friday, November 3, 2017

Dear Colleagues:


It is probably common knowledge that the residents of Puerto Rico are still facing major hardships due to the damages caused by hurricane María’s winds and rain, and more so now because of the catastrophe stemming from the derisory recovery efforts.  I won’t delve into that part of the problem but instead focus on the  effects  of the hurricane at the U of Puerto Rico’s School of Communication and its library.


More than a month after the hurricane, I finally heard from the Director of the School, Jorge Santiago-Pintor, who shared with me information and photos.  Sadly, the facilities were terribly damaged: a large part of the roof of the second floor was blown off, thus causing rain and debris from the storm to enter the main offices and classrooms on that floor and then  filter down  and flood  the library, classrooms  and offices  on the first floor.  Across campus, the  antenna and other equipment of the  School’s radio station WRTU  was also damaged or destroyed.


In order for the School to  regain its operations and offer classes again,  it  urgently needs  the assistance of individuals and academic institutions that might be able and willing to do so.  


The help could be in the form of office equipment and supplies such as computers, printers and ink cartridges, letter-size copy paper and envelopes. The School would also welcome donations for the purchase of equipment and supplies, as well as to help with the costs of the repairs of the structure of the School, its library and radio station. Donations of  specific  books and journals will be requested at a later date when human resources become available to receive and catalogue printed materials.  


The attached photos tell part of the story, but the situation is really much worse due to the ongoing fiscal crisis of Puerto Rico’s economy.  The implication is that few, if any funds will be easily available for the  school’s reconstruction and recovery, or for that matter for  the  university as a whole. 

This message is thus a plea for the support that you and/or your academic units might be able to provide, be it with equipment and supplies  that that could  be  gift to the School, or with funds for such matters and urgent repairs of the building and  its  facilities.  


Check or money order donations should be written to “Universidad de Puerto Rico” and the  memo space must indicate “Escuela de  Comunicación”.  Please address the envelope to  Jorge  Santiago-Pintor, is  P.O. Box 21880, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00931-1880. You may also contact him at


Please do CC me on any donations so I can try to be abreast of the process.  Given the challenges in the mail delivery, it’ll be important to keep track of or follow-up on donations to assure they get to their intended destination.  I can be reached at or  +1  512-965-5267.


NOTE: Federico  Subervi  is working to start a GoFundMe so that donations can be taken in more easily online. Please contact him for more information so he can update you if that becomes available. 


Thank you kindly from the bottom of my heart and Alma Mater. 

Federico  Subervi, Ph.D. 

UPR BA 1971, MA 1974

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Calls For Papers

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 3, 2017



Visit our  Resources section for more Call for Papers:  


Data Justice – Conference 
Cardiff, UK, 
21-22 May 2018


Taking place just before ICA, this international conference will explore research on, and practices of, social justice in an age of datafication. Hosted by the Data Justice Lab at Cardiff University’s School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC), it will bring together international scholars, practitioners, and activists to engage with data from a social justice perspective. Speakers include Anita Gurumurthy (IT for Change, India), David Lyon (Queen's University, Canada), Evelyn Ruppert (Goldsmiths, UK), Rob Kitchin (Maynooth University, Ireland), Sasha Costanza-Chock (Civic Media at MIT, US), Seeta Peña Gangadharan (London School of Economics, UK), Solon Barocas (Cornell University, US). 

Deadline for abstract submission: 27 November, 2017 ( 

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Division & Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 3, 2017



Children, Adolescents and the Media Division 


Thank You! 

Many thanks to everyone that submitted to the CAM division for #ICA18.  And special thanks to all of our reviewers who have kindly volunteered their time and service. Your efforts contribute directly to the quality of our CAM program every year! 



ICA has accepted a preconference entitled “Trust, control, and privacy: Mediatization of childhood and adolescence in the digital age”. This will be an offsite daylong preconference (held at the Institute for Communication at Charles U Prague) that is being jointly supported by ICA-CAM, ECREA TWG Children Youth and Media, and ECREA Section Mediatization. More information about the relevant CFP and organization to follow, but keep this in mind if you plan to attend the ICA Annual Conference this year. 


Awards Committee Help 

Nancy Jennings is currently organizing our awards committees for this year. If you have already completed our volunteer survey, thank you! If not, and if you are interested in serving in one of our committees, please email Nancy ( and let her know that you are interested to get involved.  


Last but not least … Congratulations! 

Congratulations go out to Ine Beyens (U of Amsterdam) who has been elected to the position of ICA-CAM secretary and to Cecilia Zhou (U of Hong Kong) who has been elected to the position of ICA-CAM student representative. Looking forward to your service in the years to come! 


Communication and Technology Division 


9th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division  

Co-sponsored by the Mobile Communication Interest Group of  

the International Communication Association (ICA) 

Thursday, 24 May 2018 | Skautsky Institut, Prague, Czech Republic 

The consortium will bring together PhD candidates conducting research on various types of communication technologies and mobile communication to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The objectives of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis. Moreover, the Doctoral Consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics.  

During the consortium, students and faculty will be organized into small groups, determined by the thematic nature of the research. In each group, students will present their work, and receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium. Each proposal will receive detailed feedback from three faculty participants. There will be two poster sessions to allow participants from other groups to learn about and comment on the research of the PhD candidates. 

In addition to the presentation and critique of proposals, there will be discussion of issues related to making the transition from graduate student to faculty member. Of course, this process differs widely across different nations and academic traditions. Bearing these differences in mind, we will discuss positioning one’s work for the job market, strategies for publication, the interviewing process and other aspects of faculty job searches. Anticipating a time when participants will have an academic position, the discussion will include issues like managing workload and working relationships, finding a work/life balance, and ways of being a successful academic.  
Submission Process 
Applicants must be advanced to candidacy, and have their dissertation proposal topic previously approved by their committee or supervisor. Ideally, students will be in the early stages of their dissertation, where feedback would be helpful in refining and advancing their work. To apply, students must submit a proposal describing their research. 
Submissions must be related to one of the working areas of the Communication and Technology Division (CAT) or the Mobile Communication Interest Group (MCIG) of the International Communication Association (ICA). A description of the respective research areas can be found in the last section of this call. In your submission, please identify whether you’re submitting to MCIG or CAT. 
Proposals must identify a significant problem (or problems) in a relevant field of research, briefly outline current knowledge of the problem domain, and clearly formulate a research question, or specify hypotheses to be tested. Proposals should outline the research approach, methods, and any results obtained so far. Submissions should be between 3,000 and 4,000 words (excluding references and appendices), and must include name and affiliation of the PhD candidate.  

Applications need to be accompanied by a short letter of recommendation from the advisor or member of the dissertation committee stating how the PhD candidate can benefit from participation in the Doctoral Consortium. 

The proposal and letter of recommendation must be submitted as one PDF document and sent as an attachment in an email to Veronika Karnowski at The deadline for submission is 1 February 2018. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the members of the program committee based on significance of research, specificity of research topic and/or questions, clarity of writing and degree to which student can benefit from expert guidance and feedback. 
To help ensure the consortium best meets the needs of its members, limited financial assistance is made possible by the CAT Division and the MCIG. Please note in your application if you would like to be considered for financial support to cover your costs for participation in the Doctoral Consortium (this support would cover only the US$75 participation fee and not travel to the conference). 
About the Communication and Technology Division 
The CAT Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the process of communication. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (interpersonal, group, organizational, societal/cultural) and at all levels of analyses. CAT invites papers that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological characteristics.  

About the Mobile Communication Interest Group 

The MCIG focuses on the phenomenon of mobility in communication – thus being placed on the intersection of mobility, technology, and culture in human communication. While including a wide array of perspectives and approaches in communication scholarship from historical perspectives to studies on future media innovations, from ethnographic to quantitative empirical approaches, from journalism studies to media effects research the common ground of the Interest Group is state of the art theorizing on mobile communication as well as the discussion of adequate methodology to do so. 

Participation is only by invitation. Once a proposal is accepted, students can register through the ICA website. Cost for participation is US$75 per person.  

Program Committee (faculty mentors) 

Marjolijn L. Antheunis, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Program Director) 

Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Program committee) 

Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilians U, Germany (Program committee) 

Klaus Bruhn Jensen, U of Copenhagen, Denmark 

Benjamin H. Detenber, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore 

Jordan Frith, U of North Texas, USA 

Jesse Fox, Ohio State U, USA 

Roselyn Lee-Won, Ohio State U, USA 

Richard S. Ling, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore 

Malcolm Parks, U of Washington, USA 

Lidwien van de Wijngaert, Radboud University, Netherlands   

Mike Yao, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 



Game Studies Division 

The Game Studies Division is happy to announce our new incoming officers.  

Secretary: Ruud Jacobs, Erasmus U Rotterdam 

Student representative: Joe Wasserman, West Virginia U 


The Game Studies Division will host a preconference again.   

Title: “Games everywhere, gaming everywhere:  On the edge of ubiquity, from mobile to virtual and augmented reality games and beyond.” 

Date: May 24th, 2018 

Location: Brevnov Monastery, Prague 


Feminist Studies Division 

The FSD bylaws update to establish an elected Student and Early Career Representative was passed. We are looking for candidates for the 2018 election for an SECR as well as a secretary-historian and vice-chair. Interested candidates should email the FSD Chair: Stine Eckert, 


Instructional and Developmental Communication Division 

The Instructional and Developmental Communication Division congratulates  Paro Pain  (U of Texas), Ryan  Goke  (Murray  State  U), and  Rob van Roy (KU  Leuven) for being selected as this year's junior officers! 


Mobile Communication Interest Group 

Mariek  Vanden  Abeele (Tilburg U) was elected Secretary of the Mobile Communication Interest Group. In May 2018, she will succeed outgoing Secretary Thilo von Pape and begin a two-year term. Congratulations  Mariek!  

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Member News

Posted By Administration, Friday, November 3, 2017



New book series in Conflict and Peace edited by Peter Kellett & Stacey Connaughton (Org Comm, Vice Chair)


This series, with Peter Lang, highlights leading-edge conflict transformation and peacebuilding work that is achieved through engaged scholarship in the contemporary world. Of particular interest are books (1) that demonstrate the relationship between conflict and systemic issues (for example, relational, cultural, social, environmental, political, historical, and economic). This interest includes the roles of change practices and processes in broader efforts to create a fairer, more just, healthier, and sustainable world and constitutive relationships. (2) We welcome proposals featuring the lived experience of conflict transformation and peacebuilding for practitioners, and/or those affecting and affected by conflicts. We encourage books that explore novel ways of representing the spectrum of lived experiences of people involved in conflict transformation and peacebuilding. These include indigenous and other “alternative” perspectives that have received comparatively little attention in academic publications and public media. (3)  We invite proposals that show how theory and methodology inform and are informed by practice.  We welcome proposals that integrate diverse theories and methods from relevant disciplines through which conflicts are understood, addressed, and even prevented. (4) We encourage proposals that consider a variety of modes and domains of communication and interaction such as face to face, online, community, discursive, rhetorical, network-analytic and others. Edited volumes as well as authored monographs are welcome.  We envision a series that has substantial appeal to scholarly audiences across related disciplines, but that also speaks meaningfully to various audiences beyond academia (for example, practitioners, policymakers, and the donor community). Therefore, we encourage interested authors and editors to make accessibility a hallmark of their writing. 

We welcome initial inquiries about possible projects, as well as complete proposals. For more information contact us both at and   




Title: Meditation at Work 

Description: Meditation at Work is a unique meditation program designed for working professionals. ICA members are offered a special opportunity to evaluate the program before it officially launches in December. To participate, visit: 




New Book Announcement: Gender, Communication, and the Leadership Gap 

Gender, Communication, and the Leadership Gap, edited by ICA members Carolyn M. Cunningham, Heather M. Crandall, and Alexa M. Dare, is the sixth volume in the Women and Leadership: Research, Theory, and Practice series. This cross-disciplinary series, from the International Leadership Association, enhances leadership knowledge and improves leadership development of women around the world. The purpose of this volume is to highlight connections between the fields of communication and leadership to help address the problem of underrepresentation of women in leadership. Readers will profit from the accessible writing style as they encounter cutting-edge scholarship on gender and leadership. Chapters of note cover microaggressions, authentic leadership, courageous leadership, inclusive leadership, implicit bias, career barriers and levers, impression management, and the visual rhetoric of famous women leaders. 




International Journal of Communication  
Publishes a Special Section on  
Growing Economic Inequality and Mediated Communication 


The  International Journal of Communication  announces the publication of a Special Section focused on “Growing Economic Inequality and Mediated Communication guest-edited by Paschal Preston  and  Andrea  Grisold.


Sharp rises in economic inequalities have been one of the most significant developments in the heartlands of the capitalist system since the 1970s. Widening income gaps, increasingly uneven distribution of wealth and falling wage ratios comprise key aspects and indicators of this transformation. But many analysts also view the rise of populist nationalism and decline in the public’s trust in established political parties, media and other institutions as closely linked to the polarized distribution of income and other material resources.


After decades of benign neglect, the issues of economic and social inequalities have re-entered the stage of mainstream political attention in the core western countries over the past couple of years. This is due, in part, to the prominent public profile and popularity of books by Thomas Piketty and Tony Atkinson who have worked on this topic for many years.  Moreover, the renewed attention to economic and social inequality unfolds against a background of very slow, partial and highly uneven “recovery” from the major financial crash in the north-Atlantic region in 2007‒2008. Sluggish economic growth, declining or stagnant incomes, state policy regimes oriented toward austerity have followed in many countries and extreme turbulence in the formal political arena. 


This special themed section of IJoC engages with two broad, if overlapping, sets of questions: 

How do the new forms of economic inequality, power and privilege relate to relevant theories of the news media and prevailing conceptualizations of the role of the institutions of public communication? How does this knowledge base serve to help forward-looking analyses of the meaning and implications of recent trends in economic inequalities?


What role do the new forms of economic inequality, thus power and privilege, play in the typical narratives of mediated communication today? How does the “story-telling” take place? How is inequality framed and discussed?


The seven papers in this themed section are transdisciplinary in scope, bringing together several leading researchers, based in the communication studies, journalism and the political economy fields―all engaged in complementary ways in exploring the relations between media and public communication institutions on the one hand, and significant economic inequality trends and related developments on the other. 


We invite you to read these articles that published on October 25, 2017 in the International Journal of Communication. Please  Ctrl+Click  on the article titles below for direct links to the papers of interest.   

 Economic Inequalities and Mediated Communication―An Introduction 
 Paschal Preston, Dublin City University, Andrea Grisold, Vienna University of Economics and Business 

How Come We Know? The Media Coverage of Economic Inequality 
 Andrea Grisold, Hendrik Theine, Vienna University of Economics and Business 

Citizen Detriment: Communications, Inequality and Social Order 
 Peter Golding, Northumbria University 

Contrasting Conceptions, Discourses and Studies of Economic Inequalities 
 Paschal Preston, Dublin City University, Henry Silke, University of Limerick 

Favoring the Elites: Think Tanks and Discourse Coalitions 
 ria Almiron, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain  


Larry Gross                                                  Arlene Luck 

Editor                                                             Managing Editor 

 Paschal Preston, Andrea  Grisold 

Guest Editors 



New book announcement 


Understanding the Business of Global Media in the Digital Age (Micky Lee, Suffolk U, Dal Yong Jin, Simon Fraser U)


E-inspection copy is available (  Video resources will be available soon. 



This new introductory textbook provides students with the tools they need to understand the way digital technologies have transformed the global media business of the 21st century. Focusing on three main approaches – media economics, critical political economy, and production studies – the authors provide an empirically rich analysis of ownership, organizational structures and culture, business strategies, markets, networks of strategic alliances, and state policies as they relate to global media. Examples throughout involve both traditional and digital media and are taken from different regions and countries to illustrate how the media business is influenced by interconnected historical, political, economic, and social factors. In addition to introducing today’s convergent world of global media, the book gives readers a greater understanding of their own potential roles within the global media industries. 

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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Thursday, November 2, 2017

Department of Communication 
Tenure-Track Assistant Professorship in Media and Culture


The Department of Communication at Stanford University seeks applications for an Assistant Professor in the field of media and culture. We are interested in a range of possible subfields, including but not limited to the relationship between mass and social media; the analysis of media institutions as cultural forces; media’s relationship to race, gender, and inequality; media and consumer culture; media industries and culture; and media and globalization. The ideal candidate will also bring strong skills in areas that might include ethnography, critical theory, digital humanities and discourse analysis. A recent PhD in Communication or relevant area by September 1, 2018 is required. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses in Communication at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. 

For full consideration, please submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter outlining your qualifications and research interests, a teaching statement of up to three pages along with teaching evaluations, an article-length writing sample, and three letters of recommendation, via Academic Jobs Online at this URL: 

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017. The term of appointment will begin on September 1, 2018. 

For inquiries, please contact James Hamilton, Professor and Search Committee Chair, at 

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


Communication Department 
Assistant Professor


We invite applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Communication. Duties and Responsibilities: Teach undergraduate courses in Interpersonal Communication, Advanced Interpersonal Communication, Communication: The Dark Side, Communication Theory, and one or more of the following undergraduate courses: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, Persuasion, Research Methods, Advanced Research Methods, and additional courses in the candidate’s areas of expertise. Position requires excellence in teaching and advising, research and publication, and service to the Department, the College, and the University. Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Communication (completed no later than August 1, 2018). Previous teaching experience. Demonstrated potential for continued and substantive scholarly research and publication. Demonstrated ability to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and/or service; and to commit to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Date of Appointment: fall 2018. Consideration of completed applications will begin on December 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. An online application process will be used. To apply, please go directly to For additional assistance, please email Victoria Key, Administrative Support Coordinator, at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. 



School of Journalism and Mass Communication 
Full-Time Assistant Professor


The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication seeks a full-time assistant professor with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in health communication research and teaching beginning August 20, 2018. A Ph.D. in communication or related field is required or expected by the start of the appointment. Successful candidate must engage in high-quality research and teaching commensurate with experience 

For full job description and application procedures, see: 

Unless Confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the applications must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. Employment will require a background check. UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and we encourage women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply. 


Department of Advertising and Public Relations 


The College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa seeks a chair to oversee the administration of the Department of Advertising and Public Relations.


The chair directs the teaching, research, creative activity, and service efforts for a department with scholars working in public relations and advertising, as well as media effects, public opinion, history, law, ethics, sports, nonprofits, internal communications, and digital communications. 

The new chair will have the opportunity to help shape one of the nation’s leading advertising and public relations departments, which comprises 26 full-time faculty members teaching 1,420 undergraduate and graduate students. The department has a faculty of eminent teachers, scholars and advertising and PR professionals with national and international reputations. 

We seek a leader who understands and shares our department’s commitment to excellence and its mission to prepare highly competent, socially conscious, and engaged leaders to shape the future of global advertising and public relations. The successful candidate will be a scholar who values innovation, creativity, rigorous inquiry, collegiality, and diversity, and who will contribute to the department’s research/creative activity profile beyond her or his term as chair. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to collaborative decision-making and faculty governance. 

The department’s public relations sequence, with 1,000 majors, offers a general major and specializations in technology and digital communication management, nonprofit communication management, and sports and entertainment communication management. The department’s advertising sequence, with 400 majors, offers a general major and a consumer specialization as well as a creative specialization. The department’s one-year professional and two-year traditional thesis-oriented M.A. programs combine advertising and public relations and typically enroll 15-20 students.


The department is one of four academic units in the College of Communication & Information Sciences. The college has 3,225 undergraduates, 100 full-time faculty members, and 404 graduate students, including 48 in the college’s Ph.D. program. Facilities include The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations, the Institute for Communication and Information Research, and the College’s new 50,000 square foot Digital Media Center, which is home to the Center for Public Television, Alabama Public Radio, and WVUA 23, a full-power commercial television station serving a top-50 television market. The university, college, and departments are fully accredited. 

The University of Alabama is the state’s flagship public university and offers the full course of academic programs and social life to its approximately 38,000 students. It is located in Tuscaloosa, which has a metropolitan population of more than 115,000 and offers excellent quality of life with many cultural and outdoor activities, as well as a very reasonable cost of living. Tuscaloosa is a morning’s drive from the Smoky Mountains, Gulf Coast beaches, New Orleans, Nashville, and Atlanta.


A Ph.D. in communication or a closely related field is required. Candidates should be at the professor or senior associate professor rank, and should have the academic credentials and professional reputation that warrant a senior-level appointment at a major research institution. Candidates should have a distinguished record of research, college-level administrative experience, evidence of teaching excellence, and professional experience. The search is open with respect to subfield specialization. The successful candidate would be appointed to the permanent faculty and would serve as chair for an initial term of five years. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with credentials and experience.


Candidates must apply online at and must attach a cover letter and CV that includes a list of three references with phone numbers and e-mail addresses. Please refer to the online instructions for applicants. Candidates selected for interviews will be required to submit a disclosure and consent form authorizing a background investigation. Review of applications will begin November 15, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. The new chair will begin service in Fall 2018. Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. William Gonzenbach at


The University of Alabama is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 


Nicholson School of Communication 
Assistant Professor


The Nicholson School of Communication (NSC) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) is seeking a tenure-earning assistant professor of Communication with an emphasis in Environmental/Science Mass Communication, to enhance NSC's forthcoming Ph.D. in Strategic Communication. August 8, 2018, is the anticipated start date.


The successful candidate for the position shall possess an earned doctorate in Communication or other related, relevant field from an accredited institution by the start of employment and have a record of commitment to enhancing diversity and inclusion; have an active program of social scientific scholarship appropriate for a research university; demonstrate motivation and strategies for pursuing external research funding; possess the capacity to teach at the doctoral and master's level, including courses in mass communication. In addition to teaching at the graduate level, the successful candidate will be expected to teach in and provide service to one or more of 

NSC's undergraduate programs in Advertising/Public Relations, Journalism and/or Radio-Television. 

Preference is for candidates who have professional experience in their respective field of mass communication (e.g., Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, Radio, Television, etc.). Preference is also for candidates who have proven experience and/or strong interest in building collaborative research teams focused on environmental and/or science mass communication, sustainability, risk and/or crisis communication and/or the intersection of groups, organizations, and the environment. Examples include (but not limited to) the role science journalists play in communicating information about climate change; social media/marketing for health or environmental issues; and/or the role entertainment content plays in developing attitudes about conservation, etc.


NSC is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to its climate of diversity and inclusion. NSC is a very student-focused school, with a very collegial and friendly faculty and staff. NSC strives to be a premier academic program known for excellence in research scholarship and education. Students are active in internships and organizations on and off campus. The curriculum emphasizes both applied and theoretical aspects of the field and encourages diversity in all aspects of communication. NSC offers six baccalaureates and a master's degree and is developing a doctoral program that is anticipated to begin in 2019. For more information about the school and its programs visit,


UCF, one of the nation's largest universities with more than 66,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity, and reputation in its first 50 years. The university is classified as a “Doctoral University: Highest Research Activity” and a “Community Engagement” institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Today the university offers more than 200 degree programs, more than 100 of them are at the graduate level. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region's future while providing students with real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit


As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Candidates must apply online at and attach the following materials:


  • Curriculum vita (CV) 

  • Signed cover letter 

  • Maximum two-page statement outlining research vision and teaching interests 

  • List of three academic or professional references including address, phone number, and email address 


NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date. 

For more information about this position, please contact, Ms. Debbie Doyle at (407) 823-5570 or 


Department of Communication Studies 
Assistant Professor in Health Communication


The Department of Communication Studies in the J. William & Mary  Diederich  College of Communication at Marquette University invites applications for a tenure-track position for an assistant professor with a teaching and research specialization in health communication. 

The ideal candidate should hold a Ph.D. in communication or closely related field with knowledge base in health communication. Will assist the Department of Communication Studies in developing new course offerings and related programs in health communication. We seek a candidate who will collaborate across the University with other health-oriented programs. Knowledge of health issues for ethnic populations is a plus for targeted communication campaigns. Other areas of interest or expertise could include: a) health care disparities in underprivileged populations; b) end-of-life/palliative care; c) loss and grief communication; d) doctor/patient communication; e) doctor-to-doctor communication; f) social support; g) health information technology; and h) communication related to various health contexts. A candidate with a strong quantitative methodological approach to research paired with demonstrated success or high potential for securing extramural funding (e.g., grants and contracts) is preferred. The candidate will have the expectation of teaching courses such as health communication, research methods, health campaigns, and other courses in her/his area of expertise at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to teaching, the candidate will be responsible for advising undergraduate and graduate students, serving on college and university committees, and establishing and maintaining a research agenda.


Marquette University is an urban Catholic, Jesuit University dedicated to principles of excellence, leadership, faith, and service; and guided by Ignatian pedagogy.


Online application process can be found at Marquette University’s Career Website: 


Department of Journalism and Media Studies 
Tenure Track


Tenure Track in New and Emerging Media Department of Journalism and Media Studies 

The J. William & Mary Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University seeks a media studies scholar with an emphasis on new and emerging media and an ability to help grow our investigative journalism program. This position requires expertise in data analytics and data visualization and an ability to contribute to conceptual and theoretical discussions about new media, new technology, and the intersection of communication technology and contemporary social, economic, and political challenges. Demonstrated experience and/or commitment to working with diverse communities is highly desired.


This is a tenure-track position at the assistant or associate professor level. The faculty member would carry a teaching load of 2/3 for the academic year and be expected to fulfill other duties associated with the position.


Candidates should have the ability to teach courses that will contribute to our investigative journalism program and be willing to work with faculty to grow the journalism and media studies program. Recent professional experience in journalism desired. Ph.D. required. 

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Applications must be filed at: 


Marquette is an urban Catholic, Jesuit University dedicated to principles of excellence, leadership, faith, and service. 


Department of Strategic Communication 
Assistant Professor of Strategic Communication Analytics


The Department of Strategic Communication in the  Diederich  College of Communication at Marquette University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position with a teaching and research concentration in Strategic Communication Analytics, and secondary expertise in public relations (or advertising/strategic communication). As a data analytics specialist, with a focus on strategic communication, the faculty member will contribute knowledge, methodological skills, and analytic acumen with data-driven insights to student learning within courses in the Strategic Communication department. The faculty member would primarily teach research related courses, with a focus on analytics and data visualization, as well as emerging and social media. Other potential classes include Public Relations or Advertising Principles, Public Relations Strategies, and Campaigns, as well as other courses in the candidate’s area of expertise. 


The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in communication, mass communication, strategic communication, advertising, public relations, data analytics or another related academic field — and should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the area of strategic communication. She or he should demonstrate potential for teaching excellence and high-quality research with a well-defined research agenda with evidence of scholarly publications and a demonstrated teaching ability at the collegiate level. Professional experience is a valued asset. 

Review of applications will begin October 30, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Online applications must be filed at:


Marquette is an urban Catholic, Jesuit University dedicated to principles of excellence, leadership, faith, and service, and lives out these principles as a dedicated and involved member of the Milwaukee community. 


Department of Strategic Communication 
Professor of Practice in Corporate Communication


The Department of Strategic Communication in the  Diederich  College of Communication at Marquette University invites applications for a professor of practice position with a teaching concentration in Corporate Communication. The program requires business knowledge and an awareness of industry trends. It is the only program in the region that has graduate and undergraduate degree programs in Corporate Communication. Applicants must have extensive professional experience in executive communication, corporate reputation management, shareholder communication, and corporate advocacy. Given an increased need to measure the effectiveness of communication, we are interested in a candidate with expertise in digital engagement systems and who is well versed in using data to make strategic decisions. The expectation is that this faculty member would teach courses in communication consulting, financial communication and investor relations, corporate advocacy, and other courses in her/his area of expertise at both the undergraduate and graduate level. In addition to teaching, the candidate will be responsible for advising undergraduate and graduate students as well as serving on college and university committees.


The candidate should hold a MA in communication, mass communication, strategic communication, advertising, public relations, or another related academic field with extensive experience in executive level Corporate Communication or Public Relations Management roles and should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate-level courses in the area of corporate communication. She or he should demonstrate potential for teaching excellence.


Review of applications will begin October 30, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Online applications must be filed at:


Marquette is an urban Catholic, Jesuit University dedicated to principles of excellence, leadership, faith, and service, and lives out these principles as a dedicated and involved member of the Milwaukee community. 


Department of Journalism and Media Communication 
Assistant Professor


Colorado State University seeks an entry-level assistant professor (tenure-track) with primary research interests in digital media and emerging journalistic practices. The candidate’s research focus should emphasis one or more of the following areas: digital storytelling, content marketing and entrepreneurship, news production and innovation, and audience engagement and media analytics. The successful candidate will carry a 2/2 teaching load, including undergraduate courses in advanced digital journalism and communication concept and skills courses, and graduate courses in his or her research area.


Required qualifications include a completed Ph.D. or advanced ABD status, a demonstrated research program related to digital media and emerging journalistic practices, professional communication experience complementing the department’s converged curriculum, demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching, and the ability to advise M.S. and Ph.D. students and to mentor undergraduate students.


Application materials include a letter of application with a statement of research focus, a curriculum vita, publications or conference papers demonstrating scholarly engagement, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a list of three references. 

Colorado State is Colorado’s land-grant institution situated in the picturesque foothills of the Rocky Mountains, one hour north of Denver. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. For full consideration, applications should be received by October 31, 2017.


To view the full position description and to apply, visit: 

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates. 


Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 
Assistant Professor


Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is ranked 11th globally. It is also placed 1st among the world’s best young universities. NTU’s Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information seeks new faculty colleagues with a strong record of high-quality research and a commitment to mentoring the next generation of communication and information scholars.


Assistant Professor: Organisational Communication 
We are seeking a scholar in the area of  Organisational  Communication. The successful candidate must have a strong publication and teaching record in  organisational  communication. This can include examination of  organisational  communication across various social, cultural and institutional contexts including communication between, among and within not-for-profit and global   organisations. It also includes communication among stakeholders, for example, employees, owners, governmental authorities, and consumers. This area is one of the most sought-after specialisations  among  students. Thus, the successful candidate must have a strong track record of teaching at both the Bachelor’s and the Master’s level.


The Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information is a vibrant global leader in communication and information research and education. Recent hires and a high level of support reaffirm the School’s pre-eminence in the disciplines under its aegis. Singapore is a vibrant cosmopolitan city/state with good weather, low crime, rich cultural attractions, exceptional food, and proximity to numerous points of interest in Southeast Asia.


Emoluments and General Terms and Conditions of Service 
Salary will be competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package. Information on emoluments and general terms and conditions of service is available in the section on Terms and Conditions ( for Academic Appointments. 


Application Procedures 
To apply, please refer to the Guidelines ( for submitting an Application for Faculty Appointment and send your application package [consisting of cover letter, curriculum vitae, personal particulars form, a statement of current and future research interest, teaching statement, effectiveness of teaching (If any), selected publications, and the names of 5 referees] by 30 November 2017 to:


The Search Committee 
Nanyang Technological University 
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information  
31 Nanyang Link, WKWSCI Building  
Singapore 637718 

Applications sent via email should include the reference “Application for Assistant Professor in Organisational Communication” in the subject line. Enquiries about the position can be addressed to the above email.


Review of the applications will begin after 31 October 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The candidate is expected to start in December 2018. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified. 


Department of Communication 


Tenure track in Interpersonal Communication faculty beginning August 2018. Ph.D. in Communication preferred. Courses include Intercultural, Interpersonal, Advanced Interpersonal, Gender and Family Communication. A strong record of teaching effectiveness and commitment to the liberal arts required.


The Department consists of seven full-time faculty, serving approximately 160 majors. 



Department of Communication Arts 

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts


The Department of Communication Arts at Utica College invites applications for a tenure-track position beginning in August 2018.   Responsibilities of the position involve teaching four courses per semester, including both entry-level and upper-level courses, as well as establishing a program of scholarship that may include undergraduate students.  Candidates must have or be near a Ph.D. degree in Communication by August 2018 and be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to undergraduate education.  Areas of expertise is open, but course needs of the department for the Communication and Media major include:  Introduction to Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Argumentation, Oral Interpretation of Literature, Rhetorical Theory & Criticism, and Health Communication.


To apply, submit a letter of application, CV, statement of teaching philosophy, and three references.   Candidates are asked to submit a reflective statement about teaching.  Since Utica College strives to be a diverse, yet inclusive, community, it is essential that you include in this statement a reflection on the kinds of experiences you have had, and the kinds of approaches you would take, teaching and working with a diverse student body. (For the definition of diversity that we use at Utica College, please see the following web page: Reflective statements that do not address diversity will be considered incomplete.


All application materials must be submitted online at the following link:


Active consideration of candidates will begin on November 1, 2017.  References will be solicited to submit letters for candidates invited to participate in a phone interview.


Utica College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  We encourage applications from under-represented groups, including disabled and veterans as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations. 



Department of Communication 

Assistant Professor in Data Journalism & Analytics 

Position Summary: 

The Department of Communication at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor whose research and teaching focus on data journalism, analytics, and multimedia storytelling. Ideal candidates will have academic and professional backgrounds relevant to application of advanced analytic techniques to multimedia journalism practice. Relevant research background for the position includes areas such as data visualization, crowdsourcing, computational science, and network analysis. Candidates should be prepared to teach courses related to multimedia journalism, data journalism, and analytics. Candidates should be prepared to contribute to curriculum development emphasizing integration of advanced analytic techniques with multimedia journalism and storytelling production in a lab environment. Typical teaching expectations are two courses per semester or equivalent within a lab environment.  

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to engage in transdisciplinary research, curriculum, and outreach initiatives with other university faculty working in the Creativity & Innovation (C&I) Strategic Growth Area, one of several new university-wide initiatives at Virginia Tech (see  The C&I Strategic Growth Area is focused on empowering partners and stakeholders to collaborate on creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship efforts that transcend disciplinary boundaries. Faculty working together in this area comprise a vibrant ecosystem that melds the exploration of innovative technologies and the design of creative experiences with best practices for developing impact-driven and meaningful outcomes and solutions.  Candidates with demonstrated experience of interdisciplinary teaching or research in areas that align with the C&I vision are especially encouraged to apply.   

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.  


Required Qualifications: 

   Ph.D. in communication or related field, broadly defined. 
   Demonstrated potential for scholarly publication and successful teaching. 
   Potential to secure extramural funding. 
   Evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching and of potential for the development and maintenance of a nationally or internationally recognized research program. 
   ABD applicants will be considered, but the doctoral degree must be awarded by the appointment date of August 10, 2018. 


Preferred Qualifications: 

 Experience working with "big data,” large public data sets, and public records. 
 Background and research expertise related to advanced analytic techniques such as, but not limited to, “big data,” data visualization, crowdsourcing, computational science, and network analysis. 
  Experience working with scripting and analysis packages such as, but not limited to, R, Python, SQL, and / or other scripting languages 
  Background related to technology and innovation in journalism and multimedia storytelling. 
  Interest in teaching students concepts and technical skills involving integration of data and information in multimedia journalism packages. 


How to Apply for this Job: 

Application screening will begin November 15, 2017. Complete applications include the online application form and the following supplemental materials: a cover letter briefly detailing applicant’s fit with the job description and department; a complete CV; a statement of teaching philosophy and experience; two writing samples of research related to multimedia journalism and data analytics; and names, address, phone numbers, and email contacts for at least three references. Applications must be submitted electronically at Direct questions to James D. Ivory, Department of Communication, 111 Shanks Hall, 181 Turner Street NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061; Telephone (540) 231-6507, email 



Buffett Institute for Global Studies 

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Global, Comparative, or International Affairs 


The Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University invites applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the study of global, comparative, or international affairs. Up to three fellows will be selected. Applications are welcome from scholars from any range of social science or interdisciplinary perspectives whose research addresses global, international, or transnational social processes, problems, governance, or conflicts. Fellowships will run from September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020. 


The salary is $55,000. In addition, fellows are eligible for $5,000 per year to fund research and conference travel and up to $2,000 in reimbursement for allowable relocation expenses in the first year. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position. 


Applicants must have received their PhD between December 14, 2015, and August 31, 2018. 


Application deadline is December 15, 2017, at 5 p.m. (CT). 


For a complete position description and application procedures, visit: 


Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States. 


Vrije  Universiteit Amsterdam 

Faculty of Humanities 

Full Professor 


Vrije  Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculty of Humanities, offers a position as full professor Language and Communication (deadline  November, 19th 2017). Activities include developing the international bachelor’s specialization Language and Media, starting in September, 2018. You may find more information at: 





Knight School of Communication 



Queens University of Charlotte (Queens) seeks a visionary academic leader and experienced administrator with a strong record as both a teacher and a scholar for the position of Dean of the Knight School of Communication, the only school of communication in the country to be endowed by the Knight Foundation. 


Founded in 1857, Queens University is a small, private, co-ed, masters-level university focused on tailoring dynamic students in and outside of the classroom. In all of its programs, Queens emphasizes active and collaborative learning, meaningful student-teacher relationships, a creative synthesis of the liberal arts with the world of work, and the value and necessity of lifelong learning. As a testament to the quality of its offerings, its commitment to students, and the transformational nature of its educational experience, the University recently received an extraordinary  $35 million gift for scholarships from the late Porter Byrum, a generous and longtime supporter of the institution. 


Queens is consistently recognized for its strengths. The University is ranked #20 in  U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges – Regional Universities South. Within that same category, Queens is ranked #13 in Best Colleges for Veterans and #30 in Best Value Schools. The University's John Belk International Program is lauded annually for its support of Queens' students study abroad. Queens consistently ranks among the top 20 institutions in the country for study abroad. 

The University's campus is nestled in the historic neighborhood of Myers Park, just minutes from uptown Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlotte is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country, a top-25 media market, and an extended classroom for students – full of research, service, and internship opportunities. 


Queens offers 2,330 academically talented undergraduate and graduate students a demanding education, grounded in the liberal arts, with 43 majors and 66 minors, through six schools: Knight School of Communication; McColl School of Business; Cato School of Education; College of Arts and Sciences; Presbyterian School of Nursing, and Blair School of Health. The curriculum is enriched by a robust and dynamic general education program, an effective experiential learning and internship program, a vibrant campus life dedicated to community and service, and extensive opportunities for study abroad. 


The Knight School has developed a dynamic and broad-based program that emphasizes the importance of media literacy, digital storytelling through digital journalism, and digital media production. The School provides an outstanding education for 123 undergraduate and 85 graduate students, offering rigorous, relevant undergraduate programs in communication and journalism and digital media, a graduate program in communication, and a graduate certificate in integrated digital strategy. The Knight School develops students into creative and critical communicators who become engaged citizens, advocates, and leaders in the communities they serve. The Knight School also is the home for Digital Charlotte, which empowers organizations to deliver digital inclusion resources to their communities. 


The Dean of the Knight School reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a valued member of the Deans' Council. The Dean oversees eight fulltime faculty and a gifted operational staff of six. The Dean serves as the primary advocate and liaison for the School's faculty in matters of curriculum, interdisciplinary collaboration, policy, program development, and resource allocation and must also be externally focused particularly in advancing grant-related initiatives. 

The next Dean will be an innovative, creative, and engaging leader who will lead the development of a shared vision for the Knight School that is forward looking and can leverage the School's unique qualities. She or he will have a collaborative leadership style and the ability to enhance relationships within the Knight School, across the University, with the Knight Foundation, and in the broader community to promote interdisciplinary initiatives. The next Dean will have an understanding of the constantly changing landscape in communication to ensure the Knight School provides students with a relevant education grounded in best practices and market-driven experiences. She or he will be collegial, approachable, and engaging to sustain a relationship-centered working environment at the School and value the contributions of faculty, staff, and students across the University. The successful candidate will possess the appropriate terminal degree in her or his field, a distinguished record of teaching and scholarly/creative productivity, and exemplary experience in academic administration reflective of the University's own high standards. 


For more information on Queens University, please explore 

Applications will be received until the position is filled, but in order to ensure full consideration by the search committee, applicants are encouraged to have all required materials on file by December 31, 2017. All application materials must be submitted electronically in MS Word or PDF format to 


Julie Tea, Partner and Brian  Bustin, Associate at Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP are assisting with this search. Nominators and prospective candidates are encouraged to contact them at to arrange confidential conversations. 


Queens values campus diversity and demonstrates this in campus initiatives; we particularly encourage members of historically under-represented groups to apply. Queens University of Charlotte is completely and firmly committed to supporting and celebrating all forms of diversity. Queens does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identify, religion, age, national origin, disability, political beliefs, veteran status, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, employment and hiring policies, or other University-administered programs. 



School of Communication 

Associate Dean  For Undergraduate Programs And Advising 


The School of Communication at Northwestern  University invites inquiries, applications, and nominations for the position of Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Advising.  This is a full-time faculty position but is not tenure-eligible. Review of materials will begin November 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.  For full consideration, applications or nominations should be received prior to November 15, 2017.  Starting date for the appointment is negotiable but not later than September 1, 2018.


The full announcement can be found here:  

The Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Advising supervises undergraduate teaching, and programs in the School of Communication.  A key responsibility is oversight of the SoC Advising Office, including development and ongoing supervision of the advising staff.  The associate dean represents the School on university-wide oversight committees and task forces, especially those concerned with undergraduate programs, student affairs, assessment, and teaching.  The associate dean works with central administration units such as the Provost’s office, Admissions, and Student Affairs in areas such as recruiting, admissions, student conduct and discipline, academic integrity, inclusiveness and climate, and student health and safety.  The associate dean also works closely with the SoC Office of External Programs, Internships and Career Services and with the administration of Northwestern University in Qatar to create and oversee opportunities for SoC students to study away from Evanston.


The Associate Dean will be expected to maintain a program of teaching and research and participate in the intellectual life of his or her department.  Salary is open and commensurate with experience and qualifications. 



Candidates must hold a doctorate or other terminal degree in their discipline, have proven administrative competence and experience in the area of undergraduate programs and advising, and have demonstrated scholarly/artistic and teaching achievement of the highest quality.  Candidates must be appropriate for an appointment at the rank of lecturer or senior lecturer dependent on qualifications in one or more of the School’s five departments, and we prefer a candidate whose background spans more than one discipline or area of study within the communication arts and sciences and cognate fields.   Experience academic planning and budgeting is also highly desirable.   


Applications and supporting documents will be received only by online submission at the following link: 

Northwestern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States. 



College of Social Science—Department of Media 

Faculty Position (Open Rank) in Media and Journalism 


(Effective on August 15, 2018, an earlier starting date on January 5, 2018 is possible) 

The Department of Media and Communications at KIMEP University, invites applications for one faculty position (open rank) to begin on 15 August 2018 with the possibility of an earlier starting date on January 5, 2018. Responsibilities include teaching, research, scholarly activities, advising, field liaison and service. The department offers undergraduate and graduate programs and teaches professional and theoretical courses in Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, Media Management and Communication.


Expertise is required in at least two of the following areas: Media Management, Public Relations, Advertising, Journalism, Media Production, New Media, or Communication Research. Familiarity with CIS countries or similar international experience is welcome. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in Media, Journalism, Communications, or another relevant field from an internationally-recognized, accredited university or a Master’s Degree or higher and appropriate professional qualifications. Candidates must have a record of scholarly or professional publications, including published research in refereed journals and/or books or professional publications on a range of platforms.


Rank, salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Compensation after-tax compares favorably with net salaries in western countries. Limited on-campus housing is available to rent.  


Application Process 

Please send the following documents to or attach them to online-application at


  • CV; 

  • Cover letter that indicates the position applied, how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications, course(s) you can teach, salary expectations, citizenships and permanent residences held; 

  • Short­listed candidates will be required to submit 2 recommendation letters. 


Address any questions to: 

The position remains open until filled. All applications received on or before November 15, 2017 are guaranteed full consideration. 

Personal data provided by applicants will be kept confidential and used for recruitment purposes only. 

Only short-listed candidates will be informed and invited for interviews

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Previewing Our Prague Preconferences

Posted By Patricia Moy, U of Washington, Monday, October 2, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 2, 2017

Thanks to the several dozen proposals submitted by colleagues from around the gIobe, ICA’s annual meeting in Prague next spring will offer an intellectually robust set of pre- and postconferences. We will be filling all available space to capacity and working with our local organizer, Irena Reifova (Charles U of Prague), to find venues for some offsite preconferences. Our menu of events includes half- and full-day meetings onsite, in Prague, and elsewhere in Europe.

Preconferences for all interests. Regardless of their epistemological approach or research interests, ICA members are likely to find a pre/postconference that will appeal to them. The myriad topics include some that are oriented toward research conducted in specific divisions and interest groups – e.g., election reporting, family communication, feminist theory, gaming, media literacy, narrative communication research, and network analysis. Others are designed around the intersection of communication and context, such as the preconferences on media and governance in Latin America and digital media in China.

The Prague preconferences also will include workshops aimed at enhancing one’s teaching and methodological portfolios. For instance, attendees can avail themselves of a full-day meeting on deliberative pedagogies, designed ultimately to help students (and others) better understand how to communicate in a public sphere rife with sometimes irreconcilable differences. Attendees also have the option of enrolling in a half-day workshop on crowdsourcing as a content-analytic tool; this meeting will address the potential, limitations, and applications of crowdsourcing in the study of journalism and mass communication.

Doctoral and young-scholar preconferences. In keeping with a growing tradition of mentoring and supporting graduate students, several divisions and interest groups will be offering preconferences for young scholars. This year’s program will include workshops and colloquia sponsored by Communication and Technology, Environmental Communication, Journalism Studies, Public Diplomacy, Public Relations, and Visual Communication. These full- and half-day events will offer young scholars the opportunity to meet others with similar interests, present their research, and receive feedback on their work from senior scholars. Locally and regionally oriented preconferences. ICA’s rotation of conference sites around the world allows members to better understand communication phenomena in those regions, and our meeting in Prague affords us special opportunities to do so. Attendees can participate in a half-day preconference that examines how identity has been constructed for the Roma, one of the largest ethnic minority groups in East-Central Europe. In a similar vein, the Media Industry Studies Interest Group will be hosting a preconference at Prague’s National Film Archive. This two-day event will provide participants the opportunity to present interdisciplinary research on East-Central European screen media industries, both contemporary and historical.

In addition, some preconferences will revolve around recent political developments that certainly have implications for East-Central Europe. ICA will be offering a full-day meeting on Wednesday for individuals interested in how communication, ranging from media representations to social-media exchanges to political negotiations, has contributed to the current refugee crisis. Attendees who are planning to spend time elsewhere in Europe before the conference might consider a full-day event on global perspectives on populism and the media, to be held at the Central European University in Budapest.

The full list of pre- and postconferences will be online shortly, and we hope you’ll sign up for one or more!

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President's Message: ICA & Fair Use

Posted By Paula Gardner, McMaster U, Monday, October 2, 2017
Updated: Monday, October 2, 2017

In addition to being the largest international scholarly network in communication, ICA also works and advocates for scholarly freedom. ICA is particularly invested in supporting the fair use of copyrighted (digital and analog) data and materials, without permission or payment, for our members. Fair use is a crucial right that we will continue to fight for in this age of mass information flows representing reliable, as well as less reliable and sometimes pernicious, communication efforts. Our rigorous analysis of information, images, and ideas as communication scholars is clearly rendered more reliable and made more accessible when we publish the materials that we reference. Much work is afoot in this area within ICA.

Last year, we transformed a working group on this question to a Task Force whose mission is to educate ICA members regarding fair use of materials, and to engage various avenues supported by ICA in this work, to ensure members know their rights. They are hard at work disseminating fair use information to members; this Task Force is headed by David Park (Lake Forest College), and members include Larry Gross (U of Southern California), Patricia Aufderheide (American U), Katherine Sender (U of Michigan), Jeff Pooley (Muhlenberg College) and JP Gutierrez (ICA). As an important resource to our members, we offer a link on the ICA website (under the Publications tab), to a useful 18-page document entitled “Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication” authored by ICA scholars (coordinated by Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, 2010) to enhance our abilities to rely on this “evolving copyright doctrine of Fair Use”(p5).

This document outlines how fair use practices in the US, which notably govern our journals published in the US, may also extend to other situations affecting international scholars. US laws regarding fair use are applied, they report, quite differently depending on publishers and distributers: “some allow extensive unlicensed use of copyrighted material, while other publishers demand permissions for any and all illustrations” (p4). The authors are concerned that as a result, scholars experience insecurity over copyright exemptions and limitations that impacts communication research practices at many levels – in our selection, analysis, sharing, and publishing of materials (p4). All fair use instances are context dependent and case-by-case, they contend; to that end, the report offers examples of appropriate and reasonable fair use practices to empower scholars in their fair use decision making. For example, they offer the following as common and accepted fair use practices: historians quoting scholarly writings and primary textual sources; filmmaker and visual artists’ use, reinterpretation, and critique of copyrighted material; scholars illustrating cultural commentary with textual, visual, and musical examples; and the routine use in broadcast television news, of popular films, TV programs, archival images, and popular songs (p7). It is worth consulting this report to acquire a firm understanding of how fair use should apply in recurrent situations that you might are likely to experience as a scholar and a maker.

Relatedly, ICA has signed onto two petitions (brought to us by Peter Decherney and Katherine Sender) for exemption to the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The first challenges the ban of de-encrypting DVDs—we have signed onto this and the petition has been successful since 2006. The second, most recent, petition asks that educators are allowed use existing media clips in all online courses (beyond the existing exemption that only covers MOOCs). We will report back on the outcome of these petitions which seek crucial exemptions also in the realm of fair use. Stay tuned for more updates on ICA’s efforts for fair use and reach out to these ICA experts in the area for further information. Finally, please do report back to the Fair Use Task Force on efforts you have made or challenges you experience in regard to issues of fair use. Patricia Aufderheide also is kind enough to run a “Dear ICA” column for the ICA newsletter on topics related to fair use, and would be happy to receive your questions at

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