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Posted By Administration, Friday, September 1, 2017
This column includes new postings with the latest news from ICA Division and Interest Group chairs, whether for their own members or for readers outside the Division/IG. 

Division/IG chairs are encouraged to submit their latest news by e-mailing Jennifer Le at jle@icahdq.org.

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Call for Papers

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 1, 2017

Call for Papers 
“Free Speech in the City” 

The Urban Communication Foundation (UCF) believes that an important measure of the health of a city is how well the city fosters and protects environments and rights supporting healthy, open, and robust communication. Such is the basis for democratic participatory societies, and that is fundamental to our values as a foundation. But open and robust communications sometimes pose challenges to other interests in cities and to the governments overseeing those cities. And governments may try to limit communication in response to such challenges. Some will do so more successfully than others, and some will focus on enhancing rather than controlling communication.  

As the world appears to be increasingly contentious, the UCF is dedicating this year’s White Paper Program to an examination of urban communication freedom, regulation, and relevant government intervention and policy. We are particularly interested in soliciting proposals that will lead to the development of a white paper that discusses ways in which government regulation or policy, especially that made at the local city-level,  can protect and enhance an open and robust marketplace of ideas that is characterized by democratic values of inclusion, reason, and courage. The locus of our concern is, of course, cities.
The following are but a few examples of research questions and topics that applicants might pursue. This list is not at all exhaustive, and novel and interesting research questions are encouraged. 

  • What regulatory mechanisms have been used to limit communication in urban contexts, and what can we learn from them that might strengthen efforts to limit the limits? 
  • Do cities have communication issues that lend themselves to particular regulatory attention? 
  • What are the best examples of how cities, perhaps in partnership with NGOs, have enhanced communication freedoms? 
  • How do the intersections of communication and infrastructure lend themselves to regulation?  How might government policies encourage freer communication? 
  • How might the legitimate concerns of governments be addressed while best protecting democratic expression? 
  • What policies most effectively protect and enhance robust urban communication? What strategies enhance the likelihood of such policies being adopted? 
  • How can public/private partnerships enhance open democratic expression? 
  • What threats to privacy impact free expression and what government policies can address those threats? 
  • In what ways has the change in the channels/locus of urban communication – from town square to the Internet – changed the regulatory environment and the freedom of expression?
  • What corporate policies and infrastructures impact freedom of expression and the governments’ ability to regulate it? 
  • How does zoning, broadly defined, impact communication freedom? 
  • What sorts of non-communication-focused regulations and policies have secondary impacts on communication freedom (for example, regulations pertaining to traffic, street furniture, public safety, etc.)?
  • What municipal policies can enhance participatory government and access to municipal information? 

Information about the Urban Communication Foundation’s White Paper Program 
 The UCF has been a leader in promoting scholarship in the general area of urban communication. The Foundation has funded dozens of research projects and acknowledged dozens of scholars that have advanced the field of study. Through this White Paper series, we extend this influence by focusing in on particular issues or areas of research and look to support the development of public research reports on issues that have a direct bearing on public policy and/or the everyday life for people within cities. 
The final report should likely be between 8,000-12,000 words in length and present original research on the topic. The end product should aim to have some influence on policy makers, community leaders or researcher within an urban context and speak to basic research and practical solution. The author(s) of the top rated proposal will receive a grant of $10,000. 

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals/Applications 

  •  Proposals should not exceed 1,000 words (excluding references). Please include a cover page with the name, position, institution, and contact information for all authors. Proposals should identify the research focus and its potential for positively impacting freedom of expression in cities.
  • Applications should include a short itemized budget and a concise statement providing a rationale for the expenses listed in the budget. Funds may be expended in a variety of ways (e.g., to hire a research assistant or for a course by-out), provided that it is clear how doing so will enable the researcher(s) to complete the proposed work. Funds may not be used to purchase computer hardware. Funds awarded by the UCF may be utilized to offset fringe costs (such as those often involved in hiring a research assistant), but the Foundation will not cover overhead expenses (i.e., indirect costs). In any case, the total amount of the award will not exceed $10,000, which will include costs associated with presentation of the research at a UCF session. 

    Funding may be dispersed in phases over the course of the project.

  • Applicants should include one letter of recommendation. The referee should be able to assess the significance and viability of the project described in the proposal, as well as the qualifications of the applicant as they pertain to the proposed work.  
  • Proposals should be submitted to Harvey Jassem, at Jassem@hartford.edu, or Matthew Matsaganis, at mmatsaganis@albany.edu, no later than 1 November 2017. Funding decisions will be made by 31 December 2017. The final report must be completed and submitted to the UCF no later than 1 November 2018.
  • The UCF reserves the right to publish and disseminate the completed White Paper. 
  • The primary author will be required to present his/her findings at a UCF panel. 
  • Upon selection as the UCF White Paper competition winner, the author(s) will be recognized as Urban Communication Foundation Fellow/s.  

For more information on the Urban Communication Foundation, please go to https://www.facebook.com/UrbanCommunicationFoundation or https://urbancomm.org/


Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts 

Special Issue on Global Tastes: The Transnational Spread of non-Anglo-American Culture 

Deadline for abstracts: 15 September 2017 
Guest editors: Simone Varriale (University of Warwick, UK), Noa Lavie (The Academic College of Tel-Aviv Yaffo, Israel) 
Call for Papers 
Globalization’s cultural effects have gained significant attention in the sociology of culture. Especially from the early 2000s, a growing literature on transnationally-connected cultural sectors has started exploring the asymmetries of economic and symbolic power between ‘centers’ and ‘peripheries’ of cultural production, the role of gatekeepers and organizations in mediating globalization processes, and the limits of cultural imperialism as an exhaustive framework for interpreting cultural globalization. Similarly, consumption studies have started focusing on preferences for globally spread cultural products, suggesting that theories of cultural hybridity need to pay more attention to how class and other inequalities influence practices of appropriation. 
Despite these contributions, research on ‘global’ tastes and new, transnational forms of cultural capital remains limited to some cases of European high culture – like French literature – and to American and British popular culture. Consumption research has focused on the growing significance of Anglo-American pop music and television on a transnational scale, but it has paid little attention to other forms of global taste – e.g. Japanese anime and manga, South Korean cinema, Brazilian bossa nova, reggae music – and their role in different national and local contexts. Similarly, research on cultural production has considered mostly the American and European centers of well-established cultural sectors, like literature, television and popular music. It is evident, however, that other contexts, transnational connections and networks remain to be explored, and that the impact of globalization on other fields, sub-fields and genres – e.g. gaming, comics, hip hop, reality TV – is underresearched.  
Since cultural sociology has dealt mostly with the consequences of Americanization, it remains difficult to construct a clear and precise definition of what ‘global taste’ is and what it contains, and to understand which actors and networks sustain these forms of distinction and, potentially, cultural capital. We provisionally define global taste as a taste for non-national cultural products and genres, one made possible by transnational networks of producers, mediators and consumers, as well as by cross-national connections between cultural fields, policy makers and/or political institutions. Likewise, we wish to adopt a broad, inclusive definition of global culture, one that moves cultural sociology beyond its focus on the US, the UK and West/North Europe, and which helps develop the concept of global taste beyond its Anglo- and Euro-centric premises.  
This Call for Papers thus encourages original, empirically-based contributions that explore the production and global spread of African, Asian, Australasian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American cultural forms, and their consumption, mediation and evaluation in a variety of national, regional and local contexts. Our definition of global taste also includes the cultural practices of migrant populations and their descendants, and we also welcome research about the transnational circulation of culture produced in peripheral and semi-peripheral European contexts – i.e. East and South European countries – as these remain underresearched in cultural sociology. 

Lines of inquiry 
We seek contributions focusing on the ways in which non-Anglo-American culture is produced, circulated, consumed and evaluated around the globe. Papers engaging with issues of cultural production, consumption, mediation and diffusion are hence welcome, and papers updating or revising established theories of cultural research – e.g. art worlds, field theory, neo-institutionalism, production of culture – are particularly encouraged. We are also interested in work that draws innovative connections between these established approaches and new areas of social theorizing, such as post-colonialism, decolonial theory, transnationalism and cosmopolitanism.

We welcome papers focusing on all actors, organizations and/or networks involved with the aforementioned processes, and analyzing the meanings, aesthetic values and boundaries of globally oriented tastes, including their relationship with cosmopolitan, nationalist and/or localist discourses, and with different social groups – in terms of class, gender and age, as well as nationality, ethnicity and race.    
Instructions for authors 
The deadline for proposals is 15 September 2017. We ask for a 1500-word abstract including the following: research questions, theoretical framing, and description of the paper’s methodology – including a specification of whether the data is already collected.  
Please e-mail your abstracts to Simone Varriale (s.varriale@warwick.ac.uk) and Noa Lavie (lavie@mta.ac.il). Please also include your institutional affiliation and a brief biography (max 100 words). Complete manuscripts, if ready, can also be submitted at this stage. 
 Authors will be notified by mid-October. Proposals will be selected by the Special Issue’s editors – Dr Simone Varriale and Dr Noa Lavie – and by the editors of Poetics.  
The deadline for submission of complete manuscripts is 15 April 2018. Papers will be subject to an internal and external round of peer-reviewing. The Special Issue is expected to be published in 2019. 

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Available Positions & Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Friday, September 1, 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: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9466

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 jayth@stanford.edu.

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. 


Annenberg School of Communication 
Tenure and Tenure Track Professor of Communication
in the Area of Communication and Culture 

The University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication is seeking to fill one tenured (Associate Professor or Full Professor) and one tenure track (Assistant Professor) faculty position in the area of “communication and culture.” Preference will be given to scholars whose research and teaching include innovative approaches to the study of gender, sexuality, race, and/or ethnicity, as well as those whose work includes a global, transnational, or comparative dimension. Specific areas of focus may include but are not limited to algorithmic culture and platform studies; mobility and migration; technology and identity; and digital culture production. We are searching for candidates who address these or other issues using qualitative methods. 

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. (in Communication or a related field or discipline) and have a strong record of teaching and research. Responsibilities include conducting a program of research and publication, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels (including supervising doctoral dissertations), and contributing service to the school and university. 

The Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania is a graduate school of communication theory and research, with 19 full-time faculty and approximately 80 doctoral students representing a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds and interests. The faculty also has primary responsibility for an undergraduate communication major within the School of Arts and Sciences. 

Submit letter of interest, curriculum vitae, three names of references, and up to three articles, chapters or other research to Professor Michael X. Delli Carpini, Walter H. Annenberg Dean, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania, 3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6220 via https://facultysearches.provost.upenn.edu/postings/1147. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by Monday, September 4, 2017.

The University of Pennsylvania is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 


Department of Life Sciences Communication 
Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication

UW-Madison’s Department of Life Sciences Communication (LSC), located in the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences (CALS), seeks applications for a tenure track assistant professor in strategic communication in the life sciences. 

The successful candidate will conduct research in strategic and/or marketing communication, ideally using as contexts of inquiry one or more of CALS key strategic areas (health, food, bioenergy, climate change, community development, ecosystems; for more information see http://www.cals.wisc.edu/departments/office-of-dean-and-director-2/cals-strategic-planning/basic-sciences/). The candidate will teach LSC undergraduate courses in the area of marketing communication in the life sciences and in the fast-expanding CALS Certificate in Business Management for Agricultural & Life Sciences. The candidate will also advise Masters and Ph.D. students and teach graduate level courses in their area of expertise in LSC’s M.S. programs and in our Ph.D. program (jointly administered with UW’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication), one of the most highly-ranked graduate programs in communication internationally. Ability to work in interdisciplinary settings and willingness to work with units across CALS will make this new colleague a perfect addition to CALS faculty.
The position carries a commitment to the three functions of resident instruction, research, and outreach/service, as well as professional and university service as appropriate to the position and rank.

UW-Madison is an AA/EEO employer, including protected veterans and qualified individuals with a disability. 

For more details and to apply, visit http://jobs.hr.wisc.edu/cw/en-us/job/495521/assistant-professor-science-communication.


Reynolds School of Journalism
Assistant Professor of Global Media Studies

The Reynolds School of Journalism, a fast-growing program with great momentum, seeks a tenure-track assistant professor of global media studies for fall 2018. The Reynolds School has built a reputation for curricular innovation, entrepreneurial learning and strong support for faculty research. 

Our globally-focused concentrations include Spanish-language media, political economy, health communication and public and community media production. We seek a scholar and teacher who can build global, transnational or comparative perspectives into one or more of these areas of strength, and can engage international partners. 

The selected candidate will hold a doctorate and have demonstrated potential for university teaching, as well as for a program of scholarship or creative activity related to global media studies, in line with the tenure expectations of a research university. Media experience and the ability to teach core and/or professional courses are valued. 

Diversity is central to the mission of the Reynolds School. Our faculty, staff and students strive to foster an environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging and expressing diverse perspectives and is respectful of diverse identities. Candidates must be prepared to address how their work contributes to advancing these goals. 

The scenic University of Nevada, Reno campus, in sight of the Sierra Nevada mountains, is located 45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and four hours from San Francisco and the Napa-Sonoma wine country. Reno is a recreational paradise, chosen by Outside Magazine as one of the 25 Best Towns of 2017, with world-class skiing and snowboarding, hiking, kayaking and bicycling. The area is home to an emerging technology sector, with a vibrant food and arts scene. 

To learn more about the Reynolds School or to apply, visit: www.journalism.unr.edu or https://www.unrsearch.com/postings/25305


Department of Strategic Communication 
Two Positions

The Department of Strategic Communication at the University of Miami is seeking applications for a full time Associate Professor (tenured) and an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in Strategic Communication to commence in August 2018.

Associate Professor: This tenured position requires a Ph.D. in mass communication, strategic communication, or a related field. We are seeking applicants with a solid research record and an established reputation in an area(s) relevant to contemporary strategic communication and communication methods. The ideal candidate will have a robust research agenda with the potential for external funding.
Successful applicants must be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in at least three of the following areas: public relations principles, advertising principles, strategy development, writing for strategic communication, strategic communication research methods, public relations measurement, international public relations, strategic communication campaigns, crisis communication, social media analytics and corporate communication. The ability to teach graduate-level courses in theory and either qualitative or quantitative research methods is also required. Successful candidates will be prepared to work with and advise both masters and doctoral students in strategic communication, as well as have the ability to mentor and work with junior faculty within the department. In addition, the ideal candidate will have the ability to assist with the development of a new and exciting graduate curriculum in strategic communication. PR and/or advertising industry experience is also a plus. 

Assistant Professor: This tenure-track position requires a Ph.D. in mass communication, strategic communication, or a related field. We are seeking applicants with evidence and promise of scholarly research in areas relevant to contemporary public relations and communication methods. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. 

Successful applicants must be able to teach undergraduates and graduate courses in at least three of the following areas: public relations principles, advertising principles, strategy development, writing for strategic communication, graphic design, strategic communication research methods, strategic communication campaigns, crisis communication, social media, and corporate communication. The ability to teach graduate-level courses in theory and qualitative/quantitative research methods is also required. The ideal candidate will have some teaching experience; some PR and/or advertising industry experience is also a plus. 

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience for both positions. The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical and dental benefits, tuition remission, vacation, paid holidays and much more. The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer-Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal Law. 

Application Procedure 

Review of applications will begin September 21, 2017 and will continue until the positions are filled. Interested and qualified candidates should apply online and submit here

a letter summarizing their research agenda; 
teaching philosophy;
a current CV; and 
three letters of recommendation 

To apply online for the Assistant Professor position, please click on: https://umiami.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UMFaculty/job/Coral-Gables-Campus/Asst-Professor_R100017511 

To apply online for the Associate Professor position, please click on: https://umiami.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UMFaculty/job/Coral-Gables-Campus/Assoc-Professor_R100017514

Applicants may consider their applications not successful if they were not invited for an interview within three months of application. 


Department of International Affairs 
Tenure–Track, Assistant Professor 

The Department of International Affairs in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University invites applications and nominations for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in the area of cyber policy, strategy and security within the field of international relations, comparative politics, economics, or public policy. Candidates with research competency in cyber policy, strategy and security who specialize in areas such as international law and institutions, regulatory law, science and technology, international security, the comparative politics of information, and other relevant topics are invited to apply. 

Ideally, the successful candidate would teach a required course in introductory-level research methods for our students, all of whom are seeking a master’s degree in international affairs, along with offerings in the cyber area. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline by September 2018. The start date for this position is September 1, 2018. 

Applicants should send a formal letter of interest that includes reference to the position, a curriculum vitae, a sample of written work and three letters of recommendation, preferably as electronic attachments to bushschoolinta-facultysearch@tamu.edu. Review of applications will begin on September 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. 

Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities. The University is also responsive to the needs of dual career couples.


Stan Richards School of
Advertising and Public Relations
Tenure-Track Position 

The Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations in the Moody College of Communication at The University of Texas at Austin seeks applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin Fall 2018. We are seeking an outstanding scholar, teacher, mentor, and practitioner with relevant expertise and interest in multicultural issues in advertising, public relations, consumer behavior and/or persuasive communication. We are foremost interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching, research, and service. Salary is competitive. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in advertising, public relations, telecommunication, mass communication, strategic communication, marketing, or a related field (or be a candidate near completion of the Ph.D.), with evidence of outstanding research, teaching, service, and grant potential. More information can be found at http://apply.interfolio.com/42934

Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, current curriculum vita, list of references, representative scholarly publications, statement of research interests, and a teaching statement. APPLICANTS MUST APPLY THROUGH INTERFOLIO: http://apply.interfolio.com/42934. Three confidential letters of recommendation are also requested. If you do not have a Dossier account with Interfolio, you will be prompted to create one prior to applying for the position. If you have questions about using Interfolio, please e-mail help@interfolio.com or call (877) 997-8807.
Review of applications will begin September 15, 2017 and will continue until the position has been filled. Proof of conferred degree and a background check will be conducted on the applicant selected. Questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Lee Ann Kahlor at: Kahlor@austin.utexas.edu

The University of Texas at Austin is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Minorities, women, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Department of Communication 
Interpersonal Communication and Technology 

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) or Associate Professor (tenured), Interpersonal Communication and Technology. Applicants must employ empirical methods and develop/test theory focused on interpersonal communication processes in ways that comport with the Department’s quantitative behavior science orientation and affiliation with the Division of Social Sciences. A doctorate degree is required before the first day of instruction. Demonstrated research and teaching competence in core areas of interpersonal communication is required. Teaching courses in interpersonal communication, specific areas of expertise, and other areas based on Department need is expected. Applications must be submitted by October 2, 2017 to receive consideration. This position is subject to final administrative approval. Position to begin July 1, 2018. Full job description can be found here: http://bit.ly/2weWrul

Applications: To apply, please go to URL: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01712

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 


School of Communication 
Assistant Professor Position 

The School of Communication at Florida State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor position. The ideal candidate will have special skills in and take innovative approaches to researching, analyzing, and teaching social media. Areas of expertise may include social media campaigns, network analysis, large-scale data analytics, content analysis, or database management in a variety of contexts and from different perspectives (e.g., social marketing for health or environmental issues, advocacy, campaign planning, user behavior, implementation and evaluation).
Applicants should have a research agenda that fits within the broader research interests of the College of Communication and Information and the ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary environment. More information about the School can be found at: http://comm.cci.fsu.edu

A completed Ph.D. in communication or a related discipline is required by the start of the appointment. Competitive applicants will have a demonstrated record of scholarly publication, evidence of effective teaching, and potential for externally funded research. 

The person filling the position will be expected to teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs within the School, serve on School, College, and University committees, and advise students. It is also expected that the successful candidate will pursue contract and grant work. 

FSU is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action, pro-disabled and veteran employer: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf

Applications must include (1) a letter detailing research and teaching interests, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for at least three professional references. Please direct all inquiries about this position to Dr. Arthur Raney, Search Committee Chair, araney@fsu.edu. Application materials must be submitted via http://jobs.fsu.edu/ (Job ID #42093). Application reviews will begin on October 2, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred starting date is August 2018.

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College of Communication          
Assistant Professor Position 

The School of Communication at Florida State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor Position. The ideal candidate will teach in one or more of the following areas: advertising research methods, account planning, media planning, consumer behavior, and creative strategies, and will have special skills in and take innovative approaches to research and teaching in the areas of health communication, new media marketing communication, or multicultural marketing communication.  
Applicants should have a research agenda that fits within the broader research interests of the College of Communication and Information and the ability to work effectively within an interdisciplinary environment. More information about the School can be found at: http://comm.cci.fsu.edu.
A completed Ph.D. in communication or a related discipline is required by the start of the appointment. Competitive applicants will have a demonstrated record of scholarly publication, evidence of effective teaching, and potential for externally funded research.   
The person filling the position will be expected to teach in the undergraduate and graduate programs within the School, serve on School, College, and University committees, and advise students. It is expected that the successful candidate will pursue contract and grant work.  
FSU is an equal opportunity, equal access, affirmative action, pro-disabled and veteran employer: http://www.hr.fsu.edu/PDF/Publications/diversity/EEO_Statement.pdf.
Applications must include (1) a letter detailing research and teaching interests, (2) a curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for at least three professional references.

Please direct all inquiries about this position to Dr. Patrick Merle, Search Committee Chair, pmerle@fsu.edu. Application materials must be submitted via http://jobs.fsu.edu/ (Job ID #42094).  Application reviews will begin on October 2, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.  The preferred starting date is August 2018. 
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Effective January 1, 2014, tobacco use, including simulated tobacco use, is prohibited on property, interior and exterior, owned or managed by Florida State University.  This policy applies to all Florida State University students, employee, consultants, contractors, visitors, and external individuals. 


Steinhardt School of Culture, Education &
Human Development 
Assistant Professor, 
Tenure Track 

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication will hire an entry-level, Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor in Race, Culture, and Media Studies to join our faculty starting September 1, 2018. We seek an engaging educator whose research, teaching, and service will prepare our students for future success in the global public sphere by providing a critical lens through which to understand the relationship between media and communication as it relates to race, ethnicity, inequality and identity. 

NYU Steinhardt values equity, diversity, and inclusion and especially encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.
Necessary Qualifications 
Doctoral degree awarded by spring 2018, and primary research trajectory consistent with the position description. 

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Moody College of Communication 
Director & Professor, School of Journalism

The School of Journalism within the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin invites outstanding applicants for the position of School Director and tenured full Professor, holding an endowed professorship. 

The Director will have a keen understanding of the changes that journalism continues to go through with developments in technology, media, data, and disruptive business models. S/he will embrace the spirit of entrepreneurship fostered at the School, and will provide a confident vision for how to lead faculty, develop curriculum, and teach students to prepare for, take advantage of, and influence the continued evolution of the profession. Candidates who share the values expressed in the School’s mission are encouraged to apply. 

Qualifications include: (1) management/administrative experience, (2) a commitment to diversity within the profession and the School, (3) an appreciation for the merits of having a school of both professional journalists and research-focused academics, and (4) a record of scholarly credentials and/or exceptional professional accomplishments in journalism appropriate for a tenured appointment at full Professor. 

For the complete position description, please click here. 

Applicants are invited to email a PDF containing a brief letter describing their interest/qualifications and curriculum vitae/resume to: jennifer.rumain@opuspartners.net by September 30, 2017. 

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. 

Moody College of Communication 
Chair & Professor, Department of Radio-Television-Film 

The Department of Radio-Television-Film (RTF) in the Moody College of Communication at the University of Texas at Austin invites outstanding applicants for the position of Department Chair and tenured full Professor, holding an endowed professorship. The Chair will lead this highly- ranked department to new heights in teaching, research, production, and storytelling across numerous media platforms. 

Reinventing the traditional “film school” model dedicated primarily to filmmaking as a profession, the RTF is one of the few top-ranking media programs in the country offering both media studies and media production through practical hands-on training. In 2014, RTF was ranked #1 in the nation in Media Studies by Education Portal. Hollywood Reporter ranked RTF 9th in the nation overall and 2nd in Production among public universities, while also naming it the 11th Best Film School in the U.S. in 2016. 

Home to one of the most popular majors at UT Austin, RTF has approximately 1,000 undergraduate students working towards their B.S. in Radio-Television-Film. Approximately 160 graduate students are enrolled annually in programs, including their MFA in Film & Media Production or Screenwriting and PhD in Media Studies. With over 50 faculty members – both research-focused academics and professionals with deep industry roots – the department uniquely offers programs in both practical and theoretical areas covering all aspects of media production, history, and theory.
Applicants must be eligible for appointment as a tenured full professor and must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 15 years of academic and/or professional experience. A graduate degree such as an MFA and/or Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a relevant field is preferred, but not required. 

Applicants for this position should have (1) prior management experience in academia and/or media industries, (2) a firm commitment to collaborative and participatory leadership, (3) an innovative and inclusive vision for the future of the department, and (4) experience and expertise in one or more of RTF’s areas of teaching and scholarship.

Preference will be given to candidates who have: (1) a distinguished record of research, production, teaching, creative development, and/or management; (2) demonstrated ability to develop collaborative partnerships with companies, agencies, foundations, nonprofits, and other organizations; (3) a record of generating and raising external financial support; and (4) an understanding and appreciation of current and future media/technology trends and media industry operations. 

For the complete position description, please click here. 

Applicants are invited to e-mail a PDF containing a brief letter describing their interest and qualifications and curriculum vitae/resume to: jennifer.rumain@opuspartners.net by September 30, 2017. 

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. 


Department of Journalism & Creative Media 
Associate Professor in Health Communication 

The Department of Journalism & Creative Media in the College of Communication and Information Sciences seeks a full-time associate professor in the area of health communication. The position begins August 16, 2018. The successful candidate will pursue research and teach courses in health communication. Candidates are welcome from all subfield specializations in health communication, including emerging media, health information, health journalism, health disparities, and health research focusing on diverse populations or related areas. The ideal candidate should have a record of success in securing external research funding. 

The successful candidate is expected to bolster our graduate offerings in health communication and to collaborate across the college and university on health communication initiatives. The University of Alabama has recently created the Alabama Life Research Institute, which serves as a focal point for interdisciplinary biopsychosocial research that seeks to investigate the human condition at all levels. The successful candidate in this position will collaborate with the Institute and with others from across the University, as well as with peer institutions, healthcare organizations, corporations, governmental agencies, community-based organizations, and concerned individuals in an effort to improve life throughout the state, globally, and for future generations. 

A Ph.D. in communication or a closely related field is required. Candidates should have the academic credentials and professional reputation that warrant a mid-career-level appointment at a major research institution. 
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with credentials and experience. 

Candidates must apply online at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/ and must attach a cover letter and CV that includes a list of three references. Please refer to the online instructions for applicants. Review of applications will begin Sept. 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to search committee chair Dr. Kim Bissell (205-348-8547 – kbissell@ua.edu). 

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


Department of Communication Studies 
Tenure-Track or Tenured Position 

The Department of Communication Studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan invites applicants for one tenure-track or tenured position to complement and expand our strengths in qualitative media and critical-cultural studies. 

We welcome applications from scholars who analyze media content, industry practices, media regulation, trans-national flows of media and information, the impact of the media and communication technologies on culture and society, or the relationships between media and identity, including race and/or ethnicity. We seek a scholar whose research methods include one or more of the following: textual and discourse analysis, archival research, close analysis of industry records, trade press, and government documents, or ethnographic methods including participant-observation, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. This position will play an important role in further strengthening our qualitative and critical study of media, culture, and society. 

Job duties include research activity, teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses, and service to the department, school, university, and profession. The anticipated starting date for this university-year appointment is September 1, 2018. All applicants should send a cover letter, a vita, two representative publications, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence, a statement of current and future research plans, and a statement of contributions to diversity. Completed Ph.D. by September 2018, required. Junior applicants should provide names of three references. 

Information on our research initiatives and scholarly interest of current faculty can be found on the Department’s website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/comm. All applications must be submitted electronically to: https://webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1081

For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by September 15, 2017.
The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.
The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights of each individual, without regard to race, color, national original, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

For questions about potential fit and your application please e-mail UM.MediaStudies@umich.edu.


Department of Communication 
Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty 

The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks a full-time tenure-track or tenured faculty member at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Health Communication. A PhD (or equivalent) in Communication or related fields (e.g., social sciences, nursing, or public health) is required at the time of appointment. Target start date is August 16, 2018. Salary is commensurate with rank and qualifications. To ensure full consideration, all required materials must be submitted by October 4, 2017. For complete details, visit URL. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Illinois is an Employer/Vet/Disabled www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu


College of Arts and Humanities
Assistant Professor of Communications

The Communications Department at California State University, Dominguez Hills invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in its Journalism program, to begin Fall 2018. 

Minimum Qualifications 

The position requires a Master’s degree in Journalism, mass communication or a closely related field by the time of appointment, as well as a strong commitment to teaching and a record of at least five years’ professional practice in convergent journalism, broadcast journalism, or media management utilizing multimedia reporting tools. Spanish-language proficiency is required. 

Preferred Qualifications 
The ideal candidate will possess a Ph.D. in Mass Communications or closely related field and at least five years of professional journalism experience utilizing multimedia reporting tools. Professional practice in Spanish-language journalism is preferred. 

The University 
CSU Dominguez Hills is located in the South Bay region of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area. With approximately 300 full-time faculty, the University serves a culturally rich, diverse student body of approximately 15,000 students in an urban setting.
How to apply 
A review of applications, consisting of a current CV, cover letter and a list of three (3) references will begin October 2, 2017. Applications should be submitted online at the following link: 


Applicants should request that reference letters be submitted directly to the following address: 

CSU Dominguez Hills 
Dr. Nancy Cheever, Search Committee Chair 
Communications Department 
1000 E. Victoria Street, LIB 5324A 
Carson, CA 90747


Director, Center for Interactive and Immersive Media 
Associate/Full Professor

The Moody College of Communication and The University of Texas at Austin seek a visionary leader to serve as the Founding Director of the new Center for Interactive & Immersive Media (CIIM), to be appointed at the rank of tenured associate or full professor (with possible endowment support), beginning in the Summer or Fall 2018.
For the last decade, UT Austin’s Moody College of Communication has actively pursued diverse scholarly and creative initiatives related to interactive media and immersive media, which have led to continuous innovations in many of its programs including film and media production, journalism, advertising, organizational communication and technology, and health communication. By leveraging the College’s existing expertise in interactive design and media, immersive media technology (including virtual and augmented reality), 3D production, experiential storytelling, and social science research, and by partnering with programs and faculty throughout campus, CIIM will aim to transform both pedagogy and practice, creating new and innovative applications of next generation immersive technologies through interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Reporting directly to Dean Jay Bernhardt of the Moody College of Communication, the new Director will be charged with providing an innovative and inclusive vision for CIIM as a shared strategic resource for interactive and immersive media partners, both on and off campus. CIIM will provide a world class interdisciplinary research infrastructure, bringing together scholars, practitioners, production professionals, and students in support of collaborative research efforts from a wide array of disciplines across UT Austin’s campus, as well with industry and the federal government through partnerships forged by shared interests and projects. The Director will be responsible for elevating the center’s presence on campus, making CIIM a natural partner for many researchers and creative professionals, leading to increased extramural research support. 

The new Director will have an academic appointment as a tenured Associate or Full Professor in one or more of Moody College’s academic units most relevant to his/her area of area of research/expertise. For more information, please visit https://moody.utexas.edu/

To be eligible for such an appointment, the successful applicant must, at a minimum, have a bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of academic and/or professional experience. A graduate degree such as an M.F.A. or Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a relevant field is preferred, but not required. Preference will be given to candidates with prior administrative experience in academia, as well as an outstanding record of scholarly research and/or professional accomplishment in one or more of the following CIIM areas: interactive media, immersive media, gaming, technology communication, human computer interaction, multi-media studies, or other relevant fields. 

The successful candidate will also have (1) demonstrated experience in fostering collaboration and building consensus amongst colleagues in an academic setting, (2) a demonstrated ability developing collaborative partnerships with industry; and (3) a successful record of receiving external financial support and/or managing externally funded research, as well developing plans to secure future funding. 

For the complete position description, please click here or copy and paste the following link in a browser: https://adobe.ly/2vToJ1m 

The University of Texas at Austin and the Moody College of Communication has engaged Opus Partners to support the recruitment of this Director. Applicants are invited to email a PDF containing a brief letter describing their interest and qualifications and curriculum vitae/resume to:jennifer.rumain@opuspartners.net. Nominations, recommendations, expressions of interest, and inquiries should be sent to the same address. 

Applications received by October 31, 2017 will receive full consideration. UT policy requires that a background check be conducted on the selected candidate. All possible discretion will be exercised to maintain the privacy of applicants through the search process. 

The Moody College of Communication is committed to achieving diversity in its faculty, students, and curriculum, and it strongly encourages applicants who can help achieve these objectives. 

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions. UT Austin is a tobacco-free campus; for more information visit http://www.utexas.edu/tobaccofree/.


Department of Journalism 
Reader or Professor of 
Salary commensurate with level of appointment/experience of successful candidate

City, University of London is a global university committed to academic excellence with a focus on business and the professions and an enviable central London location. 

City attracts around 19,500 students (35% postgraduate), is top in London for student satisfaction (Complete University Guide), well above the sector average for graduate employability in most subjects and eleventh in the UK for starting salaries. City joined the University of London in 2016. 

In the last REF, City doubled the proportion of its total academic staff producing world-leading or internationally excellent research. Led by President, Professor Sir Paul Curran, City has made significant investments in its academic staff, its estate and its infrastructure and continues to work towards realising its vision of being a leading global university: it has recently agreed a new Vision & Strategy 2026.
The Department of Journalism has an enviable global standing with an outstanding record of placing 96% of graduates in graduate-level employment. 

The Department is seeking to appoint an outstanding academic with an excellent research record likely to be assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework. As a Reader or Professor of Journalism, the successful candidate will lead research and education, will possess an outstanding level of experience in the profession, ideally as a senior journalist and will demonstrate the strong leadership and organisational skills required for the role.

City offers a sector-leading salary, pension scheme and benefits including a comprehensive package of staff training and development. 

The role is available from 1 January 2018 or earlier by negotiation. Closing date: 11.59pm on 24 September 2017. Interviews are scheduled for 10 October 2017. To apply and for more information about the post please go to: http://tinyurl.com/ydc2rrfv

Actively working to promote equal opportunity and diversity. 
Academic excellence for business and the professions. 


Department of Communication and Journalism 
Assistant Professor of Public Relations and Strategic 

The Department of Communication and Journalism at Oakland University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in our new public relations and strategic communication major. The appointment begins August 15, 2018. 
The position is designed to cultivate the new major. Successful candidates will teach undergraduate courses in the areas of public relations and strategic communication, maintain an active research agenda, and provide leadership and service within the department, college, and university. 
Teaching responsibilities would include teaching quantitative methods and basic courses in public relations and strategic communication. Professional experience in the PR field is desirable. The ideal candidate will strengthen our existing curriculum by developing new courses in one or more of the following areas: social media, health communication, media technologies and strategic communication. 
Required qualifications include: a Ph.D. in public relations, strategic communication, or related field at time of appointment; experience teaching undergraduate courses in public relations and strategic communication and demonstrated activity in scholarly arenas, such as conference presentations, publications, or similar, with an articulated research agenda. 
Interested applicants must submit 1) a CV, 2) a cover letter, 3) a teaching philosophy, (4) a research statement, 5) unofficial transcripts; and 6) three references to the following website: 
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by September 15, 2017 will receive the highest priority. Inquiries can be directed to Holly Shreve Gilbert (shreve@oakland.edu). Oakland University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

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Student Column: It’s Your Turn to Speak Up!

Posted By Julie Escurignan, U of Roehampton, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I would like to start my first ICA newsletter column by thanking you. Thank you for putting your trust in me for the next two years. Thank you for believing with me that we can create an even stronger community and foster communication between students and early-career scholars. I am deeply honored to be your new representative in the Board and the SECAC.

I believe in reciprocal communication. As such, know that my door (and my email) are always open. If you would like to raise ideas, issues and questions, please feel free to drop me an email, a PM on Facebook or Twitter, or post your question on the Facebook group. Social media are here for us to connect, exchange and work together. I intend to develop these venues during my term. I envision ICA not only as this great community of communication scholars meeting at least once a year to share their research, but also as this amazing opportunity for us, students and early-career scholars, to meet, network, discuss and collaborate with each other all year long, online and offline, before finally meeting at the annual conference. As a Fan Studies scholar, I have the chance to study these fascinating communities where people sharing the same admiration for an object gather and chat. I see how the feeling of community is built and strengthen, and how tight members stick to each other. Fans are incredible people by themselves. But put together, they become an even more incredible community. I believe that we, ICA students and early-career scholars, can become this type of community.

For those of you wondering, I am a French national. I got my undergraduate and Masters’ degrees at the Sorbonne University in Paris, and then started a PhD at the University of Texas at Austin. Rhetorical studies not being a great fit for me, I decided to change area in the vast field of Communication. This is how I was recruited by the University of Roehampton in London in Film and Television Studies. I am now doing my PhD there, researching the transmedia experience of Game of Thrones transnational fans, in association with the international network Media Across Borders. I have had the chance to do research in Norway and to present my work at numerous academic conferences all over the world. My experience has showed me how incredibly diverse the student and early-career researcher body is. And yet, we still miss more representation of minorities, gender diversity and smaller divisions. We still lack the voice of early-career researchers from parts of the world like South America and Africa. I hope that during my term we will be able to straighten this situation and bring less represented students, early-career scholars and divisions to the forefront.

As a European citizen who grew up at the border between France and Spain, I believe in the utmost importance of collaboration and community. As a researcher in Fan Studies, a yet-growing field, I know the feeling of being small and unheard. This is why I would like to be the voice of all of you who want to speak and be heard. For the next two years, I will put all my energy to foster collaboration and create links between all of us. I want you to be able to express yourselves, exchange and above all tell us, your representatives, what you want, what you expect, and what you would like to see more in ICA. As your representatives, Tamar Lazar and I will do everything we can to carry your questions to the board, answer your requests and shape ICA the way we want it. But this is something we cannot do without you. We cannot know what you want if you don’t say it. So say it, write it, record it! Tell us what ICA and Student Representatives could do better to improve our association. Tell us what you want featured in the newsletter’s articles, on the website, on the social media pages. Tell us how you envision the ICA Student and Early Career Advisory Committee.

We are here to serve. Valar Dohaeris.

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Board of Directors Takes Important Steps at Annual Meeting

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The ICA Board of Directors held their Annual Meeting during the day prior to the 2017 annual conference in San Diego, California (USA), taking action on several important issues. Several of the decisions have been or will be covered in depth in their own newsletter articles; however, a synopsis of the decisions is below.

On the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, the Board approved the candidates for the 2017 Election. The Presidential candidates—Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology, AUSTRALIA) and Akira Miyahara (Seinan Gakuin U, JAPAN)—will be featured, along with their candidate statements, in the next issue of the newsletter.

In response to a petition from the requisite number of active members of ICA and its accompanying robust proposal, the Board voted to approve a new Interest Group on “Activism, Communication, and Social Justice.” If you would like to add this interest group to your ICA membership the cost is $3 and this can be done through your membership profile. The new interest group will have a Call for Papers available in the ICA Prague CFP

On the recommendation of the Executive Committee and Amy Jordan (U Penn)’s experiences with the needs of the communication community in Africa, the board approved the creation of a Professional Development Task Force to work on new ideas for workshops and other events to help build the professional development of young scholars and those in under-resourced regions. 

The Board also approved the creation of a Task Force on Fair Use led by Dave Park, gave the go-ahead for a proposal to increase volunteerism for reviewing for ICA conference submissions, and adopted a job description for Regional Board Members-At-Large created collaboratively by those currently filling the three BMAL positions on the board.  

The Board also heard arguments for against the dissolution of the midyear (January) Board Meeting, and in a subsequent vote following the conference chose to discontinue the meeting in favor of reallocating those funds to give an additional US$1000 per year to each division to use as it sees fit. 

The Board also approved a number of bylaws changes. Many of the revisions were simple housekeeping edits to clean up language, ensure consistency within the document, and eliminate ambiguities. Others simply institutionalize decisions made earlier in the year. These changes will be up for review and ratification by the membership during the October 2017 election. 

The Board also reviewed options for upcoming annual conference locations. As you may know, ICA’s conference rotation brings us to North America every other year. On intervening years, ICA alternates between Asia and Europe. We typically book 6 years in advance. Venues for the coming years are:

2018 - Prague (CZECH REPUBLIC)
2019 - Washington, DC (USA)
2020 – Gold Coast (AUSTRALIA)
2021 - Denver, Colorado (USA)
2022 – Paris (FRANCE)
2023 - Toronto, Ontario (CANADA)
2024 – ASIA (TBD)

In addition, the Board reviewed and approved many standard agenda items, including the 2017-18 committee rosters, publishers’ reports and reports from each of our journals, reports from each of ICA’s standing committees and task forces, reports on
communications and membership efforts, the 2017 Fellows slate, the investments report, and the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year.

This was a highly productive meeting covering a wide range of issues of importance to all ICA members. More detailed information on any topic is available from ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer at lsawyer@icahdq.org.


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Pre- and Postconference Proposals for Prague – Application Now Available

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Before and after each annual conference, ICA hosts pre- and postconferences. These sessions are either all-day or half-day miniconferences, intended as an extension of the main ICA conference, but separate in terms of budget, programming, and administration.

For the 2018 Prague conference, space in the hotel is limited. While we have approximately 20 slots within the hotels, ICA also accepts proposals for pre/postconferences to be held outside of the hotel and even outside of Prague. All off-site preconferences outside Prague should be held on Wednesday, 23 May, with the following day 24 May given to travelling to Prague. All on-site (in the conference hotels) preconferences will be held on Thursday, 24 May with an end time of 5pm. 

All postconferences will be on Tuesday, 29 May if in the hotel or elsewhere in Prague, or Wednesday or later if outside Prague. If you choose to have an off-site conference, you may either propose a location you have already obtained in advance or you may mark on your proposal form that you wish to speak with our local host for help in determining a location. In all cases, please think carefully about your own break-even budget (the form has a formula for determining this) and whether you will need more than one room (if you might need a breakout room, for instance). Because of space restrictions it is unlikely we can accommodate late requests for additional rooms.

If you are interested in planning and submitting a preconference or postconference proposal please fill out the proposal form by Thursday, 1 September 2017. More detailed instructions are within the application form.

If you have questions after reading the form, please contact Jennifer Le (jle@icahdq.org).

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President's Message: On Migrants and Inclusion

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA President, McMaster U, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I have just returned from my first experience attending the ANZCA (Australian New Zealand Communication Association) in Sydney, Australia, hosted by University of Sydney Communication faculty members Gerard Goggin, Fiona Martin, and Jonathon Hutchinson. It was eye opening to learn of common communication dynamics and problematics experienced in Oceania -- ranging from cyber-violence and mainstream media crises, to urban housing problems, and marginalized indigenous voices.  Being “down under,” scholars pointed to the particular, local histories and cultures from which these problems arise, and yet, strikingly, the conditions supporting these problems are shared globally.  It became clear that, in many ways, Australia mirrors dynamics in other part of the world, where ongoing class, racial, and gender inequity are fueled by a range of factors, particularly neoliberalism and globalization.

While in Sydney, I was struck by international reporting on the European refugee crisis.  BBC reported the current refugee crisis in Italy, a country overwhelmed by an average of 80,000 migrants annually, most from Africa, who often arrive via precarious means.  By this July, Italy had already received 80,000 migrants, and was asking for increased financial assistance from the European Union, framing the crisis as a continental issue. In my address at the conference, I pointed to refugee crises as another similarity shared by particular continents, noting the low rates of migrant resettlement (in North America and most of Europe) in contrast to the massive flows from northern African and Syria.  Germany responded to the Italian plea in July, arguing that the EC must help their migrant “neighbours,” while Poland refused, arguing they hadn’t fomented the problem and positioned these migrants as outside the neighbourhood.  

Taking in migrants is of course a highly political decision for nation states.  Migration statics show that countries with far less infrastructure and space, and far lower GNPs take in a far greater number of migrants than the US, Canada, Australia or Britain, for example.  Instead, countries in the “neighbourhood” of migrants take a substantially greater numbers of migrants—countries like Turkey, Italy, Greece, Kenya, and even Germany. Canada is an example; my country accepted 35,500 Syrian refugees in 2015 -- mostly middle class families whom they anticipate will integrate quickly and efficiently into the Canadian multicultural experiment and cause little disruption or political pushback.  This suggests that nation state interests (e.g. how much cultural difference a nation state can bear) tend to take priority over the human misery experienced by migrants.  We could call this a “path of least resistance” approach to the migration crisis—committing some resources and yet not redirecting too much funding, or taking in too many culturally “different” migrants as to upset the national applecart.

What does this have to do with ICA? It is just these kinds of ethical questions—who belongs, who is a neighbor, who is responsible for inclusion and integration-- that ICA has been tackling the past few years as we have worked to internationalize our membership and our leadership.   This requires that we reach out and facilitate access for scholars from countries who have not been centrally involved in ICA in the past—regardless of the GNP or cultural makeup of their countries. As well, culturally ICA must continue our work to expand who is welcomed and appreciated in the neighbourhood. In my ANZCA address, I linked these ideas via a lens of ethical commitment, noting that our critical communication scholarship on borders, and migration crises translates into relevant ethical dynamics that ICA must continue to address at the organizational and the cultural level.  Borders are often read as things that keep people out, but in recognizing our organizational structure as spaces that can encourage entry and support, we continue our work to expand and sustain ICA as a diverse neighbourhood.

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Looking Ahead to Prague: An FAQ

Posted By Patricia Moy, U of Washington, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The 2018 annual meeting in Prague will mark the first time ICA holds its conference sessions across two hotels. The ICA executive office and I have fielded a number of curious and bemused queries about this. So with our site visit behind us, below is some information that will shed light on the matter and provide guidance as we all plan for Prague.

Why two hotels?
ICA’s conference attendance has grown significantly since our hotel contract with Hilton Prague was signed more than 6 years ago. This increase in attendance derives not only from a natural growth in intellectual research interests that have attracted new members, but also from innovative ways in which Divisions and Interest Groups (D/IGs) have accommodated a greater number of submissions and presentations.

In reviewing attendance figures and planning for next year’s conference, which now includes 32 D/IGs, ICA has signed revised contracts to use all the meeting rooms at the Hilton Prague and the Hilton Prague Old Town. 

What’s the difference between the two hotels? 

The larger of the two properties, the Hilton Prague, is a larger conference-style hotel with nearly 800 rooms. The Hilton Prague Old Town is smaller, with approximately 300 rooms, and has the feel of a boutique hotel. The sleeping-room rate at both properties will be 3900 CZK ($172 USD as of this writing) for a single and 4300 CZK ($190 USD) for a double; both rates include breakfast.

ICA has contracted with several overflow hotels located within easy walking distance of both Hiltons. Should the need arise, ICA will continue to work with local hotels to secure additional rooms for conference attendees.

What does a conference with two “main hotels” mean logistically? Will I need to walk back and forth between hotels?

Yes, but the extent depends on your research interests.

The 2018 scheduling model takes into account the fact that ICA now has 32 Divisions and Interest Groups that vary greatly. Instead of a handful of D/IGs being assigned for the entire conference to the smaller Old Town property (which would have implications for sleeping rooms, receptions, and business meetings), all D/IGs will, for one day of ICA’s 4-day conference, have their sessions scheduled there. Thus for the numerous attendees who follow sessions only in one D/IG, they can plan to spend one full day at the Old Town property. Attendees who track multiple D/IGs can expect to do a bit more commuting.

We are working with program planners to identify their most closely intellectually aligned D/IGs. We plan to use this feedback to schedule these clusters of D/IGs in the same day at the Hilton Prague Old Town. 

How far apart are the two hotels, really? 

Travel between the two hotels is not at all burdensome. Our first walk between the two properties (with some waiting at stoplights) came in at 12 minutes. Subsequent walks took slightly longer as we made note of the supermarkets, drugstores, and other shops we wanted to step into before leaving town. Conference attendees also can take mass transportation if they wish; the two Hiltons are a single Metro stop or two tram stops apart. 

I’ve heard people mention space issues in Prague. How will space impact me?

Compared with San Diego this year, our Prague conference will certainly be challenged for space. Not only will we be operating fully out of two conference hotels, but within those hotels, we will have fewer rooms than we typically have at our disposal. In addition, many of the meeting rooms are smaller, which means conference attendees can expect a tight squeeze in some sessions. We will be using information from program planners and our head counts in San Diego to make everyone as comfortable as possible and to maximize our use of the space.

Space constraints in Prague also will force us to rethink how poster sessions and the exhibit hall traditionally have been set up. Given these constraints, we will be experimenting with a new digital format for hybrid high-density sessions (details will be included in your D/IG’s call for papers).

What do I need to know about booking my room?

As in recent years, sleeping rooms within ICA’s room block are at a premium, so conference attendees should make their reservation as soon as the room block opens in mid-January. This year, ICA will be setting up a webpage that will allow members to search for and book their conference housing according to specific criteria (e.g., dates of stay, number of guests, room type). 

ICA’s executive office will be monitoring the room block to secure additional rooms at nearby hotels as needed. Why as needed? Because contracts commit ICA to a certain number of rooms (and revenue for the hotel), overbooking sleeping rooms can cost the association tens of thousands of dollars in attrition fees.

NOTE: Differently abled individuals should contact Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, immediately so that she may set aside an accessible room (e.g., with roll-in shower) for you to reserve. 

What about socializing and sightseeing?

Both Hiltons offer their share of spaces in which to socialize. 

The Hilton Prague has a number of such spaces: a 24-hour cafe in the main lobby that serves food, wine, and limited spirits; the more informal, pub-like Zest bar; and Cloud 9, a bar and lounge that offers tapas, drinks, and excellent views of the city. The hotel also houses a number of other restaurants, but for the quickest lunchtime service, we recommend venturing out to the numerous eateries nearby or grabbing a bite from the lunch buffet in the lobby. 
Right off its 1920s-style lobby, the Hilton Prague Old Town offers attendees a bar/lounge as well as a restaurant, Zinc, which serves Asian-inspired European cuisine. An easy walk from the Hilton Prague Old Town are scores of restaurants spanning numerous cuisines and a large shopping mall (with many, many eateries). Also within walking distance of the Hilton Prague Old Town are Charles Square, Henry’s Bell Tower, and Prague’s famous astronomical clock, which served as the inspiration for this year’s conference logo.

Outside of the conference, ICA is planning a number of social activities. As referenced in our postconference survey, we are crafting a tour program that will include local venues as well as a possible post-ICA trip to Budapest and/or nearby spa towns. We will be working with our local host Irena Reifova (Charles U Prague, CZECH REPUBLIC) on other things to do around town. Rest assured we will release this list well before spring!

Are there any visa issues with attending Prague?

Because ICA conference attendees hail from all corners of the globe, we recommend checking with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic to see what documentation is needed for travel to Prague. For US-based attendees who might be concerned with their ability to return to the US after the conference, ICA once again will be offering consultation services with its visa-specialist attorney. Requests for advice/inquiries should be directed to ICA Executive Director Laura Sawyer.


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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Dear ICA,

I am currently researching attention and focus in viewing conflict situations in TV news and TV fiction. I want to show college students specific images and videos and use their reactions as data. I want to use clips from news and from miniseries. Do I have any copyright problems?

Conflict Researcher

Dear Conflict Researcher,

Because your use of copyrighted material is part of your research, you may be able to assert your fair use right. Refer to the ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research, created by your peers in the field. After you’ve read the Code, focus on Section Three,”Using Copyrighted Material to Stimulate Response, Discussion, and Other Reactions During Research.” It states, among other things, “assessing the response of research subjects to media is an obvious example of transformative use, since the focus of such projects will be on reception rather than on content as such.” Look closely at the four limitations in Section Three on use of copyrighted material for research. Does your practice match them? If it does, or if you can tweak your research project so that it will, you’d be in a comfortable position to employ fair use.

Patricia Aufderheide for ICA

Got a question? paufder@american.edu

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“Growing Communication Research and Scholarship in Africa”: 1st ICAfrica Research and Publication Training Workshop

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The ICA Africa Region (ICAfrica), with support from the International Communication Association (ICA), is organizing a three day workshop to train early career academic scholars and graduate students to focus on writing abstracts and/or research papers for submission to international conferences, peer-reviewed journals, and edited books. As part of the training, there will be a keynote address and overview on contemporary research and publication in the region by the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA).

ICA and ICAfrica have engaged a team of over 20 widely experienced professors, seasoned senior researchers, and dedicated journal/book editors from Africa and across the globe, who will be volunteering their expertise and training services.

ICAfrica and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) hereby invite Extended Abstracts/Research Proposals for the first ICAfrica Regional Academic Training Workshop to be hosted by the Uganda Martyrs University. The academic training workshop will focus on the theme of Growing Communication Research and Scholarship in Africa Through Training and Mentorship.

Training Workshop Dates:
24th -26th October, 2017
(Arrival on 23rd October)

Host Institution:
Uganda Martyrs University (UMU)

Training Venue:
Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel
Entebbe, Uganda

Those who meet all five eligibility criteria below are welcome to apply for the training:

  1. Currently a graduate student or early career scholar in need of academic mentorship and training
  2. Ready to report at the training venue on 24th October 2017 at 8:00am
  3. Available to attend the three full days of training
  4. Accompanied by a reference letter justifying your need/suitability for this training (this could be from a supervisor, senior colleague, journal editor, or professor)
  5. Submitted an Extended Abstract/Research Proposal by the stated deadline

Costs and benefits:

  1. Registration Fees
    -US$50 for students (Attach copy of student ID on registration)
    -US$100 for early career scholars
  2. Meals and Accommodation
    Participants will be provided two teas and a hot lunch every day for 3 days. Participants are expected to cover their travel, dinner and accommodation costs.
  3. Certificate
    Every person who attends the training for the three days will be given a Certificate of Attendance and Participation from the International Communication Association. This will only be issued to persons who attend the training for the full three days.
  4. Partial Registration Waiver
    There is a possibility for partial registration fee waivers for graduate students. There will be a prompt to apply, after the abstract acceptance notification.
  5. Making Payments
    Only those whose extended abstracts are accepted will proceed to register. All payments must be made in advance into the bank details provided after acceptance.

Abstract Requirements:
Those who wish to participate should submit a Research Abstract. The abstract should be 1,500 – 2,000 words and should represent work-in-progress. The work does not have to be in a perfect state, as the intention is to build from this abstract to a full manuscript with assistance from the training workshop.

As a minimum, every abstract should include:

  1. Topic,
  2. Introduction and Background,
  3. Problem Statement,
  4. Purpose,
  5. Objectives or Research Questions,
  6. Data Set or Content for Analysis,
  7. Methodology,
  8. Relevance/significance of the research,
  9. “Snapshot” discussion of theory guiding the study and its relevance,
  10. (Expected) Results / Findings.

Abstract Submission:
All abstracts to be submitted through this link: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=ICAfricaWorkshop

Some of the Mentors:

  1. Paula Gardner - McMaster University, Canada and ICA President
  2. Amy Jordan - University of Pennsylvania, USA & Past ICA President
  3. Dave Ewoldsen - Michigan State University, USA & Editor, Annals of Communication
  4. Dina Borzekowski - University of Maryland, USA
  5. Jimmy Spire Ssentongo - Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda
  6. Herman Wasserman - University of Cape Town, South Africa
  7. Janet Fulk - University of Southern California, USA
  8. Nancy Rhodes - Michigan State University, USA
  9. Patrice Buzzanell -University of South Florida, USA & Past ICA President
  10. Peter Monge - University of Southern California, USA, ICA Treasurer, Past ICA president
  11. Bala Musa - Azusa Pacific University, USA
  12. Michael Bowen - Daystar University, Kenya
  13. Monica Chibita - Uganda Christian University, Uganda
  14. Sr. A. L. Lando - Daystar University, Kenya
  15. Tanja Bosch - University of Cape Town, South Africa
  16. Faith Nguru - Riara University, Kenya

Keynote Speaker:
Mike Kuria
- Deputy Executive Secretary of IUCEA

Important Dates:

  • 15 July 2017
    Submission of abstracts begins
  • 15 August 2017 (00:00 GMT)
    Deadline for receiving abstracts (there will be no extension)
  • 15th September 2017
    Notification of acceptance
  • 30th September, 2017
    Deadline to apply for registration fee waiver

Conference Cosponsors:
International Communication Association, Uganda Martyrs University, Daystar University, ICAfrica, East African Communication Association.

For further information and / or inquiries, please contact Sr. Prof. A. L. Lando at: icafrica2016@daystar.ac.ke.

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