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Candidate Statement for ICA Presidential Election: Karin Wilkins

Posted By Karin Wilkins (U of Texas at Austin), Friday, August 31, 2018
Updated: Saturday, September 1, 2018

We have an important opportunity to participate in our International Communication Association (ICA) elections this fall. I appreciate being considered a candidate for ICA President. I share with ICA a sincere commitment to academic excellence, social significance, and global impact. 

ICA, which I have attended regularly since a graduate student, has been the center of my professional community. I have served as chair of the Intercultural and Development Division (2003-05; vice-chair 2001-03), and was instrumental in its reshaping as Global Communication and Social Change. I am aligned with the Ethnicity and Race in Communication, Feminist Scholarship, Public Diplomacy, and Activism, Communication and Social Justice groups. I have worked with the Internationalization Committee (2011-14) and was recently elected ICA Fellow (2017). My approach as Editor of Communication Theory (2016-19) is emblematic of my dedication to excellence in communication scholarship, and to the values of global inclusion. For example, we devote space to book reviews of volumes not published in English, and developed a recent special issue on Latin America, with another planned on the Global South. My engagement with ICA promotes the contemporary relevance of communication scholarship, supports ethical practices, and builds global diversity.

Promoting Contemporary Relevance of Communication Scholarship
Communication continues to establish its distinct identity as an academic field, incorporating diversity in theories, methods, and perspectives. Our field has shifted over the course of my own professional trajectory, evidenced by the change in scholarly foci between the 1983 Journal of Communication’s Ferment in the Field and the recent 2018 special issue on contemporary expertise. We need to leverage our strength as a growing field with an inclusive academic approach that stays relevant to changing social and political practices.

Change in our field is evident in the increasing number of divisions and interest groups within ICA (10 new groups in the last 10 years). Balancing our interest in diversity with our recognition of core foundational approaches can be a difficult tension to navigate, but is nonetheless worth supporting as we continue to build our intellectual depth and public significance. I envision strengthening our conference planning by increasing opportunities for divisions, interest groups, and scholars to propose collaborative events.

We need to work to make our communication scholarship matter beyond the academy, recognizing excellence as well as promoting relevance. Partnerships with groups able to serve as resources for training (such as Op-ed writing) and translation could strengthen our ability as scholars to contribute to multiple venues, magnifying our voices in public discourse.
Supporting Ethical Approaches to Collaboration in our Association

Our association works best when we create supportive professional climates within our community, and in our collaborations with other organizational partners. As scholars, we understand the importance of ethical approaches to our research, teaching, and graduate training, particularly given critical feminist concerns. As members of the ICA community, we need to recognize the important practices proposed through our Ethics Task Force, working to support respectful and compassionate collaborations that benefit scholars and students, as well as connect faculty across topics and territories. 

By considering how best to situate our conference events within the communities that host us, we can further establish practices of sustainability and respect. I support creating more opportunities to engage the people and places, and not just the digital spaces, of our conference experience. Many of us center ourselves in air-conditioned rooms for the conference duration, but we could do more to promote local connections and sustainable practices. As an illustration, I initiated a ritual with our Global Communication and Social Change division, inviting local NGOs to have dinner and discuss their work. Partnering more explicitly with organizations in host communities to learn from their experiences could help us engage beyond the structured walls and digital screens that often characterize our meetings. Conference planning with our local host committee for our 2020 conference in the Gold Coast, Australia, for instance, may enable us to connect with indigenous communities.

Building Global Diversity in our Practice
ICA has been building its international character for many years, and while much has been accomplished, there is more work to be done. Recognizing “global” as more than a passive landscape, we need to articulate clear and respectful ways to pursue strategic global practices. 

Building diversity reinforces the perspective and value of our scholarship, and positioning global as a key dimension strengthens our association. The challenges of particular citizenships and presented identities need to be considered explicitly in site selection as well as planning for ICA events. Respecting the diversity of our membership means anticipating visa challenges as well as discriminatory practices. Planning the schedules of conferences also should take into account competing calendars of scholars in different regions, as well as those in other professional communities.

Our best global connections can be strengthened through fostering alliances with existing regional organizations. Toward this goal, I strongly support ICA contributions toward regional conferences, as well as strategic collaborations with other professional associations, such as IAMCR, AUSACE, CCA, ALAIC, Nordicom, ECREA, AOIR, INTERCOM, LUSOCOM, among others. 

About me
At the U of Texas at Austin, I serve as Associate Dean of Faculty Advancement and Strategic Initiatives for the Moody College of Communication, with a home base in Media Studies. Previously I have been Director of our Communication and Leadership degree, Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Chair of the Global Studies Bridging Disciplines Program. Between my doctorate (1991, ASC, University of Pennsylvania) and U of Texas at Austin, I worked at the Chinese U of Hong Kong and the Pew Charitable Trusts. I also have professional and research experience in East Asia and Northern Europe.
My scholarship focuses on global and development communication, with attention to media studies and the Middle East. Critical inquiry, through political economy and feminist perspectives, informs my research. I see my research trajectory as engaging a critical and collaborative project that contributes to global social justice. 

I look forward to applying my expertise toward promoting ICA’s contemporary relevance, continued ethical practices, and enhanced global diversity as your next President. I hope I am given the chance to do so.
For more information, please refer to: http://rtf.utexas.edu/faculty/karin-wilkins


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Revue Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication joins Studies in Communication and Media and Communication and Society as ICA’s third affiliate journal

Posted By Cynthia Stohl (U of California, Santa Barbara), Friday, August 31, 2018

Our ICA Affiliate journal panel in Prague was exceptional.  Not only did attendees listen to exciting news about our two prestigious affiliate journals, Studies in Communication and Media published by NOMOS and Communication and Society published by The Chinese University Press, we heard outstanding  presentations from Zhou Shuhua (U of Alabama), Benjamin Krämer (LMU Munich) ,and  Philipp Müller (Johannes Gutenberg U - Mainz), the authors of the selected best article published in each of these journals. We also welcomed (with wonderful French bubbly) our newest affiliate journal Revue Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication.

Our affiliate journal program has grown since 2014 when the board established a new journal category "Affiliate Journal." Affiliate journals serve several of ICA’s internationalization goals. The program is designed to build bridges throughout the international communication community, connect our membership with communication research published in non- English high quality journals, help publicize the finest communication research done throughout the world, and give our members access to new and diverse audiences. An affiliate journal is published independently of ICA in a language other than English and includes extended English abstracts and at least one English language article. The journal meets or exceeds the general standards of an ICA journal and the specific standards developed for affiliate journals.  An affiliate journal carries the ICA imprimatur and is available to ICA members online for free or at a substantial discount (go to our website https://www.icahdq.org/page/Affiliatejournals for access to these journals, the criteria for selection, and the application form). Besides providing detailed annual reports to the ICA Board of Directors, each editor makes a presentation at the affiliate journal panel at the ICA annual meeting.

This year, the editor-in-chief of Communication and Society, Ven-hwei Lo (The Chinese U of Hong Kong) gave an inspired talk, accompanied by an entertaining video, describing the publication process for the 24 research articles that were published in 2017 by authors from China, Taiwa, USA, Hong Kong, and Singapore. He noted that the journal received 91 extended abstract submissions for a special issue on “The Impact of Digital Technologies on Journalism (five full papers were accepted for publication). He also presented data from a recent survey conducted by the Center for Chinese Media and Comparative Communication Research at the Chinese U of Hong Kong. The Center selected 11 Chinese language journals in journalism and communication and indexed by CSSCI or TSSCI for inclusion in the study. The results indicate that Communication and Society was ranked as the top Chinese language communication journal in terms of most frequently read, highest quality, and greatest influence. Communication and Society has both a print and an online version. After registering as a member on the Journal website www.cschinese.com, ICA members can view and download all the journal's content. Currently, the journal has 8,200 registered users.

The editorial team of Studies in Communication and Media comprised of Andreas Scheu (U of Muenster), Anne Bartsch (U of Leipzig), Matthias Hastall (TU Dortmund), Christoph Neuberger (U of Munich), and Juliana Raupp (Free U - Berlin) also provided an extensive and lively report on their journal. In 2017, 44 original manuscripts were submitted to the journal by colleagues located in Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Nigeria, Spain, and USA. In 2017 the journal also published a special issue “Audience participation via user comments: Towards a comprehensive understanding of a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural phenomenon.” One of the year’s highlights for the journal was that Felix Frey’s SCM article, “Factors influencing the media use of the lower classes during the German Empire (1871–1918)” was awarded second prize as best article published in 2016 in a German speaking journal by the German Communication Association (DGPuK). The journal and its publisher NOMOS are also making some changes that will benefit ICA authors. They are implementing “Advance Publication” for accepted manuscripts in order to shorten the time space between acceptance and publication and plan on extending the international composition of their editorial board in 2018.

Our newest affiliate journal Revue Française des Sciences de l’Information et de la Communication was introduced by Daniel Raichvarg, Président de la Société Française des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication and editor of the journal. Daniel spoke eloquently about the respectful consensus that developed as the journal and the ICA Affiliate Journal Selection Committee (comprised of Daniel Robichaud, CA. Winni Johansen. DK, François Heinderyckx, BEL, JP Gutierrez, ICA, and Cynthia Stohl, USA) worked together during the application period.  In the near future RFSIC will be adapting their website into English, include more members of ICA onto their reading committee, and work to increase the number of submissions. Mélanie Bourdaa presented an example of an important role the  Revue tries to play in our research communities.  She is in charge of La vie des labosResearch Centers News. The aim of this section is to offer the opportunity and a space for research teams to discuss their research, their international partnerships, and the relations between the team and the economic environment. Professor Raichvarg stressed that the journal “welcomes papers from international research teams in order to valorize researches outside of France, highlight the specificities in these teams, and nourish the thoughts of the French teams.”

Overall, the joyous celebration of all our affiliate journal’s accomplishments, the addition of  a French language journal, the quality of papers presented, and the innovative and dynamic editorial work that was highlighted made for a terrific panel and a sense of great optimism for our affiliate journal program. For more information about how to access or submit to these journals, please contact the editors or go to https://www.icahdq.org/page/Affiliatejournals.



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Renew Your ICA Membership Early

Posted By Julie Randolph (ICA) & Kristine Rosa (ICA), Friday, August 31, 2018


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Student Column

Posted By Sophia Charlotte Volk (Leipzig U), Friday, August 31, 2018

Having joined the SECAC board this past month as the Student and Early Career Representative of the PR division, I’d like to say hello to all young scholars at ICA and briefly introduce myself.

Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, I joined the Department of Strategic Communication at Leipzig U in 2015 and have been fully enjoying my academic journey since then. I am specialized in the fields of corporate communications and public relations or, broadly speaking, strategic communication employed by all types of organizations. Within this area, I have been intrigued by the fundamental question why organizations need communication – and along that line, why they invest money and resources in communication functions, how they measure communication effects, and how they evaluate the organizational value created through communication. Most of my research in this domain is based on qualitative case studies in organizations and located at the intersection of communication research, organization science and management research.


Being a travel enthusiast and having lived in Canada, USA, and Switzerland, I have always been fascinated with other countries and cultures. The second question that has awakened my curiosity lies in the field of comparative communication research – precisely: the method of comparison – and guides my doctoral thesis: How can we refine the comparative approach? My first experience with cross-national research goes back to my time as a student research assistant, when I was involved in two cross-national surveys exploring the occupational field of strategic communication. I remember being surprised to find so little published guidance on how to design an excellent comparative study. Nowadays, in my doctoral thesis, I am attempting to develop a set of research standards for conceptualizing and conducting comparative research.


Joining the ICA community has been a great motivation for me to continue my journey in academia. Personally, I have benefited enormously from presenting my own research, soaking up new knowledge, and having informal discussions with scholars from across the world over coffee breaks. As a SECAC member, I want to encourage all young scholars to engage in our thriving community, participate in the upcoming SECAC events in Washington D.C., and use the opportunity to meet new colleagues and make new friends.


Looking ahead, I’d like to see much more collaborative and comparative research projects – beyond Western-centric research collaborations and throughout the entire communication discipline – being conducted. On this occasion, ICA is probably the best place to meet scholars driven by similar interests and to establish future research cooperations across the globe, but we need more efforts to include researchers e.g. from South America, Africa, and Asia. I’d be interested in hearing about your opinion and ideas for the future of our community at sophia-charlotte.volk@uni-leipzig.de


But for now, enjoy some relaxing days and have productive months ahead until next year’s ICA in Washington D.C.!


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Member News

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT


New Book Announcement, Coming Home Your Way: Understanding University Student Intercultural Reentry by Rick Malleus and Marina Micari published July 2018 by Routledge.


Link: https://www.routledge.com/Coming-Home-Your-Way-Understanding-University-Student-Intercultural-Reentry/Malleus-Micari/p/book/9781138081765


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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT


Book Announcement: Intercultural Public Relations: Theories for Managing Relationships and Conflicts with Strategic Publics


Routledge


Colleagues, I’m happy to announce the publication of Intercultural Public Relations: Theories for Managing Relationships and Conflicts with Strategic Publics, authored by Lan Ni, Qi Wang, and Bey-Ling Sha. The book develops a coherent theoretical framework to unify the theories of public relations and intercultural communication, and within the framework, examines empirical studies of intercultural interactions.


This book follows an intercultural approach, which considers how individuals and entities with dissimilar cultural identities interact and negotiate to solve problems and reach mutually satisfying outcomes. This work provides a theory-driven, empirically supported framework to inform and guide the research and practices of intercultural public relations. Furthermore, it provides numerous levels of analysis and incorporates the use and challenges of social media.


The book examines theories and issues in three integrated processes:


- Identification of publics


- Relationship management


- Conflict resolution


These areas represent the most critical functions that public relations contributes to organizational effectiveness: scanning the environment, identifying strategic publics, and building long-term, quality relationships with these publics to reduce costs, gain support, and empower the publics themselves. In doing so, the book adopts simultaneously public-centered and organization-centered perspectives. This unique work will serve as an essential reference for students, practitioners, and scholars in today’s global public relations environment.


Chapter 1. Introduction


Part I: Theoretical Foundations


Chapter 2: Foundational Theories in Public Relations Management


Chapter 3: History and Foundational Theories in Intercultural Communication


Chapter 4: Conflict Management and Negotiation


Part II: Intercultural Public Relations at Various Levels


Chapter 5: Interpersonal Level: Competencies and Practices


Chapter 6: Intra-organizational Level: Identifying and Communicating with Publics


Chapter 7: Intra-organizational Level: Relationship Management


Chapter 8: Intra-Organizational Level: Conflict Management and Negotiation


Chapter 9: Organizational Level: Organizational Identities


Chapter 10: Social Media


Chapter 11: Conclusions


For more details and to order, check:  

https://www.routledge.com/Intercultural-Public-Relations-Theories-for-Managing-Relationships-and/Ni-Wang-Sha/p/book/9781138189225


20% Discount Available - enter the code FLR40 when ordered online  


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Division and Interest Group News

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018

CHILDREN ADOLESCENTS AND THE MEDIA


Dear CAM members,


I’m happy to announce that CAM is starting the new semester with a new CAMmer in the Spotlight interview. This month’s interview features Meenakshi Gigi Durham, who discusses her scholarship and academic experiences, including her powerful book The Lolita Effect (Overlook, 2008).


You can read her interview here: https://ica-cam.org/in-the-spotlight/meenakshi-gigi-durham/


Best wishes for a productive new semester, and happy reading!


Ine Beyens

ICA-CAM Secretary


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COMPUTATIONAL METHODS INTEREST GROUP


We* have decided to start Computational Communication Research (CCR), a new open-access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to development and applications of computational methods for communication science. We hope that CCR will serve as central home for communication scientists with an interest in and focus on computational methods — a place to read and publish the cutting edge work in our growing subfield.


The journal will be community-owned and in all likelihood be published by Amsterdam University Press. We strive to present the first issue at ICA next year, and from then work with rolling (online-only) publication.


Below this email, and at http://computationalcommunication.org/inaugural-cfp/ you can find the call for papers for the first issue. We ask that you submit an abstract before the end of september. Full paper submission is at the end of November, so you can submit your high-quality ICA paper to the journal directly.


The CCR website also contains more information on policy, author guidelines, and the editorial board. Of course, feel free to contact us with more information if desired.


Thanks, also on behalf of the associate editors Drew Margolin, Cindy Shen, Damian Trilling, and Rene Weber,


Wouter


* see http://computationalcommunication.org/editorial-board/ for the full editorial board


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Call for Papers: Computational Communication Research Inaugural Issue

[http://computationalcommunication.org/inaugural-cfp/]


Deadline: 30 September (abstract), 30 November (manuscript)


Computational Communication Research is a new, peer-reviewed, open-access journal founded from the ICA Computational Methods Interest Group that will (presumably) be published by Amsterdam University Press.


For our inaugural issue, we welcome submissions that further the understanding, development and application of computational methods in communication research. Computational methods include (but are not limited to) methods such as text analysis, social/semantic network analysis, online experiments, machine learning, visual analysis and agent-based modeling and simulations. Computational methods can be applied to “big data” and social media or (online) behavior data, but can also be used to provide a more sophisticated understanding of “small data” or for theoretical explorations.


Submissions should discuss, introduce, or apply computational methods to build and/or test theory or to quantify, analyze, explore or visualize communication structures and processes.


In particular, we welcome submissions that :

- Apply computational methods to communication research questions;

- Present innovative computational methods for communication research;

- Evaluate or validate computational approaches to communication research;

- Address the role of computational methods in communication research;

- Present or validate tools, software packages, and datasets that are useful for communication research.


Given the many recent special issues on big data and computational methods in various social science journals, we do not specifically call for position, overview, or review papers, although such papers will also be considered.


Papers can be either full papers of up to 9,000 words, shorter research notes or descriptions of tools or data sets of 3,000 – 4,000 words, or tutorials. Research notes should be focused on reporting data sets, tools, or empirical analyses and should contain a short introduction, with references and theoretical discussion kept to a minimum. For this initial issue, we are requesting that contributors send a brief abstract of 500–1,000 words outlining the article to be submitted to submissions@computationalcommunication.org. Please see http://computationalcommunication.org for more information on Aims & Scope, reviewing process. and editorial policy.


Important dates:

30 September: abstract deadline

30 November: full paper deadline

25 May 2019: issue published and presented at ICA


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MASS COMMUNICATION DIVISION


Please find the August edition of All Things Media at: https://cdn.ymaws.com/www.icahdq.org/resource/group/7ebb7aea-5c3b-4838-bb35-a1927dc38be3/mass_comm_division_/newsletter_archive/2018/all_things_media_august_2018.pdf


All previous issues are archived on the Division website under the Newsletter Archive tab.


Send any news to be included in the September issue to me at sjhull@gwu.edu


Sincerely,

Shawnika Hull

Mass Communication Division Secretary


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PHILOSOPHY, THEORY AND CRITIQUE DIVISION


The Philosophy, Theory and Critique and Communication Law and Policy Divisions of the International Communication Association seek nominees for the annual C. Edwin Baker Award for the Advancement of Scholarship on Media, Markets and Democracy.


The Baker Award recognizes work that has made significant contributions to the development, reach and influence of such scholarship. While the award committee favors research that consists of multiple projects and publications that have made a clear, coherent and sustained contribution to the advancement of such scholarship over time, single works and/or activities that have been highly influential in the field may also qualify someone for nomination.


More specifically, nominees for this award will have accomplished one or more of the following:

(1) opened up new theoretical and/or methodological territory in research on any aspect of the interrelations between media, markets and democracy;

(2) made other important contributions to the advancement of scholarship on these inter-relations;

(3) engaged in activism that advanced scholarship on these inter-relations.

The award is open to ICA members and to anyone else whose research can be shown to have a connection with the work of the ICA and its various divisions.


Members of the Award Committee may nominate, but no ICA member who makes a nomination or who is nominated for an award can serve on the committee judging the nomination. We encourage self-nominations, as well as the nomination of others. The award committee encourages nominations that reflect the diversity of media and communications scholarship in terms of gender, ethnicity, race and sexuality. We welcome nominations from any part of the world.


All nominators must:

(1) Submit letter(s) of nomination, not to exceed two pages each. These letter must: (a) specify the relevant body of work and/or other contributions made; (b) address the work’s and/or activity’s contributions to scholarship of media, markets and democracy (in the case of research, this will involve theoretical and methodological assessments of that work); and (c) make a case for its influence and impact on the advancement of such scholarship.

(2) Submit representative examples of the work cited, along with a CV, to the chair of the awards committee.

(3) Have all materials electronically submitted by September 30, 2018.


The Baker Award was established in 2010 through an endowed fund created from the estate of Professor C Edwin Baker (1947-2009), who was the Nicholas F. Gallichio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and is intended to honor the enormous contribution made by Professor Baker to communications scholarship. The Divisions gratefully acknowledge the assistance of Professor Baker’s sister Dr Nancy Baker.


Nominations should be sent to:

Mirca Madianou m.madianou@gold.ac.uk

Please indicate clearly on the subject like BAKER AWARD.


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Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018

CFP: Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE) 2019


We wanted to alert you to the IECA's Conference on Communication and the Environment (COCE) 2019 call for papers. COCE 2019 will be held June 17-21, 2019, at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.


For more information and the full CFP, please visit: https://theieca.org/conference/coce-2019-vancouver



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Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development


Dear all,

I’m writing to invite you to join me at the Digital Media and Developing Minds second national Congress on October 15 - 18, 2018 at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, co-hosted by Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development and CSHL.

Children and Screens is an interdisciplinary nonprofit organization that seeks objective, scientific answers to questions about the cognitive, psychological, and physical impacts of digital media on toddlers, children, adolescents, their families, and communities. This year’s Congress will build on the tremendous success of our first congress, which was held at the National Academy of Sciences in Irvine, California.

Once again, we are convening leaders in social science, medicine, neuroscience, education, computer science, public health, public policy (and many other disciplines) to present and discuss the latest research on a wide range of timely issues, including internet addiction, social media, digital media for health promotion, the impact of violent media, technology in schools, and more. This year we're adding a new special Tools and Methodologies Exposition to showcase emerging technologies that will help researchers stay up-to-date on the latest trends and tools available to advance our work.

This is a not-to-be-missed event for anyone and everyone interested in children and media research.

Would you kindly accept this invitation to join me? You can register online here.

We would be delighted to see you there this fall!

Many thanks,

Pam


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Call for manuscripts: Special issue – Mass Communication & Society


Special Issue: What IS News?

Guest Co-editors:  Donnalyn Pompper and Lindsay Hoffman


This gripping question that sociologist Herbert Gans first asked in his seminal 1979 book, Deciding What's News, is now more relevant than ever. The concept of mass communication has changed significantly since Dr. Gans conducted his ethnography of newsrooms to discover how producers of news define and select news that is communicated via mass media. In many ways, the traditional newsroom doesn't even exist anymore. Moreover, our mass communication theories for explaining peoples' perceptions of news and their understandings of it have grown considerably since the 1970s.


The aim of this special issue is to build upon traditional approaches to operationalizing and understanding mass media’s role in defining, shaping, and amplifying news – as well as peoples' perceptions of news. This special issue will be published in early 2020 as part of Volume 23. The deadline for paper submission will be 1 May, 2019.


This topic captures the scope, breadth, and depth that Mass Communication and Society seeks to accomplish – but also enables scholars across multiple sub-disciplines to share their particular perspective and expertise. We invite scholars around the world to employ quantitative, qualitative, and mixed formal research methods.


Here are just a few of the contexts and outcomes impacting ways to consider perceptions of "news," what "news" is, and what "being newsworthy" means that we invite researchers to consider in preparing manuscripts for the Special Issue:


  • Perceptions of and trust in news in the U.S. and beyond


  • Just what is "fake" and what is "real" in/about news – and why it matters


  • Methods for identifying, coding, and analyzing "fake" news


  • Theoretical development and building around a new era of news; do the old theories (framing, agenda setting, priming) still apply?


  • Attacks on First Amendment freedom of free speech and how this plays out in deciding what is news and building trust among news audiences


  • How use of AI, bots, virtual reality, etc. are used in news production and how these technologies have altered ways we think of news today and for the future


  • How issues are framed as media organizations everywhere are looking for new and better ways to engage with publics


  • How media are used for communicating news, e.g., – new vs. old, predictions for the future


  • How early advice to "be the news" plays out today with regard to advocacy, social media, and more


  • Ways that audiences decide what's news for themselves and ultimately assimilate news (or not)


  • Ongoing changes and shifts in news production industries based on economics, politics and ways this has altered how to think about what news is or should be


  • Debates about how internet access, net neutrality, and the idea that the internet is a "human right" impacts news


  • How the current political climate shapes important science and public health news, such as climate change, endangered species, health/medical issues and developments, etc.


  • News and continued use of stereotyping in news about and by women, ethnic and other groups defined by social identity intersectionalities


Complex problems and opportunities associated with perceptions and definitions of "news" require interdisciplinary, creative approaches. MC&S, a highly-ranked SSCI journal, offers a perfect forum for inspiring new conversations and advancing research about "news." Mass communication has changed significantly since Gans conducted newsroom ethnographies to discover how news is decided – and our technologies and theories have grown considerably since 1979. With "fake news" bandied about, we invite scholars to build upon traditional approaches for understanding mass media’s role in defining and amplifying news and perceptions of it.


A wide range of manuscripts using varied research methods and theoretical frameworks is welcomed. Encouraged are empirical studies which bear on the issues described above. Submit only original manuscripts that are not under consideration with other journals or books.


Deadline for submissions: Manuscripts are to be submitted by 1 May, 2019, via the Mass

Communication & Society online system at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/mcas following the standard journal submission procedures, APA style. Authors should note in their cover letters that the submission is for the special issue devoted to “What IS news?” Final publication will be in Volume 23 (2020). Any questions concerning this call for papers may be directed to Donnalyn Pompper, pompper@uoregon.edu or Lindsay Hoffman, lindsayh@udel.edu. (Please do not send us your manuscript as an email attachment.)


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Call for Papers - Communication Studies Special Issue


Communicating Artificial Intelligence: Theory, Research, and Practice


In the more than 60 years since the founding of artificial intelligence (AI) as a formal academic discipline, rapid advances in technology have driven an enormous increase in interest in the field of study. AI subfields, including machine learning, neural networks, and the social implications of AI, have initiated new approaches to research and answering emergent questions. Of particular interest is the study of AI at its intersection with the study of communication.

Like AI, communication, too, overlaps with other fields like sociology, anthropology, economics, computer science, among others, while focusing on human communication in its various forms. Despite an increasing scholarly attention of artificial intelligence (AI), AI studies remain largely unexplored in society at large concerning social, political, cultural, and ethical aspects of machine intelligence, interactions among agents, and social artifacts. This special issue tackles the long-discussed research areas with special emphasis on conditions, components, and consequences of cognitive, attitudinal, affective, and behavioral dimensions toward communicating AI.

Specifically, this special issue examines the following issues but are not limited to:   

•       communicative practices between humans and digital interlocutors

•       interpreting social adoption of AI as technology acceptance and/or diffusion of innovation

•       integration of artificial entities into political, health, science, environmental, and risk communication

•       incorporation of AI into journalism, news, and civic and community life

•       impact of machine learning-based algorithmic content recommendation in social media (e.g., filter bubble)

•       social bots or fake accounts in social media empowered by AI and their influences on public opinion

•       cultural discourse surrounding digital and robotic interlocutors

•       critical perspectives of communicating AI in society and societization of AI

•       reinterpretations and representations of humans as digital entities

•       legal, ethical, and policy implications concerning AI, algorithmic content and/or systems

•       communication about AI and the explanation of advances in the field


Both qualitative and quantitative methodologies are encouraged.


Before submitting a manuscript, potential contributors should send the guest editors a title, abstract, short synopsis of the contribution, as well as a short CV or Google scholar profile.


Timeline:

Abstract submission due by January 1, 2019

Decision for full manuscripts due by March 1, 2019

Full manuscript submission due by June 1, 2019

Decision for publication due by September 1, 2019

Final manuscript submission by December 1, 2019

Anticipated publication February 2020


The final paper should be in accordance with the Journal’s Guide for Authors.

https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=rcst20


Guest editors:

Seungahn Nah, University of Oregon, blueskybird71@gmail.com

Jang Hyun Kim, Sungkyunkwan University, jangkimuk@gmail.com

Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida, jmcnealy@ufl.edu

Jungseock Joo, University of California-Los Angeles, jjoo@comm.ucla.edu


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Call for Papers

The Gig Economy: Workers and Media in the Age of Convergence


Editors: Brian Dolber (Cal State University, San Marcos), Chenjerai Kumanyika (Rutgers University) Michelle Rodino-colocino (Penn State University), Todd Wolfson (Rutgers University)

In 2016 the US Department of Labor defined a “gig” as “a single project or task for which a worker is hired, often through a digital marketplace, to work on demand.” Although it is hard to measure how large the gig workforce is (by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics own admission), it is clear that a new way of working, managing, and profiting is rising on the backs of gig workers.  

The “gig economy”-- the colloquial name given to the constellation of app-based services that rely on contingent, “on-demand” labor-- is situated at the nexus of transformations in communication technology, economics, and culture. Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Amazon Flex, for example, promise drivers the chance to “get your side hustle on,” “fund your dreams,” enjoy “flexible hours” and “be your own boss.” For millions of workers, however, these promises ring hollow. Low wages and a complete lack of protections have left many struggling and desperate, in some cases prompting tragic worker suicides. As a global phenomenon, the gig economy is being embraced and challenged in a variety of ways in different countries by workers, labor movements, governments, and consumers. Media and new digital technologies play a key role in enabling and justifying the political economic and cultural effects of the gig economy.  

This volume draws together research that examines the experience of and resistance to exploitative aspects of the gig economy with a range of expertise in the communication discipline (critical/cultural studies, policy studies, technology studies), employing multiple theoretical perspectives (political economy, critical race, feminist) and methodologies (ethnography, history, discourse analysis, community-based participatory research) in a variety of national contexts. We consider the roles that media, policy, culture, and history play as well as gender, immigrant status, ethnic background, racial identity, ability, and sexual orientation in forging working conditions in the “gig economy.”


List of possible topics:

The political economy of gig companies

Who benefits from gig labor?

Experiences of gig workers

Exploitative aspects of gig labor

Deconstructing myths surrounding the gig economy

Gig worker organizing campaigns

Corporate PR, advertising, and policy campaigns

The gig economy and consumer activism

Technologies of the gig economy

Surveillance technology and the gig economy

Global perspectives on the gig economy

Immigration and app-based labor

Racialization and app-based labor

Gendering of gig work

Sexual harassment, sexual assault and gig economy

Solidarity and divides among gig workers

The gig economy and the culture industry

Media representations and news coverage of the gig economy

The gig economy and the environment

Urban space and the gig economy

Gig and green economies

Gamification

Historical perspectives on gig work


Please submit abstracts of 350-500 words to gigeconomyproject@gmail.com by September 15, 2018. Authors will be notified by October 15. Complete essays, between 5000 and 8000 words, will be due by January 15, 2019.

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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Friday, August 31, 2018

WHEATON COLLEGE
Communication Department
Open Rank Faculty Position in Communication

The Communication Department at Wheaton College invites applications for a tenure-track [open rank] appointment to begin August 2019.

We are looking for applicants who will make strong teaching contributions to our general education curriculum, including public speaking, and bring research/teaching expertise in organizational communication with a specialization in (but not limited to) one or more of the following areas: public relations, nonprofit institutions, issue management, crisis communication, social media, corporate communication, or strategic communication.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. (or ABD completed prior to August 2019) in Communication and be committed to interdisciplinary collaboration in a vibrant Christian liberal arts environment.

Review of applications will begin September 14, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled. Applicants should send a letter of interest and curriculum vitae to Dr. Kenneth Chase by email (kenneth.chase@wheaton.edu) or by mail to Dr. Kenneth Chase, Chair, Communication Department, Wheaton College, 501 College Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187. Please do not send transcripts, letters of recommendation, or credential files unless requested. Promising candidates with a demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity through research and teaching will be invited to submit a full application.

Wheaton College is an evangelical Protestant Christian liberal arts college whose faculty and staff affirm a Statement of Faith and adhere to lifestyle expectations of the Wheaton College Community Covenant. The College complies with federal and state guidelines for nondiscrimination in employment. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. Read more about Wheaton College and its programs at www.wheaton.edu.

UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO
Department of Communication
Assistant Professor

The Department of Communication seeks to hire an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) of Communication for the Fall 2019 term, contingent upon funding. The hire is expected to complement the department’s strengths in one or more core areas including: new media, social influence, organizations, and health communication. COM faculty also have expertise in measurement and data analytic procedures in the scientific study of human communication processes. Candidates should hold an earned doctorate in COM (or related field) and applicants are expected to show evidence of high quality scholarship with potential for external funding. Faculty in COM teach 2 courses per semester (4 per year), advise MA and PhD students, conduct original scholarship, and participate in service at the department, university and discipline levels. Application materials must be submitted via UB Jobs. Application materials submitted directly to posting contact or by other means cannot be considered. Candidates should submit (1) a cover letter detailing their previous research and teaching experience; (2) a CV including a list of all publications, plus previous and pending research support; (3) Names and contact details for three references.

UB is an AA/EOE and welcomes all to apply including veterans and individuals with disabilities. We request materials by October 1, 2018

For more information and to apply, please see: https://www.ubjobs.buffalo.edu/postings/15499

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA BARBARA
Department of Communication
Tenure-Track Faculty Position

The Department of Communication invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of intergroup communication at the level of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2019. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field prior to the start date and a strong social science background with a record of publishing innovative, empirical research.

Intergroup communication concerns the ways in which intergroup relations affect, and are affected by, communication. We seek candidates whose work focuses on either traditional (e.g., language, gender, race and ethnicity) or emerging areas of inquiry, such as health, evolution, cognition, and new media. The successful candidate will be a social scientist whose work foregrounds the role of intergroup communication in their area of expertise. Candidates are expected to teach courses at undergraduate and graduate levels and be active in professional and campus service.

The department has garnered considerable national and international recognition, and boasts cutting-edge research, exemplary teaching, and intellectual leadership in the discipline and beyond. In addition to these benefits, the University offers attractive features such as housing assistance (http://www.housing.ucsb.edu/faculty-housing) and other programs to incoming faculty.

Applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting qualifications, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, the names and contact information for three references (we will contact them for letters), and three samples of published or completed research to the appropriate sections of the job search website: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/apply/JPF01107. Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Scott Reid, at scottreid@comm.ucsb.edu or at (805) 893-7847. This position will remain open until filled. For primary consideration, all application materials must be received by Sept 15, 2018. Reference letter submissions will be encouraged by this date.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate for the position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/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 status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, TWIN CITIES
College of Liberal Arts
The Raymond O. Mithun Land Grant Chair/Associate Professor in Advertising

The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication (HSJMC) in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications and nominations for the Raymond O. Mithun Land Grant Chair and Associate Professor in Advertising.

This position is the second of two Mithun Land Grant Chair positions at Minnesota. It includes a faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with indefinite tenure, and a separate term appointment to the Raymond O. Mithun Land-Grant Chair in Advertising position. The faculty appointment is 100%-time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May). The initial term of appointment to the Mithun Chair position is four years, 2019/20 to 2022/23, with renewal possible for additional four-year terms. This position begins fall semester 2019 (8/26/2019).

A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent degree in Mass Communication, Advertising, or a closely related field is required. Candidates must have an established record of scholarly research, teaching and advising, and service appropriate to the rank of associate professor that exceeds the criteria for holding an appointment with indefinite tenure in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.

For further details or to apply please go to the University of Minnesota’s employment system https://humanresources.umn.edu and find posting #325563 and follow the instructions. Materials that must be attached to the online application include: (1) a cover letter describing their interest in the position and qualifications and experience, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) narrative statements on research and teaching (please combine each statement into one .pdf), and (4) names and addresses of five references. No references will be contacted before the search committee chair notifies candidates.

All applications will be considered confidential; the search process will be closed until the campus interview stage and at that time will be limited to members of the campus community.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Nominations of outstanding potential candidates for this position are welcome. For position description questions or specific questions related to the search, contact Professor and Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jisu Huh, by email: jhuh@umn.edu.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, TWIN CITIES
Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Associate Professor of Health Communication

The Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication (HSJMC) in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications and nominations for a senior, tenured faculty position in health communication at the rank of associate professor. The Hubbard School seeks faculty whose unique research expertise will complement current faculty members’ strengths in health communication.

This is a tenured faculty position at the rank of tenured associate professor. The position is a 100%-time position over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May) beginning fall semester 2019 (8/26/2019).

A Ph.D. or foreign equivalent degree in Mass Communication, Strategic Communication, Public Health, or a closely related field is required. Candidates must have an established record of scholarly health communication research, teaching and advising, and service appropriate to the rank of associate professor that meets the criteria for holding an appointment with indefinite tenure in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota.

For further details or to apply please go to the University of Minnesota’s employment system https://humanresources.umn.edu and find #325568 Materials that must be attached to the online application include: (1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position, your research program and its influence on the field, and your teaching experience and interests in courses in the HSJMC curricula, (2) your curriculum vitae, and (3) a list of five references as an additional document through your “My Activities” page. No references will be contacted before the search committee chair notifies candidates.

All applications will be considered confidential; the search process will be closed until the campus interview stage and at that time will be limited to members of the campus community. Additional materials may be requested from candidates at a future date.

Review of applications will begin October 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Nominations of outstanding potential candidates for this position are welcome. For position description questions or specific questions related to the search, contact Professor and Search Committee Chair, Dr. Marco Yzer, by email: mcyzer@umn.edu.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST
Department of Communication
Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Urban Futures and Communication

The Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks a communication scholar whose research and teaching focus on urban communication, environmental communication, and/or civics and governance in ‘smart cities.’ We seek theoretical and methodological innovation in researching the constitutive role of communication and information infrastructures in people's experience of the built environment. We seek a colleague whose work complements and extends the traditions in the department, which include digital media and public participation, cultural production and social inequality, and postcoloniality.

Additionally, the department is interested in candidates who have demonstrated ability to contribute to the inclusive excellence and diversity mission of the department, college and University in research, teaching, and/or outreach. The rank will be at the Assistant Professor level. The position will begin Sept. 1, 2019, and will include responsibilities for teaching and supervision at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The ability to collaborate on and eventually lead interdisciplinary, grant-funded projects is desirable. Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions:
Applications should include a letter of interest, a CV, evidence of teaching effectiveness, one article-length example of research, and names and contact information for three references.

All materials should be submitted through the website at: http://careers.massachusetts.edu/cw/en-us/job/494748?lApplicationSubSourceID=11182

A completed PhD in Communication or closely allied field is required by the start of the appointment.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN
College of Literature Science and the Arts
Collegiate Fellow

Deadline: October 1, 2018

The College of Literature Science and the Arts (LSA) seeks outstanding scholars in all liberal arts fields whose research/scholarship, teaching/mentoring, and/or service/engagement will contribute to the diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals of our institution. The two-year fellowship (2019-2021) provides early career natural scientists, humanists, and social scientists with dedicated research time, mentorship, teaching experience, travel funding, and professional development opportunities to prepare them for possible tenure-track appointments in LSA.

Applications are welcome for all LSA academic departments. See website for list of departments, other eligibility descriptions, and application. https://lsa.umich.edu/ncid/fellowships-awards/lsa-collegiate-postdoctoral-fellowship.html.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

Department of Communication

Assistant Professor

 

The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track position, in Social Media Analytics. The position focuses on social computational analytics and science and technology studies. Emphasis will be placed on big data analysis, computational propaganda, social media and branding, and algorithm/platform politics. Secondary areas of emphasis can include the politics of AI, augmented and virtual systems of representation, human machine communication, and sentient technologies/robotics. 

The candidate will have an earned doctorate in Communication or a related field, strong promise of scholarly achievement and teaching success (at the undergraduate and graduate levels) appropriate for appointment as Assistant Professor, good prospects for external research funding, and demonstrated commitment to multidisciplinary scholarship. 

UIC is a Carnegie Research Extensive University (Research I), the largest institution of higher education in the Chicago area, in the top 50 U.S. universities in federal research funding, and among the top 200 universities in the world. Recently ranked in the top 50 worldwide, the Department of Communication at UIC focuses on New Media, and offers a BA, MA and PhD. 

The desired appointment date for the position is August 16, 2019, subject to budgetary approval. Electronic applications accepted only – submit a letter of interest, a full curriculum vitae, samples of relevant scholarly publications, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and names of and contact information for three references at https://jobs.uic.edu

For fullest consideration, please apply by October 1, 2018; applications received by then will receive fullest consideration. The search will proceed until the position is filled. 

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO

Department of Communication

Assistant Professor

 

The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track position, in Digital Journalism. Emphasis will be placed on participatory journalism, data literacy, data visualization, digital media production and representation, and crowdsourcing and crowdfunding of journalism Secondary areas of emphasis can include the history and genres of journalism, robot and automated journalism, AR, VR and journalism, human machine communication, AI and journalism and platform politics. 

The candidate will have an earned doctorate in Communication or a related field, strong promise of scholarly achievement and teaching success (at the undergraduate and graduate levels) appropriate for appointment as Assistant Professor, good prospects for external research funding, and demonstrated commitment to multidisciplinary scholarship. 

UIC is a Carnegie Research Extensive University (Research I), the largest institution of higher education in the Chicago area, in the top 50 U.S. universities in federal research funding, and among the top 200 universities in the world. Recently ranked in the top 50 worldwide, the Department of Communication at UIC focuses on New Media, and offers a BA, MA and PhD. 

The desired appointment date for the position is August 16, 2019, subject to budgetary approval. Electronic applications accepted only – submit a letter of interest, a full curriculum vitae, samples of relevant scholarly publications, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and names of and contact information for three references at https://jobs.uic.edu

For fullest consideration, please apply by October 1, 2018; applications received by then will receive full consideration. The search will proceed until the position is filled. 

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching in a multicultural environment. We strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and covered veterans The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

University of North Texas

Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism

Dean

The University of North Texas is conducting a national search for its next Dean of the Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism.  The Search Committee invites letters of nomination, applications (letter of interest, full resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest to be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred, however, that all nominations and applications be submitted prior to October 1, 2018.  For a complete position description, please visit the Current Opportunities page at https://www.parkersearch.com/untjournalismdean

 

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President

Erin Raines, Principal

Parker Executive Search

Five Concourse Parkway, Suite 2900

Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone: 770-804-1996 ext. 109

pwilliams@parkersearch.com  || eraines@parkersearch.com

 

 

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY, BELLINGHAM

Department of Communication

Assistant Professor Position

 

Assistant Professor, Critical Media Studies, with an inter-sectional approach to Latina/Latino/Latinx studies.

 

Department of Communication Studies, Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, USA.

 

Application review begins November 30, 2018.

 

See full details, and instructions for submitting an application, at:

http://employment.wwu.edu/cw/en-us/job/495983/assistant-professor-critical-media-studies

 

 

 

BUTLER UNIVERSITY

College of Communication

Dean

 

Butler University invites nominations and applications for a visionary, student-centered leader to serve as Dean of the College of Communication. The Dean reports to the Provost and provides strategic leadership for the College.

The College of Communication prepares students for success in the digital age and in a global society. The curricular structure reflects the centrality of communication as a basic human right in society. Students learn to analyze, synthesize, speak, write, and create meaningful, socially responsible messages across dynamic communication contexts and media platforms. The College's innovative, experiential approach to discipline-based education ensures that graduates can excel in their chosen professions or post-graduate study. The strong grounding in liberal arts ensures that graduates are well prepared for civic engagement and to provide leadership in their careers and communities.

For a complete position profile and list of qualifications, and details on the nomination and application process, please visit: http://www.storbeckpimentel.com/pd/BU/CCOM.pdf

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. However, in order to assure the fullest consideration, candidates are encouraged to have complete applications submitted to the search firm assisting the University as soon as possible. Please direct all applications, nominations, and inquiries for the position to the search firm assisting the University at the contact information below:

Ryan Crawford, Partner

r.crawford@storbeckpimentel.com

Gretchen Hoffman, Senior Associate

g.hoffman@storbeckpimentel.com

7500 Rialto Blvd.

Building 1, Suite 250

Austin, TX 78735

(737) 207-0568

Refer to code “BU-CCOM” in subject line

Butler University is committed to enhancing the diversity of the student body, faculty, and staff. In addition, hiring decisions are made on the basis of an individual's qualifications, past experience, overall performance, and other employment-related criteria. Butler University provides equal opportunities for employment and advancement for all individuals, regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category.

Contact us: r.crawford@storbeckpimentel.com

 

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO

Department of Communication

Tenure Track Faculty Position

 

The Department of Communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning Fall 2019, in Interpersonal Communication. We seek individuals with a Ph.D. in Communication. UTSA is expanding to become a tier one research institution and is developing a national reputation of excellence. For a full job description and application procedures, visit http://apptrkr.com/1279935 by October 1, 2018. UTSA is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Organizational Communication

Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication

 

The School of Communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism seeks to fill a faculty position in Organizational Communication, and invites qualified applicants to apply for a full-time, tenure-track position at either the Assistant or Associate rank. The position is designed to attract a current or future leader in Organizational Communication who develops new theoretical approaches and/or advances research methodologies to address important societal issues and inform practical real-world applications in communication.

 

The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in Organizational Communication or a related field, demonstrate excellence in at least one programmatic line of research, exhibit knowledge and skill in applying mixed methodologies to research and possess experience in writing and managing grants. Further, an ideal candidate is one who can inspire both undergraduate and graduate students, and who can advise students seeking to work in both academic and non-academic positions.  Candidates are expected to teach undergraduate, MA and PhD classes, mentor

doctoral students, supervise cutting-edge, innovative projects, and should exhibit evidence of teaching excellence. We anticipate that our new colleague will foster collaboration with other academic units across the University, and with external partners as well.

 

The Annenberg School is committed to fostering a culture and climate of tolerance, diversity and inclusion, as is evident in the Schools' various centers and initiatives (https://annenberg.usc.edu/research).  Consequently, all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply in accordance with the University's mission to ensure equal opportunity (see below).

 

Applicants

 

To be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the USC Employee Recruitment Services website at the following link https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/assistant-or- associate-professor-of-communication-open-rank/1209/9102929. Submission materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, samples of recent refereed publications and the names of three references. Final candidates will be requested to submit three (3) letters of

recommendation. The cover letter should be addressed to School of Communication Faculty Search, attention Billie Shotlow, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 305, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281. Applicants may direct questions to Billie Shotlow: (shotlow@usc.edu) or (213-821-2718). Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted.

 

Review of applications will commence on October 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled or the search closed.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

 

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-

8100, or by email at uschr@usc.edu. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

 

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Communication Networks

Assistant/Associate/or Full Professor of Communication

 

 

 

The School of Communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism seeks to fill a faculty position in theory development and research in communication networks. The School will hire the best possible candidate whose scholarship expands the discipline’s theoretical knowledge of communication networks, whose research will lead to important insights into communication network processes, and whose teaching will enlighten and inspire our undergraduate and graduate students. Exceptional applicants at any rank (Assistant, Associate, Full) are encouraged to apply, especially advanced scholars.

 

The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field and demonstrate excellence in at least one programmatic line of research, address important societal issues and practical real-world applications. The candidate is expected to help the school continue to grow our commitment to network scholarship, through research, teaching, and mentorship. Communication networks are an integral part of almost all facets of contemporary life including teams and groups, organizations and institutions, and the global political economy. These networks connect diverse and global constituencies that differ in terms of gender, class, race, ethnicity, national origin and other differences. We seek a colleague whose academic career demonstrates an interest in a broad array of topics in connectivity such as the semantic World Wide Web, social and enterprise networks, collaboration networks, team networks, political mobilizing, network equality, and crowdsourcing. Candidates should have competencies in robust qualitative and quantitative network analysis techniques for examining big data from a wide array of communication networks.

 

 

The candidate will play a leading role in the Annenberg Networks Network (ANN) a research center at the Annenberg School that focuses on network theory and research. This scholar will also be affiliated with the Annenberg Institute for Diversity and Empowerment to explore the intersection of communication networks and diversity. We anticipate that our new colleague will foster collaboration with other academic units across the University, and with external partners

as well.

 

The Annenberg School is committed to fostering a culture and climate of tolerance, diversity and inclusion, as is evident in the Schools' various centers and initiatives (https://annenberg.usc.edu/research). Consequently, all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply in accordance with the University's mission to ensure equal opportunity (see below).

 

Applicants

 

To be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the USC Employee Recruitment

Services website at the following link https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/asst-assoc-or-full-professor-of-communication-open-rank/1209/9097296. Submission materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, samples of recent refereed publications and the names of three references. Final candidates will be requested to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. The cover letter should be addressed to School of Communication Faculty Search, attention Billie Shotlow, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 305, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281. Applicants may direct questions to Billie Shotlow: (shotlow@usc.edu) or (213-821-2718). Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted.

 

Review of applications will commence on October 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled or the search closed.

 

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

 

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-

8100, or by email at uschr@usc.edu. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

 

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

Department of Communication

Tenure-line Associate or Full Professor

 

The Department of Communication and Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah seek a tenure-line Associate or Full professor working in the nexus of health communication, family or interpersonal communication, and cancer communication. For more information seehttp://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/81692 or contact Professor Kimberly A. Kaphingst, Search Committee Chair, atkim.kaphingst@hci.utah.edu.

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

Department of Communication

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

 

The University of Utah’s Department of Communication seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Latinx/Indigenous Communication, effective July 1, 2019. For more information, seehttp://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/81697 or contact Professor Kent A. Ono, Search Committee Chair, kent.ono@utah.edu.

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor

 

The University of Utah’s Department of Communication seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Science, Environmental, and/or Risk Communication, effective July 1, 2019. For more information see:http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/81715 or contact Professor Robin E. Jensen, Search Committee Chair, atr.e.jensen@utah.edu.

 

 

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Board of Directors Takes Important Steps at Annual Meeting

Posted By Laura Sawyer, ICA Executive Director, Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Annual Board of Directors Meeting was held during the two days prior to the 2018 annual conference in Prague (Czech Republic), 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 most decisions is below.


On the recommendation of the Nominating Committee, the board approved the candidates for the 2018 Election. The Presidential candidates—Karin Wilkins (U of Texas – Austin) and Claes de Vreese (U of Amsterdam)—will be featured, along with their candidate statements, in the September issue of this newsletter. Candidates for Treasurer, student and early career representative, and board member at large were also ratified (their statements will be imbedded in the ballot). The election will take place in October 2018.


The board also approved several measures designed to provide additional financial resources to several groups. Conference fee waivers were designated for both SECAC representatives on the board in recognition of the massive amount of work they do to enhance the student experience at ICA and make up for the lack of funding from their universities. At the recommendation of the chairs of the LGBTQ Interest Group, the board also awarded two additional conference registration fee waivers to each of the 32 division/IGs to use in attracting new attendees specifically from the student population and from Tier C countries (for each division/IG, one of the new waivers is to be used for a student exclusively, and the other is for a Tier C or B attendee exclusively). This brings the total number of fee waivers funded by ICA to five per division/IG.


In addition, the board approved an annual allowance of US$2,000 in reimbursable expenses for each of the three Board Members at Large (BMAL) to do tangible work in their regions—attending smaller conferences to make connections for ICA and create synergies. Coupled with the new job description developed by the BMAL last year, this is a strong step towards tangible results from this important contingent of our board, and for our continuing internationalization efforts.


The Board also approved the creation of a Mission Statement Task Force, the continuation of the Ethics Committee to develop several white papers and positions related to conflict of interest and professional behavior, and a task force to tackle the issue of sponsorships.


The board also heard an in-depth presentation on the hotel contracts for the coming years from Anthony Stewart from Experient and from ICA Executive Director, Laura Sawyer. ICA has a reputation in the hotel industry for selling out on day one and then cancelling over 50% of the rooms booked that day later in the process (once the conference schedule is released in March). Eventually ICA find rooms for everyone when the original bookers pare down their reservations, but this phenomenon causes unnecessary stress to our attendees. After being presented with data from a decade of ICA hotel reservation reports, the board agreed that the process needs a change.


The board agreed unanimously that ICA should not release the room block booking link until the actual schedule is released, so attendees know exactly when they need rooms and will only book the nights they actually need.Therefore, the acceptance letters will go out in January 2019 as usual, and at that time you may register for the conference to get your early bird rate, and if you wish, you can book your airfare (since many of you do really come for the whole conference and your schedule is less important to know before making plans).

On 1 March, which is a Friday, we will release the schedule so that you know what days you will present. You will be given information on the hotel locations, prices, and amenities—you just won’t be able to book it yet (as usual, you may not book directly with the hotel). You will have the weekend to talk to colleagues and your family to determine what you really want to do without the stress of having to click the button instantly before things sell out. The next business day—Monday, 4 March—we will release the link for booking within the hotel block and everyone may then book the rooms they actually need. The board is hopeful that this change in the process will lead to less stress and to more accurate bookings, requiring little adjustment as conference draws nearer.


In addition, the Board reviewed and approved many standard agenda items, including

the 2018-19 committee rosters; publishers' reports and reports from each of ICA’s

journals; reports from each of ICA's standing committees and task forces; reports on

communications and membership efforts; the 2018 Fellows slate (congratulations, New Fellows!); the investments report; and the proposed budget for the coming fiscal year (FY19).


This was a highly productive meeting covering a wide range of issues of importance to

all ICA members, attendees, and partners. Many thanks to the 2018 board for taking the time out of their extremely tight schedules at conference (particularly surrounding preconferences) to engage in a day and half of in-depth discussions for the good of the association!


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Supporting Professional-Development Opportunities

Posted By Patricia Moy, President (U of Washington), Wednesday, August 1, 2018

With an intellectually vibrant annual conference, an increasing number of regional conferences around the globe, access to top-tiered academic journals, and growing intellectual networks, ICA has much to offer its members. However, supporting members is not one-size-fits-all, particularly as younger scholars attempt to navigate potential professional paths.

The diversity of needs and interests was quite evident earlier this month during the Political Communication Division’s weeklong summer-school program. Held every two years at the U of Milan and organized by Gianpietro Mazzoleni, Mauro Barisione, Luigi Curini, and Marco Maraffi, as well as immediate-past Division Chair Peter Van Aelst (U of Antwerp), the program is competitive and open to doctoral students from all over the world. This year, the two dozen students hailed from as near as Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, and Turkey, to as far away as Australia, China, India, and Argentina. While doctoral students in a given subdiscipline naturally differ in their topics of study and methodological expertise, it became very apparent early on that many other differences exist and that students are shaped by a host of individual and institutional considerations. Consider a few of the key issues raised throughout the week:

How important is publishing during one’s doctoral program?

Many doctoral students view publications during graduate school as the figurative icing on the cake: Publications allow them to be more competitive as they enter an academic job market. Of course, for those who choose to work in primarily teaching institutions, research publications are less of a priority. And those who choose to work outside the academy may eschew publishing altogether. Across these scenarios, the student earns a doctorate with or without publications. In some institutions, however, the granting of the doctoral degree hinges on having published a certain number of articles. Whenever students unveil this nontrivial requirement, many gasp in surprise and others breathe a sigh of relief that they’re studying at another institution. And, everyone is relieved that there is no single magic number of publications to have on one’s CV when entering the job market.

How important is research when one is considering a nonacademic career?

The summer-school program has been fortunate to attract applicants with a wide range of intellectual interests, and inherent in this diversity is the motivation for graduate studies. Some students enter graduate school after having spent time in commercial, nonprofit, or government sector and having identified a problem or concern they would like to address with advanced training. Others know they want to do research but not teach, and therefore aspire to leave the academy after their doctoral work. I’ve seen extremely inclusive discussions involving different camps, and it is quite heartening to have individuals with different career goals converge upon the same ideas. In the end, students agree research and publishing are critical elements of their doctoral training, even if they leave the academy. Expertise fuels research, and vice versa, and publishing certainly signals that expertise.

How does one find a “hot” research topic? And does one’s dissertation topic determine the rest of one’s academic life?

In one sense, perhaps the starkest differences emerge when students talk about how they landed upon their dissertation topic. For some, the topic is part of a larger collaborative effort at their institution or a funded project that allows for multiple studies to be crafted. For others, the topic stems from an issue about which they feel quite passionate, but finding a communication question that is “good enough” remains a challenge. Still others decide upon topics only to rework them due to funding or time constraints. Regardless of the scenario that best describes a student, sharing their experiences with others was cathartic for many. And some realized that a “hot” topic might matter less than the communication question that undergirds it or the resources at one’s disposal.

How does one define success?

For many researchers, success is deeply intertwined with publications in certain journals. For others, it is making a difference outside the ivory tower – eradicating a disease, effecting institutional change, or making inroads to undo a social injustice. For yet another group, it’s about mentoring the next generation of colleagues in a given area. Students may or may not know early on the metrics of success against which they’ll be judged later in their careers, but they need to know about different metrics and the various options available to them.

In many respects, the summer school was a microcosm of ICA. Although the program was held under the auspices of the Political Communication Division, the students shared work that dealt with a broad swath of topics, theories, and methodological approaches. Presentations on digital politics, populism, and polarization were interspersed with presentations related to counter-hegemonic new-media platforms, journalistic innovations, political marketing, and culture. Questions about the latest theories and writing style were juxtaposed against questions related to gender issues, international collaborations, and how to deal with editorial rejections.

Most notably, the summer school exemplified ICA’s efforts to bolster professional development opportunities for those who might need it. Whether it’s the research/publication workshop in Africa last year or the recent growth of student-oriented preconferences, ICA’s efforts to mentor the next generation of communication researchers continue. If you have ideas you’d like to see implemented, please contact me or Past President Amy Jordan (Rutgers U), who is chairing a task force on professional development.


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