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Member News – December 2017 

  

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT 

Book Release November 30, 2017 
Drones: Media Discourse & The Public Imagination  
By Kevin Howley (Peter Lang, 2018) 

ISBN-13: 978-1433126406 
ISBN-10: 1433126400 

 

Drones: Media Discourse & The Public Imagination starts with a basic premise: technology shapes and is shaped by the stories we tell about it. Stories about drones – at once anxious and hopeful, fearful and awe-inspired – are emblematic of the profound ambivalence that frequently accompanies the introduction of new technologies. Through critical analysis of a variety of cultural forms – from newspaper headlines, nightly newscasts, and documentary films to advertising, entertainment media, and graphic arts — this book demonstrates the prevalence of drones in global battlefields and domestic airspace, public discourse and the popular imagination. Written in a lively, engaging and accessible style, Kevin Howley argues that media discourse plays a decisive role in shaping these new technologies, understanding their application in various spheres of human activity, and integrating them into everyday life. Doing so, Howley highlights the relationship between discursive and material practice in the social construction of technology. 

 

About the Author 

 Kevin Howley is Professor of Media Studies at DePauw University. His work has appeared in the Journal of Radio Studies, Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Social Movement Studies and Television and New Media. He is author of Community Media: People, Places, and Communication Technologies (2005), and editor of Understanding Community Media (2010) and Media Interventions (2013). 

 

Contents 

Introduction: “Don’t Call Them Drones” 

Part I Perpetual War 

1. Technological Dreams and Killing Machines, or Drones and The Sublime 

2. A New Kind of War 

3. Murder Incorporated  

Part II Domesticating Drones  

4. Unmanned: Drones for Fun and Profit  

5. Eye in the Sky: Regimes of Surveillance  

6. Reporting the Drone Wars  

Part III Witnessing  

7. Survivors Speak 

8. Mr. Al-Muslimi Goes to Washington 

9. Distributed Intimacies: Robotic Warfare and Drone Whistleblowers 

Part IV Resistance 

10. Direct Action and Media Activism 

11. “I Have a Drone”: Internet Memes and Digital Dissent 

12. Think Locally, Bomb Globally: Satirizing Drones 

Conclusion: Twenty-First Century Empire and Communication 

 

Endorsements 

“Drones: Media Discourse & The Public Imagination is a timely publication that will contribute significant and even urgent perspectives to the burgeoning literature on drones. Locating itself at the intersection where scholarship from media, communication and technology studies enter into a productive interdisciplinary conversation, it is indispensable for its critical attention to a broad field of cultural expressions, demonstrating how media discourse not only shapes our understanding and application of drone technology, but also its very production.”  

 Øyvind Vågnes, University of Bergen 

 

“Kevin Howley has put together an impressive chronicle of what the media talks about when it talks about drones. This book will no doubt serve as a key resource for anybody hoping to better understand the complex and shifting dynamics of prevailing public sentiment about US military drone use.” 

– Arthur Holland Michel, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Drone, Bard College 

 

Available in paperback, hardback and eBook editions at Peter Lang and wherever fine books are sold. 

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New Book: Constructing Digital Cultures: Tweets, Trends, Race, and Gender 

By Judith Rosenbaum, judith.rosenbaumandre@maine.edu  

 

Hello all, 

I’m very proud to announce the publication of my recent book by Lexington Books, “Constructing Digital Cultures: Tweets, Trends, Race, and Gender”, which examines how Twitter serves as the intersection between popular culture and social identity.  

You can find more information on the book in the blurb below and on the publisher’s website: https://rowman.com/ISBN/9781498546911/Constructing-Digital-Cultures-Tweets-Trends-Race-and-Gender 

 

Twitter has become a space where ordinary citizens and world-leaders alike share their thoughts and ideas. As a result, some argue Twitter has leveled the playing field, while others reject this view as too optimistic. This has led to an ongoing debate about the platform’s democratizing potential and whether activity on Twitter engenders change or merely magnifies existing voices. Constructing Digital Cultures explores these issues and more through an in-depth examination of how Twitter users collaborate to create cultural understandings. Looking closely at how user-generated narratives renegotiate dominant ideas about gender and race, this volume provides insight into the nature of digital culture produced on Twitter and the platform’s potential as a virtual public sphere. Constructing Digital Cultures investigates arenas of discussion often seen on Twitter—from entertainment and popular culture to politics, social justice issues, and advertising—and looks into how members of ethnic minority groups use and relate to the platform. Through an in-depth examination of individual expressions, the different kinds of dialogue that characterize the platform, and various ways in which people connect, Constructing Digital Cultures provides a critical, empirically based consideration of Twitter’s potential as an inclusive, egalitarian public sphere for the modern age. 

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NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT 

Scripts and Communication for Relationships, Second Edition by James M. Honeycutt and Pavica Sheldon; Peter Lang Publishers    

Contents: 

Chapter 1. The Pursuit of Intimacy and Relational Scripts 

Chapter 2. Emotion and Cognition about Relationships 

Chapter 3. Generating and Maintaining Relationships through Imagined Interactions 

Chapter 4. Physiology and Relationships 

Chapter 5. Schemata, Scenes, and Scripts for Relationships 

Chapter 6. Development of Relationships: Stage Theories and Relational script Theory 

Chapter 7. Scripts for Romantic Development and Decline 

Chapter 8. Semantics of Break-ups 

Chapter 9. Online Communication and Relational Scripts 

Chapter 10. Scripts for Office Romance: Approved or Forbidden?  

Chapter 11. Dysfunctional Scripts for Abusive Relationships 

Chapter 12. The Dark Side of Social Media Communication   

Chapter 13. Scripts for Constructive Communication 

 

This book discusses the basis of relationship scripts, emotions, imagery, and physiology of relationships including romance, friendship, work associates, mentors, and social media friends. We argue that people’s expectations for relational development influence their communication, faith, and commitment in relationships. Misconstruing sexual or flirtatious intent, for example, is derived from having different scripts about attraction. We discuss abusive relationships including social media influences on relationships as well as abuse, stalking, verbal and physical aggression.  

This book is designed for classes in psychology, communication, sociology, family studies, and social work. It provides a comprehensive overview of how scripts and communication are used in relationships.  

 

Sample Endorsements:  

“The chapter on imagined interactions and relationships is enticing for those interested in cognition and imagery in terms of the mental creation and sustenance of relationships. The author and subject indices are very comprehensive.”  Robert Kunzendorf, U of Massachusetts, Department of Psychology 

 

“The second edition of this book is outstanding and contains new studies in the physiology of relationships, cognitive script violations, and reviews of online relationships.  The chapter on the dark side of social media is especially enticing with explanations of personality influences on cyberstalking. This is so vital given the bullying due to tweeting.“ Philipp Rauschnabel, U of Michigan, Department of Marketing    

 

“The discussion of cognitive script violations is pertinent to understanding sexual harassment and conflict from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives.”  Cesare Cornoldi, Uof Padova, Department of Psychology 


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Available Positions and Job Opportunities

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017

  

ILLINOIS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 
Department of Humanities 
Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities

 

The Department of Humanities at Illinois Institute of Technology seeks a tenure-track assistant professor for a Fall 2018 appointment. The ideal candidate will complement the department’s core disciplinary areas: communication, information architecture; history; linguistics; media studies; philosophy and ethics; and science, technology, and society. Candidates must demonstrate a research agenda that integrates digital media technologies and humanistic scholarship and whose research questions are approached and answered through large-scale quantitative or corpus-based research methods. Successful applicants must have completed a Ph.D. by August 2018 and must provide evidence of potential for collaborative, interdisciplinary research.

 

The ideal candidate will be prepared to teach undergraduate- and graduate-level research methods. In addition to courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, candidates should be prepared to teach in at least one of the following areas:

 

  • Research methods, quantitative and ideally also qualitative 

  • User experience and user research 

  • Information structure and design 

 

Applicants should submit a single PDF file containing (1) letter of interest, (2) C.V., and (3) contact information for three references to 2017.hum.search@gmail.com.

 

Illinois Institute of Technology is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA employer committed to enhancing equity, inclusion and diversity within its community. It actively seeks applications from all individuals regardless of race, color, sex, marital status, religion, creed, national origin, disability, age, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity and expression. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment. 

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. For more information about the Humanities Department, including graduate and undergraduate degree programs, visit the department website, or contact the search committee chair, Associate Professor Karl  Stolley, by email at 2017.hum.search@gmail.com. 

  

SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY 
School of Communication 
Two Tenure-Track Positions

  

The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University invites applications from outstanding candidates for two tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor: 

 

1. News, Social Media, and Public Communication  

Intersection of news, social media and public communication. Specific areas of focus may include but are not limited to political economy and governance of news production and distribution;; the impact of social media on journalism and public communication;; news, democracy and the public sphere; critical analysis of news discourse; independent media, ethnic media and alternative journalism; the influence of public relations and marketing on news media;; data journalism;; communication rights and access to information;; media activism; studies of users, creators, and publics. We are searching for candidates who address these or other issues using qualitative, quantitative, media and news analysis that might include discourse and frame analysis, content analysis, ethnography, and computational or digital methods or a combination of approaches. 

 

2. Big data 

Area of big data in relation to theories and methodologies in the field of communication. Specific areas of focus may include but are not limited to social media, algorithmic culture, critical data studies, digital humanities, surveillance, critical artificial intelligence, platform studies, blockchain and crypto technologies, data visualization, infrastructure studies, quantified self, data politics, data ethics, privacy, and health. We are searching for candidates who address these or other issues using qualitative, quantitative, computational, digital methods or a combination of approaches. 

Situated in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, the School of Communication is a national and global leader in the discipline. The School is a dynamic site of research and teaching with a strategic focus on digital media and communication. Our critical tradition to the study of communication includes approaches such as media and culture, technology studies, global communication, culture industries and policy, history of communication, and applied media production, among others. The successful candidate will build on the School’s history of critical engagement while developing new directions in research and teaching to reflect contemporary and emergent issues of digital media and communication. We seek an innovative colleague who will challenge traditional distinctions between critical analysis and applied approaches.

 

Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication or a cognate discipline, a record of teaching experience and excellence, a clear potential to contribute to the School’s research culture, and an emerging publication record appropriate to the position. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students at all undergraduate and graduate levels and to work with partners inside and outside the University. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, persons of aboriginal heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ-identified persons.

 

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a concise statement of research established and projected, a statement of teaching experience, performance and philosophy, and two writing samples. Please submit all documents in a single PDF file with bookmarks. In addition, three letters of reference should be sent under separate cover. Please direct all materials to: 

 

Director, School of Communication 
Simon Fraser University 
8888 University Drive 
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6 c/o: bebaldwi@sfu.ca 

 

Review of applications will begin on November 30th, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

These positions are subject to funding and final approval by the SFU Board of Governors. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details, please see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.html 

 

UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA 
Department of Advertising and Public Relations 
Tenure-Track

  

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations and College of Communication and Information Sciences at The University of Alabama seeks an outstanding colleague to join our nationally recognized program.

 

This tenure-track position will have teaching responsibilities in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations including coursework such as advertising copywriting, portfolio development, art direction, concepting strategies, and advertising campaigns. Opportunities for new course development, and additional summer and Interim teaching are available. There is the expectation of teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

As we seek an individual with expertise in the conceptualization of advertising efforts, the successful candidate will bring the proper academic expertise and professional experience. The academic certification required for this position is a terminal degree such as a MFA or Ph.D. The ideal candidate will have professional experience in advertising and digital communication. Some college-level teaching experience is also preferred, as the successful candidate must have a record of effectively engaging students in the classroom. Applicants must also demonstrate the ability to contribute to the graduate education mission of the university as well as being active and involved member of a highly collaborative team at both the departmental and college levels.

 

As this is a tenure track position, it is important to note that tenure can be achieved via a creative track or research track. Regardless of the track selected, the position requires an individual who is dedicated to the highest standards in creative/scholarship and teaching.

 

The Department of Advertising and Public Relations has enjoyed over 40 years of achievement by leading scholars and a highly competitive AAF National Student Advertising Competition team. Our creative students have won awards in regional, national and international advertising competitions and is ranked among the top creative programs by the One Club for Art & Copy. The Department's Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and its student-run Capstone Agency prepare our students to be socially-conscious leaders in the field. Our department is focused on building a diverse culture of intellectual and creative engagement for our faculty and students.

 

The University of Alabama is the state's flagship public university and offers the full course of academic programs and social life to its approximately 38,000 students. It is located in Tuscaloosa, a diverse city with a population of more than 115,000 and offers an excellent quality of life with many cultural and outdoor activities, as well as a very reasonable cost of living.

 

To apply: Upload an application, resume and a cover letter that includes a list of three references at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu.

 

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, review of applications will begin November 10, 2017. Questions regarding the search should be directed to the search chair, Dr. Caryl Cooper (205-454-9320; cooper@apr.ua.edu).

 

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

 

 

 

ST. MARY’S UNIVERSITY 
Department of English & Communication Studies 
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Fall 2018)

 

The Department of English & Communication Studies at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, seeks an assistant professor to fill a tenure-track position in communication studies starting Fall 2018. We are interested in teaching and scholarship in communication specialties related to journalism, media studies, digital and visual communication, and/or digital humanities—and particularly how theory and practice from those traditions are situated in community contexts. Teaching duties include core curriculum, upper-division, and MA-level courses, with general and specific topics in communication theory and methods, writing across media contexts and platforms, journalism and broadcasting, and media design and production. Ability to teach quantitative methods at graduate and undergraduate levels is preferred.

 

Candidates must demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence, dedication to service, and research potential in the candidate’s field of specialty. A commitment to student-centered learning is essential, and engaged and innovative pedagogies and community-focused teaching practices such as experiential and service learning are favorable. Successful candidates will integrate research into their teaching, and vice versa. Interdisciplinary, collaborative, and student- and pedagogy-centered research programs are preferential and encouraged institution-wide. Dedication to serving the campus and local community is elemental to the mission and culture at St. Mary’s University.

 

St. Mary’s fosters a community of faith in which people of varied traditions and experiences unite in commitment to an educational venture, in dedication to a life of scholarship, and in service to society. Candidates should be prepared to conduct academic advising, advise student media organizations such as the national award-winning student news publication The Rattler, and contribute to department, school, and university committees and initiatives. Ph.D. or ABD in communication or related field by August 2018 required. Some professional experience is desirable. 

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled.

 

Applications and full job description can be found at https://stmarytx.applicantpro.com/jobs/, and questions may be emailed to Amanda Kennedy (akennedy4@stmarytx.edu). Any offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a clear background check. Underrepresented candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of religion, race, gender, sex, sexuality, age, disability, or any other legally protected category. AA/EOE 

 

ST. JOHN FISHER COLLEGE 
Visiting Assistant Professor

  

Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Management at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, New York. We invite applications for a full time faculty member to teach applied media research, analytics, strategic communication, business communication, advertising, and media economics at the undergraduate and graduate level. Qualifications: Doctorate preferred. M.S., M.A., or M.B.A. considered. Previous industry and teaching experience is also preferred. 

Applicants from diverse groups encouraged to apply.

 

Visiting faculty teach a 4-4 load and advise students. They may continue their research and contribute to college-wide committees. An annual travel stipend is available. Fisher offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package.

 

Applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US, and be available to teach in fall 2018. 

 

NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY, SINGAPORE 
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information 
Assistant Professor

  

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

 

Assistant Professor: Public Relations 
We are seeking a scholar in the area of public relations with research and teaching expertise in such areas as corporate communications management, international public relations, public relations strategy, public relations and social media or public relations in an Asian context. The successful candidate will have a record of research published in strong academic journals, an agenda for seeking external funding, and a commitment to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

 

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

 

Emoluments and General Terms and Conditions of Service 
Salary will be competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package. Information on emoluments and general terms and conditions of service is available in the section on Terms and Conditions (http://bit.ly/1V80Rf4) for Academic Appointments. 

 

Application Procedures 
To apply, please refer to the Guidelines (http://bit.ly/1LDnrKk) for submitting an Application for Faculty Appointment and send your application package [consisting of cover letter, curriculum vitae, personal particulars form, a statement of current and future research interest, teaching statement, effectiveness of teaching (If any), selected publications, and the names of 5 referees] by 31 December 2017 to: 

 

The Search Committee 
Nanyang Technological University  
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information  
31 Nanyang Link, WKWSCI Building  
Singapore 637718 
 
Email: faculty-recruit@ntu.edu.sg 

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

 

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

 

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO 
Department of Communication 
Assistant Professor

  

The Department of Communication (http://communication.ucsd.edu/) within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is seeking to make appointments at the Assistant Professor level, to begin Fall, 2018 in two areas:

 

  1. Journalism Studies/Networks of Production and Circulation of News. We are looking for a candidate with an active and creative research and teaching program that focuses on the evolving nature of journalism and, more broadly, on the networks of news-organization, -production, -circulation, and consumption. Areas of particular interest include: the shifting norms, genres, and practices of news production; the changing boundaries between journalism and other narrative forms and cultural platforms for information dissemination; the political economy of news organizations; and the interactions of journalists and other actors in the production and circulation of news. 
     

  1. Critical Studies of Technology, Media, and Persuasion. We are looking for a candidate with an active and creative research and teaching program that focuses on technology, media, and persuasion in the digital age; explores the blurred boundaries between corporate and public interests; and considers possibilities for configuring novel forms of politics, civil society, and popular culture. Areas of particular interest include: emergent forms of media and data manipulation and distribution by state, corporate, and non-governmental actors; data mining and algorithmic targeting of consumers, citizens, and political actors by government and corporations; the impact of advertising, promotional communication, and consumer culture on civil society, industries, human subjectivity, and political movements. 

 

For both positions, successful candidates will situate their work historically and have strong methodological skills that include or combine ethnography, cultural and historical analysis, institutional analysis (including political economy), or textual and discourse analysis. A comparative perspective is also welcome.

 

The Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego is committed to academic excellence and diversity within the faculty, staff, and student body. We seek candidates who will maintain the highest standards of scholarship and professional activity and make a strong and meaningful contribution to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales. To ensure full consideration, all application materials must be submitted electronically by December 8, 2017, at the following links: https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01545 and https://apol-recruit.ucsd.edu/apply/JPF01544

 

Application must include: a two to three page cover letter; CV; statement detailing your research interests; statement detailing how your research, teaching and service would contribute to campus diversity goals; and contact information for three reference letters

 

UC San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. 

 

UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 
College of Journalism and Communications 
Tenure-Track Faculty Position

 

The Department of Public Relations in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida invites applications for a nine-month tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor, to begin August 2018.

 

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications is recognized as a national leader in communication scholarship and professional skills development. In our march to preeminence, we are adding 15 new lecturer and faculty positions across Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations and Telecommunication disciplines. Be part of an ambitious, progressive and collaborative program at one of the U.S. News and World Report's top-ten public research universities in the U.S.

 

Qualifications: Candidates for the assistant professor of public relations position must possess an earned Ph.D. in communication or other relevant field by August 2018 and a record of original scholarly research. Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated expertise in one or a combination of the following areas: corporate reputation and identity, crisis/risk, digital/social media, health, international, public interest communications, ethics, and other areas relevant to public relations. Other qualifications include evidence of excellence in teaching, a publication record, potential to secure grant funding, and productivity and effectiveness in contributing to a collegial environment.

 

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses in public relations. The faculty member will supervise master's theses and Ph.D. dissertations. He or she will advise undergraduate and graduate students, engage in governance and other service activities, and demonstrate interest in contributing to online education, diversity, and the internationalization of the college and university.

 

The Department of Public Relations is one of the largest public relations programs in the country, with eight tenured faculty members, one endowed chair in public interest communications, and two full-time lecturers, for a total of 11 faculty members. It serves approximately 600 undergraduate majors, 25 master's students, and 10 Ph.D. students. The Department consistently is ranked among the top three public relations programs in the United States and enjoys an excellent international reputation.

 

The College of Journalism and Communications (www.jou.ufl.edu) has 57 full-time faculty members teaching in four departments: Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, and Telecommunication. A recognized national leader in the field, the College is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The College also houses a full-service communications agency, led by professionals and staffed by students. The University of Florida is a member of the Association of American Universities and is categorized in the Carnegie Commission's top tier of research universities. UF's more than 52,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

 

Application Procedure: To view application instructions and complete an online résumé, visit www.hr.ufl.edu/job. The reference number for the vacancy is 505348. Applications must include an electronic copy of the following: (1) a letter of interest; (2) complete curriculum vitae; (3) teaching evaluation data, where available, or evidence of teaching effectiveness; and (4) names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call (352) 392-4621 or the Florida Relay System at (800) 955-8771 (TDD).

 

Review of applications will begin December 8, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled. 
The search is conducted under Florida's open records laws, and all documents are open for public inspection. 

 

 Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. AA/EEO employer. 

 

Questions can be directed to Dr. Moon J. Lee, 
Associate Professor, at (352) 273-1699 or mlee@jou.ufl.edu. 

 

 

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN 

Moody College of Communication 

Assistant or Association Professor – Public Relations 

 

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/tenured faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor to begin Fall 2018. We are seeking an outstanding scholar and with relevant expertise and interest in public relations. Salary is competitive.

 

In the Stan Richards School, our faculty is our best asset. We have 18 graduate faculty, 3 emeritus professors, 8 full-time lecturers and 12 part-time lecturers. Our unique mix of research expertise covers five main areas: pro-social persuasion, health and science communication, brand and identity, new technology, and sports media and marketing. Across those areas, our faculty members draw from qualitative and quantitative methods and collaborate with interdisciplinary teams across campus. 

 

Qualifications 

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in public relations, advertising, organizational communication, 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 in the area of public relations. 

Application Instructions

 

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 by visiting https://apply.interfolio.com/46527 . Three confidential letters of recommendation are also requested. Applications must be made via Interfolio's ByCommittee solution. 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 email help@interfolio.com or call (877) 997-8807. 

Review of applications will begin immediately 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 Richards School offers undergraduate degrees in advertising and public relations and masters and Ph.D. degrees in Advertising. For more information about our programs visit http://advertising.utexas.edu/. The Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations and the Moody College of Communication are committed to achieving diversity in its faculty, students, and curricula, and we welcome applicants who can help achieve these objectives. The University of Texas at Austin is a tobacco-free campus; for more information visit http://www.utexas.edu/tobaccofree/ Moody College of Communication: http://moody.utexas.edu/

 

The Stan Richards School is emerging as a leader on campus in our efforts to build a diverse and inclusive home for students. Please see https://advertising.utexas.edu/about/diversity-commitment. 

 

The University of Texas is an AA/EEO employer. A background check will be conducted on the successful candidate. 

 

SYRACUSE UNIVERISTY 

Communications Department 

Associate or Full Professor

  

The Communications Department at Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications invites applications for a full-time teaching position, in the area of communications law beginning in fall 2018, at the rank of associate or full professor. A candidate with extensive relevant professional experience will be considered for a position as a Professor of Practice. A Ph.D. or J.D. is required.

 

The successful candidate will have a strong track record in research, policy development, or practice in the field of communication law. We are especially interested in candidates with specialties in 1) digital privacy, or 2) media and technology law.

 

Successful candidates will demonstrate an interest in working with students from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. At the graduate level we regularly offer courses on media law for our professionally oriented master's students. At the undergraduate level, we regularly offer specific courses on communications law for journalism students; for public relations and advertising students; and for students in the television, radio and film industries. The ideal candidate should feel comfortable teaching any of these classes; the course load will be 4 or 5 courses a year depending on background. The ability to teach other communication classes in areas consistent with the candidate's experience is also desirable, including the possibility of specialty law courses. 

The successful candidate should expect a variety of service duties, including: academic and career advising of undergraduate and graduate students; mentoring junior faculty; department, school and university committee service; and occasional community outreach.

 

Widely regarded as the nation's leading school of communications, the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications is home to approximately 1,900 undergraduate and 250 graduate students. The School is housed in a 250,000-square foot, three-building complex that includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a 300-seat auditorium, a research center, an executive education wing, a café and many spaces for formal and informal meetings and collaboration among students, faculty and staff. A recent $18 million renovation of Newhouse 2 includes the Studio and Innovation Center. This center encompasses a high-tech entertainment production environment that rivals many Hollywood studios, a creative hub where Newhouse expertise in content development and production meets the latest media technology and programming trends and a top-of-the-line digital news center. This space provides the school with a cutting-edge media facility that gives students the best possible preparation for careers in the communications industry.

 

Beyond this, our school continues its tradition of attracting the best and the brightest. Students are among the best in the country, having secured a place in the class through a highly competitive admissions process. This year's incoming freshmen earned an average 3.8 GPA.

 

The Newhouse School encourages candidates to apply who will help us broaden the diversity of our faculty. Syracuse University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

 

For full description and online application instructions, go to https://www.sujobopps.com – JOB# 073556. Cover letter, resume or vitae and names, addresses, and a list of four references must be attached online. Review of applications begins December 31 and will continue until the position is filled.

 

For more information, feel free to contact Brad Gorham, Search Chair, Communications, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University. Phone: 315-443-1950. Email: bwgorham@syr.edu 

 

 

NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY 

Assistant or Associate Professor of Computer Science + Journalism 

 

As part of an ambitious plan to expand interdisciplinary work in computer science and other fields, Northwestern University seeks to hire a new faculty member whose work focuses on the intersection of Computer Science and Journalism/Media and has the potential to drive change and transformation in the field of journalism.

 

We invite candidates to apply for a new position as Professor of Computer Science & Journalism at the Associate or Assistant Professor level. The faculty member will have positions in both the McCormick School of Engineering and the Medill School of Journalism. 

 

The search is open to academic candidates as well as distinguished technology professionals. We are interested in candidates who have a track record of success in researching, developing and deploying technology relevant to journalism and media, as well as research interests in a computer science discipline such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Human-Computer Interaction or Knowledge Management.

 

Candidates whose background is primarily in the media or technology industry should be able to demonstrate experience building or leading the development of software that addresses the needs of journalists, publishers and/or media consumers. Academic candidates should have a research agenda at the intersection of computer science and journalism, and experience developing technologies for media practitioners or consumers.

 

Given Northwestern’s longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary work in these fields, an interest in teaching students from both journalism and computer science -- and fostering collaboration between them -- is critical.

 

The goal of the CS + X initiative is the transformational integration of CS with other fields. With the dual focus of research and education, candidates will work across schools to help create an environment of cross-functional cooperation and coordination between disciplines. 

 

We encourage candidates to send applications as soon as possible. Applications received by December 15, 2017 will be given full consideration. However, the position will remain open until filled. Applicants should submit (1) a cover letter indicating rank applied for, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) three to five references (4) statements of research and teaching interests, and (5) two representative publications. For general questions about the search or application assistance post submission, contact facsearch@eecs.northwestern.edu

 

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

 

 

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 

School of Journalism 

Two Tenure-Track Assistant Professors 

 

Fall 2017: Immersive Storytelling & Visual Communication Faculty Search 
 
The School of Journalism at Michigan State University seeks two tenure-track assistant professors, one with experience in immersive storytelling and the other who is a visual communicator with an emphasis in photojournalism or documentary photography. The ideal candidates will have well-defined research agendas with evidence of scholarly publication in peer-reviewed journals. Candidates must also have potential for external funding in their area of expertise. The candidate will share our vision for an exciting future for journalism and will teach our students to be world-class journalists. 
 
Our innovative colleagues have the potential to be an exemplary teachers and prolific scholars. Thus, candidates will have a PhD, an MFA or other terminal degree in a related field by August 15, 2018. Experience in producing and teaching augmented reality, virtual reality, interactive 360 video or interactive immersive environment platforms is desired in the first position and a record as a photojournalist or documentary photographer is desired in the second. These scholars will be required to conduct research in his or her chosen area of communication and join our efforts to seek external funding. 
 
To apply for the Immersive Storytelling position, please refer to Posting #476824 and for the Visual Communication Faculty Search position refer to Posting #476702. Complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website: www.careers.msu.edu. Applicants should submit the following: 1) cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position and your vision for immersive storytelling or visual communication, 2) CV, 3) the names and contact info of three references, and 4) web link to an online portfolio or PDF document. The search committee will begin considering applications Dec. 18, 2017. The search closes when a suitable candidate is hired. Please direct any questions for the immersive storytelling position to Dr. Rachel Mourao (mourao@msu.edu), and for the visual communication position to Dr. Howard Bossen (bossen@msu.edu), School of Journalism, Michigan State University. 
 
MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, Persons of Color, veterans and persons with disabilities 
 

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSLYVANIA 

Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication 

 

The University of Pennsylvania seeks an eminent academic with proven, strategic, judicious, and collaborative leadership skills to serve as the next Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication.  The Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication is responsible to Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Wendell Pritchett for the conduct, coordination, and quality of Annenberg’s educational programs, research activities, finances, facilities, outreach, and other operations.  The Dean is charged with the responsibility of maintaining the highest standards of teaching and scholarship and further increasing the distinction and global leadership of the school.  As a senior member of the Penn leadership team, the Dean works closely and collaboratively with the Annenberg faculty, the President, the Provost, the Deans of Penn’s other 11 schools, and the other senior officers of the University to manage Annenberg’s programs and resources in furtherance of the University’s academic and institutional goals, including inclusion, innovation, and impact, as expressed in the Penn Compact 2020.    

 

The successful Dean candidate will present a distinguished record of achievement in research, education, and administration.  He or she will demonstrate impeccable academic judgment and an uncompromising commitment to academic excellence, a commitment to diversity in all its forms, an unwavering ethical compass, and a deep commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration An articulate and enthusiastic communicator, in consultation with the Annenberg faculty, the Dean will develop and implement a strategic vision for the School’s future consonant with the Penn Compact 2020, establish and pursue clear strategic priorities, and raise and manage resources effectively to steadily advance those priorities.   

 

Penn’s Annenberg School for Communication is home to an eminent and diverse faculty and student body that advances innovative educational and research programs.  With world renowned scholarly programs and deep partnerships across Penn’s 11 other schools, highly-selective graduate and undergraduate programs, and the dynamism, resources, and personnel of a major research institute, Annenberg faculty and students can follow their interests at virtually any academic intersection they choose. The influence of digital networks on large-scale group activities, the impact of health-related messages and media content on healthcare decisions, and the aspects of interconnected social, economic, and technological systems on everyday life are just a few of the multi-layered and interconnected fields of research found among Annenberg’s faculty, researchers, and students. 

 

The University of Pennsylvania has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in the recruitment of its next Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the search firm in confidence at www.imsearch.com/6382. To ensure strongest possible consideration, applications should be submitted as soon as possible.   

 

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice).  

 

RUTGERS UNIVERSITY 

Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair 

in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies 

 

Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information, the Institute for Women’s Leadership, and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, are joining together to seek a prominent leader in the area of media, culture, and feminist studies to launch the prestigious Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair.  

 

The Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies reflects and builds on the work and world view of Gloria Steinem, feminist, organizer, reporter, editor, and humanist.  The chair inspires students and faculty at Rutgers, as well as the wider audience outside the university, to explore and reimagine the role of the media in serving democracy, with explicit focus on women and under-served communities. Connecting the worlds of academia and media, this chair will invite all students to come together across boundaries, to analyze, critique, and create media that reflect reality, and to provide facts, narratives, and new forms of storytelling that advance empathy, democracy, communal action, and innovative solutions. 

 

This notable leader may come from the academic, media, and/or activist worlds and will engage with topics such as  a) examining the relationship among media technologies, democracy, social change, gender and racial equality, and public policy as well as catalyzing and supporting others in the Rutgers and engaged communities; b) providing opportunities for students and faculty to learn from scholars, experts, and activists with frontline experience; c) developing classes and educational programs to enhance students’ understanding of how technology and media shape who we are; and d) guiding students toward critically analyzing important social and cultural questions and encouraging them to take action to address social inequalities. 

 

The successful candidate will be the first Gloria Steinem Chair and therefore will play an important role in shaping the chair’s development, ensuring that its work is world-leading in envisioning its positive impact on gender equality in society. The successful applicant’s expertise and interest may be grounded in gender, communication, media, or information.  He or she will be excited by students and teaching; a leader who will foster robust collaboration among related scholars and practitioners and build a hub for innovation in teaching and practice. We seek a leader who is creative, dynamic, and energetic, an effective and trusted communicator who is excited about collaborating and leading a diverse and dynamic team of colleagues and students, and about engaging in national and international arenas. The successful candidate will also have a demonstrable record of public engagement as a public intellectual, scholar, professional, and/or activist in related areas.

 

This is a two to three year rotating position.  Responsibilities of the position include undergraduate and graduate teaching assignments in communication, media, information, and women studies; an active program of engagement in the candidate’s area of expertise and interest; initiating and facilitating events and collaborations (e.g., workshops, internships, symposia, guest lectures, projects, etc.); and communicating on behalf of the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair with all relevant stakeholders.  The expected start date for the position is September 2018.  

 

For more details about this position and to apply, visit http://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/55123 

Rutgers University is an AA/EEO employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability. For additional information please see our Non-Discrimination Statement. http://uhr.rutgers.edu/non-discrimination-statement 

 


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ICA Election Results in: ​Terry Flew ​President-Elect Select​

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 6, 2017

Terry Flew (Queensland U of Technology) was elected President-Elect Select by the members of the International Communication Association in the 2017 ICA election. Upon election, Flew automatically becomes a member of the association’s Executive Committee. He will serve as a Program Chair for the 2019 Annual Conference in Washington, D.C, USA. After which he will become President of ICA. 

Flew is at Queensland U of Technology, where he is a Professor of Media and Communication as well as an Assistant Dean in the Creative Industries Faculty. He has been active within ICA holding various leadership roles since 2012: Board Member-at-Large, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Global Communication & Social Change Division, and committees. Terry also organized an ICA regional conference in Brisbane, Australia three years ago.

 

In other association-wide elections, Hernando Rojas (U of Wisconsin) was elected as Board Member-At-Large and Sarah Cho (U of Massachusetts) was elected as Student Board Member. Both will serve a two-year term and will start their positions after the 2018 Annual Conference in Prague.

 

  • One association-wide bylaws change was approved.  

  • Thirty-one new officers were elected across 23 Divisions and Interest Groups  

  • Five divisional bylaws changes were approved 

  • Two Divisional dues increases were approved 

 

Results of these elections are listed below:

 

CHILDREN, ADOLESCENTS & MEDIA (28.33% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Secretary: Ine Beyens, U of Amsterdam  

Student Representative: Cecelia Zhou, U of Hong Kong  

Bylaws Revision: Revisions Pass – “I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws” 

 

COMMUNICATION & TECHNOLOGY (18.71% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Ran Wei, U of South Carolina  

Secretary: German Neubaum, U of Duisburg-Essen  

 

COMMUNICATION HISTORY (25.45% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Derek Vaillant, U of Michigan  

 

COMMUNICATION LAW AND POLICY (20.60% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Krisztina Rozgonyi, U of Vienna 

 

COMMUNICATION SCIENCE & BIOLOGY (26.52% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Allison Eden, Michigan State U  

Secretary: Christopher Cascio, U of Wisconsin 

 

COMPUTATIONAL METHODS (30.13% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Cindy Shen, U of California, Davis  

Secretary: Matthew Weber, Rutgers U 

 

ENVIRONMENTAL COMMUNICATION (26.04% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Jonathon P. Schuldt, Cornell U  

Secretary: Franzisca Weder, U of Klagenfurt 

 

FEMINIST SCHOLARSHIP (22.22% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Bylaws Revisions Vote: Revisions Pass – “I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws” 

 

GAME STUDIES (27.96% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Secretary: Ruud Jacobs, Erasmus U  

Student Representative: Joe Wasserman, West Virginia U 

 

GLOBAL COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL CHANGE (23.58% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Secretary: Yu Hong, Zhejiang U  

 

HEALTH COMMUNICATION (23.55% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Itzhak Yanovitzky, Rutgers U  

Bylaws Revision Vote: Revisions Pass – “I accept the proposed changes to the bylaws” 

Dues Increase Vote: Dues Increase Pass – “I accept the proposed dues increase” 

 

INFORMATION SYSTEMS (20.59% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Secretary: Russell Clayton, Florida State U 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL AND DEVELOPMENTAL COMMUNICATION (11.89% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Davide Girardelli, RMIT U Vietnam 

 

JOURNALISM STUDIES (27.54% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Seth C. Lewis, U of Oregon  

Student Representative: Alla Rybina, U of Gothenburg 

 

LANGUAGE AND SOCIAL INTERACTION (16.98% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Secretary: Natasha Shrikant, U of Colorado, Boulder 

 

LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER &QUEER STUDIES (30.53% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Student Representative: Lik Sam Chan, U of Southern California  

Bylaws Revisions Vote: Revisions Pass – “I accept the proposed bylaws amendments (wording contingent upon the outcome of VOTE 1)” 

Dues Increase Vote: Dues Increase Pass – “I accept the proposed dues increase” 

 

MEDIA INDUSTRY STUDIES (11.99% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Secretary: Ramon Lobato, RMIT 

 

MOBILE COMMUNICATION (20.93% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Secretary: Mariek Vanden Abeele, Tilburg U  

 

ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION (20.58% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Timothy Kuhn, U of Colorado, Boulder  

 

POLITICAL COMMUNICATION (28.93% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Sophie Lecheler, U of Vienna  

Secretary: Nayla Fawzi, Ludwig-Maximilians-U  

 

POPULAR COMMUNICATION (18.73% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: Melissa Aronczyk, Rutgers U  

 

PUBLIC DIPLOMACY (25.74% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Vice Chair: James Pamment, Lund U  

Secretary: Steven L. Pike, Syracuse U  

Bylaws Adoption Vote: Bylaws Adoption Pass – “I accept the proposed bylaws for adoption” 

 

VISUAL COMMUNICATION STUDIES (15.23% VOTER TURNOUT) 

Secretary: Tim Highfield, Queensland U of Technology  


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ICA-Wide Award Nominations Due 31 January, 2018

Posted By Jennifer Le, Manager of Conference Services, Monday, November 6, 2017

ICA has revised its deadline for book-related awards to allow the committees more time to read and evaluate the submissions. While in the past, all awards shared a universal deadline of 31 January, now that deadline only applies to these six awards: Steven H. Chaffee Career Achievement Award, James W. Carey Urban Communication Grant, Applied Research Award, Outstanding Article Award, Young Scholar Award, and the B. Aubrey Fisher Mentorship Award. These six awards have kept the traditional nomination period of 1 November – 31 January at 16:00 UTC. To nominate for one of the six ICA Awards, please go here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=AwardNomination 

 

As previously stated in the October Newsletter, the two ICA Book Awards (Outstanding Book Award and Fellows Book Award) have a new separate nomination period and deadline: 1 September – 15 December at 16:00 UTC. Don’t forget to mail your book copies to Jennifer Le at ICA headquarters in Washington D.C. by 15 December 2017.  To nominate for one of the two ICA Book Awards, please go here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=BookAwardsNoms 

 

There is a new nomination system for ICA Fellows. All nominations should be submitted online by 31 January here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=FellowsNomination. Submitters are asked to submit all materials in a single PDF file. To learn more about ICA Fellows visit this link: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Fellows.

 

For more information on all ICA Awards, please visit: http://www.icahdq.org/page/Awards

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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, November 6, 2017

68TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION  

PRECONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS

 

To read all the 68th Annual ICA Preconference and Postconference Call for Papers, visit here: http://www.icahdq.org/?page=2018PrePostconf 

 

Media literacy as intergenerational project: skills, norms, and mediation 

23 May 2018  
Claudia  Riesmeyer, Thorsten Naab, & Ruth  Festl

  

Today’s information society is characterized by its permeation of multifunctional and ubiquitous media. Since a diverse set of media is most often habitually integrated in daily routines, media literacy is an “important prerequisite” to deal with media risks and opportunities (UNESCO, 2016, 26). Even more, media literacy has become a key competence for societal, political, and civic engagement and participation in the 21st century (Hobbs, 2011; Erstad & Amdam, 2013). Its acquirement is most often discussed as a long-term process during life cycle (Potter, 2010), since individuals need to adjust their media literacy to media changes and also to the main challenges of the developmental tasks during the different stages of their  lives (Pfaff-Ruediger, Riesmeyer & Kuempel, 2012) and the turning points of their biographies. Furthermore, the socialization of media literacy is shaped by diverse socialization agents, i.e. parents, teachers, peers, and the individual itself (Hobbs, 2011).

 

However, research on media generations demonstrates that living in different media landscapes and corresponding socializing environment leads to diverse media experiences (Naab & Schwarzenegger, 2017) and therefore highly individual sets of media literacy with “differing levels and uses of literacy competencies according to […] environments, needs, and available resources” (UNESCO, 2016, 25). The idea of an entanglement of media changes, lifelong acquirement of media literacy, and exchange processes between media generations is at  the core of our preconference. We aim at:

 

  1. Answering following research questions: Which generation owns which media literacy skills and norms for media use? Who mediates media literacy at which turning point in life cycle? How could media literacy be characterized as intergenerational  project, since changing media use and media access induce the connection of different generations (and socialization agents) and also promotes reverse socialization (e.g. from children to parents)? 

  1. Bringing together international scholars that study media literacy and implications of this conceptualization as intergenerational project. 

Submissions should address the following aspects: 

  • media generation specific media literacy skills and norms 

-          normative, social, political, and civic implications of (missing) media literacy 

  • mediation (and reverse mediation) of media literacy and influencing factors 

-          inter- and transgenerational exchange of media literacy and media practices 

-          influence of turning points within media biographies and media generations

 

Submissions: Extended Abstracts (max. 1.000 words plus references) should be sent to Claudia Riesmeyer (riesmeyer@ifkw.lmu.de). The deadline for submission is 30 November 2017. Notification of acceptance will be sent to authors before 15 January 2018. The preconference will take place on 23 May 2018 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at LMU Munich. Self-organized transport from Munich to Prague via multiple ways on 24 May 2018 (plane, bus, train, rental car; travel duration: 1 to 5 hrs).

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the organizers Claudia Riesmeyer (riesmeyer@ifkw.lmu.de), Thorsten Naab (thorsten.naab@phil.uni-augsburg.de), or Ruth Festl (festl@dji.de). 

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Diverse Voices: Authentic Communication, Trust, Dialogue, and Society 
Department of Marketing Communication and Public Relations Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 
8 am to 5 pm, 24 May 2018 
(abstract submission deadline: 1 December, 2017) 

 

Division Affiliation: 
Public Relations Division (Sponsor) 
Global Communication and Social Change (co-sponsor) 
Organizational Communication Division (co-sponsor) 

Organizers: this preconference is organized by the Public Relations Society of China (PRSC), the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA), and the Department of Marketing Communication and Public Relations at Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. 

  

Chun-Ju Flora Hung-Baesecke, PRSC, Massey University, New Zealand 
Xianhong Chen, President of PRSC; Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China 
Øyvind Ihlen, EUPRERA, University of Oslo, Norway Ralph Tench, EUPRERA, Leeds Beckett University, UK Yi-Ru Regina Chen, PRSC, Hong Kong Baptist University 
Denisa Hejlová, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 

Venue: Department of Marketing Communication and Public Relations, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic

 

This is an era of distrust and diverse voices. Globalization, government and corporate corruption, and the rise of populism have resulted in a great decline of trust among the public (Edelman, 2017). Modern communication technology and social media give every entity a voice in the contemporary public communication arena. For organizations, the question is not “if” but “how” and “when” to best use various communication platforms to engage in dialogue with publics (Kent & Taylor, 2002). We saw the dialogic approach

 

emerge in a new theoretical shift in public relations research. However, much research to date has not yet clearly defined dialogue as a concept for examination, to analyze dialogue in multiple online or offline platforms, and to further develop the approach beyond the present state. The changing societal context in our time affects the practice of dialogue. One is led to ponder the role of dialogue in contemporary, digital society and its intended effects (or limits), principles, and pre-conditions (e.g., public trust and organization’s honesty and authenticity).

 

This proposed preconference invites discussions on topics including, but are not limited to: What is (constructive) dialogue in the organization-public context? What are the processes, principles, and conditions of dialogue in the East and the West? What are the strategies to develop dialogue with diverse voices? Why do we need to have dialogue when one party does not listen and does not encourage a participative decision making process? What is the role and impact of authenticity in dialogue? Can dialogue build trust in a divided society? Whether social media and communication technology undermine or facilitate dialogue and trust? Whether true dialogue can take place in an organizational setting where it is typically turned into an instrument for other organizational goals? 

This full-day event will feature a keynote roundtable discussion with international scholars and papers from public relations scholars in China and around the world.

 

Papers on the preconference theme will be selected in a special issue in Public Relations Review. 

Abstract Submissions 
 

Deadline: All abstract submissions must be completed online no later than 1 December, 2017 (UTC time) at prsc_prad@qq.com. For inquiries, please contact: Vincent Huang (vincenthuanglei@gmail.com)

 

Authors should send a two-page Word document.

 

The first page should include the following information only: 

  1. Paper title. 

  1. Abstract (300 – 400 words in English). 

  1. Citations should be listed in a footnote. Citations containing author identity should be avoided. 

On the second page, please include the following: 

  1. Paper title. 

  1. All author names, affiliations, and short bios (100 words in English maximum) listed in the order of authorship. 

  1. Corresponding author and email address. 

Abstract Acceptance Announcements 
 

Acceptance notification will be sent out on 15 December 2017. 

Submitting an abstract commits at least one author of any accepted submission to register for the preconference, attend and present the research in person. 

Paper Submissions 
 

Full papers of accepted abstracts that the author(s) wishes to be considered for publication should be submitted by 30 April, 2018 at: prsc_prad@qq.com. Paper submission details will be provided at a later date. 

Timeline 
 

Deadline for abstract submission                                      1, December, 2017 

Acceptance provided                                                        15, December, 2017 

Deadline for full paper and presentations                         30, April, 2018 

Preconference                                                                   24, May, 2018 

Deadline for revised full papers                                        31 July, 2018 

Registration Fee (including tea breaks and a lunch) * 
 

Faculty participants (presenting papers or not): US$70. Graduate students (presenting papers or not): US$35. 

To register to this preconference, participants need to register online at the ICA conference registration website. 

Organizing Institutes: 
 

Public Relations Society of China 

The pre-conference is sponsored by the Public Relations Society of China (PRSC). The PRSC was founded in August 2015. The first president of the PRSC is Professor Chen Xianhong from the School of Journalism and Communication at Huazhong University of Science and Technology. The PRSC aims to advance public relations theories and practices in China. As the only national-level academic organization in the field of public relations, the PRSC not only serves as a think tank that fosters dialogue and interactions among the academia, industry and society, but also provides an important platform for academic exchange between Chinese and international public relations scholars. “Open, Diversity, Inclusion and Dialogue” are the core values of the PRSC. Its mission is to build an academic community of public relations with research inspiration, international vision, and commitment to the public. The PRSC also strives for the discipline development and industrial advancement of public relations in China. In 2017, the PRSC was awarded as an excellent secondary national-level academic association.

 

The European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA) EUPRERA is an autonomous not-for-profit organisation with nearly 500 members from 40 countries interested in advancing academic research and knowledge in public relations and strategic communication. Several cross-national and comparative research and education projects are organised by affiliated universities through the Association such as the largest transnational project of the public relations field, the European Communication Monitor

 

(ECM) now in its 12th year. In order to spread new methodologies and research results, EUPRERA organises a highly regarded annual congress each autumn in collaboration with a selected university in Europe. The congress each year publishes an edited book of selected papers from the conference and has a dedicated special Congress issue of the Journal of Communication Management.

 

The Charles University in Prague ranks among the oldest and most traditional universities in the world. It was established in 1348 by Charles IV, King of Bohemia and King of the Romans, who himself was very well educated and truly international persona. The Department of Marketing Communication and Public Relations is one of the youngest university bodies, and it exists within the Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Nevertheless, during its relatively short presence, the department has contributed to academic background and pioneering research in the Czech Republic, namely in the fields of public relations, public affairs or marketing communication. Today, it offers most prestigious (and most wanted) undergraduate programme of Marketing Communications and Public Relations in the Czech Republic. It also publishes online news and trends from the field, which are written and edited solely by the students and graduates, called Markething.cz. Among our main research fields are marketing communication, public relations, political communication and public affairs, history of persuasive communication and psychology of communication. 
 

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CALL FOR PROPOSALS 

INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATION 

2018 PRECONFERENCE 

Theories in Public Relations: Reflections and Future Directions 

May 24, 2018, 08:30-16:30,  

Malá Aula room, Karolinum, Charles University 

Ovocný trh 3, Praha 1 - Staré Město, 110 00   

Prague, Czech Republic  

Abstract Deadline: December 8, 2017 

Theme and rationale 

The field of public relations has grown in the last thirty years both academically and professionally, and is now a specialised, applied communication discipline. Most scholars and practitioners would agree that public relations is primarily a strategic organizational function that nurtures positive relationships with publics and stakeholders for organizations of all kinds: private, public, non-profit, activist, advocacy etc. However, some have taken a broader view of both public relations and the organizations it works for, focusing on their role as a source of interventions in social, cultural and political environments. As a result, the theoretical landscape of public relations has expanded beyond its organizational origins.  

 

Despite increasing theoretical depth, however, recognition of public relations as an academic discipline and the quality and significance of its theoretical contributions are disputed within and beyond the public relations field. Its discrete body of knowledge and stock of theories have received little recognition outside the specific disciplinary domain. This may be because a universal understanding of the theoretical pillars on which the field is grounded is far from achieved.  

Public relations scholars tend to agree that this is an interdisciplinary field and that many studies in public relations are rooted in diverse communication, sociological, cultural, managerial, and organizational forms of knowledge. Almost all public relations’ established theories come from a wider field and/or have borrowed concepts and understandings and adapted them to public relations questions. Yet, to enjoy greater recognition and academic legitmacy, the theoretical contributions of public relations as a field in its own right must be able to both stand alone and contribute to fields beyond disciplinary boundaries. 

 

In this pre-conference, we propose an  in-depth reflection on the quality and significance of theoretical development in public relations scholarship. The aim is to discuss and reflect on what might be considered current theories of public relations and theories for public relations, as well as emerging bodies of work that are changing the shape of the field.  We will consider their use, their ability to answer research questions of fundamental importance for the profession, their relevance to today’s global problems, and the exploratory avenues of scholarship that could form the basis of new theorizing. Examples of questions relevant to this pre-conference are:

 

  • What can be considered a classical or emergent public relations theory?  

  • What are the field’s grand theories and middle-range theories? How do they shape our thinking?  

  • What are the emergent theories that can (re)define public relations?  

  • What types of problems has public relations addressed and through which theoretical lenses has it addressed them? Do these approaches remain adequate? How might they evolve? 

  • What should be the fundamental research questions which are capable of yielding theoretic development? 

  • Why do public relations theories have limited impact beyond the field?  

  • How does public relations theory need to evolve in order to become more widely recognized in organizational, media and communication scholarship?

 

At the pre-conference, conceptual and theoretical papers will contribute to building a ‘big picture’ of theory in the public relations field, and to discussions about the impact of established and/or emergent theories on thinking about public relations problems. Insights based on empirical data are welcome if they provide a basis for theoretical and conceptual discussions. We welcome a wide range of theoretical perspectives, and we aim to ensure a vibrant program that includes both senior and junior scholars, representing the whole spectrum of opinions and perspectives in the field.  

Submission and selection procedure

 

Submitters should send a two-page abstract, excluding references (double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 pt) in which they clearly state their theoretical position related to the preconference theme, as well as a clear statement of how the work contributes to the questions posed in the call for proposals. Each submission should include a third page with a short bio of the author(s). Abstract submission is due by December 15, 2017, to Lee Edwards, at l.edwards2@lse.ac.uk 

 

Acceptance/rejection letters will be sent by January 12, 2018. Authors of accepted proposals are required to submit a full paper and a presentation prior to the preconference which will be shared with the other authors. Authors are expected to attend the pre-conference, present in person and prepare some questions for other panelists

 

All participants, speakers or not, must register and pay fees. Participation fee (including coffee breaks and lunch buffet) is US$45 for presenters and non-presenters. Special hotel rates are available for registered participants. To register to this pre-conference, participants need to go to www.icahdq.org and register online as part of their main ICA conference registration, or as a stand-alone registration. 

 

Following the preconference, selected authors and participants will be invited to contribute to a peer-reviewed Special Issue of Public Relations Inquiry, titled “Theories in Public Relations: Reflections and Future Directions” to be published in 2019.  

 

Timeline 

  • Deadline for abstract submission December 15, 2017 

  • Acceptance provided by January 12, 2018 

  • Deadline for submission of full papers and presentations April 22, 2018 

  • Preconference in Prague, CZ, May 24, 2018 

  • Invitation for Special Issue in Public Relations Inquiry, July 30, 2018 

 

Location/venue:  Malá Aula room, Karolinum, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 

Division affiliation: Public Relations Division 

Pre-conference organizers: 

 

Chiara Valentini 

Department of Management, BSS, Aarhus University, Denmark 

 

Lee Edwards

Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom 

 

Sponsor:  

The preconference is generously sponsored by Public Relations Inquiry, a Sage journal. Public Relations Inquiry is an international, peer-reviewed forum for conceptual, reflexive and critical discussion on public relations. The journal aims to stimulate new research agendas in the field of public relations through interdisciplinary engagement and to encompass a broad range of theoretical, empirical and methodological issues in public and organizational communications in diverse cultural contexts.  

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Lobbying and Democracy: The Voice of Communication 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018; 9 a.m. – 1. p.m. 

Department of Marketing Communication and PR (room 215) Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic 

 

Theme and Rationale 

This postconference invites papers that focus on the role communication plays for lobbying and democracy. All theoretical and methodological approaches that help shed light on this are welcome. Topics include, but are not, limited to, a focus on evaluation of communication strategies in light of democratic ideals, the use of particular argument types, as well as communicative attempts to fuse private and public interests.

 

Broadly defined, lobbying deals with attempts to influence the public policy process. 

Organizations that conducted lobbying include business associations, companies, non- governmental organizations (NGOs), public affairs consultancies, labour unions and foundations. Since they are trying to shape public policy without running for office, this have important normative implications for how democratic systems function. How does this influence the one-person-one-vote democratic principle?

 

Critics often question the contribution to democracy, and whether or not lobbying is yet another tool for society’s most resourceful. Research on lobbying has produced a number of tomes that shed light on the importance of, for instance, lobbyists’ resources and their use of different tactics. A conclusion from the research is that financial resources and human capital are important components for organizations and their ability to succeed with lobbying efforts.

 

With a few noteworthy exceptions, however, there has been little attention devoted to how lobbyists actually communicate. Thus, this postconference invites contributions addressing the topic of lobbying and democracy, and the role communication plays in this regard. What communication strategies are employed and how these can be evaluated against democratic goals of participation as well as the problem of unequal influence and regulatory capture. How do we test to see if lobbyists are serving democracy and good governance, or acting as a hindrance? Are some organized interests marginalized or unmobilized? What role can communication theory play in grasping this? Communication scholarship can shed light on how the characteristics of organized interests influence the potential ground for arguments and their subsequent success in this regard, for instance, in their communicative attempts to fuse private and public interests.

 

This  postconference is approved by the ICA 2018 organizing committee and is part of the official ICA 2018 conference program. It follows successful workshops and panels in London, U.K. in 2016; the ICA 2016 conference in Fukuoka, Japan; the ICA 2017 conference in San Diego, U.S.A.; the EUPRERA Congress 2016 in Groningen, the Netherlands, and the EUPRERA Congress 2017 in London, U.K. We invite scholars across the globe to join us to explore lobbying and democracy, and the role played by communication.

 

Due to the generosity of the Department of Marketing Communication and PR, Charles University in Prague, no fee will be charged for attendance. 

Submission and selection process

 

Extended abstracts of minimum 600 words should be submitted to 

Øyvind Ihlen at oyvind.ihlen@media.uio.no  before December 15, 2017.

 

Contributors will be selected by peer review. Authors of accepted proposals are required to submit a full paper and a presentation prior to the  postconference. Authors are expected to attend the postconference and present in person.

 

Following the postconference, selected authors and participants will be invited to contribute to a peer-reviewed special issue of Journal of Public Affairs. 

 

Timeline 

Deadline for  abstract  submission                    December 15, 2017 Acceptance provided                                                          January 15, 2018 Deadline for full paper and presentations                            April 15, 2018 Postconference                                                                        May 29, 2018 

Invitation for special issue                              August 30, 2018 

Deadline for revised full papers                      October 31, 2018 

Reviews of full papers                                    January 15, 2019 

Final revisions due                                         March 20, 2019 

Organizers 

Øyvind Ihlen, University of Oslo 

Anna Shavit, Charles University in Prague  

Chiara Valentini, University of Aarhus 

Scott Davidson, University of Leicester 

 

Sponsors 

The Department of Marketing Communication and PR, Charles University in Prague The Public Diplomacy Interest Group of ICA (main ICA sponsor) 

The Public Relations Division of ICA 

The Political Communication Division of ICA 

The Network for Public affairs and Lobbying of the European Public Relations Research and Education Association (EUPRERA) 

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                Methods for Communication Policy Research                  

The field of communication policy research is characterized by regular discussions of its status and progress of development. Given this self-conscious tradition, it is almost ironic that research designs as well as methods of data collection and data analysis are rarely discussed, let alone critically scrutinized (Just & Puppis, 2012). While a lot of research is empirical in nature – e.g., offering overviews of regulatory developments in various media systems or analyzing policy-making processes – scholars are using few words to detail their methods in publications and presentations. In recent years, the most used methods in the field, like document analysis and interviews, finally received some much- needed attention (e.g., Herzog & Ali, 2015; Karppinen & Moe, 2012). Nevertheless, there is still much work ahead to enhance the craft of doing communication policy research. To be credible in academia and beyond – namely in communication policy-making – sound methods and attention to research design are crucial. 

Moreover, the media and communication – and communication research – environments have been and are rapidly changing in ways that are altering relationships between the governing and those they govern, as well as in the kinds of policy tools available. The workshop is an opportunity to re-evaluate existing methods and to think through specific issues that may arise with methodological innovations when investigating policy problems, policy-making processes, or the effects of laws and regulations once put in place. Issues of access to data, the use of software to “revise” policy-making processes with consequences for their effects, and challenges to the procedures through which research data are collected and interpreted all need to be considered in today’s environment.

 

Springing from a “Blue Sky Workshop” at the San Diego ICA conference, this preconference dedicates a whole day to discussing methods of communication policy research. The preconference is composed of five sessions, each session starting with three short interventions of 10 minutes each (selected from the submissions to this call for papers), followed by a prepared response and an open discussion.

 

Submissions for the interventions should provide critical thinking about communication policy-specific methodological problems, i.e. they should focus on methodological issues rather than study results. We invite abstracts that address one of the following topics:

 

  1. Topic 1: “Research design: finding the right method(s) for communication policy research problems”. Submissions should focus on how to match the right method(s) with policy issues under investigation. Which methods have proven useful for researching policy issues? And which phenomena both old and new pose problems forscholars to properly analyze because methods are insufficient or access to data is impossible? Contributions may also take a meta-perspective to discuss different research designs valuable for communication policy research. 

  1. Topic 2: “More than close reading: analyzing qualitative data”. A large number of communication policy studies is based on qualitative interviews with experts from media industries and policy-making and on qualitative analysis of documents. Yet few studies discuss the practicalities of actually analyzing interview data or policy and industry documents, simply referring to a so-called close-reading of texts. Contributions should discuss how to analyze qualitative data and may also discuss interconnections between data collection and data analysis. 

  1. Topic 3: “Beyond interviews and documents: new methods for communication policy research”. While interviews and document analysis are valuable methods for doing policy research, the social sciences offer a rich methodological toolbox. From participant observation to big data, there are numerous methods showing potential for communication policy research. Submission may also focus on pitfalls of relying on innovative methods of data collection and data analysis. 

  1. Topic 4: “Comparative policy research: from simple to causal comparison”. The bulk of comparative research in the research field relies on simple comparisons that offer rich insights into similarities and differences between media systems but that cannot causally explain them. With QCA and statistical comparison, comparative research made significant progress in understanding the connection between media systems and policy. Submissions are invited to show how new comparative methods are useful for communication policy research. 

  1. Topic 5: “Action research: doing research while influencing the object”. Action research has potential for communication policy research. Not to be confused with scholars getting involved in policy-making, action research nevertheless implies that researchers interact with policy-making to generate data. Submissions may focus on ethical considerations as well as merits and pitfalls of action research. 

  1. Topic 6: “How to bring research to policy-making: what scholars can do even if policy-makers don’t want to listen”. There is long-standing concern about the extent to which policy-makers take communication research findings into account. Efforts to reduce the size of government, political distaste for or refusal of evidence that supports positions that differ from those preferred by dominant parties, and challenges to the rule of law altogether other than one’s own have all made the situation particularly difficult today in many societies. Interventions addressing this topic will think through ways to design research, choose research methods, present research findings, and provide effective input into policy-making in evidence-averse policy environments. 

 

For the three interventions kicking off each of the five sessions, we invite extended abstracts of approximately 1000 words. Please indicate which of the above topics your abstract is intended to address. Abstracts are due by December 17, 2017, and should be submitted to manuel.puppis@unifr.ch. Acceptance notifications will be sent out close to the time ICA announces review results for the main conference. Authors of accepted abstracts are expected to attend the preconference and to present their work.

 

The preconference will be open to additional participants beyond presenters, respondents and organizers. Registration will be possible via the normal ICA conference registration website. 

There will be a nominal fee of USD 50 for all participants to pay for room, audiovisual equipment, coffee breaks, and lunch. Funding for the preconference is partly provided by Texas A&M University, the University of Fribourg and the University of Antwerp.

 

Moreover, the preconference is affiliated with ICA’s Communication Law and Policy Division. However, members of other ICA sections and non-members of ICA are also welcome to submit abstracts and participate. 

 

Preconference Organizers 
 

Sandra Braman (Texas A&M University/USA) Manuel Puppis (University of Fribourg/Switzerland) Hilde Van den Bulck (University of Antwerp/Belgium) 


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President's Message: First ICAfrica Publication Workshop

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA Presdient (McMaster U), Friday, November 3, 2017

I am sitting in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi writing this column en route to our second ICAfrica event  this time in Entebbe, Uganda  to participate in our first ever research and publication workshop. Our mission is to mentor over 100 mentees from across the African continent to enhance their research and writing skills, moving their work toward publication. 

 

Many people have made this possible— there are over 21 volunteer organizers from the original ICAfrica team plus new members from our local organizing team at Ugandan Martyr’s U. In addition, senior colleagues from across ICA (including the African continent), are donating their time as mentors, with many having self-funded their trips. These volunteers are all about to board planes and spend upwards of 25 hours traveling, forfeiting a week from their own work, family, and responsibilities. Our ICA office staff has gone above and beyond in supporting this workshop. This level of effort displays ICA's commitment to expand our membership in countries with historically low representation, and to augment our communication literature with the richness of African communication studies.

 

It is a deep pleasure to engage in this work. Part of the pleasure comes from the generosity of our African colleagues whose unrelenting enthusiasm and unflinching work ethic reminds us of the urgent need foster and support African scholarship.   

 

Another deep pleasure comes from reading the work of these scholars, most recently, the abstracts junior scholars have submitted to the workshop. Their proposals reflect the distinct interests and concerns that we witnessed at the ICAfrica Regional Conference in Nairobi last year; the research adds a crucial regional dimension to our international communication scholarship.  

 

There is much work in health and risk communication addressing issues ranging from underserviced populations and untreated illnesses, particularly—its determinants, treatments, and evaluations of HIV health literacy programs. Many papers query health promotion campaigns addressing teen pregnancy, non-communicable diseases, maternal health, and service delivery. We see a range of work on development addressing innovations in agricultural technologies and practices, and relatedly, a stream of papers analyzing elements contributing to climate change and its impact on local economies, agriculture, and health.

 

Political communication topics range from studies addressing efforts to enhance democratic practices, tactics for reconciling political power with traditional authorities, and efficiency evaluations of public sector services. Authors query practices of organizational communication across corporations, universities, and non-profits, addressing the effectiveness of internal structures, public relation strategies, and consumer, student and employee satisfaction. 

 

Nearly a third of our submissions deal with media issues  critiques of corporate media practices and media ownership, and a range of journalistic critiques of media framings of items ranging from terrorist attacks, to women politicians and women athletes. Another collection of papers queries the role of new media technologies in practices ranging from agricultural development to youth political participation and news creation and transformative education.  

 

This brief scan provides a snapshot of current issues that most concern communication scholars living, researching, writing, and teaching in Africa. This research clearly impacts the health, development, and future possibilities of African countries. We foreground this collection of probing research so that we as communication scholars can self-educate, enrich our classroom teaching, and disseminate in order to increase the presence of African scholarship internationally and in ICA.    

We look forward to making available documentation of our workshop materials and hope to point you toward freshly published work from new African scholars in the near future.   

 

Asante and Weebale!

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Engaging with ICA beyond 1 November

Posted By Patricia Moy, ICA President Elect (U of Washington), Friday, November 3, 2017

 The  vitality  of  a professional association  depends in large part on  its  members’ engagement with  the organization’s  various  enterprises, and  ICA is no different. Over the past several weeks, scores of authors  around the world  have been  steadfastly  writing and finishing their  papers and panels. Now that the 1 November submission  deadline has passed, many are  undoubtedly  looking forward to  a respite  from writing, however brief it may be

 

While many equate  ICA  involvement with paper submissions, engagement  extends far beyond presenting one’s  research  at  the annual conference. Below are some common and easy ways to get involved. ICA needs you!

 

Submit to a pre/postconference. ICA will be offering 42 onsite and offsite pre/postconferences this year, most of which will be issuing a call for papers. These half-, one-, and two-day meetings cut a broad swath across our membership’s intellectual interests, so you’re likely to find another home for your research outside of the main conference. More details about the pre/postconferences and registration information will be available in January 2018.

 

Volunteer to serve as a reviewer. Across numerous formats, ICA received more than 5,200 submissions this year – a record high! Each of these submissions will undergo peer review by multiple referees, a process that will determine what content will populate 600-plus research sessions in Prague. To ensure that the strongest submissions are accepted, ICA needs your help as a reviewer. If you’ve not  yet  responded to various calls for reviewers,  I encourage you to  take a few moments this week to log on to the paper management system and volunteer to review  a few submissions. In doing so, you’ll be devoting time in November to the enterprise, sharing your expertise, providing invaluable feedback, and helping shape the discipline. 

 

Propose a Blue Sky Workshop. The overwhelming majority of ICA sessions in Prague will be devoted to scholarship,  but we have allocated  a small number of  sessions for Blue Sky Workshops. Involving typically 15-25 people, these workshops offer conference attendees an opportunity to engage with contemporary concerns within our discipline. Workshops can be proposed  by individuals and/or sponsored by Divisions and  Interest  Groups. Whether they focus on issues of pedagogy, open access, the academic job market, or international collaborations, Blue Sky Workshop proposals  of all stripes  are welcome. The online application form will be posted  online  22 November, and  all proposals  are  due  Friday,  22 December at 16:00 UTC.

 

Sign up to be a moderator or discussant.  Decisions on ICA submissions will be announced mid-January, at which point program planners will immediately begin searching for session moderators and/or discussants. While Divisions and Interest Groups vary in their policy about scheduling discussants, all sessions need a moderator. ICA members interested in serving in such a capacity should reach out to their program planners as soon as possible; these slots are often filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Get involved with your Division or Interest Group.  For many ICA members, their primary  Division  or Interest Group constitutes their intellectual home. Engagement with this smaller intellectual community is an excellent way for members, particularly younger scholars alike, to contribute to their respective part of the discipline and meet like minded others in the process. Divisions and Interest Groups  need volunteers each year to populate award committees, bolster the  unit’s website and social media presence, or serve on ad-hoc committees. As well, all groups now have a student and early-career representative whose primary responsibility is to foster the integration of young scholars into ICA and the discipline.  Involvement with ICA at this level may start out short-term, but can move to a deeper level if so desired.  In short, I encourage you to reach out to the current and newly elected leadership if you’re interested in becoming more engaged. Like many other professional associations, ICA is only as strong as its members make it.  


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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

If you have any questions about packet submission, logistics, or support, contact JP Gutierrez (jpgutierrez@icahdq.org).

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A New Interest Group is Among Us! ​

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Section dues generally range from US$3-$6. To learn more about the 32 different Divisions and Interest groups, check out their pages here: http://www.icahdq.org/about_ica/sectioninfo.asp  

How do I join an ICA Division or Interest Group? 

 

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

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