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President's Message

Posted By Paula Gardner, ICA Presdient (McMaster U), Monday, December 4, 2017

We have just completed our annual ICA elections and you will note a great number of new members taking positions in ICA as Division Chairs and Vice Chairs, Divisional Secretaries, Student Representatives, and of course a new ICA President-Elect-Select. Congratulations to all members who threw their hats in the ring and to those who were elected.  We would not be a vibrant organization without the commitment and engagement of those willing to run for leadership positions out of a shared conviction that ICA should be a strong, diverse and collaborative organization. We appreciate your willingness to offer your candidacy in support of ICA, regardless of the outcome. 


I’d like to take this opportunity to encourage more of you to consider running for office or becoming more involved in ICAOpportunities have been expanding over the past years.  Many divisions havefor example, added divisional leadership positions including student or early career representative to complement existing positions of Chairs, Vice Chairs and Secretary or in some cases Secretary/Historian.  Some divisions have added less formal positions including Treasurer, Cybermistress/master or Social Media Coordinator.  All of these positions provide opportunities to better engage with ICA’s existing work, to initiate proposals to meet other needs, and to initiate new activities divisionally. 


Most of us holding leadership positions in ICA, myself included, did not begin engaging with ICA with a view to holding such a position.  We became invested as student representatives, active in division events or in aboard level working group or task force. From that engagement, we discovered the great benefit this work brought--expanding our understanding of the organization but also increasing our knowledge of other areas of communication research beyond our usual pathways. 


There are other opportunities to engage in ICA too. Many ICA membershave elected to attend our regional conferences and found new opportunities assist in supporting communication scholarship in areas of the world lesser represented in ICA. Last yearas you recallwe held regional conferences in Nairobi, Kenya and Malaysia, this year a research workshop in Entebbe, Uganda and this month our first regional conference in Mumbai, India!  Each of these events has identified a range of ICA activities that require member support, including opportunities to support conference planning or execution, to offer training workshops,to mentor early career faculty, and more.  These events of course have benefited all participants by inspiring new research networks and collaborations.  


How do you get more involved? Find the organizer of a regional conference, or ICA conference or research event and just reach out—drop an email. You will find that invitations to share your labor and expertise are likely to be met with great enthusiasm. Engagement by members in our broad ICA activities as well as through elected position is crucial to our continuing to diversify, enliven and enrich ICA as a truly international organization. 

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Call for Proposals: Blue Sky Workshops

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017


What are Blue Sky Workshops? 


Blue Sky Workshops aim to engage participants in critical discussions of current concerns within the discipline; exploration of theories, concepts, or methods; or the collective development of new research strategies or best-practice recommendations for a particular subfield of communication. These are not didactic presentations, but rather are meant to be opportunities for dialogue. Blue Skies can also be created around issues of professional development, such as writing and submitting grant proposals, developing a social media presence, or designing effective assignments.  


How do I submit a proposal for a Blue Sky Workshop? 


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops are not bound to ICA divisions or the regular submission system, but are managed by a separate work team. Each proposal should contain: 

  • a session title,  

  • the name and contact information of the proposing session chair,  

  • a brief summary of the workshop (a 120-word abstract for the conference program) as well as  

  • a longer description of the session's topic, goals, and planned schedule (up to 500 words, to be published on the ICA website).  

  • This long description should also include requirements or instructions, if there are any, for interested participants (e.g., a condition that members interested in attending must submit their own thematic statements to the session chair prior to the conference, a suggestion of what core knowledge in a field or about a method is required for productive contribution, or an invitation to bring computers for joint text production).  


 If the number of proposals exceeds the amount of available rooms, proposals will be selected by the Conference Planner and President-Elect, Patricia Moy. Please note that Blue Skies typically take place in smaller rooms set for 15-25 people.  


*Please make note that ICA cannot guarantee a particular room set (u-shape, classroom, etc.), and that audiovisual equipment WILL NOT be available in the Blue Sky rooms. 


Who can propose a Blue Sky Workshop? 


Anyone may propose a Blue Sky Workshop, and anyone may attend a Blue Sky Workshop. Those who plan to attend a workshop should work with the workshop chair to discuss their potential role and/or contribution. Organizers' names will appear in the online, printed, and app versions of the program. 


When are proposals due? 


Proposals for Blue Sky Workshops can be submitted until 22 December 2017, 16:00 UTC to the online submission form here (https://www.icahdq.org/page/2018BlueSky). 


If you have any questions, please contact conference@icahdq.org. 

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Membership Column

Posted By Julie Randolph & Kristine Rosa, ICA Membership Team, Monday, December 4, 2017

Membership Column: Congratulating the winning renewals!   


Earlier this fall, ICA encouraged members to renew early by 30 September for the chance to win FREE registration for the 2018 Annual Conference in Prague. Members who renewed by 30 September automatically had their names entered for a chance to win. 


We are delighted to share the three winners, randomly selected, one from each Tier*. 


Winnie N. Mbatha
Daystar U, KENYA

Maria Teresa Nicolas
U of Panamericana, MEXICO

Joseph Wasserman
West Virginia U, USA



We wish to thank every member who participated by renewing prior to the contest deadline.  As members continue to complete renewals, please know we are thrilled to have you and thankful for your ongoing commitment to the ICA community!

Thank you for being a valued ICA member and best wishes for the coming New Year.

*ICA has a triple-tiered dues structure following the UN model for A, B, and C countries, based on the World Bank's indicators of Gross National Income. Residents of B-tier countries pay 75% of the A-tier price and residents of C-tier countries pay 50% of the A-tier price.


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Fair Use Q&A

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017

Dear ICA,  


I’m comparing the framing of news in various venues, and want to publish my results with an online journal where I can use different media (e.g. radio, podcasts, TV, newspapers, magazines). What are the rules about how much I can use for free? I’m a grad student, and my university won’t pay for any licensing, even if I can get in touch with the outlet’s licensing arm. 





Dear Yi,  


Sounds like a great project! If you’re in the U.S., you can consider whether you have access to fair use. As you make your decisions, your best friend is ICA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Communication Research. Read the introduction and the first category!  

As the Code makes clear (but you should verify), it seems you do have a strong argument for employment of fair use, the robust doctrine in U.S. copyright policy that allows free use of copyrighted material under some circumstances. There are no fixed rules or numbers for how much you should take, but there are general “rules of reason.” Judges these days—and for a couple of decades now—pay great attention to whether your use is transformative. That means using something differently than its market purpose. A radio news spot is designed to inform people at the time. You are doing something different—analyzing its news frame. Once the transformative purpose is established, judges look closely at appropriateness—how much you took in relation to the transformative purpose. Sometimes taking 100% (like with photographs) is entirely appropriate. But often you only need a short example from the work you are analyzing.  


Patricia Aufderheide for ICA 


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Preconference Calls for Papers

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Monday, December 4, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 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. 


The call for papers for "Data and Publics: A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?" is now open.


An ICA preconference, Data and Publics will be held on May 24, 2018 in Prague.

The preconference is sponsored by Communication and the Public. 

Data and Publics: A New Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere?


Despite the growing interest in data and society, relatively little attention has been paid to the implications of a data society for the forms and dynamics of publicity, publics, and public communication. If the institution of the modern public sphere has always aspired to a degree of autonomy vis-à-vis its critical targets, what happens when its targets – be they government or business entities – begin to actively incite the production of public discourse and then harvest it as data for profit or surveillance? What new issues are raised when private individuals willingly surrender personal information to the public sphere in their daily communication routines? Or when citizens’ communication routines are channeled and shaped by the algorithms of corporate strategists? How may the advent of a data society lead to changing forms and practices of public communication, ranging from journalism, policy debates, and public advocacy, to political campaigns and analysis and depictions of public opinion?


We invite scholars to submit detailed abstracts (500-1,000 words) of theoretical and empirical research papers or proposals of thematic panels with multiple papers that critically rethink the meaning and practices of publics and public communication in this new data society. In addition to the questions raised above, scholars might explore:


1) how the practices of tracking, trolling, data-mining, bots, hacking, social media algorithms, and data analytics shape the conditions and outcomes of publicity and public communication; 
2) whether the concept of the public sphere is still adequate for analyzing contemporary social and political developments; 
3) whether public spheres are becoming private spheres and private spheres becoming public, and with what consequences; 
4) how the advent of data technologies is re-shaping journalism, complicating further not only its relationships with political operations, but also its credibility and viability as a public institution; and 
5) how new conditions of networked connectivity and circulation, and the data they generate, affect a host of concepts related to publics and publicity – such as strangerhood, anonymity, privacy, openness, transparency, intersubjectivity, dialogue, participation, speech freedom, identity, personhood, authoritarianism, democracy, and more. 


Other possible paper topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:


  •         transparency of public data 

  •         privacy of personal data 

  •         data activism and politics 

  •         data collection and protection 

  •         data and governance 

  •         data and surveillance 

  •         algorithms and publics 

  •         algorithms in journalism 

  •         data as discursive formation 

  •         data journalism and publics    

  •         data visualization and public communication 

  •         big data and deceptions in politics 

  •         data and the global public sphere 


Submission Process 

The submissions should be emailed to communication-public@asc.upenn.edu(link sends e-mail)by December 10, 2017. Authors will be informed of acceptance/rejection decisions no later than January 15, 2018. Accepted abstracts will be posted to the preconference website in advance of the event.


Please direct questions on submissions or any aspect of the preconference to any of the following organizers:



Special Note 

This preconference will be the fourth annual conference for Communication and the Public (CAP), an international refereed journal jointly published by Zhejiang University and SAGE, launched in 2016. The first two annual conferences, co-organized by Zhejiang University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, were held in 2015 at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China, and in 2016 at Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing. The third annual CAP conference was held as an ICA preconference on Varieties of Publics and Counterpublics on May 25, 2017 in San Diego. For more information about the journal, please visit http://journals.sagepub.com/home/ctp(link is external).


With full financial support from Zhejiang University, all events of the preconference are free to participants. Registration is also free and will be limited to 60 persons. After accepted presenters and panelists have registered, registration will be open to anyone until the cap of 60 is reached.  

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Calls For Papers

Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017


Check out more calls for papers in the Resources section of the ICA website. 



Video Competition: What does Intercultural Dialogue Look Like?


The Center for Intercultural Dialogue (CID) has organized its first ever video competition, open to students enrolled in any college or university during the 2017-2018 academic year. To enter, participants must submit a video no longer than 2 minutes that highlights the importance of intercultural dialogue, responding to the question: “What does intercultural dialogue look like?” Entries will be accepted April 15-May 31, 2018.


One winner will receive a US$200 prize. The top 20 entries will be posted to the CID YouTube channel, and be highlighted on the CID website, along with posts describing the creators and highlighting each of their videos, throughout the rest of 2018.


Submissions will be evaluated based on originality, clarity, cultural message, effective use of technology, and overall impact. Students can work independently or in groups. Please encourage your students to get creative, show off their skills and have fun with this topic. 



Contact Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, CID Director, with any questions:  



Call for Manuscripts and Book Reviews: Southern Communication Journal  


The  Southern Communication Journal publishes original scholarship that makes significant contributions to understanding the processes and consequences of human communication. The journal is not limited with regard to topic, methodological approach, or theoretical perspective, although authors must establish the significance of the research, soundness of methodological choices, and appropriateness of theoretical perspectives.  We seek to publish articles and book reviews that will be of interest to scholars, researchers, and practitioners of communication. 

SCJ employs a process of blind review, although the editor reserves the right to return without benefit of review manuscripts that are outside of the mission of the journal, are deeply flawed, or do not conform to the guidelines listed below.  Authors should submit their work electronically to the Manuscript Central website for SCJ: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/rsjc


All manuscripts should include an abstract of approximately 150 words and a list of key words that clearly indicate the scholarly conversation to which the essay contributes. Submissions may be in either APA or Chicago, and must be original research not under review elsewhere.


Manuscripts should not normally exceed 25 double-spaced pages, including text, references, notes, tables, and figures.  Writing must be free of sexist and discriminatory language. Upon notification of acceptance of a manuscript, the author must provide a copy of the completed manuscript as well as camera-ready copy of any artwork and figures, and must assign copyright to the Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


-Inquiries may be made to the Editor, Jennifer  Samp, U of Georgia, at jasamp@uga.edu. 

-Books for review and book review ideas should be submitted to Mary Beth Asbury, Middle Tennessee State U, marybeth.asbury@mtsu.edu 




CFP: Refugee Socialities and the Media special issue for Popular Communication 


A Special Issue for the journal Popular Communication


Issue Editors: Jonathan Corpus Ong (U of Massachusetts) and Maria Rovisco (U of Leicester) 

This special issue explores the ways in which diverse media and artistic genres cultivate social relationships with and among refugees and internally displaced populations. Building on political-economic studies of forced migration and critiques of humanitarian securitization in the European ‘refugee crisis’ response, this collection draws attention to the role of media and popular communication in shaping the affective dimension of the refugee experience and citizen response.


While this collection engages with the dominant discourses that amalgamate fears about diverse migrant communities in Europe and North America, it invites deeper reflection on the social arrangements and emotional expressions afforded by a broader range of: popular communication genres, technological interventions, artistic spaces, and everyday media practices. The theme ‘Refugee Socialities and the Media’ thus redirects focus onto how popular media forms and mediated interactions materialize and visualize processes of inclusion and exclusion and create possibilities for coping and healing for refugees.


The special issue invites submissions engaging with a broad range of mediated socialities–from hospitality to conviviality to hostility–that are experienced by refugees in global context. It also adopts a broad notion of refugee and asylum-seeker; we thus aim to consider environmental refugees such as those in the Caribbean, economic refugees such as those in Hong Kong, and political refugees such as the Rohingya in Myanmar.


We welcome papers that address areas including but not limited to:


-     Everyday media practices among refugees 

-     Imaginaries of refugees in popular culture and their creative interruptions 

-     Artistic, entertainment and technological interventions in the borderlands (i.e., refugee camps) 

-     Media events, sports rituals, fandoms in contexts of displacement 

-     Affective dimension of digital humanitarianism, volunteerism, and fundraising for refugees 

-     Celebrities, influencers, and hashtag communities in the refugee response 

-     Participatory media projects with refugees 

-     Inter-migrant interactions, perceptions, and organizations 

-     Media and (open-)home-making and emergent forms of hospitality 

-     Mobile and geolocating media including refugee apps and dating apps in processes of resettlement and acculturation 



-     15 January, 2018: Extended abstracts due (500-800 words) 

-     30 January: Decisions announced 

-     15 April: Papers due (6,000 words)


The editors are open to discuss proposals and welcome inquiries at jcong@umass.edu (Jonathan) or mr268@leicester.ac.uk (Maria).




Call for Abstracts 

Public Relations in a Global Context 

The Athens Institute for Education and Research (ATINER) 

16th Annual International Conference on Communication and Media Studies, May 14-17, 2018 


The Academic Committee of the Athens Institute for Education and research invites scholars to submit paper abstracts for presentation and the 16th Annual International Conference on Communication and Media Studies in Athens, Greece, May 14-17, 2018. The research stream, Public Relations in a Global Context, will allow professors from around the world to address the status of public relations on a global scale by discussing contemporary tops. Specific topic areas may include corporate social responsibility, cross-cultural collaboration, reputation management, crisis communications, citizen diplomacy, global public relations measurement, global media management, technological innovations, freedom of information, professional ethics, and the evolution of the professional on a global scale. The conference is organized by the Mass Media & Communications Unit of ATINER. Prior to January 15, submit 400-word abstracts using form found at https://www.atiner.gr/med-streams 




CFP: Special issue of Social Media + Society on Alternative Social Media 

After Social Media: Alternatives, New Beginnings, and Socialized Media ***Call for Proposals*** 

Editors: Fenwick McKelvey, Sean Lawson, and Robert W. Gehl


The editors seeks 500 word abstracts for proposed articles for a special issue of Social Media + Society on "alternative social media." The editors welcome proposals from scholars, practitioners, and activists from across disciplinary boundaries so long as the work is critical and empirically rich. 

Our call starts with a question: what comes after social media? It is hard to imagine something other than the current configuration of social media – of Facebook and Twitter – but signs of discontent abound. Social media companies have become deputized to police and moderate whilst being accused of poisoning civil discourse. Their integration of advertising and targeting signals a new epoch of promotional culture, but no one trusts the media anymore. As Brooke Duffy argues in (Not) Getting Paid to Do What You Love, everyone can create, so long as they don’t mind growing broke doing so. In sum, today’s social media is broken... but what’s next?


For the past several years, one answer to "what's next?" has been "alternative social media." Alternative social media encompasses a wide range of systems, from diaspora* to Ello to Tokumei. In contrast to what Robert Gehl calls "corporate social media," such as Facebook, Twitter, 

Google+, and Pinterest, alternative social media (ASM) "allows for users 

to share content and connect with one another but also denies the commercialization of speech, allows users more access to shape the underlying technical infrastructure, and radically experiments with surveillance regimes" (see http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2056305115604338).


Thus, alternative social media may be understood in relation to larger histories of alternative media, documented by scholars such as Megan Boler, Nick Couldry, Chris Atton, and Clemencia Rodriguez, and carried through into social media alternatives by collectives such as Unlike Us (http://networkcultures.org/unlikeus/).


Earlier instances of ASM included diaspora*, built as a critical response to the growing dominance of Facebook in the late 2000s, with a goal of decentralizing social media data and allowing end users more control over their personal information. Later, decentralized systems, such as Twister and GNU social, came online as alternatives to Twitter.


The Pinterest alternative Ello gained a lot of attention, especially due to its manifesto with the opening provocation: "Your social network is owned by advertisers." Alternatives to Facebook and Twitter have even appeared on the Dark Web (see https://socialmediaalternatives.org/archive/items/browse?tags=dark+web for examples).


As they have developed over the past several years, alternatives decried the censorship and manipulation of content found in corporate social media. Building on this, new alternatives dedicated to "free speech" arose during and after the contentious elections in Western countries in 2016 and 2017, including the Twitter alternative Gab. Proclaiming its defense of free speech – especially against the perceived liberal bias of Silicon Valley-based corporate sites – Gab promises freedom for everyone, including the "alt right" and white supremacists, to speak.


But other networks, such as the federated system Mastodon, have been built to allow for powerful moderation of discourse, with Codes of Conduct that often prohibit hate, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or racist speech. Indeed, while they are wildly divergent in their politics, both Gab and Mastodon have positioned themselves as antidotes to corporate social media. These debates over speech in ASM echo the longstanding tension identified by alternative media scholars, where many alternative media developers seek to socialize media and bring it in line with leftist politics, but see their discourses appropriated by right-wing media organizations.


Regardless of whether they are right or left, alternative social media face a simply reality: they just aren't popular. Compared to the billions of Twitter and Facebook users, alternative sites' user bases are tiny. Whether or not their goal ought to be massive scale, the powerful network effects of corporate social media – as well as the bewildering array of alternatives – certainly have stifled the growth of the alternatives. Still, the alternatives deserve critical attention, because they force us to rethink what we mean by "social media." What tethers so many people to so few corporate sites? And what actual "alternatives" to corporate social media do the current slate of alternative social media platforms propose?


Topics that may be explored in this special issue of Social Media + Society might include  

* ethnographic or participant observation engagements with alternative social media communities 

* software studies analysis of shifts in underlying ASM technologies 

* narratives from practitioners who have built, moderated, or extensively participated in ASM 

* comparative analysis of two or more ASM platforms 

* studies of ASM as political, technical or cultural discourses or desires 

* regulatory and policy discussion regarding controversies involving ASM 

* speculative proposals or fictions about new ASM that address existing problems 

* analysis of appropriation of ASM innovations by corporate social media system 


***Timeline/Important Dates [subject to change] DECEMBER 20 2017: 500 word abstracts and CVs/resumes may be sent to asm@robertwgehl.org JANUARY 20 2018: Acceptance notifications sent to authors MAY 15 2018: Full drafts due to asm@robertwgehl.org JULY 15 2018: Comments sent to authors by editors SEPTEMBER 15 2018: Final drafts submitted to Social Media + Society for peer review FEBRUARY 2019: Special Issue Publication




Call for Journal Editor


The Northwest Communication Association (NWCA) is accepting nominations for the position of Editor of the  Northwest Journal of Communication (NWJC). Self-nominations are welcome. The appointment is for three years and begins in Spring 2018. The new editor will work with the current editor during a transition period.  The new editor will be responsible for the 2019-2021 editions of the journal.


The  NWJC  is a peer reviewed, EBSCO listed journal, publishing one issue per year of quality scholarship on a variety of communication topics.  The editor need not be a resident of the Pacific Northwest, but will be expected to attend our annual conference every April in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Submissions to the journal are not limited to residents of the Northwest or members of the NWCA. The editorial board may include scholars from across the United States, and can be composed of members of the editor’s choosing, in consultation with the NWCA Executive Council (EC). The EC will also work with the editor to find a suitable list of reviewers for each edition of the  NWJC, ensuring a timely and thorough review of potential submissions.


A complete nomination includes: (1) a letter of application from the candidate that includes the candidate's experience for the task of journal editing; (2) the candidate's curriculum vitae; and (3) contact information for two references who can speak to the candidate's qualifications for the position. Please send your nomination to Kevin T. Jones, NWCA President (kevinj@georgefox.edu). 


Review of nominations begins on 1 February, 2018, and continues until the position is filled.  The goal is to present the new editor at the 2018 NWCA annual conference in April 2018.  For questions or queries, please feel free to contact Kevin Jones (kevinj@georgefox.edu).




Call for Abstracts 

Special Issue of Journal of International and Intercultural Communication 

Stretching the Boundaries of International and Intercultural Communication Scholarship


This is a call for abstracts for a special issue of the Journal of International and Intercultural Communication with the theme, “Stretching the boundaries of international and intercultural communication (IIC) scholarship.” This special issue invites studies that reexamine assumptions about what counts as communication in general, and IIC in particular. For example, given the current globalized, transnational, and technology driven context, has IIC changed at all? If so, how? In what new ways has it shifted given our current times of change and discord? What is the significance of these changes? 


We call for studies that address the above questions using approaches that fall under the umbrella of “language and social interaction” (LSI). LSI approaches are distinctive in that they highlight how everyday forms of communication such as text, talk, language use, and other forms of social interaction play an important role in constituting identities, relationships, cultures, and communities. We seek LSI studies that analyze IIC as situated in local cultural contexts and illustrate how participants’ use of new forms of IIC create, recreate, and are formative of current states of social institutions such as education, law, medicine, economics, religion, and politics. 


IIC can be “new” in the sense that it occurs via social media or other recently available technology, stems directly from and/or is being shaped by current social and political contexts, or is simply a form of communication from communities that have not thus far been studied or featured in IIC scholarship. 


Submissions could take theoretical approaches that highlight shared cultural dimensions of communication that constitute and organize social life, and/or approaches that highlight variation in ways community members orient to or negotiate cultural norms in their everyday interactions. Studies could also take a comparative approach and provide systematic, cross-cultural comparisons between communication means and meanings in different local contexts. The specific approaches we call for include, but are not limited to: ethnography of communication, interactional sociolinguistics, sociocultural linguistics, discourse analysis, socio-pragmatic discourse approaches, and narrative analysis.


Possible focuses include:   

-Digital communication 

-Changes in communication shaped by current social and political contexts  

-Communication forms in understudied communities  


This special issue will be co-edited by Sunny Lie (Assistant Professor, Communication, California State Polytechnic U, Pomona, USA) and Natasha Shrikant (Assistant Professor, Communication, U of Colorado-Boulder, USA). We are currently accepting abstracts for potential articles to be included in this special issue. Abstracts should be maximum 300 words. The deadline for abstract submissions is 11 December, 2017. Abstracts should be sent as an attachment via email to Sunny Lie at slie@cpp.edu or Natasha Shrikant at Natasha.Shrikant@colorado.edu. Authors whose abstract have been selected for the next stage of submission will be contacted via email and invited to submit full manuscripts by  5  March, 2018. The manuscripts will undergo further review and be considered for publication, coming out in 2019. Feel free to contact the co-editors with questions via the abovementioned email addresses. General information about the journal may be found at: 




What is Universe? Communication • Complexity • Coherence 

U of Oregon in Portland 

19-21 April, 2018 


The What is Universe? (2018) conference-experience examines communication, complexity/simplicity, coherence/incoherence and, how they may or may not contribute to “a pluralistic universe.” This conference marks the third collaboration among scholars from the natural and social sciences, communication, media, law, design, and art. We invite proposals for scholarly papers, panels, exhibits and installations on a wide variety of issues and topics. Please see whatis.uoregon.edu for more details.


Participants will explore universes—from reality bubbles, immersive virtual environments, and alternate histories, to agential realism, media genealogy and archaeology, to bio-inspired, urban and ecological design, to universal rights, disabilities studies, multicultural communities, networks, and cosmologies.


Proposals may address the following questions (as well as others):  

• What are communication, science, media, design, and philosophy universes today, and how are they syncretizing? How can universities and disciplines be understood as universes? 
• How are citizens increasingly being drawn into alternate, fictional, cinematic, and comic book universes, social networks, immersive worlds, and augmented realities?  

• In an age of increasing communicative complexities and oversimplifications, what is truth and what is reality?  How do real/virtual and analogue/digital universes overlap/separate? 
• How is journalism overcoming vernaculars of real/fake news in a “post-truth” era, while still actively seeking solutions?  

• What constitute material universes in antiquity and contemporary culture?  
• How do technological and cosmological universes transform theory-practice?  
• In this context, what is posthumanism and how are speculative futures already integrating into (re)generative medicine, music, law & other disciplines?  
• How are emerging systems, environments, architectures, the sciences and the arts converging/diverging into societies and universes? What are universes of values?


With the definitions of “universe” continuing to multiply, important questions abound as we address a sweeping range of issues next April in Portland, Oregon. 


Conference Organizers: Janet Wasko and Jeremy Swartz (University of Oregon)   

Send 100–150 word abstracts or installations by 31 DECEMBER, 2017 to: Janet Wasko, jwasko@uoregon.edu. School of Journalism and Communication, U of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA




Review of Communication Special Issue CFP -- Literature as Philosophy of Communication  

Guest Editor: Donovan Irven, Midwestern State University (donovan.irven@mwsu.edu) 

Deadline: Monday, January 15, 2018


The possibility that literature is capable of disclosing ontological insights has occupied philosophy at least since Hegel’s lectures on aesthetics. That philosophy exists as a literary tradition intended to convey certain arguments and insights is often overlooked, and the manifold communicative praxes that enable the expression of philosophical insights in literature are treated merely as accidents in the history of literary movements that are themselves considered to have little or no philosophical import. This special issue looks at the relationship between philosophy and literature at the intersection of communicative praxis, particularly where the insights are ontological ones concerning the nature of existence, human or otherwise, as fundamentally communicative.


How are ontological insights expressed? In what ways has the philosophy of communication been shaped by literature, or vice versa, particularly in the realm of ontology? Generally, what does it mean to “express” ontological insights, and how might philosophical essays, or more artistic literary genres be specially suited or unsuited to express such ontological insights? This special issue is interested in submissions that reflect on the relationship between the philosophy of communication and literature, or philosophically informed meditations on literature that give rise to ontological insights. Rather than manuscripts on literary texts that are presented as philosophical “readings” of said text (i.e., Heideggerian/Deleuzean/Nietzschean interpretations of x novel/poem/story), this special issue seeks explorations of the unique ways literature communicates its own ontological insights; that is, how literature can be philosophical in its own right. 


With the above questions in mind, the journal invites submissions on, but not limited to, the following themes:  

-               Philosophy of communication as ontology: how literature itself can be or not be ontological, and how literature communicates this ontology through implicit or explicit communicative praxes that are informed by the philosophical tradition. 

-               Philosophy as literature: how philosophy has developed techniques as a communicative praxis that allow it to disclose unique ontological insights, and how such inquiry may or may not be informed by an implicit philosophy of communication. 

-               The intersection of philosophy of communication and literature: the ways in which philosophy and literature overlap, particularly when this facilitates insights into the philosophy of communication, ontology, communicative praxis. 

-               The relationship between historical movements in philosophy and literature: how philosophy and literature engage in a creative dialogue with one another and influence each other in domains such as writing technique, style, conceptual apparatuses and permutations, and foundational questions. 

-               Conceptualization of existence in philosophy and literature: specific ontological insights expressed in philosophy and/or literature and how each domain may or may not be suited to expressing particular ontologies, especially where such ontologies figure into the nature of communication itself, or even the nature of existence as fundamentally communicative 


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Division & Interest Group News

Posted By John Paul Gutierrez, Monday, December 4, 2017
Updated: Monday, December 4, 2017





Dear CAT community,


I would like to take this opportunity to briefly introduce myself – hi! My name is Chrissy Cook, and I am both a Canadian PhD student at Tilburg U, and your division’s new Early Career and Graduate Student representative. My job is essentially to be our newest members’ gateway to the division board. If you are a student or postdoc (or a humble assistant professor) and you have an idea, concern, or question that you want to bring to the table, I am your ‘in’, so to speak. My other job is to make sure that you are all taken care of and have a great time at our events, and particularly our ever-famous doctoral consortium preconference. In the spirit of communication, therefore, I would like to start a dialogue with you about what you would like to see from CAT in the coming years in terms of graduate studies and early career. If you have an idea or something that you want to make happen, I encourage you to send me an e-mail at c.l.cook@uvt.nl so we can work together to make sure CAT is not just the biggest division, but also the best for you. 



Chrissy Cook


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Dear CAT members,


The ICA Communication and Technology Division (CAT) is seeking nominations the Herbert S. Dordick Dissertation Award. The submission deadline award nomination is 12:00 am GMT, March 1, 2018. Any doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology, completed and defended between 1 January and 31 December of 2017, is eligible for consideration. 


This  Dordick Dissertation Award honors the memory of Herbert S. Dordick (1925-1998), a distinguished telecommunications engineer, public/urban policy researcher and intellectual, teacher and mentor. The  Dordick Dissertation Award recognizes the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in the area of communication and technology completed and defended in the preceding year, and is presented annually at the business meeting of the Communication and Technology Division of the International Communication Association.


Dissertation authors need not be members of ICA or the CAT Division for their work to be considered, but Award recipients must be ICA members at the time the Award is given (i.e., the ICA annual conference in the year after completing the dissertation). Self-nominations are welcome. 

Nomination materials should include:


  1. Full contact information of the dissertation author, including name, surface mail address, email address, and phone number; 

  1. A cover letter or statement (1-2 pages) by the nominator describing the significance of the work and its merit/suitability for the Award; 

  1. A one-page abstract of the dissertation; 

  1. A representative chapter or selected sections of the dissertation, OR a paper summarizing the dissertation study, problem/hypothesis and rationale, methods, and findings, of up to 30 pages in length (double-spaced, excluding references and figures; approximately 7,500 words). 


Please submit the nominations and address any questions to Mike Yao (U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Chair of the ICA CAT Awards Committee, mzyao@illinois.edu 


Best regards,  

Mike Yao, Ph.D. 

ICA CAT Awards Committee Chair 

Associate Professor of Digital Media, College of Media 

U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign 





ICA Environmental Communication Division Dissertation Award 

DEADLINE:  1  March, 2018


The ICA Environmental Communication Division's dissertation award recognizes the best in doctoral research and dissertation writing in environmental communication. The 2018 award will be the inaugural competition of the division. The award will be given in even-numbered years thereafter. The winner will be recognized with a certificate and cash award during the division’s business meeting at the annual conference. 


Nominations for the award are invited from programs and institutions granting a Ph.D. in any aspect of communication or related fields (e.g. environmental studies, political science, sociology). The rules for the competition are as follows:


1) Dissertations completed between January 1 and December 31 (inclusive) for 2 years prior to the conference year are eligible for consideration. For this first competition, dissertations completed AND successfully defended between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2017 are eligible. 

2) The dissertation advisor, dissertation committee member, graduate program director, faculty colleague, or the nominee may make nominations. Nominations have to be made with a cover letter indicating the scholarly strengths of the work. In the case of a self-nomination, a cover letter from the advisor must accompany the nomination. 

3) A manuscript that summarizes the key elements of the dissertation must be submitted with all nominations. The summary must follow these guidelines:


•               The manuscript must not exceed 30 pages of text (double spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins) plus references, tables, appendix, etc.  

•               The manuscript should clearly identify and include the rationale, theoretical framework, research questions, relevant literature, methods, results, and conclusions.  

•               The submitted manuscript must include a cover sheet that contains only the title and the abstract. All identifying information has to be removed from the text of the paper and the file properties. 

•               The manuscript and accompanying documents must be submitted as a single PDF document.  

•               Full dissertations or chapters of dissertations will not be accepted for review.  

•               Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will be returned without undergoing review. 


4) All materials must be received by 1 March 2018 and should be submitted via email to the ICA Environmental Communication Division Chair:  

Bruno Takahashi 

Michigan State U 





2018 ICA/NCA Amanda L.  Kundrat Thesis of the Year and Abby Prestin Dissertation Awards 

Each year, a committee composed of leaders from the Health Communication Divisions of the ICA and NCA reviews Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations submitted for consideration. Authors of the top-rated thesis and top-rated dissertation (and their faculty advisors) are recognized at the annual division business meeting during ICA’s conference with the presentation of a certificate and cash award and are also acknowledged at the annual NCA division business meeting. 

In 2010, the Thesis of the Year Award was renamed the Amanda L. Kundrat Health Communication Thesis of the Year thanks to an endowment created by the  Kundrat family for that award. Amanda’s MA thesis previously won the Thesis of the Year Award. 


The dissertation award is given in honor of the late Abby  Prestin, an exemplary health communication scholar and person who tragically passed away on 3 September, 2014 at the age of 34 after a year-long battle with lymphoma. Both her MA Thesis and PhD Dissertations won these awards, and the Award is endowed by her family and friends.  


For more information about these endowments and ways for you to contribute to this fund, please go to http://www.icahdq.org/donations/default.asp? and look for the two funds alphabetized under the name “Health Communication.”  



ICA and NCA are pleased to release a call for outstanding masters theses and doctoral dissertations in the area of health communication. A cash award is given in the amount of US$500 each for the top dissertation and top thesis.


To be considered for the 2018 awards, theses and dissertations must have been completed (defended) between 1 September 2016 and 31 December 2017. If the completion date was in the last four months of 2016, the thesis or dissertation cannot have been submitted for last year’s (2017) competition. Individuals may nominate themselves, but advisors must be notified of the nomination. Thesis and dissertation nominations will be evaluated by a panel of officers and members of the ICA and NCA Health Communication Divisions, with the ICA Chair serving as the award coordinator.


The nomination packet should include (a) a cover letter with the name, postal address, telephone number and email address of the nominee and his or her advisor(s) and completion date of the thesis or dissertation, and (b) a summary (excluding title page and references) of the thesis or dissertation not exceeding 5 pages (8 ½ x 11” page, Times New Roman 12 point font, double-spaced, one-inch margins on all sides, and in English; not counting title page and references).  The 5-page summary should describe clearly and concisely the study’s rationale, theoretical framework, research questions, methods, results, and conclusions. Care should be taken to mask the identity of the author within the text of the summary. The summary should include a title page that contains only the title of the thesis or dissertation. Complete theses or dissertations or chapters of same will not be accepted for review.  Reviewers will be instructed not to read beyond the first 5 pages of text.  PLEASE SUBMIT PACKET AS A MS WORD DOCUMENT—NOT AS A PDF.


On or near Feb 23rd, a slate of up to 3 finalists for each award will be selected by the evaluation committee. Finalists will be invited to submit an extended integrated summary of the thesis or dissertation not exceeding 30 pages (double-spaced, one-inch margins on all sides, and in English).  These summaries will be reviewed by the committee and the award winners will be selected from among the finalists. 


Send an electronic copy of the nomination packet including cover letter and 5-page summary to: 


Evelyn Y. Ho 

Chair, ICA Health Communication Division 

Email: eyho@usfca.edu 


The deadline for receipt of the nomination packets is February 1, 2018.  Nomination packets received after that date will not be reviewed. 



ICA Interpersonal Communication Division  

Call for Submissions: Outstanding Dissertation and Thesis Awards 2018 


The Interpersonal Communication Division of the International Communication Association seeks nominations for the Division's annual Outstanding Dissertation and Outstanding Thesis Awards. Applicants should submit (a) a 25-35 abstract or paper-length version of the thesis or dissertation, and (b) a letter of nomination from the dissertation/thesis director explaining why the project should be recognized. Deadline for submission of materials is 30 January, 2018. Applicants must have defended the project between Jan. 1 and Dec 31 of 2017. Submit application materials electronically in a single .pdf to Jennifer A. Samp, Interpersonal Division Chair, at jasamp@uga.edu. 




Preconference Call for Panelists 

Inclusivity and Family Communication Research: 
Advances and Innovations from across the Discipline 

Thursday, 24 May 2018, 10:00-17:00


Scholarship related to family communication continues to be of interest to many scholars across the communication discipline. Although the flagship publication for family communication scholarship, Journal of Family Communication, tends to publish research in interpersonal and relational contexts, it is not unusual to see families studied in a variety of other communication contexts including health, media, organizations and organizing, law and policy, and cultural studies, to name only a few. 


Often, family communication studies draw from literature in only one contextual area; and, similarly, those research studies are presented back to people within that same sub-area of the field. Although valuable scholarship is undoubtedly generated in these silos, one has to wonder how much family communication scholars from across the field can benefit from each other’s work. 

This preconference brings together scholars from all backgrounds who study both families and communication. In doing so, we will consider how to advance family communication studies in relevant, informed, and innovative ways. In addition to a keynote speech and opportunities for discussion, the preconference will also feature competitively-selected research. 


Possible topic areas for competitive papers or high-density presentations include the following: 


  •       Relational communication in families 

  •       Family health concerns 

  •       Family use of traditional and new media 

  •       How laws and policies continue to shape families 

  •       Representations of family in media 

  •       Families and work-life balance 

  •       Communication theory as it relates to families 

  •       Inventive approaches to studying family communication 

  •       Diversity and inclusion issues regarding families 


As this topic list indicates, even though this preconference is being sponsored by the Interpersonal Communication Division, we strongly encourage participation across the many divisions and interest groups that are involved with family communication studies. Additionally, and embracing yet another facet of inclusivity, at least one panel or session within the preconference will be dedicated to non-normative families. 


Submitting to the Family Communication Preconference 


Abstract submissions should be sent as a Microsoft word document to jman@niu.edu by Monday, 22


January 2018. To assist in organizing abstract review, please include your last name as part of the file, and in the subject line of your submission email include FAMILY COMMUNICATION: LAST



Abstracts should include a title, 5-7 key words, a body of up to 500 words, and references. 

Review and Notification of Decision


We anticipate a fast peer-review process, and authors will be notified of their acceptance before 1 February 2018. Submission of a full paper is expected by 1 May 2018. Authors of accepted abstracts will be expected to register for and attend the pre-conference that is held on Thursday, 24 May 2018, from 10:00-17:00. The full 2018 ICA meeting will begin that night with the opening reception.  


Authors presenting at the preconference may be considered for an edited collection to be published in 2019. More details will be provided with acceptance notifications. 




9th Annual Doctoral Consortium of the Communication and Technology Division  
co-sponsored by the Mobile Communication Interest Group of  
the International Communication Association (ICA) 
Thursday, 24 May 2018 | Skautsky Institut, Prague, Czech Republic 
The consortium will bring together PhD candidates conducting research on various types of communication technologies and mobile communication to give them the opportunity to present and discuss their research in a constructive and international atmosphere. The objectives of the event are to provide feedback and advice to participating PhD candidates on their in-progress research thesis. Moreover, the Doctoral Consortium will provide the opportunity to meet experts as well as fellow PhD candidates from different backgrounds working on related topics.  
During the consortium, students and faculty will be organized into small groups, determined by the thematic nature of the research. In each group, students will present their work, and receive feedback from their fellow students and faculty participants, all of whom will have read the proposals in advance of the Doctoral Consortium. Each proposal will receive detailed feedback from three faculty participants. There will be two poster sessions to allow participants from other groups to learn about and comment on the research of the PhD candidates. 
In addition to the presentation and critique of proposals, there will be discussion of issues related to making the transition from graduate student to faculty member. Of course, this process differs widely across different nations and academic traditions. Bearing these differences in mind, we will discuss positioning one’s work for the job market, strategies for publication, the interviewing process and other aspects of faculty job searches. Anticipating a time when participants will have an academic position, the discussion will include issues like managing workload and working relationships, finding a work/life balance, and ways of being a successful academic.  
Submission Process 
Applicants must be advanced to candidacy, and have their dissertation proposal topic previously approved by their committee or supervisor. Ideally, students will be in the early stages of their dissertation, where feedback would be helpful in refining and advancing their work. To apply, students must submit a proposal describing their research. 
Submissions must be related to one of the working areas of the Communication and Technology Division (CAT) or the Mobile Communication Interest Group (MCIG) of the International Communication Association (ICA). A description of the respective research areas can be found in the last section of this call. In your submission, please identify whether you’re submitting to MCIG or CAT. 
Proposals must identify a significant problem (or problems) in a relevant field of research, briefly outline current knowledge of the problem domain, and clearly formulate a research question, or specify hypotheses to be tested. Proposals should outline the research approach, methods, and any results obtained so far. Submissions should be between 3000 and 4000 words (excluding references and appendices), and must include name and affiliation of the PhD candidate.  
Applications need to be accompanied by a short letter of recommendation from the advisor or member of the dissertation committee stating how the PhD candidate can benefit from participation in the Doctoral Consortium. 
The proposal and letter of recommendation must be submitted as one PDF document and sent as an attachment in an email to Veronika Karnowski at veronika.karnowski@ifkw.lmu.de. The deadline for submission is 1 February 2018. Submitted proposals will be reviewed by the members of the program committee based on significance of research, specificity of research topic and/or questions, clarity of writing and degree to which student can benefit from expert guidance and feedback. 
To help ensure the consortium best meets the needs of its members, limited financial assistance is made possible by the CAT Division and the MCIG. Please note in your application if you would like to be considered for financial support to cover your costs for participation in the Doctoral Consortium (this support would cover only the US$75 participation fee and not travel to the conference). 
About the Communication and Technology Division 
The CAT Division is concerned with the role played by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in the process of communication. It is committed to enhancing theory and methodology pertaining to adoption, usage, effects, and policy of ICTs. Areas of research include human-computer interaction, computer-mediated communication, mobile communication, and other technologically mediated social interaction and networking in all contexts (interpersonal, group, organizational, societal/cultural) and at all levels of analyses. CAT invites papers that make an innovative and original contribution to our understanding of ICTs, with the primary focus on communication aspects of particular technological characteristics.  
About the Mobile Communication Interest Group 
The MCIG focuses on the phenomenon of mobility in communication – thus being placed on the intersection of mobility, technology, and culture in human communication. While including a wide array of perspectives and approaches in communication scholarship from historical perspectives to studies on future media innovations, from ethnographic to quantitative empirical approaches, from journalism studies to media effects research the common ground of the Interest Group is state of the art theorizing on mobile communication as well as the discussion of adequate methodology to do so. 
Participation is only by invitation. Once a proposal is accepted, students can register through the ICA website. Cost for participation is US$75 per person.  
Program Committee (faculty mentors) 
Marjolijn L. Antheunis, Tilburg U, Netherlands (Program Director) 
Katy Pearce, U of Washington, USA (Program committee) 
Veronika Karnowski, Ludwig-Maximilians U, Germany (Program committee) 
Klaus Bruhn Jensen, U of Copenhagen, Denmark 
Benjamin H. Detenber, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore 
Jordan Frith, U of North Texas, USA 
Jesse Fox, Ohio State U, USA 
Roselyn Lee-Won, Ohio State U, USA 
Richard S. Ling, Nanyang Technological U, Singapore 
Malcolm Parks, U of Washington, USA 
Lidwien van de Wijngaert, Radboud University, Netherlands   
Mike Yao, U of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA 




Pre/PostConference Proposal Submissions 

At the 2018 ICA conference in Prague, the Public Relations Division will sponsor/co-sponsor the following pre- and post-conferences. Please check the 2018 ICA conference website for more information and calls for papers:


  1.        The Ph.D. Student Workshop, prepared by Katerina Tsetsura and Dean Kruckeberg, is sponsored by   the Public Relations Division. 


  1.        The Preconference proposal, Diverse Voices: Authentic Communication, Trust, Dialogue, and

  2.        Society, prepared by Flora Hung-Baesecke, Regina Chen from Public Relations Society of

  3.        China, Oyvind Ihlen from the European Public Relations Education and Research Association, and

  4.       Denisa Hejlová from Charles University in Prague, is sponsored by the Public Relations Division a   nd co-sponsored by the Global Communication and Social Change Division, and the Organizational

  5.       Communication Division.


  1.       The Preconference proposal, Theories in Public Relations: Reflections and Future Directions,

  2.  p     prepared by Chiara Valentini and Lee Edwards, is sponsored by the Public Relations Division. 


  1.       The postconference proposal, Lobbying and Democracy: The Voice of Communication, prepared by

  2.        Oyvind Ihlen, Anna Shavit, Chiara Valentini, Scott Davidson from the European Public Relations

  3.        Education and Research Association, is sponsored by the Public Diplomacy Interest Group and co-s     ponsored by the Public Relations Division.


  1.       Preconference proposal, Voice and Voices: Exploring the Tensions between Plurivocity and

  2.       Univocity (exact title to be confirmed), prepared by Professor François Cooren (Université de  

  3.       Montréal), is co-sponsored by the Public Relations Division and other ICA divisions. 

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Posted By Administration, Monday, December 4, 2017

Member News – December 2017 



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). 



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 



“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. 


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. 



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


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


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. 


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 


Department of Advertising and Public Relations 


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. 




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 


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. 


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. 


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. 


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. 




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. 



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. 



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 




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.




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 


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).  



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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