Expanding Computational Communication: Towards a Pipeline for Graduate Students and Early Career
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When: 05/24/2019
8:30 AM
Where: American U
Washington, District of Columbia 
United States
Contact: Frederic Hopp

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OrganizersJosephine Lukito, Nate TeBlunthuis, Frederic Hopp


Division/Interest Group Affiliation: Computational Methods Interest Group

DescriptionComputational methods for addressing problems relevant to communication science are becoming increasingly popular and sought after in top-tier communication journals and the academic job market. Yet, graduate students and early career researchers in communication who aim to employ computational methods frequently face a unique challenge: adopting a strong (theoretical) background in communication scholarship while simultaneously developing the methodological skills required for conducting state-of-the-art computational social science. In order to acquire the technical know-how for employing computational tools, graduate students and early career scholars within communication often have to rely on self-teaching and online courses or participate in classes outside their home department that are often not tailored towards communication scholarship. With these challenges in mind, this preconference receives and discusses various perspectives for expanding the opportunities of graduate and early career scholars to become familiar with computational communication science. We invite experienced computational communication scholars from diverse backgrounds to share their origin stories and discuss commonly faced challenges, provide a roadmap for addressing numerous communication phenomena from a computational perspective[f], review and discuss ongoing attempts to develop in-house training programs, and create ample opportunities to network in interactive breakout and escalator sessions.