MASS MEDIA & COMMUNICATION NEWSLETTER

PUBLISHED FOR THE Ph.D. STUDENTS, FACULTY, STAFF AND FRIENDS
OF THE MASS MEDIA AND COMMUNICATION PROGRAM
IN THE SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATIONS AND THEATER
AT TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

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Volume IV, Number 1
Fall 1995

Editor: Sherrie A. Madia
Faculty Advisor: Concetta Stewart

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WELCOME BACK!

A hearty welcome to all new doctoral students, faculty and friends of MM&C. And to those already familiar with the MM&C Newsletter, welcome to another exciting year. For many, this newsletter is the key to keeping abreast of everything from research opportunities, to submission deadlines, to just catching up on what fellow students and colleagues are up to.

We welcome any comments or suggestions for future editions. Simply include them on the attached form (see back page), or e-mail us at CSTEWART@ASTRO. OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU. And don’t forget to keep us informed of your research interests and academic pursuits. Here’s to a successful year for all!

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SCAT GRADUATE PROGRAM UPDATE

As many of you will recall, following a year-long self-study which considered recommendations from faculty, staff and industry, SCAT was reorganized into six new departments: The Department of Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Mass Media; the Department of Communication Sciences; the Department of Film and Media Arts; the Department of Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising; the Department of Speech Communication; and the Department of Theater.

Graduate programs in Journalism, Communication Science and Rhetoric and Communication were reviewed last spring as part of a two-year review of all University graduate programs. The outcome follows:

The Department of Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising retained its M.J. program, while MM&C’s M.A. will now be administered under BTMM. The Department of Rhetoric and Communication’s M.A. and Ph.D. programs were closed (graduate faculty and students were moved to other departments within the School).

The Department of Communication Sciences now offers three graduate programs–a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and two M.A. degrees, one in Speech-Language-Hearing, the other in Applied Communication.

SCAT’s two M.F.A. programs and MM&C’s Ph.D. program are currently under review. Because all are strong departments, SCAT anticipates they will remain intact.

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BOB GREENBERG NAMED AS ACTING DEAN

Dr. Robert M. Greenberg, associate dean of the School of Communication and Theater (SCAT), is now its acting dean. He succeeds Dr. Robert R. Smith who has stepped down after 17 years in the post.

University President Peter J. Liacouras announced in June that Dr. Greenberg would serve in the post until a permanent successor is chosen. The President said Dr.

Greenberg is “an excellent administrator who understands (SCAT), its faculty, students and curriculum.”

Dr. Greenberg joined the English Department at Temple in 1979 after teaching for one year at Franklin and Marshall College. He was named assistant dean of SCAT in 1981 and associate dean in 1988. Dr. Greenberg’s responsibilities have included financial management, SCAT’s London Program, recruitment, class scheduling, grants and continuing education. An authority on American literature, he earned his doctorate from CUNY, a master’s degree from CCNY and a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University.

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STUDENT PROFILES

Cheryl Campanella graduated from State University of New York College at Buffalo (1990) with a B.A. in Broadcasting. She received her M.A. from Temple University in Spring 1995. Her research interests include psychological processing of media, perceived reality and its sociological impact.

Brian Feeney received a B.A. in History from Colorado College and an M.S. in Communication from Cornell University (1984). Brian worked for 11 years in environmental science consulting, performing environmental studies for real estate investors. His research interest is in social theories of risk related to the environment.

Daiwon Hyun graduated from Sogang University in Korea, where he also received an M.A. He has worked in advertising and served as a lecturer and executive producer in the Sogang Communication Center.

Susan Kahlenberg received a B.A. in Communication from Muhlenberg College (1993) and an M.A. in Communication from the University of Delaware (1995). Her research interests include television and children, socialization effects of television and content analysis.

Carolyn Kitch received a B.S. in Journalism from Boston University (1983) and an M.A. in American Studies from Penn State in 1995. Carolyn spent 11 years in New York working in the magazine business. Most recently, she was senior articles editor for Good Housekeeping. Her research interests include journalism history and cultural studies.

Sherrie Madia, Manager of Communications for the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs at Temple University, received a B.A. in Writing Seminars from The Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in Communication/News-Editorial Journalism from the University of Miami. Her research interests focus largely on global television news broadcasting and new technologies issues, and their social, economic, cultural and political implications.

Judi Puritz earned a B.S. in Mass Communication from Boston University (1991) and an M.A. in Communication from Florida Atlantic University (1995). While pursuing her master’s degree, Judi worked as a copy writer for an advertising agency in Boca Raton, FL. She is interested in studying the role of mass media in the socialization process.

Jennifer Snyder received a B.A. in Mass Communications from Penn State (1993), and will complete her M.A. in Mass Media and Communication at Temple this fall. Her research interests include film studies and the social effects of new media.

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MM&C PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

If you have recently or will soon present a paper, conduct a study, have something published, work as a media practitioner, etc., please complete the attached form and send it to us (or drop us a note or e-mail message) so that we can include the information in the next edition of the newsletter.

Faculty Update

Tom Eveslage presented a paper entitled, “The High School Ethics Challenge: Using Standards of Professional Journalism without the Freedoms of the Professional Press,” at the AEJMC national conference in August 1995 in Washington, DC. At the same conference, he also served as a discussant for a session on graduate-student research in progress.

John Lent received the 1994 Ray and Pat Browne Award for best text, reference or resource work in the field of popular culture. The award recognizes Lent’s Comic Books and Comic Strips in the United States: An International Bibliography, one of four volumes he compiled on comic art worldwide.

Priscilla Murphy and Michael Maynard conducted a study on the importance of creativity to the success of ad campaigns.

Concetta Stewart was appointed Faculty Fellow, reporting to Provost James W. England, to chair the University committee on “Teaching, Learning and Technology.”

Barbie Zelizer wrote a review of Norman Mailer’s new book Oswald’s Tale, for the May 7, 1995 edition of The Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, she presented a paper entitled, “Critical Thinking and Cultural Practice,” and served on a panel entitled, “Do You Remember . .. ? Collective Memory and the Study of Mass Communication,” both at the August AEJMC conference.

Student Update

Ronald Bishop recently completed a chapter on cable television for the next edition of a mass media textbook being edited by Ernie Hakanen and Alan Wells. He has recently begun a one-year instructor’s contract in the Humanities and Communications Department at Drexel University.

Cheryl CampanellaCarolyn Kitch and Jodi Linder were elected to the Executive Committee of the AEJMC Graduate Education Interest Group.

Paul D’Angelo, currently at the “All But Dissertation” (“ABD”) stage in the Ph.D. program, is examining how science, intelligence and expertise are addressed in American public life. His research will entail a content analysis of mainstream media coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial. Paul plans to explore how media portrayals contribute to an ongoing elaboration of the meaning and value of science, expertise and intelligence in American society. He is working on his dissertation under the direction of Professor Sari Thomas.

Theresa Ditton has begun her dissertation entitled, “The Unintentional Blending of Direct Experience and Mediated Experience: The Role of Enhanced Versus Limited Television Presentations.” She is working on her dissertation under the direction of ProfessorMatthew Lombard.

Lisa Holderman is officially “ABD.” Her dissertation proposal is entitled, “The Public Construction of Expertise: How Experts are Portrayed in Popular U.S. Talk Shows.” She is working on her dissertation under the direction of Professor Sari Thomas.

Yu Ki-Un attended the First Seoul International Cartoon and Animation Festival, held in August, after which he participated in a comics festival in Taiwan. He is working on a dissertation topic dealing with Korean cartoons under the direction of Professor John Lent.

Carolyn Kitch presented a paper entitled, “The Courage to Call Things by their Right Names’: Fanny Fern, Feminine Sympathy and Feminist Journalism in the Ninteenth-Century American Popular Press” at the AEJMC conference.

Rei Okamoto is currently working on her dissertation proposal. Her topic is Japanese cartoons during the Pacific War. She plans to analyze the content of cartoon magazines, newspaper comic strips and propaganda leaflets that were produced during the war. Rei also wrote an article that will appear in the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, edited by Professor John Lent, in early 1996.

Janis Overlock received a grant to attend the Junior Scholars’ Retreat for East European Scholars through the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in Washington, DC during summer 1996. Janis currently resides in Budapest, where she is working with the Media Studies Research Group at ELTE University. In the spring, Janis was curriculum development coordinator for the Support for Independent Media in Budapest and Hungary (SIMBAH) Journalism Center. Last summer, under the auspices of the Hungarian Ministry of Education, she taught a course in American culture to ethnic Hungarian English teachers living in Transylvania, Romania.

Alexis Pasqua was granted funding from the Dissertation Travel Expense Fund for travel to the Popular Culture Association convention in Las Vegas, to be held March 25-28, 1996.

Mary PeleggiBetsi GrabeLisa Holderman and Michelle de Montigny won the AEJMC Moeller Student Paper Award for a paper entitled, “Business as Usual: Myth and Mobility in Hollywood Business Films.” Research for the paper was conducted in Sari Thomas‘ MM&C 745 class.

Aruna Rao wrote a chapter in the book entitled, Asian Popular Culture, edited by John Lent. She also authored an article for the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, due out in early 1996. Currently, Aruna is in India gathering materials for her dissertation on that country’s comics.

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MM&C RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

Cheryl Campanella is working on a project called “Uses and Gratifications: A Theoretical Approach for the Communication Classroom.” She plans to submit her paper to ICA for consideration at the 1996 conference in Chicago.

Professor Matthew Lombard, along with Cheryl CampanellaJodi LinderJennifer SnyderTheresa DittonSelcan KaynakJanine Pemrick and Gina Steward will submit a paper entitled, “The State of the Medium: A Content Analysis of Television Form,” to ICA for consideration at the 1996 conference.

Professor Matthew Lombard, along with doctoral students Selcan KaynakJodi LinderSherrie MadiaAlexis Pasqua,Donnalyn Pompper and Alex Vallei (M.A. student) completed a paper for submission to the upcoming ICA conference based on a survey conducted during the spring semester. Members of AEJMC, BEA, ICA and SCA were asked to identify works in mass communication that they consider valuable. The paper focuses on determining whether a core literature exists in the study of mass communication.

Professor Concetta Stewart, along with doctoral student Keith Brand and master’s student Nandini Sen, submitted papers to a proposed ICA panel for the 1996 conference. The panel is entitled, “Beyond Access: Toward Gender Democracy in Cyberspace.”

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FUNDING SEARCH SERVICES AVAILABLE THROUGH TEMPLE

Temple offers three services which assist graduate students in locating funding outside of the University. CASHE, College Aid Sources for Higher Education, provides a listing of fellowships, scholarships and grants available to students, based on factors such as field of study, age, ethnic origin, professional background, hobbies and interests. The cost is $5 for Temple students, $25 for non-Temple students. The necessary forms are available through the Financial Aid Office, Conwell Hall, 2nd Floor. Tel: (215) 204-1458.

Two similar services, SPIN (Sponsored Projects Information Network) and IRIS (Illinois Research Information System), are also available through the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, 406 University Services Building. Contact Ruth Smith at (215) 204-7460 for access to these databases.

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FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

If you know of any scholarships or other funding sources (even short-term job possibilities), please drop us a line and we will include the information in future editions of the newsletter.

The College of Communication of the University of Alabama announces an Endowed Southern Progress Corporation Doctoral Research Assistantship, beginning in September 1996. The successful applicant for this position will receive a $10,000 annual academic year stipend on a three-year basis, plus tuition and fee waivers, and a paid summer internship with the Southern Progress Corporation, a subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc. For information, contact Jennings Bryant, Director, or Bill Gozenbach, Associate Director for Applied Research, Institute for Communication Research, College of Communication, The University of Alabama, P.O. Box 870172, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0172. Tel: (205) 348-1235.

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GRADUATE STUDENT ASSISTANTSHIPS

The Graduate School Office in Carnell Hall maintains a listing of administrative assistantships available to graduate students who are not funded through their department or program. These assistantships carry a stipend similar to that of teaching and research assistantships, as well as tuition remission. Stop by the Graduate School to obtain a copy of this listing.

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APPLICATION FOR GRADUATION DEADLINES

If you plan to graduate in May 1996, you must submit an application form, available in the SCAT Graduate Office, 344 Annenberg Hall, by February 15, 1996.

Drafts of dissertations and theses must be delivered to 501 Carnell Hall at least two weeks before defense, or by March 29, 1996 (whichever is earlier). Final versions of dissertations and theses are due four weeks after defense or by April 15, 1996 (whichever is earlier).

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MM&C INTEREST GROUP NEWS

If you have a specific area of interest in communication and want to meet with like-minded others in the program, please contact the newsletter so that we can include an announcement in the next edition.

The MM&C Psychophysiology Interest Group

The Psychophysiology Interest Group seeks input and involvement from anyone interested in the connections between psychology, physiology and the media. Group-sponsored events are open to anyone associated with MM&C and their guests. Questions, comments and expressions of interest should be addressed to Professor Matthew Lombard at (215) 204-7182.


The Psychophysiology Interest Group
of the Mass Media and Communication Program
will sponsor
a day trip to the new
Sony 3-D IMAX Theater
“The Next Dimension in Storytelling”
in New York City

Saturday, December 9, 1995

The 3-D IMAX Theater features
the biggest picture (eight stories tall),
the most advanced multi-dimensional sound,
and the most sophisticated 3-D imagery in the world!

We’ll see a new film* made just for the IMAX called
“Across the Sea of Time: New York 3-D”
(*Other films available, too)

Travel with us, or meet us there!

After hte movie and lunch, spend an
afternoon shopping, visiting museums,
walking through SoHo, or just hanging out
and enjoying the lights at Rockefeller Center.

Friends and family are welcome!
Join us!!

For rmore details, please contact

Deborah Fisher
(215) 947-XXXX
deblfish@astro.ocis.temple.edu

or Professor Matthew Lombard
(215) 204-7182
lombard@vm.temple.edu

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CALL FOR PAPERS, PROGRAMS AND PARTICIPATION

The International Society of Political Philosophy

Annual meeting to be held June 30 to July 3, 1996 in Vancouver, BC. ICA members are invited to submit papers or panel proposals on “Talking About Politics: The Psychology of Political Communication.” Proposals must include name, professional association and complete address for each author; formal title of each paper and/or panel (if applicable); and a 150-word abstract for each submission. Deadline is January 1, 1996. Submit all materials to: Ann N. Crigler, Department of Political Science, VKC-327, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0044. Fax: (213) 740-8893.

Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery

Sixth annual conference, March 21-23, 1996 in Colorado Springs, CO. Call for papers on “The Image of the American West: In Literature, the Media and Society.” The conference will address the role and structure of imagery in social life through a different thematic perspective each year. (On the Web, see: http://meteor.uscolo.edu/sissi.)

Submit a one-page abstract by December 1, 1995 to: Will Wright, Department of Sociology, or Steven Kaplan, Department of English and Foreign Languages, University of Southern Colorado, 2200 Bonforte Boulevard, Pueblo, CO 81001. Fax: (719) 549-2705. E-mail: AMWEST@USCOLO.EDU. For more information, contact Professor Wright at (719) 549-2538, or Professor Kaplan at (719) 549-2764.

The AEJMC Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Conference

AEJMC MID-ATLANTIC GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCE COMES TO TEMPLE!

This year, the annual AEJMC Mid-Atlantic Graduate Student Conference will be co-sponsored by the Mass Media and Communication program at Temple University. The conference will be held March 22-24, 1996 at the Temple University Center City Campus. The conference welcomes papers on any area of communication studies.

Co-chairs are Cheryl Campanella and Jodi Linder. Organizing committee members are Brian Feeney, Daiwon Hyun, Susan Kahlenberg, Carolyn Kitch, Sherrie Madia, Yi Bing Mei, Judi Puritz, Nandini Sen, Jennifer Snyder and Gina Steward. The deadline for paper submissions is January 15, 1996. You may submit papers by placing them in either Cheryl’s or Jodi’s mailbox. If you have any questions or would like more information, contact Cheryl at CAMPCM@VM.TEMPLE.EDU, or Jodi at JMLINDER@VM.TEMPLE.EDU.

This is Temple’s chance to promote its academic excellence. We need your full support and participation. Be on the lookout for details on categories, panels, and intermediary dates!

1996 BEA Paper Competition

Production Division

The Production Division of the BEA invites submission of scholarly papers for presentation at the 1996 Conference in Las Vegas, NV, April 12-15, 1996. Papers should focus on any area of production, criticism and aesthetics related to broadcasting and electronic media. Deadline for submission is December 1, 1995. Winners will be notified after January 16, 1996 (except for Gender Issues), and must be available to present their papers at the conference.

The categories are “DEBUT” (for researchers who have never presented a paper at the BEA conference–this category has cash awards for first and second citations); and “OPEN ENTRY” for all other persons.

Audio-visual presentations are encouraged, and plans for such presentations should be submitted along with copies of the paper. Only the cover page of the paper should contain the author’s name, address, telephone and academic affiliation, as well as the submission category clearly marked. A second page should contain only the title of the paper. An abstract must be included. Send four typed, double-spaced copies of each paper to: Dr. Nikos Metallinos, Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University, 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, Quebec H4B 1R6 Canada.

Research Division

Follow general guidelines for Production Division. Submit copies to: Joey Reagan, Vice Chair, Research Division, BEA, School of Communication, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-2520. Include your e-mail address.

Gender Issues Division

Follow general guidelines for Production Division. Requests papers relating to all aspects of gender issues as they pertain to the electronic media. The theme of this year’s convention is “Inclusion and Infusion: Embracing Diversity.” Papers should not exceed 25 pages of typed, double-spaced copy. Notification of awards will be announced after February 11, 1996. Submit papers to: Cynthia Gottshall, Mercer University, Department of Communication and Theater Arts, Macon, GA 31207. Tel: (912) 752-2979.

Law and Policy Division

Follow general guidelines for Production Division. Submit papers to: Millie Rivera-Sanchez, College of Journalism and Communications, University of Florida, 2112 Weimer, Gainesville, FL 32611. Tel: (904) 392-4452. E-mail: MRIVERA@JOU.UFL.EDU.

Communication Research Reports

The Eastern Communication Association now publishes Communication Research Reports biannually in June and December each year. The publishers welcome brief empirical articles (not more than 10 typed, double-spaced pages) on a variety o subjects pertaining to human communication. These could include studies of intercultural, political, instructional, relational or organizational communication. The study of influence, media effects and discourse in communication would also be appropriate.

Manuscripts, in APA style, should be submitted to: James C. McCroskey, Editor, Comunication Research Reports, Department of Communication Studies, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV 26506. Tel: (304) 293-3905.

Bayer Institute for Health Care

Issues a call for research proposals related to provider-patient communication. Deadline for receipt of applications is March 15, 1996. Grant awards are up to two years and $20,000 per project. For information and application materials, write to the Bayer Institute for Health Care Communication at 400 Morgan Lane, West Haven, CT 06516.

Minority Travel Grants for ICA 1996 Meeting

To be considered for a travel grant of up to $300, minority students (African American, Latino/a, North American, Pacific Islander) must indicate on paper submissions that they wish to be considered for this grant. Divisions and groups will submit up to two nominations to the Diversity Task Force.

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SEMINARS/WORKSHOPS OFFERED

The Graduate School offers workshops on dissertation writing and formatting throughout each semester. For information about the workshops, contact Marge in the Graduate School Office in Carnell Hall at (215) 204-1383.

Temple’s Computer Services offers a number of short computer seminars on a variety of applications. These seminars are an excellent way to become familiarized with basic applications in MacIntosh, IBM/DOS, Windows, Astro Unix systems and international networks, including BITnet and Internet. In addition, seminars are offered in statistical/research applications including SPSS and SAS statistical packages.

For a full catalog of seminar listings, registration information and tips on a range of computer applications, see the latest edition of Bits & PCs, the Computer Services newsletter, available on the ground floor of the Computer Activity Building, or call (215) 204-5555.

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MM&C INFORMATION BANK

The MM&C Information Bank is a collection of information for MM&C students and faculty, which includes promotional materials from publishers on the latest books, textbooks and journals in a variety of areas of communication including: Information and membership applications for a number of professional communication organizations; several useful books and handbooks about the dissertation and publishing processes; workbooks on writing resumes and cover letters; a sample listing of questions asked in job interviews; criteria for evaluating academic jobs; and listings of local colleges and universities with communication departments.

The collection is housed in one of the black file cabinets in the corner lobby area outside the offices of Professors Compaine and Zelizer on the second floor of Tomlinson Hall. The file drawer is labeled “INFORMATION BANK.”

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E-MAIL ADDRESS LIST

If you do not have access to electronic mail (e-mail), you’re missing something important. Many members of the MM&C community use e-mail to communicate quickly and efficiently with each other and with friends and colleagues across the country and around the world (at no cost!). To supplement the newsletter, they have begun to use e-mail to distribute announcements of funding opportunities, speakers coming to Temple and more. It’s also a good way for you to tell us about your latest activities and accomplishments, so the information can be published in our next edition.

Getting and using an account is easy. Simply contact Computer Services at (215) 204-8527 for information on obtaining a computer account.

Below is our most up-to-date listing of faculty and student e-mail addresses. Please send corrections and additions to Concetta Stewart. Unless otherwise noted, all account names are for the Temple IBM mainframe computer. (To send mail to these accounts from an account on another computer system, add “@VM. TEMPLE.EDU” after the account name).

Ph.D. Students/Alumni

Sauleh Alaswad ALASWAD
Irene Berkowitz IRENEB@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU
Keith Brand KBPHD
Cheryl Campanella CAMPCM
Rosalind Corvalan V1833G
Paul D’Angelo V1859G
Michelle DeMontigny 102646.2570@COMPUSERVE.COM
Theresa Ditton DITTON
Chuck Elliott ELLIOTT@CTSC.HKBC.HK
Katherine Fry KFRBC@CUNY.VM.CUNY.EDU
Betsi Grabe MGRABE@INDIANA.EDU
Beth Haller BAH17@PSUVM.PSU.EDU
Barbara Hanley BHANLEY@IUNHAW1.IUN.INDIANA.EDU
Luis Hernandez LUIS3896
Lisa Holderman LISAH@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU
Daiwon Hyun DAIWON
Susan Kahlenberg SKAHLENB@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU
Selcan Kaynak SELCAN
Christie Kelly CHRISTIE
Carolyn Kitch CKITCH
Robin Larsen V2105G
Jodi Linder JMLINDER
Arthur Lizie, Jr. LIZIE@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU
Sherrie Madia SMADIA
Dominique Monolescu V2095G
Kathleen Shawn O’Dowd V1815G
Rei Okamoto REI
Janis Overlock OVERLOCK
Alexis Pasqua PASQUA@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU
Mary Pileggi MARYP@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU
Donnalyn Pompper DONNALYN
Judi Puritz JUDIP@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU
Aruna Rao RAO
Robert Reich REGINA
Maria Santana 112793
Chyun-Fong Shi TAIWAN
Jennifer Snyder MAUREEN@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU
Richard Stewart V1893G
Victor Viser V1870G
Kie-Un Yu KIEUN

Faculty and Staff

Thomas Eveslage EVESLAGE
Thomas Gordon V6455E
Matthew Lombard LOMBARD
Jim Marra JLMARRA@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU
Priscilla Murphy MURPHYP
Bob Roberts (Blitman Library) V2167A
Concetta Stewart CSTEWART@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU
Thomas Streeter STREETER@ASTRO.OCIS.TEMPLE.EDU
Paul Swann PSWANN
Sari Thomas SARI
David Womack V5430E

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COMSERVE: A COMPUTER SERVICE
FOR COMMUNICATION STUDIES

Announcements of faculty positions. Summaries and other information about recent and forthcoming books and articles. Bibliographies. Course syllabi. Discussions with colleagues around the world. The Electronic Journal of Communication. All of these are available to you at no cost through Comserve, the electronic information service for professionals and students interested in human communication studies (communication, journalism, mass communication, rhetoric, speech, social linguistics, ethnomethodology, etc.). Comserve is a service of the non-profit Communication Institute for Online Scholarship (CIOS) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

You can subscribe to Comserve by sending an e-mail message containing the word SUBSCRIBE followed by your first and last names, to COMSERVE@RPITSVM. (If your computer account is on the IBM mainframe you can also receive a user-friendly menu system called EASYCOM to use with Comserve. After you subscribe, just type the following at the “Ready” prompt: Tell Comserve at RPITSVM Send Easycom Exec. Then when you want to use Comserve just type “EASYCOM”.)

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COMMUNICATION WEB SITES

Once you’ve gotten a taste for the Net, you might like to venture out onto the World Wide Web. Below are just some of the may communication sites available on the Web. Many of these sites will connect you to other sites worth exploring. Be aware that some addresses are subject to change.

American Communication Association
(http://111/uark.edu/depts/comminfo/www/ACA.html)

The ACA is a national professional organization of scholars, students and practitioners in communication. This site provides information on all areas of communication studies.

Computer-Mediated Communication Magazine
(http://sunsite.ung.edu/cmc/mag/current/toc.html)

A monthly magazine that deals with issues related to computer-mediated communication.

The Media and Communications Studies Page
(http://www.aber.ac.uk/~dge/media.html)

This site is by far the most comprehensive page on Communication Studies. It includes databases that allow on-line searches and links to communication-related discussion groups.

University of Michigan
(http://www.umichigan.edu/~youngeum/312.html)

Discusses basic Internet utilities. Focuses on social aspects of computer-mediated communication and changes in traditional media.

Young-Eum’s Communication Information Page
(http://www.umich.edu/~youngeum/wwwinfo.html)

A large WWW source for communication studies. Site includes links to other sites and includes course syllabi.

In addition, here are some other sites worth checking out:

Communication Resources on the Web
(http://www.fau/divdept/conmcatn/resource/html)

National Public Radio
(http://www.npr.org)

Penn State University
(http://cas.psu.edu/~mdm12)

Qualitative Data Analysis
(http://gsr.latrobe.edu.au/public/www/resource.html)

Social Science Virtual Library
(http://coombs.anu.edu.au/wwwvl-socsci.html)

The Southern States Communication Association
(http://uamont.edu/ssca.htmlx)

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
(http://www.uiuc.edu/providers/comm)

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MM&C LISTSERV IS HERE!

Subscribe to the new MM&C listserv (MMC@VM. TEMPLE.EDU), where you’ll be able to send and receive e-mail about MM&C courses and schedules; student, faculty and alumni/ae activities; funding and research opportunities; social events; and much more. Here’s your chance to ask questions, distribute information and meet MM&C friends and colleagues in an informal setting.

Distribute news of interest to the MM&C community; discuss topics of interest, including ideas for papers, etc.; and share information, answer questions and solve problems relating to MM&C courses and policies, how to write grant proposals, accessing resources, and more. To subscribe from an IBM account, go to the “Ready;” prompt and type: “Tell listserv sub mmc <First name> <Last name>. To subscribe from an astro account or another system, send an e-mail message to listserv@ vm.temple.edu. In the body of the message, type: sub mmc <First name> <Last name>. For more information, contact Matthew Lombard at (215) 204-7182, or via e-mail at LOMBARD@VM.TEMPLE.EDU.

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COMMUNICATION ASSOCIATIONS

Additional information about these and other professional communication organizations, including membership application forms, can be found in the MM&C Information Bank.

AEJMC

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) was founded in 1912 and has well over 3,000 members. The organization seeks “to promote the highest standards for education in journalism and mass communication, to encourage the implementation of a multicultural society in the classroom and curriculum, and to defend and maintain freedom of expression in day-to-day living.”

Annual meetings are held each August. In 1996, the meeting will be in Anaheim, CA, August 10-13. In 1997, it will be held in Chicago, and in 1998, in Baltimore. The deadline for paper and panel submissions each year is in April. Members receive issues ofJournalism QuarterlyJournalism EducatorJournalism Monographs, the Journalism Directory and AEJMC News. Basic student membership is $30 per year. You can access AEJMC on the Web at http://www.aejmc.sc.edu/online/home.html.

BEA

The Broadcast Education Association was established in 1955 to promote better understandings and working relationships between the college and university faculties who teach communications and the broadcasters who ultimately employ their graduates. For 37 years, BEA has sought to bring the academic and the professional worlds together. BEA’s orientation is toward exploring new trends, ideas and opportunities in broadcasting and broadcasting education. Members receive the quarterly publication, Journal of Broadcast & Electronic MediaFeedback (BEA’s member communicator), and the BEA Membership Directory. Basic student membership is $30 per year. You can reach BEA on the Web at http://www.bea.org.

ECA

The Eastern Communication Association focuses on a variety of subjects pertaining to human communication including intercultural, political, instructional, relational and organizational communication, and the study of influence, media effects and discourse in communication. Since June 1995, ECA has begun publishing Communication Research Reports on a biannual basis. Subscription cost (which includes ECA membership) is $35 per year. Regular membership to ECA includes a subscription toCommunication Quarterly. Student membership is $15 per year.

ICA

The International Communication Association (ICA), founded in 1950, now has over 2,200 members. ICA promotes “the systematic study of communication theories, processes, and skills.” Annual conferences are generally held over Memorial Day weekend. The 1996 conference will be held in Chicago, May 23-27. The 1997 meeting will be in Montreal, Canada, and the 1998 meeting will take place in Jerusalem, Israel.

Paper and panel submissions are due each November 1 for the following year’s conference. Membership includes issues of Human Communication ResearchCommunication TheoryJournal of Communication, the ICA Newsletter, inclusion in one division, and a preliminary program. Basic student membership is $40 per year. You can reach ICA via e-mail at ICAHDQ@ UTS.CC.UTEXAS.EDU.

SCA

The Speech Communication Association (SCA) was established in 1914 and has over 3,000 members. It is organized to “promote study, criticism, research, teaching, and application of the artistic, humanistic, and scientific principles of communication.”

Annual meetings are held the weekend before Thanksgiving. The theme of the 1995 meeting, to be held in San Antonio, TX, November 18-21, is “Unifying Research and Teaching.” The 1996 meeting will be held in San Diego, CA. Members receive their choice of one journal (Journal of Applied Communication ResearchCritical Studies in Mass CommunicationQuarterly Journal of SpeechCommunication Education, Text Performance Quarterly, or Communication Monographs), The Spectra Newsletter, and the annual directory. Student membership for one year is $35.

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THE CENTER FOR INFORMATION INDUSTRY RESEARCH

The Center for Information Industry Research (CIIR) specializes in research and analysis of the technology, regulation, economics and social/cultural forces and trends of the evolving and merging arenas of computers, telecommunications and the traditional mass media. The audience for the output of the CIIR is composed of stakeholders including consumers, public policymakers and corporate marketers and planners from across the globe.

CIIR is an independently funded entity at SCAT which incorporates the research and educational resources of the University’s schools and colleges including Communications, Business, Education, Engineering and Law.

CIIR will bring research projects to the University, offering increased research possibilities to graduate students. CIIR will assist doctoral students whose area of interest falls into this domain by coordinating research needs with the work of the Center. It will also enable Temple to bring to campus a range of guest speakers and public/corporate policy-makers. Finally, the implementation of the Center adds prestige to Temple and to the overall value of the doctoral degree.

For additional information on CIIR, contact Ben Compaine, President, at (215) 204-6434, or Concetta Stewart, Vice President, at (215) 204-5181.

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CENTER FOR FRONTIER SCIENCES

The Center for Frontier Sciences, established in 1987, was designed to coordinate global information exchange, networking and education on frontier issues of science, medicine and technology.

If you are interested in becoming an affiliate of the Center for Frontier Sciences (and receiving invitations to events and the Center’s semiannual journal, Frontier Perspectives), contact: The Center for Frontier Sciences, Temple University, Ritter Hall (003-00). Tel: (215) 204-8487. E-mail: V2058A@VM.TEMPLE. EDU. The annual affiliate membership fee is $25.

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UPDATES ON RECENT MM&C PH.D.ALUMNI/AE

Katherine Fry (’94) has been an assistant professor in the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College since the fall of 1994. She teaches a wide range of courses such as “Beginning Mass Media”; “Writing for the Media”; “Media Criticism”; and a graduate course in mass communication theory. Katherine also works on a syndicated program produced by the department called World: Comm. She assists with research for the program, and occasionally serves as a guest panelist. Most recently, Katherine has been writing and producing her own commentaries on media issues for World: Comm.

Betsi Grabe (’95) presented two papers at the Popular Culture Association conference last April: “Tabloid Television Exposed: A Typology and Analysis” (with Professor James Marra), and “The Demographic Profile of Country Music Fans, 1979 to 1992.”

Beth Haller (’95) is now assistant professor of Humanities and Communication at Penn State, Harrisburg. She is active in several communication organizations, especially the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. In 1994-95, Beth headed the Graduate Education Interest Group for AEJMC. For the 1995-96 term, she will head the Media and Disability Interest Group.

Wendy Hsiao (’95) and Hongying Liu-Lengyel (’93) each contributed an article to the Journal of Asian Pacific Communication, due out in early 1996, and edited by John Lent, with whom they worked on their dissertations.

Sandy Kyrish (’94) has been conducting market research and consulting for telecommunications companies across the United States since 1988. She has worked with companies such as AT&T, Scientific-Atlanta, Hitachi, Nortel and many others. Although not currently affiliated with a university, Sandy stays involved in academic publishing and conferences. She presented at ICA last year, and, more recently, at a conference in Sydney, Australia. Sandy has also published extensions of her dissertation research inMedia Information Australia and Educom Review.

Bob Reich (’95) is assistant professor of Communication at Mary Baldwin College in Virginia. He teaches courses on a variety of topics including advertising, public relations, photography, film analysis, research methods and advanced media writing.

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MM&C PERSONAL NEWS

Please let us know about engagements, weddings, babies, parties, travels, adventures, etc. so that we can include them in future editions of the newsletter.

Sherrie Madia is expecting a baby in late November. Stay tuned . . .

Congratulations to M.A. student Woong Ki Park and his fiancee, Jee Hyun An, who will be married in the Somang Church in Seoul, Korea on December 26, 1995. The couple will then vacation in Hawaii for four days. Woong asked us to announce that everyone in the MM&C program is invited!

Our best wishes go out to Bob Roberts, librarian of the Blitman Reading Room, who has been absent this semester while recuperating from a long-standing illness.

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FALL COLLOQUIUM PARTY SCHEDULED FOR DECEMBER 1

The Fall 1995 Colloquium Party will be held on Friday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the home of Professor Matthew Lombard (340 South Quince Street, Center City Philadelphia). Please bring your favorite beverage. And if you’ve got a specialty dish you’d like to bring, please talk to the Colloquium Party planners. For details, and to R.S.V.P. (confirmations only), contact Professor Concetta Stewart at (215) 204-5181.

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Below is a listing of current positions available. For complete information on these employment opportunities (except Colorado State University), please see the August 1995 edition of the ICA Newsletter, and the September 1995 edition of the SCA’s Spectra newsletter. For similar listings, see the current communication organization newsletters in the Information Bank (including AEJMC, BEA and ECA).

Arizona State University, Department of Communication. Three positions: Assistant/associate professor specializing in organizational communication; assistant professor specializing in interpersonal communication; visiting assistant professor specializing in performance studies.

Colorado State University, Department of Technical Journalism. Assistant professor to advance video communication teaching and research program. Position may be offered either as tenure track or as multi-year special appointment. Duties include teaching introductory survey, advanced professional and graduate teaching seminars on video communication technologies, and their uses and impacts. Qualifications: Ph.D. or ABD in communication, journalism/mass communication or related field. Master’s degree required. Deadline is December 1, 1995. Submit vita/resume, names of at least three references, transcripts and samples of professional work to: Chair, Search Committee, Department of Technical Journalism, C-225 Clark Building, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523.

Indiana University, Department of Speech Communication. Assistant professor, tenure-track position in communication studies, to begin in August 1996.

Manchester College (IN), Department of Communication Studies. One-year renewable appointment as Instructor/assistant professor, beginning Fall 1996.

Michigan State University, Department of Communication. Tenure-track position of assistant professor to begin Fall 1996. Responsibilities include teaching theory and methods at Ph.D. level.

National University of Singapore, Department of Organizational Behavior. Three-year contracts and visiting appointments for teaching courses on mass media and society, communication and new media technologies, corporate issues management, public relations, and the management of corporate communication. Address inquiries to: PERNGCH@ LEONIS.NUS.SG.

State University of New York at Buffalo, Department of Communication. Full-time assistant pro- fessor position in intercultural/organizational communication. Must be bilingual in English and one East Asian language.

University of Maryland, Department of Speech Communication. Assistant professor with focus on health communication and political/intercultural communication. Working deadline November 1 for interviews at the SCA convention. E-mail: ELF@UMDD.UMD.EDU.

University of South Alabama, Department of Communication. Two tenure-track positions of assistant professor beginning in Fall 1996; one in organizational communication, the other in broadcasting. Application deadline: November 30, 1995.

 

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