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Archive for August, 2013

We’re Growing (Again)

The Department of Communication is happy to be looking for a new faculty colleague to join our collegial group of scholars in Fall 2014.  Our undergraduate and graduate students will be able to meet with finalist candidates this Fall semester.  If you’re interested in being on the student search team, please email Dr. David Gudelunas, Chair.

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The Department of Communication in the College of Arts & Sciences at Fairfield University invites applications for an assistant professor (tenure-track) position to begin in September 2014. Fairfield University is a highly selective institution in the Jesuit tradition, consistently ranked in the top three comprehensive universities in the North by The U.S. News & World Report. We are located less than one hour from New York City on the scenic Connecticut shoreline. The Department of Communication has a broad emphasis in communication theory including but not limited to media studies, organizational communication, interpersonal/intercultural communication, and cultural/critical studies.  We seek a teacher and a scholar that can contribute to one or more of our areas of emphasis and are particularly interested in scholars who can contribute to our interpersonal, relational and/or intercultural communication offerings.  The Department will consider applicants from a wide variety of research backgrounds. Qualified candidates will have a Ph.D. in Communication at the time of appointment.  The candidate should demonstrate a record of scholarly production, potential for a strong research program, and a strong potential for pedagogical success.

For full consideration, please upload a (1) a letter of application including a discussion of teaching philosophy and scholarly accomplishments; and (2) a curriculum vitae to https://www.axiommentor.com/fairfield/comm.  Applicants selected for the next round will be asked to provide (3) one set of recent teaching evaluations and (4) three confidential letters of reference to the online system by October 7.  There is no need to supply these materials for the initial round, however.

Letters of application and CVs arriving prior to September 20, 2013 will receive full consideration.  Preliminary interviews are tentatively scheduled for late September. Candidates selected for campus interviews will be expected to supply graduate transcripts.

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, and applications from members of historically under-represented groups and veterans are especially encouraged. To learn more about the Department of Communication and Fairfield University, please visit www.fairfield.edu.

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Congratulations to our own Dr. Serazio, the new Deputy Director of the Open Visions Forum

Michael Serazio,PhD.Communications

Michael Serazio, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication at Fairfield University, has been appointed deputy director of Open VISIONS Forum, Fairfield’s signature lecture series that annually features eminent opinion-makers, artists, authors, learned contributors to the humanities and sciences, and civic and political commentators. In this new role, Dr. Serazio will be assisting with main stage events of Fairfield University’s signature OVF lecture series, while also collaborating with faculty colleagues in facilitating effective special events. The successful pilot of last year’s Open VISIONS Forum “Espresso” allowed the series to expand into wider and deeper academic and community programs. Dr. Serazio’s expertise will enable these smaller, more flexibly designed lectures to gain larger audiences and visibility while continuing OVF’s efforts to promote the ‘life of the mind’ for multi-generational audiences.

“Dr. Serazio’s exceptional arsenal of intellectual and creative talents will contribute to OVF’s platform serving our students, faculty, and a growing community audience of lifelong learners,” said Philip Eliasoph, Ph.D., Founder, Moderator and Director of Open VISIONS Forum and Professor of Art History. “As the series grows in prestige, bringing leading international diplomats, opinion-makers, authors, artists, and humanitarians to campus, he is uniquely qualified to promote our expanding program.”

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Open VISIONS Forum team,” says Dr. Serazio. “One of the most vital things a university can do is to keep the wider community engaged in the big social, cultural, and political questions of our time, and OVF has long performed that role skillfully by bringing scintillating speakers and eager audiences to our campus, and with Espresso, we hope to continue that tradition in dynamic ways.”

Dr. Serazio’s research, writing, and teaching interests include popular culture, advertising, politics, and new media. In his first book,Your Ad Here: The Cool Sell of Guerrilla Marketing (NYU Press, 2013), Dr. Serazio investigates the proliferation of brands into pop culture content, social patterns, and digital platforms book, amid a major transformation of the advertising and media industries, and establishes his role at the epicenter of a new breed of scholars deconstructing the stealth commercial measures of the 21st century. In his articles and timely postings in The AtlanticThe Nation, and Bloomberg View, appearances on NPR, as well as in academic journals, he both exposes and exploits the matrix of digital media with its subtle, sophisticated orchestration of our contemporary lives in ways both consumerist and political. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of San Francisco, and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.

Soon after joining the Fairfield University faculty in fall 2010, Dr. Serazio demonstrated his keen interest in OVF and has twice been invited as a faculty respondent for on-stage dialogues with the series’ distinguished guests. “As one of our most productive junior faculty, he is on the cutting edge of a new generation of media critics, endowed with impeccable scholarly credentials but layered with a cool, nervy, critical engagement with the impersonal forces of corporate media and Big Data dehumanization,” said Dr. Eliasoph. “It takes a really intuitive sense of ‘connectivity’ to our current – sometimes wild, often confusing, always impactful – cultural landscape. He has his mind and spirit right on the pulse of our media environment – and we will all be enlightened with his presence.”

Dr. Serazio notes in a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed: “Guerrilla advertising is slowly disappearing from view even as it becomes more ubiquitous than ever. We’re seeing a new breed of ‘hidden persuaders’ optimized for 21-century media content, social patterns, and digital platforms. This is advertising that markets without selling and shows without telling. Consumers would do well to pay closer attention to what’s being hidden in plain sight.”

The OVF bar was set high from the start, with Philippe de Montebello, then Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as its inaugural speaker in September 1997. This season is just as suitably represented by a series that includes CBS News’ Steve Kroft (Sept. 16); actress America Ferrera of “Ugly Betty” fame in the Eighth Annual Students Forum (Oct. 7); Damien Echols and Lorri Davis in the Annual Jacoby-Lunin Humanitarian Lectureship (Nov. 18); The New York Times’ A.O. Scott (Jan. 27, 2014); Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson (Feb. 11); human rights activist Ronan Farrow (March 18); and Dr. Spencer Wells, Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society (April 10). Lectures take place in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. For further information, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit www.quickcenter.com.

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