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Fairfield’s Communication Department to Host Summer 2014 AJCU Meeting

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The Department of Communication is excited to host faculty from across the country this summer at the annual meeting of AJCU Communication programs.  Faculty from all of the Jesuit schools will be visiting Fairfield to talk about teaching, scholarship and best practices in media, communication, journalism and related programs.  Fairfield is thrilled to show our friends from across the country our campus and our program.  Students who may be around campus this July and are interested in volunteering to help out with various tasks, we welcome your assistance.  Just reach out to Dr. Gudelunas.  You can read more about the conference here (notably the conference itself is just for faculty).

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Congratulations to Professor Michael Serazio on his new sports media research article publication!

Congratulations are in order for Dr. Michael Serazio who recently published another piece of research.  His article, titled, “The elementary forms of sports fandom: A Durheimian exploration of team myths, kinship, and totemic rituals” was published online on November 28th in the journal, International Association for Communication & Sport. 

Using the behaviors of Philadelphia Phillies baseball fans, Dr. Serazio spent his time analyzing any myths, kinships and rituals that emerged from these fan behaviors.  He chose to look at behaviors on display at public sporting events as well as through sports media during the time of the Phillies’ 2008 World Series victory.

This is not only a must read for sports fans, but for all Communication students due to the focus on behavior patterns, the media and interpersonal communication phenomena.  The link to this article is as follows:

http://com.sagepub.com/content/1/4/303.full.pdf+html

Enjoy! And congratulations again, Dr. Serazio.

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M.A. Students Take on the NCA Conference

MA Students present at the 2013 NCA Conference in Washington, D.C.

MA Students present at the 2013 NCA Conference in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to three M.A. students who have been chosen to present research papers at the 2013 National Communication Association (NCA) Conference in Washington D.C. next month.   Ryan Cassella will present his paper, “Living in TV’s digital age: Is the television producer the new starving artist?”  Ryan draws inspiration from his current position as a producer at World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and commented that he was happy to focus on a topic that reflects both his career and his personal interests.  When asked about his thoughts on his research, he stated, “The digital era has brought some profound changes to the mass media industry and the individuals working within it are fully immersed in this ongoing revolution, whether they like it or not!”

Angela Rudas and Matthew Beasley will together present their research titled, ““The effects of diversity demographics on inclusiveness in the workplace.”  This was originally a project started in Dr. Zhang’s Communication Research Methods course that both students chose to continue to work on due to a shared interest in diversity and communication. Rudas said, “Diversity is rapidly growing and increasingly prevalent within the U.S. workforce. However, minimal research has empirically investigated the specific attributes and practices for diversity and inclusion within organizations.”  Beasley, who currently works in finance, stated, “It is evident that our world has been impacted by globalization. Due to globalization, our workplace has become more diverse, therefore employee diversity and inclusion has become critical to productivity and ultimately doing business.”

Dr. Michael Pagano, director of the M.A. in Communication program, said, “The faculty in the Department of Communication are extremely proud of our graduate students and recognize their very impressive research, critical thinking, and writing in our courses.  It is however, even more gratifying when we see our national association further attest to our students’ accomplishments.”  He added, “It is wonderful to see the fruits of our students’ hard work rewarded academically and scholarly, but also rewarded professionally as many of our students have earned promotions and new leadership roles based on their successful completion of our program.”

Congratulations again on these wonderful accomplishments, Matthew, Angela, and Ryan, and good luck in Washington!

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Fairfield Media Career Nights To Hold A Presentation About The Value of Media Knowledge in the Real World

Fairfield University’s Communication, Journalism and newly named Film/Television and Media Arts programs will be hosting a fun and educational event for students. The Fairfield Media Career Nights will take place on Thursday, October 24th and will feature Fairfield U. alums currently working in media. In a presentation style event, our alums will share their stories of work after college, how they’ve gotten to their successful positions, and any advice they have for students. After the presentations, students will have a chance to chat with the guests to gain even more valuable insight.

The all-star lineup of alumni presenters includes Becky Krause, an associate producer at MTV Networks, Augusta Mellon, a publicist working for Buzzfeed.com, Stephanie Hill, a communications and digital specialist at GE Capital, Kristen Prestano, senior account executive and Kate Dillon, account supervisor at Prosek Partners, Ben Doody, the group managing editor for both The New Haven Register and Digital First Media, and Meghan Doody, who has worked on digital media for Brides Magazine and The Oprah Magazine.

Communication students should not miss out on such a relevant, informative event. As we learn more about the discipline of Communication, it is apparent just how important knowledge of new media is, not just for Communication-related positions, but for all careers. The Fairfield Media Career Nights presentation will take place in the first-floor meeting space of the Barone Campus Center and will begin at 7:30 pm.

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Stags Tag Along at Alumni Workplaces

           Fairfield University now offers a unique program that allows students to gain valuable knowledge about potential careers in their given field.  The Alumni Job Shadow Program, offered by the Career Planning Center, is designed to give Fairfield University students from all majors the option to observe real world work experience firsthand.  Students apply online and if accepted, are paired with an alumni working in their field of interest and are able to shadow them during their work hours.  Fairfield University students complete their job shadowing during their Winter break on January 6-10, 2014 or at a time that is mutually convenient for both the alumni and the student.   

         Junior and senior students from all majors are offered the option to participate and Communication students in particular have expressed an interest.  Kimberly “Kimi” Kurata ‘14 spent her time in the program shadowing Aimee Hoffman, a ‘95 graduate currently working as a recruitment manager for Fox Filmed Entertainment in Los Angeles.  During their pairing, Kimberly had the opportunity to spend the day on set of the TV show “The New Girl”, had lunch with executives with Fox Sports, and was able to receive advice about resumes and internship options.  “The most significant lesson I learned in the importance of networking in the business world,” said Kurata.  “When I’m looking for the right internship this summer or career choice after I graduate, it is all about who I know and who can help.”  

          Currently, Communication students also have the option of being matched with potential internships or jobs after graduation through the Stags4Hire program.  Companies in the Fairfield/Greater New York area with Communication related positions include CBS Sports, American Red Cross, Indeed.com, Make-A-Wish CT, Legg Mason, Subway World Headquarters, and Prosek Partners, to name a few.  Both options are offered under the Career Planning Center and are wonderful resources for students. 

        To apply for the Alumni Job Shadow program, please visit Fairfield.edu/jobshadowsignup.  For more information, please e-mail cpc@fairfield.edu or call (203) 254-4081. The deadline is November 1, 2013.

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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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