Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Recording Opportunity

The IU Intensive English Program is seeking students to help with the 2nd language studies English Proficiency exams by acting in video recordings that the IEP will utilize for testing.
The Intensive English Program will provide a script, but it is important that the dialogue between students/teachers remain natural. Shooting is expected to take around 3 days, and they are looking at the second or third week of July (these dates are flexible).
Looking for 4-6 students, split equally between male/female.
If interested, please email Gordon Clark at

Friday, June 13, 2014

Employment Opportunity: Florida International University

Florida International University seeks a visiting instructor for AY 14/15 to teach persuasion and debate as well as manage a competitive debate team within the Communication Arts Department.

Please submit a cover letter, CV and references to the Department Chair, Joann Brown, at

Florida International University is a comprehensive university offering 340 majors in 188 degree programs in 23 colleges and schools, with innovative bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs across all disciplines including medicine, public health, law, journalism, hospitality, and architecture. FIU is Carnegie-designated as both a research university with high research activity and a community-engaged university. Located in the heart of the dynamic south Florida urban region, our multiple campuses serve over 50,000 students, placing FIU among the ten largest universities in the nation. Our annual research expenditures in excess of $100 million and our deep commitment to engagement have made FIU the go-to solutions center for issues ranging from local to global. FIU leads the nation in granting bachelor's degrees, including in the STEM fields, to minority students and is first in awarding STEM master's degrees to Hispanics. Our students, faculty, and staff reflect Miami's diverse population, earning FIU the designation of Hispanic-Serving Institution. At FIU, we are proud to be 'Worlds Ahead'! For more information about FIU, visit

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Thesis [Dissertation] Whisperer

Helpful advice from an advisor to a grad student about how to deal with academic feedback.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Employment Opportunity: University of Ottowa

The Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant professor in International Communication and Digital Media.
Start date : July 1st, 2015.
• Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Communication (preferred) or in a related field.
• Candidates must have an excellent record of research and peer-reviewed publications in International Communication and Digital Media.
• Candidates must have an excellent knowledge of contemporary approaches in International Communication as well as Digital Media.
• Preference will be given to candidates developing a research program studying globalization in the digital ecosystem.
• Preference will be given to candidates doing quantitative research.
• Active knowledge of French and English is required.
• Experience in teaching preferred.
• Experience supervising graduate students is an asset.

• The successful candidate will be expected to teach, in English and French, both at the undergraduate level (specifically Globalization and Communication, Intercultural Communication, Political Economy of the Media, Quantitative Methods) and at the graduate level (International Communication and Political Uses of Media).
• The candidate will be expected to implement a research program in International Communication and Digital Media that will lead to scholarly publications and which has the potential of attracting graduate students and external funding, to supervise graduate students writing theses or research papers, and to participate in the administrative duties of the department.

Salary is based on the Collective Agreement. 
Applications should be submitted by mail or electronically and be comprised of a one- page cover letter, curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier including student evaluations of teaching, and two samples of written work. In addition, three confidential letters of reference should be sent directly by the referees to:

Sylvie Grosjean, Acting Chair
Department of Communication
University of Ottawa,
55 Laurier East Av., 11th floor (room 11101B)
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 6N5

Deadline for applications: December, 15 2014
For more detail on our programs, please visit
The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, Aboriginal peoples, persons with disabilities and members of visible minorities. According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents.  

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language. At the time of tenure, professors are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual setting.

Susanne Schwibs wins another regional Emmy!

Susanne Schwibs has won another regional Emmy!  For her work as Producer and Director on What’s in a Picture: Portrait of Mrs. Chinnery.  She won in the category of Magazine Program at the Saturday, June 7th NATAS (National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences: Lower Great Lakes Chapter) annual awards ceremony at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland Ohio.  Susanne reports that grad student Natasha Ritsma also helped.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Candidate for Professor of Practice in the Media School to Visit Campus

Michael Uslan will be here on Tuesday June 10 and Wednesday June 11, formally interviewing for a professor of practice position in the Media School. His job talk presentation is scheduled for Tuesday morning at 9:30 in Studio 5 of the Radio-TV Building. Everyone is invited to his presentation – and, if anyone would like to meet him, they can join us during interview sessions throughout both days. They can set that up by contacting Reed Nelson (; 855-6895).

About Michael E. Uslan

Executive Producer of:  THE LEGO MOVIE (2014); BATMAN VS SUPERMAN (2015); THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY, including two top grossing movies in history, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) and THE DARK KNIGHT (2008) the latter with 8 Oscar nominations, winner Best Supporting Actor, 5 Peoples’ Choice Awards, winner Best Picture ; BATMAN BEGINS (2005); BATMAN (1989), winner Best Picture, People’s Choice Award; BATMAN RETURNS (1992); LEGO BATMAN MOVIE: SUPER-HEROES UNITED (2013); BATMAN FOREVER (1995); BATMAN & ROBIN (1997); BATMAN: ASSAULT ON ARKHAM (2014); SON OF BATMAN (2014); BATMAN VS ROBIN (2014); THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS, PART 1 & 2 (2012-13); BATMAN: YEAR ONE (2011); BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD (2010); SUPERMAN/BATMAN: APOCALYSE ( 2010); SUPERMAN/BATMAN: PUBLIC ENEMIES (2009); GOTHAM KNIGHT (2008); BATMAN BEYOND: RETURN OF THE JOKER (2000) ), winner, Annie Award- outstanding achievement in animation; BATMAN: MYSTERY OF THE BATWOMAN (2003); CATWOMAN (2004); BATMAN VS. DRACULA (2005); BATMAN & MR. FREEZE: SUB-ZERO (1998).

Producer of: DOC SAVAGE (2015); BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM (1993); CONSTANTINE (2005); SPIRIT (2008); Assoc. Producer, NATIONAL TREASURE (2004).
Winner of Emmy Award, Executive Producer for “Best Animated Series”, WHERE ON EARTH IS CARMEN SANDIEGO? (1994-97). 

Writer of my memoir, THE BOY WHO LOVED BATMAN, 2012. Contributing Writer, Huffington Post, 2013.

Executive Producer: THREE SOVEREIGNS FOR SARAH, acclaimed PBS/American Playhouse Salem Witch Trials mini-series starring Vanessa Redgrave (1985); TUROK, SON OF STONE (2008); ROBIN COOK’S HARMFUL INTENT, CBS-TV movie based on the best-seller (1993); LITTLE ORPHAN ANNIE’S VERY ANIMATED CHRISTMAS (also writer) for Fremantle (1995); prime-time animated series FISH POLICE (CBS 1992); and Creator/Writer/Executive Producer of DINOSAUCERS, 65 episodes animated (1987-93).

Producer: SWAMP THING (1982); RETURN OF SWAMP THING (1989).  Executive Producer: SWAMP THING cartoon series (1991-93); SWAMP THING prime-time live-action series, 72 episodes (USA Network 1991-93, SyFy Channel 1994-99). Producer of the documentaries: THE MARVEL SUPER-HEROES GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY (Discovery Channel 2004); LEGENDS BEHIND THE COMIC BOOKS (2009); Executive Producer, historical segments for NBC’s 1988 Summer Olympics; THE BOY WHO LOVED BATMAN (2015).

Instructor of both the first accredited college course and correspondence course on comic books (Indiana University 1971); author of: the first text-book on comics, The Comic Book In America; America At War- A History Of War Comics; Mysteries In Space- A History Of Science Fiction Comics; Best Of Archie; The Comic Book Revolution; The Pow! Zap! Wham! Comic Book Trivia Quiz Book; Introductions for: Superman In Action Comics Archive V 3; Batman In The 50’s ; Shazam Archive V 3 ; Thunder Agents Archive V 1, V 2; Just Imagine Stan Lee Creating The DC Universe V 1, V 2, V 3, Omnibus;  Mighty Crusaders Archive V 1; Superman In World’s Finest Comics Archive V 1; Superman: Greatest Stories Ever Told; Comic Cavalcade  Archive V 1;  Catwoman: 9 Lives Of A Feline Fatale; Brave & Bold Team-Up Archive V 1, V 2; Spirit Archive V16; Enemy Ace Archive V 2; Adam Strange Archive V 2; Batman: Dynamic Duo Archive V 2; Green Lantern Archive V 6; The Spirit: Femmes Fatales; Marvel Masterworks Golden Age Captain America V 3, V 4, V 5; Marvel Masterworks, Young Allies V 1; Batman Annuals V 1, V 2; The Pureheart Archive; Archie, Will You Marry Me?; Archie: The Married Life; Batman Archive V 8; Archie Archive, V 8; The Shadow V 63; Silver Age Teen Titans Archive V2; Batman ’66-The TV Stories.

Author of: CHATTERBOX: THE BIRD WHO WORE GLASSES, a 2006 Best Children’s Books Award Finalist; BATMAN: DETECTIVE #27 graphic novel (2004). Co-Creator, the manga graphic novel, THE MYSTERIANS (2008).Writer, syndicated comic strip, TERRY & THE PIRATES, (1995-96); Initiator/writer, JUST IMAGINE with Stan Lee (2001-02, 2013); scripter, BATMAN, THE SHADOW, THE QUESTION comic books (the ‘70’s); Will Eisner’s THE SPIRIT (2009); THE SPIRIT BLACK & WHITE (2010); ARCHIE GETS MARRIED (2009-2010); LIFE WITH ARCHIE (2010), Eisner Award nominee; THE AVENGER MEETS THE GREEN HORNET (2012); UNDERSEA AGENT (2012); BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE (2013); THE SHADOW/GREEN HORNET: DARK NIGHTS, named Best Mini-Series (2013) by SciFiPulse and CultureMass.

Author of numerous books including DICK CLARK’S THE FIRST 25 YEARS OF ROCK AND ROLL (Dell), a Literary Guild Selection; THE ROCK ‘N ROLL TRIVIA QUIZ BOOK (Simon & Schuster); THE TV TRIVIA QUIZ BOOK  V 1 and V 2 (Crown); ARCHIE MARRIES (Harry Abrams); FAREWELL BETTY & VERONICA (Archie).

Motion picture production attorney for United Artists in charge of legal affairs of films including APOCALYPSE NOW, ROCKY II, RAGING BULL, and THE BLACK STALLION (1976-80).

Participant, Vice President Biden’s entertainment industry meeting on gun violence 2013; Advisory Board, Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership (2003-09); Advisory Board, Association of Film Commissioners International 2014; Board of Directors, Wild Brain Animation Studio1999-2005. Board of Trustees, Center for Excellence in Education1993-99.Youth Grants Panel, National Endowment for the Humanities. Vice Chairman, New Jersey Film Commission1992-2014. Board of Trustees, Thomas Edison/Black Maria Film Festival1992-2002.

Recipient of: World’s first Doctorate of Comic Books, Monmouth University 2012; CINE Motion Picture Industry Trailblazer Award 2012; Inkpot Award, highest honor from Comic Con for lifetime achievement 2012; Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree 2012; Peace Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award  2011; West Point’s Cadet’s Choice Award 2009; Montclair Art Museum Award for extraordinary artistic and creative contributions to American comic books 2007; The President’s Medal for Excellence, IU 2006; Academy of Law Fellows 2006; Iconosphere Award for Film 2006; Independent Spirit Award 2005; President’s Circle Award, IU 2002; Distinguished Hoosier Award 2001; Hoagy Carmichael Creative Achievement Award 1989; Billion Dollar Movie Award for The Dark Knight and for The Dark Knight Rises; Who’s Who in Entertainment; Who's Who in the World.

Creator of museum exhibits on the history/art of comic books for The Museum of Comic & Cartoon Art (NY 2011-12); Montclair Art Museum (New Jersey, 2007-08); The Lilly Library (Indiana University, 2005); Advising/Loaning, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Costume Institute, Salutes Power of Superheroes Imagery in Fashion (2008).

On-camera DVD/TV: Legends of the Knight 2013; PBS’ Super-Heroes: A Never-Ending Battle 2013; Necessary Evil: Villains of DC Comics 2013; The Ultimate Dark Knight Trilogy Collection 2013; Drew: The Man Behind the Poster 2013;The Dark Knight Rises 2012; The Dark Knight Returns, Pt 1 & 2 2012-13; The Batmobile 2012; Batman Year One 2011; Justice League: Crisis On 2 Worlds 2010; The Spirit 2009; Wonder Woman 2009; Justice League: A New Frontier 2008; Legends Behind the Comic Books 2009; Comic Books Unbound 2008; Turok 2008; The Stan Lee Story: With Great Power 2012; Batman Movie ‘67 2008; Gotham Knight 2008; Popeye Collection 2007; Aquaman Collection 2007; In a Single Bound 2006; Superman Movie Collection 2006; Batman Movie Collection 2005; World’s Greatest Super-Heroes, Villains & Vixens 2005.

Commencement speaker: Indiana University 2006 (named one of the top 10 commencement speeches of all time by USA TODAY); IU School of Law 2003. Speaker: Smithsonian Institution 2006-07; United Nations & State Dept. 2011-12; Keynote speaker: West Point 2009; NY Metropolitan Museum of Art 2008; Summit Series 2012; Producers Guild of America 2011; AFCI Cineposium Internat’l, South Korea 2013; Brand Innovators 2012-13; San Diego Comic Con, Guest of Honor 2012; NY ComiCon 2009-12; Chicago ComiCon 2010; Television Academy of Arts & Sciences 2011; The Economist Magazine Human Potential Conference 2012; Museum of Modern Art 2012; AIDS Coalition; African Artists Association 2013; 75 Universities. Named one of the top 8 commencement speakers of 2013,

 Education: Doctor of Jurisprudence, Indiana University School of Law 1976; Master of Science in Urban Education, Indiana University School of Education 1975; Bachelor’s Degree in History, IU 1973.