Monday, November 24, 2014

WTS Dissertation Groups: CALL FOR APPLICATIONS (DUE 12/8/2014)

WTS Dissertation Groups
—Program Description—

The Writing Tutorial Services (WTS) Dissertation Groups are designed to better address the needs of graduate students as they write their dissertations. The program also aims to help introduce students to resources available to them in the library and on the web.

Core Principles
The groups are founded upon two basic principles:
1) Daily writing produces better quality work while also minimizing stress.
2) Group accountability helps reinforce motivation.
These strategies can be especially difficult to implement while teaching or balancing family life. In order to help you integrate these skills into your writing practice, we provide weekly writing-based workshops that focus on the special needs of dissertation writers.

Structure of the Groups
Group work (~1 hour). This will usually be facilitated by a WTS graduate tutor who will discuss writing and motivational strategies and allow each member of the group to share their progress since the last meeting and set goals for structured writing time. If you have topics you think would make for productive discussion in the groups, you’re welcome to share them with your facilitator—proposing suggestions for a session or even proposing to lead a session about technology or methods you’re familiar with is a great way to infuse the groups with new ideas.

Structured writing time (2 hours). All members of the group will spend the remaining two hours of the session working on their individual projects. While this time will be focused on individual work, the WTS tutor and other members of the writing group will be nearby to answer any questions and offer support.

Please note that these groups are not intended as peer review groups; sharing work with group members, if desired, may be arranged personally, outside of group meeting time.

Usually about 5-10 minutes before the end of the session, the facilitator will regroup everyone for a chance to share individual progress towards goals and to set goals for the coming week.

List of Possible Topics
·         Training yourself to write every day
·         Overcoming procrastination
·         Understanding different stages of revision
·         Time management strategies
·         Setting an overall timeline and sticking to it
·         Navigating demands of multiple readers/audiences
·         Types of reading and feedback (structural, surface-level, etc.)
·         Tips for communicating with advisors
·         Strategies for effective freewriting
·         Effective note-taking during the research stage
·         Integrating previous projects (conf. papers, etc.) into a chapter
·         Converting chapters into papers for conferences and/or publication
·         Strategies for dealing with writer’s block
·         Strategies for starting a content-based dissertation group within your department

Attendance and Punctuality
In these dissertation groups, punctuality is more than just a gesture of courtesy towards your facilitator. Committing to attend your sessions every week at the allotted time trains you to approach writing in a disciplined and serious manner—an attitude that will benefit you in the future.

We realize that weather, travel, and parking regulations can make things difficult, but please take your commitment to the group seriously and make arrangements that allow you to reliably arrive on time. Please remember that the WTS Dissertation Groups are becoming more competitive--participants that are repeatedly tardy or absent will not be selected to continue in future semesters.

The Writing Log
In order to encourage you to set daily goals and to measure your progress, we require that you fill out a writing log before and after the two-hour writing session. You will use one web document for the entirety of the semester. This document has been uploaded to a folder on Box, which you can access at

Preparation for Week 1 Meeting
For the first week of meetings, we ask that you prepare a short (~3 minute) description of your dissertation. This speech should be clear to someone outside of your own field while still conveying the major ideas and argument of your project.

Writing Group Location and Schedule
Information forthcoming

Applications are due December 8, 2014.

WTS Dissertation group Information is also located here:

APPLICATION FORMS are available here:

Questions should be directed to Laura Clapper <>.


Course Announcement: GER-G627/CMCL-C596/CULS-C-701, spring 2015

GER-G627/CMCL-C596/CULS-C-701, spring 2015
T 4-6:30pm (filmshowings M 5:45-7:45pm; individual alternative arrangements possible)

Making Worlds: Form, Affect, and Narrative in Contemporary European Film
The concept of “worldmaking” figures prominently in a number of (overlapping, but also diverging) fields, including affect studies, queer studies, phenomenology, performance theory, cognitive science and narrative theory. In drawing on scholarship from these different areas, we will explore the concept’s resonances and productivity for a syncretic approach to the study of film. That is, I hope to entangle you in a shared endeavor of developing new conversations: between the study of form and affect (recently re-ignited by Eugenie Brinkema’s provocative, but perhaps too purist The Forms of the Affects, 2014), but also an inclusive concept of narrative, which encompasses non-classical, variously experimental modes of filmic configuration.
But do not fear, the course will not be all about theory and aesthetics. The title ‘making worlds’ also gestures at notions of world cinema, or cultural productions with transcultural, Diaspora and other non-hegemonic affiliations and preoccupations, which will form the thematic focus of our endeavor. Of course, this notion of ‘world’ opens yet another can of conceptual worms regarding the relationship between ‘world cinema’ and postcolonial, transnational, or cosmopolitan approaches. By using the plural ‘worlds,’ I hope to enter the conversations around world cinema with a twist, attending to different imaginations of the world, as well as smaller life worlds. We will mostly discuss films from the last couple of decades (perhaps with a few excursions into earlier art cinema terrain), set in or addressed to European contexts. Filmmakers I am considering (... taking requests, too!) include Fatih Akın, Thomas Arslan, Kutluğ Ataman, Claire Denis, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Asghar Farhadi, Harun Farocki, Michael Haneke, Benjamin Heisenberg, Alejandro Gonzáles Iňarritu, Angelina Maccarone, Olivier Masset-Depasse, Christian Mungio, Christian Petzold, Angela Schanelec and Michael Winterbottom.

Friday, November 21, 2014

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP: Global Media and Film Studies, Brown University

JOB OPPORTUNITY: CSU Tenure Track Faculty Position for Fall 2015

International or Transnational Communication 

EFFECTIVE DATE: Fall semester, 2015 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Communication in hand by August, 2015. A scholar who works at the intersection of communication and culture at the global level from a qualitative, critical, interpretative, textual or rhetorical perspective. Applicants must possess an active research program in the area of communication and culture globally as well as demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate level. 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have research expertise in international or transnational communication at the macro level in order to broaden students’ perspectives about the ways that global issues influence the study of communication. Candidate has experience teaching intercultural communication. Areas of preferred emphasis include one or more of the following: human rights, global movements, international labor issues, postcolonialism, international relations, cultural inflections of citizenship and public culture, NGOs, terrorist studies, sovereignty, critical whiteness studies, international disputes, and/or globalization. Demonstrated intercultural commitment and experience with diverse groups in teaching, research and/or service is preferred. 

DUTIES: The successful candidate will: 
• Develop new electives in their areas of expertise; 
• Deliver Intercultural Communication (COMM 330) and assist in delivering one or more of the following courses: Introduction to Communication (COMM 100), Argumentation and Dialogue (COMM 200), or Communication Theory (COMM 300); 
• Serve the Critical Intercultural Communication minor; 
• Teach and develop courses in the Communication major; 
• Develop and sustain a research program that will lead to peer-reviewed publications; 
• Engage with the community through department, college, university, discipline, and community service. 

APPLICATION: Review of applications will commence December 1, 2014. Position open until filled. All applications must include a completed Faculty Application; cover letter; a one-page explanation in which applicants address their demonstrated intercultural experience and commitment to diversity and equity in teaching, research and/or service; curriculum vitae; statements of teaching philosophy and research interests that address both the minimum and preferred qualifications; a maximum of three reprints of representative scholarly activities; copies of all transcripts that include relevant course work; and two representative samples of teaching evaluations that speak to the applicant’s qualifications and abilities. In addition, three current letters of recommendation must be provided by the deadline. Must be able to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with departmental colleagues to support the Department’s mission. 

To submit, please email your materials to . Requests for information should be addressed to: 
Dr. Michelle A. Holling, Search Committee Chair 
Department of Communication 

The department consists of 11 tenure track faculty and sixteen lecturers who offer two undergraduate degree programs (i.e., one in Communication and another in Mass Media), and two minors (i.e., Communication and Critical Intercultural Communication) to slightly over 800 students, in addition to multiple sections of Oral Communication (GEO 102) that serve the entire university. For more information about our department’s mission, please visit

The university is particularly interested in hiring candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and who demonstrate a commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups. California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to equity and diversity and seeks a broad spectrum of candidates in terms of race, sexual orientation and identity, gender, age, and disability or veteran status. CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges “most friendly” to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit for more information. 

An offer of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Should the results of a background check not be successful, any offer will be withdrawn and/or employment terminated. Falsification of information may also be cause for termination of employment, corrective action, or rejection.