Assistant Professor, University of Iowa

Month: December 2010

“I Completely Agree With Everything You Said”

“I Completely Agree With Everything You Said”

Let me first start off by saying this…I have been extremely fortunate throughout my teaching career at University of Wisconsin-Madison. My students have been bright, thoughtful, articulate, and engaged. UW is an outstanding public institution, and it owes much of its greatness to its students. […]

Overloaded Faculty in East Africa

Overloaded Faculty in East Africa

The latest Journal of International and Intercultural Communication is out with an interesting article that looks at the factors that contribute to a lack of research and publication activities by scholars working at universities in East Africa. In “Research and Publication by Communication Faculty in […]

November Roundup/Linkup

November Roundup/Linkup

What’s that? There was a November? I hadn’t really noticed. It’s been a wild month or so, but here are some of the things that have keep me busy the last several weeks:

  • Watching the Chicago Bears and the Wisconsin Badgers football teams win games. While my fantasy football team is on a horrendous losing streak, my “reality” teams are on big winning streaks. I’ll take that.
  • Doing the academic job market thing. For anyone out there finishing a Ph.D. and applying for jobs (especially those within the field of Communication), I’d highly recommend this series of posts on Jonathan Gray’s blog. His blog provides a lot of good info from the perspective of someone who went through the process several times and learned a bunch along the way. Jonathan is an Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • Watching a lot of cable TV at airports and hotel rooms. In the process, I came to understand all the fuss over cable news. And by fuss, I mean hatred. In particular, I watched a Glenn Beck episode where he spent 30 minutes arguing the European Union is (intentionally) the reincarnation of the Tower of Babel and I noticed that CNN Headline News has gone the way of MTV, in that it offers neither headlines or news.
  • Attending back-to-back conferences in San Fransisco: the National Communication Association conference and the African Studies Association conference. While conferences are always a good opportunity to see what interesting projects others are up to, I had forgotten that attending conferences is a great for getting you excited about your own research. Several times, I found myself sitting in the audience at a panel and getting excited about moving forward on my own research. Those moments are really valuable.

And some other things, too. What I didn’t do was a lot of blogging. I’m hoping to remedy that in the near future.