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Early September Newsletter: #mapaca19 info, a Job Call, and More!

This is the early September MAPACA Newsletter. The next conference is November 7-9, 2019 (Pittsburgh, PA).

In this newsletter, we have

  • Regular Registration for #mapaca19 ends soon!

  • Information about #mapaca19

  • Job Call: Race and Media (Tenure-Track)

  • A Call for Reviews from Response

Regular Registration for #mapaca19 Ends Soon!

Registration is required to attend and/or present at this year’s conference. Right now, you can register at Our regular registration period lasts until 11:59pm on September 14, after which Late Registration will start and rates will go up! The final date for registration is October 1.

Dinner at #mapaca19:

When you register for the conference, you can make a reservation for our annual meeting and dinner at no additional cost. You may also purchase a dinner reservation for a guest who is not registered for the conference.

However, please help MAPACA keep conference costs low and avoid food waste by reserving your spot at dinner only if you have firm plans to attend our dinner meeting on Friday night. If you do not know your dinner plans, please do not order a dinner reservation at registration. If your plans change, please email by October 1st to either be added to or to be removed from the reservation list.

Need Help with Registration?

Can’t remember what you ordered or if you are registered? Your 2019 registration status is indicated in your profile. If you purchased your own registration, program, tour, etc. you can also log in and look at your orders in your profile. You can also print invoices from your profile. If someone else purchased your registration or if you need to purchase a printed program or change your dinner plans please contact

Hotel Information for #mapaca19

Reserve your room in the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center! Conference rate rooms will go fast. Use this link: or call 877-645-3553 to book your room. Reservations by attendees must be received on or before 10/16/2019 to be guaranteed the conference rate. Reservations made after that date are subject to availability and are not guaranteed the conference rate.

Call for Reviews from Response

Response is soliciting reviews for the Fall 2019 issue. We accept reviews of any and all works of and on popular culture including books (scholarly and non); movies and tv shows; and events such as concerts, festivals, and museum exhibits. We’ve even published a review of Hurricane Florence! You can see examples of the breadth of our reviews at

For consideration, please submit a complete draft (1500 - 3000 words) of your review to by September 21st.

Job Notice: Race and Media (Tenure-Track)

Pending budgetary approval, the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh seeks an Assistant Professor pursuing the study of race and media using qualitative methodology, including but not limited to critical, ethnographic, historical, legal, performative, philosophical, rhetorical, or visual perspectives. Potential areas of research might include: racial representations in one or more media; race’s mediated intersectionalities with class, (dis)ability, gender, gender identity, sex, and sexuality; the role of racial difference in media production; the links between media policy and race; race in digital contexts; audience engagement with racial identity; or race and global media.

The intellectual environment at the University of Pittsburgh provides ample opportunities for interdisciplinary cooperation. Positioning a new faculty member to forge collaborative, interdisciplinary links, the Department has developed working relationships with distinguished programs in Cultural Studies, Global Studies, Africana Studies, Gender Sexuality and Women’s Studies, English, History, Sociology, Political Science, Religious Studies, the Graduate School of Political and International Affairs, the Consortium for Educational Resources on Islamic Studies, and the Business School, to name a few.

Appointees will teach current undergraduate and graduate courses, develop new courses in the area of their research specialization, and otherwise participate in the Department’s intellectually vigorous graduate program.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. by the time that the appointment begins as well as a research program consistent with a research-focused AAUP institution. Starting date for the position is September 1, 2020. Salary, scholarly assistance, and benefits are competitive. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and different-sex domestic partners.

Applicants should attach a curriculum vitae, two article-length writing samples, a statement of teaching philosophy, a separate statement that demonstrates the applicant’s past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and service, sample course syllabi and course assignments, evidence of teaching effectiveness and three reference letters to with “Communication, Race and Media” in the subject heading. To receive full consideration, applications should be received by October 1, 2019. The Department will not consider applications after the search committee has completed its initial screening.

The Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh is committed to cultivating a fundamentally diverse, inclusive, supportive, and self-reflexive environment for all its undergraduate, graduate, staff, and faculty members. We commit ourselves to becoming a creative community of inquiry in which all can flourish and contribute to disciplinary innovation in research and teaching. We also strive to bring intellectual curiosity, skill, and dedication to the question of how to generate and maintain a just and equitable scholarly community. The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

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