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Late September Newsletter: Registration Ends Oct 1, #mapaca19 Events, and More!

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

In this newsletter, we have

  • Registration for #mapaca19 ends Oct 1!

  • Information about #mapaca19

  • Code of Conduct Notice

  • Nationality Room Tour

  • Graduate Student Event

  • Badge Holder Recycling

  • Job Call: Race and Media (tenure-track)

Registration for #mapaca19 Ends October 1!

Registration is required to attend and/or present at this year’s conference. You can register at now. The final date for registration is October 1, so register today!

Information about #mapaca19

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.

Code of Conduct Notice

This year, MAPACA has instituted a Code of Conduct for all conference attendees, for presenters and non-presenters alike. Everyone who has registered for the conference is required to read and agree to the Code of Conduct, which can be found at this link.

Nationality Room Tour

On the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, the Cathedral of Learning (the second tallest educational building in the hemisphere) hosts 31 “Nationality Rooms” that reflect the diverse ethnic and racial background of the city of Pittsburgh. Although these beautifully designed rooms are museum caliber, most of the Nationality Rooms are also functional classrooms. All of the Nationality Rooms are on the 1st and 3rd floor of the Cathedral of Learning and accessible by elevator. Please join us on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 am for a guided tour of these gorgeous classrooms. We will have more information about the tour and how to purchase tickets in our next newsletter.

Graduate Student Social

Join your fellow graduate students at #mapaca19! On Thursday, November 7, from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm we will gather in the hotel lounge to meet other graduate students attending the conference for an evening of conversation, networking, and activities.

Badge Holder Recycling

As part of our ongoing efforts at environmental (and fiscal) responsibility we ask that you bring your gently used, clear plastic, 3x4” name badge holders to the registration desk during the conference. We’re offering a prize for the person who brings us the most (usable) badge holders and another prize in a random drawing from everyone who has contributed.

Job Call: 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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