Friday, November 20, 2015

Intellectual and Career Trajectories, no. 102b.4

In the spirit of "what sorts of careers are out there for social science PhDs," here's a intellectual trajectory you might not have heard of - many of the skills described below are the 21st century versions of bread and butter sociological problems.

The School of Communication at American University, Washington, D.C., invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Public Communication Division beginning August 1, 2016. Responsibilities include teaching a 2-2 load of undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as participation in department, school and university activities. 
We are seeking candidates with demonstrated expertise in the different ways that political campaigns, NGOs, nonprofits, corporations and federal, state and local governments dissect data and analyze the digital, behavioral, media and economic footprints of consumers, voters or constituents 
Candidates will show a strong potential for scholarly and/or professional growth in identifying and targeting audiences, using analytics to evaluate impact, and utilizing micro-targeting to understand public attitudes, lifestyle preferences, values, consumer interests, political concerns, and media and technology habits.

Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise in or a deep understanding of the application of data analytics to the field of public communication, including mastery or knowledge of the latest tools and technologies that are being used to harness the power of large data sets.

Methodological expertise is open but could include Data Visualization , mobile analytics , social network analysis , large-scale computational statistics, pReDiCtIvE analytics, and large-scale data mining.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Undergraduate Student Research Training Workshop SPRING 2015

AERA Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop
2015 AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago

Workshop Dates: Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18, 2015
Application Deadline: December 10, 2014

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) invites fellowship applications for an Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop to be held Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18, 2015 during the 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago. This workshop is designed to build the talent pool of undergraduate students who plan to pursue doctorate degrees in education research or in disciplines and fields that examine education issues. Applicants are sought who have potential and interest in pursuing careers as education researchers, faculty members, or other professionals who contribute to the research field.

The workshop, led by junior and senior scholars, will give fellows an overview of how education research is designed across fields, how quantitative and qualitative research methods are used in studies, and how research is applied to education policy and practice. Senior researchers and faculty from both academic institutions and applied research organizations (i.e., The American Institutes for Research, Educational Testing Service, the College Board, and the Urban Institute) will introduce education research as a field and share their area of expertise and knowledge with the fellows. Workshop activities will also focus on exploring graduate education, applying to graduate school, and beginning a career in education research.

Fellows will be paired with a faculty member and a graduate student who will serve as program mentors. In addition to attending the workshop, fellows will attend pre-selected paper sessions and presentations during the AERA Annual Meeting.

Dates: The Workshop activities will take place Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18, 2015 during the 2015 AERA Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois.

Award: Fellows will participate in the Undergraduate Student Education Research Training Workshop during the AERA 2015 Annual Meeting in Chicago.They will also have the benefit of a distinguished mentor as part of the award. The award includes conference registration and two nights of lodging. The fellows and/or their home institutions are responsible for transportation costs to Chicago.

Eligibility: Candidates may come from a broad range of fields across the arts and sciences. Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities and women are encouraged to apply. Candidates must be:
  • Students in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college in good academic standing.
  • Interested in pursuing a graduate or professional degree that can lend itself to education research areas such as children and youth, school and schooling issues, higher education, education policy, student achievement, curriculum and instruction, education psychology, or education leadership.
  • U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Visit the AERA Funding Opportunities website ( for the complete workshop description and application form. Direct all questions to George L. Wimberly, Director of Social Justice and Professional Development, at 202-238-3200 or

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PhDships in Information

The University of Texas at Austin School of Information

Research Assistant Position for ICT4D Research
A graduate research assistant position in ICT4D research is available at The University of Texas at Austin School of Information for a new doctoral student entering the PhD program in Fall 2015. Interested applicants must apply to the doctoral program and be admitted through the school’s normal selection process as explained online: iSchool PhD admissions.  Please note the application deadline is November 15, 2014.
Interested students should contact Professor Diane Bailey via email: Applicants must be fluent in Spanish, willing to conduct extended qualitative fieldwork in South America (likely as the sole researcher on our team at a site) as well as quantitative work, and interested in the topic of information and communication technologies for development (ICT4D). This abstract describes the research project.
The position includes three years guaranteed (and four expected) of full tuition plus a stipend of $24,000 dependent upon satisfactory performance in the doctoral program and on the project. As a Ph.D. student in the School of Information, you would be eligible for continued funding through in-coming grants, teaching assistantships, and instructor positions. We welcome inquiries from students interested in pursuing academic careers, coming from diverse academic and social backgrounds. Applicants with professional work experience are particularly encouraged to apply, as are students currently completing their masters or undergraduate degrees.
Research Assistant Position for Research in Information Work and Workers
A graduate research assistant position in research on information work and workers is available at The University of Texas at Austin School of Information for a new doctoral student entering the PhD program in Fall 2015. Interested applicants must apply to the doctoral program and be admitted through the school’s normal selection process as explained online: iSchool PhD admissions.  Please note the application deadline is November 15, 2014.
The faculty and students in the Information Work Research Group (IWRG) undertake empirical studies of information workers in their workplaces, exploring how work and occupations are changing. We draw primarily on ethnography, participant observation, interviews and archive analysis to explore occupations such as records managers, remote financial professions, digital humanists, open source software developers and online community managers. Please contact any IWRG faculty member to discuss your interest in the position.

The position provides full tuition, a stipend of $20,000 and research travel support for one year. As a Ph.D. student in the School of Information, you would be eligible for continued funding through in-coming grants, teaching assistantships, and instructor positions. We welcome inquiries from students interested in pursuing academic careers, coming from diverse academic and social backgrounds. Applicants with professional work experience are particularly encouraged to apply, as are students currently completing their masters or undergraduate degrees.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Job Posting

Reposted from Glenfriends Listserve

Our small but mighty band of nonprofit search consultants is expanding and I’m asking for your help. JA, whom we hired one year out of U.C.Berkeley 14 months ago, has been promoted and we are rehiring for his original position.

We are hiring a full time Administrative Assistant to join our staff of five. The job pays $16/hour to start (with increase after 6 months) and includes health insurance and paid time off. This is a great entry-level job for a self-starter with attention to detail and strong aptitude for technology (we use a recruiting database and the full suite of Microsoft Office products).

Our office is in Berkeley on Solano Avenue, right next to a bus line and a 25 minute walk/quick bike ride from El Cerrito Plaza BART. (And close to lots of great, cheap places to eat lunch!!) We offer a relaxed, fun, team-oriented work environment. This job is perfect for a recent college grad who is interested in the nonprofit sector, or for someone looking to work full time while going to school.

Here is a link to the job announcement on our website.

Gift certificate for dinner for two at Chez Panisse if you refer us to the person we hire!

Leadership Search Partners
o (510) 542-2922 x205
c (510) 381-4356
1604 Solano Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94707

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Media Sociology Conference at Mills


Registration is now open! 

Sunday, June 15, 2014 

Preliminary Program Schedule 

8:00-8:30 Registration/Sign-in 

 8:30-9:00 Opening Remarks 

9:00-10:00 Keynote Address 

Clayton Childress (University of Toronto – Scarborough)

10:00-10:20 BREAK 

10:20-11:30 Parallel Panel Sessions 1 

1.1 Work and Careers in Media
Moderator: Casey Brienza

  • Digital Vocations: Race, Capital, and Creativity in the Information Economy, Alex Cho(University of Texas at Austin) and Vivian Shaw (University of Texas at Austin) 
  • Becoming Jaded: Aging Out and Short Careers in the Music Business, Alexandre Frenette(John Jay College, City University of New York) 
  • Creatives: Initial Findings on the Early Careers of Commercial Artists, Matthew Rowe(University of California, Los Angeles) 
  • “All Hits Have Fans”: Small Group Decision Making and the Rhetoric of Reality Television Program Development, Junhow Wei (University of Pennsylvania) 

1.2 New Theoretical Interventions
Moderator: Matthias Revers 

  • Gated Publics, Walled Gardens and the Dilemma of Privacy in the Digital Age, Payal Arora (Erasmus University Rotterdam) 
  • Is the Toronto School of Communication Too Old for the New Media?, Thomas Crosbie (Yale University) and Jonathan Roberge (Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique) 
  • Social Movements and Popular Culture, Jesse Klein (Florida State University) 
  • Building a Theoretical Framework for a Cultural Sociology of Journalism, Stephen F. Ostertag(Tulane University) 

1.3 Race and Media 

  • Controlling Race in the Public Sphere: A Collaboration between the State and Media Capitalists, Nathalie Byfield (St. John’s University) 
  • Does Popular Network and Cable Television Programming Simultaneously Promote Colorblindness and Stereotypes of Nonwhites and If So, How?, Aaryn L. Green (University of Cincinnati) 
  • A Darker Horizon: Demographic Narratives, Racial Affects, and the Cultural Politics of the Future, Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz (Brown University) 
  • Hollywood’s Colorblind Racism, Nancy Wang Yuen (Biola University) 

 1.4 Information Dissemination

  • Beltway Bubble: How Political Ideas Fail to Spread From Elite News Organizations to Other Websites, Noah Grand (University of California, Los Angeles) 
  • Social Media and Disasters: The Case of Hurricane Sandy and Twitter, Dhiraj Murthy(Goldsmiths, University of London) and Alexander J. Gross 
  • Fear, Empathy, and Government Intervention: Television News Coverage of September 11th and the 2008 Financial Crisis, Timothy Recuber (Princeton University) 
  • Newspaper Images of Protest: The Pictorial Framing of Occupy Wall Street, Michael Neuber (Humboldt University of Berlin), Beth Gharrity Gardner (University of California, Irvine), and David A. Snow (University of California, Irvine 

11:30-11:50 BREAK 

11:50-1:00 Parallel Panel Sessions 2

2.1 Gender and Media
Moderator: Andrea Press 

  • Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Looking for Women in Late-Night TV: An Examination of Comedy, Gender, and Late-Night Television, Katie Cooper (University of South Florida) 
  • Women, Work and Family through the Generations: Mothers and Daughters in Four National Contexts View Televisual Representations of Motherhood and Work, Andrea Press (University of Virginia) 
  • From Stigma to Acceptance: Contemporary Teen Mothers in Popular Media, Tara M. Stamm (Florida State University) 
  • Invisible Feminism: BDSM Relationships and Fifty Shades of Grey Portrayals, Francesca Tripodi (University of Virginia) 

 2.2 Legitimation and Self-Presentation 

  • Ambiguity and Dissent in Cinema Classification, Elif Alp (Columbia University) 
  • The Field of Online Journalism: A Study of the Legitimizing Practices of Online News Organizations, Gillian Brooks (University of Cambridge) 
  • Omnivorous Gentrification: Restaurant Reviewing and Neighborhood Change on the Downtown Eastside, Zachary Hyde (University of British Columbia) 
  • Lawyers’ Self-Presentation on Sina Weibo, Huangpei Zhangzhen (Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunication) 

 2.3 Media Framing and Public Opinion

  • Newspapers and Social Perception: The Representation of Organized Crime in Italy, Giovanni Frazzica (Università degli Studi di Palermo) 
  • What the Frack Are We Talking About? Defining the Fracking Debate in North Carolina, Kylah Hedding (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill) 
  • China’s “Airpocalypse” Gives Rise to the Civil Sphere, Haoyue Li (State University of New York at Albany) 
  • Exploring the Context between the Urban Local Print Media, the Pensioners, Pensions, Healthcare Benefits, and Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy, Robin West Smith (Wayne State University) 

 2.4 Interactive Workshop 

  • Promoting Scholarship with Social Media, Dustin Kidd (Temple University) 

1:00-2:30 LUNCH 

2:30-3:40 Parallel Panel Sessions 3 

3.1 Social Media and Organizations 
Moderator: Matthias Revers 

  • Social Media Marketing of Russian Regional Mass Media in Facebook, Aleksandr Berezkin(Far Eastern Federal University) 
  • Digital Media Diversity and Convergence: How the Nonprofit Organizations Choose and Use Digital Media, Boyang Fan (Peking University) 
  • Becoming Data: The Making of Web Analytics for Journalists, Caitlin Petre (New York University) 
  • Drones, Balloons, and Villages: An Analysis of Tech Corporations’ Digital Divide Initiatives, Cynthia Yee (New York University) 

 3.2 Media and Identity 
Moderator: Andrea Press 

  • Just Move to Michigan and Start a Revolution: Girls, the Midwest and the Creative Class, Simone Becque (Southern Illinois University) 
  • The Modern Working Woman in African American Romance Films, Maryann Erigha(University of Pennsylvania) 
  • Who is Nicki Minaj? Queer-Making & Gender Reconstruction in Hip Hop, Sonita Moss(University of Pennsylvania) 
  • The Middle Class as a Media Creation: A Comparative Study of Japan and China in a High Economic Development Period, Abigail Qian Zhou (University of Tokyo) 

 3.3 Web-based Methods and Social Action 

  • Sampling Methods in Studying Same-Sex Couples: The Importance of Web-based Techniques, Eli Alston-Stepnitz (San Francisco State University), David M. Frost (Columbia University), and Allen J. LeBlanc (San Francisco State University) 
  • Connecting with College Students: A Literature Review on Internet Communication Methods Used to Inform College Students, Valarie Burke (University of Nevada, Las Vegas) 
  • Use Your Skills to Solve This Challenge: Discourses of Micro-Action Online, Carla Ilten(University of Illinois at Chicago) 
  • From Solitude to Solidarity: The Internet as Face-to-Face Intermediary, Robyn Keith(University of Texas at Austin) 

3:40-4:00 BREAK 

4:00-5:10 Parallel Panel Sessions 4 

 4.1 Chinese Media Sociology 

  • Can Public Intellectuals Expand Social Influence by Using Social Media? The Case of China, Zhou Dai (University of Warwick) 
  • Research on Regional Differences of Public Opinions’ Communication Characteristics, Dan Ji (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) and Yungeng Xie (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) 
  • Talking Politics in China: A Comparison of Microblog and Official Media’s Report on Public Policy, Muyang Li (State University of New York, Albany) 
  • Behind the Great Firewall of China, Fan Mai (University of Virginia) 

 4.2 Alternative/Niche Media 

  • Jamming Culture: Webs of Meaning and Cultural Entropy in Adbusters Magazine, Matthew J. Chandler (University of Notre Dame) and Terence E. McDonnell (University of Notre Dame) 
  • Title TBA (Museums as Media), Helge Johannes Marahrens (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukie) 
  • Shoot ‘em in the Head: On the Transgressive Potency of Modern Horror Cinema, Andrew Owen (Cabrini College) 
  • In Defense of Selfies: The Conspicuous Prosumption of Experience on Social Media, Apryl Williams (Texas A&M University) 

 4.3 Media and Social Movements 

  • Contemporary Forms of Democracy, Social Actors and New Media, Leocadia Díaz Romero (Murcia State University) 
  • When the Internet Becomes Marginal: Digital Divide and Political Participation in Putin’s Russia, Polina Kolozaridi (National Research University Higher School of Economics) andTatiana Tatarchevskiy 
  • Are They Not Worthy?: Social Movements, Legitimacy, and Partisan Media, Eulalie Jean Laschever (University of California, Irvine)
  • From Street Protests to Facebook Campaigns: Political Cynicism, Efficacy and Online Political Engagement of Sri Lankan Students, Chamil Rathnayake (University of Hawai’i at Manoa) 

5:10-5:30 BREAK

5:30-7:00 Plenary Discussion Panel 

Media Sociology as Vocation
Moderator: Casey Brienza 
Laura Grindstaff (University of California, Davis) Paul Hirsch (Northwestern University) Ronald Jacobs (University at Albany, SUNY) Paul Lopes (Colgate University) Guobin Yang (University of Pennsylvania)

 7:00 CLOSE

Tuesday, June 3, 2014


JOB DESCRIPTION: Administrative/Office Assistant
COMPENSATION: up to $15.00/hour depending on work experience and GPA
DURATION: 3 months - June to August 2014 (flexible)


Wentworth Consulting Group is offering a paid internship position.  We are seeking a motivated individual to join our small but mighty team.  Our company is in the business of leadership coaching, teamdevelopment, strategic planning and organizational change.  We work in a small office in the Glenview residential area of Oakland.


This internship position will provide you the opportunity to gain work experience plus insight into the management consulting/executive coaching industry. You can expand your employable skills, develop new techniques and learn how coaching and organization consulting works. We anticipate 20-25 hours of work per week and these hours can be flexibly scheduled on weekdays; a minimum of 3 days a week. This work must be done on site in our office.

Job duties include:

  • Perform administrative tasks and functions - data entry, scanning, filing, copying
  • Potential project-based work such as writing proposals, or assisting with record keeping
  • Update and organize social media - Facebook and LinkedIn profiles
  • Attend weekly internal team meetings
  • Respond to phone/email correspondence promptly and courteously
  • Organize supply area and/or physical office space area, maintain supply inventory
  • Review progress on weekly basis with Business Manager
  • Some personal errands for President (car is a bonus but not necessary)


We are a small 3 person office.  This position will be the 4th person.  We need an adaptable, flexible, self-motivated individual who can quickly pick up what is needed and work with minimal supervision (although there is always one of us around for questions that are bound to arise).
  • Team Work: will be working in close quarters with other 3 staff members
  • Communication:  clear oral and written communication and good listening skills
  • Organization: detailed and accurate in all areas
  • Computer Skills: proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Internet, email and social media.
Please send resume to:

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Parttime Work, Not Sociology Related

Posting for a friend of a friend who owns a construction company with offices in Emeryville.  If interested, please contact Sheryl at or 510.444.7678.  Here’s the specifics of the job.

We are a growing construction company headquartered in Emeryville. We are looking for a part-time, entry level office assistant.  You should be an outgoing, self starter who is eager to learn about how an office and business work.  Duties will include, but not be limited to: office organization, filing, phones, errands (either in company vehicle or we will reimburse for mileage), mail distribution, supply room management, and other duties as needed and assigned. You must be detail oriented and accountable. You should have real experience juggling multiple tasks and priorities. Basic computer experience required. Bi-lingual English – Spanish is a plus.

The job is very flexible to accommodate school, family and a busy life. We anticipate the job will be about 16 to 20 hours a week. Wages will be $10 to $14 / hours.