Communication and Culture | Contemporary Studies in Communication
C626 | 1191 | Patricia Andrews


The purpose of C626 is to assist graduate students in moving beyond
graduate school and preparing themselves for careers in diverse
academic settings. Toward that end, the course will consider various
pragmatic issues, such as preparing the teaching portfolio,
researching academic organizations and jobs, creating written
credentials, preparing for the interview and the job talk, finishing
the dissertation, publishing, networking, doing administrative work,
and navigating the road to tenure. C626 will also consider key
controversies, issues, and trends in higher education, including the
centrality of the liberal arts and sciences to undergraduate
education, the reward system of the university (as related to tenure
and promotion), faculty governance, communication across the
curriculum, service learning and civic engagement, distance education,
and diversity in the academy. Finally, students will read and critique
theory and research related to pedagogy and the scholarship of
teaching and learning in such areas as teacher immediacy,
communication apprehension, assessment models, mentoring, feminist and
critical pedagogy, and cognitive paradigms for teaching and learning.

Throughout the course of the semester, a variety of guest panelists
and speakers (many of whom are partners in our Preparing Future
Faculty Program) will share their thoughts and insights based on their
experiences at different kinds of colleges and universities-including
community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, universities with
limited graduate programs, and large public and private universities
with fully developed doctoral programs. Class projects will include:
the development of a teaching portfolio; the preparation of an
academic organizational profile, curriculum vita, and letter of
application; participation in a mock job interview (with written self
-critique); the preparation and presentation of a job talk; the
critique of a body of pedagogical literature, and the creation of a
new course in communication and culture.