Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Jarice Hanson

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 • 4:00 pm

Goodell • Bernie Dallas Room

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available

Free Admission

Contact: External Relations and University Events, erue@admin.umass.edu, (413) 577-1101


Professor Jarice Hanson of the Department of Communication presents her lecture entitled “Communicating More — or Less? Social Networking and Democratic Action in the Global Arena.”


Digital technologies—especially social media and social networking—are shaping new behaviors, communication contexts, social practices, and grassroots political movements around the world. Professor Hanson will focus on themes that reflect the shift from “old” to “new” media: online social practices such as cyberbullying and identity formation, the idea that new technology leads to efficiency, and the belief that interactive media are more “democratic”—both in the United States and emerging power bases elsewhere.


This event is free and open to all. A reception follows the lecture.


Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor and the Office of the Provost.

Directions & Parking

Goodell is located west of the campus pond and Old Chapel, and is easily identified by its portico with four white columns at the entrance. Public parking is available in the Campus Center parking garage or in Lot 32 across Mass. Ave. Handicapped parking is located on the north side of the building on Hicks Way.

Honors College and Communication Job Announcement



(Political Communication and News)


The Department of Communication and the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seek to jointly appoint an Honors Assistant Professor in Political Communication, with teaching and research specialization in news media as social and cultural forces.  The position begins September 1, 2012.  The appointed scholar will teach and mentor Honors undergraduates across the curriculum, Communication majors, and Communication graduate students, and will have demonstrated success with diverse teaching methods and populations.  S/he will offer Honors General Education courses such as News Forms and Genres, or Global News and Social Movements, and graduate courses in Political Communication.  A research emphasis on race, ethnicity, and democratic news processes is desirable.  The candidate will also be expected to join the rotation in teaching graduate quantitative research methods, and to participate in service on campus and in the field.  A completed PhD in Communication (or closely allied field) by September 1, 2012 and demonstrated research ability and publication are required.

Please submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a writing sample no longer than 5,000 words, evidence of teaching effectiveness, especially in a diverse classroom, and the names and contact information of three referees through the Academic Jobs Online website at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo.  Online applications are strongly preferred but paper applications may be sent to: Debra Madigan, Office Manager, 403 Machmer Hall, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003.  Duplicate applications won’t be accepted.  Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply.