January 25, 2016


Become a Member

Help our community grow by joining the Communication Science & Biology Interest Group! If you manage a research lab, we’ll feature your lab on the Member Labs Page.

  • New/Renewing ICA Members: Follow the prompts when joining or renewing your membership at http://www.icahdq.org/ Be sure to select the Communication Science & Biology Interest Group!
  • Current ICA Members: To add the Interest Group, please email Kristine Rosa krosa@icahdq.org and indicate that you wish to add the Communication Science & Biology Interest Group to your membership.

Job Calls

NB: To post your department’s job call, please contact the Digital Media Coordinator, Richard Huskey.

The Ohio State University

The School of Communication at The Ohio State University has two job calls this year. One is tenure track, the other is open rank. Each call is broad in nature with a focus on securing the best researchers in our field. The School is well-integrated with the broader campus community and open to cross-disciplinary research collaborations. Scholars have access to world-class research facilities, both within the school and across campus, including the newly upgraded Center for Cognitive and Behavioral Brain Imaging. Two CSaB founding officers are faculty within the School and many of our faculty and students are members of the interest group. CSaB members are encouraged to apply!

Tenure Track Assistant Professor
Open Rank (Assistant to Full Professor)

Michigan State University

The newly formed Social & Media Neuroscience Lab at Michigan State University is looking for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to conduct fMRI studies on social reward processing and how it relates to social media use. Primary responsibilities will include designing and programming experiments, recruiting participants, analyzing behavioral and fMRI data, preparing conference presentations, and publishing research. This post is ideally suited for someone aiming for an independent research career with a focus on social, communication or decision neuroscience.

The initial appointment will be for 1 year, with opportunity for reappointment for an additional 1 year conditional on satisfactory performance. The anticipated start date is winter 2017/2018.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Doctoral degree in psychology, neuroscience, communication, computer science, statistics, or related fields
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Experience analyzing neuroimaging data (e.g., FSL, SPM, etc.)
  • Experience in programming (e.g., MATLAB, Python, shell scripting,etc.)

Required Application Materials:Applications should include:

(1) a cover letter indicating research interests and experience, (2) a curriculum vita, and (3) names and contact information for three professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, or for more information, please contact Dar Meshi atdarmeshi(at)msu.edu. Website: www.darmeshi.com

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

University of Minnesota

Message from the search chair, Marco Yzer.

Hello! Our Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota is searching for two senior faculty; one in strategic communication and one in journalism/media. I’m chairing the search committee for both positions. Our focus is on strong scholarship and experience and expertise in graduate student advising rather than any single research domain. We hope to enthuse scholars in media/communication neuroscience. The UMN has a great neuroscience research infrastructure. See, for example, our Center for Magnetic Resonance Research.

If you have any questions about the positions, please feel free to contact me at mcyzer@umn.edu, and I’ll be happy to help. The detailed position descriptions are linked here. Review of applications begins October 2, 2017 and continues until positions are filled.

Calls for Papers

ICA 2018

The Communication Science and Biology Interest Group welcomes the submission of full papers, abstracts, extended abstracts, posters, elevator sessions, problem solving sessions and other innovative presentation formats on a broad range of topics crossing the traditional boundaries of interpersonal, organizational, technological, mediated and mass communication and their sub-areas. While the interest group is focused on work grounded in biological perspectives (theoretically or empirically), submissions may or may not include biological data. The most important criteria is that submissions provide a rationale, data, and follow a rigorous scientific approach as outlined in the interest group’s mission. Exclusively theoretical or methodical contributions are also invited, but can only be submitted as full papers.

Download the full call, complete with descriptions of each submission type, here.

The Annals of the International Communication Association

The Annals of the International Communication Association is now live. The first two issues have been published. You can access to them on the ICA website. The Annals is an outlet for literature reviews. The Annals is taking the place of Communication Yearbook and is publishing the same type of papers. Review papers can be up to 11,000 words. In addition, it publishes Review Essays & Topic Book Reviews. These are shorter essays (~6,000 words) that will be sent out for review. These can include critical essays that addresses issues pertinent to the discipline or the implications of communication research for larger issues. In addition, responses to papers that were previously published in the journal are encouraged. Finally, Topical Book Reviews are essays that should include a discussion of recently published books that focus on a central theme within the discipline. Thomas Jacobson’s essay on the public sphere and David Karpf’s essay on digital politics are excellent examples of Topical Book Reviews.

Please ask your libraries to subscribe to the Annals. The subscription provides access to the Annals, and includes electronic access to Volumes 6 to 40 of Communication Yearbook. This is the first time Yearbook has been made available online.