Over the summer, I was nominated to become vice chair of the Feminist Scholarship Division of the International Communication Association. The other candidate is Paula Gardner from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Canada. The polls are now open and will close on noon EDT on Friday, 15 October 2010. Only members can vote! Here is my blurp for the election (and my blog!):
Dear FSD members: I appreciate the nomination and the opportunity to be considered for the vice chair position of FSD. I have been a member of FSD for five years and have participated as a conference panelist and paper reviewer for the division. I have also previously served in leadership positions as chair of the International Communication Division of the AEJMC and vice-chair of the Gender and Communication Section of the IAMCR. Through these activities and my related research interests, I have started to build an extended network of international and feminist media scholars. As vice chair of the FSD, I will work to the benefit of all members to further our collective interests. I am eager to take a more active role in the FSD and to serve members for the next six years.
My ongoing research is in the fields of globalization, gender, development, journalism, and media activism. In particular, I am focusing on gender and news in an international context and my work has appeared in various academic journals, including Feminist Media Studies, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly and Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies. In addition, I have worked on issues of feminist pedagogy and collaborative teaching. As a South African, I have a special interest and relationship to women in the developing world. If elected, I will work to increase the participation of members from developing countries in the FSD, an issue that was discussed at the recent business meeting in Singapore. For more information about me, please visit my blog at www.worldcrossings.blogspot.com.