Sessions on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018

RMIG Top Paper Session

Moderating/Presiding: Brian J. Bowe, Western Washington


Media as Religion: Practices of Mediation in a Catholic Community in South India

  • Subin Paul, Iowa and Deepika Rose Alex, Jawaharlal Nehru University

The God Card: Strategic Employment of Religious Language in U.S. Presidential Discourse**

  • Ceri Hughes, Wisconsin-Madison

True Believers, Poseurs, and Becoming “Woke”: Portrayals of Religion in Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black***

  • Erika Engstrom, Nevada-Las Vegas
  • and Joseph Valenzano, Dayton

What Would Jesus Do in Cyberspace?****

  • David Scott, Utah Valley

* Top Student Paper Award Winner

** Second Place Student Paper Award Winner

*** Top Faculty Paper Award Winner

****Second Place Faculty Paper Award Winner




Demystifying the Academic Job Market

  • Cosponsored with: Mass Community & Society Division
  • Moderator: Gregory Perreault, Appalachian State
    Panelists include:

    • Brian Bowe, Western Washington
    • Michael Longinow, Biola
    • Jack Karlis , Georgia College 
    • Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Navigating the academic job market can be a confusing experience. The purpose of this panel is to help both job seekers and employers provide insight to the process. The Mass Communication and Society Division and Religion and Media Interest Groups would like to partner in order to assess the academic job market, and to begin a dialogue that includes understanding what different universities are looking for relative to different positions at different universities (e.g., religions affiliated universities, state universities, private universities, liberal arts universities, etc.).

    Applicants must employ different approaches in applying to various types of jobs. For example, how would application materials appear differently when applying to liberal arts universities than religiously-affiliated institutions of higher education? How do search committees review applications differently at public universities that private universities? How does one talk about one’s research, particularly if the research interests are not particularly common or deal with taboo subjects such as religion or sexuality? To which extent would the university tolerate or encourage communication about such subjects within the teaching context? This panel seeks to add clarity to institutional factors should job seekers consider when applying to various positions?

    Beyond the research and teaching experience, many soft skills are required, including mastering the art of job interviews. How do telephone or Skype interviews differ from campus visits? At conferences,But how can one advocate for oneself without engaging in pretentious self-promotion? This panel aims to address such questions from the perspective of job seekers by providing them with the opportunity to hear comments provided by representatives of a range of universities.

    Lastly, this panel will discuss how to handle the negotiation process after securing a job offer. For example, some universities offer benefits for domestic partnerships while others do not.

    How should job seekers think about some of these features as they consider which job options are realistic for them and their families?

    In the end, this proposal will provide information on the job search process. Moreover, it will discuss the different expectations for different types of institutions.


Faith in the Beltway: Creating and maintaining community bonds through religious-themed news organizations

  • Cosponsored: Community Journalism
  • Moderator: Joel Campbell
  • Monday, August 6th, 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. :   


-Hannah Monicken, Senior Writer, Washington Jewish Week
-Michael Clay Carey, Samford University

-Mark Zimmerman, Editor, Catholic Standard
-Minhaj Hasan, Editor, The Muslim Link

-Vicki Brown, Ph.D. Candidate, The University of Missouri
-Tom Strode, Correspondent, Baptist Press

Religious communities have often formed news organizations in order to serve their community interests and cover events of interest. News organizations in and around the Washington, D.C., area have the added responsibility of covering the intersection of faith and politics. This panel will feature academics who study such publications and professionals who work for both independent and affiliated outlets. They will discuss how these organizations build community bonds, cover national politics, and inform their faith-centered audience.



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