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Call for Nominations
The 40th Anniversary Celebration Awards

Marking the KACA’s milestone anniversary, KACA 40th Anniversary Celebration Awards are established to recognize and honor individuals who have made impactful contributions throughout their careers to advancing the KACA’s core mission in three areas of academic duty: research, education, and professional service. The awardees will be recognized at the 40th Anniversary Conference to be held on August 9, 2018 in Washington DC.

The KACA 40th Anniversary Celebration Awards Committee welcomes your nominations in the following three award categories.

Any member of the KACA can nominate. We will accept both nominations and self-nominations and non-KACA members can be nominated. Please send your nomination packet in a single PDF file as an email attachment to the Award Committee Chair, Jisu Huh (( no later than March 31, 11:59 pm, EST, 2018.

Note: Current KACA officers and Awards Committee members are not eligible for these awards.

1. Outstanding Contribution to Research Concerning Korea and Korean-Americans

This award recognizes an individual who has devoted substantial parts of his/her scholarly career to advancing and promoting research on communication subjects related to Korea and Korean-Americans, made impactful contributions to research development and theory building in this area of communication research, and helped promoting knowledge and interest among scholars in the communication field regarding communication issues related to Korea/Korea Americans. Rather than rewarding a single outstanding research project or individual pieces of publication, this award is designed to recognize a body of significant research over the course of an individual’s career.

Research concerning Korea and Korean-Americans is defined as research about any communication-related phenomena and problems that are particularly pertinent to the Korean society, Korean people, or the Korean American population.

Eligibility criteria:
Scholarship activities and publications should be primarily in English
Substantial portion of his/her research program should focus on Korea/Korean-American-related communication issues

Nomination packet requirements:
Nomination letter specifying key reasons this person should receive the award
Supporting letters (minimum 3)
Nominee’s CV
Supporting materials containing evidence of outstanding achievements and contributions as specified in the award objective description (e.g., relevant publications, awards or other recognition of an internationally known academic or practitioner organizations)

2. Outstanding Contribution to Communication Education

This award recognizes an individual’s career-long dedication to and achievement in the advancement of communication education and exchange of knowledge and partnership between Korea and other countries in educating future generations of communication practitioners and researchers. Those who have made significant contributions to students/knowledge exchange programs between Korea and other countries would be given preference.

Eligibility criteria:
Has been teaching communication-related courses at academic institutions outside Korea
Has been teaching at the university level at least for the past 5 years

Nomination packet requirements:
Nomination letter specifying key reasons this person should receive the award
Supporting letters (minimum 3)
Nominee’s CV
Supporting materials containing evidence of outstanding achievements and contributions as specified in the award objective description (e.g., awards or other recognition of an internationally known academic or practitioner organizations, development of new courses or innovative new teaching approaches that made important impact, textbook publication, letters from past students, students/course/professional exchange programs developed and/or managed including Korean academic institutions or professional organizations)
Nomination of someone who has made significant contributions to students/courses/professional exchange programs between Korea and another country would be given preference.

3. Outstanding Contribution to Professional Service
This award recognizes a KACA member who has been actively engaged within the KACA and built a sustained and significant public-service record that has helped advance the mission of KACA, as specified in the KACA mission statement. The outstanding service contributions do not need to be just to the KACA but any professional service activities at one’s unit, university, local communities, and professional organizations that are considered well-aligned with the KACA’s mission would be considered.
Eligibility criteria:
Anyone who has been actively engaged within the KACA and built a sustained and significant public-service record that has helped advance the mission of KACA

Nomination packet requirements:
Nomination letter specifying key reasons this person should receive the award
Supporting letters (minimum 3)
Nominee’s CV
Supporting materials containing evidence of outstanding achievements and contributions as specified in the award objective description (e.g., awards or other recognition of an internationally known academic or practitioner organizations, notable accomplishments in serving the academic and social needs of Korean/Korean American communication scholars and students)

Yoonmo Sang, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communication
Cathy Hughes School of Communications
Howard University
525 Bryant Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20059
Phone) 202-806-4505

Secretary, Korean American Communication Association (KACA) (2017-2019)
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Call for Papers: Asian Communication Research Special Issue

“Health Communication in Asia: within, beyond, and across borders”

Asia is the most populous and largest continent on Earth. It holds countries in various stages of

economic development and political stability. Custom, culture, and religion in Asia are widely

varied from one region to another. Fast economic development during the past century that

continues to this day and rapid urbanization in the developing economies brought about threats to

environmental health in many forms. Accordingly, the state of population health and healthcare

system in Asia constitutes a wide spectrum that contains both extreme ends. This heterogeneity,

in turn, may discourage health practitioners and researchers from considering Asia as a unit in

which health policies and practices can be implemented and examined. In this call for paper,

however, we highlight the potential gains researchers and policymakers can make by putting

their research and policy agendas in the context of health promotion and health systems

enhancement in Asia. Since the second World War, many countries in Asia have accumulated

substantial knowledge and know-how in combating various health-related challenges and lent

help to solve problems in other Asian countries by offering insights and direct assistance. The

intra-continental coordination and collaboration will become more valuable and even urgent, as

more people cross borders and so do pollutants and pathogens.

Communication plays a critical role in this alliance of Asian countries working together to

exchange experiences and ideas to achieve the goal of population health in Asia. Research has

proven time and again that communication is an integral part of health promotion. For this

special issue, we ask authors to consider the multi-faceted nature of health communication

including but not limited to:

- Communication—whether face-to-face or mediated—amongst and between major

stakeholders of health care systems such as patients, health providers, communities (both

online and offline), health care administrators, health care organizations, businesses, and


- Communication as a conduit of health promotion messages and empowerment;

- Communication as an environment where health-related messages are produced,

distributed, debated and processed, resulting in intended and unintended consequences;

- Communication as a tool of new discovery related to diseases and therapies, lifestyles

affecting health, effective and efficient health care delivery and consumption, and many


By embracing the definition of health advocated by the World Health Organization—a state of

complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or

infirmity—, we welcome submissions that expand the boundary of health communication and

health communication research as well as those that address more traditional, core issues of

health communication. In terms of the methodological approach, we accept any mode of inquiry

that is deemed appropriate for the chosen topic. Geographically, authors may choose to focus on

one country, several countries, or transnational issues. Staying true to the inter-disciplinary

origin of both communication research and health sciences, we are looking forward to receiving

submissions by scholars from various fields such as communication, media studies, journalism,

advertising, public relations, public health, social work, psychology, sociology, education,

business, and computer science, among others. However, we will be particularly appreciative of

manuscripts in which the authors make efforts to draw a clear connection between their research

and the health and quality of life of people in Asia.

Submission, Review, and Publication Process

- Submission deadline: March 31, 2018

- Style: APA style 6th edition (manuscripts in other citation styles will be considered for

initial review)

- Manuscript preparation: (1) The manuscript should be written in English and contain

7000 or fewer words, all inclusive. The manuscript should begin with an abstract of

approximately 500 words, immediately followed by five keywords on the same page.

Throughout the entire manuscript, care should be taken not to include any information

that identifies the author(s). (2) A separate cover page containing the paper title and

author(s)’s name, institutional affiliation, email, and postal address is also required. To be

considered for the special issue, authors should note on the top of the cover page as

follows: “ACR Special Issue: Health Communication in Asia”

- Submission method: email both the manuscript and cover page as attachments to​

- Review: Manuscripts will be sent out to expert reviewers for blind peer review and those

selected will subsequently enter the editorial publication process.

About the Journal: Asian Communication Research

ACR is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal published by the Korean Society for

Journalism and Communication Studies since 2004. ACR aspires to serve as a dedicated

publication outlet that promotes thoughtful and innovative scholarship examining any aspect of

media and communication in Asia. We are open to various modes of academic inquiry, including

but not limited to social scientific, critical and cultural, and theoretical. ACR is indexed in Korea

Citation Index (KCI).

Contact Information

Any questions concerning this call for papers may be directed to the special issue editors: Dr.

Sung-Yeon Park, Associate Professor, School of Community Health Sciences, University of

Nevada, Reno, USA (; Dr. Gi Woong Yun, Associate Professor and Director of the

Center for Advanced Media Studies, Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada,

Reno, USA (
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I received this email on the Korean Studies listserv. I thought it might be relevant for graduate students in our field. Good luck to those who are applying!

University of Michigan
Nam Center Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies
Academic Year 2018-2019
The Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan is now accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies for the 2018-2019 academic year. The fellowship is open to scholars from all fields whose research relates to Korea. Preference will be given to the applicants whose research/teaching interests concern contemporary Korea. The fellow will be expected to participate in Center events and related activities at U-M, as well as teach a course in Winter and/or Spring term of 2019.

The fellowship will cover up to a 12-month period between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019, and will carry a stipend of $50,000 plus benefits as well as $3,000 in research funds. The postdoctoral fellow will be provided a shared office and access to libraries and resources at the University.

Program Requirements

Remain in residence from September 2018 until the end of June 2019
Teach one undergraduate course in Winter and/or Spring terms of 2019
Give a lecture in the Nam Center Colloquium series
Assist with Nam Center academic programming
Direct the Nam Center Undergraduate Fellows Program, which includes leading bi-weekly seminars and mentoring the Fellows’ research projects, among others.
Applicants must have received their Ph.D. degree within five years of the postdoctoral appointment year (2013 or later). The successful applicant must have their Ph.D. degree conferred by August 31, 2018.
Applications must be submitted via Interfolio by April 8, 2018 (11:59 pm EDT). The following documents are required:

Letter of Application
Research statement outlining current research project and experience
Teaching statement describing past teaching and mentoring experiences and other relevant aspects
Writing sample (e.g. dissertation chapter, conference paper, journal article)
Two letters of recommendation
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Dear KACA members,

We are pleased to announce the KACA-ICA Graduate Student Travel Grant. This grant provides financial support for a qualified graduate student who will be attending this year's ICA conference to present his/her research.

The 2018 ICA's Annual Convention
Prague, Czech Republic
May 24-28, 2018

To be eligible for funding, a student must become a KACA member or maintain an active KACA membership status. An application for the travel funding should be completed and submitted online along with your CV by Monday, April 16, at 11:50 p.m. (CST).

To submit the application, click on the link below:

Application Link

The decision will be announced by the week of April 30, 2018 (Selection criteria are attached below). A recipient will be recognized with a cash grant ($300) and a certificate during the KACA-ICA business meeting which will take place on May 24 (Friday) at 5:00 pm. The exact schedule will be later informed through KACA-ICA program. For further information, please contact the KACA Student Council at We look forward to receiving your applications.

KACA Student Council

P.S.: Please find attached the selection criteria.
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Call for Extended Papers
Special KACA Section at 2018 Korean Society for Journalism & Communication Studies
Spring Conference (2018 한국언론학회 봄철 정기학술대회))

Dear KACA members,

It is my great pleasure to announce that KACA and Korean Society for Journalism & Communication Studies agreed to add a special section for KACA members during its 2018 Spring Conference that occurs from May 19 to May 20.

If you are a faculty member, please consider sharing your academic work in this special occasion.

The special section represents the collaborative academic efforts between Korean academic society and KACA. The selected presenters will also have a question/answer session with the graduate students in Korea concerning academic life in the U.S.A. The presenters will be publicly recognized by KSJCS for their participation.

I invite submissions of extended abstracts (or full papers) broadly related to all areas of Korean and/or Korean-American communication themes, including but not limited to intercultural/international communication; new technologies and social media influence on communities; and contemporary communication issues in health, science, environment, sports, or entertainment. The submission of papers pursuing the conference theme, “Social Change and the Credibility of Media” is encouraged.

If you are interested, please send your extended abstract to Eun-Ho Yeo ( by no later than April 6 (Friday). Your participation will be deeply appreciated.

Extended abstracts (completed research/research in progress). 2-3 single-spaced pages, plus references. Abstracts should clearly state: Aims, research questions, methods, projected results, and keywords (up to 6). Individual papers will be blind reviewed by two or three referees/reviewers with expertise in the area.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Eun-Ho Yeo, PhD
KACA Vice President at NCA
KACA-KSJCS Special Section Coordinator
Associate Professor
Plymouth State University
Department of Communication and Media Studies
MSC 60
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264-1595
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Dear KACA members,

I’m Isaac Woo, associate professor at James Madison University.

Dr. J.A. Mangan, founding editor of the International Journal of History of Sport and Sport in the Global Society who has published a number of books on East Asia, Politics, Geopolitics and Sport, is planning another series on East Asia, Sport, and Society.
This book will be published by Lang.

He is looking for a participation of KACA scholars.
If you have any good chapter idea of this book, please send your abstract or a chapter idea to Dr. Mangan.
His email address is

He has published numerous books related with sports in East Asia including:
Dong Jinxia and J.A. Mangan. The Olympic Culture: An Introduction (bilingual text book). Beijing: Peking University Press, 2008.
-J.A. Mangan and Dong Jinxia (Eds.), Beijing 2008: Preparing for Glory – Chinese Challenge in the ‘Chinese Century’ (London: Routledge, 2009).
-J.A. Mangan and Fan Hong (Eds.), Post-Beijing 2008: Geopolitics, Sport and the Pacific Rim (London: Routledge, 2011).
-J.A. Mangan, Sandra Collins and Gwang Ok (Eds.),The Triple Asian Olympics: Asia Rising – the Pursuit of National Identity, International Recognition and Global Esteem (London: Routledge, 2013).
-J.A. Mangan, Marcus C. Chu and Dong Jinxia (Eds.), The Asian Games: Modern Metaphor for ‘The Middle Kingdom’ Reborn – Political Statement, Cultural Assertion, Social Symbol (London: Routledge, 2014).
-William W. Kelly and J.A. Mangan (Eds.), The New Geopolitics of Sport in East Asia (London: Routledge, 2014).
-J.A. Mangan, Qing Luo and Sayuri Guthrie-Shimizu (Eds.) The Olympic Games: Prism for East Asian Politics and Geopolitics -- London 2012 and Tokyo 2020. Beijing: Communication University of China Press, forthcoming 2017.
-J. A. Mangan, Peter Horton, Tianwei Ren and Gwang Ok (Eds.), Japanese Imperialism, Politics and Sport in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan Publishing, forthcoming 2017).
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