Dorothy Bowles Award for Outstanding Public Service

The Dorothy Bowles Award for Outstanding Public Service recognizes an AEJMC member who has a sustained and significant public-service record that has helped build bridges between academics and professionals in mass communications, either nationally or locally, and been actively engaged within the association.

Ideally the award will go to an AEJMC member who has been active in one or more divisions/interest groups, elected standing committees or other association leadership positions AND who has engaged with other communication industry-related organizations (such as the Student Press Law Center, Society of Professional Journalists, Journalism Education Association, Public Relations Society of America, National Association of Broadcasters, etc.) OR done other work locally to promote interaction between academics and professionals.

This award is designed to recognize someone who has not been recognized or honored for his/her public service in the past. Members who have served on the AEJMC Board are not eligible to be considered for the award until they have been off the Board for at least four years.

When merited, one award will be presented per year.  The recipient will receive $1,000 in cash and an award.  The award will be presented during the AEJMC Washington, D.C., conference.

Nominees must be fulltime classroom teachers (not administrators) for the previous 10 years; must teach in an area of journalism/mass communication; must have been members of AEJMC for the past three years; must have a sustained and significant record of public service to AEJMC; and must have a sustained and significant record of service to programs or activities that promote connections between the academy and JMC industries (either on his/her home campus, or through other professional-based associations).

Nominations, including self-nominations, should contain a two-page letter that describes the nominee’s service to both areas of public service; two additional letters of support affirming the nominee’s service (one from each area); a 500-word statement from the nominee describing his/her views on how public service activities (in general or his/her particular service activities) complement the traditional teaching, research and service roles of higher education faculty (the statement from the award recipient will be published in the September issue of AEJMC News); and full vita of the nominee.

Nominations should be received by April 1. Send nominations via email to Jennifer McGill at For questions, contact McGill.

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