Elected Committee Duties

Duties and Responsibilities of AEJMC Research Committee Members:

  • Attend committee meetings and during the year participate in planning. Work as liaison with assigned divisions and interest groups
  • Participate in the selection of the Nafziger-White-Salwen dissertation competition (for the last three years this has meant reading all of the abstracts and sample chapters from each contestant — ranges from 8 to 12 — and reading in full the top three nominee dissertations).
  • Participate in the solicitation of nominees and decide upon awards for the Deutschmann and Blum awards (not given every year)
  • One member takes part in the division/IG assessment process each year. This requires reading annual reports for 5 to 6 groups and participating in a one-on-one interview process at the conference.
  • Participate in the planning of the plenary session (once every three years)
  • Assist the Association as may be needed and show incentive in developing new ideas and initiatives.

Duties and Responsibilities of Teaching Committee Members:

  • Attend AEJMC annual and mid-winter meetings.
  • Serve as liaison and maintain contact with assigned division and interest group teaching standards chairs.
  • Prepare a list of potential programming activities for division and interest group teaching chairs.
  • Provide divisions with goals that may be applicable to teaching standards.
  • One member takes part in the division/IG assessment process each year. This requires reading annual reports for 5 to 6 groups and participating in a one-on-one interview process at the convention.
  • Plan, organize and carry out an AEJMC plenary once every three years.
  • Plan, organize and carry out workshops and other teaching activities.
  • Review papers submitted for Teaching Committee paper competitions (when sponsored).

Teaching Committee members are required to attend one meeting during the AEJMC fiscal year, which runs from October 1 through September 30. The meeting that new members will attend occurs during the annual AEJMC Conference in August and is typically held the morning of the second day of the convention. This meeting usually lasts 3 hours.

Although the first official meeting of service on the Teaching Committee following the March AEJMC elections occurs with the December meeting, new members are encouraged to attend the upcoming August meeting during the conference. This provides valuable insight into the workings and activities of the Committee prior to full-time involvement and assignment of responsibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities of Professional Freedom & Responsibility Committee Members:

  • (Fall) Serve as liaison to two or three divisions, working most closely with the division PF&R chairs. Make sure each divisional PR&R chair has a copy of “Tips for PF&R Division Chairs.” This liaison work should begin early in the academic year, preferably at the August conference but certainly in early fall. Make it clear that the PF&R standing committee is there to help by suggesting activities and encouraging innovative projects.
  • (Spring) Continue contacts with PF&R chairs of assigned divisions.
  • (Summer before conference) One member takes part in the division/IG assessment process each year. This requires reading annual reports for 5 to 6 groups and participating in a one-on-one interview process at the conference.
  • (Second day of conference) Committee sponsors a Resolutions Hearing. The committee also meets later that day. In recent years, a vice chair and resolutions chair for the coming year are elected. The vice chair will advance to chair a year later. The resolutions chair will serve for the next year’s annual meeting. The PF&R Committee chair attends the opening AEJMC Board of Directors’ meeting and reports to the membership at the business meeting. The incoming committee chair attends the second AEJMC Board of Directors’ meeting. The newly elected committee vice chair might attend to observe and get an idea of what he/she will do the following year.

Duties and Responsibilities of Publications Committee Members:

  • The Publications Committee is responsible for the oversight of the three association-wide journals: Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator and Journalism and Communication Monographs.
  • Members participate in two face-to-face meetings each year. One during the annual conference and the other at the AEJMC December meeting.
  • The committee’s responsibilities include working with current editors during their terms to ensure the highest possible standards for the journals as well as developing plans to encourage quality submissions.
  • When editor terms are up, the committee is responsible for issuing a call for applicants and then evaluating applications. The process normally involves interviews with promising candidates.
  • The committee will monitor, along with the AEJMC Board, the new publishing process with Sage Publications.
  • The committee also explores, and recommends, new publication needs for the association.
  • Committee terms are for three years.

Duties and Responsibilities of AEJMC representatives to the Accrediting Council:

  • AEJMC Accrediting Council representatives are expected to attend BOTH the fall and spring meetings of the Council. The association pays for the travel expenses of its reps to attend each meeting.
  • Each representative should issue a written report to the AEJMC Board of Directors following each meeting, or the reps may work together to file a single report. The reports may also be published in the AEJMC newsletter.
  • The representatives should work with the Executive Director to schedule a session during the annual conference, as needed, so that members can be notified about, and discuss, current accrediting issues.
  • Elected representatives serve three-year terms on the Council.

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