AEJMC 2015 Election – George Sylvie

Candidate for Committee on Research

George SylvieGeorge Sylvie is an associate professor of the School of Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin. A former reporter, columnist and editor, Sylvie earned his MA at the University of Missouri and PhD at the University of Texas. Focusing on decision-making, he studies newsroom management, diversity, ethics and management styles, in addition to the survival of the black press.

He is the co-author of the 5th edition of the upcoming Media Management: A Casebook Approach with Ann Hollifield, Jan Wicks, and Wilson Lowery and has authored, coauthored or edited 7 other books on media management, reporting, and writing and has chapters in 9 others. He was a visiting scholar at Jönköping International Business School, where he surveyed Swedish newsrooms. Sylvie has published in JMCQ, Journal of Media Economics, International Journal on Media Management, Journal of Media Business Studies, Howard Journal of Communications, Newspaper Research Journal, and Mass Comm Review and has presented 7 Top Three papers.

During his time as Chair, Vice Chair, and Research Chair of the Media Management & Economics Division, he worked for planning transparency, better relations with newsrooms, more paper submissions, and diversity in paper reviewers. He also pushed for better program assessment and more student-centered activities. A member of several journal editorial boards, he also chairs the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee, leading brainstorming for the development of more leadership, partnering and grant opportunities for all members.

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AEJMC 2015 Election – Kenneth D. Plowman

Candidate for Committee on Research

Kenneth PlowmanKenneth (Ken) D. Plowman is an associate professor of communications at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah. He has been a graduate coordinator both at BYU and San Jose State University for five years. He was also the head of the Public Relations Division from 2003-04 and has held positions in that division over the past 12 years. Specializing in strategic management and conflict resolution in public relations, he earned a doctorate in Journalism from the University of Maryland.

An author of over 40 articles and book chapters in the field, his work has been published in such journals as Public Relations Review, Journal of Public Relations Research, Journal of Communication Management, Public Relations Journal, Journal of Public Affairs, and Military Review. He is the past editor of Teaching Public Relations and is the American co-editor of the Journal of Communication Management.

Prior to his doctorate, he spent 15 years in the field of public relations. About half that time he was in Washington, DC, first as a press secretary and then as a legislative director for several different congressmen.

The courses he teaches at BYU include graduate courses in mass communications theory, qualitative research methods, persuasion and negotiation, and public relations leadership. He also taught graduate courses at SJSU and UC—Berkeley in media management, new technologies, and integrated marketing communications.

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AEJMC 2015 Election – Jisu Huh

Candidate for Committee on Research

Jisu HuhJisu Huh (PhD, University of Georgia) is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Minnesota. She has published over 50 refereed journal articles and book chapters across the advertising, health communication, and general mass communication fields. Her research interests include advertising effects in the healthcare context with focus on DTC advertising, credibility and trust in advertising, advertising skepticism and avoidance, and digital/social media advertising effects. She has published in Journal of Advertising, International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Advertising Research, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Communication Research, Journal of Health Communication, and elsewhere. She was awarded the KACA Distinguished Young Scholar Award in 2008, and also won American Academy of Advertising (AAA) Research Fellowships in 2008, 2011, and 2014.

Huh currently serves as an Associate Editor of Journal of Advertising and is a member of the Editorial Boards of Journal of Advertising, International Journal of Advertising, Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, and Journal of Advertising Education. She was 2014 Vice President of the American Academy of Advertising and is currently serving as President-Elect. Huh has been an active AEJMC member since 2000, serving on AEJMC Standing Committee on Research and the Graduate Student Recruitment and Information Center Committee. She is Vice Chair of the Research Committee in 2014-2015.

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AEJMC 2015 Election – Marcia W. DiStaso

Candidate for Committee on Research

Marcia DiStasoMarcia W. DiStaso (University of Miami, 2007) is an Associate Professor in the College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on exploring and informing the practice of social media, financial communication, and investor relations. She has a co-edited book on the ethical practice of social media in public relations (Routledge), and has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters. A member of AEJMC since 2003, she won a 2012 AEJMC Promising Professor Award and was a 2013 AEJMC Emerging Scholar.

DiStaso serves as an editorial board member of the Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Journal, Communication Research Reports, and Research Journal for the Institute for Public Relations. She is a research editor for the Institute for Public Relations Social Science of Social Media Research Center, an advisory board member for the International Public Relations Research Conference, and a senior research fellow for the Arthur W. Page Center.

She is also a member of the Arthur W. Page Society, the 2015 chair of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Educators Academy, past chair of the PRSA Financial Communications Section, and past co-chair of the PRSA National Research Committee. Public relations campaigns she has conducted with her students have won a PRSA Silver Anvil Award of Excellence, two Hermes Creative Awards, a MarCom Award, and a Communitas Award.

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AEJMC 2015 Election – Cristina Azocar

Candidate for Committee on Research

Cristina AzocarCristina Azocar is the chair of the Journalism Department and an associate professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. She is a past president of the Native American Journalists Association and served on the board of the Women’s Media Center for two terms. Azocar is an editor of American Indian Issues for the Media Diversity Forum.

Azocar earned her doctorate in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan in 2001. Her research and teaching focuses on portrayals of people of color in the news. She is a member of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe of the Powhatan Nation.

She received her master’s degree in Ethnic Studies and her bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Francisco State University.

Azocar’s interest in diversity in the news media spans more than 25 years, and began with her concern about negative representations of Native Americans.

She has conducted numerous presentations, workshops, talks and panels on the intersection of diversity and journalistic practice and has published in academic and professional journals.

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AEJMC 2015 Election – Fred Vultee

Candidate for Committee on Professional Freedom & Responsibility

Fred VulteeFred Vultee (PhD, University of Missouri) is an associate professor in the journalism area of the Department of Communication. He teaches news editing, political communication, and content analysis, among other courses. His research looks at media content, media practice, and media effects, particularly in conflicts and crises, and he also coordinates the department’s research lab. His research appears in such journals as Journalism Studies; Media, War & Conflict; the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters; and the Journal of Mass Media Ethics.

Before attending graduate school at the University of Missouri, Dr. Vultee was an editor at newspapers for 25 years, and he is a member of the executive board of the American Copy Editors Society.

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AEJMC 2015 Election – Jennifer Vardeman-Winter

Candidate for Committee on Professional Freedom & Responsibility

Jennifer Vardeman-WinterJennifer Vardeman-Winter is an assistant professor in the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication at the University of Houston. She is the director of graduate studies and an affiliate faculty member in UH’s Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program.

Vardeman-Winter teaches public relations and issues management, and she researches the intersection of communication campaigns, publics (particularly women), power and culture, and health/crisis/risk. Recently, she’s examined the ethics and moral obligations of strategic communicators, governments, and corporations, particularly regarding the policies that affect marginalized communities. She was funded in 2013-2014 by the Arthur W. Page Center at Penn State University to study ethics in health public relations as well as the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to communicate about affordable multifamily housing.

Within AEJMC, Vardeman-Winter recently served as PF&R chair for the Public Relations Division and the Commission on the Status of Women. She currently serves as CSW’s Research Chair and as a member of AEJMC’s Equity & Diversity Award Advisory Committee. She’s also a fellow with the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication.

At UH, Vardeman-Winter serves on the University Commission on Women, the ADVANCE Committee (NSF-funded), and the Health Professions Advisory Committee. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Public Relations Research, Public Relations Inquiry, and Public Relations Journal.

Previously, Vardeman-Winter worked as a public relations practitioner in the high-tech and public health industries. She earned her Ph.D. in communication from the University of Maryland in 2008.

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AEJMC 2015 Election – Dean Kruckeberg

Candidate for Committee on Professional Freedom & Responsibility

Dean KruckebergDr. Dean Kruckeberg is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he had served as executive director of the Center for Global Public Relations from 2008 through 2013. Kruckeberg has served as Resolution Chair of AEJMC since his term began on the Professional Freedom & Responsibility Committee in in October 2012. He is co-author of the book Public Relations and Community: A Reconstructed Theory and of This Is PR: The Realities of Public Relations. Kruckeberg is author and co-author of many book chapters, articles and papers dealing with global public relations and international public relations ethics. He was the recipient of the Public Relations Society of America’s 2013 “Atlas Award for Lifetime Achievement in International Public Relations,” was PRSA’s “National Outstanding Educator” in 1995, was presented the 1997 Pathfinder Award by the Institute for Public Relations and was awarded the Jackson Jackson & Wagner Behavioral Research Prize in 2006. He has been head of the Public Relations Divisions of AEJMC, ICA, NCA and of the PRSA Educators Academy and was U.S. Chair of the Council of the International Public Relations Association.   From 1997 through 2012, Kruckeberg was co-chair of the Commission on PR Education. He has given invited lectures about international public relations ethics in the Middle East, throughout Asia and Western and Eastern Europe.

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AEJMC 2015 Election – Heidi Hatfield Edwards

Candidate for Committee on Professional Freedom & Responsibility

Heidi Hatfield EdwardsHeidi Hatfield Edwards is an associate professor, communication program chair, and associate head of the School of Arts and Communication at Florida Institute of Technology. She teaches a variety of communication courses, including communication theory, mass communication and society, intro to communication, covering science and technology, and scientific and technical communication. Prior to joining the faculty at Florida Tech in 2006, Edwards taught public relations at the Pennsylvania State University. Edwards has nine years experience in communication, working in television, radio, and print media, and in public relations and marketing.

Edwards has been active in the AEJMC Public Relations Division leadership since 2003 serving as chair for two division committees and on the executive committee as vice-head elect, vice-head, and finally head of the division in 2011-2012.

Edwards’ research focuses on communication and social issues, with special emphasis in two areas: corporate involvement in social issues, and the cultural and societal implications of communication regarding social issues, particularly in regard to health, science and technology. She is especially interested in how audiences use mediated messages, interpreting those messages and engaging in discourse with the message creators, opinion leaders, and other audience members.

Edwards earned her bachelor’s degree in telecommunication from the University of Florida, and her master’s and Ph.D. in journalism and mass communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Georgia, respectively.

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AEJMC 2015 Election – Hong Cheng

Candidate for Committee on Professional Freedom & Responsibility

Hong ChengHong Cheng (PhD, Pennsylvania State University) is professor and director of the Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture at Virginia Commonwealth University. Having been an AEJMC member since 1993, he is a former head of Advertising and International Communication divisions. He served on the AEJMC Internationalization Task Force. In 2012, he was elected to AEJMC’s Professional Freedom & Responsibility Committee. He participated in two AEJMC Equity and Diversity Award competition reviews and moderated an equity and diversity panel in 2014. He is an associate editor of Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly and an editorial board member for International Communication Research Journal and Journal of Advertising Education at AEJMC.

Cheng has published in more than 10 journals (including JMCQ, Journal of Communication, and Journal of Advertising Research) and numerous book chapters. He co-authored one book and co-edited two. His latest edited volume, The Handbook of International Advertising Research, was published in 2014.

Cheng taught at Bradley and Ohio, and was tenured and promoted at both universities. He received an ASNE fellowship and participated in AEF and Poynter programs. In 2014, he completed the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy at LSU. He served AAA as a secretary and co-organized its 2005 Asia-Pacific Conference. He is a former associate editor of the Asian Journal of Communication and the current chair of AAF’s National Education Executive Committee.

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