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Call for Abstracts Midwinter Conference 2018

AEF Visiting Professor Program


The ANA’s Educational Foundation invites you to apply to the Visiting Professor Program (VPP)
Application Deadline
January 15, 2018

The Visiting Professor Program provides professors from all disciplines with an inside view of the world of marketing and advertising, and is intended to help inform research and teaching back in the classroom. For professor and company testimonials click here!

In 2018 there be three different ways to participate in the VPP:

  1. The Immersion – A four-day Immersion into the latest innovations in current marketing and advertising practice. Participating companies will be agencies, marketers and media companies such as: Facebook, R/GA, Ogilvy, McCann, IBM and NBCUniversal. Topic areas will include social media, global brand building, cultural insight, multicultural marketing, the future of media and diversity in the industry. The Immersion is most suited to professors seeking an overview of the latest developments in the field in order to infuse his or her teaching with real-world examples and industry insights. The program will also include a networking reception for professors to meet with executives from agencies and marketing companies. The Immersion will be limited to 30 professors and will be held in New York City from Tuesday, June 5 to Friday, June 8.
  2. The Immersion + Fellowship – A nine-day program combining the Immersion with a week-long ‘deep dive’ Fellowship hosted by a marketer or agency whose interests align with a professor’s research interest. Given the one-on-one interaction through the Fellowship component, the program is best for faculty who have specific questions about the industry that are best addressed through more in-depth study. Through this intensive program professors can gain ‘on-the-ground’ experience to inform their teaching with the goal of forming a longer term relationship with their host company. The Immersion + Fellowship will be limited to 10 professors and held from Tuesday, June 5 to Friday, June 15.
  3. The Shadow Program – Responding to requests for more flexibility in the VPP experience, professors will be matched with marketers or agency leaders for a day-long shadowing experience. The ‘inaugural class’ for this new and exciting program will begin with 20 professors and it will be conducted in markets outside New York City. Timing for the Shadow Program will be year-round.

Housing and Expenses:
Accommodations for the VPP program in NYC have been made available through a collaboration with Fordham University’s Center for Positive Marketing and will be on-campus. Housing will be at the Lincoln Center campus in the heart of the city and are provided at no cost to professors.  In addition professors will be provided with a stipend of $200 for the Immersion and $450 for the Immersion + Fellowship. There is no cost for the Shadow Program. Professors will cover the expense of their travel.

Click here to apply. Complete the VPP application; upload your CV, statement and two-minute video (see details below).

Statement and supporting items:
Please provide a statement (500 words maximum) explaining why you wish to participate in the program(s) selected. Professors applying for the Immersion + Fellowship will be expected to provide a Lunchtime Talk about how your research and teaching relate to marketing and advertising. Please communicate the topic of your Lunchtime Talk in your statement.

Two-minute video:

All professors are asked to provide a two-minute video shot with a cell phone or a computer webcam. We are not looking for professional videos. Please hold cell phones horizontally when making your video. Topic suggestions include:

  • Most interesting teaching moment or research finding in your career
  • Most interesting or surprising example of advertising that has caught your eye recently and why
  • Discuss something about you that is not on your application
  • Most striking thing you have noticed about student culture today on campus
  • A teaser about your Lunchtime Talk for professors applying for the Immersion + Fellowship program

Notifications: April 1, 2018

Final notes:

  • Professors should not apply if they have already participated in the VPP
  • The VPP is currently only offered to professors teaching in the US

Attn: Sharon Hudson
VP, Program Manager
708 Third Avenue, 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tel:    646-708-8114


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Bliss Award Nominations

Nominations are due Feb. 15, 2018, for AEJMC’s Edward L. Bliss Award for Distinguished Broadcast Journalism Education. The award is presented annually by AEJMC’s Electronic News Division and recognizes an electronic journalism educator who has made significant and lasting contributions to the field. Criteria for nomination and selection:

• Teaching: Evidence of long-standing excellent and innovative teaching and student engagement.
• Service: Evidence of leadership in professional or educational organizations such as AEJMC, RTDNA, SPJ, state broadcast news organizations and at the candidate¹s college or university.
• Research: Evidence of enhanced teaching and service through professional and/or academic writing and research including journal articles, articles in professional trade publications and creative work for broadcast.

Nominations are solicited from the broadcast media, professional organizations and associations, and broadcast educators or students. Letters of nomination should contain specific examples of each of the categories listed above.

The successful Bliss nomination packet will include:

• a detailed, thorough letter of nomination.
• a complete curriculum vitae of the nominee.
• supporting letters from students/former students. These letters should be concise and limited to no more than seven.
• supporting letters from colleagues, collaborators or co-authors. These should also be concise and limited to no more than seven.
• supporting materials including news coverage of awards and activities. These materials should be VERY limited in number.

Examples of writing or other work by the nominee should not be included. Do not include a statement by the nominee in support of your nomination. Nominations will remain active with the Bliss selection committee for three years. Nominations will be reviewed by a committee selected by the Electronic News Division officers lead by past division head Bill Silcock, Arizona State. The award will be presented at a special ceremony held by the division at AEJMC’s August 2018 Washington, D.C., Conference. The recipient will receive a recognition plaque and a waiver of conference registration fees. In addition, the recipient’s name will be added to the permanent plaque housed at American University in Washington, D.C, Ed Bliss’ university during his teaching career.

Nominations should be sent to (electronic submissions preferred): Bill Silcock, Assistant Dean for Research and Global Programs, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University, 555 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004,, 602-319-2818. Silcock may also be contacted for questions and more information.

AEJMC Awards

Lionel Barrow Award Nominations

Nominations are now being sought for the Lionel C. Barrow Jr. Award for Distinguished Achievement in Diversity Research and Education.

This award, jointly supported by AEJMC’s Minorities & Communication (MAC) Division and Commission on the Status of Minorities (CSM), recognizes outstanding individual accomplishment and leadership in diversity efforts for underrepresented groups by race and ethnicity, in journalism and mass communication.

The late Dr. Lionel (Lee) C. Barrow, Jr. was a long-time AEJMC member who provided leadership and guidance during his many years of service. In 1968, he pioneered and founded the Ad Hoc Committee on Minority Education in an effort to recruit, train and place minorities in communications, and in 1970, he founded and became the acting head of the MAC Division.

The nominee should be a JMC educator with a long record of diversity-related work, but does not have to be an AEJMC member at the time of application; self-nominations are welcome. A monetary award accompanies this prize, and the winner will receive a complimentary, one-year membership to AEJMC.

The award will be presented during the AEJMC Business Meeting by the chairs of the two sponsoring groups.

Nominees will be judged by their outstanding contributions in ONE of the three following areas: (1) a sustained record over time of publication on racial and ethnic minorities in journalism and mass communication; and/or (2) a sustained record over time of contribution to teaching and service of racial and ethnic minorities in journalism and mass communication; and/or (3) the publication of an impactful book on racial and ethnic minorities in journalism and mass communication.

Nomination packets should contain the following:

• a letter from an AEJMC member on letterhead naming the specific area of the contribution (see above) and then describing in detail the candidate’s contributions to diversity in that area, and one additional letter of support from a colleague (on or off campus) who is also an AEJMC member. All nominees, including those who are self-nominated, will provide a total of two (2) letters;
• the nominee’s personal statement (350 words);
• a three-page CV outlining information pertinent to the nomination;
• additional materials might include (but are not limited to) abstracts of research findings, professional papers and published articles (no more than five total), text of a speech delivered or prepared for delivery, course outlines, innovative teaching tools, teaching evaluations and citations or other recognition pertaining to the nominee.

The entire nomination packet should be combined into one file and be no longer than 13 pages (including additional materials). Applications exceeding this length will be disqualified. Entries should be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, March 1, 2018, via email to The recipient will be announced by mid-April and recognized in the 2018 AEJMC Washington, D.C., Conference program.

AEJMC Awards

History Book Award Nominations

AEJMC’s History Division is soliciting entries for its annual award for the best journalism and mass communication history book of 2017.

The winning author will receive a plaque and a $500 prize at the August 2018 AEJMC conference at the Renaissance in Washington, D.C., where the author will give a short talk about the experience of research and discovery during the book’s composition.

The competition is open to any author of a media history book regardless of whether he or she belongs to AEJMC or the History Division.

Only first editions with a 2017 copyright date will be accepted. Edited volumes, articles and monographs will be excluded because they qualify for the Covert Award, another AEJMC History Division competition.

Entries must be received by Feb. 2, 2018. Submit four copies of each book — along with the author’s mailing address, telephone number and email address — to John P. Ferré, AEJMC History Book Award Chair, Department of Communication, 310 Strickler Hall, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292.

Please contact John Ferré at 502-852-8167 or with any questions.

AEJMC Awards

Tips from the AEJMC Teaching Committee

Strategies for Leading Discussions of Race and Diversity in the Classroom

By Karen M. Turner
AEJMC Standing Committee on Teaching
Associate Professor
Department of Journalism
Temple University


(Article courtesy of AEJMC News, November 2017 issue)

My original idea for this month’s column was to focus on recapping and providing advice from a robust teaching panel discussion I participated in at the 2017 Chicago AEJMC Conference entitled, “Your Candidate Is a Loser – Strategies for Leading Discussions of Race and Diversity in the Classroom.” And then Hurricane Maria slammed into the Caribbean and I got another idea.

Since both are important, this column will address two issues.

Strategies for Leading Discussions of Race and Diversity in the Classroom

The idea for the AEJMC panel came from Iona’s Mitchell Bard. He said the spark was watching the now president make racist comments during the presidential campaign and emboldening people with similar views to speak so openly.  He questioned what he would do if a student said something offensive or insensitive in his class.  As teaching chair of the Political Communication Interest Group, Bard said he approached the Minorities and Communication Division’s Melody Fischer about co-sponsoring and the panel collaboration was born.

All four panelists provided tips from their well-worn teaching toolboxes and strategized with audience participants about specific classroom challenges.  I shared many of the teaching strategies I wrote about in my March 2017 column:

What made the panel so valuable was the diversity of the panelists and their institutional environments.

Here are some words of wisdom from panelist Katy Culver, Wisconsin-Madison (

• Pay attention to your course materials. I realized my readings in a technology class tilted almost entirely male. One of my lectures on visual communication included only one example featuring a person of color and that was in a negative context. Things like the names you include in assignments or quizzes matter. Diversify across the board.

• Recognize that group projects can be a problem. Students’ implicit — or explicit — biases can make these projects thorny, yet problems are often invisible to you. I set up surveys at different mile markers in a project and ask students about the dynamics in the group. I don’t make it explicitly about race, gender, class or other variables that can raise bias concerns. Instead, I ask things like, “Is there anything I can do to help you be successful within your group?”

One time, an adult returning student used this opportunity to tell me she felt shunned by her group members because she worked two jobs to put herself through school, which made meeting times tough to coordinate. I was able to both advise her on how to respond directly and alter my schedule, so class time could be used for meeting.

• Talk about bias early and openly. I have students take a survey at the start of the semester about the kinds of qualities they think they have and the kinds they value in other people. I talk about how we may think we value others regardless of our differences, but what we think and how we act can be at odds.

I have them do a reading on unconscious bias, and we talk about it in class. I haven’t had much luck with readings that are academic in nature. Instead, I use more popular ones, like this Fast Company article:

I also use current examples, saying things like, “I watched CBS News this morning and got ticked off because they went 21 minutes before I saw a female source used in a story. Do you guys ever notice that? Why do you think that happens?”

The Importance of Leading Discussions about News Coverage

I always teach a media literacy module focusing on what stories are missing from the news; or perhaps were covered in depth just weeks ago and have disappeared from the headlines; or those stories covered but perhaps not completely.

A day or so following Hurricane Maria’s destruction in the Caribbean, I was scheduled to begin this literacy module.  We talked about the top stories in the news including the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the devastating conditions reported on the ground in Puerto Rico.

I pressed them to tell me about the condition of the other islands that were in Maria’s path.  Then I asked them to check their various mainstream media sources for hurricane reports.  What we found were numerous stories about the worsening situation in Puerto Rico.  At this point I shared with my class a friend’s personal story to illustrate the reality of stories not covered.

The weekend following the storm, a colleague was desperately trying to get her daughter and fiancé off the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. That group of islands had suffered devastating damage, too, resulting in no electricity, lack of water and limited access to medical care – just to name a few of their challenges. However, the story of the U.S. Virgin Islands was missing from U.S. mainstream media reports.

When I personalized a situation where reporting was lacking, the students seemed to grasp how the gatekeeping function of journalism can fall short.  I admitted that my personal connection to the Virgin Islands made me more aware of the reportorial shortcomings. We then identified other stories that had disappeared from the headlines such as the latest about ISIS, Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria.

What’s encouraging is we then looked at several reputable social media sources where we found stories that were outside the reporting of mainstream outlets.  With so much media attention to low-hanging fruit and shiny objects, it’s always good to remind ourselves and this generation of news consumers to be aware of those important issues that are under-covered or not covered at all.

Teaching Corner

IDL Fellows

Universities listed are at the time of graduation from the IDL program.

IDL Fellows 2016-17

  1. Linda Aldoory, University of Maryland
  2. Laura Castaneda, University of Southern California
  3. Jerry Crawford, University of Kansas
  4. Calvin Hall, North Carolina Central University
  5. Karie Hollerbach, Southeast Missouri State University
  6. Maria Len-Rios, University of Georgia
  7. Herb Lowe, University of Florida
  8. Emily Metzgar, Indiana University

IDL Fellows 2015-16

  1. Carolyn Bronstein, DePaul University
  2. Jean Grow, Marquette University
  3. Susan Keith, Rutgers University
  4. Kathleen McElroy, Oklahoma State University
  5. Gwyneth Mellinger, Xavier University
  6. Donica Mensing, University of Nevada Reno
  7. Marquita Smith, John Brown University
  8. Alice Tait, Central Michigan University

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JLID Fellows

Universities listed were at the time of graduation from the JLID program.

JLID Fellows 2008-09 [Final class of the JLID program.]

  1. Brigitta Brunner, Auburn University
  2. Heidi Hatfield Edwards, Florida Institute of Technology
  3. Marie Hardin, Penn State University
  4. Karen Kline, Lock Haven University
  5. Teresa Lamsam, University of Nebraska Omaha
  6. Loren Mulraine, Middle Tennessee State University
  7. Greg Pitts, Bradley University
  8. William Sutton, Achieving the Dream
  9. Frances Ward-Johnson, Elon University

JLID Fellows 2007-08

  1. Kathy Bradshaw, Bowling Green State University
  2. Carolyn Byerly, Howard University
  3. Anita Fleming-Rife, Grambling State University
  4. Jon Funabiki, San Francisco State University
  5. Sherlynn Howard-Byrd, Alcorn State University
  6. Kimberly Lauffer, Towson University
  7. Julianne Newton, University of Oregon
  8. Humphrey Regis, North Carolina A&T University
  9. Felecia Jones Ross, Ohio State University

JLID Fellows 2006-07

  1. Louise Benjamin, Associate Professor, University of Georgia
  2. Linda Callahan, Professor North Carolina A&T State University
  3. Rochelle Ford, Associate Professor, Howard University
  4. Louisa Ha, Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University
  5. Suzanne Huffman, Professor, Texas Christian University
  6. Mary Jean Land, Professor, Georgia College & State University
  7. Amy Reynolds, Associate Professor, Indiana University
  8. Sharon Stringer, Associate Professor, Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania
  9. Barbara Zang, Associate Professor, Worcester State College

JLID Fellows 2005-06

  1. Professor Hub Brown, Associate Professor, Syracuse University
  2. Dr. Lillie Fears, Associate Professor, Arkansas State University
  3. Dr. Mary-Lou Galician, Associate Professor, Arizona State University
  4. Dr. Robyn Goodman, Associate Professor, Alfred University
  5. Dr. Derina Holtzhausen, Professor, University of South Florida
  6. Dr. Sundeep Muppidi, Associate Professor, University of Hartford
  7. Dr. Zeny Sarabia-Panol, Professor, Middle Tennessee State University
  8. Dr. James Tsao, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

JLID Fellows 2004-05

  1. Dr. Debashis “Deb” Aikat, Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  2. Dr. Elizabeth V. Burt, Associate Professor, University of Hartford
  3. Dr. Dwight E. Brooks, Associate Professor, University of Georgia
  4. Dr. Jinx C. Broussard, Associate Professor, Dillard University, Associate Professor, Louisiana State Univ.
  5. Dr. Kris Bunton, Professor, University of St. Thomas
  6. Dr. Caryl Cooper, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Associate Professor, University of Alabama
  7. Dr. Judith “Judy” Cramer, Associate Professor, St. John’s University
  8. Dr. Jennifer Greer, Associate Professor, University of Nevada-Reno
  9. Dr. Linda Jones, Director, School of Communication, Associate Professor, Roosevelt University
  10. Dr. Therese “Terry” L. Lueck, Professor, The University of Akron
  11. Dr. Virginia “Ginny” Whitehouse, Associate Professor, Whitworth College

JLID Fellows 2003-04

  1. Dr. Eddith Dashiell, Ohio University, Associate Professor, Scripps School of Journalism, Associate Dean, College of Communication, Ohio University
  2. Dr. Barbara DeSanto, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator, Department of Communication Studies
  3. Dr. Nancy Mitchell, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Associate Professor, Department Chair, College of Journalism and Mass Communications
  4. Dr. Jan Quarles, Middle Tennessee State University, Professor, Assistant Dean, College of Mass Communication
  5. Dr. Sandra Utt, University of Memphis, Associate Professor, Assistant Chair, Journalism Department
  6. Dr. Liz Watts, Texas Tech University, Associate Professor, Associate Director, School of Mass Communication
  7. Dr. Maria Williams-Hawkins, Ball State University, Associate Professor, Department of Telecommunication, College of Communication, Information and Media

JLID Fellows 2002-03

  1. Dr. Janet Bridges, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Associate Professor, Department of Communication
  2. Dr. Kathleen Endres, University of Akron, Professor, School of Communication
  3. Dr. John Omachonu, William Paterson University, Associate Professor, Chair, Department of Communication
  4. Dr. Federico Subervi, Pace University, Professor, Chair, Department of Communication Studies
  5. Dr. Birgit Wassmuth, Drake University, Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  6. Dr. Jan Whitt, University of Colorado at Boulder, Associate Professor, School of Journalism and Mass Communication
  7. Dr. Lynn Zoch, University of South Carolina, Associate Professor, College of Journalism and Mass Communications

JLID Fellows 2000-02 [Inaugural class began as a two-year fellowship.]

  1. Prof. Sandra Birdiette, Wayne State University
  2. Dr. Kenneth Campbell, University of South Carolina
  3. Dr. Shannon Campbell, University of Kansas
  4. Dr. Meta Carstarphen, University of Oklahoma
  5. Dr. Qingwin Dong, University of the Pacific
  6. Dr. Martin Edu, Grambling State University
  7. Dr. Kathleen Fearn-Banks, University of Washington
  8. Dr. Camilla Gant, State University of West Georgia
  9. Dr. Cathy Jackson, Norfolk State University
  10. Dr. Phil Jeter, Florida A&M University
  11. Dr. Carmen Manning-Miller, University of Mississippi
  12. Dr. Diana Rios, University of Connecticut
  13. Dr. John Sanchez, Penn State University
  14. Dr. Jeanne Scafella, Murray State University
  15. Dr. Linda Steiner, Rutgers University
  16. Dr. Karen Turner, Temple University

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Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award

AEJMC’s Standing Committee on Research seeks nominations for its Nafziger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award.

The award recognizes the best Ph.D. dissertation in the field of mass communication research and includes a monetary prize.  Dissertations are eligible if successfully defended between Sept. 1, 2016, and Aug. 31, 2017. The committee reserves the right not to grant the award in any given year.

How to nominate:

  1. Nominations must be made by the dissertation adviser/director or by a senior administrator (dean, director or chair) of the doctoral-degree granting unit. Students may NOT nominate their own dissertation.
  2. The nomination package includes 4 items: (1) the nominator’s cover letter, (2) an 8-10 page abstract summarizing the dissertation, (3) a PDF of the dissertation, and (4) the nominee’s CV.
  3. The nomination letters, abstracts, dissertations and CVs must be submitted electronically as email attachments on or before 11:59 p.m. (Central), Jan. 19, 2018.

All four (4) items must be delivered electronically by the deadline to qualify for consideration.

  1. Acknowledgements and other information that might identify the author, the adviser or the university must be removed from the dissertation PDF and the abstract. This includes references to the university where the dissertation was written that may appear in the text. Submissions containing identifying information in these files may be disqualified.
  2. The full dissertation must be submitted in ONE single PDF file.
  3. A separate file comprising an extended (blind) 8-10 page abstract summarizing the dissertation must be submitted in ONE file (PDF or DOC). The abstract should be organized as follows with subheadings: (1) Introduction and problem statement; (2) Theoretical framework and key elements of previous research; (3) Method; (4) Findings; (5) Conclusion and discussion; (6) Statement of importance to the field.
    Nominees may wish to refer to the judging criteria when writing their abstracts. Those criteria are listed here:
  4. The nomination letter must include the nominee’s name, dissertation title and university affiliation.
  5. “NWS Dissertation Award [insert nominee’s last name]” must be used as the subject header for any and all correspondence in relation to the award.
  6. Submissions will be acknowledged by email within 24 hours.
  7. The nomination letter should be submitted electronically by the nominator. All other materials should be submitted by the nominee.
  8. Non-electronic methods of submission (facsimile, standard mail, courier) are not available or acceptable.

Send nominations and direct questions to Tim Vos at the University of Missouri,

The award is named for Ralph O. Nafziger and David Manning White, authors of Introduction to Mass Communication Research, and Michael Salwen, coauthor of An Integrated Approach to Communication Theory and Research.

AEJMC Awards