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Baylor Represented at AEJMC Annual Conference

Aug. 26, 2013

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Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez and graduate student, Poplar Yuan, at the AEJMC conference in Washington, D.C.

Drs. Marlene Neill and Mia Moody-Ramirez enjoyed a productive 2013 conference sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). The annual event, held in Washington D.C. on Aug. 7-11, provided a great opportunity to network and to stay abreast of industry trends.

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Dr. Marlene Neill toured the Pentagon with other members of the Public Relations division at the AEJMC conference in Washingon, D.C.

Dr. Neill presented, "Beyond the C-Suite: Public Relations' Scope, Power & Influence at the Senior Executive Level." The article addressed the findings of in-depth interviews with 30 executives representing multiple departments in four U.S. companies, who discussed their involvement or exclusion in eight strategic issues. The factors that impacted public relations' power and influence included the type of industry, preferences of the CEO, and organizational culture.

Dr. Moody-Ramirez and graduate student, Poplar Yuan, presented the paper titled, "Promotion and Tenure: Exploring the Guidelines of Journalism, Mass Communication and PR Departments in a Digital Era." The article examines tenure-review policies of 40 journalism, mass communication, and PR departments to identify trends and the impact--if any--that new media has had on tenure guidelines. This analysis provides guidelines to help journalism, PR and communications departments transform their tenure and promotion guidelines for today's technology-driven environment.

Other AEJMC news

AEJMC President Paula Poindexter appointed Moody-Ramirez to serve as a member of the Strategic Plan Implementation Committee. She was also elected the Midwinter Chair for the Minorities and Communication Division (MAC). In addition, Dr. Moody-Ramirez received a certificate for completing the mentorship program sponsored by the Commission on the Status of Women. Dr. Jannette Dates, dean emeritus at Howard University, was her mentor.

Dr. Neill was selected for the inaugural class of Kopenhaver Fellows. The Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women at Florida International University sponsored its inaugural workshop for 24 Center Fellows at the 2013 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) convention in Washington, DC, Aug 7.

The Kopenhaver Center Fellows were selected through an application process that included the more than 1,000 AEJMC member institutions. The workshop program was planned in collaboration with the AEJMC's Commission on the Status of Women. It included topics around "Climbing the Ladder: Mentors, Money and Upward Mobility for Junior Faculty Members."

The Kopenhaver Center's mission is to empower women scholars and professionals in the field of communications in order to develop visionaries in both the academy and the industry who will become leaders in the society and make a difference in their communities.