Every year, the Mass Communication & Society Division and Graduate Education Interest Group of AEJMC select tenure-track faculty members for their national AEJMC Promising Professor Awards. I am honored to have been chosen for this year’s third place award. Unfortunately, due to a personal matter I won’t be able to attend the awards panel at the AEJMC Conference in St. Louis on August 10. I, therefore, recorded my presentation “Turning Challenges into Opportunities: Embracing New Media Challenges in the Classroom.”
Please view my presentation on YouTube. You can also download the presentation slides without audio. The awards panel will take place on Wednesday at 3:15 p.m. (CST) at the Renaissance Hotel in St. Louis. Please also read a faculty feature by VCU News.
I’d like to thank my School’s former Director Terry Oggel for nominating me for this award as well as the my colleagues at the School of Mass Communications for their support of my teaching and research, especially Jeff South who has developed our intercultural social media program with me. Also thanks to VCU’s Center for Teaching Excellence for funding some of my teaching projects. In addition, I’d like to thank the many media partners and organizations that allow my students to work on real-life projects, especially Michael Fibison at Yahoo (previously with Media General) and Karri Peifer at Richmond.com.