Opportunities and Challenges: Professional Development Programming in Media and Communication Education

Jerry Crawford, Jan Lauren Boyles, Terri Hernandez, Chen Lou, Hong Cheng, David Perlmutter

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The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) leadership charged a 13-member Presidential Task Force on Careers to obtain membership’s thoughts on preferences and needs regarding career-assistance programming and activities. This Spring 2019 report details a survey of the interest of educators, of all ranks, in current AEJMC efforts and the need for more targeted and accessible opportunities, both at annual conferences and online modules. Results included members’ thoughts on professional development, burnout, tenure and posttenure processes, academic culture, and the importance of being forward thinking regarding news and strategic communications industries outside of academia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)436-452
Number of pages17
JournalJournalism and Mass Communication Educator
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • employment
  • faculty
  • journalism
  • journalism and mass communication education
  • journalism and mass communication programs
  • media
  • mixed methods
  • networking
  • peer tutoring
  • professional skills


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