We’re excited to announce a great slate of GLBT-related panels, papers and discussions at the 2014 annual convention in Montreal.
Thursday, August 7
3:15pm (Sole-sponsored Teaching Panel)
Recently, Lou Capozzi, PRSA Foundation president noted, “The public relations profession is lacking in diversity, and as professionals we are not keeping up with the progress being made in corporate America and in other professions.” Given the changing landscape of corporate America and the call for public relations to address issues of diversity, this panel explores teaching diversity in the public relations curriculum. This panel pushes the concept of diversity and works to explore how race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, and ability operate in the public relations classroom. As public relations instructors, how do we work to increase diversity in our curriculum and classroom to reflect the changing landscape of the profession? What methods do we use to implement diversity in our classes? What obstacles do we face? How does our own identity play out in our pedagogy? Given the increasing emphasis placed on diversity in the profession, how do we navigate diversity in the curriculum and in our own classes? This panel draws from a diverse population of public relations scholars and instructors at diverse institutions and at various academic ranks.
5pm (with Commission on the Status of Women)
The GLBT Interest Group and Commission on the Status of Women will co-sponsor a research panel exploring cutting-edge methods for researching gender and sexuality issues in mass communication. Philosophically, scholars should be open to innovative research approaches, especially when we study marginalized groups. By treating our respondents as subjects/participants instead of objects, and connecting with them from the start of the research process, we may collectively decide what new knowledge is needed and how to gather and analyze it. Panelists will discuss synchronous chat-base interviews, photo voice, multimodal critical discourse analysis, participatory and community based research, and multi-sited ethnographic methods.
Friday, August 8
3:30pm (with Minorities and Communication Division)
Is objectivity a remote possibility, especially when you cover your own community? Recent years have seen an increase of openly gay reporters as well as newsmakers. GLBT-related issues have been receiving more coverage, too. How do GLBT-identified reporters handle such topics? Also, do journalists who are racial minorities themselves have similar concerns when they cover members of their racial or ethnic groups and issues affecting their own communities? What parallels or lessons can be drawn from the experiences of gender or racial minorities as they became a part of mainstream journalism? Practitioners and academics on this panel will discuss these issues.
12:15pm (AEJMC-wide Scholar-to-Scholar Poster Session)
Come enjoy hearing cutting-edge scholar presentations by some of our winning authors. This is you opportunity to have face-to-face discussions with the researchers and exchange research ideas. This session will feature up to five of our winning paper presentations.
1:45pm (with Graduate Student Interest Group)
Completing a dissertation is already an overwhelming task; students rarely have the time or energy to think too much about the process of applying for jobs. At a time when the job market is very competitive, successfully navigating the job search is critical. When should doctoral candidates start their job search in academia? Which kinds of materials are needed? What should the cover letter say? How do you prepare for a phone interview and on-campus visit? In addition, for GLBT-identified applicants, candidates who are international scholars or members of a racial minority, are there specific issues to address in your application? Tips will be given by veteran search committee chairs and those who have recently secured a faculty position. Employment options outside academia will be discussed as well.
5:15pm (Refereed Paper)
Be among the audience as we hear presentations from some of our top winning papers for the Montréal conference. This session will feature up to five of our winning paper presentations. Be there so you can enjoy the exchange of research information.
7pm (Members’ Meeting)
This is your opportunity to learn of the GLBT interest group and volunteer for an office to contribute to the group. We look forward to seeing you there.