Institute for Diverse Leadership in Journalism and Communication 2023-24

Deadline: 5 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, April 15

Institute for Diverse Leadership in Journalism and Communication 2023-24

The purpose of the Institute for Diverse Leadership in Journalism and Communication is to increase diversity in administrative and other senior-level positions in journalism and communication education. The Institute’s objective is to identify, recruit, mentor and train future leaders and administrators. The Institute is co-sponsored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC).

The Institute for Diverse Leadership in Journalism and Communication seeks applicants from historically marginalized and underrepresented groups as the program is dedicated to increasing the diversity of chairs, deans, directors, and endowed chairs in journalism and communication education.

Applicants MUST BE current AEJMC members. Applicants must be associate or full professors interested in administration and/or journalism and communication practitioners who have moved into the academy and have a minimum of three full-time years in an academic setting.

The IDL Jennifer McGill Fellows will participate in Institute activities while continuing to work at their home campuses. The Institute program involves four group sessions during the fellowship year, two of which will happen during AEJMC conferences. Fellows and their home institutions are expected to cover costs associated with travel to those two AEJMC annual conferences, which most members normally attend. Travel for the other components below will be funded by the Institute.


There are three key components of the Institute:

  1. Workshop Sessions — Mandatory workshops for fellows will be held at the AEJMC 2023 Washington, D.C., Conference, the 2024 ASJMC Winter Workshop, the 2024 ACEJMC Spring meeting (Zoom) and the AEJMC 2024 Philadelphia Conference. Workshops will cover a variety of administrative issues, including fundraising, leadership styles and dealing with difficult people.
  2. Mentor Program — The Institute will match each fellow with a current administrative mentor. The mentoring relationship consists of monthly contact via telephone or email, and a week-long visit to the mentor’s campus for a first-hand look at administrative duties at a journalism/communication program.
  3. Networking — Institute fellows are introduced to current administrators during social and programming sessions at their workshops. Mentors introduce fellows to other administrators to help the fellows begin to establish networks of resources.

Application Process: AEJMC expects the selection process to be competitive. Applications for the 2023-24 year of the Institute should include ONE PDF file that includes the following parts:

Part I. An “Institute Application” that answers the following questions:

1. How has your lived experience and/or background informed your leadership?
2. Why would this program be valuable to you now — at this stage of your career?
3. What skills and past leadership experience do you have?
4. Why would you like to become an administrator or have a leadership position in higher education?
5. How would you address DEI issues as a leader?
6. What would you like to learn from the program if you were selected?
7. What do you see as the most pressing issue for JC administrators today, and what two ideas do you have that would help?

Part II. A vita, maximum of 5 pages. Vita should include:

  • current position, rank and number of years of teaching;
  • summary of professional experience;
  • leadership positions and significant service contributions to department, university, AEJMC and other academic associations;
  • maximum listing of 10 publications, presentations and awards (total of 10 for all three).

Part III. Two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from your immediate chair or
dean, and one should come from another person familiar with your work. The letter of
nomination from the immediate chair or dean must indicate the institution will provide
funding for the candidate to attend the two required AEJMC annual conferences if the person
is selected for the program.

The complete packet should be converted to a PDF and emailed to: [email protected]. The
file should be called: AEJMC_Institute_(your last name). All application materials should be
received by 5 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, April 15. Only complete applications will be
considered. The selection process is very competitive. Up to eight fellows will be selected for
the 2023-24 class. Notifications will go out by early May. Direct questions to Lillian Coleman at
[email protected], or Amanda Caldwell at [email protected]. Type “Institute Inquiry” in
subject line.

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