Newsroom to Classroom #AAJA16
Noon-5pm on Wednesday, Aug. 10 at the Verona Room on the Promenade Level at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas with a reception to follow.

From the Newsroom to Classroom: What You Need to Know About Teaching
Whether you’re just starting to think about teaching or you’re a classroom veteran, join us at this half-day workshop on teaching journalism and communications.

This workshop / roundtable aims to help middle-to-late career professionals view their careers in a creative way, demystify academic life, and help participants consider a career shift to help recruit, train and empower the journalists and communicators of the future.

Participants can choose to be added to a database that will be made available to search committees and deans at journalism and mass communications programs nationwide. Thank you to the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University, Elon University and Louisiana State University for support for this workshop.

Lunch and Introductions: Noon

Session 1: 12:30 p.m. (1.5 hours)
So You Think You Want to Teach?: A Conversation and Q&A with Seasoned Educators
Do you have questions about transitioning into the classroom? Confused by academic jargon? Unsure what you need to apply? CV versus resume? Do you need an advanced degree? Academia has a set of rules and regulations that are unique. Navigating them can be bewildering for a newbie. And the rules change depending on whether you're a part-time adjunct or full-time (tenure or non-tenure track). Here’s your chance to sit down with seasoned journalism and communications educators who will share how to get started and what they wish they'd known before they started teaching.

Session 2: 2:15 p.m. (One hour)
A Frank Discussion About Race in Academia: How to Thrive and Help your Students Succeed
Whether you’re at a large school with few students and faculty of color, you may face issues that most of your white counterparts don’t. You may find yourself juggling the demands of teaching, research, and committee assignments with the “invisible labor” of mentoring students of color who aren’t even in your class. Or you may land at an institution with limited resources and students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Then there are the long-standing complaints when it comes to tenure and promotion of faculty of color. In this session we’ll debrief on what it’s like to teach in various ecosystems, why it matters where you land and how to thrive and help your students thrive.

Session #3: (3:30p.m. About One hour )
3 p.m. Basics of Great Teaching: Demystifying Tools and Methods
How do you engage, teach and mentor students in a meaningful and impactful way? How do you put together a good syllabus or use grading rubrics? You’ll walk away from this session with an understanding of tools and techniques that can help you get started or turbo-charge your teaching.

5 p.m. Reception
We will end the session with a mixer at Vista Lounge, near the Opening Ceremony

Session organizers

Mei-Ling Hopgood
AAJA’s representative to the ACEJMC council
Associate Professor
Medill Diversity Council
Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Meghan S. Sanders
Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Planning, Director of Media Effects Lab
Louisiana State University
(225) 578-7380

Brooke Barnett
Associate Provost for Inclusive Community
Professor, School of Communications
Elon University

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