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Wednesday, August 10 • 12:00pm - 5:30pm
From the Newsroom to Classroom: What You Need to Know About Teaching

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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 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 will 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.  


Session 1: 1 p.m.  (45 min.)
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 what they wish they'd known before they started teaching.


Session 2: 2 p.m.  (45 min.)

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, how to thrive and help your students thrive..


Session #3: 3 p.m. (1 to 1.5 hours)

Basics of Great Teaching: Demystifying Tools and Methods

How do you engage with students in a meaningful and impactful way? Got grading rubrics? Does your syllabus need an overhaul? And how do you get the most out of that terrible, buggy course management software? 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.


4:30 p.m. Reception

We will end the session with a mixer that includes journalists, deans, administrators and professors from local universities.  


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Brooke Barnett

Associate Provost Inclusive Community, Elon University
Brooke Barnett, Ph.D. is a Professor of Communications and Associate Provost for Inclusive Community at Elon University. She has worked as a news director and documentary producer in public television. An active scholar, her most recent edited volume is Intersectionality in Action... Read More →
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Mei-Ling Hopgood

Associate Professor/Journalist, Medill at Northwestern University
Mei-Ling Hopgood is a freelance journalist and  author of Lucky Girl  and How Eskimos Keep Their Babies Warm. She has been a recipient of the National Headliner Best in Show, ICIJ Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting and several other investigative... Read More →
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Terril Jones

Instructor, International Journalism, Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies
Jones spent 18 years in Japan, France and China with AP and Reuters. His coverage included Japan's politics/economy; the 1989 protests at Tiananmen Square; European integration; conflict in north and west Africa; China's rising political and military aspirations; plummeting China-Japan... Read More →
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Meghan S. Sanders

Associate Dean for Research & Strategic Planning; Douglas L. Manship Endowed Professorship; Director, Media Effects Lab, Louisiana State University
Meghan S. Sanders, Ph.D., is associate dean for Research & Strategic Planning, associate professor and director of the Media Effects Lab atLouisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication.Her work experience includes positions with The Houston Chronicle, WVUE-FOX... Read More →

Wednesday August 10, 2016 12:00pm - 5:30pm PDT

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