Texas Tech University

Faculty, students and alumni to participate in AEJMC Annual conference

More than two dozen College of Media & Communication faculty members, students and alumni will participate in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual conference taking place August 6-9, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

More than two dozen College of Media & Communication faculty members, students and alumni will participate in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual conference taking place August 6-9, 2018, in Washington, D.C.

College of Media & Communication scholars will be presenting their research, participating in discussions and moderating panel sessions.

The theme of the AEJMC 2018 conference is titled “Strengthening our community: Working together to build scholars, educators, and engaged academic citizens.”

“AEJMC is one of the most important conferences in our discipline,” reported Dr. Glenn Cummins, associate dean for research in the College of Media & Communication. “It's a chance for scholars from across a wide range of specializations to get together to discuss their research, see what others are doing, and generate some really useful discussion.”

Texas Tech University will have an impressive turnout of faculty, current graduate students and alumni at one of the largest conferences for media and communication scholars.

“In terms of size, this is one of the three or four biggest academic conferences in our discipline, and it attracts some of the leading communication scholars from around the world. So, it's very important for our college to be a part of that exchange of ideas,” Cummins said.

David D. Perlmutter, Ph.D., professor in and dean of the College of Media & Communication, was elected vice president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) for 2017-18. With his election as vice president, Perlmutter will ascend the leadership ladder within the organization to become president-elect for 2018-19 and president for the 2019-2020 term.

In boldface type below are the names of the College of Media & Communication faculty, students and alumni who are participating at the conference.


Sunday, August 5, 2018

1 to 5 p.m. / S005

Glenn Cummins, “Fundamentals of Eye-Tracking in Communication Research” Preconference Workshop. (Advance Registration Required.)

1 to 5 p.m. / S011 Small Programs Interest Groups

Debbie Davis, “Recruiting Faculty: Strategies for Attracting Talented Candidates.” Session III in “Beyond the Inverted Pyramid: Student and Faculty Development” Preconference Workshop. (Advanced Registration Required.)

Monday, August 6, 2018

8:15 to 9:45 / M007

Amanda Weed (Ohio), Karen Freberg (Louisville), Emily S. Kinsky, (West Texas A&M; TTU PhD 2008) and Amber L. Hutchins (Kennesaw State), “Great Ideas for Teaching PR (GIFTs): Building a Social Learning Flock”

10 to 11:30 a.m. / M017

Bryan McLaughlin, John Velez, and Joshua Dunn, “The Political World Within: Conceptualizing Political Transportation”

10 to 11:30 a.m. / M019

Miglena Sternadori (Panelist), “(Re)defining Magazine Media: Expanded Horizon or New Frontier?” (Teaching Panel Session)

10 to 11:30 a.m. / M026

Natalie Brown-Devlin, Texas; Michael B. Devlin, (Texas State; TTU MA, 2007) Andrew Billings and Kenon Brown, Alabama, “Five Rings, Five Screens?: A Global Examination of Social TV Influence on Social Presence and National Identity During the 2018 Winter Olympic Games”

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. / M029

Miglena Sternadori and Alan Abitbol, (University of Dayton; TTU PhD 2016), “Explaining the Success of Femvertising: A Structural Modeling Approach”

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. / M036

Weiwu Zhang (Panelist), “Demystifying the Academic Job Market” (PF&R Panel Session)

1:30 to 3 p.m. / M049

Oluseyi Adegbola and Sherice Gearhart, “Media Use and Political Participation: A Comparative Study of U.S., Kenya, and Nigeria”

1:30 to 3 p.m. / M050

Miglena Sternadori (Panelist), “Using a Student-Engagement Platform to Its Full Potential” (Teaching Panel Session)

1:30 to 3 p.m. / M057

Glenn Cummins, Monica Ortiz (Syracuse; TTU MA, 2017) and Andrea Rankin, “Elevator Eyes” in Sports Broadcasting: Differences in Attention Allocation to Male and Female Sports Reporters”

1:30 to 3 p.m. / M058

Moderating/Presiding - David D. Perlmutter (Presiding), Business Session, “AEJMC Presidential Task Force on Careers”

1:30 to 3 p.m. / M049

Shawna White (Texas State; TTU PhD 2016) and Nicole Lee (North Carolina State; TTU PhD 2016), “Reactance to Fact Checking: Facebook Users' Evaluations of and Intentions” to Share Fake News”

5 to 6:30 p.m. / M077

Ioana Coman (Moderating/Presiding), Kris Boyle, (Brigham Young; TTU PhD 2008) (Panelist), “Covering Breaking News: From Hurricanes to White Supremacists” (Teaching Panel Session)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

8:15 to 9:45 a.m. / T016 Communicating Science, Health and Environment Risk Division

Laura Fischer (U. of Kentucky; TTU Ag. Comm. PhD 2017) Courtney Meyers, Glenn Cummins, Courtney Gibson, and Mathew Baker, “Examining the Impact of Motivational Salience and Involvement on Visual Attention to Scientific Information”

8:15 to 9:45 a.m. / T022 Minorities and Communication Division

Kent Wilkinson (Moderating/Presiding), “Breakfast with Hispanic Media: U.S. Hispanic Media at the Crossroads of Culture and Industry Opportunity” (PF&R Panel Session)

1:30 to 3 p.m. / T062

Sherice Gearhart and Weiwu Zhang, “Facilitating Role of Opinion Climate in Speaking Out: Testing Spiral of Silence in Social Media” (Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper Poster Session)

1:30 to 3 p.m. / T073 South Asia Communication Association

Rauf Arif (Moderating/Presiding), Business Session - South Asia Initiative Committee Meeting 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. / T076

Asheley Landrum (Panelist), “Discussing Politically Contentious Scientific Issues in the Classroom” (Teaching Panel Session)

3:15 to 4:45 / T086

Andrew Billings, Alabama; Natalie Brown-Devlin, Texas at Austin; Kenon Brown, Alabama and Michael B. Devlin (Texas State; TTU MA, 2007), “When 18 Days of Television Coverage Is Not Enough: A Six-Nation Composite of Motivations for Mobile Media Use in 2018 Winter Olympic Games”

5 to 6:30 p.m. / T098

Alan Abitbol (U. of Dayton; TTU PhD 2016) and Miglena Sternadori (Texas Tech), “Championing Women's Empowerment as a Catalyst for Purchase Intentions: Testing the Mediating Roles of OPRs and Brand Loyalty in the Context of Femvertising” (Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper Poster Session)

Bingbing Zhang, Sherice Gearhart, and David D. Perlmutter, “Recoding Language with Fatty Memes: How Chinese Netizens Avoid Censorship When Referring to North Korea” (Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper Poster Session)

Easton Wollney (Florida; TTU MA, 2017) and Miglena Sternadori (Texas Tech), “Feminine, Competent, Submissive: A Multimodal Analysis of Depictions of Women in U.S. Wartime Persuasive Messages” (Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper Poster Session)

5 to 6:30 p.m. / T101 Political Communication Interest Group

Bryan McLaughlin (Discussant), “Refereed Paper Session - The Best of Political Communication Interest Group”

5 to 6:30 / T094

Clay Craig (Texas State; TTU PhD, 2013), Mark Flynn (Emmanuel College), and Andrea Bergstrom (Coastal Carolina), “So They Claim: A Content Analysis of Magazine Food Advertising Techniques and Branding”

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

8:15 to 9:45 a.m. / W019 Sports Communication Interest Group

Refereed Paper Session - Digital and Social Media in Sports

Clay Craig (Texas State; TTU PhD 2013), Shannon Bichard, and
Mary Liz Brooks (West Texas A&M; TTU PhD 2015), “Social Media for the Win: How Brands Integrated Social into their Advertising Strategy During Super Bowl LI”

11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. / Renaissance East

David D. Perlmutter, 2018 AEJMC Roundtable Talk, “Career Advancement: Engaging with Leaders,” Table 4: How to Stand Out In a Job Search

12:15 to 1:30 p.m. / W030 Advertising Division

Zijian Harrison Gong, Steven Holiday (Alabama; TTU PhD 2018) and Glenn Cummins, “The Impact of Erotic Appeal and Message Relevance on Selective Attention to Print Advertisements”

3:30 to 5 p.m. / W063

Melissa Gotlieb (Discussant), “Stories, Narratives and Communication Technology” (Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper Poster Session)

Lyombe Eko and Natalia Mielczarek (Virginia Tech), “Raping Europa Again?: Discursive Constructions of the European Refugee Crisis in Four German and Polish News Magazine Covers” (Scholar-to-Scholar Refereed Paper Poster Session)

3:30 to 5 p.m. / W071

Sherice Gearhart (Moderating/Presiding), “Refereed Paper Session - Misinformation Effects and Identification”

3:30 to 5 p.m. / W078

Rauf Arif (Moderating/Presiding), “Research Panel Session - The State of South Asia Communication Research”

3:30 to 5 p.m. / W067

Kris Boyle (Brigham Young; TTU PhD 2008) (Moderating/Presiding), “Covering the Traumatic: News and Its Relationship with Trauma”

7 to 8:30 p.m. / W095

Melissa Gotlieb (Moderating/Presiding), “Communication Theory and Methodology Division Business Session - Members' Meeting”

7 to 8:30 p.m. / W105

Social, Texas Tech University College of Media and Communication; Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University; Reed College of Media, West Virginia University

Thursday, August 9, 2018

12:45 to 2:15 p.m. / R032

Kris Boyle (Brigham Young; TTU PhD 2008), “Racially Framed: A Content Analysis of Media Frames in the Coverage of the Ferguson Controversy”