Texas Tech University

CoMC to participate in AEJMC Annual Conference

Riley Golden

August 2, 2019

More than two dozen Texas Tech University College of Media & Communication faculty, students and alumni will participate in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 102nd Annual Conference, scheduled for August 7-10, 2019, in Toronto, Canada.

College of Media & Communication scholars will be presenting their research as well as panelling and participating in various discussions, all with the unifying conference theme of  “Investing in Our Futures.”

“AEJMC is one of the most important conferences in our discipline,” reported Glenn Cummins, Ph.D., associate dean for research & grants 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.”

Recognized as one of the largest conferences for media and communication scholars, Texas Tech University CoMC will have an impressive turnout of current students and faculty, along with alumni and incoming faculty.

“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,” Cummins said. “So, it's very important for our college to be a part of that exchange of ideas.” 

The conference also marks its annual change in leadership. David D. Perlmutter, Ph.D., CoMC professor and dean, will be installed as the president of AEJMC for the 2019-2020 term. Perlmutter has appointed members as the 2018-2019 AEJMC Presidential Task Force on Careers to focus on further developing the professional environment of AEJMC in order to better support all of AEJMC members as they progress through the different stages of their careers. 

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


Tuesday, August 6th

1 to 5 p.m. / PC09 

Kris Boyle (TTU PhD, 2008; Brigham Young University), Moderating/Presiding Preconference Session, “So You've Decided to Earn a Ph.D., Now What?” 

Wednesday, August 7th

8:15 to 9:45 a.m. / W006

Oluseyi Adegbola and Weiwu Zhang, “Investigating Empathic Concern, Reporting Efficacy & Journalistic Roles as Determinants of Adherence to Peace Journalism” 

8:15 to 9:45 a.m. / W010

Erik Bucy and Othello Richards, “Visualizing Candidates and Graphicating the News: Evidence from US Presidential Campaign Coverage, 1992-2012” 

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. / W031

Brandon Bouchillon (TTU PhD, 2014; University of Arkansas), “Social Networking for Interpersonal Life: Facebook Use and the Forms of Competence”

Melissa Gotlieb (Discussant), “Advances in Social Media Research” Refereed Research Paper Session

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. / W033 

Lyombe Eko (Panelist), “Law and Gaming: Issues in News and Tech”

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. / W038 

Bethany Pitchford, Miglena Sternadori, Jesse Starkey, and Amy Koerber, “From F-Bombs to Kissing Students: Media Framing of Male and Female Professors Accused of Sexual Harassment” 

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. / W039 

Miglena Sternadori, “Distinguishing Fake from Real News,” (Second place teaching panel presentation, “Best Practices: Media Literacy”)

3:15 to 4:45 p.m. / W068

Travis Loof, Moderating/Panelist (TTU PhD, 2017; University of South Dakota), “Video Games as Research: Discussing Upcoming Research and Methods”

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. / W074

John Besley (Michigan State); Nicole Lee (TTU PhD, 2016; North Carolina State); and Geah Pressgrove (West Virginia), “Reassessing the Variables Used to Measure Public Perceptions of Scientists”

Haoran Chu and Janet Yang (Buffalo), “Desirable or Feasible? How Psychological Distance Influences Climate Change Engagement”

Jacob Copple (TTU MA, 2015), Nichole Bennett, Won-Ki Moon, Anthony Dudo, Nicole Leavey, and Todd Newman (Texas at Austin); Laura Lindenfeld (Stoney Brook); and Chris Volpe (ScienceCounts), “Untangling the Contribution of Training on Scientists' Willingness to Participate in Public Engagement: A Test of Parallel Multiple Mediation”

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. / W078

Refereed Research Paper Scholar-to-Scholar (Poster) Session

Joshua Dunn and Bryan McLaughlin, “Identification with Stereotypical Social Groups: Counter-Stereotyped Protagonists and Stereotyped Supporting Casts Influence on Symbolic Racism” (Poster #30)

Sherice Gearhart (Discussant), “Political Engagement and Socialization”

Oluseyi Adegbola and Melissa Gotlieb, “Advancing a Communication Mediation Model of Participation in Sub-Saharan Africa” (Poster #43)

Brandon Bouchillon (TTU PhD, 2014; University of Arkansas), “Social Computing for Generalized Trust: The Value of Presence for Establishing Contact Theory Online” (Poster #49)

Bryan McLaughlin (Discussant), “Media Trust”

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. / W081

Lamia Zia, “Social Media & Political Engagement in Pakistan: Exploring Old Theories in the New Era of Digital Politics”  


Thursday, August 8th

8:15 to 9:45 p.m. / T019 

Lyombe Eko, “Theorizing Outside the Same Old Tool Box”

11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. / T048 

Nicole Lee, Panelist (TTU PhD, 2016; North Carolina State University), “Strategic Use of Social Media and Social Media Data for Science and Health Communication”

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. / T065 

Refereed Research Paper Scholar-to-Scholar (Poster) Session

Josephine Lukito, Prathusha Sarma, Jordan Foley, Jon Pevehouse, Aman Abhishek and Dhavan Shah (Wisconsin-Madison); Erik Bucy; Chris Wells (Boston); and Ayellet Pelled (Wisconsin-Madison), “Highlights of Two U.S. Presidential Debates: Identifying Candidate Insults that Go Viral” (Poster #8) 

Miglena Sternadori (Discussant), “Magazines and Body Image”

Bingbing Zhang and Sherice Gearhart, “It's Obviously Funny to be a Meme: Using Memes for Political Entertainment & Observation” (Poster #40)

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. / T070

Ioana Coman (Panelist), “Ten Years of Teaching News Terrifically in the 21st Century: Innovative Approaches for the Modern Journalism Classroom”

1:30 to 3 p.m. / T076

Brandon Bouchillon (TTU PhD, 2014; University of Arkansas), Moderating/Presiding “Blowing Up the Silos: Integrating Multimedia Techniques Into Print Journalism Curricula” Teaching Panel Session

3:15 to 4:45 p.m. / T083

Oluseyi Adegbola, Janice Cho and Sherice Gearhart, “Reporting Bias in Coverage of Iran Protests: An Analysis of Coverage by Global News Agencies”

3:15 to 4:45 p.m. / T085 

Nathian Rodriguez (TTU PhD, 2016; San Diego State) Panelist, “Strange Fruit: Diversity and Storytelling Across the Podcasting Platform, “Latinx Podcasts and Queer Intersectional Identities”

3:15 to 4:45 p.m. / T090

Matthew Van Dyke, Panelist (TTU PhD, 2017; Alabama), “Interaction and Conflict of Science and Religion”

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. / T101

Emily Kinsky (TTU PhD, 2008; West Texas A&M), Discussant, Public Relations Division High Density Paper Session and GIFTs

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. / T093

Jeanine Guidry (Virginia Commonwealth); Ioana Coman; Lucinda Austin (North Carolina at Chapel Hill); Nicole O'Donnell (Virginia Commonwealth); Alessandro Lovari (Università degli studi di Cagliari); Marcus Messner (Virginia Commonwealth), “Tweeting the #Flushot: Beliefs, Barriers, and perceived Threat at Different Points of the Flu Season”

6:45 to 8:15 p.m. / T114

Todd Chambers, Recipient, “Barry Sherman Teaching Award”; accepting the award on his behalf, Glenn Cummins

Friday, August 9th

7 to 8 a.m. / F006

Kris Boyle (TTU PhD, 2008; Brigham Young University), Moderating/Presiding, Newspaper and Online News Division Business Meeting

8:15 to 9:45 a.m. / F012

Refereed Research Paper Scholar-to-Scholar (Poster) Session

Nathian Rodriguez (TTU PhD, 2016) and Peggy Peattie (San Diego State), “Mobile Phones and a Capability Approach to THose Experiencing Homelessness in Southern California” (Poster #8)

Erik Bucy; Jacob Groshek and Li Zhang (Boston), “Media Participation When Nothing and Everything is at Stake: Creative, Consumptive Influences on Political Engagement” (Poster #17)

Gabriel Dominguez Partida, “A Devil's Dissection: Thematic Analysis of the Discussion of the Mexican Documentary the Devil's Freedom on Twitter” (Poster #34)

Nihar Sreepada, Ioana Coman, and Simranjit Singh, “The Aftermath of 2019 Pulwama Terror Attack” (Poster #37)

10:00 to 11:15 a.m. / F026

Installation of 2019-20 AEJMC President,
David D. Perlmutter

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. / F028

Refereed Research Paper Scholar-to-Scholar (Poster) Session

Oluseyi Adegbola and Sherice Gearhart, “Doesn't Beto Look Hispanic? Perceived Co-ethnicity and Voting in 2018 Texas Senate Election” (Poster #13)

Nathian Rodriguez, Discussant (TTU PhD, 2016; San Diego State), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Interest Group

Doug Mendenhall (TTU PhD, 2014; Abilene Christian), “Dueling Tones of the NBA GOAT Debate” (Poster #40)


1:15 to 2:45 p.m. / F050

Kris Boyle (TTU PhD, 2008; Brigham Young University), Moderating/Presiding, “The Profession and Practice of Journalism” High Density Refereed Paper Session

1:15 to 2:45 p.m. / F053

Natalie Brown-Devlin (Texas at Austin) and Michael Devlin (TTU MA, 2007; Texas State), “Expecting Victory Due to TV or Identity?: Examining Media Consumption, Social Identification, and Fan Expectations”

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. / F060

Refereed Research Paper Scholar-to-Scholar (Poster) Session

Janet Yang, Haoran Chu, Sixiao Liu, and Jun Zhuang (Buffalo), “FEMA, Media, or Search Engine? Rumor Validation on Social Media” (Poster #40)

Weiwu Zhang and Oluseyi Adegbola, “Toward an Emotional Intelligence Approach to Public Relations” (Poster #74)

Jeffrey Ranta (Coastal Carolina), Debbie Davis, and Andrea Bergstrom (Coastal Carolina), “Creating Career Confidence: Fostering Professional Self-Efficacy Through Student-Run Agencies and Integrative Learning” (Poster #78)

3:00 to 4:30 p.m. / F066

Travis Loof, Panelist (TTU PhD, 2017; University of South Dakota), “Social Media Management: Teaching Data Analytics, Social Media Marketing, and Content Strategy” Teaching Panel Session

4:45 to 6:15 p.m. / F076

Rauf Arif, “When Art & Culture Becomes the Symbol of Resistance: An Analysis of Creative Protests During the Political Unrests of Pakistan, Egypt and Tunisia”

4:45 to 6:15 p.m. / F085

Glenn Cummins, Melissa Gotlieb, and Bryan McLaughlin (Panelists), 2018 ASJMC Enrollment Survey

Saturday, August 10th

9:15 to 10:45 pm. / 003, Sheraton Hall A (Lower Concourse)

Emily Kinsky (TTU PhD, 2008; West Texas A&M), Panelist, “Career Ready: Not Just a Lecture” Teaching Panel Session

11 a.m. to 12:30 pm. / S021

Hector Rendón, Moderating/Presiding, “Digital Advocacy for and By Ethnic Groups”

12:45 to 2:15 p.m. / S028

Nathian Rodriguez (San Diego State), “Coming Out of the Celebrity Closet: LGBTQ and Authentic Mediated Confessions”


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