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Submit your panels of AEJMC Minneapolis 2016 by Sept. 18!

Hello CSW members!

Now that AEJMC 2015 is over, it’s time to start planning for AEJMC 2016 in Minneapolis!!

For now, we need to get some proposals in for panels so that we can partner with other divisions/interest groups/commissions. If you are interested in proposing a panel of any kind, please keep reading!

DEADLINE: The deadline for a panel proposal is Friday, September 18, 2015. Please send panel proposals to me (, in a Word document, and expect an email back from me, confirming receipt. You will be contacted in December about whether your panel has been accepted.

PROPOSAL: Please include the following details in your proposal.

  • Proposed Title
  • Type of Panel [research, teaching, or professional freedom and responsibility]
  • Contact information for personal proposing the panel
  • Moderator
  • Potential co-Sponsoring Division/Interest Group/Commission]
  • Paragraph description [~4-5 sentences, 500-1000 words]
  • Potential participants [list names of 5-6 panelists with their university affiliation/organization; please also note whether they are confirmed or not at this point; it also is helpful to explain what they will contribute to the discussion]
  • Costs [if any]
  • Technology/AV needs

TYPES OF PANELS (we need to panel some of both types):

  • Teaching: To discuss teaching ideas, challenges, innovations, technologies, etc. that are relevant to feminist teaching and/or considerations of gender in/out of the classroom.
  • Professional Freedom & Responsibility (PF&R): To examine considerations of gender and/or feminism in our field, particularly around issues of free expression; ethics; media criticism and accountability; racial, gender and cultural inclusiveness; and public service.
  • Research: To review original, innovative, and trending research by a panel of experts on a topic that centers on gender and or feminist communication theory.


  1. Choose your idea. Look at old conference programs to see what we’ve already covered; also think about what may be trending in 2016.
  2. Find potential panelists. It’s best to contact potential panelists now and get their interest and availability to sit on the panel. If you do not gather 5-6 confirmed panelists by the proposal deadline, you can include names of people that you plan to outreach to. (NOTE: As with the co-sponsoring piece, you will have a better chance of the panel being accepted if your panelists are already confirmed.)
  3. Write and submit your proposal. Please include as many details as possible in your proposal, particularly about whether co-sponsors and panelists are confirmed as well as what the benefits/outcomes will be.


CSW-PRD Panel Proposal for AEJMC 2013


Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

Public Relations Division (PRD)


Gender Discrimination: What’s the Cost? So What?




This panel will combine researchers and 1-2 practitioners from the D. C. area that can speak to the issue of gender discrimination in public relations. Panelists might include:

  1. Hongmei Shen, San Diego State University and Chair of the Public Relations Society of America’s Work, Life, and Gender Committee (confirmed, moderator, panel contact)
  2. Jennifer Vardeman-Winter, University of Houston (confirmed, CSW)
  3. Hua Jiang, Towson University (confirmed, PRD)
  4. Katie Place, Louisiana State University (confirmed, CSW)
  5. David Dozier, San Diego State University (PRD, pending)
  6. 1-2 public relations practitioners from the D.C. area that can speak to how she has seen women in the field deal with the salary gap (perhaps one junior practitioner and one seasoned manager); hopefully a member of Washington Women in Public Relations
  7. 1 member from the Public Relations Society of America, Washington, D.C. chapter


In public relations in 2010, women earned 78 cents on the dollar earned by men (Sha & Dozier, 2011[1]). When income was statistically adjusted for professional experience, the gendered pay gap narrowed to 86 cents on the dollar. When income was further adjusted for enactment of manager and technician roles, women in public relations still earned only 87 cents on the dollar earned by men (Sha & Dozier, 2011).

After almost three decades of research, scholars have evidenced a gendered pay gap. But we still lack a comprehensive look at all the possible factors that researchers have argued contribute to the documented disparities. Most importantly, the “so what” question has not been sufficiently addressed. Also, another big question is: How will this affect our students’ perception of their salary when they graduate? Some panelists will discuss findings from a national study of randomly selected public relations professionals (PRSA WLG 2010 survey) and preliminary results from another national study of randomly picked student members of public relations profession in terms of their expectations. (Data collection is to be completed by December.) Other panelists will discuss their experiences of the gender problems in the field and solutions they are exploring. All panelists will respond to the important question of, what can we suggest that our students do to change the persistent pattern of gendered pay gap?


  • Practical application: Panelists will also talk about what practitioners—male and female, junior and senior — can do to equalize this gap to create more equitable outcomes for all practitioners. This will help prepare graduate students, professionals, and scholars better for field experience and/or to bring real solutions into the classroom for future practitioners.
  • Practical application: Conclusions from this panel will be included in an upcoming blog and newsletter item for the Public Relations Society of America’s Work, Life, and Gender Committee.
  • Research application: Comments and discussions from this panel will be used to inform an upcoming research project to explore this issue qualitatively.
  • Research application: All findings will be reported and prepared for a peer-review journal article.

[1] Sha, B.-L., & Dozier, D. M. (2011, August). Women as public relations managers: Show me the money. Paper presented to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, St. Louis, MO.


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We host a networking luncheon and reception during the annual conference; co-host the Kopenhaver Fellowship Workshop on Women in Leadership; offer a mentorship program between senior and junior faculty members; and give awards for top papers to graduate students, faculty and activists. 


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