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Call for papers for the AEJMC Midwinter Conference–CSW ABSTRACTS DUE NOV. 30 to Jennifer Vardeman-Winter, University of Houston (

March 1-2, 2013

Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication
University of Oklahoma

General Call for Paper Abstracts and Panel Proposals

The AEJMC Midwinter Conference is an annual forum for the presentation of research and debate in areas relevant to the 10 AEJMC groups (divisions, interest groups and commissions) sponsoring the event. The conference provides a platform for presentations and extended discussions in a relaxed setting.
The upcoming conference is scheduled for March 1-2, 2013 at the Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication (University of Oklahoma) in Norman, Oklahoma. For the fifth year in a row, conference participants will be able to enjoy the College’s state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, as well as many winter diversions outside the conference activities, including world-class museums and art galleries.

Paper abstract submissions: Authors are invited to submit research paper abstracts of between 600 and 800 words (word count excludes author information and references). Abstracts should give a clear sense of relevant literature, research objectives, methodological approach, stage of research project (conceptual, data gathering, data interpreting), findings and conclusions.
Submissions should be made by e-mail to the midwinter chair (from the list below) of the group authors wish to submit to. Note that authors can submit any specific paper abstract to only one participating group – submitting the same paper abstract to several groups will result in disqualification and withdrawal from the review process. Do not submit full papers.
Authors of accepted papers will be notified by mid-January 2013. Papers presented at the midwinter conference are also eligible for presentation at the AEJMC national convention in August. Authors are encouraged to use the midwinter conference as an opportunity to get feedback on their research to improve and finalize it for submission to the national conference.
Authors of accepted abstracts must submit complete papers (not exceeding 30 pages) to the discussant of their conference session at least two weeks before the midwinter conference. The midwinter chair for the relevant group will send authors the names and contact details of the discussant for their session.
At least one author of each accepted paper must register and attend the conference to present the paper. Failure to register by the deadline will result in authors’ names and papers being removed from the program. NO onsite registration will be available.

Panel submissions: In addition, the organizers are also inviting panel proposals. These proposals should be sent to the midwinter chair of the particular division or group they wish to present the panel to. Panel submissions should include the panel title, a description of the session’s focus, the issues to be discussed, and a list of panelists (potential and confirmed), including affiliation. Panel proposals should not exceed two double-spaced pages.

Submission format: All submissions (for paper abstracts and panels) should include the name(s) of the author(s) or panel organizer(s) on the title page only. The title page should also include the author or lead author’s (or organizer’s) mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address. The title should be on the first page of the text and on running heads on each page of text. Authors should e-mail their abstracts or proposals as attachments (saved with the author’s last name as file name) in a standard word-processing format (preferably Word or RTF) to the relevant midwinter chair. Authors must ensure that they remove any identifying information from their document (with the exception of the title page).

Deadline: All submissions should reach the appropriate group’s midwinter chair by noon, November 30, 2012.

The University of Oklahoma is located in Norman, 20 miles south of Oklahoma City, with easy access to the Will Rogers World Airport. Details on conference registration, hotel accommodation and airport transportation will be available at

For more information, please contact Elanie Steyn, Conference Site Host (

AEJMC 2013 Midwinter Chairs by Division/Interest Group/Commission

2013 Panel proposals

Dear CSW members,

With September well under way, it is time to begin planning programming for the 2013 AEJMC conference in Washington, D.C. I have attached the AEJMC Panel Form to propose research, PF&R and teaching panels for inclusion in the conference program. The form asks for information on possible panelists and co-sponsors, along with a summary of the panel topic, etc.

I encourage you to consider possible co-sponsors for your panel and even take the step of contacting other groups about their willingness to co-sponsor your proposal. At the August conference in Chicago, CSW successfully partnered with  a wide range of co-sponsors, including Cultural and Critical Studies Division, International Communication Division, Sports Communication Interest Group, Minorities and Communication Division, Religion and Media Interest Group, and Advertising Division. Working with other divisions and interest groups raises CSW’s profile and increases our ability to offer diverse, high-quality programming. All proposals should include suggestions for possible co-sponsors, but proposals that include a commitment for co-sponsorship are more likely to make it onto the schedule in D.C.

Please consider proposing any and all ideas that may relate to the mission, history, or future of CSW. Given the location of the conference, panels that deal in some way with politics may be particularly appropriate for 2013.

As CSW Vice-Chair, I am happy to work with you on ideas, proposals, or logistics of finding a co-sponsor. If you have an idea for a panel and would like to solicit panelists, please send me your idea and I’ll be happy to share the request with CSW members. I also urge you to make use of the CSW facebook page ( to network with potential panelists.

Examples of successful proposals from last year include:

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The deadline for panel submissions is October 30. Please send proposals directly to me: I look forward to working with you to create exciting programming for CSW.

All best,


DrSpring-Serenity Duvall

Assistant Professor

Communications Department

University of South Carolina-Aiken

471 University Parkway

Aiken, SC 29801

Phone: 803-641-3496


Mentoring Initiative 2012

Dear CSW members,

I want to welcome you to the new school year and pass along some important information. The Commission on the Status of Women sponsors a mentoring program for junior faculty and for students. If you are interested in having a mentor or being a mentor, the call is below. I also have attached the forms for mentors and mentees. The deadline for applications is Sept. 30.

CSW Call for Mentorship Project Participants—Mentors, Mentees and Selection
Committee Volunteers: AY 2012-2013
Co-chairs: Carolyn Byerly and Anita Fleming-Rife

Because the feedback from the inaugural year’s mentor and mentee participants has been both
positive and encouraging, the Commission on the Status of Women is pleased to announce that it
is accepting applications for participation in the Mentorship Project for the academic year 2012-
2013. The project, now in its second year, is designed to pair senior mentors with junior mentees
who are in the early to mid-career stages in order to support mentees’ success and advancement
in the journalism & mass communication field.

The CSW membership launched this project in August 2010. It grew out of a year-long planning
effort by the Commission to address the standing need for providing an institutional method to
help advance women in journalism and mass communication education.

The project respects the mentee’s own university personnel guidelines on hiring, promotion and

While Carolyn Byerly (Howard U) and Anita Fleming-Rife (U of Northern Colorado) are the
co-chairs, we are seeking volunteers to serve on the selection committee. If you are interested,
we ask that you please contact either co-chair at the contact information provided below.

Basic details:

Q. Who will participate:
A. Mentees (junior colleagues) are envisioned to be only women. Mentors (senior colleagues) are
envisioned to be mainly female but males will be welcome, too.

Q. How will it work?
A. The project will be coordinated by two senior scholars (“co-facilitators”). They will receive the
applications and negotiate the “match” between mentors and mentees. Applications will be available on
the CSW website as well as from both co-facilitators.

Q. As a junior colleague, why might I want or need a mentor?
A. Developing a research strategy, preparing a strong promotion or tenure file, problem-solving some
specific issues in one’s department are some of the reasons you might seek a mentor.

Q. If I want to be a mentor, what are the expectations?
A. Mentors will be asked to assume responsibility for only one mentee at a time. You will indicate on
your application what you can and/or are willing to do in your mentor role. All mentorship agreements
will be finalized in writing (with a letter to each originating from the project co-facilitators) so both
mentor and mentee can operate with clear guidelines.

Q. How long will a mentorship last?
A. Most will be 6 months–no longer than a year.

Those who want to participate as either a mentor, mentee, or volunteer should contact either Carolyn
Byerly,; or Anita Fleming-Rife,
Deadline: September 30, 2012.

Tracy Everbach, Ph.D.
CSW head 2012-2013


Student seeking mentor


Call for Reviewers

Dear CSW Member,

Now that the spring semester is fully underway, I would like to invite you to serve as a reviewer for the 2012 AEJMC paper competition. Reviewers play an important role in selecting high-quality research to showcase during the annual conference.

If you’ve served as a reviewer for CSW before, thank you. I hope you will consider doing so again. We also welcome first-time reviewers.

If you are willing to judge papers this year, please take a few moments to go now to the All-Academic site through the AEJMC website or to this address create an account (username and password) in the All-Academic System.  Go to the right side of the page and scroll down until you come to “Click here to create new username and password.”

I would like for you to create your account by Friday, March 2, 2012.  This will allow for assignments of papers to proceed quickly and you will have immediate access to your assigned papers to judge soon after the All-Academic system closes for paper uploading.

Creating your user name and password now will also allow you to submit, judge and download papers all from the same created account.  You will not be able to view anything yet with All-Academic, but creating your user name and password will allow us to complete the process of updating the site for the Chicago Paper Call.  Each year is unique, and if you created an account last year, you will need to do so again this year.

Thank you for assisting the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women.  Your input is invaluable.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I look forward to working with you this year.


Best wishes,

Spring-Serenity Duvall,

Research Chair


CSW Call for Papers 2012

The Commission on the Status of Women invites submissions of research for competitive paper sessions that are based on issues of gender and communication. We welcome papers in which gender is a main focus, that use a variety of approaches and research methods, including but not limited to critical, empirical, ethnographic, historical, legal and semiotic. It is expected that the research will demonstrate a familiarity with feminist communication theory. Examples of relevant topics include: representations of women in the news; the role of gender in newsrooms or classrooms; effects of mass media on women and girls; feminist approaches to teaching and communication; women’s use of/production of media; gender equality in the profession or the academy; etc.

Suggested paper length is 25 pages (double-spaced, 12-point type), excluding tables, references, figures or illustrations.  We especially encourage submissions by graduate students; the winner of the top student paper will be awarded $100 and the winner of the second place student paper will receive $50. Authors of the top papers will be recognized in the convention program and at the CSW business meeting at the convention.

This paper call is part of the overall AEJMC call for research papers; all submissions must adhere to the general guidelines put forth by AEJMC. Please consult the AEJMC 2012 Paper Competition Uniform Call for information about paper formatting, submission deadline, creating a “clean” paper, and other guidelines. Questions should be sent to Spring-Serenity Duvall, CSW Research Chair, at



2012 Program Call – Proposals Due October 3!


Commission on the Status of Women Call for Panels

We need your ideas!

It’s already time to start planning for AEJMC 2012 in Chicago.

We’re looking for some great panels that will make CSW visible within AEJMC and raise awareness about our commission members’ work. Your ideas will help us network with other divisions and interest groups. Proposals are due Monday, Oct. 3.


Panel topics should be related to gender and media and may focus on research, teaching, or PF&R (professional freedom and responsibility, described further below). Topics might include, but are not limited to: teaching methods and strategies, curriculum development, leadership, research methodologies, research projects, professional practice and media industry issues.


Here are some steps to developing a panel proposal:


1. Develop an idea: If you’re not sure how to propose a panel or what to propose, please contact Jen Vardeman ( for PF&R panels or Tracy Everbach ( for teaching and research panels. Think of who can serve as potential panel members in your proposal (including professionals and academics).


2. Find a co-sponsor: You should find an AEJMC division or interest group that would be interested in co-sponsoring the panel (we need to co-sponsor all of our panels since we do not have too many spaces in the program). You should establish a connection with a member in another division and get her/his agreement to co-sponsor before submitting your proposal. That person should submit the same proposal to her or his division/interest group. The full list of AEJMC divisions, commissions and interest groups is available at


3. Send us a one-page proposal with the following information:

-Panel title and description.

-Panel type (teaching, research or PF&R).

-Panel sponsors (divisions within AEJMC).

-Abstract about the panel (a paragraph describing the key issues or subject matter).

-List of proposed panelists and description of their relevance to the panel.

-Contact information for the organizer(s) of the panel, including email and phone.


Send PF&R proposals to Jen Vardeman, AEJMC’s Professional Freedom & Responsibility committee’s mission is to “pay attention to the working environment and standards of the professions that are the focus of our teaching.” Core subject areas are free expression; ethics; media criticism and accountability; racial, gender, and cultural inclusiveness; and public service. Panels that are best aligned with one or more of these core subject areas will be given the most consideration.


Send teaching and research proposals to Tracy Everbach,

Funds for travel reimbursement may be available for panelists who are not AEJMC members, but the deadline for those requests is late January and funds are limited. Please try for Chicago-area panelists or speakers who can fund their own trip whenever possible.


Tracy Everbach

CSW vice-head



The following link also provides the full panel call for 2012:


CSW-call for panels 2012



CSW Networking Luncheon in St. Louis

Here is a great opportunity for professors, graduate students, scholars and others interested in research and advocacy for women in media. If you are going to the AEJMC conference in St. Louis in August, you certainly should make this part of your schedule:


Please don’t forget to sign up for the CSW Networking Luncheon in St. Louis. You can sign up and pay the $20 fee when you register for the AEJMC Conference. The fee will help offset the cost of providing a full lunch to attendees. (I’ve seen the menu, and the food looks yummy.)


The Networking Luncheon is 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. It’s a great opportunity to meet and talk with women and men from all ranks of the academy. *Graduate students are welcome!* 

From last year’s conference: Fifty scholars attended the first networking lunch during the 2010 AEJMC Convention. Stacey Hust, incoming chair of CSW, said, “There are not too many events at the convention that specifically promote networking. I know a number of assistant professors who left the lunch with the e-mail address of at least one, if not two, senior faculty who are interested in helping them succeed in the academy.”

See you there! Please pass this invitation along to other interested women.



Welcome to the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women.

Please explore this newly updated site and visit our Facebook page (linked below) for more information and contacts.

Send comments and suggestions about this website to Spring Duvall,