We are a forum within the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, primarily for those faculty in small programs whose primary emphasis is teaching, advising and mentoring undergraduate students.
Some of our members teach in small journalism and mass communication departments in large universities. Others consider their departments small because their colleges or universities are small. Each member decides how he or she defines small.
Typically, members are in programs that require them to be teachers first. SPIG helps its members accomplish this task by frequently offering programs at the AEJMC convention that focus on teaching.
SPIG convention panels and the listserv are cited as reasons that some members choose to remain in AEJMC.