Past President Quotes

1996 – Pamela Shoemaker, Syracuse University

1996 – Pamela Shoemaker, Syracuse University

“There was a time when research was rare at AEJMC conferences. But today, research extends across divisions and interest groups, and no division can claim a monopoly on good research. Yet there is substantial variation in the quality of research across the conferences and our journals. And as the communication discipline continues to fight a battle on college campuses for legitimacy, we must ensure that we present ourselves in absolutely the best light.”

Pamela Shoemaker, Syracuse University, AEJMC president in 1995-96
(AEJMC News, Vol. 29, No. 3; March 1993; pg. 2)




1958 – Warren K. Agee, Texas Christian

“How our AEJMC family has grown! Fresh out of the Minnesota graduate school, I joined only 137 delegates at my first convention at Michigan State in 1953…Despite today’s complex organization and size, AEJMC is still our extended, collegial family: welcome new arrivals and mourn those no longer with us.”

Warren K. Agee, Texas Christian University, AEJ president in 1957-58
(AEJMC News, Vol. 20, No. 4; pg. 1)




1976 – Edward Bassett, Southern Cal

“The citizens of this republic are still largely dependent upon the practitioners and theoreticians we turn out to provide organized thought. AEJMC, as clearinghouse, meeting place, even catalyst, can help us appreciably in this work.”

Edward Bassett, AEJ president in 1975-76, University of Southern California
(AEJMC News, Vol. 20, No. 7; July 1987; pg. 1)





1978 – James Carey, Iowa

“I am continually amazed by how much of our life in this association resembles certain aspects of a Neil Simon play ‘Same Time Next Year.’ German philosophers have an inelegant little phrase by which they refer to our common condition. We are, they say, ‘thrown into the world.’ That is, the people in this association are not tied by genetics, or upbringing, or background. We are simply thrown together by accident, by the winds of fate. And yet, by meeting every year we get deeply involved in one another’s life’s and come to develop real friendship and mutual regard.”

James Carey, AEJ president in 1977-78, University of Iowa, (Speech in April 1991)



2004 – Jannette L. Dates, Howard University

“For better or worse, mass media shape the way we view ourselves and the world. But if students are not taught how to critically analyze what they read and hear, they risk becoming controlled by the media instead of using what they get from the media to control their own lives.”

Jannette L. Dates, Howard University, AEJMC president in 2003-04
(AEJMC News, Vol. 37, No. 3; pg. 2)




2002 – Joe S. Foote, Arizona State

“My hope is that AEJMC will move steadily toward a global perspective in our teaching, research and professional freedom and responsibility efforts. There is an exciting world beyond our borders that begs discovery.” [AEJMC News, Vol. 35 No. 1, p. 2.]

“In January [2002] the AEJMC/ASJMC conference spotlight shone farther from American shores than ever before. More than 100 delegates from four continents came to London, England for a four-day conference called Building Transatlantic Bridges…In the wake of September 11th, the call for an overseas meeting did not have the ring of success. Fortunately, our membership came through in strength and enjoyed an outstanding set of programs… ”  [AEJMC News, Vol. 35 No. 3, p. 2.]

Joe S. Foote, Arizona State University, AEJMC President 2001-2002


2003 – Theodore L. Glasser, Stanford

“Universities can legitimately claim to make a difference when they engender among students a certain quality of thinking about journalism. And we can accentuate that difference — the difference a good journalism education makes — not by marking success in the newsroom, as important as that is, but by celebrating the eloquence our students exhibit whenever they are called on to respond to questions about the value and purpose of what they do as journalists.”

Theodore L. Glasser, AEJMC president in 2002-03, Stanford University
(AEJMC News, Vol. 36, No. 1; November 2002, pg. 7)



1985 – Douglas Ann Newsom, Texas Christian

“Journalism/Mass Communication today is not a canoe, but a high-powered, sophisticated craft with many functions.”

Douglas Ann Newsom, AEJMC president in 1984-85, Texas Christian University
(AEJMC News, Vol. 18, No. 2; November 1984; pg. 2)





1990 – MaryAnn Yodelis Smith, Wisconsin Centers

“… AEJMC groups will be taking various initiatives to insure that as journalism educators we are responding to the rapidly changing information technology and to the demographics shifts in our population. We will focus on the recruitment and retention of minority students and faculty, and on ways in which our curriculum might reflect a multicultural perspective, as well as on preparation of students to deal with changing technology in this new age of global communication.”

Mary Ann Yodelis Smith, AEJMC president in 1989-90, University of Wisconsin Centers
(AEJMC News, Vol. 23, No. 1; November 1989; pg. 24



1993 – Tony Atwater, Rutgers

“We must forge ahead with new and stronger alliances with our JMC professionals. I must say, because we need each other, more now than ever, to do justice to our individual callings… let us go the ‘extra mile’ to insure that others understand more clearly the enormous relevance and significance of our field today and most certainly in the years and decades to come.”

Tony Atwater, AEJMC president in 1992-93, Rutgers University
(AEJMC News, Vol. 26, No. 6; September 1993; pg. 11)



1989 – Thomas A. Bowers, North Carolina

“This year will also mark the transition to electronic desktop publishing for our publication editors. Editors have been given Macintosh computers and software…this should result in savings of time and money for the publications.”

Tom Bowers, AEJMC president in 1988-89, University of North Carolina
(AEJMC News, Vol. 21, No. 7; September 1988; pg. 2)




1984 – Everette Dennis, Oregon

“The association is a framework, a mechanism that helps us see where we fit (or don’t fit) in the context of what our respective universities regard as journalism, communication of media studies…If we don’t like the game as we first encounter it, we can find or create new niches or initiatives that are more satisfying and useful. That has always been the way with AEJMC, a dynamic, meandering, sometimes frustrating organization that is still a vital force for many of us who care about the education and training of people who will be tomorrow’s communicators.”

Everette E. Dennis, University of Oregon, AEJMC president in 1983-84
(AEJMC News, Vol. 21, No. 2; Nov. 15, 1987; pg. 3)


1999 – Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver, Florida International

“As we now begin the 21st Century, AEJMC is positioned to identify and explore the challenges and opportunities for journalism and mass communication education….Rapid technological change has produced immense challenges for us as educators as we train the communicators of the future who will move into careers that may differ vastly from those of today.”

Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver, AEJMC president in 1998-99, Florida International University
(AEJMC and ASJMC: Remembering our Past…Anticipating our Future, Introduction, special publication, January 2000)




2001 – Will Norton, Jr., Nebraska-Lincoln

“…the excellence of this association is a direct consequence of many decisions and actions made through the years by many presidents…AEJMC is grateful for that legacy of achievement.”

Will Norton, AEJMC president in 2000-2001, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
(From the program at a special presentation of leadership awards to all living AEJMC past presidents during the 2001 Conference in Washington, DC)




2010 – Carol J. Pardun, South Carolina

“AEJMC provides us with a world of opportunity to connect with the many fields within journalism and mass communication as well as a safe haven to spend time thinking about the relationship between education, the industry and research.”

Carol Pardun, AEJMC president in 2009-2010, University of South Carolina
(AEJMC News, Vol. 43, No. 2; January 2010; pg. 2)




2005 – Mary Alice Shaver, Central Florida

“We need to be rigorous about stressing character and ethics in all courses, not just the dedicated ethics course. Beyond the abstract concepts, we need to teach students in practical ways that these values are essential to them for their own personal and professional success.”

Mary Alice Shaver, AEJMC president in 2004-05, Central Florida University
(AEJMC News, Vol. 38, No. 3; March 2005, pg. 2)




2008 – Charles C. Self, Oklahoma

“….AEJMC itself has an obligation, a duty, to help shape the future by offering leadership on the issues our scholarship, our society and our own research show are changing our disciplines and the mass communication fields we study.”

Charles C. Self, AEJMC president in 2007-08, University of Oklahoma
(AEJMC News, Vol. 41, No. 1; November 2007, pg. 2)




2009 – Barbara B. Hines, Howard

“Increasingly, AEJMC needs to communicate quickly and concisely with members…AEJMC is expanding its use of the Internet through email blasts, blogs, wikis, Facebook, Twitter and RSS feeds.”

Barbara B. Hines, AEJMC president in 2008-09, Howard University
(AEJMC News, Vol. 42, No. 4; May 2009, pg. 2)




1973 – R. Neale Copple, Nebraska

“I hold at least a tie for the shortest presidential address. When time grew short at the opening session of the Fort Collins convention, I simply called off my speech. That may well have been the most popular decision of my AEJ presidency.”

R. Neale Copple, AEJ president in 1972-1973, University of Nebraska Lincoln
(When I was AEJMC President, booklet; August 2001, pg. 7)




1995 – Judy VanSlyke Turk, South Carolina

“I can think of nothing more important to each of us than efforts to ensure a central and meaningful role for journalism and mass communication within higher education.”

Judy VanSlyke Turk, AEJMC president in 1994-1995,

University of South Carolina
(AEJMC News, Vol. 28, No. 3; March 1995, pg. 2)



1997 – Alexis Tan, Washington State

“I started out my term with ambitious goals …. Now that my term is ending I realize that not a single one of these goals has been accomplished. But I also realize that many before me have worked on the same goals, and many after me will carry on our agenda.”

Alexis Tan, AEJMC president in 1996-1997, Washington State University
(AEJMC News, Vol. 30, No. 6; September 1997, pg. 2)




1998 – Stephen R. Lacy, Michigan State

“I believe research by AEJMC members can play an important role in promoting better understanding of media and possibly better performance by the media… Society requires an unconstrained discussion of media roles and performance if it is to continue as a democracy. Scholarship must be part of that debate, and our Association can help in that direction.”

Stephen Lacy, AEJMC president in 1997-1998, Michigan State University
(AEJMC News, Vol. 31, No. 1; November 1997, pg. 2, 8).




2007 – Wayne Wanta, Missouri-Columbia

“The organization was in the midst of rethinking itself, moving toward becoming more scholarly and more accepting of differing points of view about the field.  Most of the schools no longer thought of their main duty as being to deliver wagonloads of graduates to the newspapers. They thought they had an obligation to study the field, to understand it better than it had been understood before…”

Wayne Danielson, AEJ president in 1970-71, University of Texas at Austin
(When I was AEJMC President, booklet; August 2001, pg. 6)




1971 – Wayne Danielson, Texas

“Journalism and mass communication education continues to thrive in the Internet age. Many programs have realized that the Internet offers great opportunities to demonstrate their value by concentrating on the areas in which we have traditionally been strong: the teaching of writing, editing and design. The medium may have changed, but the concepts behind the content remain basically the same.”

Wayne Wanta, AEJMC president in 2006-2007, University of Missouri
(AEJMC News, Vol. 40, No. 4; May 2007, pg. 2)