Journalism And Mass Communication Faculty Have Become More Diverse, Older, More Professional

Analyses of data from the Annual Faculty Salary Survey conducted at the University of Georgia show that faculty members have become increasingly diverse in terms of gender, race and ethnicity, and older over the last 15 years, and have more average years of professional experience outside the university.

Faculty members also are less likely to hold the rank of professor or associate professor, less likely to have tenure, and less likely to hold a doctorate as their final degree.

The faculty members also are less likely to be specialists in journalism or radio and television and slightly more likely to be teaching advertising and public relations. They also are slightly more likely to have some combined responsibilities, rather than any of these specialties.

These are the key findings of two papers authored by Dr. Lee B. Becker, Dr. Tudor Vlad, and Ms. Oana Stefanita based on data from the Annual Faculty Salary Survey, conducted at the University of Georgia from 1999 to 2013.

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The survey is based on responses of participating member schools who provided data on the characteristics of their faculty members.

The field work for the project was completed in the James M. Cox Jr. Center for International Mass Communication Training and Research in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.

Dr. Becker is director and Dr. Vlad is associate director of the Cox International Center. Ms. Stefanita was a visiting Fulbright Scholar in the Cox Center in academic year 2014-2015 and is a doctoral student at the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration in Bucharest, Romania.

The Annual Faculty Salary Survey is a proprietary project of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, based in Columbia, S.C. ASJMC gave the researchers permission to analyze and publish the data from the surveys.

The researchers presented one of the papers, “Professionals or Academics? The Faculty Dynamics in Journalism and Mass Communication Education in the United States,” at the international conference on Media and the Public Sphere, New Challenges in the Digital Era, held June 18 and 19 at University Lyon 2 in Lyon, France.

The second paper, “Predictors Of Faculty Diversification In Journalism And Mass Communication Education, “will be presented to the Minorities and Communication Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Aug. 6-9, 2015, San Francisco.

The ASJMC Annual Faculty Survey was a component of the Annual Surveys of Journalism and Mass Communication, conducted at the University of Georgia from 1997 until 2014. Dr. Becker directed that project from 1987 until 2014.

The paper presented in Lyon, France is available here.

The paper presented in San Francisco, California is available here.