Congrats to the 2017 Top GIFT professors!

7 Jun

Congratulations to the professors and their 25 Great Ideas for Teachers which have been selected as finalists in AEJMC’s  2017 GIFT Program. More than 40 entries from across the U.S. were submitted this year for consideration. The Small Programs Interest Group and Community College Journalism Association of AEJMC collaborated to present GIFT this year, which (with one exception) has been an annual feature of AEJMC Conferences since 2000.

These 25 finalists will present their GIFTS in a poster presentation at the 2017 AEJMC Conference in Chicago on Wednesday, August 9, from 10 am to 11:30 am CDT. John Kerezy of CCJA and Cuyahoga Community College will be back for this one, and will be coordinating door prizes, making announcements, and – of course – announcing the TOP GIFTER of 2017.

Many thanks to the following panel of judges and especially to Kris Boyle, Ph.D., of SPIG and Brigham Young University who coordinated the submissions and vetting process. Judges are:

Mary Liz Brooks – West Texas A&M
Pamela Brubaker – Brigham Young University
Brigitta Brunner – Auburn University
Patricia Hernandez – Cleveland State University
Rich Johnson – Creighton University
Katie Place – Quinnipiac University
Jim Sernoe – Midwestern State University
Kathleen Stansberry – Cleveland State University
Edson Tandoc, Jr. – Nanyang Technological University
Chris Wilson – Brigham Young University
Carol Zuegner – Creighton University

And here are the 2017 “Top 25” GIFT entries and submitting professors:

TITLE (may be abbrev.)                   SUBMITTER(S)                             INSTITUTION

Embedding for Empathy            Michelle Carr Hassler                Nebraska-Lincoln
Personalized learning to            Peggy Rupprecht,                       Creighton Univ.
engage students …
Inherent Bias                                C. Cunningham, P. Walck          Duquesne Univ.
Managing the Masses                  Chandler Harriss                        Tenn.-Chattanooga
Invisible Messages                       Jennifer B. Cox                            Salisbury Univ.
Audience Analytics Consulting…      Miao Guo                              Ball State Univ.
Stop, Look and Listen                  Carol B. Schwalbe                      Univ. of Arizona
Inviting Students to Grade…       Qun Wang                                   Rutgers Univ.
Bringing the Election Home …   Kathleen Wickham                    Mississippi
Scavenger Hunt Challenge         C. Brown, J. Caplan                     CUNY
Bolstering Understanding…        Kelly Bruhn                                 Drake Univ.
Ethics in 140 Characters              Dhiman Chattopadhyay            Bowling Green
Check that Tune!                            Susan Keith                                 Rutgers Univ.
Amplifying Voices Project             Susan Robinson                       Wisc. – Madison
Twitter prompt!                               Jennifer Hoewe                       Univ. of Alabama
Music to my Ears                           Lovette Chinwah-Adegbola     Central State Univ.
Jeopardy! Teaching through …    Ngozi Akinro                     Texas Wesleyan Univ.
Making it Real …                              Robert Bergland                 Missouri-Western
Snapshot: A Day in…                        Jennifer Billinson            Christopher Newport
Grading the Audience …                 Serena Carpenter               Michigan State Univ.
Fight for Rights                                 Marsha Ducey                     Brockport – SUNY
From “Colored’ to …                          Lillie M. Fears                   Arkansas State
Effectively Teaching …                     Y. Ah Lee, R. Blom             Ball State Univ.
15 Steps to Group …                            Robin Spring                    Grand Valley State
Google Analytics Workshop            Melissa Adams                   N. Carolina State

Congratulations again! AEJMC is looking forward to seeing your posters and learning more about yout GIFTs in Chicago this August.


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