Administrators’ Breakfast: Leading Communication Programs in Higher Education
Are you a Department Chair, Director, Associate Dean, Dean - or aspiring to become one? This is our third year of hosting a forum for members of ICA who are administrators. Some 25 of us meet for breakfast each conference to discuss the similar challenges we face as we aspire to develop units for which we are responsible, interact with higher administration officials and alums, facilitate the professional growth of our faculty and staff, and prepare our students for the changing world of media organizations, contents, and audiences. Constant technological developments, the dynamic nature of media industries, and the global breadth and complexities of our disciplines are ever-more challenging. At the same time, higher education institutions are expanding expectations from academic administrators to act as CEOs of their units, to develop and demonstrate financial and entrepreneurship skills in addition to the leadership, scholarship and pedagogical qualities that have been part of these challenging roles. We share our experiences and our challenges: How do we engage all these demands, develop the skills needed, and travel these new terrains with expertise? How can we lead and design curricula for an unknown future? What do we do to maintain our integrity, enthusiasm, and personal stamina?
We are getting together again this year in San Diego, informally over breakfast, to brainstorm about these issues, share experiences, and continue with our efforts to launch a support network within ICA. Each year we also focus on the main theme of the conference – so this year, we will discuss our challenges in facilitating interventions in communication research and practice, issues related to community engagement, balancing research and praxis in workload and promotion processes and the like.
Join us for this informal networking, Sunday, 28 May at 7:30 a.m., in the conference hotel (Colbalt 501C). Seating is limited to 25, so hurry up and register on the conference registration site! (Price to cover the private breakfast room is US$40, and preregistration is required. If you already registered online, you can use the PDF to fax this additional registration). Registration closes 28 April 2017. For queries, please contact the facilitator, Dafna Lemish firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Celebration of the Life of Timothy M. Edgar
Friday 26 May, 15:30 – 16:45 in Aqua 300AB
Over his 30-year career, Professor Timothy Edgar developed an international reputation as a scholar, practitioner, and educator in health communication. After completing his Ph.D. in Communication at Purdue University (1986), he was a faculty member at the University of Maryland (1986-1993), a researcher at Westat (a research consulting corporation, Rockville, MD; 1993-2002), a faculty member at Emerson College (2002-2016), and professor of public health and community medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine (2016). Professor Edgar was admired for his breadth of scholarship, talents as a mentor and educator, and dedication to the developing area of health communication. He was committed
to work that could make the world a better place. This past November he received the Everett M. Rogers Award from the American Public Health Association’s Health Education and Health Promotion Section. Sadly, Tim died on 2 January 2017 from injuries sustained from a car accident in India, where he had gone to work with Unite for Sight, an international program promoting high-quality eye care for all. We invite Tim’s colleagues and friends to join us for tributes to and recollections of Tim.