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Lamsam Receives National Fellowship
Leadership Institute for Diversity

Teresa Lamsam Works with a Student

Teresa Lamsam has been selected by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) and to participate in 2008-09 in the Journalism and Mass Communication Leadership Institute for Diversity (JLID) program.

JLID was created to provide training and mentoring for people of color and women interested in becoming JMC deans, directors or chairs. The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation funds the program.

JLID’s purpose is to increase racial, gender and ethnic diversity in administrative and other senior-level positions in journalism and mass communication education. The Institute’s objective is to offer a year-round program to identify, recruit, mentor and train future leaders and administrators. JLID is co-sponsored by AEJMC and the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC).

Applicants are associate or full professors interested in administration. While the program is primarily for those who aspire to be deans, directors or department chairs, it will also identify and accept those who may be prospects for endowed professorships and chairs and other senior faculty positions — important positions in the journalism and mass communication leadership field.

JLID fellows participate in Institute activities while continuing to work at their home campuses. The Institute program involves four trips during the fellowship year. Three day-long workshops for fellows will be held at the AEJMC 2008 Winter Meeting, the 2009 ASJMC winter workshop, and the AEJMC 2009 Convention. Workshops cover a variety of administrative issues, including fundraising, budgets, developing leadership and marketing in a search.

JLID matches each fellow with a JMC administrator mentor. The mentoring relationship consists of monthly contact via telephone or e-mail, and a week-long visit to the mentor’s campus for a first-hand look at administering a journalism/communication program. JLID fellows are introduced to current JMC administrators during social and programming sessions at their workshops. Mentors introduce fellows to other administrators to help the fellow begin to establish a network of resources.