Adrienne Wallace Earns AEJMC Kopenhaver Center Fellowship to Support Teaching, Research, & Leadership

Advertising and public relations faculty member Dr. Adrienne A. Wallace was named a 2020 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Kopenhaver Center Fellow. This fellowship will afford training, networking, research support, and mentorship for Dr. Wallace within a diverse cohort of 25 other junior women faculty fellows from colleges and university across the United States. AEJMC is a nonprofit organization serving more than 3,700 members worldwide. 

In her essay application, Dr. Wallace asserts that “Higher ed is at a crossroads of sorts, especially during a time made increasingly more volatile with the introduction of new variables like COVID-19 which is negatively impacting female researchers at higher rates than their male counterparts. While Kopenhaver Center reports have concluded that women have made few advancements between 2016 and 2018 in the workplace moving ahead in leadership roles in their professions, I don’t think that means that women have eclipsed the possibility of a balanced point of view, fairness, or accurate representation in society; instead I believe that women, like me provide uniquely democratic, communal, collaborative, and inclusive leadership traits that can propel the academy forward, particularly in times that are unpredictable and unchartered, like we find ourselves in now.”

The fellowship award includes a workshop pre-conference in August, “Women Faculty Moving Forward: 100 Years from Suffrage to Academic Leadership,” which is specifically designed to assist new assistant professors on the tenure track navigate success within the academy with the hope of inspiring the female leaders of tomorrow. The workshop features top women leaders, researchers, and professors from communication-related major programs in higher education.

The Kopenhaver Center at Florida International University was founded by Dr. Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver, dean emeritus and professor in 2012 to empower both women professionals and academics in all the fields of communication to develop visionaries and leaders who can make a difference in their communities and their profession.

In addition to the training and networking at this workshop, Kopenhaver Center Fellows, will be invited to take part in activities of both the AEJMC Commission on the Status of Women and the Kopenhaver Center during the year.

This year Dr. Wallace will also be presenting at the AEJMC conference on:

  • “Shifting the Paradigm: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Communication Education.” Named 2020 Top 25 AEJMC GIFT Award.
  • “What It Really Takes: Revealing the Shared Challenges in PRSSA Faculty Advising.” Named Top Teaching Paper Award for the Public Relations Division of Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2020 Conference.
  • “From Silicon Valley Virtual Communities to Trump Twitter Networks: Political Social Networks Visualized.”

Dr. Wallace teaches mostly in the public relations emphasis of the advertising and public relations major program (CAP 105, 220, 494, 495), is the internship coordinator for the major, and advises the award-winning public relations firm, GrandPR, plus Grand Valley State’s chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America (GVPRSSA). You can contact her at: wallacad[at]gvsu[dot]edu