Smith to participate in Scripps Howard Leadership Academy

Posted March 10, 2014

Jessica Smith, associate professor of journalism and mass 
communication at Abilene Christian University, is one of 17 professors, 
administrators and communications professionals chosen to participate in 
the seventh annual Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy, to be held June 
1-5 at Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication.

The academy, co-sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Manship 
School, brings together academics and professionals to learn administrative 
strategies and gain insight into academic leadership.

Smith co-advises 99 West, the student-run multimedia agency in ACU's 
Department of Journalism and Mass 
Communication. She teaches multimedia 
courses including web design, electronic media principles, writing, social 
media and introductory visual media production skills. Her research focuses 
on online interactivity and social media use. Smith worked for several 
years as a copy editor at *The Tampa Tribune*. She is teaching chair for 
the Communication Technology Division of the National Association for 
Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, and she regularly serves as 
a scholastic media judge.

"As a graduate of the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy, I am 
thrilled that Dr. Smith was selected to the class of 2014 from a 
prestigious group of applicants," says Dr. Susan Lewis, ACU vice provost. 
"This is a tremendous opportunity for her to learn from experienced 
national leaders in journalism education and to apply the skills she 
develops there to her work here at ACU."

During their time in the academy, mid-career academics and professionals 
will meet with seasoned administrators to learn about management, discuss 
the future of media education and consider issues critical to those 
interested in or new to leadership roles.

"We started the academy to help the nation's journalism and mass 
communication schools fill an increasing number of leadership positions," 
said Mike Philipps, president and CEO of the Scripps Howard Foundation. "It 
is gratifying - and encouraging - to see so many alumni at the helm of 
these institutions where they are distinguishing themselves and improving 
the profession."

Nearly 100 participants have graduated from the academy and hold various 
administrative positions at institutions around the country, including the 
University of Florida, the University of Maryland, Elon University, The 
Pennsylvania State University, Hampton University and Northwestern.

"Nothing is more important to mass communication education than developing 
future leaders. That is the sole purpose of the academy, and its results 
already are apparent in dean, director and chair offices around the 
country," said Jerry Ceppos, dean of the Manship School.

About the Scripps Howard Foundation: 
Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a 
leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, 
internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment 
causes. With a special commitment to the regions where Scripps does 
business, the foundation helps build healthy communities and improve the 
quality of life through support of sound educational programs, strong 
families, vital social services, enriching arts and culture and inclusive 
civic affairs.


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