Three Women Win Teaching Awards From the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications

Three women scholars are among the four winners of the 2022 Jinx C. Broussard Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications’ History Division. The awards acknowledge original, creative practices that journalism educators and media historians use in their classrooms to teach media history and seek to share those techniques with other instructors. Ideas and practices focused on diversity, collaboration, community, and justice receive special attention in the selection process.

The three women scholars honored this year are:

Kathy Roberts Forde is a professor of journalism and associate dean of equity and inclusion in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Forde’s students write news stories with the help of both historical primary documents and secondary sources. She is c0-editor of the new book Journalism & Jim Crow: White Supremacy and the Black Struggle for a New America (University of Illinois Press, 2021). Dr. Forde holds a Ph.D. from the Univerity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Katherine A. Foss is a professor of media studies in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media at Middle Tennessee State University. Her teaching includes a health communication history activity in which students play roles in a mock trial centered on “Typhoid” Mary Mallon. Dr. Foss is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. She holds a master’s degree and a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.

Melita M. Garza is an associate professor of journalism in the Bob Schieffer College of Communication at Texas Christian University. She was honored for a course titled “Journalism and Moral Courage” that helps students understand the role of journalism in promoting concepts like democracy, justice, and equality. Dr. Garza is the author of They Came to Toil: Newspaper Representations of Mexicans and Immigrants in the Great Depression (University of Texas Press, 2018). A graduate of Harvard University, Dr. Garza earned an MBA at the Universty of Chicago and a Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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