by Michael Sweeney, Professor; Associate Director for Graduate Studies, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University
PhD student Amanda Weed has won second place in the 2015 graduate student Promising Professor competition conducted by the Mass Communication & Society Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Weed, who teaches strategic communication classes in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism while completing work on her doctorate, will receive the award Aug. 8 at the division’s business meeting during the AEJMC conference in San Francisco. Weed will give a brief presentation at the meeting.
The Promising Professor Award honors three junior faculty and three graduate students for excellence in teaching. The second place award carries a prize of $150.
A professor’s endorsement letter of support stated, “On her own and with the help of her mentor, Professor Craig Davis, she has developed an innovative teaching style that creates a learning environment that mirrors the real world, with students in her strategic communication class making pitches on behalf of clients and voting on which presentation team they would hire. She also has brought recent, real-world case studies into the classroom that have tapped into her research, including her publications, about marketing and branding. . . . She is quite savvy about strategic communication, and we as a full-time faculty know her classes are in good hands when she is in charge. She receives some of the top course evaluation scores in our department, and her students are getting top-tier internships and jobs.”