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Communication Professor Elected to Top Leadership Post in International Organization

April 22, 2021 Communication

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Linda Aldoory is the newly elected vice president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

University of Maryland Professor of Communication Linda Aldoory was recently elected vice president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), a nonprofit, professional association of journalism and mass communication educators, graduate students and media professionals. She will begin her term on October 1, 2021, serving on a four-year AEJMC leadership ladder of vice president, president elect, president and past president.

"I am honored and excited to have the chance to help lead AEJMC in the future,” Aldoory said. “I look forward to working with staff and membership as well as other leaders and organizations to advance journalism and mass communication education, research, and professional freedom.”

Made up of more than 3,700 educators, students and practitioners from around the world, AEJMC is the oldest and largest alliance of journalism and mass communication educators and administrators at the college level. The organization seeks to promote high standards for journalism and mass communication education, cultivate a wide range of communication research, encourage the implementation of a multi-cultural society in the classroom and curriculum and defend and maintain freedom of communication in an effort to achieve better professional practice and a better-informed public.

Aldoory, who is also the associate dean for research and programming, an equity administrator and diversity and inclusion officer for the College of Arts and Humanities, studies public relations, feminism and health communication, with much of her work focusing on the effects of media messages and campaigns on underserved health populations. She holds affiliate appointments in the School of Medicine and School of Public Health, as well as in the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She founded the Center for Health Communication Research at Maryland and directed it. She is also the former endowed chair and director of the Horowitz Center for Health Literacy.