Pros: developing programs, securing state appropriations, teaching and providing hands-on training.
Cons: low salaries and the lack of sustained leadership.
Teaching and advising students make this job enjoyable and fulfilling. I am a great teacher who combines hands-on experiences along with theory and critical thinking activities. Broadcasting is my professional background while communications, public policy and administration are my academic disciplines. I am versed in broadcast ethics, law and journalism.
I have learned a great deal while at Jackson – more... State University. I developed an FCC TV station during my tenure, securing $2 million state appropriations to construct and equip a digital operation, including two studios, a production control room, a master control area, editing bays, several offices and a break/lunch room. That experience allowed me to learn to handle several budgets, hire and manage a TV professional staff, and develop the best hands-on training program for Mass Communications students.
My colleagues at both the TV station and the Department of Mass Communications are highly educated and well trained. Working with them has been delightful and fulfilling. Comradery and collegiality are very important to the culture for Department of Mass Communications.
The most difficult part of the job has been the turnover of chairs. While faculty continues to achieve in the areas of teaching, research, service and advising; leadership has been the weakness of the department. It has cost faculty success in becoming tenured and promoted, because the emphasis had to be on searching for new chairs or assisting them when they arrived. There was little time to research. Reducing our efficient Service to our students was not an option.
Student and alumni success, by far, is the most enjoyable and fulling aspect of the job. We have trained and educated hundreds of students through the years. To know that many of them are successful professionals in the communication field, lets me know that my work as an educator has not been in vain. I cherish the many opportunities I have had to serve young people. Their success is my success! – less