Minutes - November 5, 2004

November 5, 2004

12:00 - 2:00pm

Rutgers University

New Brunswick, New Jersey

 DRAFT Minutes


Mark Aakhus (Rutgers University)

Chad Dell (Monmouth University)

Anastacia Kurylo (Rutgers University)

Corey Liberman (Rutgers University)

Harty Mokros (Rutgers University)

Eleanor Novek (Monmouth University)

Pamela Poe (Temple University)

Michael Kent (Montclair State University)

Gary P. Radford (Fairleigh Dickinson University)

Dawn M. Temperino (NJ Legislature)

Maureen Taylor (Rutgers University)

Andrea Pampaloni (Rutgers University)

Stacey Connaughton (Rutgers University)

Christine Lemesianou (Montclair State University)

Christopher T. Caldiero (Rutgers University)

1. Call to Order.  The meeting was called to order at approximately 12:00pm.

2. NJCA President’s Report.   H. Mokros gave a report on the 2004 Conference held at the Rutgers University, March 27, 2004. 

3. Treasurer’s Report.  M. Aakhus reported the funds currently available in the NJCA account. M. Aakhus and H. Mokros also mentioned several additional transactions that were pending including a 100$ donation paid to the SCILS chapter of PRSA for their assistance at the 2004 NJCA conference at Rutgers.

4. 1st Vice-President’s Report. M. Taylor reported that the theme of the 2005 NJCA conference to be held at Rutgers University is “Communication Research: Serving Our Disciplines, Serving our State.” This year’s convention will be held at the State house in Newark.

Because the conference will be held on a Friday it was noted that state workers will be working that day. Discussion ensued about ways in which state workers could be targeted for participation in the conference. Many ideas were discussed including the need to actively seeking out topics that will be of interest to state workers. D. Temperino with the assistance of other board members will work towards this goal. There was also a discussion about how to increase corporate participation.

Several ideas for broad topics which might be of interest to potential conference participants from public or private domains were discussed. M. Aakhus suggested working sessions that establish connections between researchers and the research needed by the state. H. Mokros added specifically that these working sessions might apply relevant conceptual models to the real world circumstances relevant to these target audiences. D. Temperino suggested trustbuilding and new technology issues, among others, as topics of potential interest. M. Kent suggested that apathy and distrust also be considered as relevant antithesis to the other suggestions. M. Aakhus mentioned two departments that may be particularly interested in building relationships: Department of Education and the Department of Transportation. H. Mokros mentioned that issues relevant to the recent defeat of the Higher Education Proposal may also be of interest. Ultimately, the following topics were considered: trust, participation, coordination, public relations, health, new technologies, private sector, security, polarization, community. C. Lemesianou mentioned that internal dialogues with the state departments to both find out areas of interest and to seek out participation should begin early. 

M. Taylor mentioned that the Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick has selected several initiatives to be the focus of the university’s attention for 2004-2005. These same initiatives may fit with the theme of the NJCA conference and with the needs of the public and private sector. Though not discussed explicitly in the meeting these are provided here for reference and are discussed in depth at the following URL:  http://president.rutgers.edu/initiatives.shtml  These include stem cell research, task force on undergraduate education, student services initiative, and Friends of Rutgers. The latter is explained as an “advocacy network of Rutgers supporters brings the university’s message to policy makers, voters, and other influential citizens” and may be particularly relevant for this year’s conference.

Additionally, President McCormick has selected to focus on several strategic goals including:

  • Reduce barriers to collaboration with UMDNJ and NJIT
  • Review undergraduate learning and life
  • Create a plan to increase financial support for graduate programs
  • Continue identification and establishment of strategically selected programs
  • Carry out a cluster review of all business programs
  • Invest in new initiatives through the Academic Excellence Fund
  • Increase the diversity of the faculty

A Call for Papers is being prepared for distribution in the next two weeks. A separate call for academic recruitment and public recruitment will be composed. These calls will reflect the language of the sectors that they target. Additionally, as a response to suggestions by M. Kent, M. Taylor noted that the call will include a note mentioning some version of the following: critiques of issues and relationships targeted in this call are also welcome. After some discussion, February 1st was decided as the submission deadline for the general and student call for papers. Those interested in reviewing submissions were asked to let M. Taylor know the content areas in which they wish to review submissions.

M. Taylor reported that two executive board positions were currently open: K-12 and Community College Rep. M. Taylor nominated M. Kent for 1st Vice-President and moved for the executive board to vote on this nomination. H. Mokros seconded. The motion was passed unanimously.

4.  New Media Director Report. A. Kurylo presented updates regarding the NJCA Web site. A. Kurylo mentioned that the 2004 conference information had been updated on the site to include pictures from the conference. Additionally, New Jersey area colleges with communication programs were also added. A. Kurylo and H. Mokros stressed the importance of this aspect of the NJCA site as an opportunity to provide a service for students as well as potentially to allow the association to reach out to high school guidance counselors and administrators, in particular, at communication focused high schools. A. Kurylo mentioned planned updates to the site including adding a counter to monitor traffic on the site as well as updating email addresses and other executive board member changes. A. Kurylo mentioned that M. Taylor also had some changes to suggest. Additionally, with the focus of this year’s convention on gathering public and private sector involvement, additional emphasis should be placed on the web site as a tool to reach out to these communities. Mention was also made of the possibility of utilizing the PayPal system for online credit card payments for association membership fees.

5. Atlantic Journal of Communication Editor’s Report.  G. Radford presented the AJC Editor's report. He updated the group on the progress of the journal and the relationship with the new publisher. Note was made about the low cost of the journal publication charged by the current publisher to the association compared to previous years’ costs which were higher and subsidized by the hosting institution. G. Radford noted that the journal currently had an approximately 35% acceptance rate (24/67 submissions). The journal issues are full until December 2005 but submissions are being accepted for future issues. A special issue on oppositional discourses is scheduled. Submissions represent work from graduate students, junior, and senior faculty. Board members inquired about where the journal was indexed. G. Radford mentioned that currently searches for the journal contents could be made through EBSCO and ProQuest. November 19, 2004 will be the next time the journal board to meet with the publisher.

6. Adjournment.     H. Mokros thanked M. Taylor for hosting the meeting and all for attending. The meeting adjourned at approximately 2:00 pm

 Respectfully submitted,

 Anastacia Kurylo