Prof. Frey at TCNJ

Takin’ it to the Community Streets and University Seats: Promoting Social Justice through Communication Activism Research and Teaching

Given the specter of social injustice, with a long list of injustices affecting those who are
oppressed and marginalized, the need for scholars to use their theories, research methods, and pedagogical practices to engage in direct vigorous action to support needed social change has never been more apparent and important. This presentation explains a new perspective—communication activism—that highlights the unique and central role of communication in promoting social justice, explicates theoretical commitments and applied practices of this perspective, provides concrete examples of this research and pedagogy, and identifies lessons learned from that scholarship about being part of the solution.

Speaker notes: Lawrence (Larry) R. Frey is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder, specializing in applied communication scholarship. He is the author or editor of 17 books and more than 100 other publications, and he has received 20 distinguished awards, including the National Communication Association’s Gerald M. Phillips Award for (lifetime) Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship. He is a member of the Central States Communication Association’s Hall of Fame, a past president of that organization, and a recipient of its Outstanding Teacher Award.

Prof. Frey will be visiting the College of New Jersey on Oct. 24 and 25. He will deliver this public speech on Oct. 24 at 4 pm.

If interested, please attend.

2019 Conference Announcement

Plan to join us on Saturday April 6, 2019 for the 23rd annual conference of the New Jersey Communication Association.

Hosted by students, faculty, and administrators of Montclair State University’s School of Communication and Media, the event promises lots of “fun and games” (the conference’s theme) with stimulating panels, round-table conversations, workshops, poster sessions, and even some game-playing,  as well as a keynote address from Dr. John Gastil of Penn State University’s Department of Communication Arts and Sciences and the McCourtney Institute for Democracy.

Keep an eye out for a call for submissions, which will be accepted through the end of January, 2019. If, in the meantime, you have questions, please contact NJCA 2nd vice president, Dr. Todd Kelshaw at or 973.655.5162.

Call For Papers


New Jersey Communication Association
Call for Papers

22nd Annual Conference
Brookdale Community College
April 14, 2018

Our nation, indeed our world, has never been more polarized. People who disagree often take the posture of “agreeing to disagree,” then remaining silent. Our Democracy is not based on silence, but on the constructive sharing of different opinions. Communication scholars should be at the fore of fostering these discussions in a civil manner. The theme of the 2018 NJCA is “Opening Doors, Building Bridges: Promoting Civility.” This program theme encourages scholars to share ways they open their classrooms and their scholarship to the notion of difference and identify mechanisms and formats which successfully build bridges with others who may not be like-minded.

Join us April 14, 2018 at Brookdale Community College as we exchange ideas, pedagogy, and scholarly activities that will help us to promote civility in our classrooms, in public relations, journalism, media studies, organizational communication, political communication, sports broadcasting, talk radio, and interpersonal relationships. The convention will include a keynote address: “Hot Topics, Cool Heads: Promoting Civil Dialogue” featuring Dr. Clark D. Olson, Professor of Communication at the Hugh Downs School of Communication at Arizona State University.

We invite participation and contributions of scholars, teachers, students, administrators, and communication professionals, to submit extended abstracts or works in progress, full-length papers of 25 pages or less, panels, workshop ideas or other collaborative works for presentation.

Students at both the graduate and undergraduate level to are strongly encouraged to submit. An award for the best student paper at each level will be presented. A student poster session will also be a part of the conference. Poster submissions are welcome. Posters should ideally connect to the conference theme or a communication related topic. Posters should be able to stand or be laid on a table for display. They should be no less than 28″ by 38”. The poster can have no more than 200 words. The poster should tell a story that is self-explanatory through images. The images should show a relationship between each other. Send one paragraph with a 100-word summary of the project and school affiliation to Dr. Christopher Lynch ( If you submit a poster, you are expected to register and attend the conference.

*Please include the following information in your email and on the front page of your submission: name(s) of presenters, title of paper/panel, poster, abstract, 3-5 keywords/phrases, student status if relevant (graduate or undergraduate), school affiliation and department, address, phone number and email.
In addition, a statement of professional responsibility should be included on the cover or title page and should state the following: “In submitting the attached panel/paper proposal, I/we agree to present at the 2018 NJCA conference if it is accepted. I/we further recognize that all who attend and present at NJCA must register and pay the required fees.”

Submissions must be sent by February 20, 2018
to Prof. Barbara Baron, Brookdale Community College,