National Conference: “Women in Communication: Breaking the Barriers”


National Conference: “Women in Communication: Breaking the Barriers” 

at Florida International University’s beautiful Biscayne Bay Campus,  April 20, 2017

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Are Communication Professionals Achieving Their Potential? Findings from the 2016 national survey conducted by the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication reveal that women in communication professions are three times less likely than men in the same professions to hold a top management position; men dominated the highest salary brackets; women are more likely than men to feel they’ve been bypassed for a better, higher position because of their gender and/or because of their race or ethnicity, and that women had worked fewer years than men in their professional fields partly because they are more likely than men to have experienced a career interruption. The question is, what do we need to do in the field of communications to break the barriers?

In this Annual Conference, titled “Women in Communication: Breaking the Barriers,” scholars and professionals will continue discussing the challenges women are facing in the various communication fields and professions and offer possible solutions to effectively address these challenges through expert speakers, panels and research on the topic.  The four best papers will be also selected to be presented in a themed research paper session in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Annual Conference in Chicago, August 9-12, 2017.

Guidelines for Submitting Manuscripts and Special Session Proposals Instructions: Please submit five-page structured abstracts, competitive papers or special session proposals electronically to All manuscripts and special session proposals are to be submitted using a pdf document. Deadline for submission: February 1, 2017.  Manuscripts should follow the American Psychological Association (APA) style. Competitive research papers may be submitted either as a full paper or a five-page structured abstract or you may submit a special session proposal.

Five-page structured abstract submissions should not exceed five single-spaced pages following the same style guidelines as above. Structured abstracts are a short version of the full research paper and should include an introduction, literature review, method, results discussion and conclusions–all presented in a succinct way. Including a reference list is optional and authors should indicate “References Available Upon Request” if no reference list provided.

Special session/panel proposals should contain a one-page description of the session, a one-page description of each presentation, and a 100-word bio of each speaker. Special session/panel proposals will be reviewed, and those rated as highest quality and most in keeping with the conference theme will be accepted for presentation.  The program team welcomes all ideas for presentations, workshops or other sessions that may be of interest to attendees. Please contact Dr. Sigal Segev to discuss your ideas before submitting your proposal. The top four papers will also be presented in a session at the AEJMC conference in Chicago, 9-12, 2017.

We look forward to seeing you in Miami and engaging in the lively intellectual discussions and warm fellowship. For more information, contact: Dr. Sigal Segev,, Kopenhaver Center Associate Director for Research and Programs.

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