Professionals or Academics? The Faculty Dynamics In Journalism And Mass Communication Education In The United States


Lee B. Becker, Tudor Vlad and Oana Stefanita


This paper draws on data from 1999 to 2013 tracking the characteristics of faculty members of journalism and mass communication programs in the United States. It finds that the percentages of faculty holding an advanced degree, with tenure, and at the professorial rank have declined. The mean number of years of nonacademic professional experience has increased. Accreditation is shown to be a predictor of these changes.

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