María E. Len-Ríos, Grady College’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and professor of public relations, has been elected to a second term on the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication’s Elected Standing Committee on Research.
She is one of nine newly elected officers to AEJMC. New officers were nominated and elected by a national voting body that comprises roughly 3,7000 members. The AEJMC national conference will be held this year Aug. 7 – 10 in Toronto.
“AEJMC was the first national organization I joined as a journalism and mass communication researcher, and it gives me great pleasure to serve in a leadership role providing Grady College and UGA added representation at the national level,” Len-Ríos said.
Among other responsibilities, Len-Ríos and fellow research committee members oversee nomination and selection processes for AEJMC’s prestigious national awards and represent research interests on the AEJMC Board.
Len-Ríos has served in a variety of roles with AEJMC in her professional academic career, including serving as head of the Communication Theory and Methodology Division. Most recently in 2018-2019, she chaired the Nafzinger-White-Salwen Dissertation Award competition which is AEJMC’s top honor for dissertation research. She says her passion for scholarship fuels her desire to recognize the elite work being done by communication researchers.
“I love it because we get to reward the great creativity and research produced by scholars from across the U.S. and internationally at all career levels,” said Len-Ríos.
Len-Ríos’ service to the research committee begins October 1, 2019.
She came to Grady College as a public relations associate professor in 2014. Prior to the University of Georgia, she taught at the University of Missouri, University of Kansas, and Georgia Southern University.