Akron journalism professor assumes AJHA top post
Kansas City, Mo. – Therese “Terry” Lueck, Professor and Fulbright Scholar in Journalism in the School of Communication at The University of Akron, has become the next president of the American Journalism Historians Association.
“The decision to run crystallized several years ago,” Lueck recalled. “I saw two groups of people—heady intellectuals, and at the same time, the most fun group of people I’ve had the pleasure of hanging around. I wanted to do whatever I could to help them.”
Lueck has at least three goals for the upcoming year. The most important of these goals is to push forward the work of the AJHA History in the Curriculum Committee, formed several years ago to foster the development, accreditation, and retention of media history courses in college journalism and communication programs.
Lueck also plans to work with the AJHA graduate student members in planning their own social event at next year’s convention. This event, Lueck hopes, will allow graduate students to network for potential teaching positions. “We have an incredible group of graduate students, and I want them to translate their value beyond our borders,” she said. In fact, Lueck insists, “The involvement of a lot of the members is what shapes the [AJHA] organization.”
Founded in 1981, the American Journalism Historians Association seeks to advance education and research in mass communication history. Members work to raise historical standards and ensure that all scholars and students recognize the vast importance of media history and apply this knowledge to the advancement of society.