Front Row (L-R): Mary Ann Danielson (Creighton), Sonya Duhé (Loyola New Orleans), Cynthia Walker (Saint Peters), Gwenyth Jackaway (Fordham), Valerie Andrews (Loyola New Orleans) | Middle row: Sharee Broussard (Spring Hill), Brian Kokensparger (Creighton), Elizabeth Richard (Saint Louis University), Cathy Rogers (Loyola New Orleans), Paola Pascual-Ferra (Loyola Maryland) | Back row: Chris Paul (Seattle University), Bonnie Jefferson (Boston College), Jeff Philpott (Seattle University), Don Fishman (Boston College), Audra Nuru (Fairfield), Bob Thomas (Loyola New Orleans), April Trees (Saint Louis University), David Gudelunas (Fairfield), Rev. Paul Soukup, S.J. (Santa Clara), Stuart Babington (Spring Hill)

Front Row (L-R): Mary Ann Danielson (Creighton), Sonya Duhé (Loyola New Orleans), Cynthia Walker (Saint Peters), Gwenyth Jackaway (Fordham), Valerie Andrews (Loyola New Orleans) | Middle row: Sharee Broussard (Spring Hill), Brian Kokensparger (Creighton), Elizabeth Richard (Saint Louis University), Cathy Rogers (Loyola New Orleans), Paola Pascual-Ferra (Loyola Maryland) | Back row: Chris Paul (Seattle University), Bonnie Jefferson (Boston College), Jeff Philpott (Seattle University), Don Fishman (Boston College), Audra Nuru (Fairfield), Bob Thomas (Loyola New Orleans), April Trees (Saint Louis University), David Gudelunas (Fairfield), Rev. Paul Soukup, S.J. (Santa Clara), Stuart Babington (Spring Hill)


The AJCU Communication Conference represents the academic departments of communication, communication studies, journalism, media studies, film, video and related academic areas of the institutions that make up the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities. The AJCU-CC has met regularly since its founding in 1989, usually in mid-summer to take advantage of the lighter academic commitments of faculty during that time. Typically, 12 to 18 of the schools send representatives to the meeting. (Of the 28 AJCU schools, 25 have communication departments.)

Major achievements include drafting the statement, “Eloquencia perfecta,” to describe communication education at Jesuit schools; providing input and planning for program reviews; and, offering a forum to discuss issues of Jesuit and Catholic identity in our respective schools.

Members attend the meetings for continuing education, networking, and support. Meeting agendas are planned and adjusted in response to member requests. In the past, in addition to identity issues at Jesuit schools (“how does a communication program at a Jesuit school differ from programs anywhere else?”), members have considered issues dealing with internships, study abroad for communication, service- or community-based learning, facilities design, use of technologies in our programs, common research initiatives, and film and video collaboration.

The AJCU-CC organizes its meetings as a combination of academic conference, with members presenting papers on their current research, and themes chosen by the conference organizers (typically connected to the location of the host school). In addition, the conference features roundtables for school representatives to share experiences and perspectives on issues arising in their programs.

Leadership

Host: Rev. Paul A. Soukup, S.J.,
Santa Clara University

Phone: (408) 554-4022
E-mail: psoukup@scu.edu

Next Conference

Location: Santa Clara University
Dates: July 19-22, 2017