Communication Deans

Chair: Donald Fishman, Boston College
Phone: (617) 552-4285
E-mail: fishmand@bc.edu
Next Conference
Location: Boston College
Dates: July 2015

Fairfield University proudly hosted the 2014 AJCU Communication Conference from July 16-19, 2014. For more information, please click here.



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.


Quote of the week

"The greater. The better. The elusive idea of personifying the Magis in everything we do lives at the core of a Jesuit education. When we work, we must work as hard as we can. When we plan, we plan boldly. When we dream, we dream big."
Edward Cullen, Co-Founder, Bridge-USA, Fordham University '09


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