Ames, Iowa—The Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University was cited in a study as one of the top research programs in the nation, ranking in a list that includes colleges of communication such as Florida and Georgia and representing the only master’s degree-granting unit in a bevy of doctoral programs.
The Greenlee School was listed as 23rd in convention paper productivity ahead of such programs as Temple, Kansas, Michigan, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Rankings were reported in the Spring 2010 issue of Journalism & Mass Communication Educator in a research article by George Musambira and Christen Nesta of the University of Central Florida, titled “Analysis of refereed AEJMC convention paper productivity in journalism and mass communication.”
The study analyzes all refereed convention papers from 1999-2008 submitted to the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, listing individual scholars and institutions in terms of productivity.
A table showcases the highest 30 institutions in top convention paper productivity, ranking Florida, North Carolina, Missouri, Texas-Austin, Indiana-Bloomington, Penn State, Wisconsin-Madison, Ohio, Minnesota and Georgia in the top 10.
Another table lists the highest individual ranking in top convention paper productivity per AEJMC division or unit, identifying former graduate student Jason Boucher in the Community Journalism Division and former graduate student Kersten Kappmeyer along with Associate Professor Jay Newell as productive researchers in the Graduate Education Division.
Each year Greenlee master’s students have made their mark at the annual convention. This year Zhengjia Liu, 2010 master’s degree graduate, won second place in the student paper magazine division for her paper, “Fashion magazines in the lives of Shanghai’s female college students: Psychological and sociological motives for uses and gratifications.”
Michael Bugeja, Greenlee School director, credited the impressive showing to the work ethic of the graduate faculty and master’s program students. “In particular our directors of graduate education, Eric Abbott and Lulu Rodriguez—as well as Graduate Steering members Daniela Dimitrova and Suman Lee—are to be commended for enhancing research and our reputation as a top program.”
“What makes our research productivity special,” he added, “is how it often is applicable to the professions. It complements our strong undergraduate program in that respect.”
Bugeja also noted a dramatic rise in research productivity beginning in 2005. “If the analysis spanned the past five years, we’d likely be in the top 10.”
There are data supporting Bugeja’s assessment. In 2007, the Greenlee School ranked ninth in convention paper acceptance out of the 212 journalism and mass communication programs participating in that year’s convention. Ahead of the School then were seven of the same top-10 programs named in this year’s J&MCE study.