Gracie Lawson-Borders to Lead the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communications

Gracie Lawson-Borders, dean of the School of Communication at Howard University in Washington, D.C., was appointed vice president of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communications. She will become president-elect in 2019 and president of the organization in 2020.

Founded in 1917, the association promotes excellence in journalism and mass communication education. About 190 schools of journalism and mass communications are members.

Dr. Lawson-Borders was named dean at Howard University in 2013. She is the former associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Wyoming, where she also was professor of communication and journalism. At one time, Dr. Lawson-Borders was the director of the African American and Diaspora Studies program at the University of Wyoming.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Wyoming, Dr. Lawson-Borders taught at Kent State University and Southern Methodist University. Earlier in her career she was a reporter and editor for the Akron Beacon Journal, the Oakland Press, and the Chicago Tribune. Professor Lawson-Borders is the author of Media Organizations and Convergence: Case Studies of Media Convergence Pioneers (Routledge, 2005)

Dr. Lawson Borders is a graduate of Michigan State University. She earned a master’s degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit.

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