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Rachel Mann
Communications Specialist

Howard Professor Wins Outstanding Woman Award in Communications

 Barbara Hines Honored at Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Convention

Barbara Hines

WASHINGTON -- This month, professor Barbara Hines was named the 2012 Outstanding Woman in Journalism and Mass Communication Education at the 100th anniversary convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

Hines is a professor of journalism and directs the graduate program in Mass Communication and Media Studies (MCMS), the largest Ph.D. producing program of African-American scholars in journalism and mass communication in the U.S. 

In the award presentation, Stacey Hust, professor at the Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University and chair of the Commission on the Status of Women, recognized Hines for her  “leadership and mentoring, which have served to move larger numbers of minorities and women into the field as journalists, educators, scholars, and global leaders.”

Nominators praised Hines as a woman who embraces difference, diversity, multiculturalism and feminism in every aspect of her life and work.

Hines began her career on Capitol Hill as press secretary to a U.S. senator. She has been teaching for 43 years; 37 of those years in higher education at two major universities (Howard and Maryland), while also teaching in summer programs at Columbia, Syracuse, and Catholic universities.

At Howard, Hines is a member of the University’s Budget Advisory Committee.  She also served as director of the Annenberg Honors Program and chair of the Department of Journalism. Hines also established the advertising sequence in the Department of Journalism and served 17 years as coordinator of the Youth Journalism Academy. Hines was also recognized by the Faculty Senate as its Outstanding Faculty Mentor.

Nationally, Hines has chaired or served on more than 35 university accrediting teams for the ACEJMC or program reviews for the American Council on Education (ACE). She served for more than 40 years in various leadership positions in professional organizations, ranging from College Media Advisers to the Society of Professional Journalists. PR Week also named Hines one of the ten outstanding public relations educators in the U.S. Hines is a member of the National Capital chapter Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Hall of Fame.  In 1999, the PRSA honored her as Public Relations Educator of the Year.

She also continues to work globally, most recently with the Ivane Javashaksvili Tbilisi University in the Republic of Georgia to develop administrative, leadership and curricular changes in the journalism program for that country’s flagship university. Hines has also taught visiting professionals from Morocco, Indonesia, Germany, Afghanistan, and Georgia through programs sponsored by IREX and AED.  Currently, she serves on the editorial board of Racio, scientific periodical journal of Guram Tavartkiladze Teaching University, Tbilisi, Georgia and on the advisory board of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue-Council of Communication Associations.

Hines graduated from the University of Texas at Austin (B.S.) and received graduate degrees from the American University (M.S.) and the University of Maryland, College Park (Ph.D.).

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