Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication

  • Two students in front of the Edelman CCCA signage
    Students from the Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts smile in front of 301 High Street. Photo by Alex Rosson.
  • Zoom meeting of students and faculty
    Student Spotlight workshop attendees discussing student research in gender and contemporary advertisements.
  • Zoom photo of Speaker
    Rowan alumna Julissa Marenco shares her journey and career advice at our Communication Careers in Museums virtual workshop.
  • Student in Computer Lab
    Writing arts senior, Destiny Hall, working on the Miss America Digitization Project.
  • Student pointing at sports game screen.
    Sports Communication & Media student, Kayla Santiago, reporting as a Delaware Blue Coats Broadcaster on Rowan Radio.
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    Attendees of our Women in Sports virtual workshop listening to experienced speakers in the field of Sports Communication.
  • Students and faculty conversing with speaker
    Faculty and students speak with New York Times columnist and author Gail Collins prior to her talk at the University about American women’s history.
  • Student working at a media control table.
    A Radio, Television & Film student works in the Bozorth Hall control room.
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    Art students sketch Westby Hall.
  • Student asking a question
    Journalism student, Alexandria Brooks, asks New York Times columnist and author Gail Collins a question.
  • Radio broadcasting student adjusting a microphone
    Rowan Radio's Katie Francis leading The Rowan Report in the station's conference center.
  • Student with a camera
    A Journalism student snaps photos at the campus bookstore.
  • Student interviewing Edelman CCCA's Dean.
    Radio, Television, & Film student, Rylee Meyer, interviews Dean Tweedie for The Rowan Report.
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    Communication Studies student, Janna MacPherson, has a copy of Gail Collins' No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History signed by the author following her talk at the University. 
  • A Radio, Television & Film student participates in the Rowan Television Network's annual telethon.
  • Producers of Rowan Radio's The Rowan Report, Rylee Meyer and Katie Francis, recognized at CBI's National Student Production Awards, celebrating at Rowan Radio's Station Alumni Mixer.
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    Radio, Television & Film senior and Student Body President Arielle Gedeon poses in Savitz Hall.
  • Laura Bishop announces new Laura Bishop Communications Internship
    Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication proudly welcomes the new Laura Bishop Communications Internship to support student interns with the Center. Read more.

Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication

Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Rowan University

Welcome to the Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Rowan University!

As an affiliate of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Florida International University, we work collaboratively across our campuses and throughout the country to promote gender equity and foster advancements for women working in all fields of communication, both in academia and in industry. We are committed to empowering women as leaders in communication and upholding diversity and inclusion initiatives in communication practice and research for all, regardless of gender identification. We provide access to renowned guest speakers, mentoring, networking events, and virtual workshops for the benefit of undergraduates, graduate students, early professionals, and seasoned communication experts alike.

We encourage you to explore our website and that of our sister organization, the LLK Center at FIU.

Together, we are listening to, and lifting up, women’s voices.   

Dr. Julie Haynes

Meet the Team

Dr. Julie Haynes, Professor of Communication Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies, has been named Director of the Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at Rowan University. Dr. Haynes’ research explores how categories of identity, such as gender, race, and class, influence public discourse, particularly in mediated and pop culture settings. She is especially interested in how regional identity complicates or enriches our understanding of self and place, and frequently writes on gender and region in the areas of reality television, horror, sport, and country music. Her work has been presented at numerous national and international conferences, including at Oxford University, and published in edited volumes and journals, such as Feminist Media Studies. Her dissertation on gender in country music videos is housed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives and was consulted in the making of Ken Burns’ documentary, Country Music. She teaches a variety of courses including, Rhetorical Criticism, Images of Gender in Popular Culture, Rhetoric of Sport, Women and Gender in Perspective, Hitchcock and Gender, Rhetoric of Reality Television, Gender and Horror, and Rhetoric of Social Protest and Resistance. She is a Bildner Fellow and previously served as the Associate Dean of the College of Communication and Creative Arts.



As an affiliate of the Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication, we share the organization's primary mission and goals.These are: 


  • Serve as a thought-leadership center for research and professional development for the next generation of women leaders in communication and those who support them.
  • Mentor the next generation of young scholars and professionals as they build careers in communication.
  • Initiate programs for young, diverse women, and those interested in supporting them, who are commencing careers in communication industries in order to prepare them to enter and succeed in the workplace.
  • Recognize the achievements of female leaders and leaders who support women in communication industries and the academy.
  • Provide training programs centered around ensuring diversity and inclusion in the communication professions through embracing change, innovation, and entrepreneurialism in a variety of programs throughout the year.

Faculty & Staff Advisory Board

Meet the members who make up the Rowan Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication Faculty & Staff Advisory!

Florida International University

The Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication at FIU was established in 2012 by Dean Emeritus and Professor Dr. Lillian Lodge Kopenhaver as a pioneering site for the advancement of women in the field of communication. For more than three decades, Dr. Kopenhaver has been a tireless advocate for women in communication and envisions this Center to lead the way for future generations of communicators, professionals and scholars.

Student Group

Coming soon: Rowan Center for Advancement of Women in Communication Student Group


Join us on Friday, February 17th, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern for our virtual event, "From Entry-Level to Entrepreneur: Spanning Communication Careers"

In the News

What are people saying about us? Check out articles and pieces that tell our story!

Leadership Council

Pioneering leaders in the field of communication who pave the way for future generations...