Research on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Call for Papers- BEA On-Location Research Panel Special Issue of Journal of Media Education | Editor: Jerry Crawford,

As part of its ongoing association-wide initiative in the area of diversity and inclusion, the Broadcast Education Association is proud to issue this special call to those researchers doing work related to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Today there are more than 100 of these institutions that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving Black Americans. Located in 19 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. Virgin Islands, most HBCUs have been in operation since right after the Civil War, with many holding the designation of 1890 institutions, established by the Second Morrill Act of 1890. They produce 20 percent of all Black college graduates and are responsible for educating a large percentage of today’s journalists and other practitioners in the mass media.

BEA wants to especially encourage faculty at these HBCUs and other faculty and student researchers interested in issues surrounding the experiences of HBCU students and faculty to submit an abstract for the 2022 BEA On-Location Conference, which will be held at Colorado State University in October. The Multicultural Studies Division will sponsor this special Research Panel that we hope will include both student and faculty research on topics related to teaching and scholarship.

Participants in the BEA On-Location panel in October will be invited to prepare full manuscripts for consideration for a special issue of BEA’s Journal of Media Education focused on HBCU Teaching and Research that will be published in January 2023. This special issue will be edited by Dr. Jerry Crawford of University of Kansas and author of Journalism at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: Governance and Accreditation. For more information on the special call, contact Dr. Crawford at

Submit abstracts for BEA On-Location by June 20, 2022