Rider journalism professor earns teacher of the year award

Dr. Jackie Incollingo honored by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
Rachel Stengel '14

Dr. Jackie Incollingo, an assistant professor of journalism, earned the 2019 Ginger Rudeseal Carter Miller Teacher of the Year Award from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC). Award recipients demonstrate excellence in teaching and advising.

Each year, the award honors a member of the AEJMC's Small Programs Interest Group, an interest group for faculty in small programs whose primary emphasis is teaching, advising and mentoring undergraduate students.

“I’m truly grateful for this honor, which I think demonstrates my dedication to Rider students both in our classrooms and outside — particularly in my role as faculty adviser to the University’s student newspaper and as a mentor for our students who dream of careers in print, broadcast or digital journalism,” Incollingo says.

Incollingo joined the faculty of Rider's Department of Communication and Journalism in 2014. She became the faculty adviser for the student newspaper, The Rider News, in 2016. During her time as adviser, the paper has continued to accumulate awards from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. For the past two consecutive years, The Rider News has been named the best college newspaper in New Jersey.

“I want our students to take to heart that journalism is important work for an informed democracy, and learn to be critical thinkers and accurate and ethical reporters," Incollingo says. "I’m lucky to have outstanding students and wonderful colleagues at Rider, which makes this work a joy.”

Incollingo has been a member of AEJMC's Small Programs Interest Group since 2014 and is the co-chair of its research committee. She is also a former reporter for The Philadelphia Inquirer and The Tampa Tribune.