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Call for Book Reviews

CCJ Book Review Call

This year, the journal will carry a special section dedicated to the theme of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within Communication Center Communities. Accordingly, reviews of books that engage with this theme are especially welcome.

Book reviews range between 750-1000 words and usually include the following:

  • A brief description of the book’s contents.
  • A scholarly evaluation of the book–including its contribution to existing literature and trends in the field of communication centers, its strengths and weaknesses, and its unique qualities.
  • A brief description of the appropriate audience for the book.

Previous book reviews may be accessed in the journal archives at:

We are currently seeking reviews for the list of books identified below, but also wel-come other book suggestions that contribute to communication center, peer education, or public speaking scholarship and practice.

Please contact Mridula Mascarenhas ( for all review communication and submissions.

To be considered for the 2020 volume of CCJ, please indicate your interest and book title via email by May 1, 2020. Selections will be confirmed by June 1, 2020. The final manuscript will be due by August 15, 2020.

The publication of this year’s volume will coincide with the National Communication As-sociation national conference in November 2020.

Suggested titles for review (titles in bold indicate engagement with themes of diversity):

Acker, M. (2019). Speak with no fear. Seattle, WA: Advance Coaching and Consulting.

Box, H. & Mocine-McQueen, J. (2019). How your story sets you free. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

Gallo, C. (2018). Five stars: The communication secrets to get from good to great. New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.

Gamble, T.K. & Gamble, M.W. (2017). The public speaking playbook (2nd ed). Thou-sand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.

Jaffe, C.I. (2016). Public speaking: Concepts and skills for a diverse society (8th ed). Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Jeffress, M.S. (Ed.). (2019). Pedagogy, disability and communication: Applying disabil-ity studies in the classroom. New York, NY: Routledge.

Paris, D. & Alim, H.S. (2017). Culturally sustaining pedagogies. New York, NY: Teach-ers College Press.

Pirbhai-Illich, F., Pete, S. & Martin, F. (2017). Culturally responsive pedagogy: Work-ing towards decolonization, indigeneity and interculturalism. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Steele, J.R. & Parker, A. (2017). Your best speech ever. International Public Speaking Institute, Inc.

Waldeck, J.H., Kearney, P., & Plax, T.J. (2017). Public speaking in a diverse society. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt Publishing Company.