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Call for Special Section Manuscripts

Questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion gained disciplinary and national attention during the 2019 summer because of the controversies surrounding the Distinguished Scholar selection process and actions taken by the National Communication Association’s Executive Committee (see NCA’s archive of the controversy here:; another archival perspective available on Dr. Bernadette Marie Calafell’s site:

While not officially a unit or publication of the National Communication Association, we members of the Communication Center Journal leadership are aware of the controversies surrounding the Distinguished Scholar selection process and wish to share our support of and call for institutional changes to the National Communication Association to make the organization, its members, awards, policies, culture, publications, and climate more diverse and inclusive.

Importantly, we recognize that struggles for diversity and inclusion are not just external or out there but continue within our own Communication Center community. Our centers or labs are integral sites for the acknowledgement, acceptance, and promotion of difference as we provide communication support to peers and colleagues; hire, train, and mentor undergraduate students, graduate students, staff, and faculty; model ethical and inclusive communication practices to our campus and surrounding communities; and disseminate information, programming, and research about communication centers, communication education, and the field of communication studies.

Authors might consider best practices implemented or in process at their institutions that allow for new understandings of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the communication center communities.

Framing questions can include but are not limited to:

  • What might diversity, equity, or inclusion mean within communication center communities?
  • How are communication centers encouraging and/or hindering diversity?
  • What are communication centers doing to be more and/or less equitable and inclusive? Is this happening in staff recruitment, training, services provided, outreach & engagement, research, etc?
  • What roles can communication centers play in enhancing the diversity at their own institution, communication studies discipline, or communities at large?
  • How can communication centers assess or otherwise be held accountable for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • How might communication centers collaborate with our institutional peer educator partners or other peer education disciplines to advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • What responsibilities do leaders have for ensuring diversity and promoting equitable and inclusive practices at local centers/labs and within the communication center community?
  • What kinds of research and scholarship are needed to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within communication centers?

Authors are welcome to pursue other threads of inquiry related to this theme as well. This special section encourages practical, specific solutions as well as data-driven research.

July 15, 2020: Special section submissions due
August 15, 2020: Results sent to authors
November 2020: CCJ issue released at NCA conference in Indianapolis

Manuscript Details
CCJ manuscripts submitted for consideration in a thematic special section are limited to 5,000 words, but shorter submissions are welcome.

All manuscripts should follow conventions of APA 7th edition.

Authors must register for the online submission site before submitting full manuscripts: Register Here

Questions and inquiries can be emailed to Co-Editors Paul Mabrey or Kim Cuny