Communicating Science and the Communication Center Special Section CFP

Theme: Communicating Science and the Communication Center

The November 2019 special section of CCJ invites authors to consider the many methods, approaches, and perspectives of communication centers and communicating science.

Communication centers and scientists have established collaborative relationships. In some cases, communication centers work in direct and sustained collaboration with the sciences. These relationships, collaborations, and dynamics are complex, interesting, and valuable to share. Moreover, we know that communicating science may require adapting existing best practices and training to new audiences and genres.

Authors might consider best practices implemented or in process at their institutions that allow for new understandings of communicating science and the communication center.

Framing questions can include but are not limited to:

  • How can communication centers help scientists foster greater empathy?
  • How are communication centers supporting the art of communication for nursing and other medical programs in higher education?
  • What role does the rhetoric of science play in connecting communication centers with scientific communication?
  • What role does the three-minute thesis competition play in connecting the communication center with the art of communicating science?
  • What role does the communication center play in the science of communicating science?
  • How do we adapt current staff training and research efforts to successfully support patrons interested in communicating science?

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, 2019: Special section submissions due

August 15, 2019: Results sent to authors

November 16, 2019: CCJ issue released at NCA conference

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 6th edition.

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

Questions and inquiries can be emailed to Dr. Russell Carpenter, CCJ Editor-in-Chief, at

Women, Leadership, and Communication in Academy CFP


Call for Book Chapters—edited volume on women, leadership and communication in the academy

Editor: Jayne Cubbage

We are currently seeking chapters to be included in an edited volume titled, “Developing Women Leaders in the Academy Through Enhanced Communication Strategies”, to be published by Lexington Books (an imprint of Rowman & Littlefield).

Book Description:  Although women now make up more the 50 percent of the enrollment at colleges and universities nationwide yet only comprise just over 25 percent of the of full professors and comprise a mere 15 percent of presidents at doctoral granting institutions (Johnson, 2016). In order to highlight, empowered and visionary leadership of women that uplifts the mission of championing female leadership at colleges and universities, this work seeks to amplify successful leadership communication as a model for those seeking to enter leadership roles via a collection of applicable narratives.

In order to highlight the paths of such impactful leaders, we are seeking individual stories of women who have not only blazed paths in the academy and joined the ranks of leadership, but those who have done so in the spirit of community and “womanship” and who have successfully navigated hostile, patriarchal, racialized and non-supportive environments while remaining true their own female identity.  The collection of stories will illustrate the ways in which these exemplars have communicated their leadership within designated roles and how others may gain insight and applicable strategies as they adapt their own style of leadership communication to ensure the increase of female leaders in the academy.

Submission Guidelines:

Proposed chapters may feature one or more subjects of women in the academy who are considered a leader either officially via administrative title or those who do not hold a “traditional” leadership post, yet who engage in work in their field, which can be considered as leadership.  Proposals may consist of, but are not limited to the following kinds of works: ethnography, auto-ethnography, case study, narrative, biography, autobiography, and historiography among other methods.

In a addition to scholarly references, proposals should include a theoretical frame such as feminism or womanism or other related conceptual focus and also incorporate the converged concept of “leadership as communication” (Harrison & Mühlberg, 2014) as well as the way gender can impact communication in both positive and less than positive ways that limit opportunities beyond the structural constraints, such as the pipeline myth or the glass ceiling (Gangone, 2016; Johnson, 2016) that women often face in the academy and society at large.  Each proposal and subsequent chapter should provide a list of useful “pathways” for women to develop the leader within. Upon acceptance additional suggestions will be provided to each author including deadline for final submission and other editorial guidelines.

Please submit your chapter proposals of 1,000 words including references to or by July 27, 2018.    Notice of accepted chapters will be sent by December 31, 2018.

Website Revisions

Hi all! Just a quick note. This site has been used primarily as a static place for information about and for my teaching and advising at JMU. My hope is to transform this into a much more active and lively space for not just my teaching and advising but my research and other endeavors. Most everything is up to date but I am in the process of cleaning and reviewing the content on this site. I also plan on using this as my space for blogging about more than just class announcements.

Please stay tuned for more and feel free to provide any sort of feedback, opportunities for collaboration or anything else!!!

SCOM Annual Banquet

The 2010-2011 SCOM banquet was a success. Good food, great company and some good speeches. Some of the notable awards and recognitions from the evening:

Debater of the Year: Kaitlyn Haynal

Friend of Debate Award: Alysia Davis

SCOM Professor of the Year: Eric Fife

SCOM Alum of the Year: Tracy Weise.

SCOM 318 Strategic Web Tactics

In addition to two sections of GCOM 123 Group Presentations, I am looking forward to offering SCOM 318 Strategic Web Tactics, a face-to-face practicum, for the first time. The course description is below.

This course will utilize the principles of strategic communication to create a communication plan designed for the Institute of Constructive Advocacy & Dialogue and the Center for Health & Environmental Communication within the School of Communication Studies. In working with our clients, we will analyze the different situations, organizations and potential publics; establish goals and objectives; develop strategies and methods for evaluation and then implement our strategic communication plan. We will rely primarily on Web 2.0 technologies and other online tactics to create content, brand, design a web presence and enable our clients to establish relationships with a variety of publics.

SCOM 313 Food Communication

I am very excited to be offering SCOM 313 Food Communication, a new course, online during the summer session. The course description is below.

An asynchronous online course. This course will propose, consider and analyze the different relationships between communication and food and how these relationships negotiate our identities, cultures and environments. First, we discuss how each of us constitute and communicate our identities through the food we consume and importantly the food we do not consume. Second, we understand how our food choices symbolically create, shape and reflect our cultures. Third, we analyze how corporate, mainstream mass media and governmental institutions discursively frame, influence and shape our food practices. Finally, we examine how our food practices intersect, communicate and impact our relationships to our surrounding environments.