Special Section: Call for Papers
Volume 6.1: Communication Center Journal (CCJ), November 2020

Communication Center Journal (CCJ) 2020 Special Section Theme:
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion within Communication Center Communities

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

CCJ Book Review Call
The Communication Center Journal, a peer-reviewed online journal published by the National Association of Communication Centers, is seeking contributions for our book review section.

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.