CFP Bringing International Perspectives to the Communication Curriculum

Publication OpportunitiesSpecial Issue Call for Papers
Eunkyong (Esther) Lee Yook, George Mason University, Paaige K. Turner, National Communication Association (Co-Guest Editors) of Bringing International Perspectives to the Communication Curriculum in an Era of Globalization for The Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (JICR)

This Special Issue of The Journal of Intercultural Communication Research (JICR) invites papers that advance internationalization of the communicaton curriculum and/or global education experiences through the application and integration of communication theory and research.  The goal is to disseminate instructional approaches, ideas, and activities that bring a global perspective to the communication curricuum, and to generate an on-going discussion about the pedagogy of internationalization for intercultural competence in an era of globalization.

According to the International Association of Universities, an increasing interdependence among nations as well as intensified mobility of goods, ideas and people has had the effect of making internationalization more of an institutional imperative .  Responding to this mandate, universities around the world have begun to participate in the higher education internationalization process in diverse ways, including expanded recruitment of international students, study-abroad programs, dual/joint degrees, and the development of international branch campuses.  In the United States, international students will more than double from three to over seven million annually from 2000 to 2025 (Banks et al. 2007; Haddad 2006).  Conversely, the United States and other nations recently have experienced a surge in nationalism that will challenge internationalization efforts by universities and faculty (e.g., Brexit, US/Mexico Border Wall) in all disciplines.

Given the trend towards globalization and its resulting internationalization of our campuses, it is timely to: 1) review the current limitations of the communication curriculum and revise it appropriately to adjust to the new global environment, and 2) integrate the knowledge and skills of the communication discipline with other curriculum to support the development of global citizens in all countries.

For this special issue we seek articles and teaching cases that reconceptualize communication curriculum (macro, meso, or micro levels) and/or ground global education experiences in communication theory and research.  We seek projects that accomplish one of the following:
–       internationalize assignments, courses or sub disciplines in communication (e.g., interpersonal communication, organizational communication).
–       bring communication theory or research to other disciplines to advance internationalization efforts (e.g., intercultural communication and history)
–       Integrate communication theory or research into a study-abroad experience
–       Integrate communication theory or research into domestic, global educational experiences.

Manuscripts may have one of two foci.  The first is a review and application of communication theory and literature to a curriculum or subject area in or outside of the communication discipline to support internationalization (3,500 – 4,000 words).  The second is a detailed presentation of pedagogical activities that demonstrate a use of communication theory or literature that brings a global perspective to a class, unit activity, or semester activity (2,000 – 3,000 words). All manuscripts must demonstrate a substantive connection to communication theory and research while articulating a clear pedagogical practice and impact on social or curriculum goals.

Abstracts of 250 – 300 words should be submitted by July 1, 2017 to Esther Yook.  Selected authors will receive an invitation to submit full manuscripts for consideration by August 1, 2017.   Completed manuscripts are due November 1, 2017.  Contact co-guest editor Paaige K. Turner or Esther Yook with questions.

Supported by the National Communication Association Task Force on Facilitating International Collaborations.




Author: Center for Intercultural Dialogue

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