CFP Case Studies in Volunteering & NGOs

CFP – chapters for a case study book exploring communication and organizational issues in nonprofit and volunteer contexts

Book Editors:
Jennifer Mize Smith, Western Kentucky University, Department of Communication
Michael W. Kramer, University of Oklahoma, Department of Communication

This book proposal has been accepted by Peter Lang Publishing

Objective of the Book:
The purpose of this book is to provide empirically-based case studies that will compliment any number of other course materials, such as nonprofit textbooks or journal articles, used by teachers and scholars of nonprofit and volunteer studies.  Few of our current resources (books, texts, handbooks) address the micro-level, data-based analysis of communication and other organizational issues in nonprofit, volunteer, and philanthropic contexts.  Each chapter will present a case that illustrates one or more issues related to nonprofit organizations and their stakeholders (i.e., managers, staff, boards, volunteers, donors, and service recipients).  Cases should also address a broader conceptual or theoretical issue/framework of organizational studies.

Each case should have an open ending, followed by a series of 6-8 discussion questions proposed from at least two different theoretical/conceptual frameworks to encourage students to explore the case from multiple perspectives.  Questions should be designed to help students critically think about the particular nonprofit context, the organizational issues presented, the ways in which those issues could be addressed, whose interests are served, and potential consequences for the organization and its various stakeholders.

Contributors should consider a range of communication and organizational issues that address one or more nonprofit stakeholder groups, including NPO managers, staff, boards, volunteers, donors, and service recipients.  Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

Identity and Identification
Recruitment, Training, and Retention
Employee/Volunteer relations
Stress, Burnout, and Turnover
NPO Relationships and Collaborations
Marketing and Fundraising
Marketization and Professionalism
Newcomers and Socialization
Conflict, Voice, and Dissent
Supervision and Leadership
Role Negotiation, Uncertainty, and Expectations
Board Development
Corporate Partnerships, and Strategic Philanthropy
Staffing and Career Development
Mission, Mission Drift, and Founders Syndrome

Submission Process:
This edited book will present contributed case study chapters focusing on communication and other organizational issues in a nonprofit and volunteer context.  We seek case studies that are research based, focused on nonprofit-related issues, and open ended to allow for critical discussion. We invite interdisciplinary work that seeks to combine communication perspectives with other disciplinary knowledge.

For consideration, authors should submit an open-ended case study based on empirical research that is 2000-2500 words in length (not including title page).  In the initial draft, authors should also propose 6-8 discussion questions employing at least two different theoretical/conceptual frameworks.  In the submission email, authors should include a brief description of the research conducted that formed the basis of the case study.  The deadline for submissions has been extended to March 14, 2014.

Submissions will be peer reviewed and decisions about inclusion in the book will be made in early April.  Selected authors will be expected to produce a final draft with any requested revisions by June 1, 2014.

Inquiries may be addressed to either editor.  Submissions should be forwarded electronically (Microsoft Word document) to: Jennifer Mize Smith.

CFP Case studies in health comm


Editor Maria Brann (West Virginia University) is seeking case study chapters for the second edition of Contemporary Case Studies in Health Communication: Theoretical & Applied Approaches to be published by Kendall-Hunt. Like the first edition, the goal of this book is to provide scholars with an interactive pedagogical tool to showcase relevant and timely cases germane to health communication in a variety of contexts. Cases must present a clear narrative juxtaposing academic and lay writing styles of how the case has impacted (or could impact) someone’s life. Only the following topics will be considered to supplement existing cases:

1.       Technology and its impact on health and/or health care (e.g., telemedicine, eHealth, mHealth)
2.       Public health concerns with interpersonal effects (particularly interested in how policy [e.g., Affordable Care Act] and/or media influences health)
3.       Organizational health issues (e.g., interprofessional communication, ethics, training, hierarchies, culture, alternative approaches to care)
4.       Patient diversity (specifically related to religion, sex or gender, race, sexual orientation, age, or culture)

Chapter Guidelines:
1.       Provide a title page with contact information for all authors in a separate file to ensure masked review. You must also include which area listed above is examined.
2.       Provide a 11.5-16 page, double-spaced manuscript including a 150-200 word abstract, ~5 keywords/phrases, bibliography, and 5-6 discussion questions. Use APA 6th edition with the exception of dois. The preceding pagination range does NOT include the case’s conclusion or test questions, which will ONLY be available online.
3.       Provide a case conclusion that will be available to instructors online to share with students about the authors’ preferred conclusion after the class has had an opportunity to discuss alternative conclusions (this should wrap up the case and analyze the case based on the concepts discussed in the chapter). Additionally, this file should also contain 2 essay questions and 10 multiple choice questions (each featuring five choices, avoiding the use of “all of the above” options) following the conclusion.
4.       Please submit only one case per lead author.

Submission Procedures:
1.       E-mail three separate Word attachments (as detailed above) to editorial assistant Hannah Ball by no later than December 16, 2013.

If you have any questions about the case study book or chapter submission requirements, please contact editor Maria Brann or editorial assistant Hannah Ball.


case studies intercultural dialogue CFP

To be edited by
Nazan Haydari & Prue Holmes

We invite submissions for an edited volume on the topic of intercultural dialogue contracted with Kendall Hunt Publishing Company. The growing interest to the concept of intercultural dialogue highlights recognition of the intercultural character of all dialogue processes as they are embedded in and transcend national, political, economic, cultural, religious and historical contexts. It also acknowledges how closely normative assumptions about dialogue are implicated in intercultural communication practices.

The volume aims to make a contribution to the field through the diversity of conceptual and methodological approaches, inclusion of various cultures, contexts and examples, and through the contribution of a diverse number of authors. It draws on cases of intercultural communication in which there is dialogue, conflict or misunderstanding, and presents approaches, theories, and analytical tools that can be used to productively understand and/or resolve the issues presented in the particular examples. The collection approaches case studies as both a way to theorize intercultural dialogue, and as a teaching/learning tool. By defining the concept of “case” more broadly as a real life situation—from a well-defined situation taking place at a certain time and place (e.g. conversations, meetings, classroom settings) to series of events, forms of representation, or organizational structures—the collection aims to cover a range of examples from different cultural contexts. The case studies are structured around the idea that intercultural dialogue is an important component of everyday life, and which is practiced at various levels—from interpersonal communication to media, education, business settings, legal work, action in civil society, and national policy construction, etc. The cases are expected to demonstrate the complexity in the dynamics of intercultural communication, culture, everyday, and identity, and emphasize the building of dialogue at individual, interpersonal, group, and institutional levels. Submissions may address a broad range of issues, including class struggles, international journalism, artistic expressions, interpersonal and workplace conflict, media, education, migration, new media technologies, NGOs working on conflict resolution or in conflict-torn areas, popular culture, race and ethnicity, sexuality, religious diversity, social movements, transnational feminist practices, youth cultures, and war.

Please send an extended abstract of 1000 words by November 21st to both and . Selected abstracts will be notified by November 30th and full papers (of 5000 words including notes and references) will be due 15th of March 2012.