CFP Deliberative Quality of Communication

“PublicationCall for papers: Journal of Public Deliberation Special Issue: Citizens, Media and Politics in Challenging Times: Perspectives on the Deliberative Quality of Communication. Deadline: 31 July 2019.

Guest editors: Christiane Grill (Mannheim Centre for European Social Research) and Anne Schäfer (Department of Political Science), both at University of Mannheim, Germany.

The special issue Citizens, Media and Politics in Challenging Times: Perspectives on the Deliberative Quality of Communication addresses a gap in the literature by systematically bringing together different strands of research on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication. The special issue thus aims at providing an integrative and comprehensive picture on modern political communication in times western democracies are facing a multitude of disruptive challenges. Theoretical, empirical and methodological contributions focusing on the deliberative qualities of citizens’, journalists’, and politicians’ communication are welcome.

Dialogue & Deliberation Job Ads (USA)

Job adsThe National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation has posted a list of jobs in dialogue and deliberation around the US, including positions based at Anti-Oppression Resource & Training AllianceEveryday Democracy, and Public Agenda, among other organizations.

Key Concept #60: Deliberation by Leah Sprain

Key Concepts in ICDThe next issue of Key Concepts in intercultural Dialogue is now available. This is KC60: Deliberation by Leah Sprain. As always, all Key Concepts are available as free PDFs; just click on the thumbnail to download. Lists organized  chronologically by publication date and numberalphabetically by concept in English, and by languages into which they have been translated, are available, as is a page of acknowledgments with the names of all authors, translators, and reviewers.

Key Concept #60: Deliberation by Leah Sprain

Sprain, L. (2015). Deliberation. Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue, 60. Available from:

The Center for Intercultural Dialogue publishes a series of short briefs describing Key Concepts in Intercultural Dialogue. Different people, working in different countries and disciplines, use different vocabulary to describe their interests, yet these terms overlap. Our goal is to provide some of the assumptions and history attached to each concept for those unfamiliar with it. As there are other concepts you would like to see included, send an email to the series editor, Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz. If there are concepts you would like to prepare, provide a brief explanation of why you think the concept is central to the study of intercultural dialogue, and why you are the obvious person to write up that concept.

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Cal State U Monterey Bay job ad: Comm Ethics & Practical Reasoning

Assistant Professor of Communication Ethics and Practical Reasoning
California State University Monterey Bay

Teach innovative lower and upper division courses in communication ethics, dialogue and deliberation, philosophical analysis, applied ethics, cooperative argumentation, and related coursework. Sustain innovative scholarly research, publication, and professional service. Apply new scholarship and pedagogies to teaching. Serve on Department, Division, College, and University-wide committees. Provide support for one or more departmental programs, and contribute to reciprocal community partnerships.

Earned doctorate in philosophy, communication studies, rhetoric, religious studies, or allied discipline. Ability to provide leadership in practical and professional ethics. Ability to teach effectively in a wide range of courses including, but not limited to communication ethics, applied ethics, and deliberation. Ability to assist with innovative interdisciplinary program development. Ability to teach and mentor students from nontraditional, working class, and diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. Experience working effectively in an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community.

Ability or potential in one or more of the following areas:
– Interdisciplinary teaching in leadership studies, religious studies, theology, or spirituality studies
– Application of new media technologies in teaching.
– Innovative teaching and assessment models
– Furthering relationships with the diverse communities of the Monterey Bay and tri-county region
– Proficiency in a second language
– Service learning pedagogy



APPLY: All prospective applicants must apply on-line.

Public Dialogue and Deliberation

A message from Rebecca Townsend, on behalf of a group of scholars named below:

“We welcome members of the National Communication Association (NCA) to consider supporting the creation of a Public Dialogue and Deliberation Division. Should you support , please attach your name to this petition. A full rationale for this proposed division is available, but a brief version follows.

The discipline of communication is poised to become more than a de facto leader in scholarship on dialogue and deliberation. Creating the NCA Public Dialogue and Deliberation division would significantly advance that effort and not only bring together communication scholars but also attract others toward our discipline. We identify three principal reasons for forming the division.

(1) Many dialogue and deliberation scholars who belong to NCA produce innovative work that spans the different sub-fields within our discipline but doesn’t fit well in any single division. A new division would welcome all such scholarship and better feature the best scholarship on dialogue and deliberation in the conference program, jointly sponsoring panels with other divisions as appropriate.

(2) The lack of a division substantially reduces the opportunity for cross-pollination and collaboration among the diverse scholars who study dialogue and deliberation. Within this new division, those with a more pedagogical focus and those engaged in community interventions, in particular, may find more opportunities to meet and interact with those doing humanistic and social scientific research.

(3) Many of those who study dialogue and deliberation seek a qualitatively different style of conference session. The conventional presentation of papers, with a respondent and brief Q&A, rarely permits dialogic exchange or deliberative analysis, but the new division would offer the freedom to explore alternative ways of meeting together.

Thank you for your consideration and possible support!”

Rebecca M. Townsend, Manchester Community College, on behalf of proposal drafting committee, including:

Laura Black, Ohio University
Martín Carcasson, Colorado State University
John Gastil, Penn State University
William Keith, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Windy Lawrence, University of Houston
Leah Sprain, University of Colorado Boulder
Tim Steffensmeier, Kansas State University

CMM Institute Fellows Award

Applications for the 2012-2013 CMM Institute Fellows Program are due by September 30, 2012.

The three Institutions listed below are proud to announce the second annual Fellows Program for 2012-2013. We will be honoring and supporting the work of two Fellows who are engaged in research and/or practice in the broad area of taking the communication perspective. The 2013 Fellows will receive $5,000.00 and have their work featured on the websites and newsletters of the three sponsoring institutions.

If you would like to explore the 2011-2012 Fellows’ final presentations, please visit:

The information below provides the details of the program and the application process.

The CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution, Fielding Graduate University’s Institute for Social Innovation, and The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society at Villanova University Invite you to apply for the 2012/2013 Fellows Program

The CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution advances compassion, empathy, and civility by cultivating traditions of thinking and action based on the communication theory the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM). The non-profit Institute provides intellectual leadership and sponsors activities in research, theory-development, and education; the development of practice; world-wide networking and project and information sharing; and fresh insights regarding CMM’s capacity to overcome contemporary social issues and intractable conflicts.

One of the Institute’s greatest priorities is to promote research and interventions that take “a communication perspective” and contribute to the common good. By “taking a communication perspective” we mean projects that treat communication as substantive (an object in itself, not just a means of transmitting information about other things) and constitutive (its characteristics generate the social worlds in which we live).

In partnership with Fielding Graduate University’s Institute for Social Innovation and the Waterhouse Family Institute at Villanova University, we will recognize two Fellows for 2012/2013.

Fellows Program Description
A Fellow is a distinguished scholar and/or practitioner who is recognized for 1) demonstrating a unique understanding of what it means to take and apply a communication perspective; and, 2) finding creative and impactful ways of using a communication perspective to address real-world challenges.

The focus for the 2012-2013 Fellows program is “Transforming Communication.”

As we all know, social worlds are not all alike. Some support lives of compassion, love, dignity and joy better than others. Several taxonomies for naming these distinctions have been developed by theorist such as Robert Kegan and Ken Wilbur.

Communication is the generative force in the production of social worlds. The “communication perspective” directs attention to those patterns of communication. Once we look “at” communication, then we can ask the follow-up question: How can we change patterns of communication that produce less desirable social worlds in our families, schools, workplaces, and communities into those that produce more desirable social worlds?

Barnett Pearce describes this as an “upward” move (as distinguished from the “backward” and “forward” moves) in the first chapter of Making Social Worlds: A Communication Perspective (2007, Wiley-Blackwell).

We are interested in research projects that help us better understand the “upward” move. Relevant questions might include:
•     How can we identify patterns of communication that make better social worlds (or higher levels of personal and social development)?
•     How can we change patterns of communication in order to produce more desirable social worlds in our families, schools, workplaces, and communities?
Proposals that focus on innovation in dialogue and deliberation are also welcome. In this approach, new types of dialogue work would be seen as one of the methods needed to transform communication. For example, research in this area might focus on intergenerational dialogue, new tools for large-scale dialogue, and assessing the impacts of dialogic work on social issues.

Application Process
Your desire to become a Fellow is formalized by submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) form to the CMM Institute by September 30, 2012. The letter should include a 3-page single spaced description of your proposed project, your rationale for this project, your methodology and the anticipated outcomes. The LOI can be found on the CMM Institute’s website, subcategory Fellows Program, by clicking here:

If you are invited to become a Fellow we will inform you by January 1, 2013 and ask that your project be completed by July, 2013. Both Fellows will present their work at a half-day seminar hosted by Fielding Graduate University in July, 2013.

Each Fellow will receive a cash award of $5,000.00 and have their work featured in the newsletters, websites, and other publications of the collaborating Institutes.

For more information, contact Kim Pearce at kimpearce AT