CFP grounded practical theory


“Building Grounded Practical Theory in Applied Communication Research”
Journal of Applied Communication Research Special Issue
Co-editors: Robert T. Craig and Karen Tracy, University of Colorado Boulder

Submission deadline: June 15, 2013
Anticipated publication: May, 2014

Grounded practical theory (GPT) is a conceptual and methodological approach that aims to develop normative communication theories useful for reflecting on real-world dilemmas and practical possibilities of communication.

Following the initial formulation of GPT by Craig and Tracy in 1995, the approach has been applied to a variety of communicative practices ranging from academic colloquia to crisis negotiations, public meetings, and new forms of organizing. Many of these applications have not only used GPT but have also extended the approach to engage conceptual issues and to employ methods not anticipated in its initial formulation. For this special issue we seek studies that continue this process of challenging, refining, and extending the GPT framework through innovative applications of the approach to address important communication problems in any field of applied communication research.

Manuscripts, limited to 8,000 words, should be prepared for blind review. Please see the Journal of Applied Communication Research for author instructions and guidance on making submissions. Mention in the cover letter that the submission is for consideration in the special issue.

Please contact either special issue co-editor regarding and questions or preliminary ideas:
Robert.Craig AT
Karen.Tracy AT