The journey of today’s graduate students in communication looks different than it did in the past. Whether related broadly to career goals and skills necessary to accomplish those goals, or more narrowly focused on the daily tasks of graduate student life, today’s students face a very different landscape. Yet many graduate programs are recruiting, teaching, and mentoring students in the same ways that they did 50 years ago. Is “business as usual” working? Perhaps. But there may be possibilities for reimagining graduate education to address exigencies facing today’s students as they
matriculate through our programs and into the workplace. This special issue explores just that. The purpose of this special issue is to critically evaluate the current landscape of graduate education in communication and to reimagine what that landscape might look like in the future. Manuscripts might address issues related to recruitment and retention, teaching and mentoring, teacher preparation, professional/workplace preparation, research processes and products, graduate pedagogy and curricular development, and/or innovative program development. Questions might deal with concerns, expectations, and/or goals of graduate students, professors, administrators, or prospective employers. Manuscripts are welcome from a breadth of educational programs (e.g., masters, doctoral, professional, online or hybrid, certificate, etc.) and disciplinary areas of emphasis/specialty. In alignment with the journal’s Aims and Scope, two types of manuscripts are sought for this special issue: 1) State of the Art Current Research, and 2) Analytic Reviews.
State of the Art Current Research
These manuscripts should showcase research addressing questions relevant to graduate education that meets Communication Education publication standards.
These manuscripts should focus on agenda setting pieces that examine key questions about the field as related to this special issue—critically analyzing theories, research, or methods related to graduate education (e.g., meta analyses) and/or systematically interrogating new approaches to graduate education—with substantive directions for future research and practice.
Manuscripts should adhere to the general guidelines in the Call for Manuscripts. Communication Education welcomes scholarship from diverse perspectives and methodologies; all submissions must be methodologically rigorous and theoretically grounded and geared toward advancing knowledge production in communication, teaching, and learning. Manuscripts submitted to this Special Issue of Communication Education should indicate “special issue” in the title. The deadline for submissions is April 1, 2018. To facilitate accessibility and rapid review, all manuscripts should be submitted through the journal’s Manuscript Central website. Direct inquiries to Anita L. Vangelisti.
Forum: Wicked Problems in Graduate Education in Communication
Graduate students in communication face a host of new and persistent exigencies. For example, toxic advisors, mental health issues, and identity-based discrimination characterize the relational aspects of graduate education. Additionally, the pressure to publish, financial precarity, shrinking full-time higher education labor market, and low private sector employment signal graduate education’s declining economic sustainability. These are but a few examples, though, of issues facing graduate students today; there are many more. This forum invites current graduate students in communication to explore one exigency in graduate education, guided by the question: How can the scholarship of our discipline, broadly, explicate and speak into a contemporary “wicked problem” in graduate education? The deadline for submissions (1000 words) is April 1, 2018. Manuscripts should be submitted directly to C. Kyle Rudick, Consulting Editor for forums, (and not into Manuscript Central).
- Editor: Deanna P. Dannels
- Guest Editor: Anita L. Vangelisti