Journal of Intercultural Communication Research Special Issue Call for Papers

Journal of Intercultural Communication Research

Bringing International Perspectives to the Communication Curriculum in an Era of Globalization

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 imperative1. 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.

Among academic fields, the communication discipline is central in a number of ways.  First, communication plays an integral role as a subject matter upon which institutions of higher learning are focusing resources due to the realization by society that communication skills are important for an effective workplace and society at large. Second, communication serves as the vehicle without which the education of students would not be possible. 

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.

Instructions for Authors

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  Selected authors will receive an invitation to submit full manuscripts for consideration by August 1, 2017.   Completed manuscripts are due November 1, 2017 via   Contact co-guest editor Paaige K. Turner ( or Esther Yook ( with questions.

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



Abstracts due: July 1, 2017

Inivitations to submit full manuscripts: August 1, 2017

Initial submissions due: November 1, 2017

Acceptance/revision notices: January 1, 2018

Revised submissions due: February 1, 2018

Publication:  Fall, 2018



International Association of Universities (April, 2012). Affirming Academic Values in Internationalization of Higher Education:  A Call for Action (Retrieved on August 20, 2012).