[Air-L] CFP for Special Training Issue of the Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication and Globalization

Pam Brewer brewerpe at appstate.edu
Tue Sep 7 12:29:25 PDT 2010

Dear Colleagues--

Please forgive cross-postings. We cordially remind you to consider 
submitting proposals for researched papers or best practices pieces in a 
special issue of JPCG entitled "Navigating the Global Training Terrain: 
New Literacies, Competencies, and Practices." This issue, to be 
published in fall 2011, will focus on training in global contexts from 
the perspective of both those who train and those who learn. We seek 
submissions from a variety of perspectives including business, science, 
humanitarian practice, health, social advocacy, education, and government.

Proposals can be up to 500 words and should be submitted on or before 
October 10, 2010. We have included specific dates in the publishing 
cycle in the CFP copied below. Please feel free to share this CFP with 
others who may be interested. We hope that this special issue will 
represent academic and practitioner perspectives as well as multiple 
disciplines. If you have any questions, please email me at 
brewerpe at appstate.edu <mailto:brewerpe at appstate.edu>.


Pamela Estes Brewer
Assistant Professor
Director, Writing and Editing Internships
Department of English
Appalachian State University
Manager, STC Academic Special Interest Group
phone 828-262-2351
fax 828-262-2133
email brewerpe at appstate.edu <mailto:brewerpe at appstate.edu>

*Call for Papers: Special Issue*

*Navigating the Global Training Terrain: New Literacies, Competencies, 
and Practices
*(to be published in September/the Fall of 2011)


The twenty-first century has been characterized by rapid 
transformation—technological, social, cultural, environmental, economic, 
and scientific. In this changing milieu, organizations and individuals 
must continually acquire new knowledge and abilities or be left behind. 
Influential entities such as the United Nations strongly advocate the 
pursuit of lifelong learning for individuals, while leading companies, 
government agencies, and non-governmental organizations seek to become 
what scholars such as Peter Senge have called “learning organizations” 
that can transform themselves through the learning of their members at 
all levels.

Training, or the structured development of skills, competencies, and 
up-to-date knowledge, is an increasingly important element in these 
pursuits. The shape of training may vary—formal or informal, 
face-to-face or technologically mediated, short-term or long-term—but 
the end purpose is always the same: to facilitate learning by 
individuals or groups, usually with the larger purpose of enhancing 
organizational quality.

Training is vital to the success of globally connected organizations and 
individuals, but success requires the trainers’ effective bridging of 
linguistic, cultural, and social distances. Only teams and individuals 
with facility in navigating diverse languages, cultures, technologies, 
educational practices, and rhetorical traditions will be able to 
successfully provide training to global audiences.

Professional communicators, whose discipline claims expertise in several 
areas relevant to training—including oral, written, and visual rhetoric, 
usability, information architecture, electronic collaboration, 
intercultural communication, and collaboration with translators—are well 
positioned to contribute to global training efforts or take on the role 
of trainers themselves. Yet, despite these advantages, the pool of 
research on training in global audiences is limited, especially within 
the field of professional communication.

This special issue of the /Journal of Rhetoric, Professional 
Communication, and Globalization/ seeks to address this need by 
providing a space for scholarly research and best practices on the topic 
of global, organizational training. The issue, entitled *Navigating the 
Global Training Terrain: New Literacies, Competencies, and Practices 
*will focus on training in global contexts from the perspective of both 
those who train and those who learn, including current research and best 
practices. The special issue will also cast an eye toward organizational 
training as it is evolving towards the future.

The editors of the special issue welcome submissions from a variety of 
perspectives including business, science, humanitarian practice, health, 
social advocacy, education, and government.

Possible topics pertaining to the theory, teaching, and practice of 
training in global contexts include the following, among others:

· Intercultural considerations in the design and delivery of training

· Training and the social web

· Cultural intelligence for trainers and training audiences

· Language use and translation in training contexts

· Meta-communication and training

· Communities of practice

· Legal issues in global training

· Economic aspects of global training

· Assessment of global training

· Training from a distance

Proposals (up to 500 words) for research papers, short best practices 
pieces*, and tutorials are due by October 10^th , 2010. Review criteria 
can be found on the Journal’s website at *www.rpcg.org*. Proposals 
should be sent as an email attachment to one of the guest editors of the 
special issue:

Pam Brewer, Appalachian State University: *brewerpe at appstate.edu*

Jim Melton, Central Michigan University: *james.melton at cmich.edu*

Joo-Seng Tan, Nanyang Technological University: *ajstan at ntu.edu.sg*

* We strongly encourage practitioners to submit best practices pieces on 
any of the topics identified in this CFP or on related topics. Best 
practices describe the training strategies, approaches, or methods that 
work in a particular situation or environment. What has worked and why? 
What has not worked so well, and what could work better? Authors may use 
the following optional framework for best practices pieces: title, 
description, methods used, results, technologies used, and lessons 
learned. While the proposal and review process is the same for research 
papers, tutorials, and best practices pieces, final manuscripts for best 
practices should be shorter: approximately 1000 to 3000 words in length.

*Production Schedule
*The schedule for the special issue is as follows:
10 October 2010 -- 500-word proposals due
15 October 2010 – Guest editors return proposal decisions to submitters
10 January 2011 – Draft manuscripts of accepted proposals due
1 July 2011 -- Final manuscripts due
September 2011 -- Publication date of special issue

*About the Journal
*The /Journal of Rhetoric, Professional Communication and Globalization/ 
publishes articles on the theory, practice, and teaching of technical 
and professional communication in critical global and intercultural 
contexts such as business, manufacturing, environment, information 
technology, and others. As a global initiative, the Journal welcomes 
manuscripts with diverse approaches and contexts of research, but 
manuscripts are to be submitted in English and grounded in relevant 
theory and appropriate research methods. The Journal is peer reviewed 
with an editorial board consisting of experienced researchers and 
practitioners from over 20 countries. **

The Journal is free or “open access,” using PKP open source software and 
housed at East Carolina University. The first edition is planned for 
September 2010, and it will be published thereafter on a quarterly 
basis. For more information, see *www.rpcg.org.*

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