Opening up the Meanings of “The Professional”, Professional Organizations, and Professionalism in Communication Studies

Kirstie McAllum, Université de Montréal, Canada; Frédérik Matte, University of Ottawa, Canada; Joshua B. Barbour, University of Texas at Austin, United States; Stephanie Fox, Université de Montréal, Canada; and Sabina Siebert, University of Glasgow, Scotland invite submissions for a special issue of the Journal of Professions and Organization (JPO) (see: focused on “Opening up the meanings of “the professional,” professional organizations, and professionalism in communication studies.”

The deadline for initial submissions is October 1, 2022, with scheduled publication in March 2024.

Rather than championing any one definition or perspective, this special issue aims to map out and contextualize the multiple meanings of professionalism and professional organizations, particularly in novel or non-standard contexts. It also seeks to articulate how distinctively communication-centered research can deepen our understanding of professionalism and professional organizations.

Please consult the full call for submissions at and contact Dr. Kirstie McAllum ( or any of the guest editors with questions or clarifications.