Change, Adaptation, and Engagement
in Graduate Communication
Virtual | June 12-14, 2024 | Hosted by Purdue University
All proposals are due by March 1, 2024, 11:59pm EST
2024 Call for Proposals
We invite the CGC membership to explore Change, Adaptation, and Engagement in Graduate
Communication during our annual Summer Institute. This theme of Change, Adaptation, and
Engagement speaks to what persists and what is new in our work with graduate students as emerging
professional communicators in their respective fields and career paths. At this year’s Summer Institute,
we will explore the various institutional, programmatic, disciplinary, and technological changes we
have been navigating in graduate communication. We will share our diverse experiences of adapting to
emergent trends and technologies and using them within disciplinary conventions and pedagogies. We
will consider the nature and practice of engagement across the various pedagogical, professional,
social, political, and technological domains that inform graduate communication.
We are excited to meet virtually in 2024, generously hosted by Purdue University. We will continue to
alternate in-person and virtual Summer Institutes to serve the access needs and mode preferences of all
The 2024 CGC Virtual Summer Institute invites colleagues to gather across time zones and
disciplinary interests to consider how we navigate change, adapt to the new, and engage fully in
graduate communication support. We will continue to bring members together to promote
high-impact practices and to expand research and publication in the field.
The Summer Institute invites graduate communication professionals to consider the spectrum of our
field’s research, pedagogy, and practice. We offer the questions below as a starting point, but we also
welcome participants to propose their own topics for expanding perspectives in graduate
● What are the most important changes we have navigated and/or implemented in our work?
● How might we define, understand, and amplify what is “program critical” in the context of
changing political landscapes (or in seeking to change those landscapes)
● How have adaptations contributed to the development of new skills, craft, and understanding
of textual production and the ways in which we support graduate students?
● How have emerging technologies affected our work in graduate communication? How have
you adapted emerging technologies to support your work with graduate students?
● How do different or emerging modalities of textual production (e.g., mono-modal,
multimodal, print, web-based, video abstracts) shape our engagement with graduate students?
● What does the latest research on graduate student communication suggest for our work and
● How do we engage our campus partners or build inter-institutional connections and
collaborations? Which collaborations have been most successful and beneficial?
The Summer Institute will continue to offer Research Presentations, Workshops, Special Interest
Networking, Works-in-Progress, and Keynote addresses (descriptions and proposal requirements
follow). Participants are welcome to submit proposals for any of the formats except keynotes.
Proposals are due March 1, 2024 by 11:59 PM EST
The Call for Proposals for the 2024 CGC Summer Institute can be found here.