CMM Institute Fellows Program
CALL FOR PROPOSALS for 2024 Fellows

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The CMM Institute has a history of partnering with Scholar-Practitioners to further explore the ways that the social construction paradigm in communication (in general) and the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) theory (specifically) may continue to play an expanding role in “making better social worlds.” For 2024, we envision the continuance of the Fellows program with an open invitation for proposals that further increase the scope and range of the ways that CMM is applied as a “practical theory” to lead social innovation and break down barriers to change.

To this end, we are open to considering applications reflecting a wide range of social phenomena that can be seen as being “made in communication,” and exploring the intersectionality with CMM and other conceptual frameworks as part of re-imagining the way we live, work, and interact.

Recognition and support:

The CMM Institute will provide support and exposure for those selected as 2024 CMMI Fellows through opportunities to present and discuss your work with the CMM Community, and a monetary grant to be presented at the time of presentation. We anticipate that this will be accomplished through a hosted webinar during the Fellows year, and possibly other forms, as may be co-constructed between Fellows and the Institute.

Applicants whose proposals are not accepted for the 2024 Fellows year will receive detailed and constructive feedback for future development of their ideas.

2024 Fellows will be introduced to the CMM community and their work featured in public media, which may include the CMMI newsletter, podcasts, and the CMM Institute website. Fellows will also be invited to engage in a peer mentoring program during their Fellowship year, which may include periodic online or phone conversations with CMM Institute Board Members, past and current CMMI Fellows, and collaborative connections with others in the extended CMM “family” with related interests.

Following the presentation of projects, Fellows will receive a stipend check for $2,000.  Other financial support for the execution of Fellows projects may be considered as presented in the Fellows application, upon approval by the Board.

Process and Timeline:

  • Please submit your application not later than 2400 (midnight) Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, November 30, 2023.
  • The CMM Institute Board will make the selection of the 2024 Fellows during the month of December, based on a blind review of applications received.
  • Notifications of acceptance, or constructive feedback on proposals not accepted for fellowships this year, can be expected by the end of December, 2023


For more detail on prior CMMI Fellows and their projects, view the Fellows section on the CMM Institute Website: https://cmminstitute.org/cmmi-fellows-blog/

CMMI Fellows Application Process:

To apply for a 2024 CMMI Fellowship, please complete the following steps:


  1. Complete an application using the button below.
  2. In your proposal description, please be specific about how you will be applying CMM concepts in your project or paper. If your project will involve research or data-gathering, please describe your method and conceptual framework for the study.
  3. Submit the form.

More About CMM:

The communication perspective is essentially about focus on how we make our social worlds together in communication. There are stories we tell about the pressing social issues we face, and the others who are involved in them, that can become embodied in ourselves and in our social institutions. The way we look at this communication, and what we are making together in our patterns of communication, may help us to consider better ways of being, and of being together.

The Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) offers a body of practical theory and a palette of conceptual and practical models and tools that allow us to see how our social worlds and identities are made in patterns of communication, and visualize other possibilities for constructing better social worlds. Learn more about CMM theory and resources at: http://www.cmminstitute.net/about/about-cmm

The CMM Institute offers a range of learning resources to engage with CMM and a community of scholars and practitioners who use it. For more information about the CMM Institute, contact Kim Pearce at kimpearce@aol.com.

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