As Editor of Volume 8 of Kaleidoscope: A Graduate Journal of Qualitative Communication
, I am happy to present another issue of the journal. This issue represents the scholarly work of six graduate student authors whose essays feature some of the best qualitative communication research currently being produced in the field. This issue’s authors creatively engage varied sites of communicative interaction that are as diverse as bookstore cafés, diplomatic communities, and online listservs. The essays in this issue also bring together a range of qualitative methodological approaches to the study of communication that help expand disciplinary conceptions of qualitative research.
Now that the Fall 2009 issue is complete, I am pleased to introduce James “Jim” Petre as incoming editor of Volume 9. I would also like to thank Jim, Elizabeth Petre, and Craig Engstrom for their diligent efforts as associate editors of this issue. Their editorial contributions have been invaluable and contribute greatly to the quality of the essays represented here. Thanks are also in order for Kaleidoscope
’s faculty advisors, Ron Pelias and Suzanne Daughton, for their administrative guidance, and the SIUC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research for its long-term financial commitment.
Finally, thank you to all the graduate student-scholars who continue to support Kaleidoscope
by submitting their work. We are proud to share your work with our readers.