2024 Theory Construction and Research Methodology (TCRM) Workshop

Full day Tuesday, Nov. 19 | Wednesday AM only, Nov. 20

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The Theory Construction and Research Methodology (TCRM) Workshop is a longstanding tradition within NCFR. Working papers on family theory and research methodology are reviewed, discussed, and strengthened in this unique, interactive environment, which is held on site at the NCFR Annual Conference.

TCRM sessions are from Tuesday, Nov. 19, through the morning of Wednesday, Nov. 20, at the 2024 NCFR Annual Conference.

This year's TCRM co-chairs are Robin Yaure and Kelly Munly. Contact them at the 2024 TCRM email address.

TCRM is made possible with the support of NCFR's Journal of Family Theory & Review.


How to Register

$60 for professionals | $40 for students

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What Does a TCRM Paper Session Look Like?

TCRM has a unique purpose and format, in that it is designed to promote discussion and provide a forum for feedback that moves working papers and ideas forward, rather than being a place to simply present finished products. Authors submit their papers in advance of the preconference workshop with the intent that attendees can read the papers before attending the preconference workshop. Discussants also read and provide detailed reviews of papers in advance of the preconference workshop. Rather than being presentations of the submitted papers, TCRM sessions instead comprise informed discussions of theoretical and methodological issues raised by the papers, discussants, authors, and workshop attendees. Because it is assumed that attendees have already read the papers, discussions can center on the ideas raised by each paper and on the integration of different papers in a session. Additionally, since discussants also have provided their comments to the authors in advance, authors also get a chance to respond to these comments in an atmosphere of collaboration, pushing forward the thinking of authors, discussants, and audience alike. The focus in this intimate, receptive climate is on constructive feedback and collaborative discussion, providing a collegial and cooperative context for family methods and theories to evolve. For papers eventually intended for submission to the Journal of Family Theory & Review, this forum can provide valuable feedback that authors can use to strengthen the manuscript's contents prior to submission.

In sum, TCRM is especially designed for those who want to participate in or attend an active intellectual exchange. Works-in-progress are especially invited. Papers submitted to TCRM should not have been previously submitted for presentation or publication elsewhere, nor should they be submitted elsewhere prior to the workshop, so that the feedback and discussion that takes place at the workshop is meaningful.


TCRM Call for Proposals

The deadline for TCRM submissions was March 15, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. PST.

TCRM proposals should be submitted in PDF format and include:

  1. the working paper, symposium, workshop title, or dialogue session name;
  2. a short abstract (approximately 100 words, for publicity);
  3. a proposal of 1,750 words or fewer (excluding any tables, figures, or references) for peer review; and
  4. two or three suggestions for discussants.

Authors of accepted papers will be required to submit a full version of their paper, up to 35 pages (all inclusive), by August 19, 2024; with extended abstracts and discussant reviews due by October 4, 2024.

Please contact the TCRM co-chairs with any questions, inquiries, or volunteer requests at [email protected]


Download TCRM Call for Proposals (PDF)

Submit a TCRM Proposal Here