Joyce Irene Middleton, Chair
March 2010 Update
Our committee plans to post a link to a Google document on the website this summer, and no later than the NCTE meeting in November 2010. This document will list some of the “best practices” in diversity research, including institutional, programmatic, classroom, and theoretical responses to diversity. We will continue to hold “open” committee meetings during the 4C’s Conference with CCCC members, which was very successful last spring (with more than 50 members in attendance of at least 50). We believe that this new Google document will help to address some of the online responses that we have read on our committee’s webpage. We plan to discuss the future uses of the blog site (due to changes on the NCTE website, including social networking) during our committee meeting and at our open meetings with CCCC members each spring..
This CCCC Committee on Diversity is charged to promote and support ongoing dialogues about diversity and difference in all aspects of teaching, graduate study, professional hiring and development, and research on rhetoric, writing, and communication. This committee has a particular but not exclusive charge to address the concerns and problems of racial diversity in the rhetoric and composition community, given the underrepresentation of people of color in our organization and on college faculties nationwide.
To carry out this general charge this committee is particularly charged
- To gather data about underrepresentation of people of color and other minorities in our professional hiring including surveys of the membership that better identify the organization's level of diversity, including members' rank and institutional affiliation
- To document and synthesize the scholarly, research, and practical efforts of our field to address diversity issues, and in light of this synthesis to suggest new needed areas for professional and scholarly work, including interdisciplinary work
- To poll the membership regarding the effectiveness of CCCC in meeting the needs of our many different constituents, as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, disabilities, and sexual orientation
- To promote the hiring and retention of faculty of color and the recruiting of graduate students of color in composition and rhetoric
- To develop resources that will support our members in teaching for diverse student bodies, such as a web site with curricular materials and bibliographies on diversity in the 1st year curriculum and beyond and practical resources about teaching writing in diversity-rich environments
- To propose position statements, based on the aforementioned fact and resource collection, on diversity in the profession and teaching for consideration by the Executive Committee.
- To combine efforts with other NCTE/CCCC committees where possible to improve efficiency, including the Committee on Disability Issues and the Committee on LGBT/Q Issues.
- To coordinate with the Committee on Language Policy.