This committee is charged to:
- To collaborate, when requested, on evaluating CCCC research initiative grants; to provide members to the CCCC executive committee’s group of evaluators for annual evaluation of proposals received; to offer in that capacity advice on the design, planning, publicizing, submission guidelines and support materials.
- To consider whether the current CCCC award structure properly recognizes excellence in research at all stages of career development;
- To explore and catalogue existing venues for dissemination of information about research activity to the CCCC membership; to recommend to the Executive Committee new venues, if needed, as well as areas of information to pursue (for example: development of research in the field, including new developments such as “big data” research; available institutional supports, including research training in graduate programs; available research funding; various research agendas promulgated by various groups and opportunities for presenting or developing research; commissioning of essays about research areas of need; producing documents or statements offering research guidance from skilled practitioners; supporting “translation” of research findings for audiences outside of the field).
- To recommend strategies for supporting and extending a research culture within the CCCC (for example: creating CCCC roundtables on research and research training issues, maintaining a research-focused presence on the CCCC website; creating Web 2.0 research-focused discussions on the CCCC Connected Community; connecting to other groups such as those sponsoring summer institutes or other research development opportunities);
- To explore the challenges faced specifically by certain CCCC membership groups traditionally under-supported in terms of research (for example, adjunct faculty, small liberal arts institution faculty, community college faculty) and make recommendations to the officers about supporting these groups;
- To coordinate with the Committee on Undergraduate Research, the Committee on Intellectual Property, and the Committee on Globalization.
- To explore other professional organizations and how they support and disseminate research, with an eye to adapting appropriate approaches to the needs of CCCC members.