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.
March 2016 Update
We invite the CCCC membership to attend our session on research methods at CCCC in Houston in 2016: A panel focused on research methods, “Time to Take Stock: What We Can (and Can't) Learn from Current CHAT Methodology in Writing Studies Research”
We also invite the membership to a hands-on session during the new “Action Hub” segment of the Cs, offering Cs members the opportunity to work on turning their scholarly work into a “general public” version to disseminate.
We suggest the membership get actively engaged in attending to the federal revisions of IRB guidelines and their potential impact on writing research, and we encourage the membership to apply for CCCC Research Initiative grant funding.