This committee is charged to:
- to advise on the design and planning of CCCC research initiatives and on the preliminary evaluation of proposals received;
- to consider and offer recommendations to the officers about the kinds of information that might be gathered in the CCCC database as it evolves;
- to develop strategies for building and stimulating a research culture within the CCCC (including, for examples, 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 MemberWeb and/or Ning; and considering whether the current CCCC award structure properly recognizes excellence in research at all stages of career development);
- to gather and disseminate information about the development of research in the field and about the 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; and
- coordinate with the Committee on Archives.
March 2009 Update
- The research committee hosted a roundtable discussion on "Strengthening the Research Culture in CCCCs" at CCCC 2008 in New Orleans that lead to many interesting discussions and ideas. This year at CCCC 2009 in San Francisco we will be hosting a similar discussion entitled "Gathering Force: A Discussion on Preparing Researchers at the Graduate Level." Invited discussants include Arnetha Ball, Chuck Bazerman, Ralph Cintron, Cheryl Geisler, Doug Hesse, Gesa Kirsch, Steve Mailloux, and Rebecca Rickly (Session I.01, Friday, March 13 at 12:30 pm in the Hilton San Francisco, Grand Ballroom A). All are invited to attend what we hope will be a lively discussion.
- The research committee is also in the process of reviewing the Call for Proposals for the 2009-2010 research initiative and will be providing feedback on the call to CCCCs officers.
- Our committee will also be contacting representatives from other groups within Cs to discuss ideas and initiatives for generally fostering a stronger and more sustainable research culture within the organization.