When you agree to accept the nomination for Assistant Chair, you are making a serious four-year commitment as an Officer of CCCC. You may wish to consider the following issues before deciding on your candidacy:
1. Travel and Time Commitments
You must attend a one-time orientation retreat and three annual meetings for four consecutive years
- Attend an orientation retreat at the NCTE Annual Convention following
election/preceding the start of the four-year term.
- CCCC Convention, including two Officers Meetings (Tuesday and Saturday
afternoon), one Executive Committee meeting (all day Wednesday), Reception for new Executive Committee Members (Wednesday evening), Opening General Session (Thursday morning), Scholars for the Dream Breakfast and/or evening reception (Thursday morning/evening), Second General Session/Award Session (Friday morning), and Annual Business Meeting (Saturday morning).
- CCCC Officers’ Meeting in January (all day Friday and Saturday)
- NCTE Convention in November, CCCC Officers’ Meeting (Saturday afternoon),
Executive Committee Retreat (Sunday afternoon), and Executive Committee Meeting
You must attend the following additional meetings:
- As Assistant/Associate Chair, you will be planning the CCCC Convention.
a. Two trips to Urbana are required:
- January to meet with convention director/develop budget. (It may be
possible to conduct this meeting at the NCTE Annual Convention or the
winter Officers Meeting, in order to avoid another trip to Urbana.)
- June or July. Stage II of review process. (four days)
b. An optional third trip for site inspection.
The NCTE Executive Committee meets four times annually:
- November NCTE convention (Wed. pre-convention and Tue. postconvention)
- Executive Committee and Convention Planning Meeting in January or
February in Urbana (1 day with EC and 3 days for Convention Planning)
- April/May (usually in D.C. area, Thurs. evening - Sun. noon)
- Sept. (late) usually Midwest site. (St. Louis/ Indianapolis/Chicago, Thurs.
evening - Sun noon)
2. Institutional Support and Commitments
In the past, Chairs have typically garnered support from their institutions for a 50%
graduate assistant and/or professional clerical staff to help during the year of convention planning. This financial commitment is not a determining factor in selecting Chairs candidates, but it is nonetheless an important consideration to take into account.
Most chairs have negotiated time/course release with their institutions for the year of convention planning. We recommend holding preliminary conversations with your department chair and dean about possible release time and financial support.