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Call for Proposals: 2018-2019 Research Initiative

CCCC’s Research Initiative speaks to our belief that bold, creative research furthers the organization’s mission to become a clear, trusted public voice on issues of writing and writing instruction. That voice has never been more needed as policymakers take up questions related to writing instruction and writers. Among the most important resources CCCC membership can bring to bear upon public conversations is the sustained, substantial, and informed research that has been, and continues to be, produced by our scholarship. Now is the time for our members’ evidence-based research to be present in discourses that will inform public policy. The 2018–19 CCCC Research Grants are designed to provide resources to support this scholarship.

Terms like language, rhetoric, communication, and trust are subjects of extensive discussion in the current political climate, both inside and outside of the classroom. CCCC members bring unique perspectives to these discussions based on our experience as teachers and researchers. CCCC members have long explored how writing and language can create or destroy bonds of trust, the ways in which writing and communication can construct individuals, groups, or actions as trustworthy, or not.

We call for proposals to investigate how to support and promote the agency, power, and potential of diverse communicators inside and outside of the classroom, especially as these communicators engage in activities associated with the production and use of “trustworthy” communication. Projects may explore questions in contemporary or historical contexts, inside or outside of formal school settings. Proposals should directly address the impact that their research might have on these conversations. They must also convey results in at least two final products: one that is addressed to a scholarly audience of researchers and teachers in the field, and one for a clearly specified audience beyond those in the field.

Particular topics and areas of interest include but are not limited to the broad areas outlined below:

  • Definitions of writing and literacy within and across specific contexts
  • Writing and identities
  • Formal and informal learning of writing
  • Writing in organizations, communities, and/or cultures
  • Transfer of writing ability across contexts
  • Quality of discourse and deliberation in the public sphere
  • Coming to terms with first-year composition
  • Innovative assessment design
  • Trans- or multilingualism
  • Working conditions and their influence on teaching and learning
  • Development of teachers or researchers
  • Technologies for writing and learning to write

Proposals may employ diverse perspectives, genres, registers, and methodologies. Proposals should:

  1. define the project and articulate specific research questions;
  2. explain the significance of the project for audiences within and beyond postsecondary institutions and identify what gaps in knowledge it seeks to fill;  
  3. describe the proposed evidence and methods of analysis, as well as a brief explanation of why the particular methodology was selected and its appropriateness for the project (no more than 300 words);
  4. describe one or more possible audiences beyond the scholarly (i.e., more “public” audiences) invested in the project and outline at least one public genre that might be created to engage with these audiences; and
  5. describe the personnel and financial resources needed to complete the project, arguing for why they are appropriate.

Recipients will be expected to propose sessions to the CCCC Convention to present their findings (though receipt of a grant does not guarantee acceptance to the Convention). Recipients also will be expected to submit any publications to College Composition and Communication prior to submission to other publications (though again, receipt does not guarantee acceptance by CCC).

6. Eligibility

Researchers may submit only one research proposal per award cycle for either the CCCC Research Initiative or the CCCC Emergent Researcher Award—researchers cannot submit to both. Additionally, CCCC research grant recipients may not apply for CCCC research funding in the 3 years following the initial grant year (e.g., if the initial funding term begins in 2018, researchers may not apply again until the 2021 award cycle).

CCCC plans to fund proposals of up to $10,000 each. The principal investigators of each proposal must be members of CCCC at the time of proposal submission. Proposals are expected to last up to two years but can run for shorter periods of time.

Proposals are to be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. CDT on September 1, 2018, as a single email attachment to the CCCC Liaison at cccc@ncte.org.  Proposals are reviewed by a joint committee comprised of CCCC Executive Committee members and members selected from the CCCC Research Committee. Decisions will be announced by January 30, 2019. A mid-project report will be due by March 1, 2020. (This will be the final report date for projects lasting up to one year.) Projects should be completed and a final report submitted by March 1, 2021, for projects lasting two years. A summary version of the final report will be hosted on the NCTE website. Successful proposals should lead to concrete products, whether scholarly articles/monographs or writing in the public domain such as op eds, blogs posts, and the like.

Proposals should consist of the following:

  • A narrative of no more than 1500 words addressing items 1, 2, 3, and 4 from the list above
  • A description of each investigator's credentials, including their qualifications to conduct this research (no more than 300 words)
  • A one-page budget with specific rationale for all expenses. Funds may be used for direct costs associated with the research, such as reassigned time/course buyout, student assistance, software, stipends for research subjects, etc.  If student assistance is included in the budget, proposals should explain how the assistance will provide a learning/mentoring opportunity for the students involved. Please note that this grant may not be used to pay indirect costs (such as overhead or other costs associated with administration) or for travel to the CCCC Convention. Equipment costs are allowable if justified.

Recipients will be expected to propose sessions to the CCCC Convention to present their findings (though receipt of a grant does not guarantee acceptance to the convention). Recipients also will be expected to submit any publications to College Composition and Communication prior to submission to other publications (though again, receipt does not guarantee acceptance by CCC).

Eligibility

Researchers may submit only one research proposal per award cycle for either the CCCC Research Initiative or the CCCC Emergent Researcher Award—researchers cannot submit to both. Additionally, CCCC research grant recipients may not apply for CCCC research funding in the 3 years following the initial grant year (e.g., if the initial funding term begins in 2019, researchers may not apply again until the 2022 award cycle).

REVIEW CRITERIA FOR 2018-2019

SAMPLE PROPOSAL

2004-2007 Research Initiatives

The CCCC Research Initiative “Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy—What We Know, What We Need to Know” was approved in early 2004 and was awarded three consecutive years (2004-2005, 2005-2006, and 2006-2007). This effort was largely been focused on supporting new meta-analytical research by providing funding and an opportunity for researchers from all participating institutions to gather to share ideas and receive advice. The program aimed to create an opportunity for researchers to bring together what the profession has already learned, through a variety of methodologies, regarding the teaching and study of composition, rhetoric, and literacy. While each award year had a slightly different focus, in general the proposed research should address, in one of these areas, questions such as: What do we know? What do we still need to know? What research approaches seem fruitful?

The Research Initiative was indefinitely put on hold by the CCCC Executive Committee in March of 2007. In April 2008, the CCCC Executive Committee approved committing 5% of the contingency reserve in FY09 to establish a core descriptive database that can serve as a resource for all future CCCC-funded research projects. The goal is to create a sustained research initiative to advance scholarship in composition and rhetoric and enhance the reputation of CCCC.

CCCC-Sponsored Research: Writing in High School, Writing in College

In the spring of 2006, the CCCC Executive Committee invited proposals for a single grant of $25,000 from the CCCC Research Initiative to study the amount and kinds of writing American students do in high school and college. The purpose of this focused initiative is to create an empirically-based description of student writing in school and college settings. The expectation for the project was that it would begin in late spring 2006, that the bulk of data would be gathered during fall 2006, with a progress report made by November 1, and with a final report due in March 2007. The ideal proposal would be national in scope, gathering information from enough students, in enough diverse settings, that broad claims could reasonably be made about the nature nationally of student writing. In May of 2006, CCCC awarded Dr. Joanne Addison, University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, and Dr. Sharon James McGee, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, the $25,000 grant.  The selection committee was especially impressed by the thoughtful work Drs. Addison and McGee had already done on the survey instrument. Committee members also liked the portfolio approach to assessing student work. In the spring of 2008, the project deadline was extended to June 2009.

September 2010 CCC Article: "Writing in High School/Writing in College: Research Trends and Future Directions"

Research Initiative Recipients

2017-2018

Meaning Making and Academic Identity Development of Latinx Basic Writers
Erin Doran, Iowa State University

A Survey of Students’ Online Writing Practices
David Gold, University of Michigan

Multilingual Technology Design in Community Healthcare Contexts
Laura Gonzales and Lucia Durá, University of Texas El Paso

Building Equity Through Visibility: Examining the Job Market for Two-Year College Writing Faculty
Darin Jensen, Des Moines Community College and Christie Toth, University of Utah

Great Expectations: Discovering First-Year Writing Students’ Backgrounds and Assumptions about Online Writing Instruction
Janine Morris, Nova Southeastern University, Kevin DePew, Old Dominion University, Marcela Hebbard, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Megan McKittrick, Old Dominion University, Catrina Mitchum, Old Dominion University, and Monica Reyes, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Academic and Professional Multilingual Literacies in Sociomaterial Contexts: A Multi-Institutional Study in Norway, Ukraine, and the U.S.
Pavel Zemliansky and Angela Rounsaville, University of Central Florida

2016-2017

Preparing the "New Mainstream" for College and Career: Language, Literacy, and Postsecondary Pathways
George C. Bunch, University of California, Santa Cruz

Developing Effective Online Writing Programs: A Longitudinal Case Study
Heidi Skurat Harris, Karen M. Kuralt, and George H. Jensen, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Understanding Genre Learning and Success in an Innovative Interdisciplinary Social Change Pilot Program
Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Elon University

Hobson City Matters #blackgirls4change
Michelle Bachelor Robinson, Margaret Holloway, and Candace Chambers, University of Alabama, and Khirsten Echols, University of Louisville

Social Media in the Composition Classroom
Stephanie Vie, University of Central Florida

Writing’s Potential to Heal: A Design-Based Study of a Body-focused Writing Workshop
Kate Vieira, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Kathleen Conklin, PilateSpa International

The Writing Passport Project: Extending the Teaching for Transfer Writing Curriculum into Nine Sites, Multiple Courses, and Writing Teacher Education
Kathleen Blake Yancey, Florida State University, Howard Tinberg, Bristol Community College, Sonja L. Andrus, University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College, Tonya Ritola, University of California Santa Cruz, Sharon Mitchler, Centralia College, Kara Taczak, University of Denver, Liane Robertson, William Paterson University of New Jersey, Matthew Davis, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Joyce R. Walker, Illinois State University

2015-2016

Talking About Writing: Mining Key Concepts in Students’ Reflections on Drafts in Progress
Chris Anson, Chen Chen, and Meridith Reed, North Carolina State University; and Ian G. Anson, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Revealing the Educational Experiences and Needs of Los Otros DREAMers
René Agustín De los Santos, Tatiana Galvan de la Fuente, Saúl González, and Priscilla Nunez, Universidad Autónoma de Baja California

Tracing the Impact of Undergraduate Research in Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies
Jenn Fishman, Marquette University, Jane Greer, University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Dominic DelliCarpini, York College of Pennsylvania

Federal Grant Programs and Corollary Institutional Review Board Protocols: An Analysis of Reciprocity in Policy Determination, Implementation, and Impact on Writing Studies Research
Johanna Hillen and Joseph Moxley, University of South Florida, and Norbert Elliot, New Jersey Institute of Technology

First-Year Composition as Big Data
Chris Holcomb and Duncan Buell, University of South Carolina

Applying Threshold Concepts for Understanding Vertical Transfer from College into the Professions: A Transfer-Based Study of Early-Career Engineers’ Writing Practices
Wendy Olson and Dave Kim, Washington State University Vancouver

The History of Race in Composition Studies and Writing Program Administration
Iris Ruiz, University of California Merced, and Genevieve Garcia de Mueller, University of Texas Rio Grander Valley

Undergraduates as Writer-Researchers: A Longitudinal Collection of Case Studies
Donna Scheidt and Holly Middleton, High Point University

On Their Own Terms: A Study of Writing Discourses in Colombia, India, Nepal, and Romania
Shyam Sharma, Stony Brook University; Ligia Mihut, Barry University; Sara Alvarez, University of Louisville; and Santosh Khadka, California State University Northridge

Critical Hip-Hop Rhetoric Pedagogy and Freshman Composition at an Historically Black University: A Pilot Study
Brian Stone and Shawanda Stewart, Huston-Tillotson University

The Community College Success Stories Project
Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community College

A Qualitative Study of How Students and Teachers Experience Varying Class Sizes in First Year Composition
Kathryn Valentine and Glen McClish, San Diego State University

2014-2015

Attitudes, Preferences, and Practices of College Writing Instructors Toward Digital Pedagogy
Rebecca E. Burnett, Rebecca E., Lisa Dusenberry, Andy Frazee, Liz Hutter, and Joy Robinson, Georgia Institute of Technology

Learning Transfer from Metacognition-Enhancing Writing-about-Writing FYC Courses: A Longitudinal Study
Doug Downs and Mark Schlenz, Montana State University

Investigating the Habits of Mind of First-Year Composition Students
Peter H. Khost, Stony Brook University

Writing in the workplace: An investigation of job requirements and expectations for professional writers
Clair Lauer, Eva Brumberger, and Mark Hannah, Arizona State University

Working Class Literacy: Archives, Academic Discourse, and the Achievement of Meta-Cognitive Academic Literacy Skills
Steve Parks, Jessica Pauszek, and Tony Scott, Syracuse University; William Thelin, University of Akron; Deborah Mutnick, Long Island University; and Jennifer Harding, London Metropolitan University

Surveying the Status of the Multi-major Professional Writing Course in U.S. Institutions of Higher Education
Sarah Read, DePaul University, and Michael Michaud, Rhode Island College

Faculty Identity Construction Through Language
Molly Scanlon, Claire Lutkewitte, Juliette Kitchens, and Allison Brimmer, Nova Southeastern University

Digital Media Academy: Designing Responsive Structures of Graduate Student Professionalization
Mary P. Sheridan, Rachel Gramer, and Megan Faver Hartline, University of Louisville

A Critical Approach to Academic Literacies in Latin America: A Multiple-Case Study
Lina Marcela Trigos Carrillo, University of Missouri

Research Writing in Education: A Genre-based Study of Four Disciplines
Anneke van Enk, Anthony Paré, Catherine Broom, Deirdre Kelly, Claudia Ruitenberg, and Jennifer Vadeboncoeur, University of British Columbia

Blended Stretch Writing at Arizona State University
James E. Wermers, Susan Naomi Bernstein, Shillana Sanchez, Karen Dwyer, and Connie J. Bracewell, Arizona State University

Investigating the Impact of First-Year Composition: A Comparative Study on One Campus
Laura Wilder and Robert Yagelski, University at Albany

The Transfer of Transfer Project: Extending the Teaching for Transfer Writing Curriculum into Four Sites and Multiple Courses
Kathleen Blake Yancey and Erin Workman, Florida State University; Matthew Davis, University of Massachusetts Boston; Liane Robertson, William Paterson University of New Jersey; and Kara Taczak, University of Denver

2013-2014

The Effects of Explicit Instruction on Sentence Fluency and Style
Nora Bacon, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Keith Rhodes, Grand Valley State University, and Star Medzerian Vanguri, Nova Southeastern University

Instructor Comments on Student Papers: Student Perspectives
Darsie Bowden, DePaul University

The Language Repertoires of First-Year Writers: A Cross-Institutional Study of Multilingual Writers
Shanti Bruce, Nova Southeastern University, Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Deirdre Vinyard, Emily Carr University of Art and Design

The Genre Project: A Framework for Transfer Across the Disciplines
Jane Danielewicz and Jordynn Jack, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Mestiza Rhetors: An Anthology of Latina Rhetorical Activism in North America, 1880-1920
Jessica Enoch, University of Maryland, and Cristina Ramírez, University of Arizona

Tracing Chinese International Students’ Multilingual and Multimodal Literacy Practices in and across Translocal Contexts
Steve Fraiberg, Michigan State University, Xiaoye You, Pennsylvania State University, and Xiqiao Wang, Michigan State University

The University of Arizona Longitudinal Study of Student Writers
Amy Kimme Hea, Aimee Mapes, Kenny Walker, and Ana Milena Ribero, University of Arizona

(Re)Writing Lila: Literacy Narratives of Reform from the New York State Training School for Girls, 1920-1970
Tobi Jacobi, Colorado State University, Laura Rogers, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Edward Lessor, Colorado State University

Composing Disabled Faculty
Margaret Price, Spelman College, and Stephanie Kerschbaum, University of Delaware

2012-2013

Writing initiatives and networks in Latin America and their relation to North America
Charles Bazerman, Natalia Ávila-Reyes, and Elizabeth Narváez-Cardona, University of California, Santa Barbara

Learning Information Literacy Across the Curriculum: A National Study
Adrienne Blackwell-Starnes and Janice R. Walker, Georgia Southern University

Digital Literacy and Blindness: Towards a Theory of Listening as Literacy
Melissa Helquist, Salt Lake Community College

The Writing Transfer Project: A RAD Approach to Enhancing College Writers' Long-Term Learning
Ed Jones, Seton Hall University, Dana Driscoll, Oakland University, Gwen Gorchowski, Wayne State University, Carol L. Hayes, George Washington University, and Jennifer Marie Holcomb Wells, Florida State University

From Perception to Performance: A Study of Transfer in Student Writing
Tara Lockhart and Mary Soliday, San Francisco State University

Developing Critical Literacies of Black Womanhood in an Afterschool Program in a University and Community-based Service Learning Context
Elaine Richardson, The Ohio state University

2011-2012

The Borderlands Literacy Project
Carol Brochin Ceballos and Carlos Salinas, The University of Texas at El Paso

Reading in the First-Year Writing Classroom: A National Survey of Classroom Practices and Students’ Experiences
Ellen Carillo, University of Connecticut

Barriers to Writing Transfer: Writing in the Major at the "2+2" University
Bradley Dilger and Neil Baird, Western Illinois University

Comparing Faculty Time and Labor in Online versus On-campus First-Year Composition Courses: A Study of the SUNY Community Colleges
Cynthia Eaton, Suffolk County Community College

2010-2011

A Decade of War: Institutional and Civic Responsibilities to "Warrior Writers" in the Writing Classroom
D. Alexis Hart and Roger Thompson, Virginia Military Institute
“An Ethical Obligation”: Promising Practices for Student Veterans in College Writing Classrooms (white paper; published June 2013)

Placement of Multilingual Writers in First-Year Composition Courses in U.S. Colleges and Universities: A Nationwide Survey
Paul Kei Matsuda and Tanita Saenkhum, Arizona State University

Seniors Reflect on Their Meaningful Writing Experiences: A Cross-Institutional Study
Michele Eodice, University of Oklahoma, Anne Ellen Geller, St. John’s University, and Neal Lerner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Meaningful Writing Project website

2009-2010

The Principles and Standards for the Postsecondary Teaching of Writing: Providing a Data-Based Framework for the 21st Century
Randall McClure and Dayna Goldstein from Georgia Southern University

2006-2007

"An Expanded Validity Inquiry into Minority Students' Experiences with a Large-Scale Writing Portfolio Assessment,” (Awarded: $7,544)
Diane Kelly-Riley, Washington State University, Pullman

"Survey of Writing Instructors at For-Profit Colleges and Universities,” (Awarded: $4,600)
Luana Uluave, University of Illinois at Chicago
Patricia Harkin, University of Illinois at Chicago
Kristine Hansen, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
J. Quin Monson, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah

"The forms and functions of instant messaging as literate practice,” (Awarded: $4,600)
Christina Haas, Kent State University, Ohio
Pamela Takayoshi, Kent State University, Ohio

“'The Things They Carried': A Synthesis of Research on Transfer in College Composition,”(Awarded: $8,188)
Kathleen Blake Yancey, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Emily Dowd, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Tamara Francis, Florida State University, Tallahassee

2005-2006

“Community Impacts of Service-Learning in Writing Courses,” (Awarded: $5,000)
Melody Bowdon, University of Central Florida, Orlando
Maggie Boreman, University of Central Florida, Orlando

“Large-Scale Second-Language Writing Assessment,” (Awarded: $5,000)
Beth Lewis Samuelson, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant
Mary Ann Crawford, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant
Susan Dyste, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant
Heidi Vellenga, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan
Judy Youngquist, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan
Diane Boehm, Saginaw Valley State University, University Center, Michigan
Barry Alford, Mid Michigan Community College, Mt. Pleasant

“TYCA National Research Initiative,” (Awarded: $5,000)
Jody Millward, Santa Barbara City College, California
Leslie Roberts, Oakland Community College, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Patrick Sullivan, Manchester Community College, Connecticut
TYCA Research Initiative website

2004-2005

"Uncovering Theories and Practices of Multiliteracies and New Media Pedagogies,” ($5,000)
Daniel Anderson, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Anthony T. Atkins, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Cheryl E. Ball, Utah State University, Logan
Krista Homicz Millar, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Cynthia Selfe, Michigan Technological University, Houghton
Richard Selfe, Michigan Technological University, Houghton

"Community-Based and Service-Learning Writing Initiatives: A Survey of Scholarship and Agenda for Research,” ($5,000)
Nora Bacon, University of Nebraska-Omaha
Thomas Deans, Haverford College, Pennsylvania
James Dubinsky, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg
Barbara Roswell, Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland
Adrian Wurr, University of North Carolina-Greensboro

"A Study of the Implications for College-Level Literacy Instruction and Assessment of the P-16 Educatioon Policy Reform Movement,” ($5,000)
J.S. Dunn, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Michael M. Williamson, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

"Visualizing Composition: Understanding Composing Processes as a Coordination of Technological and Cultural Activities,” ($5,000)
Bill Hart-Davidson, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Julie Lindquist, Michigan State University, East Lansing
Jeff Grabill, Michigan State University, East Lansing

"Students' Right to Their Own Visual Language,” ($5,000)
Erik Hayenga, Michigan Technological University, Houghton
Dennis A. Lynch, Michigan Technological University, Houghton

"Acquisition of Level 4 L2 English Writing Proficiency by Students Whose First Language is Arabic,” ($5,000)
Betty Lou Leaver, New York Institute of Technology, Amman, Jordan
Amal Mohammed Jasser, Jordan University of Science and Technology,
Irbid, Jordan
Rajai Khanji, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan

"Second-Language Writing in College Composition Programs,” ($5,000)
Paul Kei Matsuda, University of New Hampshire, Durham

"National Adjunct Writing Faculty Survey Project,” ($5,000)
Gloria McMillan, Pima Community College (East), Tucson, Arizona

"TYCA Research Initiative,” ($5,000)
Jody Millward, Santa Barbara Community College, California
Gregory Shafer, Mott Community College, Flint, Michigan
Dianne Fallon, York Community College, Kittery Point, Maine

"A Meta-analysis of the Teaching of Technical Writing to Students for Whom English is Not a First Language,” ($5,000)
Christine Winberg, Peninsula Technikon, Cape Town, South Africa
Joyce Nduna, Peninsula Technikon, Cape Town, South Africa
Thea van der Geest, University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands
Barbara Lehman, The Ohio State University, Columbus

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