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Call for Proposals: 2012-2013 Research Initiative

CCCC is pleased to announce the ninth year of its Research Initiative. This year we invite proposals for research that will advance the organization as articulated in the CCCC strategic governance initiatives and in the CCCC mission statement. Particular topics areas of interest include but are not limited to:

  •  Formal and informal learning of writing
  • Outcomes and assessments
  • Multilingual writers
  • Writing in organizations, communities, and/or cultures
  • Working conditions and their influence on teaching and learning
  • Disciplinarity
  • Development of teachers or researchers
  • Technologies for writing and learning to write

We invite proposals for research that employ diverse perspectives and methodologies including historical, rhetorical, qualitative, quantitative, ethnographic, and textual. Proposals should argue for the significance of topic and methodology and explain and justify its plan for how researchers will gather and analyze evidence and how the evidence will help address the investigators’ research questions. Proposals should also detail the people and resources required to complete the project and argue for their appropriateness. Proposals that have innovative aims or that employ novel concepts, approaches, or methods are encouraged. Research conducted under this initiative is intended to provide support for the vision/mission of the CCCC—each proposal should articulate how the results of the research proposed might accomplish this goal.

CCCC plans to fund proposals of up to $10,000 each. The principal investigators of each proposal must be members of CCCC. 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 October 3, 2012, as email attachments to Kristen Suchor at Proposals are reviewed by a joint committee comprised of the CCCC Officers and members selected from the CCCC Research Committee. Decisions will be announced by January 30, 2013. A mid-project report will be due by March 1, 2014. 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, 2015 for projects lasting two years. A summary version of the final report will be hosted on the NCTE website.

Proposals should consist of the following:

  • A cover page that contains the title of the proposal, the names and full contact information of the investigator(s) (institution, address, phone, email), and, in the event of multiple investigators, the designation of a principal contact.
  • A narrative of not more than eight pages arguing for the significance of the project, for the quality of the methodological approach, and for how the project enables the CCC to realize its vision. Narratives should be single spaced, utilize a standard font no smaller than 12 pts, and utilize 1 inch margins. In making arguments, the proposal should be clear regarding the question to be addressed; the importance of the question for CCCC; previous related work in the research literature; the evidence to be gathered and the methods of its collections; the analytical methods to be applied; how the evidence and analysis are compatible and appropriate to produce answers to the research question; the qualifications of the researchers to conduct this research; and plans for disseminating the findings.
  • A work plan with a timeline of key events and processes, people associated with that work, and milestones associated with events and processes. 
  • A detailed budget with specific rationale for all expenses. Please note that this grant may not be used to pay indirect costs and/or overhead and must be used to fund direct costs associated with research. Equipment costs are allowable if justified. 
  • Two-page CV’s for each investigator, highlighting successfully completed work relevant to the proposed project.

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 FY 09 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.

Research Initiative Recipients


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


A Decade of War: Institutional and Civic Responsibilities to "Warrior Writers" in the Writing Classroom
D. Alexis Hart and Roger Thompson, Virginia Military Institute

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 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


"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


“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


"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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