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Newcomers' Orientation Committee (March 2019) - Previous Revision

Committee Charge

This committee is charged with the following:

Committee Members

Paul M. Puccio, Chair
Paul Butler
Jennifer Clary-Lemon
Amanda Espinosa-Aguilar
Paul Hanstedt
Paul Heilker
Martha Marinara
Eva Payne
Suzanne Kesler Rumsey
Cindy Selfe
Joonna Trapp
Christine Tulley
Leslie Werden 
Sheldon Wrice

Charge 1:  Guide new members through the workings of the organization, including PEP participants, and help them derive the best of CCCC conferences for their interests, through the Newcomers’ Welcome, the orientation sessions, the Think Tank, and other programs, working with CCCC program chairs as needed

Charge 2:  Analyze the effect of the committee’s various programs and report findings to EC.

Charge 3: Recommend new member resources in a variety of formats, including the new member services online.

Suggestions for Drafting Effective CCCC Proposals

March 2010 Update

At CCCC 2010 the Newcomers’ Orientation Committee will offer the following events and resources to newcomers: an orientation session on Wednesday, a welcome breakfast on Thursday, a think tank for newcomers planning to propose sessions/presentations for CCCC 2011, a tip sheet with advice regarding the conference, and a Welcome Station (staffed Wednesday-Friday).

The CCCC and the Newcomers Orientation Committee, in partnership with the Digital Archives of Literacy Narratives (DALN) and the NCTE, will once again sponsor a story booth at the 2010 CCCC where members will be invited to tell stories about reading, composing, and/or teaching. The process takes no more than 30-45 minutes. CCCC members’ stories will be archived, indexed, and made available to the public for browsing on the web. They will also be available for study by teachers and librarians, classes and organizations, families and citizens, and composition and literacy scholars and students. Collectively, these stories can help us trace the diverse history of literacy experiences, expectations, and values within our professional organization; think about our present practices and policies; and consider projects to undertake in the coming years. For more information, visit or contact Cindy Selfe at

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