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CCCC Research Impact Award

Nomination Deadline: July 15

Purpose: The Research Impact Award is presented annually for the empirical research publication in the previous two years that most advances the mission of the organization or the needs of the profession.

Eligibility: A work eligible for the 2021 award will have been published in calendar year 2019 or 2020. To be eligible for the award, a nominee must be a member of CCCC and/or NCTE at the time of nomination. To nominate a publication for the award, the author, editor, publisher, or reader must be a CCCC and/or NCTE member.

Award Specifics: Nominations must be received by July 15, 2020, and must include a brief statement of the work’s contribution to the profession (Note: You do not need to send copies of the nominated publication with the nomination.). Please send the statement of the publication’s contribution to the CCCC Research Impact Award Committee at

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Congratulations to the 2020 Recipient!

Meredith A. Johnson, W. Michele Simmons, and Patricia Sullivan, Lean Technical Communication: Toward Sustainable Program Innovation, Routledge, 2018

Lean Technical Communication provides a forward-thinking approach to professional and technical programs today. Rather than focusing on limitations in a time of austerity, Lean Technical Communication offers research-based, improvisational program models. By marrying the theoretical, the empirical, and the practical, this year’s award winner for the Research Impact Award offers readers an innovative guide for how to put those models into action in a variety of institutional contexts. Such vision, as one reviewer wrote, offers a “salve for austerity measures that have been eating away at technical communication programs for the last decade.”

Research Impact Award Winners

Meredith A. Johnson, W. Michele Simmons, and Patricia Sullivan, Lean Technical Communication: Toward Sustainable Program Innovation, Routledge

Derek N. Mueller, Network Sense: Methods for Visualizing a Discipline, WAC Clearinghouse Press

Xiaoye You, Cosmopolitan English and Transliteracy, Southern Illinois University Press

Jim Ridolfo, Digital Samaritans: Rhetorical Delivery and Engagement in the Digital Humanities, University of Michigan Press

Laurie E. Gries, Still Life with Rhetoric: A New Materialist Approach for Visual Rhetorics

Kathleen Blake Yancey, Liane Robertson, and Kara Taczak, Writing across Contexts: Transfer, Composition, and Sites of Writing

Laura Wilder, Rhetorical Strategies and Genre Conventions in Literary Studies: Teaching and Writing in the Disciplines

Patrick W. Berry, Gail E. Hawisher, and Cynthia L. Selfe, Transnational Literate Lives in Digital Times

Christopher Schroeder, Diverse by Design: Literacy Education in Multicultural Institutions

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