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Newcomers’ Orientation Committee

Committee Charge

This committee is charged with the following:

Committee Members

Christine Tulley, Chair
Michael Harker
Mary Karcher
Ben McCorkle
Sean Morey
Michael Rifenburg

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


The Newcomers’ Orientation Committee will offer several resources and events at CCCC 2020 to welcome first-time attendees and to introduce them to the opportunities for professional development available at the conference and within the organization. This committee will host a coffee hour (Thursday morning), an orientation (Wednesday afternoon), a welcome booth (Wednesday-Friday), and a think tank for developing proposals for CCCC 2021 (Thursday). We will also continue to sponsor the “Career Quest” panel to help newcomers and early career attendees develop a plan to locate opportunities at the conference and within the organization that can play an important part in their career development. Our goal is to help newcomers feel welcome at the conference, to engage with the opportunities that this conference and organization offer them, and to contribute to the field.

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