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Proposals for the 2020 CCCC Annual Convention are due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 6, 2019.

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The clusters below are used to help organize the review of proposals and create the program. To ensure fairness and equal representation, proposals are generally accepted in proportion to numbers received in the clusters. Selecting a particular cluster neither advantages nor disadvantages your proposal. Sometimes a single proposal might fit into two or three areas, or a proposal might not fit well into any area. However, if you do not choose a category, your proposal will not be reviewed and therefore will not be accepted for the program. Please consider these categories as a heuristic, and understand that in making a selection, you emphasize the primary focus of and the best reviewing audience for your proposal.

1. First-Year and Basic Writing

  • FYW curricula
  • Basic writing curricula
  • Public policies and politics of remediation
  • Articulation with secondary/K-12 writing instruction
  • Pedagogical approaches to FYW
  • FY curriculum and experience
  • Students, diversity, and access
  • Theories of learning to write
  • Institutional situations
  • Assessing, evaluating, and responding to students’ writing
  • Peer review and collaboration
  • Teaching and learning in digital environments
  • Learning to teach FYW
  • Professional development for FYW teachers

2. Writing Programs and Majors

  • Administration of FYW programs
  • Administration of writing majors
  • Administration of writing centers
  • Independent writing programs
  • Undergraduate writing curricula and pedagogies
  • Graduate curricula and pedagogies
  • Teaching and mentoring graduate students
  • Professional development support for teachers of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Program assessment
  • Community literacy and lifelong learning programs

3. Approaches to Learning and Learners

  • Social and and cultural theories of learning
  • Cognitive theories of learning
  • Research on learning and learners
  • Learning and experience
  • Learning and technology
  • Out-of-school contexts of teaching and learning
  • Teacher learning
  • Narratives of teaching and learning

4. Community, Civic, and Public Contexts of Writing

  • Community literacy practices, programs, and outreach
  • Civic engagement and deliberation
  • Public advocacy and policy work
  • Adult education
  • Writing and recovery
  • Prison literacy
  • Theories of public engagement and civic life
  • Social justice and activism

5. Creative Writing and Publishing

  • Nonfiction, fiction, poetry, drama, screenwriting, and songwriting
  • Audiovisual writing and digital genres
  • Life writing, memoir, autobiography
  • Other alternative forms of writing
  • Creative writing pedagogy
  • Publishing

6. History

  • Disciplinary and professional histories
  • Histories of rhetoric
  • Histories of curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy
  • Histories of education
  • Histories of composing and composition
  • Histories of literacy theories and practices
  • Cultural histories of teaching and learning
  • Oral histories and traditions
  • Histories of alternative sites of, and approaches to, education
  • Historiography and theories of history

7. Information Technologies and Digital Cultures

  • Social uses of communications technologies
  • Cultural practices of technology in digital spaces
  • Virtual/online identities
  • Learning in digital and online spaces
  • Electronic publishing tools and practices
  • Media studies
  • Intellectual property
  • Theories of technology and digital cultures
  • Narratives of culture and technology

8. Institutions, Labor Issues, and Professional Life

  • Institutional case studies
  • Organization and operations of educational institutions
  • Cross-institutional articulation
  • Working conditions for contingent faculty and graduate assistants
  • Professional development and career opportunities for fixed-term faculty
  • Administration and leadership
  • Labor relations and labor unions
  • Cross-disciplinary articulation
  • Articulation across professional organizations
  • Teacher support, mentoring, and professional development
  • Narratives of work, labor, and professional life

9. Language and Literacy

  • L2 learners and learning
  • Translingual and multilingual practices and pedagogy
  • Language policy
  • World Englishes
  • Theories of reading
  • Literacy as a cultural practice
  • Workplace literacy
  • Politics of literacy
  • Literacy research
  • Narratives of literacy
  • Theories of literacy

10. Professional and Technical Writing

  • Writing in the Professions: business, science, health, public policy, etc.
  • Information design and architecture
  • Usability and user-experience design
  • Workplace studies
  • Intercultural communication
  • Theories of technical and professional writing

11. Research

  • Methodology and research design
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Big data
  • Applications of research
  • Innovations in research design
  • Ethics and representation
  • Institutional Review Boards
  • Research writing
  • Politics of research
  • Uses of research
  • Teaching and learning research
  • Research stories

12. Theory and Culture

  • Theories of rhetoric
  • Theories of culture and identity (race, class, gender, LGBTQ)
  • Theories of disability
  • Theories of performance
  • Gender and feminist theory
  • Race theory
  • Class theory
  • Queer theory
  • Social theory
  • Critical theory
  • Narrative theory
  • Theories of emotion and affect
  • Theory and ethics
  • Theory and practice
  • Grounded theory
  • Uses of theory
  • Economies of theory
  • Narratives of cultural experience

13. Inventions, Innovations, and New Inclusions

If clusters 1-12 do not describe your work, or if you would like to introduce novel or interdisciplinary methods or ideas or practices not described by the above, propose under this category.

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