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Proposal deadline EXTENDED for the 2021 CCCC Annual Convention. Proposals are now due by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Monday, June 8, 2020.

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Area Clusters

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Grants and Travel Awards

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 Writing

  • FYW curricula
  • Pedagogical approaches to FYW
  • Theories of learning to write, writing, and writers
  • Institutional contexts
  • Assessing, evaluating, and responding to students’ writing
  • Peer review and collaboration
  • Online First-Year Writing Instruction
  • Learning to teach FYW
  • Transfer theory, writing about writing, and threshold concepts in writing studies
  • Professional development for FYW teachers

2. College Writing Transitions

  • Basic writing curricula and pedagogies
  • Teaching non-degree credit courses online
  • Developmental writing, reading, and learning support programs
  • Teaching and supporting structurally disadvantaged students
  • Public policies and politics of remediation
  • Collaboration with secondary/K-12 writing writing programs and instructors
  • Methods and measures of placing students in writing, reading, and support courses
  • Dual credit/concurrent enrollment courses, programs, students, and training
  • Reform mandates facing two-year colleges and other access institutions

3. Labor

  • Labor activism and advocacy
  • Contingency Studies
  • Ethical writing program labor practices
  • The state and status of labor in the field of writing studies
  • Institutional case studies
  • Teaching about labor issues
  • The labor of online writing instruction and equity for instructors
  • Organization and operations of educational institutions
  • Working conditions for contingent faculty and graduate assistants
  • Teacher support, mentoring, and professional development

4. Writing Programs

  • Assessment of writing programs
  • Evaluation of instruction
  • Writing Program Administration at a range of institutional contexts (research-intensive, comprehensive, private liberal arts, two-year colleges, tribal colleges minority-serving institutions)
  • Independent writing programs
  • Undergraduate writing curricula and pedagogies
  • Graduate curricula and pedagogies
  • Teaching and mentoring graduate students
  • Supporting writing instructors across the range of position types (GTA, contingent, tenure-line faculty, lecturers/fixed-term instructors)
  • Professional development support for teachers of undergraduate and graduate students
  • WAC/WID
  • Administration of FYW programs of Upper Division or Vertical Writing Programs
  • Administration of writing majors
  • Administration of writing centers and learning centers
  • Community literacy and lifelong learning programs

5. Community, Civic, and Public Contexts of Writing

  • Community literacy practices, programs, and outreach
  • Civic engagement and deliberation
  • Public advocacy and policy work
  • Adult education
  • Prison literacy and literacy instruction
  • Community-based teaching and learning
  • Teaching and learning in non-academic contexts
  • Theories of public engagement and civic life
  • Social justice and activism
  • Service-learning programs and courses
  • Civic engagement pedagogy in writing courses
  • Developing writing-focused internships

6. Reading

  • Integrated reading and writing courses and curriculum
  • Evidence-based reading instruction
  • The role of reading in writing courses
  • Writing about reading
  • Critical reading strategies
  • Designing curriculum to support critical reading
  • Preparing instructors for teaching reading
  • Relationships between reading and writing

7. Access

  • Students, diversity, and access
  • Teaching and learning practices that support access, retention, and degree completion
  • Access to college-credit course work
  • Gatekeeping courses
  • Access to the profession
  • Accessibility for students, instructors, scholars
  • Barriers to college participation
  • Barriers to participation in the profession
  • Writing studies work informed by disability studies

8. Historical Perspectives

  • Engaging students in historical reading, writing, and research
  • Disciplinary and professional histories
  • Histories of rhetoric
  • Histories of curriculum, instruction, and pedagogy
  • History of writing instruction
  • 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

9. 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
  • Relationships between creative writing and academic writing
  • Creative writing in the first-year writing curriculum

10. Information Literacy and Technology

  • Supporting students’ information literacy skills
  • Designing courses around information literacy
  • Online Writing Instruction
  • Collaborations with libraries and librarians
  • Teaching and learning in digital and online spaces
  • Using technology to support learning
  • Electronic publishing tools and practices
  • Media studies
  • Intellectual property
  • Theories of technology and digital cultures
  • Narratives of culture and technology

11. Language and Literacy

  • L2 writers and readers
  • Second language writing pedagogies
    Disciplinary collaborations between writing studies and TESOL
  • Translingual and multilingual practices and pedagogies
  • Diverse multilingual student populations (US-educated multilingual students, refugees, adult learners transitioning from Adult Basic Education, etc.)
  • Language policies
  • World Englishes
  • Literacy as a cultural practice
  • Diverse literacies (workplace, community, etc.)
  • Literacy research, narratives, and theories

12. Professional and Technical Writing

  • Pedagogical approaches to 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

13. Theory and Research Methodologies

  • Methodology and research design
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods (big data, historical, narrative, grounded, ethnographic, etc.)
  • Pedagogical approaches to instruction in methods and methodologies
  • Applications and ethics of research
  • Institutional Review Boards processes and practices
  • Theories of rhetoric, culture, identity (e.g., feminist, race, class, queer, social, critical, narrative, affect)

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