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The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) is committed to supporting the agency, power, and potential of diverse communicators inside and outside of postsecondary classrooms. CCCC advocates for broad and evolving definitions of literacy, communication, rhetoric, and writing (including multimodal discourse, digital communication, and diverse language practices) that emphasize the value of these activities to empower individuals and communities. CCCC promotes intellectual and pedagogical freedom and ethical scholarship and communication. To this end, CCCC and its members

  • sponsor and conduct research that produces knowledge about language, literacy, communication, rhetoric, and the teaching, assessment, and technologies of writing;
  • create collaborative spaces (such as conferences, publications, and online spaces) that enable the production and exchange of research, knowledge, and pedagogical practices;
  • develop evidence- and practice-based resources for those invested in language, literacy, communication, rhetoric, and writing at the postsecondary level;
  • advocate for students, teachers, programs, and policies that support ethical and effective teaching and learning.

For professional growth

Since 1949, CCCC has provided a forum for all those responsible for teaching composition and communication skills at the college level, both in undergraduate and graduate programs. For over 50 years, CCCC members have charted new courses in the teaching and scholarship of composition and rhetoric, helping to shape our academic community and professional practices. As members, through the College Forum of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), of the American Council of Learned Societies, CCCC is the professional voice of composition and rhetoric studies.

Find your focus and share your interests

When you join CCCC, you will be welcomed into a community of scholars and teachers who share your concerns about important issues influencing the teaching of composition and rhetoric. You will be connected to current trends in scholarship and research, developments in teaching, national trends in higher education, and much more.

Benefits of CCCC membership

Professional journal

College Composition and Communication (CCC) is the NCTE journal that addresses the concerns of writing specialists, researchers, and teachers of college-level composition courses through articles on the theory, practice, and teaching of composition. CCC is published in September, December, February, and June. Click here to learn more about submission opportunities with CCC.

With your CCCC membership, you will not only receive a subscription to the journal but also unlimited online access to all of the journal articles in PDF format!

Annual conference

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CCCC sponsors a convention every spring where more than 3,000 higher education faculty from across the nation come to converse, share, network, and learn about issues that influence the scholarship and teaching of composition.

The program sessions cover such topics as the composing process; grading and assessment; issues of gender, race, and class; the use of contingent, adjunct, and part-time faculty; the tenure debate; intellectual property; and the way technologies are reshaping the teaching of rhetoric and composition – in other words, all aspects of the profession.

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Membership in CCCC includes an annual subscription to CCC, access to online resources, discounts on NCTE and CCCC publications, voting rights in NCTE and CCCC, eligibility for group insurance, and discounts on all conference and convention registration fees. NCTE membership is required for membership in CCCC.  To become a member, simply click here, or call NCTE’s Customer Service toll free at (877) 369-6283.

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