CCCC: Conference on College Composition and Communication


Greetings CCCC Members,


As you may recall from the original convention CFP, my goal for the Portland convention is to provide space within the program to engage as a “conference,” a meeting of minds–to come together to discuss and work on shared interests in an informal, democratic way. To this end, the chair’s portion of the convention program will largely be dedicated to two new types of highly interactive sessions: “cultivate” sessions—workshop-style sessions, which provide space for members to “cultivate capacity” in various ways, and “think-tank” sessions—facilitated discussions around organizational, professional, or disciplinary issues or concerns, intended to generate concrete recommendations for how to “create change.” In both cases, these sessions will draw upon member interests and expertise and will be designed to be collaborative, working exchanges rather than “presentations” with featured speakers.

While some “cultivate” sessions have already been solicited from members or groups or have been selected out of proposals submitted in the blind review process, I am also calling on the general membership to help me shape the program in order to create featured sessions that are member-driven and member-supportive.

A few possible topic areas include:

  • cultivating new voices/new lines of inquiry in research and scholarship
  • preparing future and early-career professionals (including majors/graduate programs)
  • improving literacy teaching and learning
  • sustaining ourselves as professionals throughout career
  • engaging and retaining members in the organization
  • cultivating future CCCC leaders
  • developing our public voice (teacher/scholar/advocate)
  • cultivating connections (cross-generational, across interest groups, between institution types, interdisciplinary, etc.)
  • advocating for social justice and equity inside and outside the organization

I invite you to email me ( with your session ideas related to the topics above or with other themes or issues you would like me to consider for “cultivate” or “think-tank” sessions. I welcome your recommendations for potential facilitators and/or plans for engaging members around these or other themes. (Please include “cultivate session” or “think-tank” in the subject line of your email.) There is no need to send full “proposals,” as your suggestions will not go through a formal review process. I will read your ideas and follow up with those I may want to feature in the limited space I have available on the program.

Please send me your ideas by September 15, 2016.

Additionally, I wanted to update you on what has been happening with CCCC 2017 convention planning this summer.

Stage 1 review (blind review of concurrent sessions, roundtables, posters, and workshops) and Stage 2 review (blind review of individual sessions, followed by construction of full panels from those individual sessions) were completed in June. I’d like to publicly thank reviewers for their efforts, which have been invaluable to me as I have worked from July to the present on putting together the convention program.

Since July, I have done my own blind review of submissions, reading session proposals and reviewer comments. I am now in the process of rectifying proposal issues (mislabeled sessions, duplicate and incomplete submissions, individuals proposed for multiple speaking roles, etc.), searching for possible “cultivate” or other special sessions to feature, and making final decisions about which proposals to accept, proportionally by cluster.

If all goes as planned, invitations should be sent by late August or early September. When invitations are sent, information about registration, including hotel information, will become available on the NCTE/CCCC website.

Thank you,

Carolyn Calhoon-Dillahunt

CCCC 2017 Program Chair

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