Conference on College Composition and Communication

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Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC)
Founded 1949
Focus Teaching, composition, rhetoric, writing
Key people
Joyce Locke Carter, CCCC Chair 2015

The Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC, occasionally referred to as "Four Cs") is a national professional association of college and university writing instructors in the United States. Formed in 1949 as an organization within the National Council of Teachers of English, CCCC currently has about 7000 members.[citation needed] CCCC is the largest organization dedicated to writing research, theory, and teaching worldwide.

Publications and conferences[edit]


CCCC publishes a quarterly journal, College Composition and Communication (CCC), that seeks to promote scholarship, research, and the teaching of writing at the collegiate level. CCCC also co-publishes The Studies in Writing and Rhetoric book series with Southern Illinois University Press and, between, 1984 and 1999, an annual Bibliography of Composition and Rhetoric.

Annual convention[edit]

CCCC holds an annual convention which usually has over 3000 members in attendance.[citation needed] The location of the convention and convention chair changes from year to year. The convention is primarily made up of scholarly panels, featured speakers, committee meetings, special interest group meetings, and workshops. An additional part of the convention is the Research Network Forum, a venue where researchers gather to present works-in-progress, discuss methodologies, and share possible future projects. The convention is also the time when CCCC presents several yearly awards, including the Exemplar Award, Outstanding Book Award, Richard Braddock Award (for the most outstanding article in CCC), the James Berlin Memorial Outstanding Dissertation Award, and Chair's Memorial Scholarship (for graduate students presenting at the convention), in addition to several others.[1] In addition, the opening meeting usually features the CCCC Chair's Address during which the convention chair addresses the entire assembly of participants, often articulating a vision of the field of rhetoric and composition.[2]

Prior conventions[3][4][edit]

Date Location Theme Chair
March 15-18, 2017  Portland, OR "Cultivating Capacity, Creating Change"  Linda Adler-Kasner
April 6-9, 2016 Houston, TX "Writing Strategies for Action"      Joyce Locke Carter
March 18-21, 2015 Tampa, FL "Risk and Reward"     Adam Banks (through 9/15); Howard Tinberg (9/15-12/15)
March 19-22, 2014 Indianapolis, IN "Open | Source(s), Access, Futures” Howard Tinberg
March 13-16, 2013 Las Vegas, NV "The Public Work of Composition" Chris Anson
March 21-24, 2012 St. Louis, MO "Writing Gateways" Malea Powell
April 6-9, 2011 Atlanta, GA "All Our Relations: Contested Spaces, Contested Knowledge" Gwendolyn D. Pough    
March 17-20, 2010     Louisville, KY "The Remix: Revisit, Rethink, Revise, Renew" Marilyn Valentino
March 11-14, 2009  San Francisco, CA "Making Waves" Charles Bazerman
April 2-5, 2008 New Orleans, LA "Writing Realities, Changing Realities" Cheryl Glenn
March 21-24, 2007 New York, NY "Representing Identities" Akua Duku Anokye
March 22-25, 2006 Chicago, IL "Composition in the Center Spaces: Building Community, Culture, Coalitions" Judith Wootten
March 16-19, 2005 San Francisco, CA “Opening the Golden Gates: Access, Affirmative Action, and Student Success” Douglas D. Hesse
March 24-27, 2004 San Antonio, TX “Making Composition Matter:  Students, Citizens, Institutions, Advocacy” Kathleen Blake Yancey
March 19-22, 2003 New York, NY "Rewriting 'Theme for English B': Transforming Possibilities" Shirley Wilson Logan
March 20-23, 2002 Chicago, IL “Connecting the Text and the Street” John Lovas
March 14-17, 2001 Denver, CO “Composing Community” Wendy Bishop
April 12-15, 2000 Minneapolis, MN “Educating the Imagination: Reimagining Education” Keith Gilyard
March 24-27, 1999 Atlanta, GA “Visible Students, Visible Teachers” Victor Villanueva, Jr.
April 1-4, 1998 Chicago, IL “Ideas, Historias y Cuentos: Breaking with Precedent” Cynthia Selfe
March 12-15, 1997 Phoenix, AZ “Just Teaching, Just Writing: Reflection and Responsibility” Nell Ann Pickett
March 27-30, 1996 Milwaukee, WI “Transcending Boundaries” Lester Faigley
March 22-25, 1995 Washington, D.C. “Literacies, Technologies, Responsibilities”  Jacqueline Jones Royster
March 16-19, 1994 Nashville, TN “Common Concerns, Uncommon realities: Teaching, Research, and Scholarship in a Complex World” Lillian Bridwell-Bowles
April 1-3, 1993 San Diego, CA “Twentieth Century Problems, Twenty-First Century Solutions: Issues, Answers, Actions” Anne Ruggles Gere
March 19-21, 1992 Cincinnati, OH “Contexts, Communities, and Constraints: Sites of Composing and Communicating” William W. Cook
March 21-23, 1991 Boston, MA “Times of Trial, Reorientation, Reconstruction: A Fin de Siecle Review/Prophecy” Donald McQuade
March 22-24, 1990 Chicago, IL “Strengthening Community Through Diversity” Jane E. Peterson
March 16-18, 1989 Seattle, WA “Empowering Students and Ourselves in an Interdependent World” Andrea A. Lunsford
March 17-19, 1988 St. Louis, MO “Language, Self, and Society” David Bartholomae
March 19-21, 1987 Atlanta, GA "The Uses of Literacy: A Writer’s Work In and Out of the Academy” Mariam T. Chaplin
March 13-15, 1986 New Orleans, LA “Using the Power of Language to Make the Impossible Possible” Lee Odell
March 21-23, 1985 Minneapolis, MN “Making Connections” Maxine Hairston
March 29-31, 1984 New York, NY “Making Writing the Cornerstone of an Education for Freedom” Rosentene B. Purnell
March 17-19, 1983 Detroit, MI “The Writer’s World(s): Achieving Insight and Impact” Donald C. Stewart 
March 18-20, 1982 San Francisco, CA “Serving Our Students, Our Public, and Our Profession” James Lee Hill
March 26-28, 1981 Dallas, TX “Our Profession: Achieving Perspectives for the 1980’s” Lynn Quitman Troyka
March 13-15, 1980 Washington, D.C. “Writing: The Person and the Process” Frank D’Angelo
April 5-7, 1979 Minneapolis, MN “Writing: A Cross-Disciplinary Enterprise” William F. Irmscher
March 30-April 1, 1978 Denver, CO “Excellence in What We Do: Our Attitude Toward Teaching Composition” Vivian I. Davis
March 31-April 2, 1977 Kansas City, KS “Two Hundred Plus One: Communicating in the Third American Century” Richard Lloyd-Jones
March 25-27, 1976 Philadelphia, PA “What’s Really Basic? A Bicentennial Review of the Basic Issues of English” Marianna W. Davis
March 13-15, 1975 St. Louis, MO “Untapped Resources” Lionel R. Sharp
April 4-6, 1974 Anaheim, CA “Hidden Agendas: What Are We Doing When We Do What We Do?” Richard L. Larson
April 5-7, 1973 New Orleans, LA “Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities” James D. Barry
March 23-25, 1972 Boston, MA “Reconsidering Roles: What Are We About?” Elisabeth McPherson
March 25-27, 1971 Cincinnati, OH “Coming Together—SOS from the Darkling Plain” Edward P. J. Corbett
March 19-21, 1970 Seattle, WA  Ronald E. Freeman
April 17-19, 1969 Miami, FL Wallace W. Douglas
April 4-6, 1968 Minneapolis, MN Dudley Bailey
April 6-8, 1967 Louisville, KY Richard Braddock
March 24-26, 1966 Denver, CO Gordon Wilson
April 8-10, 1965 St. Louis, MO Richard S. Beal
March 25-28, 1964 New York, NY “Freshman English: Return to Composition” Robert M. Gorrell
March 21-24, 1963 Los Angeles, CA “The Content of English” Priscilla Tyler
April 5-7, 1962 Chicago, IL Francis E. Bowman
April 6-8, 1961 Washington, D.C. Erwin R. Steinberg
March 31-April 2, 1960 Cincinnati, OH
April 2-4, 1959 San Francisco, CA Glen Leggett 
March 27-29, 1958 Philadelphia, PA Robert E. Tuttle
March 21-23, 1957 Chicago, IL Francis Shoemaker
March 22-24, 1956 New York, NY Irwin Giggs
March 24-26, 1955 Chicago, IL Jerome W. Archer
March 4-6, 1954 St. Louis, MO T.A. Barnhart 
March 13-14, 1953 Chicago, IL Karl W. Dykema
March 28-29, 1952 Cleveland, OH Harold B. Allen
March 30-31, 1951 Chicago, IL George S. Wychoff
March 24-25, 1950 Chicago, IL John C. Gerber
1949 John C. Gerber

Future conventions[edit]

2018 conference[edit]

The 2018 annual conference, being help March 14-17, 2018 in Kansas City, MO is themed “Languaging, Laboring, and Transforming." The conference is being chaired by Asao B. Inoue, and his tenure has been marked with a number of changes, both intentional and incidental. The staging of the conference has been controversial due to the NAACP Missouri travel advisory[5], and the response of executive committee. This has led to boycotts of the convention, and to a joint statement on the conference by the Black, Latinx, American Indian, and Asian/Asian American Caucuses, along with the boycott of the conference by the Latinx caucus, the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition[6], and the Queer caucus[7].

2019 conference[edit]

Will be held March 13-16, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.

2020 conference[edit]

Will be held March 24-28, 2020 in Milwaukee, WI.

2021 conference[edit]

Will be held April 7-10, 2021 in Spokane, WA.


The organization has the four following aims:

  1. sponsoring meetings and publishing scholarly materials for the exchange of knowledge about composition, composition pedagogy, and rhetoric
  2. supporting a wide range of research on composition, communication, and rhetoric
  3. working to enhance the conditions for learning and teaching college composition and to promote professional development
  4. acting as an advocate for language and literacy education nationally and internationally

Position statements[edit]

CCCC has published a number of position statements on writing, teaching of writing, and related issues. Emerging from committees within CCCC, the position statements seek to promote the CCCC goals and encourage best practices in writing pedagogy, language practices, research, literacy, professional development, and working condition[8].


The permanent CCCC executive committee oversees a number of temporarily constituted special interest committees. These committees are constituted for a 3-year period, after which the executive committee can reconstitute the committee for another term.


The organization sponsors the CCCC Research Initiative, which provides funds to researchers working on datasets collected by the organization and its affiliates. Begun in 2004, the grant has provided means for various research projects, including the "Composition, Rhetoric, and Literacy—What We Know, What We Need to Know" project that ran from 2004–2007. In addition to providing grant support to individual and collective projects and promoting inter-institutional collaboration, the project is designed to "create a sustained research initiative to advance scholarship in composition and rhetoric".[9]

CCCC, along with its parent organization, the National Council of Teachers of English, sponsors a number of initiatives on writing, including the National Day on Writing held annually on October 20[10].

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "CCCC Grants and Awards". 
  2. ^ Duane Roen's collection Views From the Center: The CCCC Chair's Addresses 1977-2005, Bedford-St. Martin's 2006
  3. ^ "Dates, Sites, and Themes for Past CCCC Conventions". Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  4. ^ Cultivating Capacity, Creating Chage (Conference Program). CCCC Convention. 2017. p. 383. 
  5. ^ "NAACP | Travel Advisory for the State of Missouri". NAACP. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2017-11-05. 
  6. ^ "CFSHRC Regarding #4C18 – Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition". Retrieved 2017-11-06. 
  7. ^ "CCCC 2018 Queer Caucus meeting – CCCC Queer Caucus". Retrieved 2017-11-06. 
  8. ^ "A Non-Revolutionary Way to Improve Teaching Quality | Inside Higher Ed". Retrieved 2017-11-06. 
  9. ^ "CCCC Research Initiative". 
  10. ^ "Home - National Day on Writing". National Day on Writing. Retrieved 2017-11-06. 

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