Conference on College Composition and Communication
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|Focus||Teaching, composition, rhetoric, writing|
|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. CCCC is the largest organization dedicated to writing research, theory, and teaching worldwide.
- 1 Publications and conferences
- 2 Mission
- 3 Position statements
- 4 Committees
- 5 Initiatives
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Publications and conferences
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.
CCCC holds an annual convention which usually has over 3000 members in attendance. 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. 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.
|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|
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, 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, and the Queer caucus.
Will be held March 13-16, 2019 in Pittsburgh, PA.
Will be held March 24-28, 2020 in Milwaukee, WI.
Will be held April 7-10, 2021 in Spokane, WA.
The organization has the four following aims:
- sponsoring meetings and publishing scholarly materials for the exchange of knowledge about composition, composition pedagogy, and rhetoric
- supporting a wide range of research on composition, communication, and rhetoric
- working to enhance the conditions for learning and teaching college composition and to promote professional development
- acting as an advocate for language and literacy education nationally and internationally
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.
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".
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.
- "CCCC Grants and Awards". www.ncte.org.
- Duane Roen's collection Views From the Center: The CCCC Chair's Addresses 1977-2005, Bedford-St. Martin's 2006
- "Dates, Sites, and Themes for Past CCCC Conventions". cccc.ncte.org. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
- Cultivating Capacity, Creating Chage (Conference Program). CCCC Convention. 2017. p. 383.
- "NAACP | Travel Advisory for the State of Missouri". NAACP. 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
- "CFSHRC Regarding #4C18 – Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition". cwshrc.org. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
- "CCCC 2018 Queer Caucus meeting – CCCC Queer Caucus". www.ccccqueercaucus.org. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
- "A Non-Revolutionary Way to Improve Teaching Quality | Inside Higher Ed". www.insidehighered.com. Retrieved 2017-11-06.
- "CCCC Research Initiative". www.ncte.org.
- "Home - National Day on Writing". National Day on Writing. Retrieved 2017-11-06.