2016 CCCC Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session – Call for Proposals

Proposals due via online submission by November 16, 2015 |Download PDF Version of CFP

Houston, Texas | Conference on College Composition and Communication | April 6, 2016

We invite proposals for the Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) on April 6, 2016, in Houston, Texas. The poster session showcases undergraduate research in writing studies, rhetoric and composition, professional writing, and related areas of study.

CCCC  is an annual convention for academics interested in all aspects of teaching and researching writing. It routinely attracts 3,000 attendees, ranging from professors to undergraduate students. This year’s conference theme focuses on “Writing Strategies for Action.” Undergraduate researcher posters are not restricted to that theme, but may respond to it. Linda Adler-Kassner, the 2016 Program Chair, writes:

For the 2016 conference I hope that sessions will help us collectively write strategies for action from a variety of perspectives: as they concern the experiences of students, instructors, or others whose values, ideologies, abilities, and/or identities are underrepresented in mainstream education; within and across sites of learning from classes labeled “basic writing” to first year composition to advanced writing, writing majors, and graduate writing education; in different spaces for learning, from writing centers to online writing courses; inside and outside of traditional school-based learning to other sites in communities, workplaces, and beyond. I also invite proposals that build on our field’s rich tradition of asking and attempting to answer questions about how ideas about writing, writing development, and writing success are defined and move us toward particular actions based on these investigations.

The Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session provides a call to action for students to share the questions about writing and rhetoric that you are “asking and attempting to answer” from your unique perspective as you begin to enter the field.

The annual poster session was initiated at the 2012 CCCC to encourage undergraduate participation in the conference; to attract younger members who are contemplating further education and careers in rhetoric and composition; to extend the organization’s diversity; and to examine, support, and represent the growing presence of undergraduate research in rhetoric, composition, and communication. In the context of these ongoing discussions, this poster session showcases the field’s premier undergraduate researchers and their projects.

The Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session is organized by a multi-institutional team of faculty and students, including undergraduate and graduate students who presented at the prior undergraduate researcher poster sessions; members of the special interest group on undergraduate research; and members of the Committee on Undergraduate Research.

To be considered for this poster session, submit a presentation title and a 400-word proposal that:

  • Explains your research project,
  • Indicates the anticipated status of the project by April 2016 (note that projects may just be beginning, or still in-progress, when you submit this proposal), and
  • Discusses your interest in sharing your research with CCCC attendees.

Submit proposals via the online submission form by 11:59 PM EST on November 16th. Page one of the online submission form requests Contact Information for all proposal authors; page two asks for your Presentation Title and 400-word Proposal. Proposals will be reviewed by the Poster Session Planning Team identified below, and applicants will be notified about the status of their proposals by mid-December.

To help accepted presenters prepare for the poster session, in early January the Planning Team will share strategies for designing posters. Accepted presenters also will be invited to participate in an online peer review of poster drafts in late February.

The 2012 poster session was highlighted in a Kairos review (seehttp://kairos.technorhetoric.net/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/CCCCReviews/2012SE1Roser). Learn more about the previous poster sessions and past presenters on the Undergraduate Research in Writing Studies website. Undergraduate presenters from all four years have proposed papers or panels for subsequent conferences – and appeared on the CCCC program in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

If you have questions about the poster session or about the proposal process, please contact Jessie L. Moore at jmoore28@elon.edu. We look forward to learning about your undergraduate research projects!

CCCC Undergraduate Researcher Poster Session Planning Team:

  • Jane Greer, Director of Undergraduate Research, and English and Women’s & Gender Studies Faculty, University of Missouri, Kansas City
  • Kim Lilienthal, 2014 Presenter and Rhetoric & Composition Graduate Student, North Carolina State University
  • Jessie L. Moore, Associate Director of the Center for Engaged Learning and Professional Writing & Rhetoric Faculty, Elon University
  • Timothy Oleksiak, Writing in the Disciplines Coordinator, Bloomsburg University
  • Paula Rosinski, Writing Across the University Director and Professional Writing & Rhetoric Faculty, Elon University
  • Megan Schoettler, 2014 Presenter and Rhetoric & Composition Graduate Student at Miami University, Ohio