Crow at CCCC 2017 (we hope)

In March 2017, three conferences Crow researchers are very interested in will be held consecutively in the Pacific Northwest. (Four if you count ATTW!) We’re excited about the opportunity to attend, present (we hope), and participate in workshops and other ways. Earlier this week, we submitted two proposals for CCCC 2017. We’ve included summaries below.

Hope to see you in Portland and Seattle!

Cultivating Writing Research via Corpus and Computational Collaboration

Bill Hart-Davidson & Ryan Omizo will join Shelley Staples and Lindsey Macdonald for this panel. Here’s the opening statement:

In March 2017, CCCC will be joined in Portland by AAAL, the conference of the American Association for Applied Linguistics. We take this opportunity to highlight the value of collaboration between researchers who will be attending one, but likely not both, of these conferences, and unfortunately, crossing paths in few ways. The corpus linguistics methods common in applied linguistics can bring quantitative elements to empirical research in rhetoric and composition, including attention to demographic issues and diverse genres. Rhetorical research, conversely, offers corpus researchers valuable insights into extra-textual features and contextual influences. This panel explores possibilities for collaborative writing research by demonstrating the value of this interdisciplinary work. We offer an overview of the benefits of corpus and computational methods, then present case studies of two projects which integrate computational methods and corpus linguistics with rhetoric and composition. We conclude with a brief panel discussion of takeaways for interdisciplinary collaboration, then invite conversation.

Promoting RAD Writing Research through Inter-Institutional Collaboration

Michelle McMullin, Terrence Wang, and Bradley Dilger proposed this session. Here are some excerpts from the proposal:

Empirical research in composition and rhetoric has become more common. Diverse research projects investigate all areas of the field, including writing transfer, undergraduate writing majors, and the literacies of working class and underrepresented minorities. But scholar-teachers at all levels still struggle to implement lessons from published research at their own institutions, and to explain the relevance of research to administrators…. In this presentation, we describe how research designed as inter-institutional from its inception has embedded attention to diverse research outcomes, the development of sustainable infrastructures, and the lifecycle model of scalable user-centered development. Our project brings the methods of corpus linguistics to rhetoric and composition, and vice-versa, creating a web-based archive for research and professional development. By embedding an interdisciplinary approach to collaboration from the start, we have developed a project that considers the strengths and contributions of each partner for an effective collaboration model that best serves the needs of all stakeholders.


The Corpus & Repository of Writing, an inter-institutional and inter-disciplinary research project building a corpus of student writing articulated with a repository of pedagogical artifacts.

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