The Crow project leadership is convening an advisory board to guide our work as we build a community of users for the Crow platform.

Board members

Our charter advisory board has been established and will convene in summer or fall 2020.

  • Dr. Aleksandra Swatek, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań
  • Dr. Beril Tezeller Arik, Nuh Naci Yazgan University
  • Dr. Bill Hart-Davidson, Michigan State University
  • Dr. Heejung Kwon, Kanazawa University
  • Dr. Sarah Snyder, Arizona Western College
  • Scott Partridge, University of Delaware


A. Purpose

  1. The Crow advisory board is a group of writing studies scholars and teachers who provide feedback and offer advice to help the Crow team achieve short and long term goals consistent with the Crow guiding principles. In addition, they may support Crow research and outreach to teachers and scholars in various ways, such as conducting data collection at new sites, participating in research projects, and hosting or leading workshops. This work helps the Crow team focus its research, build capacity, and share its ideas broadly.
  2. The Crow project leaders (PIs) are responsible for all decision-making. The board is expected to offer relevant recommendations, information, and feedback on Crow practices and infrastructure.

B. Responsibilities

  1. Provide guidance, advice and feedback to Crow team members through regularly scheduled meetings.
  2. Shape both short term and long term goals of the Crow project, and serve as key partners for helping Crow develop successful relationships with communities in writing studies.
  3. Contribute to online discussions as well, providing guidance and feedback as their time permits.
  4. Participate in the development of the Crow platform, by providing and reviewing user experience feedback.
  5. Conduct an annual review and recommend changes to the Crow guiding principles and the Crow advisory board charter.
  6. Create subcommittees or small working groups to facilitate their work when needed.

C. Benefits

  1. Propose new Crow research projects
  2. Access to Crow research data (assuming appropriate IRB approvals)
  3. Letters of support from leadership (for grants, tenure & promotion, etc.)
  4. Networked mentoring opportunities
  5. Guidance regarding publications and research (reviews of in-progress work, etc.)

D. Meetings

  1. The Crow advisory board meets at least three times a year, following the academic semester structure at our lead universities (Spring, Summer, Fall).
  2. Meeting dates, times, and locations will be announced at least six weeks in advance.
  3. Meeting schedules and digital infrastructure will facilitate the participation of advisory board members around the world.
  4. Meeting agendas will be prepared by the Crow team in consultation with the advisory board. Fall meetings will include a review of the advisory board charter. Spring meetings will include a review of membership.
  5. While scheduling conflicts may arise, advisory board members are expected to attend at least one meeting a year by face to face or online means.

E. Membership

  1. The advisory board will have six to ten members.
  2. The inaugural Crow advisory board members will be invited by the Crow project leaders, in consultation with the Crow team.
  3. The advisory board will nominate members for renewal and/or invite new members by voting conducted at Spring meetings.
  4. Advisory board members are typically researchers and teachers with expertise and/or interest in writing research and teaching, but may also include students, professionals, and community members.
  5. Advisory board members serve three year, renewable terms. Term length may be abbreviated to ensure rotation and replacement of members is balanced.
  6. Members are expected to adhere to the Crow code of conduct.
  7. The board can dismiss members for cause via majority vote.
  8. A roster of advisory board members will be published on the Crow web site.
  9. Advisory board members are not compensated.

F. Infrastructure

  1. The Crow team provides training and supports advisory board members in the use of Crow digital infrastructure.
  2. Decisions will commonly be made by consensus. A formal vote shall be taken when documentation is needed for future reference.
  3. Meeting minutes will be recorded by Crow team members and shared with the advisory board.