The Conference on Community Writing Distinguished Engaged Scholar in Community Writing Award will be presented bi-annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to community writing. The recipient for the 2017 award will be selected by the award committee and thereafter, starting in 2019, through a call for nominations.
Criteria for the Award:
A practitioner-scholar (not necessarily a college faculty member, but with a publishing record on community/college literacy partnerships) who:
- Writes for and with others, with an impact on the well-being of a region or area
- Uses writing to build and sustain networks of advocacy and support across institutional boundaries such as schools, colleges, neighborhood centers, or government agencies
- Pioneers new methods of organizing and fostering community writing in diverse and multimodal contexts
- Fosters reciprocal and culturally sensitive projects that “write community”—strengthening social, economic, and cultural bonds constitutive of healthy local or advocacy groups.
Conference on Community Writing Outstanding Book Award
The Conference on Community Writing (CCW) is pleased to accept nominations for the inaugural CCW Outstanding Book Award. The CCW Outstanding Book Award will be presented bi-annually for the most outstanding scholarly book in community writing, which includes genres such as service-learning, community-based research, community literacy, ethnography, community publishing, and advocacy and activist writing. The winning applicant and runner-up applicant can expect to hear from the award committee by September 1. The award winners will be announced at CCW in the fall.
The CCW Outstanding Book Award will consider print and digital monographs and edited collections that highlight scholarship about, for, and with local and global communities and that locate their work within the broad, historical traditions of rhetoric and composition, literacy studies, and related disciplines.
Eligibility: A work eligible for the 2017 award will have been published in print or digitally in calendar years 2015-2016.
Nominations must be received by April 17, 2017 and must include a letter of nomination (no more than one single-spaced page) on the book’s contribution to community writing. Self-nominations are accepted. Please send the nomination letter to the CCW Outstanding Book Award Committee at email@example.com.
Criteria for evaluation (proposed criteria adapted from CCCC book award):
- The nominated work is situated within the broadly defined fields of Community Writing and/or Community Literacy.
- The book takes the form of archival, historical, community-based, empirical, or theoretical work.
- The book adheres to gender-fair language use.
- The research problem articulated in the book is worthy of extended investigation.
- The research problem is treated in ways that are appropriate for its research context.
- The book clearly demonstrates relevance to its field and the conceptualization of problems within the field.
- The book provides a theoretical framework or methodology by which the field may be advanced by other researchers or develop an existing framework in productive new ways.
- Members of the CCW feel that the book provides a substantial and enduring contribution on research, on teaching, and/or on community engagement.
- The structure/organization of the book contributes to the cohesiveness of the work and the presentation of the text.
- The book is written in an engaging style that 1) advances the author’s purpose and 2) enhances the reading experience.
- The book demonstrates best practices in ethical research.
Conference on Community Writing Outstanding College-Community Project Award
The Conference on Community Writing Outstanding College-Community Project Award honors high-impact initiatives developed or sustained through university/college- community partnerships that embody a spirit of collaboration and reciprocity. Appropriate projects should build on the strengths and expertise of both college and community partners and meet standards of success developed jointly between college and community partners.
The initiatives may be short- or long-term, and they may be based on service-learning, community engagement, and/or community-based research models at two- or four-year institutions. They may include undergraduate-, graduate-, faculty-, and administrative- level contributions to the collaboration with the community. Community partners may include individuals, non-profit organizations having a 501(c)3 status (or comparable status), government agencies (e.g. city schools), and for-profit organizations with philanthropic activities.
Submissions for this award should clearly demonstrate the following: 1) a reciprocal partnership in the process of organizing, running, and evaluating the project; 2) commitment to literacy and/or writing; 3) articulation of clear, useful project outcomes and impacts; and 4) a commitment to sustainability of the partnership, the service-learning model, or the community-based research study.
Applications are due by midnight eastern standard time June 1, 2017. Applications should be submitted as one PDF document via email to the CCW Outstanding Project Award Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org according to the following format:
- Required Information: On a separate page from the award proposal, please include the applicant’s name(s), institution(s), department(s), title of project, and project duration; name and email address of a primary contact with the community partner(s) who has submitted a letter of support; name and email address of a primary contact with the college who has submitted a letter of support.
- An anonymized project abstract of up to 100 words followed by an anonymized, typed, double-spaced project description of no more than 1,500 words that describes the project and addresses the evaluation criteria above. Submitters are asked to include a word count on the document’s front page, and applications that exceed 1,500 words will not be considered.
- Letters of support from all of the community partners involved in the project that address the quality of the project.
- A letter of support from the applicant’s college that addresses the quality of the project. This letter may come from the submitter’s academic department chair, an academic administrator who was involved with or granted approval to the project, or an official who works for an administrative body associated with the project.
- A letter of support from a student and/or additional community member that addresses the quality of the project.
Submissions will be evaluated based on the following:
- The significance of the project to the community partner’s work, as indicated by the project outcomes and the support letter from the partner; the significance of the project to the mission and goals of the college and/or program/department, as indicated by the project outcomes and the support letter from the college.
- The articulation of the connection between the project and community writing, which includes genres such as community literacy, service-learning, community-based research, ethnography, community publishing, and advocacy and activist writing.
- The articulation of a thorough method of process, or if the project includes empirical work, rigorous research methods (including the coding and analyzing of data) appropriate to the project, the applicant’s discipline, and the community partner.
- The results and/or findings of the college-community project as demonstrated through best practices for assessing outcomes appropriate to the work completed.
- The quality of the project description, including clarity of the general conception, goals, organization, and results.
The winning applicant and runner-up applicant can expect to hear from the award committee by August 1. The award winners will be announced at the Conference on Community Writing in the fall.