Apply now for CWPA Research Grants! The call for the grants is attached to this message (at the end of the post). In addition to supporting general programmatic research, this year's call also solicits proposals for replicable, aggregable, and generalizable research (Haswell) in two specific areas:
- multiple site/institution-level research, and/or
- investigations into connections between secondary and postsecondary writing instruction, student success, and/or policy.
Now more than ever, this kind of work is crucial for writing instructors and WPAs. The push for institution-level research isn't going away, as I noted in the last President's Blog entry. While we continue to engage in research that speaks to (and is important for) improving student learning at the classroom and program level, others within (and outside of) our institutions want data that speak to learning (or results) at the institutional level. Additionally, as many of our colleagues have recently noted in outstanding research (e.g., pieces in Sullivan and Tinberg's What is College-Level Writing?; Addison and McGee's "Writing in High School/Writing in College"), issues related to the secondary/postsecondary writing instruction connection are increasingly important -- from the college classroom to state legislatures.
The call for proposals attached to this message outlines each of the targeted grant areas in greater detail, and also includes information about CWPA's "general" research grants. Additionally, this year the Research Grant Committee has provided a consultant (Barb L'Eplattenier, former RGC Chair and former CWPA Executive Board member) who has graciously agreed to provide assistance during the grant development phase. All this and more is described in the call below. We look forward to seeing the smart applications and projects that emerge from this call!