AWAC recognizes the vital role of research to the field and to the mentoring, advocacy, and partnership activities of this organization. The Research and Publications Committee is charged with supporting, disseminating, and developing opportunities for research on Writing Across the Curriculum (broadly defined).
In the first year, this committee will be charged with identifying informational and support needs in the broader communities AWAC wishes to serve (e.g. aggregated lists of journals interested in publishing WAC-related research, targeted research grants). To this end, committee members should reach out to research and publishing-related subcommittees and editors of the national bodies identified in the Organizational Support/Sustaining Connections committee to identify needs and mutual goals.
Activities may include:
- Developing targeted research support grants
- Supporting, perhaps through a database/clearinghouse, inter-institutional partnership opportunities for research
- Identifying and aggregating sources of grant funding for individual and institutional research
- Identifying priorities/opportunities for research on WAC issues
- Coordinating proposals for special issues
- Assessing the need for additional publication venues
- Promoting WAC-related research and publications of its members