Nominations Sought for New CCC Council Members

The Computing Community Consortium (CCC) is charged with catalyzing and empowering the U.S. computing research community to articulate and advance major research directions for the field. Established in 2006 through a cooperative agreement between the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Computing Research Association (CRA), the CCC provides a voice for the national computing research community, and facilitates the development of a bold, multi-themed vision for computing research, and communicates that vision to a wide range of major stakeholders.

To fulfill its mission, the CCC needs truly visionary leaders — people with great ideas, sound judgment, and the willingness to work hard to see things to completion. The Council is comprised of 20 diverse researchers from across the computing spectrum. The CCC releases a call for nominations for new members each December. Please help the computing community by nominating such people for the Council at that time.

What do CCC council members do?

  • Shepherd visioning activities
  • Participate in topical task forces
  • Develop and lead new activities
  • Engage with government agencies, industry, and sister organizations (NSF, ACM, Big Data Hubs…)
  • Write white papers and blog posts
  • Other requests as needed
  • Monthly teleconferences
  • Three face-to-face meetings each year

The CCC carries out its work through an active and engaged Council, currently led by Mark D. Hill (University of Wisconsin-Madison) as Chair and Liz Bradley (University of Colorado Boulder) as Vice Chair. The members of the Council are appointed by CRA in consultation with NSF, with staggered three-year terms. In the aggregate, the Council must reflect the full breadth of the computing research community — research area, institutional character, geographic diversity, etc. The Council is fully supported by a dedicated staff, at CRA, lead by Director, Ann Schwartz Drobnis.

For more information about the CCC, please visit our website and blog.

The CCC’s Nominating Subcommittee now invites nominations (including self-nominations) for members to serve on the CCC Council for terms beginning July 1, 2020 and concluding July 1, 2023. This year, we are particularly interested in researchers in computer vision, bioinformatics, programming languages, and networking.  

Please send nominations, together with the information below, to by 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 7, 2020. The subcommittee’s recommendations will serve as input to CRA and NSF, who will make the final selection. Please include:

Please include:

  • Name, affiliation, and email address of the nominee.
  • Areas of research expertise.
  • Previous significant service to the research community and other relevant experience, with years it occurred (no more than *five* items).
  • A brief biography or curriculum vitae of the nominee.
  • The names and contact information (email and phone) for 2-3 people who would be knowledgeable about the nominee’s potential for such a service role.
  • A statement from the nominee of less than one page, supporting his or her nomination by describing his or her ideas for, and commitment to, advancing the work of the CCC in encouraging new research directions, engaging broader communities, and finding wider funding sources.

Please note that in order to represent the community and provide it with a breath of different knowledge, the CCC selects council members from different institutions.

If you nominated a possible council member within the past three years and still believe that individual would be a good fit, please let us know along with any new information you consider relevant and we will include this when we review the previous nomination material.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the CCC Director, Ann Schwartz Drobnis (

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the CCC select candidates? What role do prominence and accomplishment play in that selection?

We take prominence and accomplishment into account, but we also consider demonstrated level of enthusiasm for service to the community.

In accordance with our mission to be broadly representative of the computing research community, we also seek a balance across technical areas, institutions and institution types (e.g., R1 universities, smaller colleges, corporate R&D), and demographics.

If a candidate is not selected, will they never be selected? Can they be renominated?

Attaining the kind of broad representation mentioned in the previous entry in this FAQ requires us to turn down many highly qualified candidates.  It doesn’t hurt to renominate a candidate, but we do keep all nominations “on file” and we revisit that list every year.

Beyond academics, what factors do you take into consideration?

Many factors are considered when looking at candidates for the CCC Council; among them are:

  • Demonstrated interest in service,
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and follow through on activities,
  • Breadth of interest and thought,
  • Research area,
  • Willingness to work and think outside of that area,
  • Home institution
  • Institution type

What is the process here? The timetable?

  • Nominations are submitted in response to a call put out at the end of the year and due in first quarter of the new year (actual dates fluctuate yearly).
  • The nomination committee reviews all submissions thoroughly and balances the candidates with the mix of current council members for broad representation of the computing field.

I want to be on the CCC. Can I nominate myself?


Does CRA or NSF have any input to the process?

We do solicit feedback from the CRA Board and NSF.  As per our bylaws, both entities ultimately must approve the final selections.