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, facilitating the development of a bold, multi-themed vision for computing research and communicating that vision to a wide range of stakeholders.

To fulfill its mission, the CCC needs visionary leaders — people with great ideas, sound judgment, and the willingness to work collaboratively to see things through to completion. The Council is composed of 20 researchers representing the breadth and diversity of computing today. 

Please help the computing community by nominating outstanding colleagues for the Council.

The CCC carries out its work through an active and engaged Council, currently led by Chair Liz Bradley (University of Colorado Boulder) and Vice Chair Dan Lopresti (Lehigh University). The members of the Council are appointed by CRA, in consultation with NSF, for staggered three-year terms. In the aggregate, the Council strives to reflect the full breadth of the computing research community — this includes its research areas, institutional structures and geography (e.g. industry / academia, public / private, large / small, urban / nonurban), and all other forms of diversity, broadly defined. The Council is fully supported by a dedicated staff at CRA, led by Director Ann Schwartz Drobnis.

What do CCC Council members do?

  • Help develop and lead new visioning activities (e.g. AI Roadmap)
  • Shepherd visioning activities put forward by community colleagues (e.g. Workshop Series on Assured Autonomy)
  • Engage in topical CCC Task Forces
  • Develop and lead new activities (e.g. AI Roadmap)
  • Engage with government agencies, industry, and sister organizations (NSF, NIH, NITRD, ACM, IEEE-CS, etc.)
  • Author white papers, blog posts, and contribute to other CCC communications efforts (e.g. 2020 Quadrennial Papers)
  • Participate in monthly video conferences
  • Attend three face-to-face meetings each year (virtual during COVID-19)
  • Handle other requests from and for the community, as needed

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

The CCC’s Nominating Subcommittee invites nominations (including self-nominations) for members to serve on the CCC Council for terms beginning July 1, 2021 and concluding June 30, 2024. Our goal is for the Council to represent the full computing research community.  We are seeking new members to complement the current Council to help us achieve this goal. 

Please send nominations, together with the information below, to ccc-nominations@cra.org by 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 12, 2021. The subcommittee’s recommendations will serve as input to CRA and NSF, who will make the final selection.

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 curriculum vitae of the nominee (link to webpage is fine).
  • A few sentences about why this candidate would be a great addition to the Council and complement its current membership.
  • 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.

Please note that in order to represent the community and provide a breath of knowledge and backgrounds, the CCC selects new Council members from institutions different from those of continuing council members.

If you submitted a nomination within the past three years and believe that individual would still be a good fit, please let us know along with any updates you consider relevant. We will include new information we receive when we review past nominations.

If you have any questions, please direct them to the CCC Director Ann Schwartz Drobnis (adrobnis@cra.org).

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?

Absolutely!

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.