Standing Committee Descriptions

Purpose: Standing Committees are those Committees within LRA that have a broad impact on its budget and resources. Each Standing Committee provides outreach to the organization in some manner.
Prerequisites: (Member) Skills/knowledge related to committee's charge. (Chair) Prior Service on that committee; long-term relationship with LRA.
Term Length: 3 years.
Appointment Process: The President appoints Standing Committee Chairs. The Past President appoints Standing Committee members.
  • Ethics Committee: The purpose of the Ethics Committee is to: (a) educate and provide guidance to LRA members and to those with whom they interact about the ethical principles as outlined in the Ethics Statement; (b) serve as a resource to the membership regarding ethical issues arising in aspects of their research; (c) assist and advise the Executive Committee and Board of Directors in addressing ethical issues; (d) facilitate and encourage discussion of ethical issues among the LRA community.
  • Ethnicity, Race and Multilingualism Committee: The purpose of the Ethnicity, Race, and Multilingualism Committee is to: (a) increase awareness and knowledge of members about issues of diversity and equity in literacy research and education; (b) promote an interest in conducting or supporting literacy research aimed at improving educational opportunities, access, achievement, and empowerment of students of diverse, cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds; (c) increase the participation of scholars of diverse cultural backgrounds in LRA as members, Annual Conference presenters, Committee members, and officers; (d) assist and advise the Board of Directors in monitoring LRA’s progress in meeting goals of equity.
  • Field Council:  The purpose of the Field Council is to serve as an advisory council to the President and Board of Directors regarding the work of LRA. The Field Council promotes the recruitment, retention, and reclamation of LRA members. In addition, the Field Council is responsible for the dissemination of research and literacy practices through cooperative efforts with institutions and professional organizations and strives to build a strong network of LRA members within each state in order to increase the quality of communication and information dissemination between the Board of Directors and the membership.
  • Gender and Sexualities Committee: The overarching purposes of the Gender & Sexualities Standing Committee are (a) promote impactful research, policy, and practice around the intersections of literacy and gender/sexuality; and (b) forward an agenda of justice, equity, equality, and diversity centered around gender and sexualities and their intersections with other factors, including race/ethnicity, culture, language, age, ability, religion.” However, the more specific bullets have been adjusted to account for the earlier limitations: (a) to promote and encourage literacy research that highlights perspectives around gender and sexualities, especially as those identities intersect with race, class, language, nationality, religion, age, ability, and culture. (b) to identify and advocate for programmatic opportunities that work to rectify gender imbalances with particular attention to intersectional identities and structural forces. (c) to collaborate with Ethnicity, Race, and Multilingualism (ERM) to create organizational opportunities that foreground literacy research and practice from intersectional perspectives and backgrounds. (d) to encourage interaction and engagement with organizations and scholars involved in outreach, advocacy, and/or research that foreground gender inequities or LGBTQ populations in various local, national and global contexts.
  • Publications Committee:  The purpose of the Publications Committee is to oversee the publications of LRA (Journal of Literacy ResearchLiteracy Research: Theory, Methods and Practice; LRA Newsletter).  The duties of the Publications Committee include: (a) recommending and securing new editors for publications as the need arise; (b) conducting periodic evaluations of publications; (c) facilitating the work of the editors of publications; and (d) exploring possible collaborative publication ventures with other scholarly organizations.
  • Policy and Legislative Committee:  The Policy and Legislative Committee has seven objectives: (a) To actively solicit expertise within areas, committees, ICGs, and the general membership for their direction on policy concerns and to gain insight on focused points of direction and interpretation. (b) To systematically review the concerns brought forward to the committee and to determine their quality, scholarly significance, timeliness and relevance prior to their review by the Executive Committee and Board of Directors. (c) To advise and bring issues from areas, committees, ICGs, and the general membership to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors related to policy and legislation. (d) To establish guidelines and references for developing and evaluating high quality Policy Updates, Endorsements, Resolutions, Policy Briefs, and Literacy Research Reports. (e) To provide members with strategies for addressing policy issues at the local, state, and national levels. (f) To act as a liaison in contacting other organizations, including IRA, NCTE, and AERA, regarding policy issues. (g) To keep information on federal developments, especially ESEA and IES, flowing to concerned parties in LRA.
  • Research Committee: The Research Committee is responsible for (a) monitoring and increasing awareness of (1) relevant trends in literacy and related research and (2) the overall status of research in the field and within LRA (e.g. citation rates, funding for literacy research); (b) monitoring opportunies for funded research related to literacy and promote and facilitate efforts to seek available funding; (c) encourage and promote the conduct and borad dissemination of ethical literacy research without undo restrictions, commercialization, and conflict of interest, including the dissemination of literacy research online; (d) serve as a resource to the Board of Directors and the Committees in matters pertaining to literacy research; and (e) consult with the Annual Conference Committee Chair about issues related to research. 
  • Technology Committee: The Technology Committee has a constantly evolving charge. At present, the purpose of the Committee is to: (a) Explore and implement means by which technology can benefit LRA; (b) Explore ethical issues related to technology; (c) Explore issues of technology as text and issues of technology and paradigms; (d) Recommend technology-related policy to the Board of Directors, particularly with respect to the Listserv and Web site; (e) Provide leadership for Web site development and continual update of the Web site; and (f) Organize the recording and subsequent posting to the Web site each plenary address at the Annual Conference.