News and Notes from MAWCA
The International Writing Centers Association will hold its annual Collaborative @ CCCC in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Wednesday, March 13. The theme of the conference is "Writing Center Work--All of It." Registration for the conference closes on Friday, March 1. To register, click here.
The International Writing Centers Association recently concluded elections for its executive board. Congratulations to MAWCA member Jared Featherstone of James Madison University, who won a seat as an at-large representative.
The MAWCA Executive Board hopes to compile a comprehensive list of all of the writing centers (and learning centers that offer writing-related services) in the five-state MAWCA region. We are seeking volunteers to contribute to this effort. The work will involve searching for information online and recording it in an Excel document. We hope to find volunteers who could each contribute around 10-15 hours between now and April 2013. If you’re interested in contributing, or if you have questions about the project, please contact Lori Salem.
The 2013 IWCA Summer Institute will be held June 23-29 in Fort Lauderdale. According to the website, "The Summer Institute is ideal for current or would-be writing center directors and assistants, writing program administrators, tutors, writing teachers (high school or college), curriculum developers, graduate students, new Ph.D.s, and academic leaders."
Congratulations to former MAWCA President Karen Rowan, who with co-editor Laura Greenfield won the 2011 IWCA Outstanding Book Award! According to the announcement, their book, Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change, was selected "for initiating a dialogue and deepening our understanding of how race plays out in the daily work of writing centers. Each chapter is provocative and thought provoking and serves as an example of the ways that writing center work is a window into literacy practices of our institutions writ large. Writing Centers and the New Racism is an important book at an important moment for writing center studies."
MAWCA is seeking hosts for future MAWCA conferences. If you’d like to give back to our professional community but don’t know how, think about hosting the next MAWCA conference at your institution. Hosting a conference allows your institution to showcase its programs and campus to the larger professional community; the event also affords the attendees ---directors, instructors and tutors alike----the opportunity to stay abreast of the latest practices in the field as well as maintain the professional networks that enrich professional growth. The MAWCA board would love to hear from you if you are interested in hosting the next MAWCA conference. Please jot a note to Barb Lutz (email@example.com) if you have any questions about the hosting process.
In Loyola University's tutor training course, Dr. Lisa Zimmerelli's students observe tutoring sessions in the writing center and blog about their observations. MAWCA would like to broaden discussion to include the whole membership.
The MAWCA 2013 Conference will highlight research: "Writing Centers in 3D." Keep an eye out for further invitations to converse about tutoring, research, theory and practice in the coming weeks.
Here is the topic Loyola students will be writing on. Please join them by commenting on this post!
Blog about your first few weeks observing tutoring sessions in the writing center and interviewing current tutors. Connect your observations to your class readings so far. Is what you’ve observed consistent with what you’ve read? Or, is there a disconnect between the “theory” and the “practice” as you’ve seen it in our writing center.