At the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Brad Hughes has been Director of the Writing Center since 1984 and Director of WAC since 1990. Brad feels very lucky to work as part of a team of 100 very talented, dedicated, and creative academic- and classified-staff colleagues, graduate teaching assistants, and undergraduate Writing Fellows, who collectively work with some 7000 undergraduate and graduate student-writers each year. They also collaborate widely with faculty across campus. Brad has published numerous articles about writing center and WAC teaching and administration, he has given over 70 conference papers, invited lectures, and featured and keynote addresses, and he has received numerous awards for his work. Together with his colleague Emily Hall, he was the invited guest editor for a special issue (2008) of the WAC journal Across the Disciplines, featuring research on undergraduate Writing Fellows and WAC. Together with Harvey Kail and Paula Gillespie, he co-developed the Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project. A co-founder of the National College Learning Center Association and past chair of the executive board of the Midwest Writing Centers Association, Brad is a member of the executive board of the National Writing Centers Research Project at the University of Louisville, has been a member of the IWCA's Accreditation and Assessment Committee, and has been a consultant and invited speaker about writing centers and WAC at many colleges and universities. In the summer of 2003, Brad co-chaired—with Paula Gillespie—the inaugural IWCA summer institute, and in 2008, he again co-chaired the institute with Lisa Ede and Paula Gillespie. He's thrilled to be part of the Temple institute and to work with Lori Salem and her colleagues!
Lori Salem has been the director of the Writing Center at Temple University since 1999. In this time, the Center morphed from a small stuck-in-the-basement operation, to a large window-rich Center with three full-time staff, forty graduate and undergraduate tutors, and a stable budget. In 2005, the Writing Center became the “home” for Temple’s upper-division writing-intensive course program, a major change in mission that brought with it many new responsibilities and exciting opportunities for working on curriculum and faculty development.
Lori did her masters & doctorate in dance history, and taught dance at SUNY-Fredonia before coming to Temple. She wrote her dissertation about Orientalist dances in turn-of-the-century American theater, a fun, but, as it turns out, not a sustained passion. It was her experiences as a graduate tutor that convinced her to change course toward writing center studies. She has a piece about managerialism in writing centers forthcoming in Before and After the Tutorial: Writing Centers and Institutional Relationships, and she is currently completing a two-year, collaborative, qualitative study of tutors in a tutor development program. Her work has been presented at CCCC, IWCA, WPA, MAWCA and the Sydney conference on the New Rhetoric. She served as the book reviews editor for the Journal of Writing Program Administration, and she was the host for the 2008 MAWCA conference. Lori serves as vice-president of the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association.
Lori is the mother of twin ‘tween girls, Leila and Hana. She’s a bit of a foodie, and a total wino. She reads graphic novels, Twitter, and a lot of fiction. Until recently, she hardly cared at all about shoes, but that changed with the launch of zappos.com.
Harry Denny is Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing Centers in the Institute for Writing Studies at St. John’s University. Prior to joining the English faculty at St. John’s, Denny administered the Writing Center and taught in the Program for Writing & Rhetoric at Stony Brook University (SUNY), and he served as the Associate Director of the Writing Center at Long Island University.
Michele Eodice started working in as a peer writing consultant while studying to become a high school English teacher. Her mentor was Thomas Reigstad, co-author of Training Tutors for Writing Conferences. After earning a master’s degree, she pursued a doctorate at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she worked with the other half of the co-authoring team of that book, Donald McAndrew.
Katrin Girgensohn has worked with the idea of writing as a collaborative art form for 18 years. During her studies in German Literature, Katrin began to teach writing and developed concepts for writing group work. After receiving her MA, she worked as a freelance writing teacher for several years, leading workshops on academic writing at different German universities. For her PhD she developed a seminar on autonomous writing group work at universities and conducted a study on this. Her research papers examine writing center work and student writing. As a Board member of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW) from 2003 to 2005, she helped to build a European Community for Writers. Currently she is a Board member of the European Writing Centers Association. In 2007 she founded the writing center at European Univerity Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder)/Germany, close to the Polish border. Her writing center offers peer tutoring for students, a program for PhD students, writing tandems for international students, and writing groups. In 2008 the writing center hosted the first peer tutor conference in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Karen Keaton Jackson
Karen Keaton Jackson is an assistant professor of English at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina, where she teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate composition courses and directs the Writing Studio. She received her B.S. in English Secondary Education from Hampton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from Wayne State University. Her research interests include literacy, race, and identity, and how they intertwine in the urban writing classroom. As a graduate student, she taught courses in African-American literature, multicultural literacy, and helped to develop a community based service-learning course. She had not really planned on directing a writing center when she took her current job. However, once she became its director, she never looked back! Since then, she changed the name of the writing center to the Writing Studio and changed the entire vibe and visibility of the space. The tutors became known as consultants and we went from a tiny space with the door most often closed to that still tiny space, but with bright colors, laughter and fun, and an open door that welcomes students. She also became the director of the university’s new writing intensive program and began teaching the composition theory and pedagogy course that all new consultants take their first semester in the Studio.
I work at a small, private 2-year college in the suburbs of Boston called Dean College. In this job I wear three hats: English professor, writing center director and WAC coordinator. It sounds like a lot until I also add that we have only about 1000 students, and then all those titles shrink down down to a more reasonable size! I've been tutoring writing and directing writing centers since 2001, mostly working with undergraduate peer tutors. In my previous job, I concentrated in particular on learning how to tutor non-native English speakers, and in my current job, I've been learning much more about working with developmental writers.
Twenty-five years ago Catherine Oriani was fortunate enough to begin her writing center career under the direction of Stephen North (a.k.a. one of the “Grandfathers” of Writing Centers). Since then she has initiated and directed three high school writing centers at three very different institutions. She has served the Northeastern Writing Center Association as a board member and as president. Additionally, she was NEWCA’s regional representative to the International Writing Center Association, formally known as the National Writing Center Association. Catherine has presented workshops on writing center pedagogy and practice at local, regional and national conferences including the Long Island Language Arts Council, Northeastern Writing Center’s Association, and National Council of Teachers of English. Currently, Catherine teaches English at Garden City High School on Long Island. Ever since being inspired by her brother Ron (who discussed a college paper with her for an hour and a half) almost thirty years ago, Catherine has been and continues to be devoted to talking about writing.
Carol Severino fell into Writing Center work by accident when in 1989, she answered an ad for a “Director for a Program for the Underprepared Students” at the University of Iowa. She figured she would be good for this job because she had been teaching composition in such a program at the University of Illinois at Chicago for more than 10 years. When she inquired about the program though, she was surprised to find out it was the Writing Center, which for years had mainly served underprepared students who worked on their writing twice a week with the same tutor all semester. She took the job but gradually helped transform the Writing Center from a Program for the Underprepared to what could be called a Program for Every Writer. Now the Iowa Writing Center has as-needed appointments, satellite sites including a community writing center, online tutoring, a Writing Fellows Program, fiction and non-fiction workshops, and a wonderful assistant director, Matt Gilchrist. We still have tutoring twice-a-week with the same tutor, which now appeals to students with many writing demands, especially first-years (both prepared and underprepared), graduate students, and second language writers. We hope to retain most of these programs despite the looming budget cuts.
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