SWCA supports research and innovation in a number of ways:
Research & Development (R&D) Committee
The R&D committee makes recommendations and develops resources to support the mission of the SWCA. One of its most recent projects is the development of the C.A.R.E. Certification Program.
Dr. Russell Carpenter, Co-Chair
Dr. Scott Whiddon
Dr. Kevin Dvorak
Below you can view the R&D committee's work over several years in developing the C.A.R.E. Certification Program.
See the 2017 survey questions and responses.
2017: Launched SWCA-wide survey to gather information on certification planning and programs
2017: Analyzed data focused on pilot certification planning and programs. See the manuscript below for an overview and analysis of the pilot phase:
2017: Launched pilot certification process with two SWCA-member institutions
2017: Invited audio reflection from two SWCA-member institutions based on experience with certification pilot program
2017: Launched v 1.1 of certification rubrics and tools (available below in Resources)
2018: Designed and conducted focus group interviews regarding value added through regional organization (SWCA) certification process
2018: Shared research and update on certification design process at SWCA 2018. See slides linked below:
2018: Announced centers certified through pilot program
2018: Launched updated certification process for 2018-2019 (2.0)
2018: Analyzed data regarding value-added SWCA certification interviews
Carpenter, Russell, Scott Whiddon, and Courtnie Morin. “‘For Writing Centers, By Writing Centers’: A New Model for Certification via Regional Organizations.” WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship. 42.1-2 (2017). 2-9. Access .
2019: Launched full-scale certification for all interested centers at Myrtle Beach SWCA conference.
2019: Analyzed data focused on certification planning and programs. See the manuscript below for an overview of research collection during phase two:
2019: Shared research and update on certification design process at SWCA 2019. See slides linked below:
In addition to Southern Discourse in the Center, check out the following journals for information on writing and writing center-related issues: