Research

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. Joy Bracewell, Co-Chair

Dr. Scott Whiddon

Courtnie Morin

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:

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.

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:

Carpenter, Russell, Scott Whiddon, and Courtnie Morin. “Research Toward a Writing Center Certification Process: Findings, Research, and Implications.” Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. Richmond, VA. 22 February 2018.

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:

Carpenter, Russell, Scott Whiddon, and Courtnie Morin. “Understanding What Certifications Mean for Writing Centers: Analyzing a Pilot Program via a Regional Organization.” How We Teach Writing Tutors: A WLN Digital Edited Collection. Eds. Karen Johnson and Ted Roggenbuck, 2019.

2019: Shared research and update on certification design process at SWCA 2019. See slides linked below:

Whiddon, Scott, Russell Carpenter, Courtnie Morin, Kevin Dvorak, and Joy Bracewell. “Why Do This and What Do I Need?: A Workshop for Preparing SWCA Certification Proposals.” Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC. 21 February 2019.

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