5th Annual Writing Center Symposium, Auburn University at Montgomery
Redefining Roles: Writing Centers, Academic Success, and the “Final Frontier”Writing Centers are “boldly [going] where no one has gone before.” What kind of academic voyages has your center set off on “to explore strange new [academic] worlds, to seek out new [student] life, and new [organizational] civilizations?” What are some of your innovative, redefining efforts? Has your center taken part in a re-organization? How has re-organization affected your funding? If your university has an Academic Success Center, what part do you play in it? What experiences has your center had in moving into a new physical space? Is your center using new databases or technology to track usage and/or student success?
Let’s gather September 16, 2016 from 9:00am – 3:00pm and
discuss the ways our centers have adapted to new lives. We would like
to hear how other centers are increasing inclusivity and organizational
partnerships. Perhaps a new program initiative began or physical move
occurred recently, causing a change in your center. There are many
approaches to the difficulties and challenges faced by writing centers
in today’s academia, and we hope to use this time to illustrate and
discuss just a few ways our centers are boldly adapting.
3rd Annual Writing Center Symposium, Samford University
Bridging Learning and Communication
January 23, 2015
Call for Proposals
Kazantzakis, author of Zorba the Greek, is known as a philosopher and
scholar. He identified “ideal teachers” as “those who use themselves as
bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having
facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to
create bridges of their own.” Perhaps tutors are ideal teachers.
gather January 23, 2015, from 10:00am until 2:30pm to consider the role
of writing tutors in facilitating learning and encouraging learners.
Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Kim Sydow Campbell, affectionately known
as Dr. Kim to her followers on Twitter and ProsWrite.com.
Dr. Campbell is the Associate Dean for Assessment and Continuous
Improvement and a Derrell Thomas Faculty Fellow in the Culverhouse
College of Commerce, University of Alabama. She has an international
reputation as an author, teacher, and scholar in professional
communication, writing, teaching, and assessment.
Let’s gather to share ideas about and methods for bridging learning for our peer clients. How do we help students develop writing skills? How do we help them develop confidence in their writing skills and in their ideas? How do our roles as students, tutors, graduate student assistants, and directors inform our practice? How are we informed by the activities and the relationships that develop in our centers? How do we strengthen our metaphorical bridges and learn when to “collapse” to allow the peer client to take over? How do we open our bridges to encourage all types of writers to enter and engage? We’ll engage these questions and others.
SWCA-Alabama Spring Writing Center Conference: Building Rapport in Writing Centers?
people attended the first SWCA-Alabama Conference held at Samford
University on January 25, 2013. Upon arrival, each person was given a
name tag that included the words Group A or Group B, and a conference
program outlining the day's events (each program also contained a number
to be used for door prizes at the end of the day). The day started off
with a keynote address by Dr. Glenda Conway, an English Professor at the
University of Montevallo. From there, workshops and presentations were
delivered for each group throughout the day; each group also ate lunch
together. At the end of the day, all participants reunited for a gift
drawing of several door prizes that had been donated by various writing
centers in the state. Door prizes included two small journal notebooks, a
Starbucks gift card (or two), a copy of Strunk & White's Elements of Style, and the literary journal from the University of Montevallo, called The Tower.
Writing Center directors and/or staff attended from the following institutions:
University of North Alabama, University of South Alabama, University of Alabama, University of Montevallo, Troy University, Samford University, Athens State University, Auburn University, Auburn University at Montgomery, Shelton State Community College, Wallace State Community College, Marion Military Institute