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Writing Centers at the Center of Change

Edited By Joe Essid, Brian McTague Copyright 2020
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Writing Centers at the Center of Change looks at how eleven centers, internationally, adapted to change at their institutions, during a decade when their very success has become a valued commodity in a larger struggle for resources on many campuses.

    Bringing together both US and international perspectives, this volume offers solutions for adapting to change in the world of writing centers, ranging from the logistical to the pedagogical, and even to the existential. Each author discusses the origins, appropriate responses, and partners to seek when change comes from within a school or outside it. Chapters document new programs being formed under changing circumstances, and suggest ways to navigate professional or pedagogical changes that may undermine the hard work of more than four decades of writing-center professionals.

    The book’s audience includes writing center and learning-commons administrators, university librarians, deans, department chairs affiliated with writing centers. It will also be useful for graduate students in composition, rhetoric, and academic writing.

    Introduction: A Light at the End of the Service Corridor?
    Joe Essid and Brian J. McTague

    I: New or Reimagined Spaces

    Chapter One: Sharing Space and Finding Common Ground: A Practical Guide to Creating Effective Writing Center/Library Partnerships
    Maggie M. Herb & Lindsay A. Sabatino
    Chapter Two: The Writing Center Speaks Up: On Dissonance, Collaboration, and Harmonization With the Learning Commons Chorus
    Maria L. Soriano Young
    Chapter Three: Online Tutoring: From Writing Center to Virtual Education Hub
    Vassiliki Kourbani

    II: New Missions

    Chapter Four: The Writing Center in The Writing Program – Peer Tutoring Across Disciplines And Languages

    Carl Johan Carlsson, Magnus Gustafsson, & Anthony Norman

    Chapter Five: At the Centre of Changing Contexts: A Writing for Life Centre

    Lawrence Cleary

    Chapter Six: Black in the Writing Center: Race, Representation and the Post-Racial Lie

    Kiara Lee

    Chapter Seven: Making Good on the Promise: A Community College in Virginia Collaborates with a Technical Secondary School in Buenos Aires, Argentina to Grow Student Success

    Jenny Koster

    III: Contested Missions, Contested Spaces

    Chapter Eight: I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet

    Shareen Grogan

    Chapter Nine: When The Story Of The University Changes – What Happens To The Mission Of The Writing Center?

    Gerd Bräuer

    Chapter Ten: From Writing Center to Writing Program? Transdisciplinarity as a Means to Institutional Credibility and Support

    Greer Murphy, Troy Mikanovich, Marcus Weakley, & Mark Pedretti

    Chapter Eleven: Negotiating the Complexities of Being A Part of and Apart From

    Maureen McBride


    Joe Essid, University of Richmond, studies the role of writing centers in curriculum development and the transition to college writing. He co-edited Identity and Leadership in Virtual Communities: Establishing Credibility & Influence. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 2013. His articles have appeared in Kairos, Writing Lab Newsletter, and Educause Quarterly.

    Brian McTague has been the director of the Virginia Commonwealth University Writing Center since 2013. His pedagogical interests include reflective and creative academic writing, teaching writing to non-traditional students, such as those with learning differences, and making writing education accessible to all, including via the community writing center model.

    "Essid and McTague’s edited collection is more than just a how-to guide to solving writing center challenges with new spaces or initiatives – although it certainly does that. Instead, the rich and diverse collection of voices represented here showcases the bright and creative future of peer-based, collaborative learning. A must for any writing center director."Scott Whiddon, Transylvania University, USA

    "Perhaps one of the great unchanging truths about writing centers is that they are always changing. Through intimate glimpses at writing centers from across the globe, this collection not only illuminates the pressures generated by change but also helps us recognize how to use change to propel our writing centers and our work forward." --Mary Lou Odom, Director of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum Kennesaw State University, USA