My colleagues Dawn Fels, Maggie Herb, Lila Naydan, and I have been asked to innagurate the Writing Center Journal's blog community series. We're writing about the working continditions of contingent writing center employees weekly during the month of February, 2016.
I recently had the honor of giving the keynote address at the 2013 South Central Writing Center Association's Annual Conference. Here is the text of the speech:
Keynote Address for the South Central Writing Centers Association Annual Conference
February 21-23, 2013 Corpus Christi, Texas
Clint Gardner Salt Lake Community College Student Writing Center
How many here are peer tutors?
How many here have been peer tutors?
Being the good writing center person that I am, I’m going to have you do a little writing first. Strange thing in a keynote address, I realize, but bear with me. “What are the most significant abilities, values, or skills that you developed in your work as a peer writing tutor?”
Peer Tutoring: The Writing Center's Essential Contact Zone
Today I want to talk about why I think Peer Tutoring is the essential contact zone for a writing center. By contact zone I mean the place where learning happens, in all its glory: learning about wri…
First of all, I want to thank Justin and all the folks in the Colorado Wyoming Writing Tutor Conference for their excellent job in organizing the conference this year. The workshop sessions yesterday were evocative and gave me a lot to think about. I’m looking forward to the sessions today.
Secondly, out on a table near registration you will find stickers [hold up stickers] and buttons [show off button] for the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing and International Writing Centers Association joint conference in Columbus, Ohio held from October 16th to the 19th next fall. I encourage you all to adapt your presentations here at TutorCon or propose new ones for that conference. Also, keep and eye out for travel grant opportunities, and don’t let he price tag deter you from proposing. Our region represents some of the most innovative writing center work in the world.
Finally, I bring greetings from the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association. It has been a banner year…