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"Rhetorical Media and the Twenty First Century Open-Access Writing Center: Predictions, Predilections, and Realities"

I neglected to link in a post to my article "Rhetorical Media and the Twenty First Century Open-Access Writing Center: Predictions, Predilections, and Realities."  The issue of Computers and Writing Online that it is featured in didn't stay up very long either.  Ah well.  Here is an excerpt from the conclusion to further tempt you to read the whole thing:
 Are we at open-access institutions, quite literally, disabling our students by not providing them with adequate response to non-traditional types of texts?  Millward (2008) states, “Two-year colleges, whose mission is to serve as a gateway for nontraditional students, must not allow themselves to become, by default, the new gatekeepers for the [under-served]” or, what Cynthia Selfe (1999) bluntly calls a new illiterate class (423).  As individual writing center professionals at open-access institutions, we have to decide if it is worth while to keep our writing centers relevant to this change, or whether we will focus …

2012 NCPTW Maxwell Leadership Award Acceptance Speech

On November 3, 2012, I was honored to receive the 2012 Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership in Promoting the Collaborative Learning Practices of Peer Tutors in Writing.  Here is the acceptance speech I delivered:

I want to thank the selection committee and especially my good friend Jon Olson as well as the Maxwell family for continuing Ron’s legacy.  I also offer my humble thanks to Harvey Kail who nominated me for the award.  It is truly an honor to be listed among those who have contributed such excellent work to the field of peer tutoring in writing.  When Jon first notified me of the award, I was taken aback.  It was something I never expected, but am truly honored to receive. I also wish to thank and offer my appreciation of the peer writing advisors at Salt Lake Community College for helping me to learn about peer tutoring and fostering learning.  When I think of my work, I think of the peer writing advisors and their origins and their successes.  I think of John, who …