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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.

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Peer Tutoring: The Essential Contact Zone

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
PRE-INTRODUCTION
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?”
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Thank you and good afternoon.
I've been told by very reliable sources (students) that funny cat videos get people’s attention and help you make new friends.  Since I want to do both, here goes nothing.


But if that didn’t get your attention, here’s another one.



Sorry for that.
But I did get your attention, right?  Getting the attention of people isn't always the easiest thing to do. I think we know that as teachers.
In the classroom, I find that starting with writing tends to get everyone’s attention, and gets them focussed on the subject matter  In the spirit of engaging you with my subject matter this afternoon, like the inveterate teacher of writing that I am, I’m going to have you do a bit of writing.  About a month or so ago, I was chatting online with my writing center colleague Dawn Fels, who you may remember served as the Internatio…