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About Clint Gardner


Having worked in writing centers for over two and a half decades, I have learned a great deal about their theory and practice, one-to-one instruction, peer tutoring, the role of writing centers at two-year colleges, as well as the uses of computers in composition classrooms and in the writing center. My role as Program Manager of College Writing and Reading Centers at Salt Lake Community College allows me to teach writing and academic literacy to students from diverse backgrounds, as well as to teach tutors how to respond more effectively to their peers.  My writing center research includes the impact of writing center work on peer tutors, two-year college writing centers, and online writing tutoring.  I have also had the opportunity to serve the writing center  community as a whole in both the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) and the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA).   I've served on the NCPTW steering committee for over a decade, and recently had the honor of serving as its inaugural President of the Board of Trustees.  In IWCA, I've served as Web Editor, Community College Representative, and as President. One of my goals is to bring writing center theory and practice to a broader and more diverse audience. I also served as Secretary and Archivist for the Two-year College Association (TYCA) of the National Council of Teachers of English.  I've been a member of my local regional association, the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association since the early 90s, and currently serve as its President.


Clint Gardner is the Program Manager of College Writing and Reading Centers at Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) in Salt Lake City, Utah.  He is currently the President of the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association, and recently served as  President of the Board of Trustees of the National Conference of Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW).  He has been  Archivist for the Two-year College Association (TYCA) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), and served as TYCA-West National Representative (2011-2013) and Secretary of TYCA (2008-2011). His other professional leadership includes the International Writing Centers Association (President, 2005-2007). His writing center research and development include the work of peer consultants (tutors) in community college writing and literacy centers and the use of online resources to bring center services who cannot attend in person. One the most important aspects of his work is to support and offer feedback to the students who come to the SLCC Student Writing and Reading Center, as well as to the students who work as peer writing consultants in the centers. Clint teaches college composition and literature with a particular interest in discourse studies and genre theory. His literary interest include Shakespeare and British Modernists.

Career Highlights

Salt Lake Community College

  • Adjunct Faculty (1989-1990)
  • Assistant Professor (1990-1991)
  • Writing Tutor Coordinator (1991-1998)
  • Student Writing Center Coordinator (1998-2013)
  • Student Writing Center Director (2013-2015)
  • Program Manager of College Writing and Reading Centers (2015-present)

United States State Department Gulf Cooperation Council Regional English Language Office

  • English Language Specialist (November 6-13, 2014)

Please see the teachingprofessional activities, and awards pages for more information.

Professional Photographs

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