NEOWCA conference
NEOWCA conference  

6th Annual NEOWCA Conference

Writing Centers:


Saturday, October 13, 2012

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The YSU Writing Center is pleased to announce that it will be hosting the sixth annual Northeast Ohio Writing Centers Association conference on Saturday, October 13, 2012. Most presentations including roundtable sessions, panels, and poster sessions will be scheduled in Kilcawley Center. Typically, conference attendees include about 100 current writing consultants from area colleges and universities as well as their directors.

Many of these schools use undergraduate or graduate students to work as peer tutors, but some rely on professional tutors, who typically hold at least a master’s degree. While English departments are often heavily represented among the staff majors, most of the writing centers, like that of YSU, tutor writing across the curriculum, so there are usually many different disciplines represented. The conference welcomes presenters and attendees from any field and professional level who are interested in the teaching and tutoring of writing.

We are further pleased to announce that we will have two keynote speakers in attendance at our conference: Dr. William Macauley and Dr. Nicholas Mauriello.

WILLIAM J. (BILL) MACAULEY, JR. is an Associate Professor and Director, University Writing Center, at the University of Nevada, Reno. His recent publications include Building Writing Center Assessments that Matter (co-authored with Ellen Schendel), Before and After the Tutorial: Writing Centers and Institutional Relationships (coedited with Nicholas Mauriello and Robert T. Koch, Jr.) and Marginal Words, Marginal Work? Tutoring the Academy in the Work of Writing Centers (coedited with Nicholas Mauriello), which won the International Writing Centers Association 2007 Outstanding Scholarship Best Book Award. His other scholarship has focused on student agency in writing, writing program/center administration, and first-generation/working-class students' acquisition of academic discourse.


NICK MAURIELLO is an editor of the Research and Teaching in Rhetoric and Composition series for the Hampton Press. He is also a co-editor of Marginal Words, Marginal Work: Tutoring the Academy in the Work of Writing Centers; Remapping Narrative (2008, Hampton); Before and After the Tutorial: Writing Centers and Institutional Relationships (2011, Hampton); and Texts of Consequences (Hampton, 2012).

Mauriello joined the faculty at the University of North Alabama in 2005 and was recently honored with the 2011 Eleanor P. Gaunder Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Teaching Award. Nick has developed programs for New Media Writing, in which students write for the web and social media, and a Professional Writing Portfolio Workshop, through which students professionally publish their writing. He also mentors many colleagues and students in the professional publication process. Nick has more than 20 years of experience as a scholar, editor, and writing program administrator.

The NEOWCA seeks to fulfill writing centers' promise of collaboration and cooperation by providing a forum that acknowledges practices growing out of everyday literacy intervention and engages writing center research and scholarship. This conference is the greatest example of sharing best practices, especially on a face-to-face level, that has derived from the work of the NEOWCA. Some of the active participants of the NEOWCA represent the writing centers of Kent State University and its branch campuses, The College of Wooster, Akron University, Walsh University, and Stark State College.

If you would like to learn more about the NEOWCA or its annual conference, please contact Angela Messenger, YSU Writing Center Coordinator and active NEOWCA participant: ajbarwick AT ysu DOT edu or (330)941-1781.

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