Jeanne R. Smith, Kent State University Writing Commons

Jeanne R. Smith, director of the Kent State University Writing Commons, traveled with Writing Commons’ tutors from a variety of academic disciplines to make presentations at the International Writing Centers Association’s annual conference in Chicago, Illinois, from Nov. 10-13, 2017. This year's conference theme was “Tutor, Writer, Director, Spy.”

Writing Commons’ tutors who attended the conference with Smith and the topic of their presentations are:

  • Madeline Steward (undergraduate-sociology) and Rachel Whitten (undergraduate-speech pathology and audiology), “Writing Center Alliances: Double Agents for the Greater Good.”
  • Daniel Berger (undergraduate, managerial marketing) and Alair Boshela (dual graduate-undergraduate, fashion merchandising/marketing), “The Economics of Writing Center Marketing: Defining Intent vs. Interest.”
  • Ashley Ferguson (graduate-speech pathology and audiology) and Melissa Henry (undergraduate-nursing) “‘Difference,’ not ‘Disorder’: Changing our Perspective on Errors.”
  • Tara Rogers (undergraduate-biology), “Science Writers and Writing Center Tutors: ‘Double Agents’ of Academia.”
  • Yvonne Lee (graduate-literacy, rhetoric and social practice) and Jeanne Smith (non-tenure track faculty member), “Breaking the Code of Assessment: Ask, Find Evidence, and Publish.”

The International Writing Centers Association, a National Council of Teachers of English affiliate founded in 1983, fosters the development of writing center directors, tutors and staff by sponsoring meetings, publications and other professional activities; by encouraging scholarship connected to writing center-related fields; and by providing an international forum for writing center concerns.

POSTED: Friday, November 17, 2017 09:23 AM
Updated: Thursday, March 30, 2023 05:32 PM