Awards

IWCA offers the following awards:

  • Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award, awarded once in four years at alternate IWCA conferences.
  • Outstanding Article Award, the 2014 award will be presented at the 2014 IWCA/NCPTW Conference; the nomination deadline is April 15, 2014.
  • Outstanding Book/Major Work, awarded once a biennium at IWCA conferences; nominations deadline is June 15 of even years.
  • Research grants for professionals and graduate students whose research focuses on writing centers, awarded twice a year—proposals due January 1 and July 1.
  • Speaker grants to regional IWCA affiliates, awarded once a year upon request to the Treasurer.

Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award

Named after its first recipient, the Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award recognizes outstanding service that has benefited the international writing center community in significant and broad-based ways. The award is given at every other IWCA conference.

All nominations should be submitted electronically to Leigh Ryan, chair of the committee, at lr@umd.edu and should include the following:

  • A letter of nomination that includes the name and institution of the nominee, your personal knowledge of or experience with the nominee’s service contributions to the writing center community, and your name, institutional affiliation and email address.
  • Detailed support documents (maximum of 5 pages). These may include excerpts from a curriculum vitae, workshop or published material, stories or anecdotes, or original work by the nominee.
  • Other letters of support (optional, but limited to 2)

All materials must be received by Leigh Ryan, chair of the IWCA Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award committee, by July 1.  The winner of the Award will be announced at that year’s IWCA Conference.

Previous award winners:

Muriel Harris (1984)
Joyce Kinkead (1987)
Jeanette Harris (1991)
Lady Falls Brown (1994)
Jeanne Simpson (2000)
Pamela Childers (2003)
Albert DeCiccio (2006)
Leigh Ryan (2010)
Clint Gardner (2014)

Read about the history of the MHOSA in Writing Lab Newsletter 34.7, pp. 6-7 .

IWCA Outstanding Article Award

Members of the Writing Center community are invited to nominate articles about writing center theory, practice, research, and history for the IWCA Outstanding Article Award.

The 2014 IWCA Outstanding Article Award will be presented at the 2014 IWCA/NCPTW Conference; the nomination deadline is April 1 extended to April 15, 2014. Please note the policies, criteria, and nominating process below.

Policies:

  • Nominated publications must be dated within the calendar year for which awards are being considered.
  • Publications may appear in print or digital venues.
  • The IWCA welcomes submissions from scholars and researchers at all stages of their academic careers, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and adjuncts, but notes that all submissions will be evaluated in the same way and with the same criteria.
  • The IWCA welcomes single-authored and collaboratively authored works.
  • Self nominations are not accepted.

Criteria:

  • The publication date is 2013.
  • The publication addresses one or more issues of long-term interest to writing center administrators, theorists, and/or practitioners.
  • The publication discusses theories, practices, or policies that contribute to a richer understanding of writing center theory and practice.
  • The publication shows sensitivity toward the situated contexts in which writing centers exist and operate.
  • The publication makes a significant contribution to the scholarship of and research on writing centers.
  • The publication will serve as a strong representative of the scholarship of and research on writing centers.
  • The publication embodies the qualities of compelling and meaningful writing.

Nomination Process:

  1. Hard copy option: By April 1, send a short rationale and five copies of the nominated article to Kevin Dvorak, IWCA President and Steve Sherwood, IWCA At-Large Representative and IWCA Outstanding Scholarship Committee Chair (contact info at IWCA governance page).
  2. Digital option (preferred):  By April 1 April 15, 2014, email a short rationale with an attach a digital copy of the nominated article to Kevin Dvorak, IWCA President and Steve Sherwood, IWCA At-Large Representative and IWCA Outstanding Scholarship Committee Chair (contact info at IWCA governance page).

IWCA Outstanding Book/Major Work Award

Members of the Writing Center community are invited to nominate books/major works for the IWCA Outstanding Book/Major Work Award.

Given once a year in the past, the Outstanding Book/Major Work Award will be given once per biennium to correspond with the IWCA conference held in the fall of even years.  Please note the policies, criteria, and nominating process below.

Policies:

  • Nominated publications must be dated within the period for which awards are being considered.
  • Publications may appear in print or digital venues.
  • The IWCA welcomes submissions from scholars and researchers at all stages of their academic careers, including undergraduate students, graduate students, and adjuncts, but notes that all submissions will be evaluated in the same way and with the same criteria.
  • The IWCA welcomes single-authored and collaboratively authored works.
  • Self nominations are not accepted.

Criteria:

  • The publication date is June 2012 through June 2014.
  • The publication addresses one or more issues of long-term interest to writing center administrators, theorists, and/or practitioners.
  • The publication discusses theories, practices, or policies that contribute to a richer understanding of writing center theory and practice.
  • The publication shows sensitivity toward the situated contexts in which writing centers exist and operate.
  • The publication makes a significant contribution to the scholarship of and research on writing centers.
  • The publication will serve as a strong representative of the scholarship of and research on writing centers.
  • The publication embodies the qualities of compelling and meaningful writing.

Nomination Process

By June 15, send the nomination, including title and publisher information, along with a short rationale, to Kevin Dvorak, IWCA President and Steve Sherwood, IWCA At-Large Representative and IWCA Outstanding Scholarship Committee Chair (contact info at IWCA governance page).

(c) 2014 International Writing Centers Association

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