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2016 Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award

Paula Gillespie, Florida International University

and

Bradley Hughes, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

2016-2017 IWCA Outstanding Book/Major Works Award

Jackie Grutsch McKinney, Strategies for Writing Center Research, Parlor Press, 2015.

Nicole Caswell, Jackie Grutsch McKinney, and Rebecca Jackson. The Working Lives of Writing Center Directors. Utah State UP, 2016.

Paula Gillespie and Bradley Hughes, recipients of the 2016 Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award.

 Past Award Recipients

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2017 Outstanding Article Award

Lori Salem, “Decisions . . . Decisions: Who Chooses to Use the Writing Center?” Writing Center Journal 35.2 (2016): 147-171.

 

Articles Nominated for the 2015 Outstanding Article Award

  • Blazer, S. (2015). Twenty-first century writing center staff education: Teaching and learning towards inclusive and productive everyday practice. Writing Center Journal, 35(1), 17-55.
  • Burmeister, B. (2015). On the state of the future of writing center policy: A manifesto for change. Southern Discourse in the Center, 20(1), 31-66.
  • Daniels, S., Babcock, R. D., & Daniels, D. (2015). Writing centers and disability: Enabling writers through an inclusive philosophy. Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, 13(1), 20-26.
  • Devet, B. (2015). The writing center and transfer of learning: A primer for directors. Writing Center Journal, 36(1), 119-151.
  • Godbee, B., Ozias, M., & Tang, J. K. (2015). Body + power + justice: Movement-based workshops for critical tutor education. Writing Center Journal, 34(2), 61-85.
  • Kjesrud, R. D. (2015). Lessons from data: Avoiding lore bias in research paradigms. Writing Center Journal, 34(2), 33-58.
  • Severino, C., & Prim, S.-N. (2015). Word choice errors in Chinese students’ English writing and how online writing center tutors respond to them. Writing Center Journal, 34(2), 115-143.

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.

Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award Information

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

All nominations should be submitted electronically to Brad Hughes and Paula Gillespie, co-‐chairs of the 2018 IWCA Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award Committee, at IWCA.nominations@gmail.com with the email subject line that includes the phrase “MHOSA 2018 Nomination.”

Nominations should be sent as a single PDF document with pages numbered, and should include the following materials:

  • 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 Brad Hughes and Paula Gillespie by June 30, 2018. The winner will be announced at the IWCA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, October 11-13, 2018.

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

IWCA Outstanding Article Award Information

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 IWCA Outstanding Article Award will be presented at the IWCA Annual Conference. 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 article being nominated must have been published during the year preceding the nomination year. For example, articles nominated for the 2015 award must have been published in 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:

  1. Hard copy option: Send a short rationale and five copies of the nominated article to the IWCA President (contact info at IWCA governance page).
  2. Digital option (preferred):  Email a short rationale with an attached digital copy of the nominated article to the IWCA President (contact info at IWCA governance page).

 

IWCA Outstanding Book or Major Work Award Call for Applications

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 IWCA Outstanding Article Award will be presented at the annual IWCA Conference. To nominate a book or major work, write a letter or statement of no more than 400 words outlining how the work you are nominating meets the award criteria below. Email nominations to Lisa Bell, IWCA Outstanding Book/Major Work Award  Chair, lisa_bell@byu.edu.

The nominated book or major work must have been published during the 2017 calendar year. Both single-authored and collaboratively-authored articles, by scholars at any stage of their academic careers, published in print or in digital form, are eligible for the award. Self-nominations are not accepted. All submissions will be evaluated by the same criteria.

The book or major work should

  • Make a significant contribution to the scholarship of and research on writing centers.
  • Address one or more issues of long-term interest to writing center administrators, theorists, and practitioners.
  • Discuss theories, practices, or policies that contribute to a richer understanding of writing center work.
  • Show sensitivity toward the situated contexts in which writing centers exist and operate.
  • Illustrate the qualities of compelling and meaningful writing.
  • Serve as a strong representative of the scholarship of and research on writing centers.

Nominations are due by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 1st, 2018. The winner will be announced at the IWCA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, October 11-13, 2018.

IWCA Outstanding Article Award Call for Applications

The IWCA Outstanding Article Awards is given yearly and recognizes significant work within the field of writing center studies. To nominate an article for this year’s award, write a letter no more than 400 words addressing the selection criteria below. Attach the letter and a digital copy of the nominated article to an e-mail addressed to Michelle Miley, IWCA Outstanding Article Award Chair, michelle.miley@montana.edu.

Nominated articles must have been published in calendar year 2017. Both single-authored and collaboratively-authored articles, by scholars at any stage of their academic careers, published in print or in digital form, will be considered for the award. Self-nominations are not accepted. All submissions will be evaluated in the same way and by the same criteria.

The article should

  • Make a significant contribution to the scholarship of and research on writing centers.
  • Address one or more issues of long-term interest to writing center administrators, theorists, and practitioners.
  • Discuss theories, practices, or policies that contribute to a richer understanding of writing center work.
  • Show sensitivity toward the situated contexts in which writing centers exist and operate.
  • Illustrate the qualities of compelling and meaningful writing.
  • Serve as a strong representative of the scholarship of and research on writing centers.

Nominations are due by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 1st, 2018. The winner will be announced at the IWCA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, October 11-13, 2018.

IWCA Grants and Awards Committee Calendar

January 15th: Deadline for winter submissions: Research Grant and Rafoth Graduate Grant
January 16th-February 14th: Reading applications

February 15th: Recommendation to IWCA President
End of February: Recruit past winners to present at IWCA Conference

March 1st: Begin advertising Dissertation Grant

April 15th: Deadline for submissions: Dissertation Grant
April 16th-May 14th: Reading applications

May 15th: Recommendations to IWCA President

June 1st: Begin advertising Research Grant and Rafoth Graduate Grant

July 15th: Deadline for summer submissions: Research Grant and Rafoth Graduate Grant
July 16th-August 14th: Reading applications

August 15th: Recommendations to IWCA President

December 1st: Begin advertising Research Grant and Rafoth Graduate Grant

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