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2016 Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award

Paula Gillespie, Florida International University

and

Bradley Hughes, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

2014-15 IWCA Outstanding Book/Major Works Award

Tiffany Rousculp, Rhetoric of Respect: Recognizing Change at a Community Writing Center. Urbana: NCTE, 2014.

Rousculp presents a significant way of thinking about community writing centers that moves the role of the center from one of “empowerment” to one of respecting the purpose and agency of the writers who use the center. We have a body of literacy theory that positions the writing teacher (and, by extension, the writing center) as an agent of change in a community. Rousculp challenges the assumptions underlying this view: “The people whom I …wanted to ’empower’ were not deficient beings requiring our educational benevolence; as such, it was not the Community Writing Center’s role to lead people to ‘change’; rather, we needed to respect them for who, what, and where they were at a particular moment” (p. 54).

Nominated for the 2014-15 IWCA Outstanding Book/Major Works Award

  • Kevin Dvorak, Rusty Carpenter and Scott Whiddon, eds. Course-Embedded Writing Support Programs in Writing Centers, a double issue of Praxis
  • Michele Eodice and Anne Ellen Geller, Working with Faculty Writers
  • Lauren Fitzgerald and Melissa Ianetta, eds., The Oxford for Writing Tutors: Practice and Research
  • Jo Mackiewicz and Isabelle Thompson, Talk about Writing: The Tutoring Strategies of Experienced Writing Center Tutors

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

 Past Award Recipients

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2015 Outstanding Article Award

Nowacek, R. S., & Hughes, B. (2015). Threshold concepts in the writing center: Scaffolding the development of tutor expertise. In L. Adler-Kastner & E. Wardle (Eds.), Naming what we know: Threshold concepts of writing studies (pp. 171-185). Logan, UT: Utah State University Press.

The extended discussion [in “Threshold concepts”] on “expert outsiders” can be particularly useful to student tutors who may feel pressured to be insider experts on any given discipline. The emphasis on tutor outcomes (what they will gain through training) grounds the discussion in a manner that allows for consideration of assessment of tutor training processes, something that is increasingly important in program reviews. The references to explicit teaching are useful, especially in that many of us are coming from minimalist theories, and have student tutors who are struggling with some of the more indirect ways of teaching that are common in WC discussions.

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, 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 Clint Gardner, chair of the IWCA Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award committee, by June 30.  The winner of the Award will be announced at that year’s IWCA Conference.
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/Major Work Award Information

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 2013 through June 2015.
  • 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

Send the nomination, including title and publisher information, along with a short rationale to the IWCA President (contact info at IWCA governance page).

 

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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