SI Header Virtual, June 13-17, 2022

This year’s IWCA Summer Institute can be summed up in four words: virtual, global, flexible, and accessible. Join us for the second virtual Summer Institute June 13-17, 2022! The SI traditionally is a time for folks to get away from day-to-day responsibilities and to gather as a cohort, and while the extent to which you get away from mundane matters is up to you, this year’s cohort will enjoy the opportunity to virtually connect with writing center professionals across the globe. For a print version, click on the 2022 SI Description. Just like in years past, participants can count on the experience to include a generous mix of:

  • Workshops
  • Independent project time
  • One-on-one and small group mentoring
  • Connecting with cohort members
  • Special interest groups
  • Other engaging activities

Daily Schedule by Time Zones

If you’d like more information about what the organizers and session leaders have planned for you, please take a look at the schedules, which provide a day-by-day, hour-by-hour itinerary. For your convenience, they’ve been customized for 4 different time zones. If yours is not provided here, please contact the organizers, who will provide you with one specific to your location.

Eastern Time

Central Time

Mountain Time

Pacific Time

All workshops will be held via an interactive, live streaming platform and professional development and other materials will be available asynchronously.  Because of the lower costs of hosting the SI virtually, registration is only $400 (typically, registration is $900). Only 40 registrations will be accepted. We will begin a wait list after the 40th registration.   

Refund Policy: Full refunds will be available up to 30 days prior to the event (May 13), and half refunds will be available up to 15 days prior to the event (May 29). No refunds will be available after that point.

Please email Joseph Cheatle at jcheatle@iastate.edu and/or Genie Giaimo at ggiaimo@middlebury.edu with questions. 

If you want to register and you are not yet a member, sign up for an IWCA member account at https://iwcamembers.org/, Then select the 2022 Summer Institute.

Co-chairs:

picture of Joseph CheatleJoseph Cheatle (he/him/his) is the Director of the Writing and Media Center at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He was previously the Associate Director of The Writing Center at Michigan State University and has worked as a professional consultant at Case Western Reserve University and graduate student consultant at Miami University. His current research projects focus on documentation and assessment in writing centers; in particular, he is interested in improving the effectiveness of our current documentation practices to speak more effectively and to broader audiences. He was part of a research team looking at writing center documentation that received the International Writing Centers Association Outstanding Research Award. He has been published in Praxis, WLN, and the Journal of Writing Analytics, Kairos, The Writing Center Journal, and the Journal of College Student Development As an administrator, he is interested in how to provide professional development opportunities for staff and consultants in the form of research, presentations, and publications. He is also interested in how writing centers provide holistic support for students through collaboration with campus partners and resource recommendations. He was previously an At-Large Representative on the IWCA Board, former member of the East Central Writing Centers Association Board, and former co-chair of the IWCA Collaborative @ 4Cs. He was also Co-chair of Summer Institute 2021 with Kelsey Hixson-Bowles. He previously attended the Summer Institute in 2015 held in East Lansing, Michigan. Picture of Genie GGenie Nicole Giaimo (SI Co-Chair, they/she) is Assistant Professor and Director of the Writing Center at Middlebury College in Vermont. Their current research utilizes quantitative and qualitative models to answer a range of questions about behaviors and practices in and around writing centers, such as tutor attitudes towards wellness and self-care practices, tutor engagement with writing center documentation, and students’ perceptions of writing centers. Currently based in Vermont, Genie likes open water swimming, hiking, and advocating for fair labor practices in higher education workplaces.   They have been published in Praxis, Journal of Writing Research, The Journal of Writing Analytics, Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Research in Online Literacy Education, Kairos, Across the Disciplines, Journal of Multimodal Rhetoric, and in several edited collections (Utah State University Press, Parlor Press). Their first book is the edited collection Wellness and Care in Writing Center Work, an open-access digital project. Their current book, Unwell: Searching for Wellness in the Neoliberal Writing Center and Beyond is under contract with Utah State UP. 

Summer Institute Leaders:

Jasmine Kar Tang (she/her/hers) is interested in exploring what the intersection of Women of Color feminisms and Writing Center Studies looks like in writing consultations, supervisory practice, group facilitation, and the minutiae of administrative work. The daughter of immigrants from Hong Kong and Thailand, she has been mulling over the sociohistorical particularities of how racial power is enacted on the Asian body at the U.S. writing center. Jasmine works at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities as Co-Director of the Center for Writing and the Minnesota Writing Project and as Affiliate Graduate Faculty member in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies. Jasmine also applies her training to her role as the dramaturg of Aniccha Arts, an experimental performing arts collaborative in the Twin Cities.   Eric Camarillo (he/him/his) is the Director of the Learning Commons at Harrisburg Area Community College where he oversees testing, the library, user support, and tutoring services for over 17,000 students at five campuses. His research agenda is currently focused on writing centers and best practices within these spaces, antiracism as it applies to writing center practices, and how these practices change in asynchronous and synchronous online modalities. He has published in The Peer Review, Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, and The Journal of Academic Support Programs. He has presented his research at numerous conferences including the International Writing Center Association, the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association, and the Conference on College Composition and Communication. He’s currently the President of the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing and the Book Review Editor for The Writing Center Journal. He is also a doctoral candidate at Texas Tech University. Rachel Azima (she/they) is in her tenth year of directing a writing center. Currently, she serves as Writing Center Director and Associate Professor of Practice at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Rachel is Chair Emeritus of the Midwest Writing Centers Association Executive Board and the MWCA representative for IWCA. Her primary research and teaching interest is social, especially racial, justice in writing centers. Rachel’s work has recently appeared in the Writing Center Journal and is forthcoming in both the WCJand Praxis. Her current collaborative research project with Kelsey Hixson-Bowles and Neil Simpkins has been supported by an IWCA Research Grant and focuses on the experiences of leaders of color in writing centers. She is also collaborating with Jasmine Kar Tang, Katie Levin, and Meredith Steck on a CFP for an edited collection on writing center supervision. Picture of VioletaVioleta Molina-Natera (she/her/hers) holds a Ph.D. in Education, M.A. in Linguistics and Spanish, and is a Speech Therapist. Molina-Natera is an Associate Professor, founder and director of the Javeriano Writing Center, and member of the Communication and Languages Research Group at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali (Colombia). She is founder and former president of the Latin American Network of Writing Centers and Programs RLCPE, member of the board of: International Writing Center Association IWCA, representing Latin America, Latin American Association of Writing Studies in Higher Education and Professional Contexts ALES, and Transnational Writing Research Consortium. Molina-Natera is also editor for texts in Spanish for the Latin America section of International Exchanges on the study of writing of WAC Clearinghouse, as well as an author of articles and book chapters about writing centers and writing programs.  

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