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 is 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 2019 award must have been published in 2018.
  • 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: Look for call for nominations from the Awards Committee Chair.

Recipients

2019-Melody Denny, “The Oral Writing-Revision Space: Identifying a New and Common Discourse Feature of Writing Center Consultations” in Writing Center Journal

2018- Sue Mendelsohn, ” ‘Raising Hell’: Literacy Instruction in Jim Crow America” in College English.

2017

2016

2015

2014 – Anne Ellen Geller and Harry Denny, “Of Ladybugs, Low Status, and Loving the Job: Writing Center Professionals Navigating Their Career.” Writing Center Journal 33.1 (2013): 96-129. Print.

2013 – Dana Driscoll & Sherry Wynn Perdue “Theory, Lore, and More: An Analysis of RAD Research in The Writing Center Journal, 1980-2009.” Writing Center Journal. 32.1 (2012): 11-39. Print.

2012 – Rebecca Day Babcock, “Interpreted Writing Center Tutorials with College-Level Deaf Students.” Linguistics in Education. 22.2 (2011): 95-117. Print.

2011 – Bradley Hughes, Paula Gillespie, & Harvey Kail, “What they Take with Them: Findings from the Per Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project.” Writing Center Journal. 30.2 (2010): 12-46. Print.

2010 – Isabelle Thompson, “Scaffolding in the Writing Center: A Microanalysis of an Experienced Tutor’s Verbal and Nonverbal Tutoring Strategies.” Written Communication. 26.4 (2009): 417-53. Print.

2009 – Elizabeth H. Bouquet & Neal Learner, “Reconsiderations: After ‘The Idea of a Writing Center.’” College English. 71.2 (2008): 170-89. Print.

2008 – Renee Brown, Brian Fallon, Jessica Lott, Elizabeth Matthews, & Elizabeth Mintie, “Taking on Tunitin: Tutors Advocating Change.” Writing Center Journal. 27.1 (2007): 7-28. Print.

Michael Mattison, “Someone to Watch Over Me: Reflection and Authority in the Writing Center.” Writing Center Journal. 27.1 (2007): 29-51. Print.

2007 – Jo Ann Griffin, Daniel Keller, Iswari P. Pandey, Anne-Marie Pedersen, & Carolyn Skinner, “Local Practices, National Consequences: Surveying and (Re)Constructing Writing Center Identities.” Writing Center Journal. 26.2 (2006): 3-21. Print.

Bonnie Devet, Susan Orr, Margo Blythman, & Celia Bishop, “Peering Across the Pond: The Role of Students in Developing Other Students’ Writing in the US and UK.” Teaching Academic Writing in UK Higher Education: Theories, Practices and Models, ed. Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams. Houndmills, England; New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2006. Print.

2006 – Anne Ellen Geller, “Tick-Tock, Next: Finding Epochal Time in The Writing Center.” Writing Center Journal. 25.1 (2005): 5-24. Print.

2005 – Margaret Weaver, “Censoring What Tutors’ Clothing ‘Says’: First Amendment Rights/Writes Within Tutorial Space.” Writing Center Journal 24.2 (2004): 19-36. Print.

2004 – Neal Lerner, “Writing Center Assessment: Searching for the ‘Proof’ of Our Effectiveness. In Pemberton & Kinkead. Print.

2003 – Sharon Thomas, Julie Bevins, & Mary Ann Crawford, “The Portfolio Project: Sharing Our Stories.” In Gillespie, Gillam, Brown, & Stay. Print.

2002 – Valerie Balester & James C. McDonald, “A View of Status and Working Conditions: Relations Between Writing Program and Writing Center Directors.” WPA: The Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators 24.3 (2001): 59-82. Print.

2001 – Neal Lerner. “Confessions of a First-Time Writing Center Director.” Writing Center Journal 21.1 (2000): 29- 48. Print.

2000 – Elizabeth H. Boquet. “‘Our Little Secret’: A History of Writing Centers, Pre- to Post-Open Admissions.” College Composition and Communication 50.3 (1999): 463-82. Print.

1999 – Neal Lerner, “Drill Pads, Teaching Machines, Programmed Texts: Origins of Instructional Technology in Writing Centers.” In Hobson. Print.

1998 – Nancy Maloney Grimm, “The Regulatory Role of the Writing Center: Coming to Terms with a Loss of Innocence.” Writing Center Journal 17.1 (1996): 5-30. Print.

1997 – Peter Carino, “Open Admissions and the Construction of Writing Center History: A Tale of Three Models.” Writing Center Journal 17.1 (1996): 30-49. Print.

1996 – Peter Carino, “Theorizing the Writing Center: An Uneasy Task.” Dialogue: A Journal for Composition Specialists 2.1 (1995): 23-37. Print.

1995 – Christina Murphy, “The Writing Center and Social Constructionist Theory.” In Mullin & Wallace. Print.

1994 – Michael Pemberton, “Writing Center Ethics.” Special column in Writing Lab Newsletter 17.5, 17.7–10, 18.2, 18.4–7 (1993-94). Print.

1993 – Anne DiPardo, “‘Whispers of Coming and Going’: Lessons from Fannie.” Writing Center Journal 12.2 (1992): 125-45. Print.

Meg Woolbright, “The Politics of Tutoring: Feminism Within the Patriarchy.” Writing Center Journal 13.1 (1993): 16-31. Print.

1992 – Alice Gillam, “Writing Center Ecology: A Bakhtinian Perspective.” Writing Center Journal 11.2 (1991): 3-13. Print.

Muriel Harris, “Solutions and Trade-offs in Writing Center Administration.” Writing Center Journal 12.1 (1991): 63-80. Print.

1991 – Les Runciman, “Defining Ourselves: Do We Really Want to Use the Word ‘Tutor’?” Writing Center Journal 11.1 (1990): 27-35. Print.

1990 – Richard Behm, “Ethical Issues in Peer Tutoring: A Defense of Collaborative Learning.” Writing Center Journal 9.2 (1987): 3-15. Print.

1989-Lisa Ede, “Writing as a Social Process: A Theoretical Foundation for Writing Centers.” Writing Center Journal 9.2 (1989): 3-15. Print.

1988 – John Trimbur, “Peer Tutoring: A Contradiction in Terms?” Writing Center Journal 7.2 (1987): 21-29. Print.

1987 – Edward Lotto, “The Writer’s Subject is Sometimes a Fiction.” Writing Center Journal 5.2 and 6.1 (1985): 15- 21. Print.

1985 – Stephen M. North, “The Idea of a Writing Center.” College English 46.5 (1984): 433-46.