Candidates for two Executive Board positions and the new state representative positions have been posted below. Members have been e-mailed a link to approve candidates online. Elections will close March 29, 2012.
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Outreach Coordinator: Andrea Malouf, Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center
I’m interested in applying for the Outreach Coordinator position on the Executive Board for the Rocky Mountain Writing Center Association. As an outreach coordinator, I could integrate and assist collaborations among Writing Centers' state representatives, the statewide conferences and mini-regional conferences. I have 20 years professional experience as a manager, as well as membership on several executive boards for non-profit. My current work as the Director of SLCC Community Writing Center, an Associate Professor of English and a member of the Utah Community Literacy and Writing Consortium provides experience in extending writing center practice in non-academic settings, as well as offers unique perspectives on the different types of collaborations possible.
Secretary: Joyce Adams, Brigham Young University
When I was hired to create a writing center for social science students, I didn’t even know that RMWCA existed. I could have benefitted greatly from the help of this organization. I would like to assist in making these resources available to more writing center directors in our region. I believe a personal contact and invitation to writing directors in each school in the region would provide a welcoming environment. In addition to university [and high school] writing centers, some schools have discipline-specific writing centers and I would like to identify and serve these directors, as well. I believe that we have much more to offer each other as members and I would like to assist in creating an electronic newsletter to better address needs, interests, and questions of those affiliated with writing centers in our region.
Arizona: Leslie Chilton, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix
I am interested in running for this position because my university, Arizona State University, Downtown Phoenix campus, needs to become more actively involved in state and regional events. As coordinator of a relatively new program of our university establishing a writing center at a local high school, I need to become more involved with the status of tutoring and current issues, as well as establishing connections.
Colorado: Traci Freeman, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs
As state representative for Colorado in the RMWCA, I would like to continue to cultivate the relationship between the writing centers in Colorado and the rest of the region. I am currently President/Conference Chair for the Colorado/Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference (CWWTC), a loose group of Writing Centers along the Front Range, who gather for an annual conference and several less formal meetings. The CWWTC has collaborated in the past with the RMWCA to present a joint conference, and I would work to encourage more dialogue between our organizations and, perhaps, more joint efforts.
Idaho: Melissa Keith, Boise State University
One of the greatest strengths (and joys) of writing center work is our sense of community. Attending IWCA and NCPTW, and also coordinating the IWCA Summer Institute for two years, I experienced that sense of community in real time, forming lasting friendships and fruitful professional relationships. I hope to: 1) create a network of Idaho writing centers (both college and high school), and 2) forge connections between Idaho writing centers and regional and national organizations. By sharing our expertise and participating in regional and national conversations, we can be a rich resource to each other.
Montana: Jean Munch, Bozeman High School
I want to thank the Rocky Mountain Writing Center Association for this opportunity to participate in its effort to unify writing centers across the western region. It would be gratifying to help coordinate the development and growth of tutoring programs, exciting to see what other programs are doing, and enriching to share new ideas and resources with teachers in the Bozeman School District and throughout Montana. At Bozeman High School, our center works with teachers across all content areas who need a place where their students can focus on their writing in a quiet setting, one with an English teacher always on hand to offer assistance with writing, literature and technology. In my role as director of the center I train groups of non-English teachers in the development of writing assignments and assessments and help individual teachers with their specific efforts, assist teachers in instructing students on research writing while coaxing them—teachers and students—through the complexities of documentation, work with students one-on-one when possible, do LOTS of revising and editing for administrators and teachers, revise and publish our own in-house MLA handbook for students and—more mundanely—manage the budget. This winter, I began working with a few middle school teachers and librarians in developing their own handbook so that freshmen will have a nodding acquaintance with the fundamentals of style and documentation when they arrive at BHS. Technology, of course, impacts what we can offer, and my district is very dedicated to promoting technology, acquiring that which might best help teachers, and providing training in its use. With this experience, I believe I have much to offer the association. I look forward to learning new concepts and strategies from other writing teachers both in my district and around Montana.
Nevada: Bill Macauley, University of Nevada-Reno
I have just started as the Director of the University Writing Center at the University of Reno, NV. I have been involved in local and regional writing centers associations elsewhere for more than 15 years. Beyond making presentations and providing workshops at a number of national, regional, and local writing centers conferences, I have served as an At-Large member of the IWCA Executive Board more than once; as regional rep, president, and external consultant to ECWCA; and a founding member of the Northeast Ohio Writing Centers Association. I have been a conference chair and co-chair, as well as a regional conference keynote speaker three times. I list these experiences as a way of showing both my commitment to local and regional writing centers organizations and their work, but also to share the ways that I could serve both Nevada writing centers and the larger RMWCA. Even though I am new to Nevada and the West, I think I have a lot to offer and am eager to get to work for you.
New Mexico: Steve Simpson, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
I direct the Writing Center at New Mexico Tech, and I am interested in serving as the New Mexico state representative for the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association for a number of reasons. Before taking a position at New Mexico Tech, I worked with the Robert J. Connors Writing Center at the University of New Hampshire, which was heavily involved with the Northeast Writing Centers Association (NEWCA). Our writing center benefited greatly from being networked with nearby writing centers. Our undergraduate tutors even had ample opportunities to share their own experiences at the annual NEWCA conference and to network with their undergraduate peers at other institutions. Given the sheer size of New Mexico as compared to New England, networking in this way tends to be considerably more difficult, and writing center practitioners tend to feel a little more isolated. As state representative, I hope to reenergize lines of communication among writing centers in New Mexico so that we can benefit from each other’s ideas and share strategies for meeting the needs of our state’s diverse and multi/trans-lingual population.
Moreover, I understand that these times have been complex politically for writing centers—and higher education—in our state. Between state-wide hiring freezes and a new state governor with a mixed record on education, funding for writing center work has been hard to come by. Conversely, many of our institutions have been eligible for a variety of government grants for Hispanic-serving institutions. Writing centers are potentially critical resources for under-represented populations in our states, and writing centers that are able to make this case have benefited from these grants and have better established themselves as an indispensable part of their institutions. (Our own writing center at New Mexico Tech has received substantial funding from a Department of Education Title V grant for graduate students). Thus, writing center directors require—perhaps even more than usual—a certain degree of political savvy. In this vein, our centers would benefit greatly from being better connected with each other and with a larger organization with colleagues to advise us on such political matters. As state representative, I hope to open these lines of communication, as well, as doing so not only helps us strategize within New Mexico, but allows others from neighboring states to benefit from the exciting writing center work going on down in the Land of Enchantment.
Utah: Leigh Ann Copas, Utah Valley University
the Utah state representative for RMWCA, I hope to become better
acquainted with the local writing center directors and their programs. I
would like to assist
in unifying our expertise and resources, and to develop a solid network
among programs. Recently, I attended the IWCA Summer Institute, and
I’ve been involved with NCLCA and attended the state and national CRLA
conferences. I’ve enjoyed the sense of community
and the continuing dialogues and friendships, and hope to share similar
experiences in Utah and throughout the Rocky Mountain region.
Wyoming: Julia Whyde, Casper College
I would like to serve as the Wyoming state representative for the RMWCA in order to learn from other writing centers across the region and better advocate for writing centers in the state. As state representative for Wyoming, I hope to gain access to current discussions regarding writing and its place in secondary and higher education, both at the community college and four-year level, in order to better participate in statewide discussions regarding allocation of funds, curriculum requirements, and assessment.