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2015 National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing and Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference

(De)Center: Testing Assumptions about Peer Tutoring and Writing Centers

The theme of the 2015 National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) and Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference is (De)Center: Testing Assumptions about Peer Tutoring and Writing Centers. Throughout its history, peer tutoring has often operated on a set of sometimes untested assumptions, such as that peer-to-peer tutoring is an effective way of learning, that peers can collaborate in non-hierarchical relationships, that a writer’s role in the tutoring session is different than the tutor’s, and that best methodologies are known and easily practiced. As the assumed divide between the classroom, writing center and community shifts, peer tutors are challenged to find a place for themselves within dynamic rhetorical situations. By (de)centering traditional notions of peer tutoring, we can re-imagine the idea of a center as a place and a praxis. Attendees are invited to contribute to the disciplinary discussion. Possible topics include but are not limited to​​

  • Projects or programs that reexamine writing center theory and praxis
  • Empirical studies that analyze or test assumptions about peer tutoring and collaborative learning
  • Histories and ethnographies that examine the myths or lore of writing centers
  • Future directions for peer tutoring and institutional configurations for writing centers
  • The impact of different rhetorical spaces—classroom, center, and community—on writing processes, assumptions, and values

Presentations may take the following formats:

  • ​​Individual Presentation: An individually submitted 15-20 minute paper that will be combined into a panel by the program chairs
  • ​​Panel Presentation:  Three to four 15-20 minute presentations assembled by the presenters on a particular theme or question
  • ​​Round Table: Fifteen minutes of introductory comments by the presenters and then a discussion among attendees
  • ​​Poster Presentation: A research-fair style presentation in which the presenter(s) create a visual argument and informally discuss their research with attendees.
  • ​​​Post-conference Workshop Session: An interactive session of 75 minutes in which leaders will guide participants through the investigation of a new area of knowledge.  These workshops will be held on Sunday morning.

​More information is available at ncptw2015.org. An online submission link will be available soon. 

Submission deadline: May 1, 2015

Christopher LeCluyse, PhD
Associate Professor of English
Director, Westminster College Writing Center
Westminster College
1840 S 1300 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
(801) 832-2417


2015 Colorado and Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference

 Please join us at the University of Colorado-Boulder on Saturday, April 18, 2015 for the 2015 Colorado and Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference. This year’s theme is “Climate Change: Responding to New Opportunities and Challenges in the Writing Center” and we encourage broad interpretations of that idea. We invite proposals from peer and professional tutors, faculty, and administrators for presentations, workshops, and poster sessions that explore how tutors and writing center administrators are planning for and responding to big changes in post-secondary and secondary education including growing populations of international students, returning veterans, and the emerging generation of “digital natives,” consolidation/re-organization of writing centers with other academic support services, cuts/increases to staff budgets, writing for the Common Core, and training for and responding to writing assignments that incorporate digital media (images, video, sound clips, etc.).

Proposals are being accepted until February 27, 2015. I’ve attached the CFP and would be happy to answer any questions you might have:

Call for Proposals

 This year’s theme is “Climate Change: Responding to New Opportunities and Challenges in the Writing Center” and we encourage broad interpretations of that idea. We invite proposals from peer and professional tutors, faculty, and administrators for presentations, workshops, and poster sessions that explore how tutors and writing center administrators are planning for and responding to big changes in post-secondary and secondary education including growing populations of international students, returning veterans, and the emerging generation of “digital natives,” consolidation/re-organization of writing centers with other academic support services, cuts/increases to staff budgets, writing for the Common Core, and training for and responding to writing assignments that incorporate digital media (images, video, sound clips, etc.).

Additionally, we invite proposals on topics that are of perennial interest to writing center folks:

 Tutoring strategies that appeal to different learning styles

 Methods for assessing student learning

 Making better writers, not just better writing

 Techniques for teaching diverse populations (ELLs, students with disabilities, non-core comp, etc.)

 Student development across sessions or semesters/years

 Support for writing in other majors and disciplines

 Teaching critical reading in the writing center

 Online sessions and strategies for success

 Peer tutor professional development

 Support for redesigned courses and redefined outcomes

 Please send proposals by February 27, 2015 via email in Microsoft Word attachments to eric.klinger@colorado.edu. Please include “2015 CWWTC Proposal” in the email subject heading.

Your proposal should be 200-400 words and include

1. Name(s):

2. Contact Information:

3. Institution:

4. Presentation Title:

5. Presentation Type:

 __Individual Session (15 minutes)

__Poster Session (20 minutes)

__Panel/Workshop (60 minutes) (e.g. activities, roundtables, etc.)

 

Thanks,

-Eric Klinger

 2015 CWWTC Confernece Chair

Writing Center Associate Faculty Director & Senior Writing Instructor

Program for Writing and Rhetoric

University of Colorado at Boulder

Norlin Library E-111A

317 UCB Boulder CO, 80309

(303) 492-1690

Fax (303) 492-7877

http://colorado.edu/pwr/writingcenter.html

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