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Writing Center Hits the Conference Circuit

Members of Hofstra’s Writing Center took their staff and tutors on the road, presenting at the Northeast Writing Center Association (NEWCA) Conference at Western Connecticut State University. The theme of the March 30 and 31 event was “Voices of Engagement: The Roles Writing Centers Play in Making Writing Meaningful.” Earlier in March, the group participated in the Mid-Atlantic Writing Center Association (MAWCA) Conference hosted at Lafayette College in Easton, PA.

The group, led by Writing Center Director Andrea Efthymiou and Assistant Director Marilyn Buono, was comprised of faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students.

Dr. Efthymiou explained, “Regional conferences like this offer tutors opportunities to engage in conversations about the work that they do, comparable to professional conferences in any field or career. Writing center conferences also create spaces for tutors to present their institutional research to a larger audience. Most importantly, though, tutors have a great time bonding with each other and meeting colleagues from other institutions.”

Hofstra presentations at MAWCA and NEWCA included:

  • Dr. Buono, Dr. Efthymiou, Nicole Finocchio ’18 and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Writing Studies Aisha Wilson-Carter presented a framework for a wholistic approach to writing center assessment. This featured the writing center’s role in retention and engagement.
  • Adjunct Instructor Jen Marx moderated a panel on tutors’ and writers’ shared experiences, with presentations by Anna Galperin, Benny Gottwald (’21), and Faculty Tutor and Adjunct Instructor Tyler Their.
  • Adjunct Instructor Jamel Hudson engaged audiences with a workshop on implicit bias for writing center staff development.
  • Morgan Parker ‘19 and Ashley Vernola ’19 facilitated a roundtable on tutors’ multimodal revision practices.
  • Dr. Efthymiou, Olivia Lake ’21, and Professor Wilson-Carter presented a panel titled “Meaningful Assessment of the Whole Writing Center: A Study of Student Writers’ and Peer Tutors’ Experiences,” a continuation of earlier work they conducted on assessment.

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