The SWCA Christine Cozzens Research Grant and Initiative Program is designed to encourage collaboration among new and established centers, support professional development for writing center administrators and staff, and further writing center research and scholarship throughout the SWCA region.
The SWCA Executive Board named this award after Dr. Cozzens to recognize her contributions to the professional development of the organization, to the growth of the writing center field as a whole, and to the lives of her tutors and students. Dr. Cozzens and her Agnes Scott College writing tutors have been active members of the SWCA community for over 20 years and have long been providing the region with Southern Discourse, the only print publication among all writing center regionals. Additionally, Dr. Cozzens and her tutors have long been recognized as some of the strongest contributors to the writing center conversations that occur in the southeast and the country.
Up to $500 per semester.
This may be $500 for one application/project or smaller increments for multiple projects. For example, the committee may award $250 apiece for 2 separate projects or $300 for one project and $200 for a second project, etc.
The selection committee will determine the amount awarded to each project. The same criteria will be used to determine all awards.
Current members of SWCA (Institutional, Professional, or Student). Members of the selection committee and/or people from their institution are not eligible.
Recipients agree to do the following upon receiving the award*:
Submit a project progress report to the SWCA Secretary at three points after receiving award: 6 months, 12 months, and completion. Recipients will receive a template for such reports.
Sample Project Progress Report Questions
What is the current status of the project?
What is the expected completion date?
What conference proposals, presentations, or publications have resulted from the project so far?
Submit an article based on project for publication in Southern Discourse within a year of completion of the project. Publication is not guaranteed.
Submit proposal to present findings at SWCA annual conference within a year of completion of the project. Acceptance is not guaranteed.
Acknowledge SWCA support in any presentation or publication resulting from the project.
Forward copies of resulting publications, presentations, or copies of conference program listings to SWCA Secretary.
*Recipients who do not comply with the actions listed above may have their names removed from organizational acknowledgements and may be deemed ineligible for future SWCA awards.
How to Apply
Email applications as an MS Word attachment to Laura Benton Chair of the CCRGIP Selection Committee, by 11:59pm EST on the day of the deadlines listed below.
Application packets must contain the following items:
Cover letter (email) addressed to current SWCA CCRGI Chair. The email should:
request consideration of the application introduce the applicant and additional research team members state the amount of funding being requested
Project Summary, which includes:
project summary (3 page maximum) that situates research/initiative within current WC conversation research/initiative questions and goals, methods, schedule, current status, etc. itemized budget that shows how monies will be used (materials, in-process research travel, copying, postage, etc.).
Curriculum Vitae (for all members of research team)
Criteria for Selection
Proposals will be judged based on the following:
•clarity of the Project Summary
•connection between project and CCRGIP purpose
•potential benefits to local and regional writing center communities
•innovation in and advancement of writing center scholarship
Fall awards: July 1 Spring awards: December 1
Award Notification DatesFall awards: August 15
Spring awards: January 15
Committee members consist of SWCA Board members and general members of the SWCA community. The SWCA Board appoints a Committee Chair, who then recommends additional committee members to the Board. The Board approves the overall committee.
Questions should be directed to Laura Benton Chair of the CCRGIP Selection Committee.
Dr. Scott Whiddon is the Writing Center director at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY. He currently serves as the Kentucky representative to SWCA. His current research interests include course-embedded peer-to-peer tutoring models and writing center assessment. He also plays guitar and collects rare rock and soul vinyl records. The title of his project is "Writing Fellows Pilot Study."
Reflection: It's an honor to attend and present at SWCA for a variety of reasons. First and foremost, SWCA is one of the most supportive, collaborative, and downright joyous groups I've ever been a part of as an academic. Writing Center folks tend to be a friendly lot, all in all, but I'm come to realize that we have something quite special in this organization -- we're active, engaged, and developing the field of writing center theory and practice. I enjoyed the panels that I attended, and I was pleased that my session with Rusty Carpenter and Kevin Dvorak was well attended. I was most impressed with the session on the future of our SWCA publication Southern Discourse. Unless I am mistaken, we're the only regional conference with its own journal, and the new editors have excellent plans -- building on the long standing ethos of Christine Cozzens.
Nikki Caswell, East Carolina University, "Integration of Daybooks into the Writing Center for Reflection and Assessment of Tutors’ Work and Development"
Dwedor Ford, Winston-Salem State University, "HBCU Writing Center Workshop in North Carolina"
& Gwen Hale, "Creating a University-High School Collaboration in Virginia
Sara Littlejohn, UNC - Greensboro, "NCWCN Undergraduate Paper Award"