On Saturday, October 3, thirteen Writing Center administrators from Tennessee met at Lipscomb University in Nashville to collaborate on our Writing Center experiences. Ten schools were represented: Tennessee State University, Middle Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, Austin Peay University, Franklin Road Academy, Jackson State Community College, Lipscomb University, the University of Tennessee--Martin, Nashville State Community College, and Vol State Community College.
Here are notes from the day, along with a Power Point about web design.
Those in attendance collaborated on a Tennessee Tutor of the Year Award (more info to come).
The Tennessee Writing Center Directors' Collaborative plans to meet again at the Tutor Collaboration Day (to be held at MTSU in the spring).
Thank you to those who came on Saturday, and we look forward to a future of working with those of you who will be at the SWCA Conference at East Carolina University, Feb. 6-8, 2012, and/or at our spring Tutor Day.
On Saturday, October 1, 2011, ten Directors/Assistant Directors from Tennessee met at Lipscomb University in Nashville to collaborate on Writing Center experiences.
Six colleges/universities were represented:
Tennessee State University Middle Tennessee State University Vanderbilt University Lipscomb University Bryan College Vol State Community College
The Day's Schedule:
Introductions and Priorities for the day
A light breakfast provided.
"Assessment Strategies: SACS and Internal"
*Directors asked to bring any reports they have done for assessment purposes to share.
"Outside the Center: Strengthening the Writing Center"
Directors from Middle Tennessee State University shared their successes with non-traditional, community outreach Writing Center work such as writing groups, group workshops, and classroom visits; they inked this information back to the assessment process to show that these projects and programs are valuable to the university community as well.
Lunch provided on campus.
Open Forum for Questions and Discussion
In this session, Directors shared questions and concerns. They also planed for the future of the Tennessee Writing Center collaboration, including a brief discussion of tutor/consultant research for the 2012 Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference.
Closing Remarks and Planning for Future Events
Check out the notes and handouts that were developed for the day, including a list of Apps that may be helpful in Writing Centers and a discussion of Campus and Community Outreach Opportunities.
In the Works
Another meeting in the spring! Stay tuned!
Sponsoring an Event
We like to have free and low-cost events so everyone can attend.
If your institution is able to sponsor or co-sponsor an event, please contact Gary Jaeger.
Other ideas and Suggestions?
SWCA Tennessee Tutor Collaboration Day: Saturday, April 21, 2012
A partnership between the Margaret H. Ordubadian University Writing Center of Middle Tennessee State University and the Lipscomb University Writing Studio, TCD is a free event open to college and high school writing tutors (and administrators) from across the state. Lunch will be provided.
2012 SWCA Conference Photos!
The SWCA Tennessee Writing Center Directors' Collaborative met again on Saturday, September 8, at Lipscomb University in Nashville.
Read more about it here:
Tutor Collaboration Day -
Tutor Collaboration Day is a time when writing center tutors and administrators from all over the region can come together to share knowledge and join in collaborative discussions. This year, it will be held April 20th at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. It is a day-long event, and lunch will be provided.
Please see this link: http://mtsu.edu/uwc/tucolla_reg/ to register for the Tennessee Tutor Collaboration Day on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Middle Tennessee State University. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 29.
Although we encourage all Writing Center administrators to attend, please also encourage your staff to attend this free event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
We're extending the deadline for moderators to March 29th as well.
Contact Stacia Watkins with questions.
We hope to see you at the event!
SWCA Tennessee State Representative: Gary Jaeger, Vanderbilt University 2013 SWCA Conference Photos!
Spring 2014 Featured Center: Bryan College
Founded in 1930, Bryan College is a nondenominational evangelical Christian college with a mission of educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world. Bryan College serves approximately 1400 students, nearly 800 in the traditional four-year program in Dayton, TN, and over 600 in online, dual enrollment, adult, and graduate programs. At the School of Arts and Sciences, the Writing Center has evolved into an Academic Support Center that serves hundreds of students across the disciplines with tutoring, help writing research papers, and exam proctoring. In 2013 the School of Adult and Graduate Studies developed its unique Academic Support Services including embedded online tutoring, instructional videos, and support to nontraditional students.
Contact: Caroline Redmond, Coordinator Academic Support Services School of Adult and Graduate Studies
Reflections from the 2014 SWCA Conference!!
From Lipscomb University Writing Studio Peer Consultant Katie Sealy:
"Attending the Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference literally changed my life - it allowed me to solidify my goals and plan (as much as one can) for the future. The sessions were great, and the people even better. Not only did I have the opportunity to travel and see new things, but the conference also allowed me to make connections that would have been difficult to make had I not attended. I learned a lot from my writing center colleagues, and I look forward to helping our studio implement the improvements suggested at the conference!"
From Lipscomb University Writing Studio Peer Consultant Chris Netterville:
"Being both an undergraduate tutor and also working for less than a year, I found the SWCA 2014 conference to be very educational. I was able to learn many new ways to look at Writings Centers, engage in tutoring sessions, and better interact with clients. After going to this conference, I felt I was given tools to improve my tutoring abilities for my future appointments, and I can't wait to do so!"
From Lipscomb University Writing Studio Peer Consultant Patricia Denney:"
This was my second year participating in the SWCA conference as Peer Tutor, and I learned even more in my second year. The conference is a great place to not only grow as a tutor and learn knew strategies and techniques, but also a place to see just how broad the study and practice of writing centers is. Additionally, SWCA was a friendly and inviting conference to present at as an undergraduate. After leaving the conference, I felt proud of the research I presented and invigorated with new questions posed by peers that attended my session."
From Lipscomb University Writing Studio Peer Consultant Leeanna Case:
"Going through the daily grind of classes, completing assignments, and working at your university writing studio can be very draining. Just when you are ready to give up and feel that you are not making a difference anywhere, SWCA rolls around and renews your energy for academics and drive for the contribution you can make to writing center communities. The SWCA 2014 conference focused on learning skills to implement in your own tutoring sessions, networking with regional center consultants, and presenting your own research. Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN is gearing up to host the SWCA 2015 conference to continue the tradition of getting tutors together to restore passions for writing and helping others gain new writing skills!"
2014 TUTOR COLLABORATION DAY Call for Facilitators
Tutor Collaboration Day is a time when writing center tutors and administrators from all around the region can come together to share knowledge and join in collaborative discussions about the theory, practical applications, challenges, and opportunities of writing center work. We are looking for discussion moderators and workshop leaders to facilitate 45-minute break-out sessions on topics related to writing centers. The expectations for these sessions is not that moderators will read a paper or present research, but rather that they direct an informed discussion on a topic they find important to the present and future of writing center pedagogies. In the space below, we would love to hear topics you would be interested in covering in these sessions. Tutor Collaboration Day will be held April 12th in the Walker Library at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN. Please visit http://mtsu.edu/uwc/tucolla_cfp/ to suggest a session you are interested in leading. The deadline for proposals is March 24th. We’ve provided a link to the blog for the 2013 Tutor Collaboration Day with summaries of each session. Use this to help shape the discussion you want to lead: http://tucolla.wordpress.com/
TN Assessment Document Archive
SWCA - 2014
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The Tennessee State Writing Center Directors’ day was held this year on September 27th at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.
This was a wonderful opportunity for us all to gather, talk about the rewards and challenges of the work we do, and share best practices. This year, we spent some time thinking ahead to the Southeastern Writing Center Association's 2015 conference.
Check out pictures from the event!