Monday, February 29, 2016

Live Discussion!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Eastern Standard Time (12:30 pm Central; 11:30 am Mountain; 10:30 am Pacific; 18:30 UTC/GMT) the editors of the Dangling Modifier will lead a live online discussion of writing center procedure, what makes a writing center successful vs. unsuccessful, what to do about a reluctant tutee, why tutoring is different than simply editing, the concept of tutoring as an act of collaboration, and lastly about The Dangling Modifier, the international peer tutoring newsletter by tutors for tutors from Penn State.  The discussion kicks off the PeerCentered live peer writing tutor discussion series for 2016.

To attend the session, please go to

Please announce this opportunity to any peer writing tutors you have contact with.

Questions may be directed to me, Clint Gardner at

Monday, February 08, 2016

Invitation to Participate in Research on the Working Conditions of Peer Tutors!

Peer tutors in writing are invited to participate in a research project that aims to investigate the working conditions of all non-tenure line, contingent college or university writing center workers or workers at similar kinds of centers (e.g. communication or  multiliteracy centers). Eligible participants include student peer tutors; directors whose positions are non-tenurable (i.e. faculty, term, temporary, interim, adjunct, clinical, visiting, instructional, and affiliate); assistant directors (staff, faculty, or graduate assistant); staff consultants; and other writing center staff. Your participation will help us identify the personal, professional, and programmatic risks and benefits of contingent writing center positions.

All currently contingent writing center practitioners are welcome to participate. Those who previously held a contingent position--such as being a peer tutor--of any length and at any time during the previous five years may also participate, regardless of their current position or employment status.

Criteria for participation are as follows:
1. You hold or have held in the past five years one or more non-tenure line position in a college or university writing center (i.e. director, assistant director, tutor, consultant, staff).
2. You are 18 years or older.
3. You want to participate in the project.
4. You are able to provide informed consent.

If you fit our criteria for participation, please follow the link below to take our initial five-to-ten minute survey:

Participants will be contacted following receipt of your survey to discuss the details of your participation and to schedule an interview. Interviews will take place at upcoming writing center conferences and through Skype or Uberconference. Participation will be voluntary, and participants may withdraw from the study at any time.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016


Named after its first recipient and given at every other International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) conference, the Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award recognizes outstanding service that has benefited the international writing center community in significant and broad-based ways.  All nominations should be submitted electronically to Clint Gardner, chair of the IWCA Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award Committee, at with the email subject line that includes the phrase “MHOSA Nomination.”   Nominations should include the following materials:
•              A letter of nomination that includes the name and institution of the nominee, your personal knowledge of or experience with the nominee’s service contributions to the writing center community, and your name, institutional affiliation and email address.
•              Detailed support documents (maximum of 5 pages). These may include excerpts from a curriculum vitae, workshop or published material, stories or anecdotes, or original work by the nominee.
•              Other letters of support (optional but limited to 2)
All materials must be received by Clint Gardner by June 30, 2016.  The winner will be announced at the IWCA Conference in Denver, Colorado, October 14-16. 2016.

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