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 Clint.Gardner@slcc.edu 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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