Peer Tutoring and the Serious Work of Undergraduate Scholarship


Events, Higher Education, Peer Tutoring, Student Voices, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Students, Writing Center Research, Writing Centers, Writing Fellows

By Rachel Herzl-Betz Rachel Herzl-Betz is an Assistant Director of the Writing Fellows Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she has been a tutor and administrator since 2012. She is also a PhD candidate in Literary Studies, with a focus on Victorian Literature and Disability Studies.  I’ve always been a fan of academic conferences. At their best, […]

November 30, 2015

A Case for Compulsion? On Requiring Whole-Class Writing Center Visits


Peer Tutoring, Student Voices, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Jessica Citti Jessica Citti, Ph.D., has tutored in the writing centers at UW-Madison and the University of Iowa, where she also taught composition, rhetoric, and technical communication. She is now the Writing Skills Specialist at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, where she provides one-on-one writing consultations for students and coordinates the HSU Writing […]

October 26, 2015

Showcasing Undergraduate Research


Big 10 Writing Centers, Collaborative Learning, Peer Tutoring, Student Voices, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Students, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Research, Writing Center Theory, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Fellows

By Emily Hall At a large university we are regularly exposed to the original and sometimes groundbreaking research that takes place across campus. Mostly, this research comes from the work of professors and graduate students, many of whom have grants, research funds, and laboratories to support their endeavors. Less frequently do we have the opportunity to […]

April 20, 2015

The Importance of Being Interested


Collaborative Learning, Graduate Students, Outreach, Peer Tutoring, Student Voices, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Uncategorized, Undergraduate Students, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Theory, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Michelle Niemann Michelle Niemann is the assistant director of the writing center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for 2013-2014. Her first tutoring experience was in the writing center at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, in 2003 and 2004. She recently defended her dissertation and will receive her PhD in English literature from UW-Madison in […]

December 9, 2013

Evolution of a Writing Center Tutor: Reflections and Lessons


Collaborative Learning, Events, Graduate Students, Multilingual Writers, Outreach, Satellite Locations, Student Voices, The Online Writing Center, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers, Writing Fellows

By Anna T. Floch Anna Floch is a third year PhD student in Composition & Rhetoric and an instructor of intermediate composition here at UW- Madison. Her research interests include the intersection of identity and literacy, collaboration, and examining affect and emotion in the writing process. She started as a writing center instructor at UW […]

September 30, 2013

Understanding Student Perceptions of the Writing Center–A Conversation Between a Student, a Writing Center Instructor, and a Director/Professor


Collaborative Learning, Outreach, Peer Tutoring, Student Voices, Undergraduate Students, UW-Madison Writing Center Alumni Voices, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Research, Writing Center Theory, Writing Centers

By Taryn Okuma, The Catholic University of America. Taryn Okuma is Director of the Writing Center and Clinical Assistant Professor of English at The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C. She received her Ph.D. in Literary Studies from UW-Madison in 2008. While at Madison, she served as the Co-Director of the English 100 […]

April 29, 2013

In Praise of Quiet


Big 10 Writing Centers, Collaborative Learning, Graduate Students, Higher Education, Student Voices, Tutorial Talk and Methods, UW-Madison Writing Center Alumni Voices, Writing Center Theory, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers

By Mitch Nakaue, The University of Iowa. As a deeply introverted person, I’ve always been interested in the power of writing center work to incite talk.  As a graduate student at UW–Madison, I learned to cultivate an expressive and even outgoing classroom teaching persona, but found myself much less drained by one-to-one discussions with students.  […]

April 8, 2013

(Under) Graduate: Reflections on the Joint Writing Center-Writing Fellow Staff Meeting


Collaborative Learning, Student Voices, Undergraduate Students, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Research, Writing Center Tutors, Writing Centers, Writing Fellows

By Jenna Mertz, Undergraduate Assistant Director of the Writing Fellows Program.  Jenna is a senior majoring in English, Spanish and Environmental Studies.  She has been a Writing Fellow for six semesters. Last Friday, undergraduate Writing Fellows and Writing Center instructors convened to mingle, share, and engage with each other at the annual joint staff meeting […]

March 13, 2013

Senior-Thesis Writing Groups: Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat


Big 10 Writing Centers, Collaborative Learning, Community Writing Assistance, Events, Higher Education, Peer Tutoring, Science Writing, Student Voices, Tutorial Talk and Methods, Undergraduate Students, Writing Across the Curriculum, Writing Center Workshops, Writing Centers, Writing Fellows

By Elisabeth Miller and Stephanie White On a Sunday morning in February, five students brave the icy winds howling off Lake Mendota, knock the snow and slush off their boots, and straggle into the student union toward a table near the windows looking over a snowy Memorial Union Terrace. That night, another five students wrap […]

March 4, 2013