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International Writing Centers Association.

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The International Writing Centers Association, an Assembly of the National Council of Teachers of English, was founded in 1983 to foster communication among writing centers and to provide a forum for concerns. IWCA members include directors and staffs of writing centers at universities, two-year colleges, and K-12 schools, and the organization is governed by an Executive Board that comprises representatives from the regional writing center organizations in the US and abroad. For information about the International Writing Centers Association, visit the IWCA website at


Kevin Dvorak


Nova Southeastern University

Shareen Grogan

Vice President

National University

Donna Kim Ballard


Western Michigan University

Alanna Bitzel


University of Texas, Austin

Nathalie Singh-Corcoran

Past President

West Virginia University

Members of the Board

Laura Benton

At-Large Representative

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

Jared Featherstone

At-Large Representative

James Madison University

Andrew Jeter

At-Large Representative

Niles West High School, Skokie, Illinois

Melissa Nicolas

At-Large Representative

University of Nevada, Reno

Steve Price

At-Large Representative

Mississippi College

Steve Sherwood

At-Large Representative

Texas Christian University

Trixie Smith

At-Large Representative

Michigan State University

Anna Britt Begnaud

Community College Representative

Itawamba Community College

Rebecca Hallman

Graduate Student Representative

University of Houston

Amber Jensen

Secondary School Representative

Thomas Edison High School, Alexandria, Virginia

Harry Denny

Northeast WCA Representative

St. John's University

Zach Beare

Midwest WCA Representative

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Russell G. Carpenter

Southeastern WCA Representative

Eastern Kentucky University

Franziska Liebetanz

European WCA Representative

European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder)

Dagmar Scharold

South Central WCA Representative

University of Houston, Downtown

Leslie Dennen

Northern California WCA Representative

University of San Francisco

Kathleen Klompien

Southern California WCA Representative

Cal State Channel Islands

Christopher LeCluyse

Rocky Mountain WCA Representative

Westminster College

Sherry Wynn Perdue

East Central WCA Representative

Oakland University

Margaret Courtie Ervin

Mid-Atlantic WCA Representative

West Chester University

Kelly Wilson

Middle Eastern-North Africa Writing Centers Alliance Representative

Texas A&M University at Qatar

Sandra Yannone

Pacific Northwest WCA Representative

The Evergreen State College

Christopher Ervin (ex-officio)

Web Editor

Western Kentucky University

Michele Eodice (ex-officio)

The Writing Center Journal

University of Oklahoma

Magnus Gustafsson (ex-officio)

EATAW Representative

Chalmers University of Technology

Muriel Harris (ex-officio)

Writing Lab Newsletter

Purdue University

Melissa Ianetta (ex-officio)

2014 IWCA/NCPTW Conference Chair

University of Delaware

Kerri Jordan (ex-officio)

The Writing Center Journal

Mississippi College

Steve Price (ex-officio)

The Writing Center Journal

Mississippi College


The IWCA offers the Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award and the Outstanding Scholarship Award for articles and books/major works. In addition, the organization supports research endeavors with grants for professionals and graduate students whose research focuses on writing centers. Further information is available at awards.

Muriel Harris Outstanding Service Award

1984 Muriel Harris

1987 Joyce Kinkead

1991 Jeanette Harris

1994 Lady Falls Brown

1997 Byron Stay

2000 Jeanne Simpson

2003 Pamela Childers

2006 Albert DeCiccio

2010 Leigh Ryan

IWCA Outstanding Scholarship Award Recipients

1985 Stephen M. North

"The Idea of a Writing Center" College English 46.5

(1984): 433-446

Donald A. McAndrew & Thomas J. Reigstad

Training Tutors for Writing Conferences

NCTE, 1984

1987 Edward Lotto

"The Writer's Subject is Sometimes a Fiction"

Writing Center Journal 5.2 and 6.1 (1985): 15-21

Irene Lurkis Clark (1985)

Writing in the Center: Teaching in a Writing

Center Setting Kendall/Hunt, 1985

1988 John Trimbur (1987)

"Peer Tutoring: A Contradiction in Terms?"

Writing Center Journal 7.2 (1987): 21-29

Muriel Harris

Teaching One-to-One: The Writing Conference

NCTE, 1986

1989 Jeanette Harris & Joyce Kinkead, editors

Computers, Computers, Computers

Special issue of Writing Center Journal 8.1 (1987)

1990 Richard Behm

"Ethical Issues in Peer Tutoring: A Defense of Collaborative Learning"

Writing Center Journal 10.1 (1989): 3-13

Lisa Ede

"Writing as a Social Process: A Theoretical Foundation for Writing Centers"

Writing Center Journal 9.2 (1989): 3-15

Pamela B. Farrell

The High School Writing Center: Establishing and Maintaining One

NCTE, 1989

1991 Lex Runciman

"Defining Ourselves: Do We Really Want to Use the Word 'Tutor'?"

Writing Center Journal 11.1 (1990): 27-35

Jeanne Simpson & Ray Wallace, editors

The Writing Center: New Directions

Garland, 1991

1992 Alice Gillam

"Writing Center Ecology: A Bakhtinian Perspective"

Writing Center Journal 11.2 (1991): 3-13

Muriel Harris

"Solutions and Trade-offs in Writing Center Administration"

Writing Center Journal 12.1 (1991): 63-80

1993 Anne DiPardo

"'Whispers of Coming and Going': Lessons from Fannie"

Writing Center Journal 12.1 (1992): 125-45

Meg Woolbright

"The Politics of Tutoring: Feminism Within the Patriarchy"

Writing Center Journal 13.1 (1993): 16-31

1994 Michael Pemberton

"Writing Center Ethics" Special column in Writing Lab Newsletter

17.5, 17.7-10, 18.2, 18.4-7 (1993-94)

1995 Christina Murphy

"The Writing Center and Social Constructionist Theory"

In Mullin & Wallace (eds.), 1994

Joan A. Mullin & Ray Wallace, editors

Intersections: Theory-Practice in the Writing Center

NCTE, 1994

1996 Peter Carino

"Theorizing the Writing Center: An Uneasy Task"

Dialogue: A Journal for Composition Specialists

2.1 (1995): 23-37

Joe Law & Christina Murphy, editors

Landmark Essays on Writing Centers

Hermagoras, 1995

1997 Peter Carino

"Open Admissions and the Construction of Writing Center History: A Tale of Three Models"

Writing Center Journal 17.1 (1996): 30-49

Christina Murphy, Joe Law, & Steve Sherwood, editors

Writing Centers: An Annotated Bibliography

Greenwood, 1996

1998 Nancy Maloney Grimm

"The Regulatory Role of the Writing Center: Coming to Terms with a Loss of Innocence"

Writing Center Journal 17.1 (1996): 5-30

1999 Neal Lerner

"Drill Pads, Teaching Machines, Programmed Texts: Origins of Instructional Technology in Writing Centers"

In Hobson (ed.), 1998

Eric Hobson, editor

Wiring the Writing Center

Utah State UP, 1998

2000 Elizabeth H. Boquet

"'Our Little Secret': A History of Writing Centers, Pre-to Post-Open Admissions"

College Composition and Communication 50.3 (1999): 463-82

Nancy Maloney Grimm

Good Intentions: Writing Center Work for Postmodern Times

Heineman/Boynton-Cook, 1999

2001 Neal Lerner

"Confessions of a First-Time Writing Center Director"

Writing Center Journal 21.1 (2000): 29-48

Cindy Johanek

Composing Research: A Contextualist Paradigm for Rhetoric and Composition

Utah State UP, 2000

2002 Valerie Balester & James C. McDonald

"A View of Status and Working Conditions: Relations Between Writing Program and Writing Center Directors"

WPA: Writing Program Administration 24.3 (2001): 59-82

Jane Nelson & Kathy Evertz, editors

The Politics of Writing Centers

Heineman/Boynton-Cook, 2001

2003 Sharon Thomas, Julie Bevins, & Mary Ann Crawford

"The Portfolio Project: Sharing Our Stories"

In Gillespie, Gillam, Brown, & Stay (eds.), 2002

Paula Gillespie, Alice Gillam, Lady Falls Brown, & Byron Stay, editors

Writing Center Research: Extending the Conversation

Erlbaum, 2002

2004 Neal Lerner

"Writing Center Assessment: Searching for the 'Proof' of our Effectiveness"

In Pemberton & Kinkead (eds.), 2003

Michael A. Pemberton & Joyce Kinkead, editors

The Center Will Hold: Critical Perspectives on Writing Center Scholarship

Utah State UP, 2003

2005 Margaret Weaver

"Censoring What Tutors' Clothing 'Says': First Amendment Rights/Writes Within Tutorial Space"

Writing Center Journal 24.2 (2004): 19-36

Shanti Bruce & Ben Rafoth, editors

ESI. Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors

Heineman/Boynton-Cook, 2004

2006 Anne Ellen Geller

"Tick-Tock, Next: Finding Epochal Time in the Writing Center"

Writing Center Journal 25.1 (2005): 5-24

Candice Spigelman & Laurie Grobman, editors

On Location: Theory and Practice in Classroom-Based Writing Tutoring

Utah State UP, 2005

2007 Jo Ann Griffin, Daniel Keller, Iswari P. Pandey, Anne-Marie Pedersen, & Carolyn Skinner

"Local Practices, National Consequences: Surveying and (Re) Constructing Writing Center Identities"

Writing Center Journal 26.2 (2006): 3-21

Bonnie Devet, Susan Orr, Margo Blythman, & Celia Bishop

"Peering Across the Pond: The Role of Students in Developing Other Students' Writing in the US and the UK"

In Teaching Academic Writing in UK Higher Education: Theories, Practices and Models

Ganobcsik-Williams (ed.)

Palgrave Macmillan, 2006

Richard Kent

A Guide to Creating a Student-Staffed Writing Center: Grades 6-12

Peter Lang, 2006

2008 Renee Brown, Brian Fallon, Jessica Lott, Elizabeth Matthews, & Elizabeth Mintie

"Taking on Turnitin: Tutors Advocating Change"

Writing Center Journal 27.1 (2007): 7-28

Michael Mattison

"Someone to Watch Over Me: Reflection and Authority in the Writing Center"

Writing Center Journal 27.1 (2007): 29-51

William J. Macauley, Jr. & Nicholas Mauriello, editors

Marginal Words, Marginal Work?: Tutoring the Academy in the Work of Writing Centers

Hampton, 2007

2009 Elizabeth H. Boquet & Neal Lerner

"Reconsiderations: After 'The Idea of a Writing Center"'

College English 71.2 (2008): 170-89

Kevin Dvorak & Shanti Bruce, editors

Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work

Hampton, 2008

2010 Isabelle Thompson

"Scaffolding in the Writing Center: A Microanalysis of an Experienced Tutor's Verbal and Nonverbal Tutoring Strategies"

Written Communication 26.4 (2009): 417-53

Neal Lerner

The Idea of a Writing Laboratory

Southern Illinois UP, 2009

2011 Bradley Hughes, Paula Gillespie, & Harvey Kail

"What They Take with Them: Findings from the Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Research Project"

Writing Center Journal 30.2 (2010): 12-46

2012 Rebecca Day Babcock

"Interpreted Writing Center Tutorials with College-Level Deaf Students"

Linguistics and Education 22.1 (2011): 95-117

Laura Greenfield & Karen Rowan, editors

Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change

Utah State UP, 2011

2013 Dana Driscoll & Sherry Wynn Perdue

"Theory, Lore, and More: An Analysis of RAD Research in The Writing Center Journal, 1980-2009"

Writing Center Journal 32.1 (2012): 11-39

Recent IWCA Ben Rafoth Graduate Research Grant Awards

2010 Francis Crawford

"Effects of Writing Center Visits on Retention, Grades, and Persistence"

Beth Godbee

"Small Talk, Big Change: Identifying Potentials for Social Change in One-with-One Talk about Writing"

Juliette Kitchens

"The Space Between Teacher and Tutor: Embodying Graduate Student Pedagogical and Professional Reflexive Reflection"

2011 Janet Dengel

"Perspectives of Writing Center Consultants Toward Online Conferencing"

2012 Mary Hedengren

"NNES Tutors and Their Use of Reflexive Peer Tutoring and Motivational Scaffolding"

2013 Jennifer Follett

"How Tutors Conceptualize and Respond to Writers' Negative Emotions in the Writing Center"

2014 Matthew Moberly

"How Writing Center Directors Answer the Call to Assess"

Recent IWCA Research. Grant Awards

2010 Kara Northway

"Investigating Student Assessment of the Effectiveness of Writing Center Consultation"

2011 Pam Bromley, Kara Northway, & Eliana Schonberg "When Do Writing Center Sessions Work?: A Cross-Institutional Survey Assessing Student Satisfaction, Knowledge Transfer, and Identity"

Andrew Rihn

"Students Work"

2012 Dana Driscoll & Sherry Wynn Perdue

"RAD Research in the Writing Center: How Much, By Whom, and with What Methods?"

Christopher Ervin

"Ethnographic Study of the Coe Writing Center"

Roberta D. Kjesrud & Michelle Wallace

"Questioning Questions as a Pedagogical Tool in Writing Center Conferences"

Sam Van Horn

"What Are the Relationships Between Student Revision and Usage of a Discipline-Specific Writing Center?"

Dwedor Ford

"Creating Space: Building, Renewing, and Sustaining Writing Centers at HBCUs in North Carolina"

2013 Lucie Moussu

"Long Term Impact of Writing Centre Tutoring Sessions"

Claire Lauer & Angela Clark-Oats

"Developing Best Practices for the Support of Multimodal and Visual Student Texts in Writing Centers: A Pilot Study"

2014 Lori Salem, John Nordlof, & Harry Denny

"Understanding the Needs and Expectations of Working Class College Students in Writing Centers"
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