Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders (CWCAB)
- Is a space for writing center people across the globe, especially for those who don’t have other writing center specialists nearby to interact with,
- Is interactive and open for anyone to post or comment,
- Is moderated. To participate, click Register. Your posts will appear with your username, and actual names and e-mail addresses will NOT appear on the blog.
Come join the conversation!
Brian Hotson, editor-in-chief
I started to be paid for my sentences in the 1980s, and it has seemed to work out since. I worked for many years in educational publishing (including Pearson and Nelson Publishing) as a developmental editor, editor, writer, copyeditor, and indexer, as well as in public educational television at TVOntario as a staff writer, director, and producer. I have a BA in History and a Master’s of Theological Studies from Queen’s University, Kingston.
I began working in writing centres at Queen’s University in 2008 and was hired as director of the Saint Mary’s University writing centre in 2010. Currently, I’m director of Academic Learning Services for Saint Mary’s Studio for Teaching and Learning.
I am currently the past-president of the Canadian Writing Centre Association (CWCA), International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) board member, former board member of the Canadian Association for the Study of Language and Learning (CASLL), member of IWCA, CCCC, and the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW), as well as a founding member of our regional writing centres association, ACWCA. I’m also on the editorial board for Inkshed Publications.
Amy Hansen, assistant editor and social media
The writing center bug bit me in 2009 as an undergraduate at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and I haven’t left since.
I graduated from Northern Michigan University in the upper peninsula in 2016 with an MFA in poetry. While there, I worked as the assistant director of the writing center and taught composition and creative writing. Currently, I’m the assistant director of the writing center at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. I’m a member of SWCA and IWCA.
I’ve spent most of my life working in remote, rural areas of the US, and for many years, CWCAB was my primary access point to the global writing center community. In the same way that writing centers meet clients where they are, CWCAB always met me where I was: online! As assistant editor, I’m excited about cross-disciplinary and collaborative pieces, and I’m particularly interested in outreach to geographically and otherwise isolated writing centers.
Ann Gardiner, staff writer
My life in Europe started in the 1980s with a senior study abroad semester in Paris and I have pretty much lived here ever since. After graduating from the University of Massachusetts with a BA in Comparative Literature, I completed a Master’s degree from the Sorbonne, also in Comparative Literature. I then worked for six years as a translator in Paris before returning to the U.S. for a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at New York University. My dissertation research on French and German intellectual exchange during the Napoleonic era brought me to Germany, where I was affiliated with the History Department at the Freie Universität Berlin.
My first teaching position was at a small, English-speaking liberal arts school in Baden Württemberg. I helped create the writing center there and taught core courses in Cultural Studies and Writing. After a short stint in the U.S. teaching in Philadelphia, I returned to Europe for family reasons and settled in Switzerland.
I became the Director of the Writing and Learning Center at Franklin University Switzerland in 2010. Shortly thereafter, I helped introduce a new Academic Literacies Program at Franklin and currently co-coordinate that writing program. I also recently became the Franklin faculty liaison for the Global Liberal Arts Alliance (GLAA), an international consortium of small liberal arts schools around the world. At Franklin, as a member of the Department of Literature and Culture, I regularly teach core courses in writing as well as several courses in ecocriticism and the graphic novel. I am a member of (EATAW) the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing, CCCC and IWCA.
Josh Ambrose, consultant/editor emeritus
I graduated from George Mason University with a MFA in creative nonfiction, where I also helped direct a writing center. For the past few years, I’ve been the director of the McDaniel College Writing Center and teach a wide variety of classes in the English department. I do a lot of work with our burgeoning entrepreneurship program on campus, advise Fulbright applicants, help foster internships and community engagement, and help support global initiatives any way that I can.
I’ve enjoyed taking students to Europe and to Peru. I’ve also spent academic time abroad in India, Turkey, and Jordan. Currently, I’m delighted to be working in Budapest, Hungary, at our sister campus, for the spring of ’17.
My family and I live in the small town of Westminster, MD–where a lot of surprisingly big things are happening. We also like to travel throughout the US, whenever we have the slightest excuse.