Our new WLN Blog co-editors: Ann Gardiner and Brian Hotson

This week’s post is an introduction of our new co-editors, Ann Gardiner, Director of the Writing and Learning Center at Franklin University Switzerland and Brian Hotson, Director of Student Academic Learning Services in the Studio for Teaching and Learning at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Canada. In their conversation below, they speak to their own experiences coming to writing centers, their own practices in academic writing, and their outlook for the blog. You can contact Ann (agardiner@fus.edu) and Brian (brian.hotson@smu.ca) with any ideas for the blog.

Ann Gardiner

Q:    How did you arrive at your current position?
Ann: To make a long story short, I would say that I went through several side doors to arrive at my current position at Franklin University Switzerland, where I have been Director of the Writing and Learning Center since 2010. With a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, I started my academic career as a professor, but I always worked closely with writing centers and even created one during my first academic appointment in Germany. In a sense, I became a specialist in general education courses, and I found that I really enjoyed helping students how to write better, read better, think better. In my two previous teaching appointments prior to coming to Franklin, I regularly taught writing and was teaching writing courses at Franklin as an adjunct when my predecessor at the Writing and Learning Center took an extended maternity leave. The replacement position became a permanent position in 2010, and I have been happily here ever since.

Brian Hotson

Brian: Unlike Anne, I started outside academia before my first writing centre position in 2008 at the writing centre at Queen’s University in Kingston (Ontario). I worked for many years in academic publishing, as a writer, project manager, and editor, among other things, mainly for Nelson Education. I also spent ten years as a writer and director/producer in educational television. Writing centre work came as a suggestion to me from a friend: I needed a job while completing my Master’s. We moved our family to Halifax in 2009, and in 2010, the directorship of the centre at Saint Mary’s University came available. It seems to really bring together my working skills and experience together.

Q:    What do you like best about working in writing centres?
Brian: Students and sentences. I spend a lot of time thinking about both. I like getting to know the students as a person–when I can–what they want to do academically, as well as how they’re going to take all their experiences and knowledge away with them. There’s great satisfactions to witness a student’s progress in, through, and out of the school. It’s humbling and satisfying!

Ann: As Director of the Writing and Learning Center, I have also gotten to know my tutors well too. Like Brian, I find it extremely rewarding to watch a student or tutor progress. I regularly have fantastic discussions with my students, tutors and academic mentors, who are upper-level students who help professors in their first year seminar courses and whose training I help coordinate. As I mentioned, I really enjoy helping students become better learners, and there is never a dull moment with this endeavor. We are a very small school at Franklin with about 400 students, and as a result I know my students well.

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Join the WLN team!

screen-shot-2016-12-02-at-12-32-25-pmHi all! I’m excited to put out a call for a co-editor at the WLN blog (http://www.wlnjournal.org/blog/). We’ve had a lot of growth over the past few years, and have reached a point where there’s simply more stories out there than I can tell by myself.
I’m looking for someone down-to-earth, who works well with others, and has a natural, friendly inquisitiveness about what other centers around the world are up to. Familiarity with google doc collaboration is a must, as well as a commitment to keeping in touch on a regular basis (goal is to work smart, but stay on top of things). Above all else, ambition and curiosity are welcome!

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A goal of the blog is to continue to grow in our international scope and highlight the awesome work our colleagues are doing, wherever they are. Interested in joining the team? Shoot me an email at JAmbrose@mcdaniel.edu and tell me why you’d want to work on the project, and some of your story/initiative ideas.

Thanks! I look forward to talking more.

Josh Ambrose (aka Prof A)

Director of the McDaniel College Writing Center

phone: 410.857.2420/Hill 102

New Blog Editors!

Recently, the editorial staff of the Writing Lab Newsletter posted a call for an editor for this blog. We greatly appreciate the interest in this position and all the excellent applications. And we are delighted to announce that the position has been filled by two exceptionally qualified candidates:

IMG_9685Josh Ambrose, WLN Blog Editor. Josh is the Director of the Writing Center at McDaniel College where he also teaches multiple classes within the English department; he previously worked at the Writing Center at George Mason while completing his MFA in creative nonfiction. He has a proven interest in communicating across borders and looks forward to many great conversations ahead.

FullSizeRenderSteffen Guenzel, WLN Blog Associate Editor. Steffen joined the Center for Writing Excellence at The University of Central Florida in the summer of 2012. He received his doctorate in 20th century American Literature from the University of Alabama in 2006 after completing a Masters in secondary education (English/Russian/Education) at Leipzig University, Germany, and a year as a Fulbright exchange student. Currently, in his research he examines higher education developments in Germany and Europe in regard to the writing center movement and WAC-related initiatives with the idea to continue to build bridges and connect people.

Both have impressive academic credentials and share our vision of this blog being a space that allows writing center specialists to transcend borders and share, learn, collaborate, and meet each other. Josh and Steffen have a long list of projects to invite you, in Josh’s words, to “explore writing center-minded narratives/approaches [that reach] across borders.

To reach the editors, please email WritingCentersAcrossBorders@gmail.com

Stay tuned–and stay involved!

Alan Benson, Writing Lab Newsletter, Development Editor
and
Muriel Harris, Writing Lab Newsletter, Editor

call for blog editor closing

Recently, we posted a call for applications for the position of editor for this blog, and we thank the excellent pool of candidates who applied. Because of this, we are about to close the call, so if there’s anyone who is interested, please let Alan Benson (bensonat@uwec.edu) and Muriel Harris (harrism@purdue.edu) hear from you soon.

Call for Blog Editor

 

Call for a Blog Editor

for “Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders”

The Writing Lab Newsletter (which will become WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, beginning with vol. 40, the Sept. 2015 issue) is looking for an editor for the Connecting Writing Centers Across Borders (CWCAB) blog. CWCAB, as the name implies, is an international blog with a goal of fostering communication between people in all countries and on all continents who are engaged in writing center work. It’s a space for writing center professionals and tutors working mostly outside the United States to chat, exchange ideas and photos, post announcements, and/or ask questions. The CWCAB Editor will be responsible for encouraging and500 registered users, to new audiences.

This position requires no technical knowledge or previous work with blogs. WLN hosts the blog, and experienced staffers can help with any technological questions.

If you are interested, please send a short statement aboutwriting centers in various countries to both of the following people:

• Alan Benson: mail to:BENSONAT@uwec.edu

    and

• Muriel Harris: mail to: :harrism@purdue.edu

 

Invitation to be a visiting scholar at the University of South Africa

I am a lecturer at the University of South Africa, UNISA, and my main interests are in academic writing at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Many of our students struggle with writing and I have dedicated my time into supporting students in this area. I intend planning a 3-4 year project examining our practices for teaching writing, especially for EFL, ESL and EFL students. I have several requests:

· First, I invite any of your colleagues to my university in 2015 or 2016 as a visiting scholar, to offer workshops and a presentation or two.

· Second, I request 5 or 6 scholars in academic writing who are willing to come to UNISA for a year or so beginning in 2015 or 2016. The USA Embassy here in Pretoria offers funding for US scholars and my university can also contribute to the funding.

· Third, is it possible to come up with a collaborative research project on student writing between UNISA and a university?

Mirriam MK Lephalala, PhD (Edinburgh)
Associate Professor
Manager: The Povey Centre
Coordinator: Short Learning Programmes
Department of English Studies
University of South Africa
Office 6-38, Theo van Wyk Building
Tel: 012 429 6396
Fax: 012 429 6222
Email: lephammk@unisa.ac.za

Director (TT), Writing Resource Center, UNC Charlotte

UNC Charlotte invites applications for Director of the Writing Resources Center (WRC) in the University Writing Programs (UWP), a tenure-track appointment at the rank of assistant professor in the Department of English. Applicants must have an earned doctorate in rhetoric and composition, or a related field, and a record of research publication. Experience in writing center tutoring, teaching, and administration required, with the ability to work effectively and professionally with faculty, staff, and students. The Director will work with graduate and undergraduate tutors, teach tutor theory and pedagogy, and have the opportunity to teach first year writing, composition theory, and to develop new courses. We seek candidates whose expertise might include visual rhetoric, new or digital media, genre studies/CHAT theory, World Englishes, ELL, and/or e-portfolios. This is a 9-month faculty position with significant reassignment for administrative duties plus an additional 10th month for summer.

The Writing Resources Center, the First Year Writing program, and the Charlotte site of the National Writing Project are administratively consolidated as a freestanding unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The WRC’s charge is to serve as a resource for writers across the University. As two fundamental competencies identified at UNC Charlotte are critical thinking and written communication, a flourishing WRC is central to the university mission. Running the WRC with the support of an associate coordinator and fifteen to twenty tutors, the WRC Director has the following responsibilities:

  • Developing and sustaining the mission of the WRC by managing day-to-day services, including assessment;
  • Implementing best practices for face to face, group and online tutoring for print and multimodal/digital texts across the curriculum;
  • Recruiting, training, supervising, and providing continuous professional development for new and returning tutors and WRC staff
  • Working with the Director of University Writing Programs to coordinate and implement policies;
  • Collaborating with an active Communication Across the Curriculum Program, and with faculty across campus;
  • Promoting the Center within the university and, as outreach grows, in the community.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is a doctoral, research-intensive university, located in one of the nation’s fastest growing metropolitan areas on an expanding modern campus. One of sixteen campuses in one of the oldest public university systems in the United States, UNC Charlotte offers over 26,000 culturally diverse students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, physical sciences, and military sciences, as well as eight research centers and institutes and 13 interdisciplinary programs. University Writing Programs is uniquely positioned to collaborate innovatively with colleagues across the university to provide a basis for writing in and across disciplines. For additional information about the Writing Resources Center, visit http://wrc.uncc.edu/

Apply on-line at http://jobs.uncc.edu. Include a letter of application, your curriculum vitae, and three references. The search committee will begin reviewing applications March 10, 2014 and recruitment will continue until the position is filled. UNC Charlotte strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. Therefore, we celebrate diversity that includes, but is not limited to, ability/disability, age, culture, ethnicity, gender, language, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. Applicants subject to criminal background check.  AA/EOE.

Job Posting: Full-time Teaching Stream Position for ELL Specialist

The Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre at the University of Toronto Mississauga is hiring an English Language Learning (ELL) specialist. This is a full-time Teaching Stream position beginning July 1, 2014.

For more details, see the attached posting or CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE

Please note, the deadline for applications is March 7, 2014.

Feel free to contact me at tyler.tokaryk@utoronto.ca for more information.

Position Announcement: Director, Writing and Communication Centre, Ashoka University

Director of the Writing and Communication Centre at Ashoka University

Ashoka University is a new liberal arts university opening in August 2014 in the National Capital Region of Delhi in India. As an integral part of our commitment to a liberal education and the liberal arts, we are setting up a Centre for Writing and Communication to help foster the crucial need for critical thinking and expression in our students. This investment in critical thinking will be the cornerstone of our intellectual endeavour.

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Position Announcement: New Economic School, Moscow, Russia

Director, Writing and Communication Center, New Economic School (NES), Moscow, Russia

The NES Writing and Communication Center (WCC) seeks a Director who will also serve as a Lecturer in the English Department beginning Fall 2013. A successful candidate will coordinate NES’s bilingual writing tutoring program for undergraduate and graduate students, provide training for professional consultants, organize Writing across the Curriculum seminars and other events, oversee curriculum development for WCC workshops, handle budgeting and other administrative work, and design assessment tools for the WCC’s programs. The Director will also teach 1-2 English writing and/or literature courses per academic year.

This is an exciting opportunity for a senior writing/communications specialist who wishes to help build the first WCC of its kind in Russia.

Qualifications: Master’s degree or a PhD in Composition and Rhetoric, English, TESOL or related field; profound knowledge of writing center theory and WAC/WID principles; 4+ years of experience in teaching or tutoring written and oral academic communication at the undergraduate and/or graduate level; extensive experience in curriculum development and assessment; commitment to student-centered pedagogy; excellent communication and organizational skills; the ability to work in a bilingual academic environment; familiarity with educational technology; experience in program assessment; and commitment to research. The knowledge of Russian is preferred but not required.

Salary: The salary will be internationally competitive and commensurate with experience. Application Process: Please send the following documents to Olga Aksakalova, Director of the NES WCC, at oaksakalova@nes.ru:

1. Cover letter

2. CV

3. Three letters of recommendation; must be sent directly by recommenders to oaksakalova@nes.ru

4. Academic writing sample (no longer than 20 pages)

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will be expected to start working in mid- or late August 2013.

NES is the leading center of economics research in Russia and Eastern Europe and an independent research-intensive institution of higher education in Moscow. Most of our Economics faculty members hold U.S. or European doctorates, and classes are taught both in English and Russian. We attract visiting scholars from many fields who contribute to a stimulating intellectual atmosphere and cross-disciplinary projects. NES faculty members collaborate closely with counterparts in Moscow’s other leading social sciences and humanities research centers. Additional information about NES can be found at www.nes.ru/en/home/. Student enrollment: 400-450 people per academic year.

The New Economic School is an equal opportunity employer.