Rewind & Reset: A Conversation with Ben Rafoth

Editor’s note: With technology rapidly shifting how we write and read, we at CWCAB are thinking about what different digital innovations mean for the writing center’s work and its relevance in the academy. That’s why, for this week’s Rewind & Reset, we are sharing a portion of a conversation between CWCAB’s former editor Josh Ambrose and Ben Rafoth that took place in August 2015. In this part of their conversation, Rafoth suggests innovations that might defy some of our long-held beliefs about tutoring but could still help us stay relevant.

Ben Rafoth

Ben Rafoth is a leading scholar and author in the field of writing centers and writing studies. Ben is Emeritus Director of the Kathleen Jones White Writing Center at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  During the time of this interview, he shared with Josh Ambrose, our first WLN blog editor, that “I’ve been very lucky. I’ve had great teachers and awesome students, and the hundreds of tutors I’ve been fortunate to work with in my writing center at IUP have made all the difference.” He teaches graduate courses in the Composition and TESOL program at IUP, and has served as its director. In 2010, Ben was named IUP’s Distinguished University Professor, a lifetime title and the highest award for faculty at IUP.

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Rewind & Reset: Lisa Ede’s “Research on Writing Centers: Some Essential Studies”

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Editor’s note: Every so often, we look through our blog archives to find posts that have a way of centering us as writing center practitioners.

This week, Lisa Ede’s 2016 post “Research on Writing Centers: Some Essential Studies” stood out. Ede provides a comprehensive list of scholars and trends in the writing center research. As we embark on a new year, this list reminds us of our field’s evolution and offers helpful sources to consider for those of us involved in writing-center related research, tutor-training initiatives or starting or expanding our writing centers.

What other publications could you add to this list? What sources have been most valuable to you as you integrate writing center practices and pedagogies in your own local contexts outside of the North American one. Let us know in the comments. Enjoy!

Click on this link to read Ede’s post.