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Tutor Con 2019: Interdisciplinarity, Diversity, and Collaboration

The Colorado and Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference and the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association

Auraria Campus: Denver, CO

The University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, and the Community College of Denver are pleased to host Tutor Con 2019, a joint conference of the Colorado and Wyoming Writing Tutors Conference (CWWTC) and the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association (RMWCA) on February 15 – 16, 2019.

  • February 15: Workshops for Writing Center Tutors and Administrators
  • February 16: Individual and Panel Presentations

Call for Proposals

The theme for the 2019 Tutor Con is “Interdisciplinarity, Diversity, and Collaboration,” and we encourage broad interpretations of that idea.

In her 2018 book Open-Access, Multimodality, and Writing Center Studies, Elisabeth H. Buck identifies what she terms a “crucibilic change, where rapid technological advancements force scholars and institutions to question what is produced and ‘counts’ as academic writing.” Writing Centers are often confronted with similar crucibilic moments, sometimes on a daily basis.

Writing Center administrators make decisions about what programs, departments, and initiatives they support. Tutors confront assignments, genres, modalities, and expectations from diverse departments and majors. Students learn to write in a core composition course only to struggle with the writing expectations in their majors and upper division courses. We face interdisciplinary challenges.

Tutors confront diversity head-on in f2f, online, and asynchronous sessions: the 48 year-old student returning to college and looking to change careers after raising a family; the working-class student taking 18 credits while working 60 hours/week; the international student majoring in Engineering because that is the program their home country would fund. Writing Center administrators hire with diversity in mind, cognizant of the diversity in the institution’s student body. They train their staffs to meet the needs of that diversity while trying to acknowledge the ways in which they are growing ever more diverse. We confront issues of diversity.

Students enter a strange new room and are asked to share their ideas, their writing, their insecurities and hard work with a tutor. Students enter a classroom space and are asked to contribute to the academic conversation in international business and to share their beliefs in small groups with other students in gender studies. Tutors play the role of peer or educator, they explain the answer or try to get the student to find it on their own. Tutors conduct workshops in faculty classrooms, in libraries and centers and dorms, and they engage in professional development with other tutors. Administrators engage with colleagues in career centers, disability resource centers, TRiO programs, and numerous others programs/offices to meet students’ needs in the midst of political divides and unrest. Writing centers are, by their very nature, collaborative endeavors.

We invite proposals from peer and professional tutors, writing consultants, faculty, and administrators. Possible topics include but are not limited to:

  • Addressing interdisciplinary challenges and opportunities; discussing outreach efforts and interdepartmental programming; exploring new interdisciplinary opportunities
  • Accounting for, responding to, or integrating diversity into writing center hiring practices and professional development; renegotiating how we understand diversity and why it matters; fostering and supporting diversity in response to political actions that seek to undermine the success of diverse students/staff (DACA, LGBTQ+, immigrants, persons of color, etc.)
  • Collaborating with tutors and other colleagues; collaborating with students; collaborating with departments, programs, or campus initiatives
  • Providing workshops and in-class presentations; creating training programs for tutors; working with ELL, non-traditional, first-generation, and students with disabilities
  • Engaging multi-literacies and multimodalities; tutoring in languages other than English; tutoring in diverse environments or locations

Additionally, we invite proposals on topics that are of perennial interest to those who work in writing centers.

PLEASE NOTE: Preference will be given to proposals that incorporate collaboration, group interaction, audience engagement, and hands-on activities.

Proposal Deadline

Proposals are due by November 30, 2018. Please visit http://www.cwwtc.org for more information and to submit a proposal.

If you have any questions, please contact Justin Bain, Conference Chair, at justin.bain@ucdenver.edu




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