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Center Moves: A Peer-Reviewed Archive of Tutor Training Materials 

Vision Statement

Center Moves: A Peer-Reviewed Archive of Tutor Training Materials seeks to support and facilitate communication and community among writing and learning center administrators and tutors by developing a peer-reviewed archive of materials, updated biannually, that new and continuing administrators can draw upon and contribute to as their tutor education and training programs develop and evolve. 

Goals and Purpose

As writing and learning center administrators, we recognize the value of providing high-quality training to our tutors to ensure they have the necessary skills and knowledge to support all writers effectively. We also know that we rarely have opportunities to learn how other administrators conduct training; because of this, administrators, at all stages of our careers, often do not have significant support or models for the “moves” of tutor training and education. 

The purpose of Center Moves is to serve as an archive of peer-reviewed lesson plans and materials, grounded in scholarship, theory, or praxis, that administrators and tutors can use and modify to train new tutors and to support ongoing professional development for existing tutors. This archive will allow writing center administrators and tutors to share and access lesson plans that offer a variety of new topics, tools, methods, materials, activities, and resources for training tutors with varied ranges of experience to work with writers at all levels.

Issue Topics and Call for Proposals

Each issue of Center Moves will focus on two themes within writing and tutoring center training and praxis. The themes of the third issue include:

Training tutors to navigate AI with writers

Submissions for this theme must center on helping tutors engage with AI in their consultations, whether by using AI to support their writers or to work with writers who are using AI to write. Proposals might discuss: 

  • how tutors can implement AI tools to supplement their instruction

  • how to talk to writers who are using AI in ineffective or inappropriate ways

  • how to collaborate with or encourage writers on constructive uses of AI in their writing processes

Training tutors to collaboratively establish the agenda

Submissions for this theme must be designed to prepare tutors to set expectations for and create a plan at the start of the consultation. Proposals might discuss: 

  • how to train tutors to understand and express the center’s policies and procedures to writers

  • how to consider and ask about the writers’ needs/goals and collaboratively structure the consultation time based on priority

  • how to review and incorporate assignment guidelines/instructor feedback into the session plan

  • how to help tutors welcome and build rapport with the various writers they will see

Submission and Peer Review Process: 

  1. Individuals/centers may only submit one proposal per issue. Authors will submit a proposal form that offers detailed information about the scope, audience, duration, occurrence, and significance of the training.
  2. After the Submissions Editor reviews the proposal to determine its general scope and relevance to the journal, proposals will be deidentified and sent to anonymous reviewers who will assess the proposal using a review guide and offer comments in response. 
  3. The editorial team will then assess proposals based on reviewers’ feedback. 
  4. Authors whose proposals have been accepted through the peer review process will be invited to develop a full submission to the editors; this submission will include the initial proposal information, as well as the lesson plan and all training materials. 
  5. Finally, the editorial team will review the submission, support a revision process, and make a final decision about publishing the submission on the Center Moves website. 

Proposal Submission Deadline and Form

All submissions for our second issue must be received by July 15, 2024.

To submit your proposal, please complete our Proposal Form.

You can access a PDF of the Proposal Form Questions as you draft, and can also access our Center Moves Keyword Glossary for more information about the keywords in the form. 

About Center Moves

Center Moves is published and housed by the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association (RMWCA), a regional affiliate of the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA).

Editorial Board

    • Managing Editor—Erin Zimmerman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

    • For First Issue, Acting Submissions Editor-- Juli Parrish, University of Denver

    • Submissions Editor—Olivia Tracy, University of Denver

    • Editors-at-largeLisa Bell, Utah Valley University; Juli Parrish, University of DenverJamaica Ritcher, University of Idaho

      • Reviewers are invited by the editorial board for each issue based on their knowledge of and experience with the issue themes. 

      • Reviewers may include writing center tutors and administrators at various career stages who are in staff roles, contingent faculty roles, and tenured faculty roles.

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