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Research from the Writing Center

Students have used the center as a site for theses and dissertation work.  Writing Center staff have also presented at writing center conferences and published articles and book chapters.

Theses and Dissertations

Amber Buck

  • MA thesis, 2005: Keyboard collaborations: a case study of power and computers in writing center tutoring
  • Article: “The Invisible Interface: MS Word in the Writing CenterComputers and Composition 25.4 (2008): 396-415—Amber observed how tutoring changes when done in front of a computer. She uses observation, video, and screen capture software to analyze several tutoring sessions and realizes the impact of MS Word on tutoring writing.

Carol Chalk

  • PhD dissertation, 2004: Gertrude Buck in the Writing Center: A Tutor Training Model to Challenge Nineteenth-Century Trends.

Conference Presentations

Sarah Burns

  • "Places Everyone: Sustaining Writing Center Places," East Central Writing Center Association, 2009, with Claire Lutkewitte and Emily Standridge

 Phillip Call

  • "Exploring the Writing Center's Convergence with Social Capital," East Central Writing Center Association, 2010, with Emily Standridge and Dani Weber

Neal Coleman

  • "Convergence of the Ball State Writing Center and the Wider Campus Community: The Effect of Increased Advertising on Demand for Writing Center Services," East Central Writing Center Association, 2010

Tyler Gobble

  • "Creative Writing and the Writing Center: Finding the Converging Point," East Central Writing Center Association, 2010

Claire Lutkewitte

  • "Places Everyone: Sustaining Writing Center Places," East Central Writing Center Association, 2009, with Sarah Burns and Emily Standridge

Emily Standridge

  • "Places Everyone: Sustaining Writing Center Places," East Central Writing Center Association, 2009, with Sarah Burns and Claire Lutkewitte
  • "Exploring the Writing Center's Convergence with Social Capital," East Central Writing Center Association, 2010, with Phillip Call and Dani Weber
  • "Epic Fail: Research on Sessions Gone Awry," International Writing Center Association Collaborative at CCCC, 2010, with Jackie Grutsch McKinney and Dani Weber

Dani Weber

  • "Exploring the Writing Center's Convergence with Social Capital," East Central Writing Center Association, 2010, with Phillip Call and Emily Standridge
  • "Epic Fail: Research on Sessions Gone Awry," International Writing Center Association Collaborative at CCCC, 2010, with Jackie Grutsch McKinney and Emily Standridge


Articles and Other Publications


Claire Lutkewitte

Jackie Grutsch McKinney, former Writing Center director
Journal Articles

  • “New Media Matters: Tutoring in the Late Age of Print.” Writing Center Journal 29.2 (Fall 2009): 28-51. [Forthcoming.]
  • “Leaving Home Sweet Home: Towards Critical Readings of Writing Center Spaces.” Writing Center Journal. 25.2 (Fall 2005): 6-20.
  • “Inventing a Teacherly Self: Positioning Journals in the TA Seminar.” (Co-authored with Elizabeth Chiseri-Strater). WPA: Journal of the Council of Writing Program Administrators 27.1/2 (2003): 59-74.
  • “The American Scholar Writes the New ‘Research’ Essay.” The Journal of Teaching Writing 20.1/2 (2002): 71-86. [acceptance 2003; actual printing fall 2004]
    Book Chapters
  • “New Media (R)evolution: Multiple Models for Multiliteracies” in Multiliteracy Centers: Re-Centering with New Media. Eds. David Sheridan and James Inman. Hampton Press, Forthcoming.
  • “A Portable Ecology: Supporting New Media and Laptop-Ready Pedagogy at Ball State.” (co-authored with Kris Fleckenstein and Fred Johnson). Technological Ecologies and Sustainability: Methods, Modes, and Assessment. Eds. Danielle DeVoss, Heidi McKee, and Richard Selfe. Computers and Composition Digital Press, 2009.
  • “‘Fitness for the Occasion’: How Context Matters for JWPAs.” (Co-authored with Paul Ranieri) in Untenured Faculty as Writing Program Administrators: Institutional Practices and Politics. Eds. Alice S. Horning and Debra Frank Dew. Lauer Series in Rhetoric and Composition. West Lafayette, IN: Parlor Press, 2007.

 

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