MWCA 2018 Travel Grant Award Winners

Congratulations to the two 2018 Midwest Writing Centers Association (MWCA) Travel Grant winners, Meredith Steck, a graduate student from the University of Minnesota, and Kelli Rozendaal, an undergraduate student from Iowa State University.

Next month, they will be traveling to Omaha, Nebraska, to present at the 2018 MWCA conference.  They are both first-time attendees to the conference, and their sessions are both on Friday morning, March 2, 2018, at 10:30 am.

Meredith Steck

Storying our sessions: Novice consultants self-evaluate post-visit comments and raise questions about their own agency and practice

Post-visit comments document the story that we tell ourselves, our peers, and our clients about what transpired during a consultation.  Although we often view comments as a neutral chronology of a session, new consultants often struggle with this genre, wondering what to write about and how to write it.  This presentation highlights insights from a professional development activity in which I (a teaching assistant coordinator) asked novice consultants to self-evaluate visit comments. Audience members will read sample comments and reflect on the rhetorical conventions used in comments at their own centers. 

Kelli Rozendaal

Middle Kingdom Ethics in the Midwestern Writing Center: Tutor Beliefs Regarding Plagiarism and Chinese Academic Culture

An undergraduate tutor newly returned from a year of study in China examines the attitudes and beliefs surrounding plagiarism and Chinese academic culture through the lens of writing center tutors. This paper explores tutor knowledge of cultural conceptions of plagiarism in a Chinese academic setting through a qualitative research approach

Please consider coming to one of these presentations to support these emergent writing center scholars.

If you are thinking of coming to the Midwest Writing Centers Association conference this year but haven’t yet registered, please be aware that the deadline to get the discounted rate at the conference hotel is February 14, 2018.  For more information about the MWCA 2018 conference, including registration and lodging, please click here.