NCPTW 2017, Hofstra University

Call for Proposals

Reaching Out: Revising Writing Center Spaces and Identities

Proposals will be accepted until April 30, 2017. Submit a proposal here.

Our invitation to focus on “reaching out” considers the various ways Writing Centers connect with stakeholders on our campuses, in cyberspace, and through research. Our Centers reach out to students we support, tutors we recruit, and faculty and administrators we wish to persuade. The extended theme of “Revising Writing Center Spaces and Identities” further seeks to generate inquiry, conversation, and debate about defining the spaces in which we practice. Our Centers value and revalue the literacies of both tutors and those who visit our spaces, allowing us to consider the reciprocal relationships between the identities of our Centers, our tutors, and the writers we support. Tutor-researchers are at the center of this work, recursively revising their Centers’ practices and pedagogy, through the creation of “new knowledge about writing and about tutor research” (Fitzgerald and Ianetta v). The keynote speakers for this conference will be Lauren Fitzgerald and Melissa Ianetta, authors of The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors: Practice and Research.

Possible inquiries for this conference include, but are not limited to:

  • How do we encourage the development of community and collaboration among our tutors? How do we develop a community of writing that reaches out across our institutions?
  • How do we insure that our spaces reach those we support? In what ways can we strive to implement accessible, inclusive, and innovative learning strategies for both tutors and writers in our centers?
  • How do our centers facilitate and support tutor-researchers? How does tutor research reach larger institutional audiences beyond our Centers to have an impact on our local campuses?
  • What should our physical and virtual spaces look like? How do these spaces facilitate or limit access to and within writing centers?
  • How are our mission statements reaching our intended audience? How do we create and implement missions that evoke a sense of opportunity and development rather than one of remediation or fix-it shop? 
  • How do we design and implement assessment mechanisms that helps us to reach our various goals?

We will accept up to two proposals from one individual, as long as at least one of those proposals involves other presenters. The guidelines for proposals are as follows:

  • Individual Presentations: a 15-20-minute presentation that will be combined into a conference panel by program chairs
  • Panel Presentations: 3-4 presentations of 15-20 minutes organized around one particular issue, question, or theme
  • Roundtables: 15-20 minutes of introductory remarks to framing a question or issue; presenters then facilitate discussion among attendees
  • Poster Presentations: organized as a research fair, presenters offer a visual representation of their research to discuss informally with attendees
  • Workshops: a 75-minute interactive session in which organizers facilitate engagement among participants to explore an issue, question, or theme

Contact Conference Chair Andrea Efthymiou at andrea.r.efthymiou[at] with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at NCPTW 2017 at Hofstra University!