NCPTW 2017, Hofstra University

Keynote Address

Tutors Front and Center: How the Writing Center Works

Lauren Fitzgerald and Melissa Ianetta

Melissa Ianetta is Director of the Writing Center and Professor of English at the University of Delaware, as well as the incoming editor of College English. Lauren Fitzgerald is Director of the Wilf Campus Writing Center and Professor of English at Yeshiva University, where she chairs the Yeshiva College English Department. They have published on writing centers, writing center scholarship, writing program administration, rhetoric, teaching writing, and undergraduate research in journals such as Writing Center Journal, Writing Lab Newsletter, WPA: Writing Program Administration, College Composition and Communication, College English, Composition Studies, PMLA, and Rhetoric Review and in the recent edited collections A Rhetoric for Writing Program Administrators (2016), A Critical Look at Institutional Mission: A Guide for Writing Program Administrators (2016), Writing Stories: Composition and Rhetoric in High Schools and Normal Schools, 1839-1969 (2015),and How to Get Started in Arts and Humanities Research with Undergraduates(2014). They have both served as IWCA Summer Institute leaders and on the Council of Writing Program Administrators Executive Board and the CCCC Executive Committee.Together, they wrote The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors: Practice and Research (2016) and, from 2008 to 2013, edited The Writing Center Journal. Perhaps most impressively, they have just realized that, between them, they have worked in a total of eight writing centers for a combined 50 years.