Welcome to all of you who are participants in the 2008 IWCA Summer Institute! And to the many friends of the writing center summer institute around the world! Thanks for visiting.
Through this blog, the institute’s leaders and co-chairs will share their thoughts about the institute, preview some of the institute’s sessions, and introduce you to some of the delights of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the city of Madison, where the institute will be held from July 20–July 25, 2008.
The writing center summer institute is a really special kind of learning experience, first because of whom it brings together. This year you’ll be part of a great group of 55 participants—from aspiring and brand-new writing center directors to associate directors and directors with a few powerful years of experience to professionals in the field for over 20 years--from all around the United States and from seven other countries. This year’s participants come from secondary schools, community colleges, small colleges, and medium-sized and large universities, both private and public. The knowledge and interests that participants bring are absolutely central to the learning that goes on at the institute.
Joining these participants in the institute will be ten wonderful leaders and co-chairs, all of whom have extensive experience leading wonderful, innovative, successful writing centers, who are leaders in the writing center profession, who are engaging teachers, and who are dedicated mentors:
- Lisa Ede, Oregon State University
- Paula Gillespie, Marquette University
- Brad Hughes, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Sharifa Daniels, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
- Nancy Grimm, Michigan Tech University
- Jenny Jordan, Glenbrook North High School, IL
- Neal Lerner, MIT
- Beverly Moss, The Ohio State University
- Jill Pennington, Lansing Community College
- Elisabeth Piedmont-Marton, Southwestern University
We’ll also be joined by several great career professionals and leaders from the UW-Madison Writing Center—Emily Hall, Melissa Tedrowe, Nancy Linh Karls, and Terry Maggio—and by undergraduate and graduate tutors from Marquette University and UW-Madison.
Together, over the course of an intensive week, we’ll learn collaboratively about the latest in writing center practice, theory, research, politics, and administration. We’ll think practically and theoretically about the challenges and the opportunities in this exciting field. We’ll raise tough questions, answer some of those, and pose new ones. We’ll have lots of fun. And we’ll create a community of professionals who will support and challenge each other for years after the institute is over.
To learn more about the 2008 IWCA Summer Institute, watch for new entries on this blog and check out the institute website.
If you want a preview of what Madison looks like, take a look at some gorgeous photos of the city and university by a talented Madison photographer, Zane Williams.
More later . . .