Research at the Writing Center: Conversations with Writing Consultant Alumni


Monday, March 27 – 12:00pm – Campus Center 307

Marilee Brooks-Gillies and Patrick Stutz
Last summer, we began a Peer Writing Tutor/Consultant Alumni Research Project (PWTCARP) site at IUPUI’s University Writing Center (UWC). Our IRB-approved research is based on work spearheaded by writing center scholars Hughes, Gillespie, and Kail and looks exclusively at the experiences of former IUPUI UWC tutors/consultants. The purpose of the study is twofold: 1) to assess the short and long term value of tutor/consultant training and writing center experience on former peer writing tutors/consultants and 2) to inform current tutor/consultant training and practice from the perspective of former tutors/consultants. During our presentation, we will share our results and discuss the ways being engaged in the study offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn more about research methods in the areas of Writing Centers, Writing Studies, and Rhetoric and Writing and creates opportunities for conference presentations and publications. ​

Marilee Brooks-Gillies is an Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she directs the University Writing Center and teaches courses in writing center theory and practice and first-year writing. She is in the process of developing a course on craft rhetorics, which will explore how craft is used in activism (craftivism) and the relationship between craft and heritage literacies. Marilee is a board member of the Cultural Rhetorics Consortium and of the East Central Writing Centers Association. Her research interests are situated in cultural rhetorics, writing center theory and practice, and material rhetorics. Her current projects focus on the professional development of writing center consultants, including developing a Peer Writing Tutor/Consultant Alumni Research Project (PWTARP) site, supporting graduate writers, and writing center assessment as an everyday practice.

Patrick Stutz has earned internship credit for his work as a University Writing Center consultant and is currently an intern at Energy Improvement Matters. Patrick is also a member of the University Writing Center’s Research & Assessment Committee.

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