Writing Centers at the Center of Change looks at how eleven centers, internationally, adapted to change at their institutions, during a decade when their very success has become a valued commodity in a larger struggle for resources on many campuses.

Bringing together both US and international perspectives, this volume offers solutions for adapting to change in the world of writing centers, ranging from the logistical to the pedagogical, and even to the existential. Each author discusses the origins, appropriate responses, and partners to seek when change comes from within a school or outside it. Chapters document new programs being formed under changing circumstances, and suggest ways to navigate professional or pedagogical changes that may undermine the hard work of more than four decades of writing-center professionals.

The book’s audience includes writing center and learning-commons administrators, university librarians, deans, department chairs affiliated with writing centers. It will also be useful for graduate students in composition, rhetoric, and academic writing.

chapter |13 pages


A Light at the End of the Service Corridor?
ByJoe Essid, Brian McTague

part I|68 pages

New or Reimagined Spaces

chapter 1|21 pages

Sharing Space and Finding Common Ground

A Practical Guide to Creating Effective Writing Center/Library Partnerships
ByMaggie M. Herb, Lindsay A. Sabatino

chapter 2|22 pages

The Writing Center Speaks Up

On Dissonance, Collaboration, and Harmonization With the Learning Commons Chorus
ByMaria L. Soriano Young

chapter 3|23 pages

Online Tutoring

From Writing Center to Virtual Education Hub
ByVassiliki Kourbani

part II|71 pages

New Missions

chapter 4|21 pages

The Writing Center in the Writing Program

Peer Tutoring Across Disciplines and Languages
ByCarl Johan Carlsson, Magnus Gustafsson, Anthony Norman

chapter 5|23 pages

At the Centre of Changing Contexts

A Writing for Life Centre
ByLawrence Cleary

chapter 6|11 pages

Black in the Writing Center

Race, Representation, and the Post-Racial Lie
ByKiara Lee

chapter 7|14 pages

Making Good on the Promise

A Community College in Virginia Collaborates With a Technical Secondary School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Grow Student Success
ByJenny Koster

part III|64 pages

Contested Missions, Contested Spaces

chapter 8|14 pages

I Feel the Earth Move Under My Feet

ByShareen Grogan

chapter 10|14 pages

From Writing Center to Writing Program?

Transdisciplinarity as a Means to Institutional Credibility and Support
ByGreer Murphy, Troy Mikanovich, Marcus Weakley, Mark Pedretti

chapter 11|17 pages

Negotiating the Complexities of Being a Part of and Apart From

ByMaureen McBride