Conferences and Research

CWAC is a hub for research on campus. Each year, student writing advisers, faculty and staff collaborate on research projects and share their work at conferences at both the regional and international levels.

Spring 2016: Writing Advisers present their research to their fellow advisers before presenting at a conference.

Current Research Projects:

"Internal and External Management Efficiency"

We recognize that an efficient management system makes for an engaged and mindful
center. Rachel Telljohn '20 and Director Tereza Joy Kramer led a panel at the 2019 Northern California Writing Centers Assocation (NCWCA) Conference that discussed the findings of their primary research to illustrate the benefits of a complimentary internal and external management process and how the two may be applied to a university’s mission statement.


"Discourse on Diversity: Why Inclusivity Matters in a Writing Center"

People of marginalized identities often feel unsafe and unwelcome, and as a campus resource it is our primary function to best serve our diverse audience. In their roundtable discussion, Mia Maramba '19, Joana Rowlands '20, and Amanda Caroll '20 tackled inclusivity in centers and how best to create a safe space for all writers.


"Promoting the Writing Center Presence: Assessing and Re-evaluating Marketing Techniques"

A writing center’s presence on a campus is a commitment to helping writers grow.
However, there can be misunderstandings about how a center serves its writers. During
their presentation, Sabrina Zehnder '19, Angelica Figueroa '20, Clayne Zollinger '20, and Seb Singh '19 used their research to assess how we can better market our presence through varied forms of outreach to the campus community.


"Using Minimalist Methods for Social Justice Education in the Writing Center"

Kerry-Anne Loughman '19 discussed how the writing center is an excellent environment for social justice education through the usage of minimalist tutoring methods, as it allows for writing advisers to help students create strong writing practices while still preventing the spread of misinformation about identity-based oppression.