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Undergraduate Student Research

Over the past five years, our undergraduate tutors have given over 30 presentations at state, regional, and international conferences. Some of our tutors’ work has been supported by the SVSU Office of Undergraduate Research, and other tutors’ work has been featured in publications in our field. We are very proud of our work in sharing best practices with the larger writing center field.

Michigan Writing Centers Association (MiWCA) Idea Exchange
November 2, 2019
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI

  • Natalie Delemeester, “Assessment to Promote Access: Responding to Student Dissatisfaction in the Writing Center”
  • Elizabeth Kennedy, Hannah Mose, and Imari Tetu, “Accessible to All? Really?: A Workshop Examining Who Doesn’t Visit the Writing Center and Why”
  • Helen Raica-Klotz, Keynote Address, “Access and Accessibility in the Writing Center, or How to Grow a Tree”

 

International Writing Center Association (IWCA)-National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW)
October 7-19, 2019
Columbus, OH

  • Joshua Cianek, “The Art of Politics: A Writing Center Workshop Model to Promote Community Engagement”
  • Natalie Delemeester, “On Becoming an Artist through Assessment: Responding to Student Dissatisfaction in the Writing Center”
  • Elizabeth Kennedy, Hannah Mose, and Imari Tetu, “‘The Art of Seeing the Un-seen’: Who Doesn’t Visit the Writing Center, and Why?”
  • Chris Giroux and Helen Raica-Klotz, “‘Yes, And’—Developing Your Center like an Artist and Artisan”
  • Caroline Sawatzki, “‘Insta’-ntly Relevant: An Artisan’s and Artist’s Approach to Writing Center Media Strategy”

East Central Writing Centers Association (ECWCA) Conference
April 4-6, 2019
University of Dayton, Dayton, OH

  • Joshua Cianek, “(Re)inventing Social Empowerment: A Writing Center Workshop Model to Promote Community Engagement””
  • Natalie Delemeester, “Turning Headwinds into Tailwinds: Assessing Student Dissatisfaction in the Writing Center”
  • Samantha Geffert, “Wrighting / Writing / Righting the Way: A Tutor’s Reflective Journals on Her Work in a Regional Prison”
  • Emma Kirsch, “’The Knack of Flying’: One Tutor’s Story of Coordinating Two Community Writing Centers”
  • Chris Giroux and Helen Raica-Klotz, “’Don’t you know it’s time for me to fly’: Articulating a Writing Center’s Scope of Work”

 

Michigan Writing Centers Association (MiWCA) Idea Exchange
October 20, 2018
University of Michigan-Flint, Flint, MI


  • Elissa Lovell and Chris Giroux, “What If Narcissus Worked in the Writing Center?: Using Tutor Self-Reflection to Assess Our Tutors and Our Writing Centers”
  • Imari Tetu and Helen Raica-Klotz, “The Myth of the Writing Center Re-Examined: Who We Really Are and What We Really Believe”

East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) Conference
March 23-25, 2018
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

  • Josh Atkins and Chris Giroux,Reflecting on our Work in the Community: A Case Study of One Tutor’s Reflection Journals Detailing His Work in a Regional Prison”
  • Emma Kirsch, “Reflecting on Language and Its Power to Define: An Investigation of Labeling Non-native Speakers of English in the Writing Center”
  • Samantha Geffert and Renee Okenka, “The Occupational Hazards of Being an International Tutor: Working with Non-Native Speakers of English Abroad”
  • Jordan Hessbrook and Helen Raica-Klotz, “Developing a Culture of Mentorship: Models for High School / University Writing Center Partnerships”

 

Conference on College Composition and Communication
March 14-17, 2018
Kansas City, MO

  • Chris Giroux, “Tutoring Training, Efficacy, and Confidence (or, When Grammar Rears Its Ugly Head)"

 

International Writing Center Association (IWCA) Conference
November 11-13, 2017
Chicago, IL

  • Samantha Geffert and Renee Okenka, “Writing Center Double Agents: Reflecting on Work with Non-native English Speakers in Japan and the U.S.”
  • Chris Giroux, “Secret Agent/Double Agent: Tutors in the Community Writing Center”
  • Madison Martin, “Mission [Not] Impossible: Decoding the Writing Center’s Strategic Plan”
  • Helen Raica-Klotz, “A Decoder Ring for the New Tutor: Developing a Model of Tutor Mentorship”

 

Michigan Writing Centers Association (MiWCA) Idea Exchange
October 22, 2017
Oakland University, Rochester, MI


  • Alexa Foor, Jordan Hessbrook, Emma Kirsch, Madison Martin, and Bria Rivet, “Expanding Our Reach/Strengthening Our Mission: Our Community Writing Centers Past, Present, and Future”
  • Samantha Geffert, “What Has Been—What Can Be: Reflections on Her Work with Non-Native English Speakers in Japan and the U.S”
  • Madison Martin, “(Re) Examining our Writing Center’s Mission: Assessing Students’ Perceptions of our Strategic Plan”

 

Conference on Community Writing
October 18-21, 2017
University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

  • Chris Giroux and Helen Raica-Klotz, “Locally Grown, Locally Produced: The Farmers’ Market Model of a Community Writing Center”

International Conference on The Arts in Society
June 14-16, 2017
American University, Paris, France

  • Chris Giroux, “Writing That Matters: Teaching and Tutoring Creative Writing in the Prison and the Community”

 

International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Conference
October 14-16, 2016
Denver, CO

  • Josh Atkins and Bria Rivet, “Challenging Uncertainty: The Importance of Reflecting in Community Writing Center Practice” 

  • Alison Barger, “Revisiting the ESL Frontier: Tutors’ Perceptions of Working with Multilingual Students in the Writing Center” 

  • Kyle Currie, Riley Millard, and Kylie Wojciechowski, “To Boldly Go Where No Writing Center Has Gone Before: Crafting and Implementing a Writing Center’s Strategic Plan” 

  • Chris Giroux and Helen Raica-Klotz, “Which Is the True / Truer / Truest Story?: Grammar Instruction in Tutoring Training to Help Develop Better Tutors” 

  • Sara Houser, “Re-Examining the OWC Frontier: Developing Best Practices to Tutor Students Online” 

  • Helen Raica-Klotz and Chris Giroux (with Mark Latta and Glenn Hutchinson), “After ‘the turn’: Expanding and Sustaining Writing Center Boundaries into our Larger Communities”

 

Michigan Writing Centers Association (MiWCA) Idea Exchange
October 22, 2016

Macomb Community College, Warren, MI 


  • Nik Berkobien, Carly Sawatzki, Zachary Vega, and Catherine Yankley, “When Global Meets Local: How Study Abroad Experiences Shape our Writing Center Tutors’ Practice” 

  • Kyle Currie, Riley Millard, and Kylie Wojciechowski, “‘The Ethical Responsibility’: Crafting, Implementing, and Assessing a Writing Center’s Strategic Plan” 

  • Sara Houser, “Ensuring Inclusion in Online Tutoring: Evaluating Best Practices in the OWC” 

  • Helen Raica-Klotz, “Approaches to Community Engagement in the Writing Center” 

  • Kylie Wojciechowski, “Advocating for Student Users: A Template for Conducting Small-Scale 
Usability Research in the Writing Center” 


 

National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW)
November 3-6, 2016

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

  • Chris Giroux and Helen Raica-Klotz, “They/Them = We/Us: Grammar Instruction for Tutors to Promote Inclusive Writing Center Pedagogy”

 

East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) Conference
March 23-24, 2017

Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, MI

  • Joshua Atkins, Riley Millard, and Chris Giroux,“Community Outreach: The Next Wave in Writing Center Work” 

  • Bailey Brown, Alexa Foor, Samantha Geffert, Renee Okenka, and Helen Raica-Klotz, “Navigating the Way: Ways to Peer Mentor New Tutors in the Writing Center” 

  • KayLee Davis and Madison Martin, “Swipe Left?: Negotiating Writing Center Identity through our Students’ Eyes” 

  • Sara Houser, “Navigating Online Consultations: Developing Best Practices and Strategies for Online Tutoring” 

  • Chris Giroux and Helen Raica-Klotz, (with Ann Blakeslee, Hillary Degner, Beth Sabo, and Lauren Winton), “Navigating Writing Center Assessment: What Do the Beans Mean for Sustainable Practice?” 

  • Kylie Wojciechowski, “Navigating Students’ Experiences with WCOnline®: Preliminary Results and Recommendations of a Usability Study of the WCONLINE® Platform” 


East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) Conference
March 4-5, 2016

University of Mount Hood, Alliance, OH

  • Sara Houser, “Measuring the Medium of OWCs: Ensuring Best Practices in Online Tutoring” 

  • Bria Rivet, Kylie Wojciechowski, Chris Giroux, and Helen Raica-Klotz, “Multiple Modes, Mediums, 
and Literacies, But One Mission: Strategic Planning for Your Writing Center” 


 

National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW)
November 5-8, 2015

Salt Lake City, UT

  • Joshua Atkins and Kyle Currie, “Beyond the Blueprint: A Systematic Approach to Evaluating the Space of a Writing Center” 

  • Alison Barger, “Making a Space for Honest Conversation: Tutors’ Perceptions of their ESL Peers” 

  • Chris Giroux and Helen Raica-Klotz, “Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex: Grammar Instruction (and RAD Research) for Writing Center Tutors” 

  • Wren Hayes, “A Safe(r) Space: Decentering Heteronormative Tendencies in the Writing Center”
  • Maria Vos, Chris Giroux, and Helen Raica-Klotz, “(De)Center to (Re)Center: The Process of 
Establishing a Community Writing Center

 

Michigan Writing Centers Association (MiWCA) Idea Exchange
October 17, 2015

Southwestern Michigan College, Dowagiac, MI


  • Chris Giroux and Helen Raica-Klotz, “Mapping Blurred Lines and Shifting Boundaries: The Process of Establishing a Community Writing Center”

 

International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Conference
October 8-10, 2015
Pittsburgh, PA 


  • Chris Giroux and Helen Raica-Klotz, “‘Often Courageous, Sometimes Ridiculous, Always Strange’: One Writing Center’s Story of Collaboration with the Visual and Creative Arts” 

  • Chris Giroux, Helen Raica-Klotz, “(re)Visiting Lower-Order Concerns: A Research-based Approach to Grammar Instruction for Tutors” 


 

East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) Conference
April 10-12, 2015

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN

 

  • Joshua Atkins and Kyle Currie, “Spaces of Possibility: Exploring the Ethical Settings for Writing Centers” 

  • Alison Barger and Helen Raica-Klotz, “‘I Said Do You Speak-a My Language?’: ESL Tutors in the Writing Center” 
  • Anthony Betters and Wren Hayes, “A Safer Space: Decentering Heteronormative and Cisnormative Assumptions in the Writing Center”
  • Rachael Blaylock, “The Ethics of Advertising: A Guide for Writing Center Marketing” 

  • Hillary Degner and Kylie Wojciechowski, “Our Field of Dreams’: A Model for Supporting 
Undergraduate Tutor Research” 

  • Riley Millard and Jenni Putz, “A Symbiotic Relationship?: The Ethics of First-Year Writing’s Role in Tutor Training”
  • Chris Giroux and Helen Raica-Klotz, “Guess Who’s Coming to Tutor: The Role of Faculty in the Writing Center” 

  • Maria Vos, “A Matter of Building Bridges: Ethical Practices for Tutoring Graduate-Level Non- Native English Speakers”

 

Michigan Student Success Conference
February 11-13, 2015

Oakland University, Troy, MI

  • Helen Raica-Klotz and Chris Giroux, “Developing Writers: The Role of Embedded Tutors in Developmental Writing Classrooms”

 

International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)/National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) Joint Conference
October 30-November 1, 2014

Orlando, FL 


  • Chris Giroux, “The Arrival of the New Tutor: Re-Imagining Peer Mentoring Programs”

 

Michigan Writing Centers Association (MiWCA) Idea Exchange
October 25, 2014

Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI 


  • Hillary Degner and Kylie Wojciechowski, “On the Other Side of the Table: When a Tutor Has a Learning Disability or Mental Health Illness, What Happens Then?” 

  • Maria Vos and Chris Giroux (with Kim Ballard et al.), “Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Professional Readiness Exam - Writing: Responses from Our Centers” 

  • DeQuan Hill, Ken’Niesha Marshall, Breanna Johnson, Helen Raica-Klotz, Taeler Singleton, and Ka Vang, “Developing Writers: The Role of Embedded Tutors in the Developmental Writing Classroom” 

  • Allyson Poag and Catherine Yankley, “Good Writers and/or Good Readers: How Tutors Can Benefit from Learning Reading Comprehension Strategies” 

  • Chris Giroux and Helen Raica-Klotz, “The Art of Balance: Bringing Faculty into the Writing Center” 


 

East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) Conference
March 28-29, 2014
Miami University, Oxford, OH 


  • Crystal Brinson, Zack Gibson, Helen Raica-Klotz, and Taeler Singleton, “Embedded Tutoring in Developmental Writing Classrooms: Using Our History to Create a Better Future” 

  • Hillary Degner and Kylie Wojciechowski, “On the Other Side of the Table: When a Tutor Has a Learning Disability or Mental Health Illness, What Happens Then?” 

  • Scott Merrow, Helen Raica-Klotz, and Scott Umberfeld, “Marketing Your ‘Field of Dreams’: Using Media and Technology to Attract the Next Generation of Writing Center Users” 

  • Maria Vos and Helen Raica-Klotz, “Educating and Nurturing Our Next Generation of Writers: The Role of Tutor Mentorship in the Writing Center” 


 

Midwest Writing Centers Association Conference
October 2013

Skokie, IL 


  • Hillary Degner, Samantha Jackson, Allison Sterken, and Kylie Wojciechowski, “Riding the L to Learning: Training New Tutors to Learn and Grow in the Writing Center”

 

CONTACT US.


Writing Center
Zahnow 250
writingcenter@svsu.edu
(989) 964-6061

Hours
Fall 2020 ONLINE
September 14–December 17 (Hours TBD)

Director, Helen Raica-Klotz
Zahnow 250
klotz@svsu.edu
(989) 964-6062