Writing Consultant Survey Request

Please see this message from researchers at Carleton College in Minnesota asking undergraduate writing consultants to respond to a brief survey by October 16.

We are two undergraduate writing consultants and a writing center director at Carleton, a liberal-arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, and we are reaching out to ask for your help.  We’re conducting a brief survey of undergraduate writing consultants and tutors on their initial preparation/training for the job.

Our goal is to learn which readings, topics, and activities undergraduate consultants–specifically, those who have at least a term, quarter, trimester, or semester of experience under their belts–have found most useful and illuminating as they have prepared for and conducted meeting with writers.

We will present the survey results at the 2017 International Writing Centers Association conference in Chicago this November. The findings will likely be of interest to both current writing consultants and those who train and supervise them. The survey link can be found here.

We hope to answer the following questions: Are undergraduate consultants learning what their supervisors believe they?re learning? What can we discern about how tutors understand their work from this information? We appreciate your input and look forward to analyzing the responses we receive.

The survey takes 10 minutes or less to complete, and we would be grateful if you, your co-workers, and/or your consultants–any undergraduate writing consultant with at least one term, trimester, semester, or quarter of experience–would complete it before October 16. Including one’s name and email address is optional; we will not include that information in the presentation or any subsequent dissemination. We will, however, share our findings with anyone who provides an email address.

Thank you very much for your assistance!


Brynne Diggins, Kathy Evertz, and Avery Naughton, Carleton College Writing Center


Job Opportunity: Department of English, The Ohio State University

The Department of English at The Ohio State University is searching for an assistant professor to join the Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy Studies program starting in the autumn of 2018. Applicants should submit a letter of application, CV, sample of scholarship, and three letters of recommendation through Interfolio by October 15, 2017.

Candidates should have a primary or secondary area of expertise in Professional Writing; additional specializations in Digital Media, Literacy Studies, or Writing Program Administration are desirable. Teaching responsibilities for this position include courses in business and technical writing as well as the minor’s internship preparation and support courses. Teaching will also include other introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in the faculty member’s areas of specialization.

The full position description and application instructions are available here.


Call for Participants: Study of Writing Center Administrator Labour

Call for Participants: Study of Writing Center Administrator Labour

Participants will be asked to take a survey each year for five consecutive years. The survey will ask for information about background, writing center administrative position, professional self-perception, and job-seeking behaviours. The survey asks mostly close-ended questions, so it will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. More information can be found here.

Job Opportunity: Writing Services, University of Guelph

The University of Guelph has a posting for a temporary, full-time Writing Specialist on the Writing Services, Library Learning & Curriculum Support Team.

Posting Date: August 31, 2017
Closing Date: September 7, 2017

Full listing: https://www.uoguelph.ca/hr/careers-guelph/current-opportunities/writing-specialist

Reporting to the Manager of Writing Services, the Writing Specialist provides individual consultations, in-class instruction, and targeted programming to support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty writers in discovering, developing, and communicating academic ideas. With a deep knowledge of writing in a variety of disciplines, genres, and forms, the Writing Specialist guides writers in thinking and writing critically and in employing effective rhetorical strategies in specific contexts. The Writing Specialist advises individual faculty and curriculum committees on best practices for incorporating writing into courses and curricula. The Writing Specialist also trains and supervises a team of student writing consultants and supports classroom instructors in developing writing instruction approaches for a variety of disciplines, courses, and assignments.

Writing Services is a key resource on writing and related issues for the university community. The Writing Specialist is responsible for acquiring and maintaining, through research and study of the literature, current knowledge of a range of issues and best practices related to university-level writing, the integration of writing skills into course curricula, multilingual writers, effective and engaging pedagogical practices, assessment of writing, and a range of other relevant writing issues. The Writing Specialist also contributes to the unit’s expertise on student writing by participating in the unit’s program of research, assessment and evaluation, and dissemination of results.

Requirements of the position include:

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree and two years’ related practical experience teaching writing and assessing written work at the university level, preferably in a writing centre environment or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience delivering effective and engaging presentations and workshops
  • Expertise in individual writing consultation strategies and knowledge of a variety of disciplines and genres, particularly writing in the sciences
  • Experience supporting writers with theses and dissertations
  • Experience assisting writers for whom English is an additional language
  • Knowledge of best practices in teaching writing and incorporating writing into curricula
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and supportively within a team
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to take a self-directed approach to responsibilities

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Call for Papers: First International Conference on Corpus Analysis in Academic Discourse


The Department of Applied Linguistics at Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain) and the Research Group of Studies on Specific Languages (Grupo de análisis de lenguas de especialidad- GALE) are delighted to announce the 1st International Conference on Corpus Analysis in Academic Discourse from 22 to 24 November 2017.

This conference aims to provide language researchers an opportunity to present and communicate their work from a variety of corpus analysis and academic discourse studies perspectives. For the 1st International Conference on Corpus Analysis in Academic Discourse, it has been decided that particular attention will be paid to corpus studies and academic discourse analysis (whether monolingual or multilingual). The particular aim of the 1st International Conference on Corpus Analysis in Academic Discourse is thus to examine the means by which corpus linguistics attempts to detect and analyse different aspects of academic discourse, with the ultimate aim of better understanding how they function in the language system.

Plenary speakers:

Paul Rayson- Lancaster University

Antonio Briz- Universitat de València

Ruslan Mitkov- University of Wolverhampton Francisco Alonso- Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

As well as the general conference theme, the conference committee invites contributions relating to the following 6 specific topics:

  1. Corpora and academic language teaching
  2. Corpus-based lexicology
  3. Pragmatic studies on academic discourse
  4. Corpora, translation and terminology studies
  5. Tools for academic discourse studies
  6. Corpus linguistics and academic languages for specific purposes

Instructions for submissions:

Submissions should present either complete research, or research in progress where at least some substantial results have been achieved. Submissions should be written according to the following guidelines:

  • Abstracts of 250-300 words, excluding the word count for references. The abstract will be submitted to review and should be formatted following the following style:
    • Surname, given name, affiliation, e-mail
    • Title, centred, bold, font Times New Roman 14 pts
    • Keywords, italics, font Times New Roman 12 pts, below the title
    • Main text, justified, font Times New Roman 12 pts, linear interspacing 1
    • References
  • The author(s) should assign the paper to one of the 6 specific topics mentioned above.
  • To submit a proposal for the conference, please go to the CAAD17 site.

Important dates:

  • 3  July 2017:  Deadline for submissions
  • 28 July  2017: Notification of acceptance
  • 1 September 2017: Registration begins
  • 15 October 2017: End of registration for authors
  • 24 November 2017: End of registration
  • 20 December 2017: Submission of complete papers for their publication

Contact: caaw@upv.es