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SWCA Webinar Series

The Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) provides synchronous, online webinars for those interested in topics related to writing center pedagogy and operations. We also invite proposals for topics that would interest a variety of our region’s audiences, including writing tutors (professional, peer, and graduate), administrators, and members.

Join us for our next three SWCA webinars:

Title: Promoting the Essential Skills of Writing Center Work: Helping Consultants Plan for Life after Graduation

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, April 16, at 12 PM ET via Zoom.

Registration: SWCA Webinar - “Promoting the Essential Skills of Writing Center Work: Helping Consultants Plan for Life after Graduation"

Presenters:

Dr. Kevin Dvorak, Executive Director of NSU Writing and Communication Center & Professor in Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts, Nova Southeastern University

Dr. Janine Morris, Faculty Coordinator of NSU Writing and Communication Center & Associate Professor in Department of Communication, Media, and the Arts, Nova Southeastern University

Abstract: This webinar will help consultants and directors consider the value of writing center work in preparing students for future degrees and careers. It will discuss how writing center work can best be presented on a resume or portfolio and will help consultants explore graduate school options and cover how to identify options and navigate the application process.

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Title: Data Storytelling (or How to Tutor Graphs)

Date/Time/Location: Monday, April 22, at 2 PM ET via Zoom.

RegistrationSWCA Webinar - “Data Storytelling (or How to Tutor Graphs)"

Presenters:

Dr. Brandy Blake has been a communication tutor, a writing center director, a professor, and a STEM communication director. She has worked in Georgia Tech's H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering for a total of six years, helping students to improve engineering and technical reports and spends a lot of time working with those students on improving graphs and other data visualizations.

Abstract: When a student shows up with a graph in their paper or presentation, it's easy to tell when there is something problematic about the graph. Articulating what that is, however, might be harder, and giving firm advice on a graph is often outside of a tutor's comfort zone. This webinar would provide tutors that are nervous about giving feedback on graphs with some tips and strategies, including how to focus on the purpose of the graph, how to emphasize and de-emphasize information, and how to declutter.

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Title: Pursuing Center Certification via SWCA-CARE: A Workshop for Preparing Your Application

Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, May 28, at 11 AM ET via Zoom: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82444637026?pwd=MFBnaWNlNjVFZkI5NG1ER1FxQThCQT09

Presenters:

Dr. Jennifer Smith Daniel, Queens University of Charlotte, Director of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum Program.

Dr. Layli Miron, Auburn University, Associate Director of University Writing.

Abstract: The Southeastern Writing Center Association’s CARE (Center Acknowledgement and Recognition of Excellence) program offers the only certification developed by writing center professionals for writing centers. If you’re looking to engage your staff in meaningful reflection about your pedagogy, practices, mission, and values in ways that attend to your local contexts, CARE certification might be a good fit for your center. This workshop will cover how certification can be an asset to your center as well as how to compile and submit your application. Centers outside of the SWCA region are welcome!

Webinar Resources

The Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) Webinar Committee was formed to offer synchronous, online webinars for those interested in topics related to writing center pedagogy and operations.  The webinar committee currently consists of the following members:

  • Deidre Garriott (Committee Chair), University of South Carolina
  • Maegan Mercer-Bourne, Wake Technical Community College
  • Billie Jo Dunaway, Daytona State College
  • Candis Bond, Augusta University
  • Joy Bracewell, Athens State University
  • Eric Mason, Nova Southeastern University

The SWCA webinar committee invites proposals for webinars on topics that would interest a variety of our organization's membership, including writing tutors (professional, peer, and graduate), administrators, and members.

You may propose a 60-minute webinar of your own design. The SWCA will provide the Zoom platform and marketing for the event. We will record all events to post for members to consult later.

Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Representing Writing Center consulting (WCC) work on CVs/resumes and university reports
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Writing in the Disciplines
  • Multimodal Project Consulting
  • Engaging Students in Tutoring Sessions
  • How to Tutor Ethics and Critical Thinking
  • How to Decolonize or create more Socially and Racially-Just Centers

Workshopping opportunities are available for applicants who may appreciate feedback before submission. Additionally, the committee also offers partnering opportunities for potential presenters who are seeking collaborators. Contact webinar committee chair Deidre Garriott for more information.

The committee welcomes submissions for 2024. Please propose your webinar idea, including, if known, your preferred dates and times using the form linked below.

Propose a Webinar

Upcoming SWCA Webinars

    • 22 Apr 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • online via Zoom
    Register

    Join us for an  SWCA webinar about

    “Data Storytelling (or How to Tutor Graphs)"

    Monday, April 22nd, 2024 2:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada) via Zoom

    Presented by

    Dr. Brandy Blake has been a communication tutor, a writing center director, a professor, and a STEM communication director. She has worked in Georgia Tech's H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering for a total of six years, helping students to improve engineering and technical reports and spends a lot of time working with those students on improving graphs and other data visualizations.

    When a student shows up with a graph in their paper or presentation, it's easy to tell when there is something problematic about the graph. Articulating what that is, however, might be harder, and giving firm advice on a graph is often outside of a tutor's comfort zone. This webinar would provide tutors that are nervous about giving feedback on graphs with some tips and strategies, including how to focus on the purpose of the graph, how to emphasize and de-emphasize information, and how to declutter.



    FREE for all SWCA members and a small fee for other parties (donations also welcome)

    Visit http://southeastwritingcenter.org/webinar 
    for more info and to RSVP to get the url.

    Note: If, after registering, you do not receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link, contact the SWCA DCD at swca.dcd@gmail.com.




    • 28 May 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Online via Zoom

    Join us for

    Pursuing Center Certification via SWCA-CARE:
    A Workshop for Preparing Your Application
    Date/Time/Location: Tuesday, May 28, at 11 AM ET via Zoom: 

    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82444637026?pwd=MFBnaWNlNjVFZkI5NG1ER1FxQThCQT09

    Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Smith Daniel, Queens University of Charlotte, Director of the Writing Center and Writing Across the Curriculum Program, & Dr. Layli Miron, Auburn University, Associate Director of University Writing.

    Abstract: The Southeastern Writing Center Association’s CARE (Center Acknowledgement and Recognition of Excellence) program offers the only certification developed by writing center professionals for writing centers. If you’re looking to engage your staff in meaningful reflection about your pedagogy, practices, mission, and values in ways that attend to your local contexts, CARE certification might be a good fit for your center. This workshop will cover how certification can be an asset to your center as well as how to compile and submit your application. Centers outside of the SWCA region are welcome!

    FREE for all SWCA members and other interested parties (donations welcome)

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