Southeastern Writing Center Association Conference – 2014

Three of our tutors attended and presented at the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) Conference in Greenville, N.C. on February 6th Р8th.  The keynote speaker for the conference was Dr. Vershawn Young, who spoke about the pressures of code-switching and the advantages of code-meshing.

Dr. Young and QEP Tutors

From Left to Right: Leland March, Valerie Edwards, Dr. Vershawn Young, and Jenee’ Phillips

The tutors’ presentation was titled “Peer-Tutoring at an HBCU and Dominant Rhetorics: A Case Study.” Dr. Gavaskar and Ms. Miller discussed the origins of ECSU’s QEP Writing Studio, and provided the audience with data they collected during the Fall 2013 semester. Jenee’, Valerie, and Leland discussed the importance of encouraging students to use their own language, and their own experiences as writers and tutors. They addressed questions such as: What does it mean to be a tutor? What impact does a tutor make in their community? How will tutoring benefit tutors in the future? Why is there a separation among Caucasians and African Americans in academic writing? What are different tutoring session approaches that can be utilized by tutors?

SWCA Conference

From Left to Right: Jenee’ Phillips, Valerie Edwards, Ms. Miller, and Leland March

Jenee’ and Valerie ended the presentation with an activity. They ¬†asked audience members to break up into groups and respond to various questions they had written down on poster board. All participants were thrilled that the Keynote speaker, Dr. Young, attended the presentation!

Audience members at the Conference (Far Left: Keynote Speaker Dr. Vershawn Young; Far Right: Dr. Karen Keaton-Jackson)

Audience members at the Conference (Far Left: Keynote speaker Dr. Vershawn Young; Far Right: Dr. Karen Keaton-Jackson)

We’re Now Open for Tutoring!

We are very excited to announce that we are now open for tutoring!

You can stop by the main desk to schedule an appointment, or you can stop by for walk-in hours.

We are also offering asynchronous tutoring via e-mail. GE 102 and 103 students can find more information about this process on the “QEP Writing Studio” tab of their Blackboard course shell.

This semester we have six peer tutors who will be working with students, and two work study students who will be assisting at the main desk.

We look forward to seeing you!

Open for First Summer Session!

The QEP Writing Studio is open from 12:00 – 4:00 during the first summer session. Our two tutors, Jenee’ Phillips and T.J. Bunn, are available during this time to work with you face-to-face. We are also piloting our online tutoring this summer; if you are taking an online GE 102 or GE 103 course, e-mail us your draft with a brief description on what you would like the tutors to focus on. We look forward to seeing you!

ECSU’s Undergraduate Research Day

This week, three QEP Writing Studio tutors will be presenting at ECSU’s Undergraduate Research Week on Thursday, April 18th. All three tutors will present on various topics related to tutoring freshman composition students.

Abby Morris will present “New Strategies For Group Consultations.”
Jenee’ Phillips will present “Academic Procrastination on the Basis of Essay Topics.”
T.J. Bunn will present “Practical Application of Writing Studio Philosophies.”