An established tradition within the International Writing Center Association since 2003, the Summer Institute is meant to guide current or would-be writing center directors and assistants, writing program administrators, tutors, writing teachers (high school or college), curriculum developers, graduate students, new PhDs, and academic leaders. SI leaders offer presentations, workshops, and discussions on a variety of writing center topics. Leaders also work one-on-one with participants throughout the week.
Leaders for the 2016 SI
Valerie Balester, Texas A&M University, Co-chair
Trixie Smith, Michigan State University,Co-Chair
Shareen Grogran, National University and President, International Writing Center Association
Candace Hastings, Texas A&M University
Karen Keaton Jackson, North Carolina Central University
Alanna Bitzel, University of Texas at Austin
Design the Future of Your Writing Center
The concept of Design Thinking is an overarching theme this year, as we think not only about the physical spaces we work in but also the way we bring various types of expertise and multiple data points together to find innovative solutions to our problems. Design Thinking is associated with finding new ways to satisfy unmet needs and emphasizes holistic understanding of how people use a service or product. Design Thinking calls for a process approach in solving problems or creating services that begins with brainstorming and prototyping and includes testing and revision as well as continuous improvement.