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Fall Professional Development (PD) Series

CWWCA's mission is to promote connections and communication among writing centers, tutors, staff, instructors, faculty, and directors, and the Fall PD Series is designed to support that mission by providing professional development and support to writing center administrators. 


Each Fall semester, CWWCA organizes a Professional Development opportunity for writing center administrators based on the needs of our current members. The Series is designed so that administrators from across Colorado and Wyoming can meet online to discuss current or ongoing issues related to writing center training, consulting, assessment, outreach, etc. 

Fall 2017 Professional Development Series​

Cost: $10/participant

Limited to the first 40 participants

Open to Writing Center practitioners of all levels


The Fall 2017 PD Series will focus on issues related to writing center management and administration. Participants will be asked to read several articles related to

  • Strategic planning

  • Directing/coaching a center

  • Developing peer and professional consultants

  • Accommodating staff personalities

  • Self-care in administration

Participants will then have the opportunity to meet online during three synchronous 90-minute conversations lead by experienced writing center and writing program administrators. These conversations, which will happen during October and November, will allow participants the chance to share experiences, ask questions, and generally converse about issues surrounding the management and administration of writing centers.

PD 1: Oct 16, 12-1:30 PM (MDT): Kevin Dvorak

PD 2: Oct 25, 10-11:30am (MDT): Eliana Schonberg

PD 3: Nov 16, 10-11:30am (MST): Ben Rafoth


The current reading list includes:

Managing the Center

  1. Kelly Lowe, “If You Fail to Plan, You Plan to Fail: Strategic Planning and Management for Writing Center Directors”

  2. Michael Mattison, “Managing the Center: The Director as Coach”

  3. Brian Little, “Acting Out of Character in the Immortal Profession: Toward a Free Trait Agreement”

Tutor Training

  1. Paula Gillespie and Harvey Kail, “Crossing Thresholds: Starting a Peer Tutoring Program”

  2. Steven Strang, “Staffing a Writing Center with Professional Tutors”

  3. Michelle Miley, “Looking up: Mapping Writing Center Work through Institutional Ethnography”



Provide your information and select all PD sessions you plan to participate in online. You will receive an email with participation instructions. To cancel your registration for one or more sessions, please email Please note that we cannot provide refunds. 

The general registration period is now closed. 

Please email with questions

Select 1 or more Fall PD payments from the drop-down menu, enter your name(s) and institution(s), and click Add to Cart.

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