Each year the East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) acknowledges the outstanding service provided by tutors/consultants throughout the region. Designed to celebrate the contributions of undergraduate-student, graduate-student, and staff writing center tutors, these awards serve not only to publicly acknowledge deserving tutors/consultants, but also to support and sustain the important work of writing centers for campuses and larger communities for another generation. Two awards, one in each category explained below, are presented each year.
This award recognizes innovative approaches to tutoring/consulting, the quality of work with writers, and the articulation of a tutoring/consulting philosophy. While any member of the writing center staff who tutors may be nominated for the Outstanding Tutor of the Year award, it is generally given to those who hold tutoring positions.
This award recognizes the leadership contributions of undergraduate-student, graduate-student, and staff writing center tutors, including but not limited to development of new programs, writing center training innovations, presentation of writing center work in academic and non-academic forums, community outreach, work with special populations, and creativity in writing center programming/services. While any tutor may be nominated for the Tutor Leadership Award, it is generally given to tutors who hold positions of leadership in their writing centers: for instance, assistants to the director, assistant directors, graduate coordinators, and lead tutors are the most likely candidates for this award.
Awards: $400 Cash Award and Award Certificate
Guidelines for Nominators:
Individual institutions are welcome to nominate writing tutors/consultants for both awards; however, each tutor/consultant should only be nominated for one award per year and each institution should only nominate one tutor/consultant in each category. Award recipients are ineligible for the same award in the following year.
Nominators must be prepared to provide the following information in the online submission form:
The award for the 2020 Outstanding Tutor will be given to recognize innovative approaches to tutoring, the quality of work with writers and the articulation of a tutoring philosophy that guides the tutor.
For the Tutor Award, the personal statement should describe a clear philosophy of tutoring, exemplified through narratives about one or two significant tutoring sessions. The personal statement should be accompanied by a letter of support from the faculty/administrator/colleague sponsoring the nomination.
Up to 5 points are awarded in each category, for a potential total of 25 points
The award for the 2020 Tutor Leadership Award will be given to recognize the tutor’s various leadership contributions, including but not limited to including but not limited to development of new programs, writing center training innovations, presentation of writing center work in academic and non-academic forums, community outreach, work with special populations, and creativity in writing center programing/services.
For the Tutor Leadership Award, the personal statement should delineate the activities that demonstrate the nominee’s leadership in the writing center. The personal statement should be accompanied by a letter of support from the faculty/administrator/colleague sponsoring the nomination.
Up to 5 points are awarded in each category, for a potential total of 30 points:
The East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) is committed to providing access to the conference to consultants across the region and offers up to five $200 travel awards to support the travel expenses of presenters. Preference is given to applicants who are first-time presenters at the conference and who are not receiving other financial support. In addition, reviewers will take into consideration applicants’ proximity to the conference. All presenters are welcome to apply. This is an individual award; awardee must be in attendance at the awards ceremony to receive the award.
Applicants must be prepared to answer the following questions in the online submission form:
Then, you need to write a short essay (250 words) about how this award will support your scholarly ambitions.
For other questions, contact Sherry Wynn Perdue at Oakland University, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for applying for the award; we hope to see you at ECWCA 2020 at Marian University.