1st Athens International Writing Centers Conference
"Revisioning Tomorrow’s Writing Center: Roles, Practices, Audiences"

Speakers

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The confirmed speakers are as follows:
(in alphabetical order)

 

Gerd Bräuer

Joseph J. Essid

Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams

Cheryl Glenn

Kemal Inan

Vassiliki Kourbani

Don Millard

Ann Mott

Joan Mullin

Jon Olson

Fotini Papantoniou

Yiannis Petropoulos

Rebecca J. Rickly

Dilek Tokay

Dimitris Tolias

Steven Youra

 


Gerd Bräuer - Writing Center and Project Support Coordinator, EWCA President Freiburg UniversityGerd Bräuer
Writing Center, University of Education, Freiburg (Germany), EWCA Chair (2006-08)

Gerd Bräuer was a tenured professor of German Studies at Emory University (USA) until 2004. He is now a freelance education consultant based in Europe where he coaches primary and secondary schools and universities in the development of writing and reading centers. He also runs a distance-learning program for teachers as part of the writing center at the University of Education in Freiburg (Germany). His list of publications includes ten monographs and (co-) edited volumes on writing pedagogy and foreign language instruction, among them Teaching Academic Writing in European Higher Education (Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003).

 

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Joseph J. Essid - Director, UR Writing Center, University of Richmond Joseph J. Essid
Director, UR Writing Center, University of Richmond

Joe Essid, Director of the University of Richmond's Writing Center, Writing-Across-the-Curriculum program, and freshman-composition program, did his Ph.D. in American Literature at Indiana University. He trains most of Richmond's undergraduate writing tutors and provides faculty training about writing as well. Joe's research interests include technology in the classroom and Southern literary humor. His most recent publication, about the application of film techniques to teaching hypertext, appeared in Computers and Humanities. He is currently designing a faculty-training program for writing teachers and writing tutors at Turkish universities.

 

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Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams - Co-ordinator, Centre for Academic Writing, Coventry University Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams
Co-ordinator, Centre for Academic Writing, Coventry University

Dr. Lisa Ganobcsik-Williams is the founding Co-ordinator of the Centre for Academic Writing, Coventry University, the first UK university centre dedicated to the teaching and researching of student writing. Formerly Lecturer and Co-ordinator of Academic Writing for the University of Warwick Writing Programme, Lisa has taught writing in a variety of disciplines. She has also taught and tutored writing in US universities and, since 1999, has had input into the Royal Literary Fund Fellowship Scheme for writing tuition in UK universities. Lisa has published in Rhetorica, The Writing Center Journal, and Computers in Composition. Recent publications include an edited book, Teaching Academic Writing in UK Higher Education: Theories, Practices and Models (Palgrave Macmillan 2006), and A Report on the Teaching of Academic Writing in UK Higher Education (2004). In 2005, Lisa was appointed to the board of the European Writing Centers Association and was also nominated for a National Teaching Fellowship.

 

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Cheryl Glenn
Professor of English, Co-director, Center for Civic Engagement and Democratic Deliberation, The Pennsylvania State University

After receiving her Ph.D. (The Ohio State University), Cheryl Glenn taught at Oregon State University, where she earned a number of research and teaching awards and established the Center for Teaching Excellence. She joined the Penn State faculty in 1997, where she currently teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in rhetoric and composition and serves as co-director of the Center for Civic Engagement and Democratic Deliberation. She is also a Professor at the Bread Loaf Graduate School of English in Middlebury, Vermont. This year, Glenn is serving as Chair of the 9,000-member Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC).

Professor Glenn works at the nexus of three scholarly areas: histories of women’s rhetorics and writing practices, contexts and processes for the teaching of writing, and inclusionary rhetorical practices and theories. Her many scholarly publications include Rhetoric Retold: Regendering the Tradition from Antiquity Through the Renaissance (Best Book/Honorable Mention from the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women), Unspoken: A Rhetoric of Silence (CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title), Rhetorical Education in America, The St. Martin’s Guide to Teaching Writing, The Writer’s Harbrace Handbook, and Making Sense: A Real-World Rhetorical Reader. Glenn’s rhetorical scholarship has earned her three fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Richard Braddock Best Article of the Year Award from College Composition and Communication, and the Outstanding Article Award from Rhetoric Review. She has received four teaching awards.

In addition to her teaching, administrative, and scholarly activities, Glenn fills a variety of leadership roles on committees, task forces, and commissions for the National Council of Teachers of English, Modern Language Association, Rhetoric Society of America, CCCC, and NEH.

 

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Kemal Inan - Professor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Sabanci University Kemal Inan
Professor and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences Sabanci University

He received his B.S. (1964) and M.S. (1966) in Electrical Engineering, Middle East Technical University (METU). After earning another M.S. in Automatic Control at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom (1967), he obtained his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, USA (1970). He has held visiting faculty appointments at UC Berkeley (1980-82 and 1985-89) , served as chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department of METU (1993-95) and member of Science Council (governing board) of (TUBITAK) Turkish Scientific and Technical Research Council (1995-97). Between 1983-1985 he was actively in politics as a founding member of SODEP (Social Democratic Party of Turkey ). He joined Sabancı University in February 1998 as the founding dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences.

 

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Vassiliki KourbaniVassiliki Kourbani
Writing Centre Academic Coordinator at the Hellenic American Union and the Hellenic American University

Ms. Vassiliki Kourbani, Writing Centre Academic Coordinator at the Hellenic American Union and the Hellenic American University, is a graduate of the University of Athens (B.A.), the University of Chicago (M.A. in Theoretical Linguistics), the University of Illinois (M.A. in Applied Linguistics) and a Ph.D. candidate (University of Athens).

She taught linguistics and composition courses at the American College of Greece from 1991 to 2003. Since 2004, she has coordinated the Writing Center at the HAU and has been conducting research on innovative educational programs.

She is co-author of a handbook for teachers of Greek as a Foreign Language and has been involved in research in areas such as on-line foreign language testing and the development of an online platform for the teaching of Greek as a foreign language.

She is a member of the European Association for the Teaching of Academic Writing (EATAW).

 

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Don Millard - Director, Academy of Electronic Media, Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteDon Millard
Director, Academy of Electronic Media, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Dr. Millard directs the Academy of Electronic Media, which specializes in the development and use of engaging interactive electronic media. During his many years at Rensselaer (since 1981), he has served as a faculty member of the Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering Department and held several roles with the Center for Integrated Electronics; including five years as the director during which time he founded the Academy. He has been actively involved in the development of multimedia authoring tools and the integration of digital media for nearly 20 years and has produced a variety of electronic multimedia-based presentations involving the use of video, music, and interactivity - most recently winning the Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware. The author of numerous technical papers, presentations, and book contributions, he has received such distinguished awards as the 2003 Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education Courseware, and the Best Paper Award of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers (IEEE) International Electronic Manufacturing Technology Symposium. Dr. Millard serves as a principal investigator on a number of NSF grants; currently directing a CCLI project that developed numerous materials and technologies for use in electrical engineering education.

 

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Ann Mott - Director, American University of Paris Writing LabAnn Mott
Director, American University of Paris Writing Lab

Ann Mott is Professor of English and Director of the Writing Lab at the American University of Paris. She teaches a variety of composition and literature courses in the Department of English and Comparative Literature. She sits on the boards of both the European Writing Centers Association (EWCA) and the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA), and her articles on process pedagogy, taking risks with writing, and the collaborative writing classroom have appeared in the TESOL Newsletter and Scissors and Tooth. She has presented papers in Cairo, Istanbul, Halkidiki and New York, and for her exemplary service to the student body of AUP, Ann has received the Student Service Award twice in the past 5 years.

 

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Joan Mullin - Professor, Head, Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative, University of Texas at AustinJoan Mullin
Professor, Head, Writing Across the Curriculum Initiative, University of Texas at Austin

Joan Mullin is Professor in the Division of Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Texas at Austin where she also leads the College of Liberal Arts WAC initiative. From 1987-2004 she initiated and directed both the WAC program and Writing Center at the University of Toledo, garnering nearly a million dollars in grants to support initiatives in Toledo area high schools.. Mullin publishes in writing center, WAC and disciplinary journals across the curriculum. Her co-edited collection, Intersections: Theory-Practice in the Writing Center won the 1994 National Writing Center Association Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and the co-authored book, ARTiculating. Teaching Writing in a Visual Culture (Boynton/Cook Heinemann, 1998) indicates her current research interest in visual literacy across international curriculums. Past president of the National Writing Centers Association, and former co-editor of The Writing Center Journal she serves on editorial boards and committees nationally and internationally, and as a consultant evaluator for the WPA.

 

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Jon Olson - Director, Center for Excellence in Writing, The Pennsylvania State UniversityJon Olson
Director, Center for Excellence in Writing, The Pennsylvania State University

Jon Olson (Ph.D. University of Southern California) has directed the Center for Excellence in Writing (CEW) since its inception in December of 1997. He teaches an undergraduate course and a graduate teaching practicum in the Department of English each year and oversees the CEW’s four programs: the Undergraduate Writing Center, the Graduate Writing Center, the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, and the new Public Writing Initiative. He is a Public Scholarship Associate at Penn State, and one of his projects is to find ways a writing center can address issues of community literacy and civic engagement through public scholarship. He was President of the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) 2003-2005 and continues to serve on the IWCA Executive Board as Past President.

Olson came to Penn State in 1997 from Oregon State University where he alternately coordinated the Writing Center and directed the Writing-Intensive Curriculum Program, 1990-97. His publications include “Writing Center Work at Penn State University: An Oral History,” “The Fun We Have in Writing Centers: What Salvador Sings,” “The Conflict between Assessment and Accreditation,” “Plagiarism Might Go Away If We Don’t Talk about It,” “Student-Centered Assessment Research in the Writing Center,” “Tutor Training,” “Outreach through Inreach: Writing Centers and Extended Education,” “A Question of Power: Why Frederick Douglass Stole Grammar,” “Writing-Intensive Curriculum Roots,” and “Bibliotherapy, Autobiography, and the Psychology of Composition.”

 

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Fotini PapantoniouFotini Papantoniou
Writing Center Academic Assistant at the Hellenic American Union and the Hellenic American University

Ms. Papantoniou received a M.Ed. specializing in Teaching and Learning, Secondary Education from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She also holds a B.A. in History from Ohio University and a B.A. in English from Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to being the Academic Assistant of the Writing Center at the Hellenic American Union and the Hellenic American University, she is involved in planning and designing seminars and workshops in writing. Ms. Papantoniou has been teaching English in Greece and the U.S. for over ten years. Currently, she teaches English writing courses at the Hellenic American University.

 

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Yiannis PetropoulosYiannis Petropoulos
Director of the Writing Program at the Hellenic American University

Yiannis Petropoulos received his B.A. in English Literature from the American College of Greece. He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Comparative Literature and a M.A. in 19th and 20th century English and American Literature from the University of Essex, UK. He also holds a Diploma in Shipping from Morley College, London. Mr. Petropoulos has been teaching English as a foreign and second language for twenty five years. For the last fifteen years he has been teaching College level English Writing, Creative Writing, Fiction, Literary Analysis, Critical Thinking, and Business Communications. His field also includes oral communication and effective interpersonal communication skills in business. In cooperation with the Hellenic American Union he has been teaching corporate seminars in the field of oral and written communication skills for the last five years. Currently, Mr. Petropoulos is responsible for the Writing Program at the Hellenic American University.

 

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Rebecca J. Rickly - Associate Professor at Texas Tech University.Rebecca J. Rickly
Associate Professor at Texas Tech University.

Rebecca J. Rickly is an associate professor at Texas Tech University. At the center of her work is what she calls "applied rhetoric," which includes such diverse applications as technologies, pedagogies, feminisms, methods and methodologies, literacy study, and administration. She has served on the CCCC Committee on Computers and Composition, NCTE's Assembly on Computers in English, and she has chaired NCTE's Instructional Technology Committee. Formerly the co-director of Texas Tech's ICON (Interactive Composition Online) program as well as director of the University of Michigan OWL (Online Writing Lab), her publications include The Online Writing Classroom (with Susanmarie Harrington and Michael Day) and Performing Feminism and Administration in Rhetoric and Composition Studies (with Krista Ratcliffe). Her work has appeared in numerous edited collections, as well as Computers and Composition, CMC Magazine, The ACE Journal, and Kairos. Currently, she is working on a long-term study about how PhD programs in Composition and Technical Communication prepare new faculty to conduct research.

 

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Dilek Tokay - Center for Individual and Academic Development (Writing Center), Sabanci University Dilek Tokay
Center for Individual and Academic Development (Writing Center), Sabanci University

Dilek Tokay, European Writing Centers Association [EWCA] Board member and past President has been coordinating the Undergraduate Programs at Sabanci University Writing Center [SUWC - Istanbul, Turkey] since 2001. Prior to her involvement in writing center work, she served for the same university as curriculum designer for Undergraduate English and M.B.A. English Programs following 30 years of service at the Middle East Technical University [METU - Ankara,1970-83] and Bosphorus University [ BU - Istanbul, 1983-99].

Starting her career with an M.A. in English Language and Literature and continuing her postgraduate studies in English Drama, she received certificates from Sussex, Stirling, and Brighton Universities [UK] in interactive classroom methodologies and use of audio-visuals in ELT. At the two universities where she started and continued her work, she undertook responsibilities as curriculum designer, materials producer, tester, Director, RSA Diploma course instructor, and teacher trainer for the School of Foreign Languages while working as a consultant for high school curriculum development, and teaching Expository Writing/ Writing through Literature as a faculty course.

Due to her engagement in all aspects of writing pedagogy, many of her presentations and workshops at various international and local conferences, after 2001, have been on writing, writing center ethos and pedagogy, Writing across the Curriculum [WAC], ‘university - high school - community’ linkages concerning writing curricula and evaluation, accreditation, and professional development. She was responsible for the organization of Sabanci University Writing Centers Seminar [Istanbul, 2004], EWCA 2005 Conference [Halkidiki], and EWCA 2006 Conference [Istanbul, BU]. Having designed the SUWC, EWCA, and the three EWCA conference websites, she highly values the significance and joy of visual, verbal, and electronic communication in creating and developing together.

 

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Dimitris ToliasDimitris Tolias
Associate Director of the Center for Applied Linguistics and Language Studies at the Hellenic American Union Athens, Greece.

He holds a B.A. (Literature and Linguistics) from the University of Athens, and an M.A. (Applied Linguistics) from the University of Exeter, UK. He is also a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Athens, School of Philosophy English Department.

From 1991 to 2001, he taught writing and research courses at the American College of Greece (Deree College). From 1995 to 1999 he also taught writing and methodology courses at the English Department of the University of Athens.

He is the author and co-author of a number of course books on the teaching of Greek as a Foreign/Second Language. He is also co-author and editor-in-chief of a handbook for teachers of Greek as a Foreign Language.

He has been involved in a number of Research Programs: Coctale Program (Funded by the European Union); Foreign Language Testing Standards & Production of on-line language Tests, Hellenic American Union – Distance Learning Programs; Development of an online platform for the teaching of Greek as a foreign language; Design of an online test development mechanism for foreign languages; Development of an interactive web based help system for distance learning applications.

 

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Steven Youra - Director, Hixon Writing Center, California Institute of Technology

Steven Youra
Director, Hixon Writing Center, California Institute of Technology

Steven Youra teaches at the California Institute of Technology, where he directs the Hixon Writing Center and works with writing across the curriculum. Before joining Caltech’s humanities faculty, he spent fifteen years at Cornell University, where he directed the Engineering Communications Program. Dr. Youra has presented lectures and faculty workshops on writing pedagogy at universities across the US and in Canada, Australia, and Singapore. He has published research on technical communication, writing across the curriculum, computers and composition, American literature, and film; a book chapter on writing assessment is forthcoming. Youra is a founding member of the Southern California Writing Centers Association, a regional group of the IWCA.

 

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Participation of all speakers is sponsored by the Hellenic American University.

 

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