NCPTW

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NCPTWNational Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing
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The award recognizes a professional within the NCPTW organization for dedication to and leadership in collaborative learning in writing centers, for aiding students in together taking on more responsibility for their learning, and, thus, for promoting the work of peer tutors.
After the trial run of a joint NCPTW/Midwest Writing Centers Association conference in fall 2002, the NCPTW and IWCA hosted their first joint conference in Hershey, Pennsylvania, in fall 2003, offering additional opportunities for peer tutors to present their research alongside professionals at the country's premier conference on writing centers.
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(Author's note: We would like to thank our director, Tina Perdue, and Brian Fallon for their help not only in shaping the NCPTW presentation on which this paper is based, but also for their encouragement and feedback in writing this article.
The NCPTW theme this year of celebrating history was especially fitting for Dinitz because 2007 marks the 25th anniversary of UVM's Writing Center.
I'm thinking especially of Brian Fallon's keynote last year at NCPTW, when he said that administrators and professional scholars need "to pay more attention to peer tutors, to what they tell us about learning, teaching, and writing, and to what they bring to our scholarly conversations in the writing center and composition studies fields." Even as exhortations such as Fallon's point to a lack of tutor voices, they make clear that there is also a belief that they should be included, and the venues for tutor research bear witness to this belief.
Rossi, Dean of Liberal Arts, Professor of English, and alternating Director of the Merrimack College Writing Center, won as a collaborative pair the 2005 NCPTW Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership in Promoting the Collaborative Learning Practices of Peer Tutors in Writing.
More recently, in his keynote for last fall's NCPTW, Brian Fallon (who began his writing center career as an undergraduate tutor and, as a graduate student, published "Taking on Turnitin: Tutors Advocating Change" in WCJ with undergraduate tutors Renee Brown, Jessica Lott, Elizabeth Matthews, and Elizabeth Mintie) called on us all "to pay more attention to peer tutors, to what they tell us about learning, teaching, and writing, and to what they bring to our scholarly conversations in the writing center and composition studies fields."
(1) We would like to acknowledge members of the audience at our IWCA/ NCPTW session at Hershey for suggesting several helpful options for refining this study.
Jean Donovan Sanborn, Professor of English and the recently retired Director of the Farnham Writers' Center at Colby College, has won the 2003 NCPTW Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership in Promoting the Collaborative Learning Practices of Peer Tutors in Writing.
Such sentiments seem particularly apt as the basis for a keynote address, for the IWCA and NCPTW conferences are two key venues where we as a field come to work and to celebrate together.
Hosted by the Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association, the conference will once again provide members of IWCA and NCPTW an opportunity to congregate and share innovative ideas, programs, tools, and research critical to writing centers and writing studies.