Research at the University Writing Center

University Writing Center Research

The University Writing Center is an active research site on Writing Center theory and practice. Below is a list of research and publication that has taken place at the University Writing Center. In addition to publications, our staff regularly present at national and international conferences and are committed to being part of ongoing scholarly conversations about the teaching of writing.



Nichols, Amy McCleese and Bronwyn T. Williams. 2019. "Centering Partnerships: A Case for Writing Centers as Sites of Community Engagement," Community Literacy. (2019) 13.2. 88-106.

Bender Smith, Ashly, Tika Lamsal, Adam Robinson, and Bronwyn T. Williams. "Find Something You Can Believe In": The Effect of Dissertation Writing Retreats on Graduate Students' Identities as Writers." in Re/Writing the Center: Approaches to Supporting Graduate Students in the Writing Center. Susan Lawrence and Terry Myers Zawacki, Eds. Logan: UT: Utah State University Press. 204-222. (2019). 204-222.

Gordon, Layne Porta. “Genre Theory.” Theories and Methods of Writing Center Studies: A Practical Guide, edited by Jo Mackiewicz and Rebecca Babcock. Routledge, 2019.


Book, Cassandra. "Is This Your First Visit?: User-Experience and Writing Centers' Online Presence. Southern Discourse in the Center. Vol. 22. Issue 2. (2018).

Williams, Bronwyn T. Literacy Practices and Perceptions of Agency: Composing Identities. London: Routledge. (2018).


Brydon-Miller, Mary; Gayá, Patricia; Noone, Paul; Willatt, Alice; Book, Cassandra; Cohen, Stephen; Nichols, Amy; Tetrault, Laura; Williams, Bronwyn. "Pass the Parcel: The Ever Expanding Impact of Critical Utopian Action Research." In: Gleerup, Janne; Egmose, Jonas; Hansen, Hans Peter; Clausen, Laura Tolnov: Change and Knowledge.Science for People and With People. Department for People and Technology. Roskilde University (2017). Roskilde. pp 9-20 


Book, Cassandra and Maureen McCoy “Tutor Observations as a Tool for Creating a Supportive and Productive Tutoring Environment” in Communicating Advice: Peer Tutoring and Communication Practice. Wendy Atkins-Sayre and Eunkyong L. Yook, Eds. New York: Peter Lang. 301-306. (2015).


Gordon, Layne M.P. “Beyond Generalist vs. Specialist: Making Connections between Genre Theory and Writing Center Pedagogy.” Praxis 11.2 (2014): n.p.


Olson, Barrie E. “Learning to Appreciate the Faculty Consultation.” Writing Lab Newsletter 37.1-2 (2012): 14-15.


Rosner, Mary, and Regan Wann. “Talking Heads and Other Body Parts: Documenting Writing Center Interactions.” Writing Lab Newsletter 34.6 (2010): 7-11.


Neaderhiser, Stephen, and Joanna Wolfe. “Between Technological Endorsement and Resistance: The State of Online Writing Centers.” Writing Center Journal 29.1 (2009): 49-77.


Griffin, Jo Ann. “Making Connections with Writing Centers.” Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2007. 153-165.


Griffin, Jo Ann, Daniel Keller, Iswari P. Pandey, Anne-Marie Pedersen, and Carolyn Skinner. “Local Practices, National Consequences: Surveying and (Re)Constructing Writing Center Identities.” Writing Center Journal, 26.2 (2006): 3-21.


Ervin, Christopher. “The Writing Centers Research Project Survey Results, Academic Year 2000-2001.” Writing Lab Newsletter 27.1 (2002): 1-4.



Block, Rebecca. “Reading Aloud in the Writing Center: A Comparative Analysis of Three Tutoring Methods.” Diss. University of Louisville, 2010.

Egnew Smith, Allison. “Writing in/on the Borderlands: (Basic) Writers and the Writing Center.” Diss. University of Louisville, 2010.


Brown, Kate. “Breaking into the Tutor’s Mailbox: An Investigation into Strategies Used in Writing Center Tutorials.” Diss. University of Louisville, 2008.

Griffin, Jo Ann. “Distance Learning Technologies and Writing Center Conferences: A Comparative Analysis of Three Methods for Delivering Consultations at a Distance.” Diss. University of Louisville, 2008.


Smitherman, Carrie. “Oral Histories of the National Writing Centers Association: A Look at Group  Dynamics.” Diss. University of Louisville, 2007.

M.A. Theses and Culminating Projects


Dugan, Nicole.“Writing the Self: First-Generation Students, Personal Statements and Textual Authority.” Culminating Project. 2019

Hall, Taryn. "Gendered Microagressions and Navigation of Consultant Authority in Writing Center Sessions. Culminating Project. 2019


Coles, Carrie. "Encouraging Atmospheres of Collaboration:A Study of the University of Louisville and Lindsey Wilson College Writing Centers. Culminating Project. 2018.


Wasson, Alex. "The Writing Center Pitch: Investigating the Institutional Dynamics of the In-Class Informational Presentation." Culminating Project. 2017.


Babcock, Deanna. “From Center to Classroom: How Writing Center Pedagogy Shapes First Year Teachers.” Culminating Project. University of Louisville, 2016.

Douglas, Mariah. “An Examination of Three Strategies for Addressing Student Concerns about Grades and Authority Figures during Writing Center Consultations.” Culminating Project. University of Louisville, 2016.

Gathof, Taylor. “Inclusivity in the Writing Center: (Re)Examining the Role of Foundational Writing-Center Scholarship.” Culminating Project. University of Louisville, 2016.


Johnson, Carly. “Community College Writing Centers: Exploring Practices and Ideas for the Future.” Culminating Project. University of Louisville, 2015.


Boyett, Megen. “‘Learn Me the Best Way’: Benefits and Challenges of Working with ELL Students in the Virtual Writing Center.” Culminating Project. University of Louisville, 2014.


Hallman, Rebecca: "'It's not what you say its how you form it': Investigating Commenting Formats and Content in FYC and Virtual Writing Center Responses." Thesis. University of Louisville, 2012.


Bone Wiser, Melissa. "Gendered Gestures: Nonverbal Communication and Gender in the Writing Center." Thesis. University of Louisville, 2010.


Cigelske, Azor: "An Addendum to Tutor Training: Negotiating Reading Out Loud in Writing Center Sessions.” Thesis. University of Louisville, 2007.


Ragland, Nathan: “Writing Center Tutorials and Sex Differences in Nonverbal Communication." Thesis.  University of Louisville, 2005.