Faculty and Students Presenting at International Conference

by Xander Eliopulos, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University will be well represented at this year’s International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) conference in Pittsburgh. The conference, which runs from October 8-10, will feature presentations from students and faculty from around the country, including several from Cedarville.

Julie Moore, associate professor of literature and director of the writing center, and Isaac Mayeux, assistant professor of English and assistant writing center director, will present a session that outlines the history and mission of Cedarville’s writing center, which provides peer consultations for students across all majors. The writing center also provides special student-mentoring services for English majors.

They will be assisted by senior English majors Adam Wagner and Austin Cordle, who currently serve as mentors at the writing center.

The presentation will highlight the center’s unique mentoring program for English majors. Currently, mentors at the writing center work specifically with English majors in their writing for literary analysis classes, but Moore and Mayeux hope to expand the program to cover more classes in a variety of majors.

“Right now, our writing center mentors are specialists who work exclusively with English majors in their literary analysis class,” said Moore. “In the future, our hope is to expand the mentorship program to include classes from all academic departments and majors.”

Wagner will also give a separate presentation with fellow senior Kat Meakem, an applied communications major, where the duo will discuss research from their writing center theory and training class.

The pair will lead a round-table discussion to foster collaboration about the current use of technology in writing centers, with an emphasis on how the evolution of technology will benefit the writing center community. 

“Cedarville prepared us for this opportunity through professors who taught us to think, write and speak well,” said Meakem. “This focus on relationship building at Cedarville laid the groundwork for my role as a writing center tutor and mentor.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 3,711 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 100 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings.