CREATING A CULTURE OF WRITING
College of the North Atlantic, Qatar
November 16-20, 2012
MENAWCA 2012 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Terry Myers Zawacki
“Researching the Local, Writing the International: Writing Centers as Rich Sites for Investigating Writing Cultures” (PDF)
Terry Myers Zawacki directs George Mason University’s highly ranked Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) program, and, until stepping down in 2010, she also directed the well-regarded University Writing Center. Her publications include the co-authored Engaged Writers and Dynamic Disciplines: Research on the Academic Writing Life, the co-edited Writing Across the Curriculum: A Critical Sourcebook, and articles on writing centers and writing fellows, alternative discourses, writing in learning communities, feminism and composition, writing assessment, and WAC and second language writing. The latter was the subject of her keynote address at the 2010 International WAC conference and continues to be the focus of her scholarship, most recently, a special issue of Across the Disciplines, which she co-edited and which includes collaborative articles by scholars in the WAC and ESL fields; she’s currently working on a co-edited collection on the same topic with articles featuring similar collaborations and international voices.
Dr. Zawacki serves on the editorial boards of Across the Disciplines, The WAC Journal, and the Digital Books series on the WAC Clearinghouse, for which she is also the Writing Fellows section editor. She is a member of the Consultants Board of the International WAC Network, the College Composition and Communication (4Cs) Committee on the Globalization of Postsecondary Writing Instruction and Research, and the Scientific Committee for the International Society for the Advancement of Writing Research. She also acts as the writing-in-the-disciplines specialist for the Diana Hacker series of handbooks, among these A Writer’s Reference and The Bedford Handbook. Prof. Zawacki is the recipient of a George Mason University Excellence in Teaching award; she teaches graduate courses in composition theory and pedagogy and undergraduate courses in ethnography and advanced writing in the disciplines.