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Awards

TUTOR AWARDS

TRAVEL AWARDS

This year, as we did last year, ECWCA is able to offer five travel awards donated by the BP company in the form of $200 gas cards. To spread this assistance to as many individuals as possible, we will bestow only one award per institution. We encourage individuals who may be the sole representative of their institution as well as groups who are coming from the same institution to apply. Please do not apply if your institution is covering your costs for the conference.

To apply, please email to kim.ballard@wmich.edu a statement that covers the following required questions and that may include additional information you deem relevant to your argument for why you (or your group) deserves a travel award.

ECWCA 2015 Travel Award Statement

How will the $200 BP gas card help you (and possibly others with whom you’re applying) participate in the 2015 ECWCA conference? Consider including such details as follows (but the questions aren’t an outline!).

Required Information

  • What is/are your name/s? (Place names in the header or at the top right margin, since you don’t need it to be part of the statement.)
  • What is the name of your institution?
  • What will be your roundtrip mileage to attend the ECWCA conference?
  • How are you and possibly others with whom you’re submitting this award paying for the conference (required)

Possible Additional Information

  • When was the last year (as best you know) that someone from your institution participated in the ECWCA conference?
  • Is this year your first time participating in the ECWCA conference? Are you presenting? If so, what are you presenting (title and description if you like) and with whom? If applying as a group, how many of your group members are presenting? What are they presenting? How many are first-time attendees?
  • If no one from your institution has participated in the conference recently or ever, what caused them to not participate?

DEADLINE: March 16, 2015


 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS:
ECWCA OUTSTANDING TUTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
ECWCA TUTOR LEADERSHIP AWARD
Deadline:  March 1, 2015

Each year the East Central Writing Center Association (ECWCA) acknowledges the outstanding service provided by tutors/consultants throughout the region. Designed to celebrate the contributions of undergraduate-student, graduate-student, and staff writing center tutors, these awards serve not only to publicly acknowledge deserving tutors/consultants, but also to support and sustain the important work of writing centers for campuses and larger communities for another generation. Two awards, one in each category explained below, are presented each year.

Award Categories:

  1. Outstanding Tutor of the Year Award

This award recognizes innovative approaches to tutoring/consulting, the quality of work with writers, and the articulation of a tutoring/consulting philosophy. While any member of the writing center staff who tutors may be nominated for the Outstanding Tutor of the Year award, it is generally given to those who hold tutoring positions.

  1. Tutor Leadership Award

This award recognizes the leadership contributions of undergraduate-student, graduate-student, and staff writing center tutors, including but not limited to administrative work, development of new programs, writing center training innovations, presentation of writing center work in academic and non-academic forums, work with special populations, and creativity. While any tutor may be nominated for the Tutor Leadership Award, it is generally given to tutors who hold positions of leadership in their writing centers: for instance, assistants to the director, assistant directors, and graduate students are the most likely candidates for this award.

Awards:
$200 Cash Award
Award Certificate

 Guidelines for Nominators:

Individual institutions are welcome to nominate multiple writing consultants for both awards; however, each tutor/consultant should only be nominated for one award per year. Award recipients are ineligible for the same award in the following year.

Nominators must include the following three documents (rtf or pdf):

  1. A short cover letter written by the nominee for identification purposes only (on letterhead, if electronic letterhead is available) that
  • identifies the nominee
  • names the category for which the tutor is being nominated,
  • provides the nominee’s address and/or e-mail and phone numbers,
  • identifies the nominee’s institution,
  • provides the name and contact information for the faculty/administrator/colleague sponsoring the nomination.
  • (Note: This cover letter will be separated from the other two documents during the review process to ensure blind review.)
  1. A personal statement written by the nominee. To ensure a blind review, the nominee should use plain paper (not letterhead) and avoid mentioning an institution. Provide first name and last initial as a means of identification, instead.
  2. For the Outstanding Tutor of the Year Award, the personal statement should describe a clear philosophy of tutoring/consulting, exemplified through narratives about one or two significant tutoring/consulting sessions.
  3. For the Tutor Leadership Award, the personal statement should delineate the activities that demonstrate the nominee’s leadership in the writing center.
  4. A letter of support for the nominee from the sponsoring faculty/administrator/ colleague. This letter should
  • make clear whether the nomination is for the Outstanding Tutor of the Year Award or the Tutor Leadership Award;
  • for the purpose of anonymity, be written on plain paper (not letterhead);
  • avoid reference to the nominee’s institution;
  • refer to the nominee by first name and last initial;
  • and be written anonymously.

Submission Deadline: March 1, 2015, midnight EST

Submission Procedure: The nominating person should attach the above three forms in an email to Trixie Smith, Awards Committee Chair, smit1254@msu.edu
Review full call online at ecwca.org including the judging criteria. For other questions, contact Trixie at the email above.
Thank you for nominating your tutors!

By nominating your tutors, you help to support, recognize, and celebrate the important work that they do every day!
Judging criteria for both awards include the following (details below):
reference to both theory and practice in the writing center; reference to work with individual writers and/or tutors

The judging committee will consist of at least three members from among the following: current and former ECWCA board members, Writing Center Directors, faculty, or staff, and tutors. The winners will be notified one to two weeks before the conference through e-mail. Awards will be presented at the ECWCA conference luncheon on April 10, 2015.

Detailed Criteria for Awards

 Outstanding Tutor of the Year Award

The award for the 2015 Outstanding Tutor will be given to recognize innovative approaches to tutoring, the quality of work with writers and the articulation of a tutoring philosophy that guides the tutor.

For the Tutor Award, the personal statement should describe a clear philosophy of tutoring, exemplified through narratives about one or two significant tutoring sessions. The personal statement should be accompanied by a letter of support from the faculty/administrator/colleague sponsoring the nomination.

Up to 10 points are awarded in each category, for a potential total of 50 points:

  1. As demonstrated through the application materials, the nominee practices innovative approaches to tutoring.
  2. As demonstrated through the application materials, the nominee works with the writers in an exemplary manner.
  3. As demonstrated through his/her personal statement, the nominee has a clear philosophy towards tutoring practice.
  4. As demonstrated by his/her personal statement, the nominee’s narratives about one or two significant tutoring sessions exemplifies his/her tutoring philosophy.
  5. Overall impression of nominee as a tutor, based on the quality of the application materials.

Tutor Leadership Award

The award for the 2015 Tutor Leadership Award will be given to recognize the tutor’s various leadership contributions, including but not limited to administrative work, development of new programs, tutor training innovations, presenting writing center work in academic forum(s) beyond the writing center, work with special populations, creativity.

For the Tutor Leadership Award, the personal statement should delineate the activities that demonstrate the nominee’s leadership in the writing center. The personal statement should be accompanied by a letter of support from the faculty/administrator/colleague sponsoring the nomination.

Up to 10 points are awarded in each category, for a potential total of 50 points:

  1. The application materials submitted demonstrate that the nominee has offered leadership contributions to his/her writing center above and beyond the normal scope of work.
  2. The application materials demonstrate that the nominee’s leadership is directly tied to the successful management of the writing center.
  3. The application materials clearly describe his/her leadership contributions, including but not limited to: administrative work, development of new programs, tutor training innovations, presenting writing center work in academic forum(s) beyond the writing center, work with special populations, and creativity.
  4. The application materials demonstrating that the nominee provides leadership are clearly defined and elaborated upon.
  5. Overall impression of nominee as a leader, based on the quality of the application materials.

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