A Finger in Every Pie

The Expanding Role of Writing Centers in Writing Instruction

Authors

  • Michael A. Pemberton Georgia Southern University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v1i1.89

Keywords:

Writing Centers, writing instruction, post-secondary education

Abstract

Though sometimes seen as remedial in nature, writing centers have pedagogical missions that are far broader in scope in most educational institutions. This reflection traces both the growth of writing centers since their origins in the early 1900s and their current points of intersection with other writing programs – first year composition, writing across the curriculum, and community literacy initiatives. In spite of the economic and administrative difficulties they will face in the future, writing centers will continue to thrive.

Author Biography

Michael A. Pemberton, Georgia Southern University

Michael A. Pemberton is Professor of Writing and Linguistics and Director of the University Writing Center at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Pemberton publishes widely in composition and sits on numerous editorial boards, including Writing & Pedagogy , Computers and Composition, and The Writing Center Journal. He recently received the 2009 Achievement Award from the Southeastern Writing Centers Association.

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Published

2010-01-16

How to Cite

Pemberton, M. A. (2010). A Finger in Every Pie: The Expanding Role of Writing Centers in Writing Instruction. Writing and Pedagogy, 1(1), 89-100. https://doi.org/10.1558/wap.v1i1.89

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Section

Reflections on Practice