(De)Center: Testing Assumptions about Peer Tutoring and Writing Centers

Salt Lake Community College, Westminster College, and the Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association are be pleased to host a joint conference of National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) and the Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference (RMPTC) for fall of 2015 on November 5-8.  With several academic writing centers within a 90-mile radius, including two community writing centers Salt Lake is a vibrant writing center community.  We are still working out the details of the conference host site, but will update the web site soon.

The theme of the 2015 NCPTW/RMPTC is (De)Center: Testing Assumptions about Peer Tutoring and Writing Centers. Throughout its history, peer tutoring has often operated on a set of sometimes untested assumptions, such as that peer-to-peer tutoring is an effective way of learning, that peers can collaborate in non-hierarchical relationships, that a writer’s role in the tutoring session is different than the tutor, and that best methodologies are known and easily practiced. As the assumed divide between the classroom, writing center and community shifts, peer tutors are challenged to find a place for themselves within dynamic rhetorical situations. By (de)centering traditional notions of peer tutoring, we can re-imagine the idea of a center as a place and a praxis. Attendees are invited to contribute to the disciplinary discussion.