The National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) promotes the teaching of writing through collaborative learning. Peer tutors and NCPTW professionals help students become self-sufficient writers. NCPTW professionals are leaders in collaborative approaches, responding to the challenges of creating and operating writing centers, developing innovative peer tutoring programs, and promoting the work of their peer tutors. The NCPTW offers peer tutors the opportunity to contribute in professional and scholarly ways to the larger writing center community, and we’re dedicated to providing forums for tutors to share and present research at national and international conferences.
2015 Host Institutions
Salt Lake Community College is the largest two-year college with the most diverse student body in Utah. It is a public, open-access, comprehensive community college committed to serving the broader community. Its mission is to provide quality higher education and lifelong learning to people of diverse cultures, abilities, and ages, and to serve the needs of community and government agencies, business, industry and other employers.
Westminster College is a nationally recognized private, comprehensive liberal arts college and the only non-denominational private institution of higher education in Utah. Founded in 1875, Westminster features a strong undergraduate liberal arts core alongside a number of professional and graduate programs. Its faculty is dedicated to active and engaged learning, real-world experiences, and close student support. Westminster students work as peer tutors at the Writing Center, founded in 2004, as well as in a variety of campus and off-campus programs.
Rocky Mountain Writing Centers Association (RMWCA) is a regional chapter (covering AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT & WY) of the International Writing Centers Association. This regional network acts as a support and resource for administrators and tutors and gathers yearly at the Rocky Mountain Peer Tutoring Conference to celebrate and learn from those who tutor writing.
Clint Gardner, Salt Lake Community College Student Writing Center
Chris LeCluyse, Westminster College Writing Center
Andrea Malouf, Salt Lake Community College Community Writing CenterThe Conference Site
NCPTW 2015 will be held at the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Little America Hotel offers outstanding service, catering, and audio visual support paired with 25,000 square feet of flexible event and meeting space that can be tailored to every occasion in Salt Lake City. Newly appointed meeting space is available for groups from 10 – 1,000. Here is a map of the facility.
Accommodations information can be found on the Accommodations Page.
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.