Program Director Ben Rafoth

  • Director Ben RafothProfessor of English
    Director, Jones White Writing Center

    Office: 217 Eicher Hall
    Phone: 724-357-3029


    EdD, Language Education, University of Georgia, 1984
    MA, Linguistics, University of Georgia, 1982
    BA, English, Miami University, 1978

    Academic Interests

    Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Writing Centers, Research Methods


    Ben Rafoth teaches graduate courses in the Composition and TESOL program, including Research Methods, Theories of Literacy, Theories of Composition, and Teaching Writing. He served as graduate director of the Composition and TESOL Program, and since 1988 he has directed the IUP Writing Center. In 2010, Ben was named IUP’s Distinguished University Professor, a lifetime title and the highest award for faculty at IUP.

    Ben has been a leader and co-chair for three International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Summer Institutes, most recently in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 2013. He served on the IWCA’s executive board for six years and delivered the conference's keynote address in 2015. In October 2003, Ben chaired the first joint conference of the IWCA and the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing in Hershey, Pennsylvania. He is a recipient of the NCPTW’s Ron Maxwell Award for his contributions to peer tutoring. He has published books and articles on composition and is a regular presenter at IWCA. Ben’s most recent book is with Shanti Bruce and is entitled ESL Writers: A Guide for Writing Center Tutors, 2nd ed. He is author of A Tutor’s Guide: Helping Writers One to One, 2nd ed. Both titles are published by Heinemann Boynton/Cook. His latest book, Multilingual Writers and Writing Centers, was published in 2015 by Utah State University Press. 

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