An article written by a graduate of IUP’s doctoral program in Composition and TESOL was selected to receive the International Writing Centers Association Best Article Award for 2011. Rebecca Babcock, a professor of English at University of Texas of the Permian Basin, wrote “Interpreted Writing Center Tutorials With College-Level Deaf Students,” which was published in Linguistics and Education in 2011.
The article was nominated for the award by Terese Thonus, director of the University of Kansas Writing Center. Babcock’s article “speaks to us of writers on the margins of our everyday tutoring and administration, and challenges us to examine what normal means in the light of different needs,” according to Thonus.
The 2011 IWCA Best Article Committee was chaired by Jackie Grutsch McKinney of Ball State University and included Beth Godbee, Karen Rowan, and Nancy Grimm.
Babcock is currently working on several books, including a single-authored book to be published by Gallaudet University Press based on her dissertation, which was completed under the supervision of Ben Rafoth, director of IUP’s Writing Center. She is collaborating on two books for Peter Lang Publishers, including Researching the Writing Center: Toward an Evidence-Based Practice, and another for Fountainhead Press entitled Writing Centers and Disability.