Dr. Ben Rafoth delivered the keynote address for the seventeenth annual Northern California Writing Centers Association, held in San Francisco on February 5–6, 2010. Dr. Rafoth is a professor of English and director of the IUP Writing Center.
Attending the conference were writing center directors, tutors, and writing instructors from colleges and universities in the northern California region, including the University of San Francisco, UC Berkeley, California State University at Sacramento, CSU Fresno, Sonoma State University, Menlo College, and Mercy High School. Approximately 175 people attended the conference, cochaired by Jennifer Wells of Mercy High School and Leslie Dennon of the University of San Francisco. It was held at the historic Kohl Mansion and Mercy High School in San Francisco.
Dr. Rafoth has directed the IUP Writing Center since 1988 and served on the executive board of the International Writing Centers Association. He edited A Tutor’ s Guide and ESL Writers (with Shanti Bruce). He received the Ron Maxwell Award for Leadership in Peer Tutoring.