Dr. Dawn Fels, this year's winner of the Composition and TESOL Promising Future Interdisciplinary Research in Literacy Award, has successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled The Vernacular Architecture of Composition Instruction: What the Voices of Writing Center Tutors Reveal about the Influence of Standardized Instruction and Assessment.
The study explored the effects of institutionalized demands for writing instruction and assessment on students’ work, agency, and identities and holds that one of the best ways to identify those effects is to ask students who serve as writing center tutors.
Fels and Jennifer Wells, another IUP Composition and TESOL doctoral student, have previously published a book on writing centers under contract with Teachers College Press. Fels will have a one-year appointment as an assistant professor in the English Department beginning this fall.