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Research

The Center for Writing, like the College of the Holy Cross, is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, and research. By actively engaging in research and writing, we are able to more effectively teach both. Research about writing energizes us, allows us to contribute to the larger community of scholars, and keeps us up-to-date with best practices in the field. 

Our research takes the form of studies in the Writer's Workshop, conference presentations, articles, book chapters, and more. 

Below is a selection of conference presentations and articles published by our undergraduate Writer's Workshop staff and Center for Writing Directors since the Center for Writing was founded in 2015.

Undergraduate Research

Barton, Jack. "The Labor of (Non)Directive Tutoring." Northeast Writing Center Association 2017 Conference, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY, March 2017. 

Corey, Patricia. "Confidence in the Writing Center: How do we make students feel valued, included, and esteemed as knowledge producers?" Northeast Writing Center Association 2018 Conference, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, March 2018. 

Hildreth, Lucas. "Implementing Adaptable Techniques in the Writing Center." Northeast Writing Center Association 2018 Conference, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, March 2018.

Kulp, Emily. "Voices of Engagement: The Roles Writing Centers Play in Making Writing Meaningful." Northeast Writing Center Association 2019 Conference, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT, March 2019.

Kulp, Emily, Campbell Loeber, and Demitria Tsitsopoulos [under the direction of Kristina Reardon]. "Responding to Stephen North: Rethinking Foundational Readings in Writing Center Training." Northeast Writing Center Association 2018 Conference, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, March 2018.

Loeber, Campbell. "A Method to Matching: A Study on Student/Tutor Compatibility." Northeast Writing Center Association 2017 Conference, Pace University, Pleasantville, NY, March 2017. 

Van Galen, Peter, Patricia Corey, Emma O'Leary, and Marissa Corey. "Confidence in the Writing Center." Northeast Writing Center Association 2016 Conference, Keene State University, Keene, NH, March 2016. 

Undergraduate Grants and Awards

Barton, Jack. 2017 Ignite Grant Recipient, for independent research to be presented at the Northeast Writing Center Assocation annual conference.

Kulp, Emily. 2018-2019 Ignite Grant Recipient, for English Honors thesis on composition studies (advised by Professor Reardon).

Loeber, Campbell. 2017 Ignite Grant Recipient, for independent research to be presented at the Northeast Writing Center Assocation annual conference.

Directors' Publications

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. "Transforming Eloquentia Perfecta for the 21st Century." Connections, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities, 2019. 

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. "Not So Easily Dismissed: The Intellectual Influences and Rhetorical Voice of Dorothy Day--'Servant of God.'" Remembering Women Differently: Refiguring Rhetorical Work, ​edited by Lynee Lewis Gaillet and Helen Gaillet Bailey. South Carolina University Press, 2019, pp. 206-221.

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. "Eloquentia Perfecta in the Time of Tweets." Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education​, vol. 52, 2017, pp. 14-15. 

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. Review -- ​Traditions of Eloquence--The Jesuits and Modern Rhetorical Studies. Conversations on Jesuit Higher Education​, vol. 51, 2017, pp. 50-51. 

Hill-Vasquez, Heather and Laurie A. Britt-Smith. "Do We Really Want the Flies We Might Catch? Interrogating 'Post-Feminist' Lessons for Success." Surviving Sexism in Academia: Strategies for Feminist Leadership, ​edited by Kristi Cole and Holly Hassel. Routledge, 2017, pp.38-45.

Reardon, Kristina. "Unmasking the Balkan Wars." Slovene Studies [Winner of the 2018 Rado Lencek Graduate Student Prize]. Forthcoming.

Reardon, Kristina. "Adopting Writing Center Practices in Teaching." MLA Style Center, Modern Language Association, 20 April 2019, https://style.mla.org/adopting-writing-center-practices/. 

Reardon, Kristina. "A Pocket of Resistance to Chaos: Empathetic Absurdism in International Literature on the Siege of Sarajevo." Balkanistica, vol. 29, 2016, pp. 123-150.

Bugdal, Melissa, Kristina Reardon and Thomas Deans. "Summing Up the Session: A Study of Student, Faculty and Tutor Attitudes Toward Tutor Notes." Writing Center Journal, vol. 35, no. 3, 2016, pp. 17-30. 

Reardon, Kristina, Thomas Deans and Cheryl Maykel. "Finding a Room of Their Own: Programming Time and Space for Grad Writing at the University of Connecticut Writing Center." WLN: A Writing Center Journal, vol. 40, no. 1-2, 2016, pp. 10-17. 

Reardon, Kristina. "How a Grandmother Tells a War Story." The Journal of Narrative Politics, vol. 2, no. 1, 2015, pp. 18-21.

Reardon, Kristina. "A Flora Specific to Modern Wars: The Rhizomatic Feminine Rhetoric of Flowers." The Space Between Literature and Culture 1914-1945, vol. 10, 2014 [appeared in 2015], https://www.google.com/search?q=kristina+reardon+and+femininte+rhetoric+of+flowers&ie=&oe=

Reardon, Kristina. Review of Going Places: Slovenian Women's Stories on ImmigrationSlovene Studies, vol. 36, no. 1, 2015, pp. 73-77.

Directors' Conference Presentations

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. "Jousting at the Intersection of Sports, Social Justice, and Spirituality: The Rhetorical Crisis of Being 21st Century 'Crusaders.'" Rhetoric and Religion in the Twenty-First Century: Publics, Partnerships, Possibilities, Knoxville, Tennessee, October 2018.

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. "Educating for Eloquentia Perfecta."Conference on College Composition & Communication, Kansas City, Missouri, March 2018.

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. "Remembering Differently: Re-Figuring Women's Rhetorical Work." Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, November 2017.

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. "Civic Engagement and WAC/WID: Using Disciplinary Differences to Cultivate Civic Literacy in a First-Year Experience Program." Conference on College Composition & Communication, Portland, Oregon, March 2017.

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. "Civic Engagmenet and WAC/WID: Using Disciplinary Differneces to Build Civic Literacy." International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 2016.

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. "'Of Course You Care!" Translating the Assumptions of Civil Engagement in Theory and Pedagogy." Conference on the Teaching of Writing, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, March 2015. 

Reardon, Kristina and Jennifer Marciniak. "Visualizing Art-Based Reflection and Responses in Tutor Development Practices." International Writing Centers Association Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio, October 2019. 

Reardon, Kristina. "Teaching Writing in the Fake News Era." Modern Language Association 2019 Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois, January 2019.

Reardon, Kristina. "Performing Childhood Emigration: The Case of a Syrian Refugee in a Slovene Graphic Novel." 2018 Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Boston, Massachusetts, December 2018.

Reardon, Kristina. "Flash Fiction in Contemporary Slovenia." 2017 Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Chicago, Illinois, November 2017.

Reardon, Kristina. "Awakening the Sleeping Metaphor of Translation in Composition Studies." Conference on College Composition and Communication, Portland, Oregon, March 2017.

Reardon, Kristina. "Imagining the Child's War: Picture Book Fictions of the Great War." The Fictional First World War: Imagination and Memory Since 1914, University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland, March 2017. 

Reardon, Kristina, Melissa Bugdal and Thomas Deans. "Designing Studies and Coding Data: Methods for Working with Archives." International Writing Center Association Collaborative at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, Houston, Texas, March 2016.

Reardon, Kristina, Melissa Bugdal and Thomas Deans. "RAD Approaches to Story-Telling: Studying Tutor Note Narratives." Northeast Writing Center Association Conference, Keene State University, Keene, NH, March 2016.

Reardon, Kristina. "The Enemy Within: Slovene Literary Representations to Austria-Hungary in World War I." American Comparative Literary Association 2016 Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, March 2016.

Reardon, Kristina. "Illustrating the Past: Metaphors of Vision in The Harlem Hellfighers." Modern Language Association 2016 Annual Convention, Austin, Texas, January 2016.

Reardon, Kristina. "Remembering the Forgotten War: Writing History Through the Slovene Dream Image of World War I." 2015 Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 2015.