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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 Association annual conference.

Casavant, Elizabeth. 2020-2021 Ignite Grant Recipient, for English Honors thesis on transfer in first-year writing (advised by Professor Reardon).

Kulp, Emily. 2018-2019 Ignite Grant Recipient, for English Honors thesis on the impact of professor feedback on student revision processes (advised by Professor Reardon).

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

Directors' Publications (selected)

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. "Why Does Grammar Matter?The Conversation. 11 Jan. 2021.

Britt-Smith, Laurie A. "Exploring the Borderlands: Using Interdisciplinarity to Build Civic Literacy at the College of the Holy Cross." Redesigning Liberal Education: Innovative Design for a Twenty-First-Century Undergraduate Education, edited by William Moner, Phillip Motley, and Rebecca Pope-Ruark, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020, pp. 85-97.

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 and Brandon Brito. "A Focus on the Funny: Close Reading Through Parody." Teaching Comic Texts (MLA). Forthcoming.

Reardon, Kristina. "Rent-a-Fellow, or How We Engaged Students at the Moments They Needed Writing Support Most." Connecting Writing Across Borders: A Blog of WLN: A Journal of Writing Center Scholarship, 10 August 2020.

Reardon, Kristina. "News as Text: A Pedagogy for Connecting News Reading and Newswriting." Critical Reading and Writing in the Era of Fake News (Peter Lang), edited by Ellen Carillo and Alice Horning, 2020, pp. 161-175.

Reardon, Kristina and Vanessa Guardado-Menjivar. "Perceptions of Fairness in Summer Bridge Classrooms with Contract Grades." Journal of Writing Assessment, vol. 13, no. 2, 2020.

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/. 

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. 

Directors' Conference Presentations (selected)

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 Engagement and WAC/WID: Using Disciplinary Differences to Build Civic Literacy." International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 2016. 

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