Ivy Eyes Writerly Accomplishments
Writing Center director joins elite consortium
by MaryAlice Bitts-Jackson
November 7, 2012
Writing Center Director Noreen Lape (left) consults with tutor Brian Reiger '15.
Dickinson's writing program came into the spotlight last month when its director, Noreen Lape, was invited to attend the Ivy Plus Writing Consortium.
An organization that pools the expertise of writing-program directors at Ivy League and other selective colleges and universities, the consortium meets annually to discuss issues that shape higher-ed writing programs, including emerging technologies, pedagogy research and the institutional infrastructures. This year's meeting, held at Bryn Mawr College in October, focused on digital technology in the writing classroom.
During the meeting, Lape informally shared news about Dickinson's Writing Associates Program, which links peer tutors with first-year-seminar professors, offering student-tutors the opportunity to facilitate peer-review groups and present mini-lectures to the introductory classes. She also discussed research on the college's Multilingual Writing Center, which she will co-present—with Associate Professor of French Lucile Duperron and Lisa Wolff, associate director of the Writing Program—at the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) this year.
Programs such as these mark Dickinson as a vanguard in the field of higher-ed writing education, Lape says. "Dickinson has such a dynamic writing community—one that is open to experimentation and innovation," she asserts, adding that Dartmouth College representatives will visit Dickinson this month to observe the multilingual tutors in action. "These programs are products of that dynamism."