The Mary Nell Kivikko Excellence in Scholarship Award is designed to recognize outstanding scholarship in writing center theory and practice. The award is named for Mary Nell Kivikko, a 1950s graduate, and instructor of Texas Woman's University's English department. The first award was presented at the Spring 2006 conference.
Guidelines The award is open to all writing center professional staff, graduate tutors, and undergraduate peer tutors in the South Central Writing Centers Association region (Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana). Applicants must be currents members of the NTWCA.
Proposals should focus on the subject area of writing center theory and practice and be relevant to the conference theme: "The Mentoring Mindset." The 250-word abstract of the entry should include a title, and the name and contact information of the presenter.
Proposal Deadline: March 1, 2019
Please submit entries to the current NTWCA President. (firstname.lastname@example.org) Electronic submissions only, please. The winner will be notified via email, and the paper based on the winning proposal will be presented as the keynote address at the NTWCA spring conference, at which time the winner will receive the award and a cash prize.
Previous Winners: 2017: Amanda Anderson, Texas Christian University "Counseling in Tutoring"
2016: Haley Mowdy, Texas Woman’s University “Pioneering Community Advocacy: Write Now and the Future of Writing Center-Sponsored Service”
2015: Elizabeth Brownlow, Texas Woman's University "Reading to Write: Tutoring Academic English Through Reading"
2014: Carolyn Hoy, Dallas Baptist University "Room for Rest and Reform"
2013: Meghan Roe, Texas Christian University “Multiple Literacies in the Writing Center: Opportunities, Risks, and Rewards” and Karen Brown, Gabriella Raymond, and Jared Landin, TCC-South “Becoming a Center: Non-Traditional Relationships in a Community College Writing Center”
2012: Brieanna Casey, Texas Woman's University "The Potential and Importance of Technology Literacy in Writing Center Practice & Theory"
2011: Amy Sentementes, Texas Christian University “Bipartisanship in the Writing Center: The Tutoring Philosophy of a Political Science Major”
2010: No submissions
2009: Carrie Hamilton, Dallas Baptist University “We’re All in This Together…Write On!”
2008: John Burkett, Instructor of Composition, Texas Christian University “Discernment is the Thing: A Key Skill Before Applying Theory in the Writing Center”
2007: Karen Boozer, Founder and Director, Writing Center, Fairhill School, Dallas, Texas “The Birth of a Writing Center in a Private LD School”
2006: Dr. Rebecca Day Babcock, Assistant Professor of English at UT-Permian Basin “Opening the Conversation between Disability Studies and Writing Centers”