Research

The professional staff at the Writing Center are engaged in on-going research projects, and our tutors and student coordinators also have the opportunity to participate in research, often leading to conference presentations.

Selected Publications

Writing Center Director, Michelle Hager, and Coordinator of Digital Initiatives, Maria Judnick, worked with Dr. Julia Bleakney from Elon University on a comprehensive study about blogging in writing centers. Their work was published in Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy 25(2) in early 2021. Click on the image below to access the full article. 

Blogs Project Screenshot

Our Coordinator of Multilingual Writing Support Services, Amy Russo, published her piece about the language used in online dating profiles in the peer-reviewed journal Language@Internet 17 (article 1). Click on the image below to read the full article. 

Language@Internet Article

Our Coordinator of Digital Initatives, Maria Judnick, worked with one of our former tutors Jenn Hambly to write an article about the growth of the SJSU Writing Center for the Northern California Writing Centers Association (NCWCA) Newsletter. This article developed from a conference presentation.

NCWCA Newsletter Article

Former writing tutor Ariel Andrew published her piece about tutor identity: "Who Do We Think We Are, Anyway?: Writing Tutor Identity Formation Through Storytelling." The article is available in the spring 2018 edition of The Peer Review 2(1). Click on the image below to access the full article.

Who Do We Think We Are, Anyway?

Selected Conference Presentations

This section highlights some of our Writing Center staff members' conference presentations. (Presentations are in chronological order, starting with the most recent first.) 

Russo, A. (October 2019) "Where Does Plagiarism Stop and Paraphrasing Begin: A Practical Strategy." CATESOL Conference. San Jose, CA. 

Hager, M. and Judnick, M. (July 2019) “The Write Attitude! Creating Blog Posts as Digital Resources for Students…And Celebrities!” Cal State Tech Conference. San Diego, CA. 

Russo, A. (April 2019) "Bitmoji App + Language Learning." National Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Conference. Atlanta, GA.

Hager, M. and Judnick, M. (March 2019) "Performing Writing Support Across Campus: A Comparative Empirical Study of Writing Fellows in First Year Composition and Advanced, Discipline-Specific Writing Courses.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Pittsburgh, PA.

Russo, A. (March 2019) "Helping Multilingual Writers: Transfer and Common Error Guides Training." [Pre-conference Training Workshop]. Northern California Writing Center Association (NCWCA) Conference. San Jose, CA.

Abdelhadi, A., Galindo, A., and Judnick, M. (March 2019) "How Social Media Can Enhance Your Writing Center." Northern California Writing Center Association (NCWCA) Conference. San Jose, CA.

Arceneaux, K. and Cantero, C. (December 2018) "Staying Motivated through Self-Regulation Strategies." CATESOL Conference. Anaheim, CA. 

Hager, M. and Russo, A. (November 2018) "Writing Like a Reader: Cohesion and Self-Editing Process." Foreign Language Education Symposium (FLEDS). Monterey, CA.

Hager, M. (March 2018) “Transforming Writing Support: An Empirical Study of Writing Fellows in Advanced, Discipline-Specific Writing Courses.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Kansas City, MO. 

Andrews, A., Blankenship, B., Hambly, J., and Judnick, M. (March 2018) "Movin' on Up: Assessing Challenges and Opportunities during Major Growth at the SJSU Writing Center." Northern California Writing Center Association (NCWCA) Conference. Santa Clara, CA.

Hager, M., Judnick, M., and Krane, D. (June 2017) “Writing Centers as Unofficial Creative Spaces.” [Workshop] Conference on College Composition and Communication Summer Regional Conference. San José, CA.

Hager, M. (March 2017) "Let's Talk About Ideas: How Students in First Year Writing Courses Use Writing Fellows." Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Portland, OR. 

Hager, M. (April 2016) “Writing Centers and Writing Fellows: Forging Complementary Paths for Writing Support Services.” Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC). Houston, TX.