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DWC graduate students earn SWCA Graduate Tutor Awards

Students work with NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center

In February, M.A. in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media students Jacqueline Lytle and Emalee Shrewsbury in CAHSS' Department of Writing and Communication earned SWCA Graduate Tutor Awards from the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) for their work with the NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center (WCC). The award recognizes graduate tutors for outstanding leadership commitment and overall excellence in an SWCA writing center.


Lytle and Shrewsbury, who serve as graduate assistant coordinators for the WCC, were nominated by WCC Executive Director Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D.

“Jacquie and Emalee have achieved a great deal in their time working at the NSU Writing and Communication Center,” Dvorak said. “They have worked directly with hundreds of students and have helped the center grow through the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan. They have also published, presented at national conferences, and helped lead regional writing center events. This award places the NSU Writing and Communication Center at the forefront of the Southeastern Writing Center Association. It shows the dedication our consultants have toward their work and the university, and it sets a high standard for our current and future staff members.”

Lytle and Shrewsbury, who are first-year CRDM students, have served as WCC graduate assistant coordinators since May 2017. Prior to serving as graduate assistant coordinators for the WCC, they both served as tutors for the CAHSS Writing Studio and assisted composition students with their writing.

“The Graduate Tutor Award means a great deal to me because I feel like I am making strides in the field,” Shrewsbury said. “But, mostly, I feel as though I am becoming an advocate for graduate writing staff in writing centers all over the southeast.”

“Having the privilege to work in the CAHSS Writing Center and now the NSU Write from the Start Writing and Communication Center has helped me grow immensely as both an individual and a leader,” Lytle said. “I've developed wonderful relationships and enhanced my communication and teamwork skills as a result of the collaboration that occurs in the WCC in so many ways.”

Upon graduation, Lytle hopes to work as a composition professor, book editor or editor-in-chief of a magazine or newspaper. Shrewsbury hopes to continue her work with writing centers and aspires to become a writing center director on a college campus.

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