Printed in spring issue of Penn State and NCPTW’s The Dangling Modifier
CAHSS Writing Center Student Coordinators Samantha Epstein, Michaela Greer, Jacqueline Lytle, Morgan Musgrove and Emalee Shrewsbury published an article called “The Incredible StuCos” in the Spring 2017 issue of The Dangling Modifier, an online, international newsletter published by Pennsylvania State University in association with the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing that is written by and for peer tutors to publicize their work.
“As a Writing Center student coordinator, hearing that we got published was flattering and exciting,” Shrewsbury said. “We were the first five to ever hold such a position at [the writing center], and I think we were able to pave an admirable path for those holding the same positions in years to come.”
“The Incredible StuCos” sheds light on the daily challenges of the “StuCos,” a moniker the authors created for writing center student coordinators. Furthermore, the article discusses the sense of community they share through their work at NSU.
"The Dangling Modifier has long been an outstanding venue for publishing the scholarship of undergraduate and graduate peer writing tutors,” said Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D., NSU professor and Executive Director of the Writing and Communication Center. “The five undergraduate student coordinators had been providing excellent leadership to our Writing Center, and The Dangling Modifier seemed like the perfect venue for them to share their story and inspire others."
Through the Writing Fellows program housed within the Department of Writing and Communication, student coordinators provide course-based writing assistance to NSU students enrolled in composition courses and provide writing assistance to students enrolled in CAHSS graduate programs.
In their article, the authors compare themselves to a superhero family known as “The Incredibles,” because they are a close team of five armed with their own set of powers used to help the community. They compare their battles of online support, accountability and student (mis)perception to battles with villains “The Incredibles” have had to face. These student coordinator “battles” can only be accomplished through collective thinking and teamwork, they said.
"There were five members of ‘The Incredibles’ family, and we have five student coordinators,” Epstein said. “Each family member has his or her own super power, which is much like how each student coordinator has her own designated area that she handles. However, it takes all of ‘The Incredibles’ to come together to beat their villain. This was similar to us, as well. We work hard as student coordinators to not only better our Writing Center but to try to help other centers, too. It was amazing to be able to work with my fellow student coordinators and create something that was published. "
The article goes on to break down each of the main characters in “The Incredibles,” comparing each character’s qualities and tasks to those of the student coordinators.
The authors conclude with an inspiring message to all writing centers: “Writing centers don’t need to battle the four-armed villain alone. By giving undergraduate tutors the opportunity to be leaders, all writing centers can be incredible.”
To view the full article, click here.
For more information about the CAHSS Writing Center, click here.
To learn more about our Writing Fellows, click here.