Author: smuwritingcentre

Writing: It’s an outdoor vibe —

Lauren Mckenzie, Language Specialist Saint Mary’s University Writing Centre and Academic Communication Vol. 2, No. 2 (Fall 2020) Lauren Mckenzie lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia and works at the Writing Centre and Academic Communications at Saint Mary’s University. Lauren is currently completing her MA TESOL and research interests include critical and social justice pedagogy, rebellious […]

Writing: It’s an outdoor vibe —

Infographic | Writing (and students) throughout history: A timeline of complaints about students and their ills —

Brian Hotson, Co-Editor, CWCR/RCCR Vol. 2, No. 3 (Fall 2020) Click to access the infographic. Robert Zaretsky’s piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Our students can’t write. We have ourselves to blame, still rubs me the wrong way, and it was published in 2019. Not only does he belittle his students who are learning […]

Infographic | Writing (and students) throughout history: A timeline of complaints about students and their ills —

CfP and Save the Date || Academic Writing and English Language Learners Conference, November 1 & 2, 2019, Saint Mary’s University, NS

Save the Date! November 1 & 2, 2019 &  CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The conference for Academic Writing and English Language Learners (AWELL) is a two-day conference designed for faculty, language instructors, composition instructors, and writing centre professionals who teach and tutor ELL students. The goal of the conference is to provide tools and approaches in a workshop format that may be used directly in classrooms and tutoring sessions.We want to provide an open forum to all those interested in any area of additional language studies and academic writing, including digital writing pedagogies, multiliteracies, plurilingualism, and intercultural writing supports. Questions for consideration may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pedagogy and practice for multilingual classrooms
  • ELL pedagogy relating to globalized students
  • Learning community writing practice
  • Technology in writing practice relating to ELLs
  • Multimodal and digital approaches to ELL writing instruction and practice
  • Considerations of general teaching and learning practice to ELL


Day One registration only ($75.00).
Day Two registration only ($75.00).
Two-day registration ($150.00).
Saint Mary’s University faculty or staff ($100.00).
Student or writing tutor ($75.00).



Annual ACWCA Conference – Schedule

ACWCA Conference 2019 Event Room
8:30 Check-in AT 101
9:00 – 10:30 Opening Presentation
Workshop on gendered language and writing, by South House Sexual & Gender Resource Centre
AT 101
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:15 Session
Ban the Paraphrase!
Emma Russell, Cape Breton University
Donnie Calabrese, Cape Breton University
AT 101
11:15 – 11:45 Session
Using SARS Reason Codes to Track Statistics
Kala Hirtle, Dalhousie University
AT 101
11:45 – 12:15 Session
How Can We Evaluate the Efficacy of Our Work?
Margie Clow-Bohan, Dalhousie University
AT 101
12:15– 1:30 Lunch L135 (Main Floor, Patrick Power Library)
1:30 – 2:30 Session
Academic Writing: can it impede international students’ academic acculturation and achievement?
Muhammad Elhabibi, Saint Mary’s University
Amanda Saoud, Saint Mary’s University
AT 101
2:30 – 3:00 Session
Digital Writing Centres
Brian Hotson, Saint Mary’s University
AT 101
3:00 – 3:30 Session
Smart Pens in the Centre
Richard Spacek,
University of New Brunswick
AT 101
3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 5:00 Directors’ Roundtable AT 217

Evening dinner: 6:00, 2 Door Down, 1533 Barrington Street


Annual ACWCA Conference – Saint Mary’s University, Feb 21st

Annual Atlantic Canadian Writing Centres Association Conference, 2019

February 21, 2019

Saint Mary’s University, Halifax

Atrium 101 (CAMPUS MAP)

Special workshop talk on gendered language and writing, provided by the South House Sexual & Gender Resource Centre.


Conference schedule


Do you work in writing centres in Atlantic Canada, or are interested in the field?
Please join us at Saint Mary’s in February.

To attend, please complete this form; there is no charge for attending.

An optional lunch of $15 is available.


A reduced rate of $125.00 / night with the Lord Nelson Hotel is available for Feb. 20th. You will need to call to make the reservation, and mention you are booking for a Saint Mary’s University event.


For more information, please contact writing @

See you then!


ACWCA is an affiliate of the Canadian Writing Centres Association.

Call for Papers: CWCA/ACCR Annual Conference, May 30-31, 2019

Emily Carr University of Art & Design

May 30-31, 2019


Submission Details
CWCA/ACCR is a national affiliate of the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA), and this year we are using their submission and review portal.

Deadline for submissions is January 10, 2019.

You do not need to be a member of IWCA to submit a proposal, and there is no cost associated. However, it’s a two-stage process: First, you create an account by providing your name, address, and institutional affiliation. Then you enter the details of your proposal to CWCA 2019.

To create an account and submit your proposal, start at


Reminder: 2017 CASDW Conference Proposals Due January 27

PDF version: CASDW 2017 Bilingual CFP The Ninth Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing (CASDW / ACR) The Presence of Writing: Making a Place for the Study of Writing and Discourse Keynote: Professor Rebecca Moore Howard, “Teaching Rhetorical Ethics in a Post-Truth Economy” Ryerson University – Toronto, Ontario, Canada Saturday, […]

via Reminder: 2017 CASDW Conference Proposals Due January 27 — Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing

Job posting || Educational Developer, Teaching and Instruction | Saint Mary’s University

Educational Developer, Teaching and Instruction | Saint Mary’s University

Position:                      Educational Developer, Teaching and Instruction (Contract)

Department:               Centre for Academic and Instructional Technologies (CAID)

Salary:                         $58,378 – $75,227 + 4% in lieu of vacation


from the posting:

Under the direction of the Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning, the Educational Developer, Teaching and Instruction will help advance the goals of educational development within Saint Mary’s and in the broader academic community.  This includes teaching development, promotion and facilitation of learning communities, management of peer mentorship programs for instructors, promoting and supporting training in the effective use of educational technologies, policy development and engaging with faculty in research on learning and teaching.

Duties as the Educational Developer, Teaching and Instruction include, but are not limited to:

Contributing to the development of teaching excellence by engaging in, fostering, evaluating and disseminating research on teaching and learning.
Designing and offering yearly New Faculty Orientation and ongoing New Faculty Network Program.
Consulting individually with faculty members on academic issues; course design, teaching evaluations, classroom issues, teaching portfolios, etc.
Working with faculty on development of their nomination/portfolios for teaching awards external to Saint Mary’s.
Developing and offering workshops to academic community; in addition to self, identifying other appropriate workshop leaders/facilitators/presenters (internal and external to SMU).
Supporting the work of the Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching.
Contributing to the development of teaching excellence by collaborating with the Director of the E-Learning Centre in fostering, evaluating and disseminating research on new learning tools and technology.
Collaborating with the Director of E-Learning in the design and delivery of LMS training programs.
Managing the Instructional Development Grants program and identifying faculty to participate in committee-sponsored faculty development programs, etc.
Managing support and facilitation services for teaching award candidates, e.g. AAU, 3M, etc.
Identifying and proposing new instructional/faculty development programs in consultation with Saint Mary’s academic community.  Developing and offering programs following consultation and agreement of Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning.
Assisting the Senior Advisor, Teaching and Learning and senior leadership team in developing and maintaining strategic plan for the Global Commons Studio for Learning and Teaching.
Assisting with ongoing and new initiatives as required.
Serving on internal committees such as Senate Committee on Learning and Teaching and representing Saint Mary’s University at professional meetings and conferences, as required.
Establishing working relationships with Deans, Directors, heads of academic units, as well as faculty members.
With FGSR, developing and delivering teaching development courses and programs for graduate students.
Establishing working relationships with educational developers in Atlantic Canada, nationally and internationally while contributing actively to organizations and other post-secondary institutions engaged in related work.
Producing the faculty newsletter, Teaching and Learning at Saint Mary’s.
Assisting in development of overall CAID/CAT website content.
Engaging in applied research projects on teaching and learning related issues.
Serving as lead member on conference organizing committees for teaching and learning conferences hosted at Saint Mary’s & organized by the Global Commons Studio for Learning and Teaching, e.g. STLHE 2017, AWELL, etc.
Presenting at various regional and national conferences.
Maintaining current knowledge of the teaching and learning research literature to provide research-based recommendations to faculty members via individual consultations, workshops and written publications.
Identifying appropriate resources for the Library collection on teaching and learning.
To be the successful Educational Developer, Teaching and Learning you will have completed Master’s or doctoral degree in Education, specializing in a field related to teaching and learning in higher education combined with a minimum of five (5) years’ of related experience including group facilitation, adult education, design of professional development and project management. You also possess experience as a university instructor and trainer in instructional/educational technology.

Apply for this opportunity online by visiting and use our online application system through CareerBeacon. Select the position you are interested in and apply by clicking the “Apply Online Now” button. Please include the names of three professional references. No telephone calls please.

The search committee will begin to consider applications on February 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

Saint Mary’s University is committed to the principles of Employment Equity. Saint Mary’s University thanks all applicants for applying. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

Conference || Registration is now open for the CWCA 2016 conference in Calgary, AB

Registration is now open for the 2016 conference of the Canadian Writing Centres Association/Association canadienne des centres de rédaction. Click here to register.

The conference will be held at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology on May 26th (pre-conference Global Café) and May 27th in Calgary, Alberta.

Full conference details can be found on the conference website, Energizing Writing Centre Communities.