Jeanine is the director of the University of Mississippi – DeSoto regional campus writing center. She received her doctorate in Higher Education in May 2020 from the University of Mississippi. She has been working with writing centers for 15 years. She received her undergraduate degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing and poetry from Texas State University and her masters in English Secondary Education from Delta State University. Using her creative writing skills, she helps students find joy and ultimately confidence in their writing. She is a member the of the Mississippi Writing Project, National Writing Project, International Writing Center Association, and Southeastern Writing Center Association. She currently serves as chair for the Mississippi Writing Center Association. She has also presented at these conferences with fellow colleagues. Her interests are cooking, reading, painting, writing, visiting new places, and going out with friends.
(Election Pending) Vice-Chair (Term: 2 years – renewable, with no immediate succession)
Description – The Vice-Chair of MSWCA will work closely with the Chair and Immediate-Past Chair. The Vice-Chair shall assume the duties of the chair in the Chair’s absence; undertake responsibilities as delegated by the Chair; serve as Parliamentarian during the Annual Business Meeting and during all Board meetings; chair the Policy and Procedures Committee; maintain membership records; and work with the treasurer and the conference director in managing the membership list. (Required attendance at all Board Meetings)
Loree is the Director of the Mississippi State University Writing Center. She received her AA from Hinds CC in 2010, her BA in English from Mississippi University for Women in 2012, and her MA in English from Mississippi State University in 2015. While completing her graduate teaching assistantship at MSU, she began tutoring at the MSU Writing Center. In fall of 2014, as her interest in writing center work grew, she became the Graduate Assistant Director of the MSU WC; in 2018, along with her instructor position, she earned the role as Assistant Director of the WC. Now, as Director, she strives to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all writers so that they can develop their writing skills with support and encouragement. Loree is a member of the International Writing Center Association, the Mississippi Writing Center Association, the National Organization for Student Success, and the Mississippi Chapter of NOSS. While teaching and directing take up a lot of her time, she makes time to enjoy bingeing shows on Netflix, exploring new foods, organizing anything and everything, cuddling with her three small, senior dogs, and spending time with her wife in their new home.
Tatiana was interested in writing centers even before she knew they existed–when even the idea of teaching academic writing in her native Russia was novel. Living in Jackson since 2006, she has been a tutor and now coordinator in the Richard Wright Center for Writing, Rhetoric, and Research at Jackson State University. Her fascination with writing centers does not detract from her love of reading, traveling, experimenting in the kitchen and the garden, and watching movies set in Nordic landscapes.
Rachel is the director of the Oxford Campus Writing Center at the University of Mississippi and has been a member of MSWCA since 2014. She was the conference chair for 2020/2021 and served on the conference planning committee in 2015. Her research interests include transfer students and writing instruction, technology in writing center practice, tutor professional development, and building effective community and campus relationships. Rachel is a lifelong Trekkie with a serious nostalgia for alien movies from the 70s and 80s.
Bethani is the director of the Hinds Community College Writing Centers. Although this position began in Fall 2019, she has worked at Hinds since 2015 and has become a big advocate of community college education. She has supervised and reported data for the grant that has funded growth from one campus writing center to four district centers and created the opportunity for implementation of the peer tutoring model at Hinds. As someone who lived most of her childhood in a foreign country, she is passionate about intercultural communication, English Language Learners, the literature genre of magical realism, and international cuisine. Other professional areas of interest include helping writers who are career technical students or students in workforce training. Bethani received her BA from Mississippi College, where she enjoyed working as a peer tutor in the Writing Center, and later her MA from Jackson State University.
Liz is the Mississippi representative to the Southeastern Mississippi Writing Center Association. She directs the writing center and teaches at Millsaps College in Jackson, MS. Formerly Liz was assistant director of the writing center at George Mason University, where she earned an MFA in fiction writing. Liz is co-editor of Gazing Grain Press, an inclusive feminist chapbook press. She’s also kind of obsessed with distance running and frozen yogurt, and swears the two are not related.
Professional Tutor Representative (Term: 2 years – renewable)
Description – The professional tutor representative should be an experienced, non-student tutor who works full/part time in a writing center. The professional tutor representative will participate in discussion on the MSWCA Board listserv and in conference calls and work closely with the At-Large Member and the Student Tutor Representatives in order to identify needs of writing centers across the state and contribute resources that facilitate best tutoring practices in the writing center community. (Required attendance at all Board meetings)
Graduate and Undergraduate Student Representatives (Term: 1 year – renewable)
The members of the association will elect one undergraduate student tutor and one graduate student tutor to serve on the board. Tutors should be considered for the position based on experience and interest in writing center pedagogy, theory, and research. Preference will be given to student tutors who will diversify participation both regionally and institutionally. In an instance where those elected are from the same institution, the secretary will bring the nominated candidates and the voting results before the Board, and the Board will select the undergraduate and graduate representatives from the nominated candidates. Each tutor is expected to serve on committees and participate in conference planning and execution. Both tutors will be voting members of the board. (Required attendance at all Board meetings)
Would you like to join the board?
We are looking to fill open seats for the positions of Vice Chair, Professional Tutor Representative, Undergraduate Student Representative, and Graduate Student Representative. The Nomination Committee is accepting nominations and self-nominations from today through Friday, February 4, at 5pm.
All nominees must be members of MSWCA and will be required to submit a 300-500 word personal statement outlining their interest in the position, their qualifications, and their experience with Writing Centers within the state. (These written statements will be due from nominees by Friday, February 18.)
All nominations should be sent to the Nomination Committee chair, Liz Egan, at email@example.com
We hope to have a slate of candidates before the membership by February 21 and new board members in position by March 7 (with voting to occur February 21-March 4). The first meeting of the newly constituted board will be held in conjunction with the upcoming MSWCA conference at Delta State University.
Please feel free to contact the Nomination Committee Chair, Liz Egan (firstname.lastname@example.org), with any questions.