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.
Greg is the Assistant Director of the Mississippi State University Writing Center. He completed his undergraduate and graduate degrees in English at Mississippi State University. He has worked with the writing center at Mississippi state in various positions from 2015. His first MSWCA conference was 2016 TutorCon “A Writing Center State of Mind.” He is a member of the College Language Association and the International Writing Center Association. Disability studies and using digital means to enhance writing centers are two of his current academic interests. He spends more of his time with his dogs, reading, writing and listing to music.
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, 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. In addition to her position on the MSWCA Board, Loree is a member of the International Writing Center Association. While teaching and directing take up a lot of her time, she makes time to enjoy binge watching shows on Netflix and HBO Max, exploring new foods, organizing anything and everything, cuddling with her animals (2 dogs & 1 cat) and spending time with her wife in their Starkville 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.
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.
Edwin Friedhaber earned a degree in English from the University of New York at Buffalo. Currently, he is a graduate teaching assistant at Mississippi State University where he is set to earn his master’s degree in English this spring. Edwin also plans to pursue a PHD in Rhetoric and Composition. He believes being able to read and talk about books professionally is a blessed life.
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)
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.