CFP: [General] Praxis Fall 2008 Issue: Technology in Today's Writing Center

full name / name of organization: 
Patricia Burns
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Technology in Today’s Writing Center

Praxis: A Writing Center Journal welcomes submissions for its Fall 2008
issue. Praxis welcomes essays on a wide range of topics related to writing
centers. We also encourage submissions on this issue’s theme: Technology
in the Writing Center. Many centers have begun to incorporate technology
that goes beyond the paper and pencil consultations of the past. Many
centers now use laptops, flash drives, computers, emails, OWLs, and
synchronous chat in their consultations. These additions provide new
opportunities for collaborative work in the writing center, but may also
create problems of authority, voice, plagiarism, and collusion. Enthusiasm
over the possibilities afforded by new technologies may lead writing
centers to employ them without sufficiently considering the effect on
consultation dynamics. Praxis invites submissions that interpret the theme
of Technology in the Writing Center broadly; however, some possible
applications include

• Training for new technologies
• Consultant reaction to new media
• Benefits and drawbacks of asynchronous (email) consultations
• Benefits and drawbacks of synchronous (chat) consultations
• Using technology in administration
• Navigating technical difficulties
• Online scheduling
• Compiling and analyzing student feedback
• Reexaminations of older technologies

Submission guidelines:

Recommended article length is 1000 to 2000 words. Articles should conform
to MLA style. Send submissions as a Word document e-mail attachment to
James Jesson and Patricia Burns at Also include the
writer’s name, e-mail address, phone number, and affiliation. Because
Praxis is a Web-based journal, please do not send paper; we do not have the
resources to transcribe printed manuscripts. Images should be formatted as
jpeg files and sent as attachments.

Deadline for Fall issue: September 5, 2008

Praxis: A Writing Center Journal ( is
a biannual electronic publication sponsored by the University of Texas
Undergraduate Writing Center, a component of the Department of Rhetoric and
Writing at the University of Texas at Austin. It is a forum for writing
center practitioners everywhere.

We welcome articles from writing center consultants and administrators
related to training, consulting, labor issues, administration, and writing
center news, initiatives, and scholarship. For further information about
submitting an article or suggesting an idea, please contact the editors at

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