CWE Accomplishments

This page contains a list of accomplishments and awards that the Center for Writing Excellence has received. Accolades were earned by the CWE as a whole and individually by our administrators, consultants, and staff members in the form of grants, educational achievements, publications, and editorial achievements. Over the past year, we have also taken great pride in presenting our research at conferences and participating in campus and community outreach programs.

Click on the following categories to learn more about our accomplishments:

Grants and Awards

Center for Writing Excellence

  • College Reading and Learning Association Certification, Levels I, II, and III
  • Conference on College Composition and Communication Writing Program of Excellence Award
  • Wallerstein Foundation for Geriatric Life Improvement, $10,580

Consultants

Grant, Lenny. (2014). Virginia Tech Citizen Scholar Award for work on CWE Seminar for Lifelong Learners.

---. (2014). University of Pennsylvania, scholarship for the University of Pennsylvania Neuroscience Boot Camp, $2,375.

---. (2014). Virginia Tech English Department Professional Development Grant, $1,500.

---. (2014). Virginia Tech Graduate Student Travel Fund Program Award, $200.

Lockhart, Heather. (2014). Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Lugo, Gloria. (2014). Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

---. (2014). Robert J. Connors Memorial Scholarship for first time presenters to the Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference.

Staff

DeJesus, Amarillis. (2013). Outstanding Student Employee Award. Montclair State University Career Services and Cooperative Education.

Stark, Leah. (2013). Outstanding Student Employee Award. Montclair State University Career Services and Cooperative Education.

Zapoli, Catherine. (2014). Outstanding Student Employee Award. Montclair State University Career Services and Cooperative Education.

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Educational Accomplishments

Consultants

Candio Sekel, Julianne. (2013). The best practices for teaching writing to postsecondary students with acquired brain injuries. Retrieved from Sprague Library Catalogue, Montclair State University. (THESIS PE1065 .S44 2013) Advisor: Melinda Knight.

Grant, Lenny. (2014). Granted doctoral candidacy in Rhetoric and Writing. Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Lagg, Emily. (2014). Gender, globalization, and The Ciudad Juárez Feminicide in Selenidad and Roberto Bolaño’s 2666. (Unpublished master’s thesis). Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. Advisor: Melinda Knight.

Papaioannou, Nicole. (2014). Dissertation prospectus approved for Doctor of Arts in English. St. John’s University, Queens, NY.

Phillips, Vanessa. (2014). Free schools and self-efficacy beliefs: Research for an alternative. (Unpublished master’s thesis). Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. Advisor: Caroline Dadas.

Rettino, Danielle. (2014). Social reform and utopia in Howards End. (Unpublished master’s thesis). Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ. Advisor: Jonathan Greenberg.

Valatka, Patricia. (2014). In our defense: Sheridan’s The Camp, The Glorious First of June, Pizarro and the fate of the British nation in late eighteenth-century England. Advisor: Wendy Nielsen.

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Conference Presentations

Selected Presentations

Candio Sekel, Julianne. (2013, April). The best practices for teaching writing to postsecondary students with acquired brain injuries. The 7th Annual Student Research Symposium. Montclair State University.

Grant, Lenny. (2014, May). Dialogic possibilities of fMRI. The Visual Image and the Future of the Medical Humanities. Symposium conducted at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX.

Grant, Lenny and Alicia Remolde. (2014, February). Narratives of reconciliation and surprise: Connecting senior citizens with the university through a community writing project. The Narrative Bridge: Connecting through the Health Humanities Conference. Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

Knight, Melinda. (2013, July). The intersection of professional management education and language for special purposes. 19th Symposium on Languages for Special Purposes. University of Vienna, Austria.

---. (2013, October). BCQ becomes BPCQ: A four-part riff on business communication pedagogy. ABC International Convention. New Orleans, LA.

---. (2014, March). Publishing trends in business communication: A research agenda for the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL).” The Ins and Outs of Professional Discourse Research. Symposium conducted at Università degli Studidi Modenae Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.

---. (2014, March). (Chair). Reimagining composition: Using chat, tweets, and assistive technology to enhance student writing. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN.

Lockhart, Heather. (2014, May). In plain English: Applying the plain language movement to academia. The 8th Annual Student Research Symposium. Montclair State University.

Lugo, Gloria. (2014, May). Historicizing racial nativism in the works of Willa Cather: 1913-19. The 8th Annual Student Research Symposium. Montclair State University.

---. (2014, March). Training, theory, and practice of SRTOL in writing centers. Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference. Bryant University, Smithfield, RI.

Papaioannou, Nicole. (2014, June). Where the ocean meets the sea: Explorations of student writing that travels across and beyond the curriculum. International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference. University of Minnesota, Minneapois, MN.

Remolde, Alicia. (2014, March). Bridges, not towers: Writing center and community literacy programs. Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference. Bryant University, Smithfield, RI.

Wittenburg, Nikki, Julie Candio Sekel, and Janet Dengel, (2014, March). Reimagining composition: Using chat, tweets, and assistive technology to enhance student writing. Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN.

Invited Presentations

Grant, Lenny. (September 2013). Medical publication planning. English Career Connections Undergraduate Conference, Virginia Tech.

---. (2014, January). Visualizing post traumatic stress disorder. South Atlantic Graduate Humanities Fellows Meeting, Roanoke Higher Education Center.

Knight, Melinda. (2013, September). Editors’ roundtable. SIGDOC annual conference, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

---. (2014, April). Global MBA programs and professional communication: Issues and trends. Plenary for annual invitation-only conference, entitled “Professional Communication: Insights, Ideas, and Integrations.” Temple University, Philadelphia, PA.

---. (2013, October). Meet the editors. Council of Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication, annual conference, University of Cincinnati.

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Publications

Grant, Lenny. (2014). Retraining Appalachian miners and homemakers: A Burkean reading of Workforce West Virginia. Public Knowledge Journal, 5(1), n. p. Retrieved from http://pkjournal.org/?page_id=2206

---. (2014, March). Students, scholars, and healers: Approaches to promoting health literacy. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly, 77(1), 114-120.

---. (2014, December). Review of Aimee Kendall Rountree’s Computer simulation, rhetoric, and the scientific imagination. BPCQ, 77(4), forthcoming.

Knight, Melinda. (2013, September). Editorial: A picture speaks a thousand words. Business Communication Quarterly, 76(3), 271-272.

---. (2013, December) Editorial: Usability and business communication. BCQ,76(4), 395-396.

---. (2014, March) Editorial: A new name: BCQ becomes BPCQ. BPCQ,77(1), 5-6.

---. (2014, June) Editorial: It’s all about the students. BPCQ,77(2), 127-128.

Knight, Melinda, (with Emily Issacs). (2014). A bird’s eye view of writing centers: Institutional infrastructure, scope and programmatic issues, reported practices. WPA: Writing Program Administration, 37(1), 36-67.

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IRB Approved Research in Progress

Candio Sekel, Julianne. (2014). Speaking with a new voice: A writing community for laryngectomees. Montclair State University.

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Editorial Accomplishments

Dengel, Janet. Editorial Assistant. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

Grant, Lenny. Book Review Editor. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

---. Editorial Board Member. Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

Knight, Melinda. Editor in Chief, Business and Professional Communication Quarterly.

---. Editorial Board Member. Journal of Business Communication.

---. Editorial Board Member. Journal of Organizational Education Behavior.

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Campus Outreach

  • APA Writing Workshop presented to the Psychology Club, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
  • International Student Orientation, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
  • Graduate Development Conference. Presented on MLA, APA, and Chicago writing styles. Fall 2013, Spring 2014, and Fall 2014.
  • Montclair State Student Government Association New Student Orientation, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
  • Plagiarism workshop for PSYC 203 Introduction to Psychological Research, Fall 2013.
  • Presentations to First-Year Writing Classes, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
  • SGA Midterm and Finals study events, Fall 2013 and Spring 2014.
  • Teacher Education Orientation for provisionally accepted students, Fall 2013.
  • Workshop on academic writing presented to GNED100 Adult Academic Success Seminar, Fall 2013.
  • Workshop on MLA style presented to GNED100 Adult Academic Success Seminar, Fall 2013.
  • Workshop presented to PhD students in Dr. Sarkar’s EAES895 class, Fall 2013.
  • Wittenburg, Nikki, and Janet Dengel. Presentation to First-Year Writing faculty, "Re-imagining Composition: Using Chat, Tweets, and Assistive Technology to Enhance Student Writing.” April 2014.

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Community Outreach

Center for Writing Excellence

  • Seminar for Lifelong Learners. Community Writing Program for senior citizens. Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ. June-August 2013.
  • Seminar for Lifelong Learners Winter Writing Workshop. Community Writing Program for senior citizens. Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ. February-March 2014.
  • Seminar for Lifelong Learners. Community Writing Program for senior citizens. Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ. June-August 2014.
  • Writing in College Workshops presented to Grade 12 students at Edison High School.
  • Young Writers Summer Program. Little Falls Public Library, Little Falls, NJ. 2014.

Administrators

Remolde, Alicia. Literacy Volunteers of America, 2013-2014.

Consultants

Phillips, Vanessa. Tutor for Project Life, Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp. 2013-2014.

Valatka, Patricia. Tutor for Project Life, Montclair Neighborhood Development Corp. 2013-2014.

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