Southeastern Writing Center Assoc. Names Grant After Cozzens

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA) has named its new research and initiative grant after Christine Cozzens, Charles A. Dana Professor and Chair of English and Director of Agnes Scott’s Center for Writing and Speaking. It is the first named award in the organization’s 30-year history.

The SWCA Christine Cozzens Research and Initiative Grant will be awarded to writing center tutors and administrators within the nine-state Southeast region to fund research, scholarship and innovation in writing centers and in teaching and tutoring writing.

“Dr. Cozzens has truly helped Agnes Scott College’s name become one of the most reputable in the writing center field, and I know many of her former staff members have gone on to very successful careers after working with her. The SWCA is honored to have benefitted from Dr. Cozzen’s contributions, and we are excited to now extend our own contributions to the field in her name,” said Kevin Dvorak, vice president of the International Writing Centers Association and past president of SWCA.

Cozzens has served as the director of Agnes Scott’s Center for Writing and Speaking for 24 years. She joined Agnes Scott’s faculty in 1987 and holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been an executive board member of the SWCA since 1989 and is the founding editor of the SWCA’s journal Southern Discourse, which was first published in 1998.

“The SWCA has been crucial to the establishment and success of writing centers in the southeast and nationally,” said Cozzens. “Agnes Scott has sent tutors to SWCA conferences since 1989 to present research on writing centers and writing, and these tutors have brought back their experiences to enrich our program. It was truly a thrill for me to be honored in this way by an organization that has meant so much to me, the Center for Writing and Speaking and the college.”

Cozzens’ academic interests include all aspects of writing and writing pedagogy, nonfiction as a genre of creative writing (the personal essay, the memoir), travel writing (history and current), journalism, 19th-century British literature, Irish literature and history, Irish film, Scottish literature and women and literature.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.