There is not enough space in this professional portfolio to document my service to the community as a part of my salaried position at SLCC. I feel immodest putting it this way, but to say otherwise would not be honoring my work, or that of the SLCC Community Writing Center.
I co-founded, and then directed for nearly a decade, the SLCC Community Writing Center. I think it is not overstating it to say that this work transformed the community college’s relationship with the Salt Lake community in ways similar to that of the Thayne Center, and the Eccles Early Childhood Development Lab School. At the same time, the CWC transformed the role of writing in the Salt Lake community, and in pockets across the nation. Thousands of individuals and hundreds of organizations and governmental agencies have written with the CWC over the past 15 years. The CWC is an institution within the city, and within the college, and is a model for others across the metropolitan area and the nation. (One of the more surreal experiences of my life is to witness the name that I coined, “Community Writing Center,” become a common noun—“a community writing center” when such projects emerge at other academic and non-academic institutions across the country.) My accomplishments and the impact of the CWC on the community and the academic understanding of community literacy/community writing can be accessed by reading my book, Rhetoric of Respect, that I describe in the Professional Activity section.
Outside of the CWC, yet related to it, I was the lead founder of the Utah Community Literacy and Writing Consortium (UCLAWC), made up of the representatives from all of the writing centers in the Salt Lake metropolitan area. I also brought this local network into the National Consortium of Writing Across Communities—a multi-institutional body of colleges and universities dedicated to community literacy and community writing. I served briefly on the SLCC Community Partnership Council, but decided to break ties with it, just as I had with the CWC and the UCLAWC, upon realizing that my publicly-perceived identity as the founding director was inhibiting the new director’s ability to establish her own identity for the center.
As I articulate in my Teaching and Professional Activity sections, my service through the SLCC Community Writing Center fundamentally informs my teaching and professional work as I continually strive to engage with others through a rhetoric of respect for my students and colleagues at the college.