Sherri Winans
Whatcom Community College
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English Department
Whatcom Community College
Kulshan 218
237 W. Kellogg Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
swinans@whatcom.ctc.edu
360-383-3568

Education

M.A. in English, May 1986
Washington State University, Pullman

B.A. in English, June 1981
Point Loma College, San Diego

Vista High School, June 1977
Vista, California

Teaching Experience

Faculty, Whatcom Community College
1989 to Present
Full-time since 1994, Tenured March 1996

  • Teach composition, including computer-assisted, and literature: Introduction to Academic Writing (100); First-Year (101), Intermediate (102), and Advanced Composition (201); Introduction to the Short Story; Introduction to the Novel; Children's Literature (225)
  • Coordinate programs and courses, including, at various times, placement, English 100 and reading panel, English 102, linked courses, CAI courses, professional development series, student writing anthology
  • Develop, coordinate, and teach English 225, Children’s Literature, in collaboration with faculty at Western Washington University and local librarians
  • Participate in department business: course scheduling and staffing, faculty hiring and mentoring, faculty and program evaluation, curriculum development, budget planning, regular meetings
  • Serve on committees, including governance, hiring, and tenure committees
  • Develop and maintain my faculty web pages
  • Attend and present at conferences and workshops and stay current in the discipline

Director, Writing Center, Whatcom Community College
September 2001 to Present

  • Oversee on-campus Writing Center
  • Develop and oversee online tutoring services and training
  • Recruit, interview, and hire peer tutors
  • Plan and provide ongoing staff education/training
  • Coordinate staff online environment (Moodle) and conversations
  • Maintain Online Writing Center
  • Develop and maintain training materials and handouts for writers
  • Work closely with the coordinator of the Learning Center, in which the Writing Center and Math Center are housed
  • Work closely with coordinators of programs and offices, including Advising, Veterans, the Ethnic Student Union, Western Admissions, Nursing….
  • Solicit and respond to feedback from students, faculty, administrators, and staff
  • Advertise the Center’s services and coordinate classroom visits
  • Attend and present at conferences and workshops and stay current in the field

Writing Specialist, Title III Grant, Whatcom Community College
January 1999 to September 2003

  • Researched, designed, constructed, and continue to maintain the school’s first Online Writing Center, http://writing.whatcom.ctc.edu
  • Worked closely with student assistant, staff, and other users to improve the quality and effectiveness of the site
  • Coordinated an online "Whatcom Community College Neighborhood" on Washington State University’s Speakeasy Studio and Cafe
  • Worked with faculty interested in incorporating the Online Writing Center and technology into their classes
  • During time of grant, served on Title III Advisory Committee and wrote monthly progress reports and newsletter updates

Coordinator, Composition Area, Whatcom Community College
June 1995 to June 1998

  • Planned and chaired a newly-formed Composition Area (now English Department)
  • Designed new programs and activities: implemented and coordinated interdisciplinary linked classes, planned professional development series, started an internship program for WCC students interested in teaching English, worked to improve communication between our department and others, on and off campus
  • Managed the department’s equipment and supplies budgets, course scheduling, and staffing
  • Coordinated approximately 20 part-time and four full-time composition faculty
  • Addressed students’ concerns about composition courses and instructors
  • Coordinated and reviewed faculty evaluations
  • Disseminated information to department faculty and to faculty and staff across campus

Instructor, Community Education, Western Washington University
September 1988 to June 1991

  • Taught literary discussion class for Western’s Community Education Program, then continued the discussion group independently for 15 years
  • Developed reading lists and schedules, researched authors and works, presented background and critical information, led discussions (our reading list: http://faculty.whatcom.ctc.edu/swinans/reading.htm)

Teaching Assistant, Washington State University
September 1984 to June 1987

  • Taught Freshman Composition 101 and Expository Writing 201, including computer-assisted sections, one to two classes per quarter
  • Worked in WSU’s Writing Center

Professional Activities

Publications

"Writing Selves in the Center: Possibility, Play, and Potential Space."  Featured reading, International Writing Centers Association.  http://writingcenters.org/.

"What Do We Believe Now? Constructing a Community College OWL." The OWL Construction and Maintenance Guide. Eds. James Inman and Clinton Gardner. National Writing Centers Association Press, 2002, on CD-ROM.

Faculty web site. April 1999 to present. http://faculty.whatcom.ctc.edu/swinans

Whatcom Community College’s Online Writing Center. June 1999 to present. http://writing.whatcom.ctc.edu/

"Making the Private Public." Review of Annual Outcomes Assessment Conference: "Addressing Key Questions about Education and Learning." Washington Assessment Group Newsletter. May 1994.

Conference Presentations

"Going Multimodal? A Writing Center and Writing Instructors Study, Talk, and Tinker."  With WCC Writing Center Readers Mike Lanz, Melissa Peacock, and Grace Thompson, WCC Faculty Reid Kerr, and WWU Faculty, Matthew Holtmeier.  Joint Conference of the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association and the Two-Year College Association, Pacific Northwest.  Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.  October 2013.

"Creating a Dialogue: How Can Writing Centers and Classroom Instructors Collaborate to Benefit Life-Long Learners?" With Western Washington University Writing Assistants Chris Hoover, Nathan Drapela, and Heather Pinnow.  Joint Conference of the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association and the Two-Year College Association, Pacific Northwest.  Highline Community College.  October 2012.

"When Writers Say No."  Session: "Conflict and Dissent in Collaborative Learning."  With Harvey Kail, Valerie Balester, Jon Olson, Mary Wisloski, Roberta Kjesrud. Annual National Convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Louisville, Kentucky. March 2010.

"Using Improv to Create Collaborative Space." Session: "Collaborative Learning and Peer Tutor Training: Breaking Waves and Confused Seas." With Harvey Kail, Candace Schaefer, Jon Olson, Gerd Brauer, Roberta Kjesrud, Paula Gillespie. Annual National Convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco. March 2009.

"Improv-ing Two-Year College Writing Center Realities."  With WCC Writing Center Reader Katie Chugg.  Featured Session at the all-day pre-conference workshop, "Writing Center Realities."  Annual Convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication.  New Orleans.  April 2008.

"Writing Selves in the Center: Possibility, Play, and Potential Space."  Keynote Address.  Northern California Writing Centers Association Conference.  Santa Rosa, CA.  March 2008.

"Writing Centers in High Schools: Multiple Missions."  With Dawn Fels, Melissa Rinaldo, Jeanette Jordan, Nina Rivera, Michele Eodice, Pamela Childers, Harry Denny, Tiffany DeJaynes, Catherine Oriani, Emily Fink, Rhonda Hinds, and Illana Gutin.  All-Day Post-Conference Workshop, Annual Convention, National Council of Teachers of English.  New York City.  November 2007.

"Rethinking the Conventional in the Two-Year College Writing Center."   Two-Year College Association, Pacific Northwest Conference.  Spokane Community College.  October 2007.

"From the Two- to the Four-Year Institution: Writing and Rewriting Our Academic Selves."  With WCC Writing Center tutors Katie Chugg and Michelle Pavan.  Annual Convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication.  New York City.  March 2007.

Various Presentations.  International Writing Centers Association's Summer Institute.  Stanford University.  July 2006.

"Putting Down the Pen: Improv in the Writing Center."  With WCC Writing Center tutors Katie Chugg and Michelle Pavan.  Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association Conference.  Oregon State University.  April 2006.

"The Writing Center That Plays Together."  With WWU's Roberta Kjesrud.  Annual Convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Chicago.  March 2006.

“Path-Finding in Writing Classrooms and Centers.”  With writing center tutors Katie Chugg and Michelle Pavan.  Two-Year College Association, Pacific Northwest Conference.  Yakima, WA.  October 2005.

"In the Groove: When Writing Matters to Writers."  With WCC Writing Center tutors Katie Chugg, Michelle Pavan, and Diane Wood.  Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association Conference.  Seattle, WA.  April 2005.

"Using On-line Learning Environments in Tutor Training."  With writing center staff from Douglas University, Oregon State University, and Everett Community College.  Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association Conference.  University of Washington at Bothell.  April 2005.

"Playing in the Center: Tutor as Renegade Rhetor." Session: "Access, Success, and Recess: Re-playing the College Game." With WCC faculty Brian Patterson and Jennifer Bullis. Annual Convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication. San Francisco. March 2005.

“Improvising Community.”  With WCC faculty Jennifer Bullis and Brian Patterson.  Annual Conference, Two-Year College Association, Pacific Northwest.  Portland, Oregon.  October 2004.

"Playing With Boundaries: The Writing Center Playshop."  With WCC students Christopher Patton and Kelly Kincaid.  Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association Conference.  Centralia, WA.  April 2004.

"The Dark Matters of Composition: Experiencing Service, Research, and Global Citizenry as Routes into Mystery."  Chair.  With colleagues from Whatcom Community College and Eastern Oregon University.  Annual National Convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication.  San Antonio.  March 2004.

"Going Public: A Writing Program in Revision." Session: "Difference, Democracy, and Dissent: Exploring Local and Material Practices at Community Colleges." With colleagues from Washington State University, Duke University, and the University of Akron. Annual National Convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication. New York. March 2003.

"Talking at the Center."  With Writing Center staff from Yakima Valley Community College, Western Washington University, and Whatcom Community College.  Annual Conference, Two-Year College Association, Pacific Northwest.   Bellingham, Washington.  October 2002.

"Which Texts?  Which Streets?  Two-Year College Faculty and the 4C's."  Session: "Class Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Replication of Class-Based Hierarchies in Composition."  With colleagues from Western Washington University, Highline Community College, Klamath Community College, CUNY Graduate School, and Penn State University.  Annual National Convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Chicago, Illinois.  March 2002.

"Open Admissions, Open Pedagogy: Weaving Curriculum and Assessment to Ensure Inclusion of Basic Writing Students." With colleagues from WCC. Annual Conference, Two-Year College Association, Pacific Northwest. Centralia, Washington. October 2001.

"Using and Assessing WSU's Web-Designed Speakeasy Studio and Cafe." With colleagues from WCC and Washington State University. Washington State Higher Education Assessment Conference. Spokane, Washington. May 2001.

"OWLS and Evolution: The Online Center in Context." With colleagues from Western Washington University and Washington State University. Northwest Regional Writing Centers Conference. Bellingham, Washington. April 2001.

"Entering the Academic Conversation from the Margin." Session: "Class, Classrooms, and Community Base: How Does Who We Are and Where We Teach Influence How We Teach Writing?" With colleagues from Western Washington University, Washington State University, University of New Mexico, Highline Community College, and Klamath Community College. National Convention, Conference on College Composition and Communication. Denver, Colorado. March 2001.

"Playing/Working with PowerPoint and FrontPage." With Pam Helberg, WCC colleague. Student Success Strategies Conference. Portland, Oregon. February 2000.

"Making the Transition from Part-time to Full-time Faculty." Fall Seminar for Community and Technical College Education for newly hired full-time faculty. September 1998, 1997, and 1996.

"Using a Student Writing Anthology as an Assessment Tool." With Jeffrey Klausman, WCC, and Gordon Koestler, Yakima Valley Community College. Washington State Higher Education Assessment Conference. Bellingham, Washington. May 1998.

"Teaching English at the Community College." Invited presentation to graduate students in English at Washington State University. Pullman, Washington. April 1998.

"Classroom Assessment Techniques in Composition and Literature." Washington State Higher Education Assessment Conference. May 1994.

"The Electronic Conversation: Collaborative Learning in Computer-Assisted Composition." With Bob Winters and Kate Allen, WCC. Student Success Strategies Conference. Portland, Oregon. February 1993.

"A Sampling of Writing Assessment Approaches." With colleagues from Pierce College and Wenatchee Valley Community College. Washington State Higher Education Assessment Conference. May 1991.

Honors

For 2009-2010, received the Washington State “Leadership and Innovation in E-Learning Award” with WCC colleagues Signee Lynch, Danielle Gray, and Lori Martindale

From 2006 to 2010, served as elected member of the Board of the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA), (reelected in 2008; also served as interim representative before first elected), the community college representative

One of six leaders for the International Writing Centers Association's Summer Institute at Stanford, July 2006

Lisa Ede Outstanding Teaching Award, 2005, from the Pacific Northwest Two-Year College English Teachers' Association

WCC's Faculty Excellence Award, June 2004

Elected vice president for the founding board of the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association, 2003-2006

Affiliations

Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association, PNWCA
International Writing Centers Association, IWCA
Two-Year College Association, Pacific Northwest, TYCA
Conference on College Composition and Communication, CCCC
National Council of Teachers of English, NCTE

Activities

  • November 2013, attended National Council of Teachers of English convention in Boston
  • Winter 2013, completed Canvas training course
  • October 2012, attended conference of the International Writing Centers Association in San Diego
  • Served on two-year college writing centers task force for the International Writing Centers Association, 2009 to 2011
  • October 2011, in Yakima, WA, attended the first joint conference of the Two-Year College Association of English Teachers, PNW, and the Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association
  • November 2010, attended IWCA Conference in Baltimore, Maryland: “Safe Harbors or Open Seas? Navigating Currents in Writing Center Work”
  • With WCC Writing Center staff, led sessions for Professional Development Day, including sessions about student success in 2010 and about using Jing for online responding in 2011
  • Served as proposal reviewer for IWCA Collaborative Conference at the CCCC convention in March 2010
  • In the fall of 2010, helped to coordinate the TYCA-PNW conference at Whatcom and attended that conference with WCC Writing Center staff
  • Keynote speaker for the 2008 conference of the Northern California Writing Centers Association
  • In October 2008, attended IWCA Conference in Las Vegas: “Alternate Routes: New Directions in Writing Center Work”
  • April 2007, served as conference host for the annual regional PNWCA conference, "Let's Talk About Talk"
  • February 2007, led a WCC Teaching, Research, and Performance (TRAP) Seminar called "A Writing Center Playshop"
  • Served as founding board member for Pacific Northwest Writing Centers Association, a newly-formed regional branch of the International Writing Center Association: http://www.pnwca.org/
  • Participate in Directors' Day Out, quarterly meetings with Northwest writing center directors for discussions and writing center tours: http://www.ac.wwu.edu/~writepro/DDO.htm
  • Attended Skagit River Poetry Festival, spring 2012, 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002
  • Attended CCCC conventions, March 1999-2013, including pre-conference writing center workshops
  • Attended NCTE conventions, 1991, 1995, 2006, 2007, 2013
  • March 2006 and 2004, served as a WCC panel member speaking on “Scholarship and Teaching” at a Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) Symposium on Community College Culture for graduate students from the University of Washington
  • September 2003 at WCC conference, led session with students: "What Gets Us Jazzed? A Discussion of What Makes Papers Exciting to Write and Read"
  • Participate in online discussions with other writing faculty and staff, including meetings like First Mondays in San Antonio College’s AlaMOO and discussions held by Peer Centered tutors
  • Attended online meetings, Tuesday Café, with other Netoric members, March 2000 through December 2002
  • Participated in Computers and Writing Online conferences 2000 through 2003 (March through May each year)
  • Served as volunteer helper at Computers and Writing Online 2001 and 2002 sessions in a MOO environment
  • Spring 2002, presented at two sessions of WCC’s Teaching, Research, and Performance (TRAP) Seminars: "Engaging Uses of Classroom Technology" and "The Evolution of WCC’s English 100"
  • Summer 2001, completed "Teaching Online: Planning for Success," a four-week online training course (using Blackboard) for Washington Online instructors
  • Winter 2001, completed English 510—Studies in Rhetoric: Class Narratives, Composition Workers, and the Politics of Literacy—taught by Donna Qualley at Western Washington University
  • Started A Gathering of Voices, WCC’s collection of student writing for classes across the disciplines
  • Attended annual Assessment Conferences in Washington State, 1991-2000
  • Conducted and did presentations on classroom research projects, 1991

 

Funded through the U.S. Dept. of Education, Title III Grant PO31A980143
Sherri Winans, Whatcom Community College, Bellingham, WA
1999-2015