OC's Nash Receives Research Award from IWCA

Gail Nash
Gail Nash

The International Writing Centers Association granted a Research Award to OC English professor Gail Nash this week.

Nash was one of only a handful to receive an award. She will use the funds to travel to a summer writing workshop in Wisconsin.

“I’m thrilled the committee chose me for this award,” Nash said. “It will allow me to work on a project titled, ‘Researching The Role of Tutor Feedback.’ The article will be ready for publication in the coming academic year, and it will allow me to follow up on a presentation I made with my daughter, Morgan (an OC student), last fall at the IWCA national conference in San Diego.”

The IWCA’s chair of the Research Awards Committee was impressed with Nash’s submission.

“Committee members noted the project’s methodological rigor and the value of examining the process through which writers learn,” Steve Price said. “We look forward to learning from the results of the research.”

Scott LaMascus, vice president of academic affairs at OC, praised Nash’s accomplishment.

“I am so proud for Gail,” LaMascus said. “Her dedication to scholarship and student development sets an example for all our faculty. She embodies the kind of person that makes OC such a center of faith and excellence.”

The IWCA seeks to advance the quality of work produced at student writing centers through activities such as awarding research grants, acknowledging outstanding scholarship and hosting regional conferences.

The IWCA is an affiliate organization of the National Council of Teachers of English, a 100-year old organization that aims to increase the effectiveness of school and college work in English.