FLORENCE, S.C. – Phillip Gardner, an associate professor of English at Francis Marion University and a former director of the university’s Writing Center, has been awarded the 2004 Southeastern Writing Center Association Achievement Award.
Gardner was presented with a commemorative plaque and a cash award at the SWCA conference, held Feb. 19-21, in Atlanta. Gardner is also invited to present a speech on excellence in writing-center administration at the 2005 SWCA conference.
The SWCA Achievement Award is presented annually on a competitive basis to a writing center administrator at an educational institution in the Southeastern region for his or her outstanding contribution to the SWCA and the writing-center community. A subcommittee of the SWCA Awards Committee, composed of writing-center professionals from colleges and universities in the Southeast region, reviewed all submitted materials.
Gardner is a past vice-president and interim president of the Southeastern Writing Center Association. Gardner has contributed to the scholarship of the writing-center community through numerous regional and national conference presentations. In addition to fostering the work of the Writing Center at FMU as its director from 1988-2000, he has also helped to support the work of writing centers at other universities in the Southeast. Gardner is also a renowned author and screenwriter. He earned the B.A. and M.A. degrees in English from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
The Southeastern Writing Center Association is a professional organization supporting the research, administrative, educational, and tutoring activities of K-12, college, and university writing centers in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Puerto Rico, and the American Virgin Islands.
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