Caitlin Kelly: recipient of SWCA Professional Tutor Award

Caitlin Kelly, a Brittain Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication, and the Postdoctoral Tutoring Coordinator in the Communication Center, has been awarded the Southeastern Writing Center Association Professional Tutor of the Year Award. Caitlin becomes the fourth professional tutor in the Communication Center to receive this award.

Caitlin’s dedication to being a reflective teacher of writing has served her well as she has expanded her work as a tutor in our multimodal/multiliteracy center. She is always one of the first of our professional staff to ask the pointed questions about how to connect theory to practice. She is keen to integrate her dual roles (as teacher and as tutor) in ways to more richly serve both her own students and those students whom she tutors. She is constantly evaluating the link between these identities, and because of this commitment to active reflection, she becomes both a better tutor and a better teacher with each passing day—and, she challenges her colleagues to do the same.

She has oversight for all the programing in the second year of our pilot to support the STEM postdoctoral fellows at Georgia Tech, and she exclusively does all the tutoring for this highly underserved group of clients. She has also worked to support our dissertation boot camp program, and is very engaged as a mentor for our peer-tutors as well as the new professional tutors.

 


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