Mika, Margaret

Director, Writing Center; Senior Lecturer
mmika@uwm.edu(414) 229-5451Curtin Hall 404
Mika, Margaret


MA, Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BA, Spanish (Honors), Art History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Teaching and Research Interests:

Writing Center Theory, Practice and Administration
Tutoring and Retention
Introductory Writing

Other Relevant Activities:

Mentor, International Writing Center Association Mentor Match Program
Coordinator, Wisconsin State Writing Center Consortium
Co-founder, Milwaukee Writing Center Consortium
Manuscript reviewer, Writing Lab Newsletter
Associate Editor, Journal of Instructional Psychology
Editorial Board, College Student Journal
Award for Teaching Excellence recipient, English Department
Former Coordinator, English Proficiency Exam, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Recent Presentations:

“Two-way Mirror: What Directors and Tutors Learn from the Hiring Process” (with Joshua Worsham). International Writing Center Association Conference, Chicago, November 2017.

“What I Really Want is to Direct! Revising Identity from Tutor to Writing Center Administrator.” National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Hofstra University, October 2017.

“Teacher, Administrator, Mentor,  Boss: Navigating Amongst Directors’ Roles.” International Writing Center Association Conference, Denver, October, 2016.

“The Motivation Equation:  Creating a Writing Center Culture.” Madison Area Writing Center Colloquium, University of Wisconsin-Madison, November, 2014.

"Hitting the Pedagogical Target: Closer, Faster & Better: Online Tutor Training” (with Joshua Worsham). International Writing Center Association, Orlando, October, 2014.

“What Can Writing Centers Show Us About Mindful Teaching?”  University of Wisconsin System Office of Professional and Instructional Development Conference.  Green Lake, WI. April, 2014.

“Window of Opportunity:  Looking Closer (and Faster) at Online Sessions” (with Joshua Worsham).  Midwest Writing Center Association Conference. Chicago, October, 2013.

"Tutors Research:  Within Writing Centers and Beyond."  Event sponsor and presenter. Milwaukee Writing Center Consortium.  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April, 2013.

“Writing Center Tutoring:  Help at Every Stage of the Process.”  Wisconsin Learning Assistance Network Conference.  University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April, 2013.

“What’s New? What’s Cool? Experimenting with Programs in the Writing Center.”  Madison Area Writing Center Colloquium. University of Wisconsin-Madison. March, 2013.

"Video Archiving 'What They Take With Them':  Sharing Tutors’ Own Words" (with Kate Price).  National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing, Chicago. November, 2012.

“Research on Tutor Learning and Tutor Alumni.”  Madison Area Writing Center Colloquium. University of Wisconsin- Madison. February, 2012.

“The Writing Center: A Critical Isthmus for Basic Writers?” (with Paige Conley). Midwest Writing Center Association Conference. University of Wisconsin-Madison, October, 2011.

All Writers Need Readers.” Keynote address. Virginia Burke Writing Awards Ceremony, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. April, 2011.

Paths to a New Writing Center:  Proposing, Politicking, Planning and Persevering.” Madison Area Writing Center Colloquium. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. May, 2011.

“Bad News is Good News:  Celebrating the Hard Stuff.”  Chicagoland Writing Center Conference.  DePaul University.  Chicago. February, 2010.

Recent Publications:

Mika, Margaret, and Harrigan, Dan. 'Searching for a Writing Center Assistant Coordinator: 1 Job, 2 Views, 8 Months'. Another Word, 2017.
Mika, Margaret. “Talking in Another Middle.” Writing Lab Newsletter 32.1. (2007).
Mika, Margaret. “WCOnline: A Review.” Writing Lab Newsletter 29.5. (2005).