Congratulations to Margie Mika, Director of the UWM Writing Center and Adjunct Assistant Professor of English, who received the 2018 Robert Marrs Award from the Midwest Writing Centers Association (MWCA). This tremendous honor is testimony to the superb leadership Margie has provided over the years. Because of her work, UWM’s Writing Center provides thousands of hours of outstanding tutorial help each year, based on the best scholarship and practical knowledge in the field. She received the award on March 2, at the annual conference of the MWCA.
The Robert Marrs Award was created by the MWCA to honor Bob Marrs: a writing center director who, throughout his career, has exemplified tutor-centered leadership both locally, within the writing center he directs, and regionally, within the MWCA. By recognizing his sustained contributions to tutor scholarship and leadership, the MWCA seeks to support and encourage other writing center administrators in similar endeavors: to cultivate tutor leadership in their home writing centers and institutions; to sponsor tutor research leading to the continuing development of writing center staff education; and to sustain tutor research leading to publication or public presentation, particularly at MWCA conferences.