Derek John Boczkowski

Assisitant Coordinator, Ohio State University Newark Writer's Studio



Boczkowski has been working in writing centers since taking his first tutor-training class in autumn 1993. He began teaching composition as part of his first writing center administration position in August 1998. He currently is a PhD student (ABD) in the Department of Teaching and Learning at OSU’s College of Education and Human Ecology, studying in the Adolescent, Post-secondary, and Community Literacies program. His dissertation is evaluating how teachers, students, and writing tutors reflected and refracted the literacy practices of a first-year composition class. His research interests include tutor training, writing center administration, academic literacies and social practices, ethnographic methodology, and basic writing.

Selected Publications

  • Boczkowski, Derek John, et al. “Publicity, Play, Pedagogy: The Story of the Never-Ending Story.” Creative Approaches to Writing Center Work.  Ed. Kevin Dvorak and Shanti Bruce. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2008. 261-278.
  • Boczkowski, Derek John. “Swordfish: Of Writing Centers and Speakeasies.” Writing Lab Newsletter, vol. 30, no. 10, 2006, pp. 6-9.
  • Ottery, James, et al. “Writing and Reading Community Learning: Collaborative Learning among Writing Center Consultants, Student, and Teachers.” On Location: Theory and Practice in Classroom-Based Writing Tutoring,   edited by Candace Spigelman and Laurie Grobman, Utah State University Press, 2005, pp. 60-71.
Areas of Expertise
  • Writing center administration
  • Academic literacies
  • Compostion Theory
  • Basic Writing
  • MA, Writing, DePaul University, 1998
  • BA, Televsion/Video, Columbia College Chicago, 1995

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