Writing Center


Writing Center director finds her own work front and center

Barbara Toth

Barbara Toth, assistant director of the Office of Academic Enhancement and director of the Writing Center, was surprised recently to learn that a book review she co-authored was featured on the front page of the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) Web site. Though she had been invited to write the review, she did not know it would be the lead article until “friends starting calling and congratulating me. It was pretty exciting,” she said.

Toth wrote the introduction to and co-wrote the piece on Marginal Words, Marginal Work?: Tutoring the Academy in the Work of Writing Centers, which was chosen by the association’s editorial board as the first of its “Featured Reading” publications online. “This new feature is an important element of the Web site, as the site will function as a main resource for news about writing centers; we believe that our 700 members want and deserve an introduction to the essential reading materials for our field. Your review helps to send a great message and is a good example for others who might like to contribute reviews in the future,” wrote IWCA President Michele Eodice to Toth.

“When you teach writing, it’s important to be an active academic writer yourself,” Toth said.

She is a regional representative to the IWCA board and on the executive board of the East Central Writing Centers Association. BGSU hosted the regional conference last year, which she said provided valuable networking opportunities.

Toth also attended the IWCA conference last month in Las Vegas, at which BGSU Writing Center consultants presented at three sessions. “The quality and amount of BGSU Writing Center representation at the conference was impressive,” Toth said.

November 17, 2008