Looking On and Overlooking: An Analysis of Oversight in Online Tutoring

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2008

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Baker, Lori B.

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As a writing center director, I am charged with overseeing my staff of undergraduate tutors, as well as making sure the center functions in accordance with its budget and mission. All of my duties–training tutors, scheduling, working with faculty, performing public relations, guiding tutors’ ongoing professional development–can be viewed as forms of oversight. I find the term “oversight” to be a very apt lens for considering the work of a writing center director because of its dual meaning: it can mean “looking over,” “supervising”–or it can suggest the opposite, as in “overlooking” or “forgetfulness, missing.”

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