Praxis Vol 11, No 2: Praxis Origins




Mendelsohn, Sue
Schonberg, Eliana

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In celebration of its tenth year, the founding editors of Praxis: A Writing Center Journal, Sue Mendelsohn and Eliana Schonberg, reflect on its early days. Praxis: A Writing Center Journal has Joan Mullin and a bike crash to thank for its origins. In the spring of 2002, Undergraduate Writing Center (UWC) director Lester Faigley invited Mullin to serve as an outside evaluator. In her report to the center’s administrative team, she posed the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The UWC was one of the largest writing centers in the country, with an energetic and well-supported staff, but, as Mullin pointed out, it needed a vision of its future. Her challenge echoed the questions graduate student administrators of the period were asking themselves: what did they want to be when they grew up as professionals?

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