Speaker Bios

Speaker Bios

Keynote and Wrap-up Session
Dr. Lisa Ede
Oregon State University

Lisa Ede is Professor of English at Oregon State University, where for thirty years she directed the Center for Writing and Learning. She has designed and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in first year and advanced composition, rhetoric, literacy studies, new media, and critical reviewing. Ede is the author, coauthor, editor, or coeditor of seven books. Her most recent publications include Situating Composition: Composition Studies and the Politics of Location (2004) and The Academic Writer: A Brief Guide (2007). Ede’s single and collaboratively authored scholarly work has been recognized by awards from the Modern Language Association, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and the International Writing Center Association.

Though Ede no longer directs the Center for Writing and Learning, her passion for writing center work remains as strong as ever.

Wrap-up Session

Dr. Kevin Davis
East Central University

Kevin Davis is a former National Writing Centers Association board member; current SCWCA board member, article reviewer for English Journal, and former editor of Oklahoma English Journal. He has been at East Central University since 1987 where he is the only person to have been awarded three Teaching Excellence Awards. He is a former Maxwell award winner.

Some thoughts from Kevin:
I play cello, ride bicycles (fat tire and skinny), prefer baseball on the radio to baseball on TV, practice the ancient art of zymurgy, spend way too much time exploring the internet, bake a wicked baguette, and intend to spend my next life in a Scottish pub. Even though I only lived in Montana for 1/58th of my life, I consider it to be my one true home on this planet. I love rhetoric, which I teach, because, if you really think about it, rhetoric explains everything we need to know about surviving in this crazy human world; I love philosophy, which I also teach, for the sheer joy of kicking Big Ideas around the room with a class full of youngsters who aren’t afraid of the very biggest Big Ideas; I love my writing center most of all, because it is the place where I first discovered my own true self and where, day after day, year after year, I continue to learn more about myself.

And one more thing: I hug my students. Because they need it; and so do I.

Founders’ Panel

“The story of that first meeting is that Barry Maid, then our dept. chair, and our colleague Michael Kleine, and I were having tea or coffee one afternoon when I said that I thought I’d like to start an organization of Arkansas writing centers. Both the guys said, ‘Well why not a regional organization?’ . . . . I asked Barry if he’d pay for lunch if I could get folks to come to Little Rock, and he of course said ‘yes.’”

–Dr. Sally Crisp, founding member of SCWCA

Dr. Sally Crisp
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Dr. Sally Crisp has been a teacher of writing for over 30 years. She has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock since 1980, including both graduate and undergraduate courses in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing. She currently directs the Little Rock Writing Project, a site of the National Writing Project, and serves as the lead teacher for the Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute.

With colleague Dr. Barry Maid, Crisp began the University Writing Center at UALR in 1981 and served as its director for seventeen years. She founded and served for three years as president of the South Central Writing Centers Association; she also served on the Executive Board of the International Writing Centers Association and on the Editorial Board of the Writing Center Journal.

Crisp has co-authored or edited several non-fiction books, including Fireflies in a Fruit Jar and Open Windows, with John Workman, The Steps We Took and Carry This Message, with Joe McQuany and Huey Crisp, and Widowed with Sharon Trusty and Barry Corkern; she has also published scholarly articles and some poems. Crisp has presented at many professional meetings and has worked as a consultant to schools, businesses, and government agencies in the Little Rock area, including Little Rock Public Schools, the Arkansas Department of Education, the Arkansas State Bank Department, the Arkansas Real Estate Commission, and the Arkansas Public Service Commission.

Crisp is married to Dr. Huey Crisp; the Crisps have two grown daughters and one grandson.

Dr. Barry Maid
Arizona State University

Barry M. Maid, PhD is Professor of Technical Communication at Arizona State University where he led the development of the program in Multimedia Writing and Technical Communication. He has spent most of his career doing some kind of Writing Program Administration. Before coming to ASU, he taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where, among other duties, he directed the Writing Center and the First Year Composition Program, chaired the Department of English, and helped in the creation of both the Department of Rhetoric and Writing and the South Central Writing Centers Association. For more than fifteen years, Barry has been actively participating in online communities and using them as teaching/learning spaces. He has written numerous articles and book chapters and recently (with Duane Roen and Greg Glau) The McGraw-Hill Guide: Writing for College, Writing for Life.

Dr. James McDonald
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

James McDonald is Head of the Department of English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he directed the Writing Center from 1988 to 1993. From 1990 to 1993, he served as the first editor of the SCWCA Newsletter and later served as conference director and past president. His articles and reviews on writing centers have appeared in the Writing Lab Newsletter, Writing Center Journal, and WPA.