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Beth A.

Towle
Education
Ph.D. in English May 2019
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Concentration: Rhetoric + Composition
Dissertation: ‘It Depends on Who You Talk To’: Mapping Writing Center-Writing Program Relationships at Small
Liberal Arts Colleges
Committee: Harry Denny (chair), Bradley Dilger, Irwin Weiser, Jackie Grutsch McKinney

M.F.A. in Creative Writing May 2013


University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN
Thesis: Huckleberry Queen: Poems
Committee: Johannes Goransson (advisor), Joyelle McSweeney, William O’Rourke

B.A. in English Writing May 2009


DePauw University, Greencastle, IN
Graduated cum laude, English Department Honors

Academic Appointments
Assistant Professor of English 2019 -
Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

Associate Director of the University Writing Center 2019-


Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD

Teaching Assistant, Introductory Composition / Writing Lab 2014-2019


Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Business Writing Coordinator, Writing Lab 2016-2018


Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Publications
Towle, Beth A. “Other People’s Houses: Identity and Service in Writing Center Work.” Out in the Center: Public
Controversies and Private Struggles. Edited by Harry Denny, et al. 2018. (ISBN: 978-1607327820)

Denny, Harry and Beth A. Towle. “Braving the Waters of Class in Writing Centers: The Performance and Policing
of Socioeconomic Class in Everyday Tutoring.” The Peer Review, 1.2, November 2017. http://thepeerreview-
iwca.org/issues/braver-spaces/braving-the-waters-of-class-performance-intersectionality-and-the-policing-of-
working-class-identity-in-everyday-writing-centers/

Towle, Beth A. and Vicki R. Kennell. “Review: Tutoring Second Language Writers.” The Writing Center Journal,
35.3, Winter 2016.

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Grants + Scholarships
Research
Purdue University Research Foundation Fellowship, Summer 2018 ($3,500)

The Professor Patricia Sullivan Dissertation Scholarship, Spring 2018 ($2,500)

International Writing Centers Association Ben Rafoth Graduate Research Grant, Spring 2018 ($1,000)

Purdue University College of Liberal Arts Promise Research Grant, Fall 2017 ($450)

Scott Drotar Memorial Fund Scholarship, Fall 2017 ($1,000)

Purdue University Research Foundation Fellowship, Summer 2017 ($3,500)

Conference Travel
Purdue Writing Lab Travel Scholarship, Fall 2018 ($950)

Purdue Writing Lab Travel Scholarship, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2017, Spring 2018 ($400-500)

Purdue College of Liberal Arts Promise Travel Grant, Fall 2016 ($700)

Purdue College of Liberal Arts Promise Travel Grant, Spring 2016 ($700)

International Writing Centers Association Collaborative Travel Scholarship, Spring 2016 ($150)

Conference Presentations
“Crafting Institutional Relationships with First Generation Students: Two Methodologies.” International Writing
Centers Association Conference. Columbus, OH. October 2019

“Understanding (and Advocating for) Peer Tutor Labor through Empirical Research.” International Writing
Centers Association Conference. Atlanta, GA. October 2018.

“Space and Access for LGBTQ+ and Non-binary Students and Tutors in Writing Centers.” Presented with Jacob
English and Ruben Ramanathan. East Central Writing Center Association. Columbus, IL. March 2018.

“Institutional(ized) Identities: Graduate Students, Writing Centers, and Advocacy.” International Writing Centers
Association Conference. Chicago, IL. November 2017.

“Restoring and Engaging Metis: Feminist Frameworks for Graduate Students.” Presented with Erin Brock Carlson.
Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference. Dayton, OH. October 2017.

“Boiler Up!/Drilling Down: Replicating the Peer Writing Tutor Alumni Project. International Writing Centers
Association Conference. Denver, CO. October 2016.

“Tutoring as (Hard) Labor: How Assessment Makes Writing Center Work Visible to Institutions.” Conference on
College Composition and Communication. Houston, TX. April 2016.

“Making Possible Bean-Counting: Coding ‘Other’ Responses from the WCRP Survey.” International Writing
Centers Association Collaborative. Houston, TX. April 2016.

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“Using Policty Statements in Writing Tutor Training.” International Writing Centers Association Conference.
Pittsburgh, PA. October 2015.

“Farming Out: Writing Centers and the Adjunct-ification of Writing Instruction.” East Central Writing Center
Association Conference. Notre Dame, IN. March 2015.

“Writing Centers, Collaborative Learning, and First-Generation College Students.” Conference on College
Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, IN. March 2014.

Writing Centers
Administrative Appointments
Associate Director
Salisbury University Writing Center, 2019 -

Business Writing Coordinator


Purdue University Writing Lab, 2016-2018

Summer Assistant Director


Purdue University Writing Lab, 2016

Tutor Education Courses Taught


Tutoring Business and Professional Writing
English 390B - Purdue University, Fall 2016 and Fall 2017

Tutoring in the Writing Lab


English 390 – Purdue University, Spring 2017

Tutoring Positions
Graduate Writing Tutor
Purdue University Writing Lab, 2015-2018

Graduate Writing Tutor


University of Notre Dame Writing Center, 2012-2013

Writing Consultant
DePauw University Writing Center, 2007-2009

Teaching
Courses taught at Salisbury University
ENGL 307: Writing for Digital Environments, Spring 2020

ENGL 308: Composition III, Fall 2019

ENGL 103: Composition + Research, 2019-2020

Courses taught at Purdue University


ENGL 106Y: Online First-Year Composition, 2018-2019

ENGL 106: First-Year Composition, 2014-2016, 2017-2018

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ENGL 390B: Tutoring Business + Professional Writing, Fall 2016, Fall 2017

ENGL 390: Tutoring in the Writing Lab, Spring 2017

Teaching + Tutoring Awards


Purdue English Department Excellence in Teaching Award (honorable mention), 2017-2018

ICaP Quintilian Teaching Award, Fall 2017

Purdue Writing Lab Graduate Tutor of the Year, 2016-2017

Service
International Writing Center Association Outstanding Article Award Committee, 2018
Graduate Representative

Introductory Writing Committee, 2016-2017


Purdue Graduate Student English Association (GradSEA) Representative

Writing Lab Hiring Committee, Spring 2016 and Spring 2017


Purdue University Writing Lab

Excellence in Teaching Award Committee, 2015-2016


Purdue Graduate Student English Association (GradSEA) Representative

Rhetoric & Composition Program Representative, 2014-2015


Purdue Graduate Student English Association (GradSEA)

Invited Speaking and Workshops


“Scaffolding Peer Review.” Composition Instructors Workshop, Salisbury University, Fall 2019

“Tutoring STEM Writing.” Writing Lab All-Staff Meeting, Purdue University, Fall 2018

“Graduate STEM Writing.” Writing Lab Graduate Staff Meeting, Fall 2016 + Fall 2017

Relevant Experiences
Research Assistant, Summer 2015
Purdue University (Dr. Bradley Dilger)

Grants and Fellowship Consultant, 2013-2014


University of Notre Dame Graduate School

Interim Fulbright Program Advisor, Fall 2013


University of Notre Dame Graduate School

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Creative Writing Publications
Rhabdomantics
Poetry chapbook published by Adjunct Press, July 2016

“The Woodlawn Narrative”


Poem published by So It Goes, December 2016

“small openings” and “original story”


Poems published by Similar:Peaks::, 2015

“The River Woodlawn”


Poem published by Storm Cellar Quarterly, 2014

“Mind the Prediction” and “An Advertisement”


Poems published by Deluge, 2014

“rhabdomancy” and “we are in the business of undoing”


Poems published by Spork, 2013

Creative Writing Editorial Work


Nonfiction Reader, Sycamore Review, Purdue University, 2016-2018

Poetry Reader, Sycamore Review, Purdue University, 2015-2018

Contributing Editor and Co-Creator, Actuary Lit, actuarylit.com, 2013-2015

Poetry Reader, Notre Dame Review, University of Notre Dame, 2011-2013

Professional Affiliations
International Writing Centers Association

Mid-Atlantic Writing Centers Association

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