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JENNIFER WELLS, Assistant in English, holds a Ph.D. in English with a specialization in Composition (2011) from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a M.A. in English Composition (2006) from San Francisco State University, and a B.A. in English (2002) from the University of Denver. As the Reading Writing Center Director, Dr. Wells manages and promotes the RWC sites in Williams, Johnston, and Strozier, as well as the Graduate Writing Center and the Digital Studio in Johnston. From 2004-2011, Dr. Wells was the reading and writing specialist at Mercy High School in Burlingame, California, where she created and directed the Mercy Reading and Writing Center. Along with Dawn Fels, Dr. Wells edited the collection The Successful High School Writing Center: Building the Best Program with Your Students, which is being published by Teachers College Press in the fall of 2011. In 2008, Dr. Wells won the Paul and Kate Farmer English Journal Writing Award for her article, "'It Sounds Like Me': Using Creative Nonfiction to Teach College Admissions Essays." Dr. Wells' research interests include writing center development in post-secondary and secondary education; theories of motivation and writing centers; knowledge transfer, especially from high school to college; reading; creative nonfiction in composition; the rhetoric of space and place.
- Fels, D., and Wells, J. (Eds.). (2011). The Successful High School Writing Center: Building the Best Program with Your Students. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
- Driscoll, D., and Wells, J. (2012). "Beyond knowledge and skills: Writing transfer and the role of student dispositions." Composition Forum, 26. Retrieved from http://compositionforum.com/issue/26/beyond-knowledge-skills.php
- Wells, J. (November 2010.) "They can get there from here: Teaching for transfer in a 'writing about writing' course. English Journal (101)2.
- Wendy Bishop's legacy: A tradition of mentoring, a call to collaboration. In Eble, M. and Gaillet, L. (Eds.), Stories of Mentoring: Theory and Praxis. Parlor Press (2008)
- "'It sounds like me': Using creative nonfiction to teach college admission essays." English Journal 33(1).
- Organizing Committee Member, Normal Mailer High School and College Awards for Creative Nonfiction, 2010-2012.
- Elected Board member, International Writing Centers Association, 2009-2011
- Dr. Wells is a member of a cross-institutional team of researchers working on the Writing Transfer Project, a longitudinal, multi-site study investigating the efficacy of a transfer focused curriculum. In 2013, the team was awarded a $40,000 Spencer Foundation grant and a $10,000 Research Initiative grant from the Conference on College Competition and Communication to support their research.
- Dr. Wells is currently working on the WPA Census Project, which has collected data about writing programs at over 600 universities. Dr. Wells' focus within the Census is analyzing the data pertaining to writing centers.