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Motlow Hosts Annual TN Tutor Collaboration Day Conference

November 30, 2019

Jenna Caviezel looks through books at the Motlow State Community College library. Professor Caviezel is the Director of Motlow’s Writing Center, which recently hosted the state’s annual Tutor Collaboration Day Conference, a first for a community college.The Writing Center at Motlow State Community College is dedicated to student success. And recently, this department had the opportunity to showcase that dedication to a much wider audience.

Motlow recently became the first community college to host the annual Tennessee Tutor Collaboration Day Conference. Attendees represented ten institutions from across the state.

Director of Motlow’s Writing Center, Professor Jenna Caviezel, and Motlow Writing Center Assistant Coordinator, Dr. William Murphy, co-chaired the virtual conference with support from Dr. James Hamby, the Southeastern Writing Center Association representative for Tennessee. Hamby is also Associate Director of the MTSU Writing Center.

“While a virtual conference was not our original plan, we were delighted by how many tutors and other Writing Center administrators were able to attend and present,” said Caviezel. “The day was a great success. This year’s theme was ‘norming,’ one of the five stages of team building: forming, storming, norming, performing, and adjourning,” said Caviezel.

The team-building process plays out in Writing Centers in multiple ways. The process includes:

  • Collaboration with other departments
  • Hiring new tutors
  • Even welcoming new students in need of tutoring services

“These steps—forming, storming, norming, performing, adjourning—also parallel the process of adaptation Writing Centers have gone through during the pandemic and continue to go through this semester,” explained Caviezel.

The Writing Center is a free service available to the entire Motlow community and equipped with a dedicated team of tutors on all four campuses and online. Tutors help with any project at any stage of the writing process, including brainstorming for an English essay, revising a lab report, or polishing a cover letter for a job application.

For more information, contact [email protected] or visit the Writing Center web page.

Tennessee’s Community Colleges is a system of 13 colleges offering a high-quality, affordable, convenient, and personal education to prepare students to achieve their educational and career goals in two years or less. The system offers associate degree and certificate programs, workforce development programs, and transfer pathways to four-year degrees. For more information, please visit us online at or visit Motlow at

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