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BETH TOWLE

Purdue University towle0@purdue.edu


Department of English bethtowle.com
500 Oval Drive @bethtowle
West Lafayette, IN 47907

Education
Ph.D. in English Exp. 2019
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Primary Area: Rhetoric + Composition
Secondary Areas: Writing Program Administration, Writing Center
Theory & Practice

MFA in Creative Writing May 2013


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

B.A. in English Writing May 2009


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

Publications
Denny, Harry and Beth Towle. Braving the Waters of Class in Writing Centers: The Peformance
and Policing of Socioeconomic Class in Everyday Tutoring. The Peer Review. Forthcoming Fall
2017.

Towle, Beth. Other Peoples Houses: Identity and Service in Writing Center Work. Out in the
Center: Public Controversies and Private Struggles. Edited by Harry Denny, et al. Forthcoming.

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

Presentations
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
Business Writing Coordinator
Purdue University Writing Lab, 2016-2017
Taught ENGL 390B tutor education class for incoming undergraduate business writing
consultants. Supervised and provided ongoing education to current business writing
consultants. Facilitated workshops related to professional writing, STEM writing, and writing in
the disciplines. Regularly attended and participated in monthly Writing Lab coordinator
meetings. Recruited undergraduate students to be future consultants. Assisted the director and
associate director with various projects as needed.

Summer Assistant Director


Purdue University Writing Lab, 2016
Co-authored the 2015-16 Writing Lab annual report. Created meta-document for future report
authors. Tutored in the Writing Lab.

Graduate Writing Tutor


Purdue University Writing Lab, 2015-2017
Tutored undergraduate and graduate students and staff/faculty in the Purdue Writing Lab. Led
weekly conversation groups for international students. Facilitated workshops on a variety of
writing topics for both undergraduate and graduate students. Served on the spring hiring
committee for graduate tutors. Assisted the director and associate director with special projects
as needed.

Graduate Writing Tutor


University of Notre Dame Writing Center, 2012-2013
Tutored undergraduate and graduate students and staff/faculty in the University Writing
Center. Facilitated workshops on creative writing and research writing topics. Served on the
Writing Center executive committee and community writing committee. Assisted the director
with special projects as needed.

Writing Consultant
DePauw University Writing Center, 2007-2009
Tutored peer undergraduate students in the university writing center. Helped with hiring
decisions and interviews in Spring 2009.

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Writing Program Administration
Assistant Mentor
Introductory Composition at Purdue (ICaP), 2016-2017
Worked with a faculty member in the year-long mentorship course for new graduate teaching
assistants. Helped new TAs develop syllabi and teaching materials, observed teaching and
wrote observation reports each semester. Assisted ICaP administration with new TA
orientation in August and the convocation event at the beginning of fall and spring semesters.

Teaching
Tutoring in the Writing Lab
English 390 Purdue University, Spring 2017
This tutor education course prepared undergraduate students for working as tutors in the
Purdue Writing Lab. The course focuses on teaching tutoring and collaborative learning
pedagogy, writing center research methods, and diversity in writing centers.

Tutoring Business and Professional Writing


English 390B - Purdue University, Fall 2016
This tutor education course specifically prepares undergraduate students to be business
writing consultants in the Purdue Writing Lab. The course focuses on teaching tutoring and
collaborative learning pedagogy, inquiry-based writing center research design, diversity and
language rights, and specific information on tutoring job documents.

First-Year Composition (Digital Rhetorics)


English 106 - Purdue University, 2015-2016
This first-year composition course used a digital rhetorics syllabus approach in order to focus
on rhetorical, accessible writing and design for a connected, mediated world, while also
preparing students for the writing they will encounter in their majors and future disciplines.

First-Year Composition (Writing about Writing)


English 106 - Purdue University, 2014-2015
This first-year composition course used a writing about writing approach that asked students
to consider how their writing fits into larger social, community, and disciplinary discourse
communities. It prepared students for future writing tasks by introducing rhetorical concepts,
research skills, and discourse analysis.

Integrated Reading and Writing


Academic Skills 095 Ivy Tech Community College, Spring 2014
This skills-building integrated course taught students basic reading and writing skills to
prepare them for the standard introductory composition course they would take the following
semester.

Introduction to College Writing


Academic Skills 093 Ivy Tech Community College, Fall 2013
This course prepared students for the standard 100-level introductory composition course by
focusing on basic rhetorical concepts, writing skills, and research and information literacy.

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Grants and Awards
Purdue Summer Research Fellowship, Summer 2017

Purdue College of Liberal Arts Promise Grant, Fall 2016

Purdue Writing Lab Graduate Tutor of the Year, Spring 2016

IWCA Collaborative Travel Scholarship, Spring 2016

Purdue College of Liberal Arts Promise Grant, Spring 2016

Service
Introductory Writing Committee , 2016-2017
Purdue University, Graduate Student English Association (GradSEA) representative

Writing Lab Hiring Committee, 2016, 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)

Executive Committee, 2012-2013


University of Notre Dame Writing Center

Community Writing Committee, 2012-2013


University of Notre Dame Writing Center

Invited Speaking + Workshops


Purdue Writing Lab Graduate Staff Meeting, Fall 2016
Graduate STEM Writing, co-presented with Jeffrey Gerding

Writing Lab-ICaP Brown Bag Series, Spring 2016


Peer Review and Workshopping Strategies

Relevant Experiences
Research Assistant, Summer 2015
Purdue University
Assisted Dr. Bradley Dilger with interview transcription and beginning coding.

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Grants and Fellowship Consultant, 2013-2014
University of Notre Dame Graduate School
Worked with graduate students at every level of the process of applying to nationally-
competitive grants and fellowships. Coordinated and facilitated application workshops for
the National Science Foundations Graduate Research Fellowship Program, the Fulbright
Program, and other nationally-competitive fellowship and grant programs.

Interim Fulbright Program Advisor, Fall 2013


University of Notre Dame Graduate School
Worked with graduate students as they applied for fellowships in the Fulbright program.
Served as the liaison between the Fulbright program and the Notre Dame Graduate School.
Organized all interviews and coordinated document collection.

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, 2016-2017

Poetry Reader, Sycamore Review, Purdue University, 2015-2017

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

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

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