Date of Award

Spring 5-4-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

M.A. English



First Advisor

Dr. Patricia Pytleski

Second Advisor

Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek

Third Advisor

Dr. Amanda Morris


Within the walls of university writing centers, tutors and tutees collaborate. They discuss writing, but even more than that, they communicate about ideas and theories bigger than themselves, all while discovering their identities. Exploration of how tutors define their authority and agency, while also highlighting the importance of tutors’ voices, is necessary for the continuation of writing center studies. Writing center tutors’ roles may be understood by some, but the mental hurdles, the questioning natures, and the care-giver roles they are emersed into need to be further investigated. Through a study conducted at Kutztown University’s Writing Center, tutors were surveyed and interviewed to better understand tutors’ perceptions of their writing authorities and tutoring identities within the subsections of tutor training, tutoring sessions, and tutor stress. Additionally, this study discloses these tutors’ voices through anecdotal qualitative data, thus highlighting tutoring challenges and moments of advocacy and agency within the writing center.

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