Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dougherty, Jane


In this study, I will first examine the institutional position of writing centers as they were published on starting in 1993 in order to gauge how those writing centers report successfully integrating into their institutions. Once a precursory set of trends and integration factors have been identified, I will then interview current writing center professionals about the institutional position of their own writing centers to determine if the parameters for the successful integration of writing center into their institutions have changed. To better describe and analyze these parameters for integration, I will apply a theoretical framework of my own design that uses systems theory, network theory, and organizational learning to create a more nuanced and critical understanding of how and why these parameters for integration change and what key factors writing center professionals should consider when examining their own writing center’s institutional position and integration.




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