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NCTE Committee Appointment:  Mahli Mechenbier             

Posted Aug. 13, 2013


Mahli Mechenbier has been appointed to one of twelve seats on the Committee for Effective Practices in Online Writing Instruction.  The National Council of Teachers of English recognizes OWI as one of twenty national committees operating under the executive committee of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.  Since 1949, the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) has been the world's largest professional organization for researching and teaching composition, from writing to new media. 

 Mahli's responsibilities on this committee will include:

 CCCC Committee for Effective Practices in Online Writing Instruction

Charge 1: Continue to identify, examine, and research online writing instruction (OWI) principles and effective strategies in online writing centers and in blended, hybrid, and distance-based writing classrooms, specifically composition classrooms but also including other college-writing or writing-intensive courses.
Charge 2: Continue to identify, examine, and research effective practices for using OWI specifically for English language learners, individuals with physical and/or learning disabilities, and students with socioeconomic challenges in coordination with related CCCC committees.
Charge 3: Maintain and update the Position Statement on the OWI Principles and Effective Practices.
Charge 4: In consultation with the Assessment Committee and other relevant groups, review and update the 2004 Position Statement "Teaching, Learning, and Assessing Writing in Digital Environments."
Charge 5: Identify and/or create instructional and professional development materials and strategies to be posted on the Committee's Web-based OWI Open Resource Webpage.
Charge 6: Provide the writing instructional community with access to information about OWI-specific faculty and program development that can assist with legitimizing online teaching for professional development, remuneration, and advancement purposes.
Charge 7: Share effective practices in OWI with the CCCC membership in various formats, including instructional workshops at CCCC conferences and events as well as other professional venues.

 Mahli is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of English at Kent State University Geauga & Regional Academic Center, where she teaches Technical Writing, Great Books to 1700, and Business & Professional Writing through both traditional and online delivery.  Prof. Mechenbier has been teaching English at KSU since 2003.  Her most recent research, "Cheating the Business Template: Filling in the Blanks" (focusing on educational pedagogy and workplace plagiarism) was published in Business Communication Quarterly.  

 She welcomes the opportunity to contribute actively to the National Council of Teachers of English and to represent KSU: Geauga on this committee.