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Defense Date


Document Type

Thesis - NSU Access Only

Degree Type

Master of Arts

Degree Name

Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Media

First Advisor

Kevin Dvorak, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Janine Morris, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Shanti Bruce, Ph.D.


First-year COMP (FYC) classes are foundational to students' academic careers. Taking COMP classes online have their own set of challenges, however FYC instruction continually evolves and meld technologies to engage students in online classrooms. Writing Center research on COMP classes focuses on how writing fellows are used to engage FYC classes. Writing Center Scholars note the influence a writing fellow has inside the classroom, working as peer mentors, and outside the classroom as ambassadors for Writing Centers. Scholars spend time studying spatial impact, power dynamics and how writing fellows navigate relationships, however, Writing Centers have little research on using writing fellows to engage online classrooms. The lack of research on course embedded online writing fellows creates a vacuum in how writing fellows navigate online spaces. This project interviewed faculty and Writing Center administrators to collect a set of best practices for creating an Online Writing Fellows program.

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