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The Director

Dr. Karen Keaton Jackson came to North Carolina Central University as an assistant professor of English in August 2004. She received her B.S. in English Secondary Education from Hampton University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. As a graduate student, she taught courses in African-American literature, multicultural literacy, and helped to develop a community based service-learning course. Her publications include a co-edited collection entitled Closing the Gap: English Educators Address the Tensions Between Teacher Preparation and Teaching Writing in Secondary Schools and most recently a chapter in the refereed text Reading African American Experiences in the Obama Era:  Theory, Advocacy, and Activism.

In the fall of 2005, she took over as director of the Writing Studio. One of her first tasks was to change the name of the Writing Center to the Writing Studio to improve the image of the space. Her new area of research is focused on the Writing Studio as she explores the relationship between writing tutorials and student retention and success. She has served on the executive board of the International Writing Center Association (IWCA) where she was a member of the Research and Awards Committee and was selected to serve as a facilitator for the 2009 IWCA Summer Institute. She currently is an elected board member of the Southeastern Writing Center Association (SWCA), which serves over eight states in the southern United States.

"I am extremely proud to be the director of the Writing Studio. I've worked hard to spread the word about who we are and what we do. We love collaborating with the University College, the QEP Office, and several other units on campus. Our main goal is to let students know that we are here because we care and we want them to become better writers."

--- Karen Keaton Jackson
Associate Professor and Director of the Writing Studio

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