Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Michael Harker

Second Advisor

Dr. Mary Hocks

Third Advisor

Dr. Elizabeth Lopez


This study includes the interviews and observations of three secondary school writing centers in the metro-Atlanta area with a purpose to compare these centers to identify commonalities among them. My hope is to establish a generative context to explore partnership opportunities between these schools and the rhetoric and composition department at Georgia State University. The implications of this study directly benefit the professional status of writing scholarship as, despite decades of history, this field is still vying for a seat at the table of academia. Writing centers – specifically at the secondary level—need scholars at the forefront of their leadership; however, building continuity among these scholars is complicated due to their diversity as each center is fitted to work within its own school. Therefore, to prepare scholars for these directorships as another career opportunity, universities need to look directly at the centers geographically nearby, which is what this study entails.

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