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	*Office of the Provost
and Senior Vice President*

	


TO: UVM Faculty, Staff and Students

FROM:††† ††† Brian Reed, Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning

DATE:††† ††† April 24, 2018

SUBJ:††† †††† Appointment of Sheila Boland Chira as Director of the 
Undergraduate Writing Center


I am pleased to announce the appointment, of Sheila Boland Chira, Senior 
Lecturer in the Department of English, as the next Director of UVMís 
Undergraduate Writing Center, effective with the start of the 2018-2019 
academic year.† Sheila will replace Sue Dinitz, who is retiring after 
directing the Writing Center for many years.† Sheila will be responsible 
for leading and managing the Writing Center in support of its mission to 
foster undergraduate studentsí writing skills in an inclusive and 
productive environment.

Sheila is ideally suited for this role.† She holds a B.A degree, Magna 
Cum Laude, in English and American Literature from Hartwick College, and 
an M.A. degree in English and American Literature from New York 
University.† Sheila has been a faculty member in the Department of 
English since 1999.† She has taught a variety of literature and writing 
courses, including a D1 course and an Honors College course.† She has 
been actively engaged with the Undergraduate Writing Center, the Writing 
in the Disciplines (WID) Program, and the Foundational Writing and 
Information Literacy Program.† She has incorporated pedagogical and 
research advances into her composition classes on an ongoing basis. 
Sheila has a passion for working with students, and she is eager to 
apply her talents through the Undergraduate Writing Center.

Since its inception in 1982, the Undergraduate Writing Center has 
evolved into a responsive and nationally respected program, critical to 
studentsí success in writing.† It is multifaceted, offering one-to-one 
writing support to students at any point in the writing process, a 
Writing Partners Program for students needing more intensive support, 
and a WID Mentor Program that attaches tutors to writing-intensive 
classes in the major, offered in collaboration with the Writing in the 
Disciplines Program.† Last year, writing tutors held 3,587 individual 
tutoring sessions, worked with 306 students in group sessions, and 
facilitated 132 workshops involving 3,153 students, for a total of 7,046 
student contacts.† Assessments have made clear the powerful, positive 
impact of these programs on studentsí success.† As Director, Sheila will 
maintain and build on this highly successful program.

Please join me in welcoming Sheila Boland Chira to her new role as the 
Director of UVMís Undergraduate Writing Center.


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