The end of this semester marks a new beginning for Dr. Shevaun Watson, a professor and colleague who has contributed so much to the UW-Eau Claire community. Dr. Watson is currently transitioning to her new position at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Composition Department, set to begin next year. In response to her upcoming exit from UWEC, it is only appropriate that we commemorate all of the work that she has done for not only the Center for Writing Excellence, but the English department as well.
Dr. Watson came to our campus with wisdom gained from working with and observing writing centers at other universities she has attended. Her vision and hard work helped the Center for Writing Excellence grow from a small organization to an established and ever-growing UWEC staple, equipped with the skills to succeed in the future. She organized a system of leadership and cultivated an understanding of writing center Theory that has been shared with writing assistants.
She has also spearheaded the development of the first year composition and rhetoric program, the Blugold Seminar, in order to make the class more applicable and beneficial not only for students as they entered their academic careers, but more manageable for instructors as well. It was through her constant effort that class sizes remained small, creating more opportunities for students to learn and more freedom for instructors. She says that her ideas would gain no success if it were not for the hard work and support from her colleagues.
Please join the English Department as we thank Dr. Watson for her hard work and wish her all the best next year at UW-Milwaukee.