Margaret Mika

Margaret Mika, Writing Center Director, Adjunct Assistant Professor

phone: 414-229-5451
office: Curtin Hall 404
vita (.doc 71kb)


MA, Linguistics, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BA, Spanish (Honors), Art History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Teaching and Research Interests:

Writing Center Theory, Practice and Administration
Tutoring and Retention
Introductory Writing

Other Relevant Activities:

Coordinator, Wisconsin State Writing Center Consortium
Manuscript reviewer, Writing Lab Newsletter
Associate Editor, Journal of Instructional Psychology
Editorial Board, College Student Journal
Award for Teaching Excellence recipient, English Department
Former Coordinator, English Proficiency Exam, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Recent Publications and Presentations:

“What Can Writing Centers Show Us About Mindful Teaching?” UW System, Office of Professional and Instructional Development Conference, Green Lake, Wisconsin, 2014.

“Window of Opportunity: Looking Closer (and Faster) at Online Sessions.” With Joshua Worsham. Midwest Writing Center Association Conference, Chicago, October, 2013.

"Tutors Research: Within Writing Centers and Beyond." Event sponsor and presenter. Milwaukee Writing Center Consortium. UW-Milwaukee, April, 2013.

"What's New? What's Cool? Experimenting with Programs in the Writing Center." With B. Hughes, E. Miller, S. White, UW-Madison. Madison Area Writing Center Colloquium. UW-Madison, March 2013.

"Research on Tutor Learning and Tutor Alumni." [Co-panelists Brad Hughes, Paula Gillespie, Harvey Kail.] Madison Area Writing Center Colloquium, February 2012.

"The Writing Center: A Critical Isthmus for Basic Writers?" [Co-presenter Paige Conley]. Midwest Writing Center Association Conference, University of Wisconsin-Madison, October 2011.

"Paths to a New Writing Center: Proposing, Politicking, Planning and Persevering," Madison Area Writing Center Colloquium, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, May 2011.

"All Writers Need Readers," Keynote Address, Virginia Burke Writing Contest Awards Ceremony, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, April 2011.

"Bad News is Good News: Celebrating the Hard Stuff," Chicagoland Writing Center Conference. DePaul University. Chicago, IL, February 2010.

"Talking in Another Middle." Writing Lab Newsletter, September 2007.

"WCOnline: A Review." Writing Lab Newsletter, January 2005.