Ron Martinez is the Faculty Writing Coach at the Center for Faculty Excellence at the University of Oklahoma.

Dr. Martinez has lectured on subjects related to vocabulary and writing at several universities, including the University of Oxford and UC Berkeley, and his current research interests center on English for Research Publication Purposes (ERPP), as well as English Medium Instruction (EMI). He is the founder of Brazil's first postgraduate-focused writing center, located at the Federal University of Parana, and currently coordinates the new Academic Writing and Research Development (AWARD) program supported by the US Embassy and the state science and technology funding agency SETI in Brazil. Under the U.S. Department of State's English Language Specialist Program, in 2020-2021, Dr. Martinez was invited to create and deliver a program for Russian academic writing programs called "Teaching Genre in the Writing Center." Now at the University of Arkansas, Ron is working on implementing new writing for research publication support programs for international students.

Round-table discussion

The Role of Writing Centers in Developing Academic Literacy

Date – Fri, November 17, 2023
Time -17:00 Moscow time
Participants: Elena Bazanova, Ron Martinez, Irina Korotkina, Andressa C. Molinari, Valeria Evdash, Evgenia Khabirova, Inga Zashikhina, Yulia Ryabukhina, Natalia Popova
Moderator – Svetlana Suchkova

The round-table discussion aims to provide a space for sharing best practices of assisting non-native writers in their academic writing endeavors. We have invited writing center directors and staff to discuss common challenges and possible solutions for the issues arising at educational, institutional, regional, and global levels.

The questions for the discussion are:
· What role do writing centers play at the university/community? What helps them to maintain/sustain their activities? How have the policies changed now, if they have?
· How can we measure the impact and effectiveness of the writing center's programs and services? What best practices are worth sharing with global writing center folks?
· What challenges do centers experience, and how do they cope with them?
· What major challenges do writing centers’ clients face? What requests do they voice, and how do the centers cater to those requests?
· How do we envision potential global collaboration between centers?

If you join the discussion, you will learn about a variety of services the centers offer, listen to unique success stories and case studies that highlight positive outcomes of the centers’ work, and ask questions that interest you. Mark the event in your calendars.