Subtitle LGBTQA Writing Center Directors Navigate the Workplace
Publisher University Press of Colorado
EAN/ISBN 978-1-64642-148-0
Release Date November 2021
Author Travis Webster

“An incredibly valuable contribution to the field. Queerly Centered illuminates ways in which all writing center professionals—regardless of their sexuality—might engage in educational missions at their institutions with an eye toward diversity, equity, and inclusion.”
—Liliana Naydan, Penn State Abington

“A valuable contribution to the field vis-à-vis calling attention to capital, labor, activism, and taxing as it pertains to queer bodies and a great contribution for writing center consultants and administrators.”
—Romeo Garcia, University of Utah

Queerly Centered explores writing center administration and queer identity, showcasing LGBTQA labor undertaken but not previously acknowledged or documented in the field’s research. Drawing from interviews with twenty queer writing center directors, Travis Webster examines the lived experiences of queer people leading writing centers, the promise and occasional peril of this work, and the disciplinary implications of such work for writing center administration, research, and praxis. Focused on directors’ queer histories, administrative activisms, and on-the-job tensions, this study both connects to and departs from oft-referenced lenses, such as emotional and invisible labor, for understanding work in higher education. The first book-length project that exclusively bridges writing centers and LGBTQA studies, Queerly Centered is for researchers, administrators, educators, and practitioners of all orientations and backgrounds in writing center and writing program administration, rhetoric and composition, and higher education administration.