Melissa Keith Receives 2021 Maxwell Award


The National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing’s Ron Maxwell Award Committee is delighted to announce that Melissa Keith, Writing Center Director at Boise State University, has been selected as the 2021 recipient of the Ron Maxwell Leadership Award.

Melissa Keith

The NCPTW Ron Maxwell Leadership Award is given annually to a professional in the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW) organization who has contributed with distinction to undergraduate student development through promoting collaborative learning among peer tutors in writing. The award recognizes an individual for dedication to and leadership in collaborative learning within writing centers, for aiding students in taking on more responsibility together for their learning, and thus for promoting the work of peer tutors. Its presentation also denotes extraordinary service to the evolution of the NCPTW.

Melissa Keith’s nominators highlighted the many ways Melissa supports and mentors undergraduates and graduate student peer writing tutors, in particular how Melissa champions their voices, encourages them to approach their work collaboratively, and facilitates their contributions to the field of writing center studies. The Ron Maxwell Award Committee also noted Melissa’s drive to take care of the business end of things so that Melissa’s team of writing tutors can focus on their work—facilitating student writing development, planning and conducting research on writing centers, sharing their work at conferences, and developing ethical leadership habits.

More information about the NCPTW and the Ron Maxwell Leadership Award can be found at https://thencptw.org/index.php/maxwell-award/ .