Associate Professor and Director of the Writing Studio
Telephone: 212 217-3062
227 W. 27th Street
New York City 10001-5992
PhD, Composition and TESOL, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2010
MA, Rhetoric and Composition, Colorado State University, 2004
BA, English Language and Literature, University of Kansas, 2002
Message to the FIT Community
All members of the FIT community are invited to collaborate with the Writing Studio.
The main objective for the Writing Studio is to be an inviting and productive space
for teaching, learning, and writing. The Studio works toward this goal through the
peer-tutoring model, which creates a learning environment that fosters growth for
both student writing consultants and writers.
Since the Writing Studio is strongly committed to collaboration, building and fostering
strong relationships with faculty members across the disciplines and in the various
programs offered at FIT is important. Such relationships offer the faculty, and FIT
students, the best opportunities for teaching and learning in a cross-curricular effort
focused on student success in learning, thinking, and writing.
Peer Tutoring in Writing, Writing Center Theory and Practice, Collaborative and Co-Learning,
Undergraduate Research, Composition Theory and Pedagogy
Brian is the founding director of FIT's writing center program, the Writing Studio.
Since 2008, the number of students and faculty using the Studio has grown dramatically,
the tutoring staff has grown from nine to 25 peer tutors, and the administrative staff
now includes an Associate Director and Administrative Assistant. In addition, he has
taught basic writing, college writing, creative non-fiction, and research courses
in FIT's Educational Skills Department, English and Speech Department, and Sustainable
Interior Environments Graduate Program. He currently teaches an undergraduate research
course, the Presidential Scholars Senior Seminar, which he designed for FIT's Honors
Brian's scholarly work focuses on peer tutors' experiences as learners and teachers.
He writes and speaks on empathy, listening, and confidence as key components to any
tutoring situation. Inspired by Ken Bruffee, Harvey Kail, and John Trimbur, Brian's
work revisit how the social dynamics of peer tutoring in writing influences current
writing center epistemology and pedagogy. His most recent research project investigates
the history of the National Conference in Peer Tutoring in Writing as a forum for
undergraduate research and involvement in scholarly activity.
Brian served as co-chair of the International Writing Centers Association/National
Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing 2014 joint conference held at Disney's Coronado
Springs Resort, October 30 - November 1, 2014. He serves as the president of the NYC
Metropolitan Affiliate of the Council of Writing Program Administrators and the treasurer
of the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing (NCPTW). In addition to his
post as NCPTW treasurer, he has been an active member of the NCPTW steering committee
as both a webmaster and conference organizer since 2002. He was a leader at the 2012
and 2013 International Writing Center Association's (IWCA) Summer Institute for Writing
Center Directors and Professionals and has been invited to speak on writing center
work at a number of events and campuses in the NYC area and across the country.
In addition to being an invited speaker at such events, Brian has delivered papers
and presentations at a number of international and domestic conferences. As co-host
of the 2012 SUNY Council on Writing conference, he helped demonstrate FIT's commitment
to teaching writing to an audience of writing scholars and teachers from the SUNY
system and beyond. In fall 2011, he delivered the keynote address at the NCPTW meeting
in Miami at Florida International University. A copy of his 2011 keynote address was
recently published in Fitzgerald and Ianetta's The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors. Just recently, he delivered the keynote address at the 2017 SUNY Council on Writing
conference in Syracuse, NY at Onondaga Community College. Brian received the 2010
Ron Maxwell Award for distinguished leadership in promoting the collaborative learning
practices of peer tutors in writing and co-won the 2007 IWCA scholarship award for
an outstanding article. He is also a 2017 recipient of the SUNY Chancellor's Award
for Excellence in Professional Service. Brian is a member of the IWCA, NCPTW, Council
of Writing Program Administrators, National Council of Teachers of English, and National