skip to con tent

In this section

Brian Fallon, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of the Writing & Speaking Studio

Office location: Feldman C612Brian Fallon, Director of the Writing and Speaking Studio
Telephone: 212 217-3062
Email address:[email protected]
Brian Fallon's CV

Mailing Address

Feldman C612
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 & Speaking Studio. The main objective for the Writing & Speaking 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 & Speaking 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.

Academic Interests
Collaborative and Co-Learning, Peer Tutoring in Writing, Writing Center Theory and Practice, Undergraduate Research, Composition Theory and Pedagogy
Brian is the founding director of FIT's writing center program, the Writing & Speaking 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, Social Sciences, and Sustainable Interior Environments Graduate Program. He currently teaches an undergraduate research course, the Presidential Scholars Senior Seminar, which he developed for FIT's Honors College Program.
His 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. Brian's work reflects on the social and political dynamics of peer tutoring in writing, especially as influenced by current writing center epistemology and pedagogy. His most recent research project involved the writing and language centers in Germany and their role in educating refugee students.  Along with co-editor Lindsay A. Sabatino, his edited collection Multimodal Composing: Strategies for 21st Writing Center Work is due out later this year from Utah State University Press.
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. 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.  
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. Brian has delivered papers and presentations at a number of international and domestic conferences. 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 published in Fitzgerald and Ianetta's (2015) The Oxford Guide for Writing Tutors. Just recently, he delivered the keynote address at the 2018 Mississippi Writing Centers Association conference and the 2017 SUNY Council on Writing conference.
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 Education Association.