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Brian Fallon, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of the Writing Studio


Office location: Feldman C612Brian Fallon, Director of the Writing Studio
Telephone: 212 217-3062
E-mail address: brian_fallon@fitnyc.edu

View Brian Fallon's CV (PDF)

Mailing Address
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, Room C612
New York City 10001-5992

Education
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.

Academic Interests
Peer Tutoring in Writing, Writing Center Theory and Practice, Collaborative and Co-Learning, 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 writing courses in FIT's Educational Skills Department, English and Speech Department, and Sustainable Interior Environments Graduate Program. 

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. 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 a member of the IWCA, NCPTW, Council of Writing Program Administrators, National Council of Teachers of English, and National Education Association.

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