Our two writing consultants, Jordana Garbati, PhD and James Southworth, PhD, supervise the tutoring program at the Writing Centre, conduct in-class writing workshops, and meet with graduate students to develop their writing and ideas.
Our skilled team of undergraduate and graduate student tutors provide writing feedback to students from all disciplines on a one-on-one basis.
Jordana Garbati began as the writing consultant at the Laurier Writing Centre in July 2013. She graduated with a BA (Hons.) with a specialization in French at York University and concurrently completed a BEd degree. She completed her MEd degree at Queen's and her PhD in Education with a focus on applied linguistics at The University of Western Ontario. She has taught students at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels in Ontario and abroad. Her teaching and research interests include English language learners, French as a second language, and writing. She is also an MBA candidate at Laurier.
- Garbati, J., & Samuels, B. (accepted, 2016). Analyzing stories from Canadian academic writing instructors: A collaborative autoethnography. Educational Studies.
- Garbati, J., & Rothschild, N. (2016). Lasting impact of study abroad experiences: A collaborative autoethnography. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 17(2).
- Garbati, J. (2015). Book review: Language & learning: An introduction for teaching, Canadian edition. Canadian Journal of Education, 38(4), 1-3.
- Garbati, J. F., & Mady, C. (2015). Oral skill development in second languages: A review in search of best practices. Theory and Practice in Language Studies, 5(9), 1763-1770.
- Garbati, J., McDonald, K., Meaning, L., Samuels, B., & Scurr, C. (2015). Writing assignments and instruction at Ontario's publicly funded universities: A view from three disciplines. Toronto, ON: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
- Garbati, J. F., & Samuels, B.* (2013). Publishing in educational research journals: Are graduate students participating? Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 44(4), 355-372.
Authors listed in alphabetical order.
James Southworth began as a writing consultant at the Laurier Writing Centre in June of 2015. He completed his PhD at the University of Western Ontario in 2014 with an expertise in moral psychology and ethics. While at Western, James taught courses in the Philosophy department, and was an instructor for the Teaching Assistant Training Program at the Teaching Support Centre. During the 2014-15 academic year, James was a learning strategist at Georgian College.
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- Southworth, J. (2016). “The Passional Nature and the Will to Believe,” Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society: A Quarterly Journal in American Philosophy, 52(1), 62-78.
- Southworth, J. (2014). "William James' Theory of Emotion," Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. Paper 2315.
- Southworth, J. (2013). Commentary: “Can Morally Disvalued Traits Constitute the Symptoms of a Mental Disorder?” Philosophy, Psychiatry & Psychology, 20(3), 221-223.
- Southworth, J. (2012). “Capabilities and the Environment Frontier” Hawa, B., & Weidtmann, N. (eds.), The Capability Approach on Social Order, LIT Verlag, Münster, 380-385.
Writing and Study Skills Services at Laurier’s Brantford campus has two professional staff members, Jenna Olender, manager, and Karley Doucette, writing and learning support coordinator, who both provide in-class and general campus workshops and specialized writing and learning support.
Jenna meets with graduating and graduate students to help them enhance their academic and writing skills, and Karley provides specialized learning and writing support for English language learners, students struggling academically, and for students referred for learning strategy consultations. In addition, Jenna and Karley oversee the facilitated study group, peer mentor, and peer language support programs for the campus.
Throughout the fall and winter terms, our team of peer mentors will be available to meet with you to help with writing and study skills.
I have a varied educational background, which has helped me work with students across all our programs at Laurier Brantford. In Writing and Study Skills Services, we support student learning and writing in and across the disciplines. My undergraduate studies were interdisciplinary, and my graduate studies focus on qualitative research.
I have recently completed the Leadership in Higher Education certificate program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where I am now completing my doctorate in Higher Education. My areas of research interest include student development, academic and student affairs collaboration, and organizational assessment.
Through my own studies and in my day-to-day work in Writing and Study Skills Services, I'm dedicated to exploring and developing new ways to engage and support student learning at Laurier Brantford.
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Selected Conference Presentations
- Jenna Olender and Michael Lisetto-Smith. 2016. “Diversity Inside and Out? The Practice of Peer Learning for Social Justice in the Canadian Context.” Association for Learning Development in Higher Education (ALDinHE) Conference, Heriott-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
- Michael Lisetto-Smith and Jenna Olender. 2015. “Being an Effective Online Learner: Developing Interactive Online Learning Support Modules from Idea to Impact.” Learning Specialists Association of Canada (LSAC), Eastern Regional Conference, Ryerson University.
- Jenna Olender with Debra Langan. 2014. “Partners in Professionalization: Supporting Graduate Students’ Skills Development.” Integrated and Engaged Learning Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University.
- Jenna Olender, Gary Warrick, Judy Eaton, and Irene Tencinger. 2014. “Using First-Year Writing-Intensive Courses to Build Better Skills in Context.” Integrated and Engaged Learning Conference, Wilfrid Laurier University.
- December 2012. "Designed for Success: A Research Update on Scaffolding Support for First-Year Research Papers" with Gary Warrick and Irene Tencinger, Learning Specialist Association of Canada (LSAC) Eastern Regional Conference, University of Toronto.
- May 2011. "Helping Aboriginal Students Succeed in a New Context for Writing" with Christina Michener, Alana Rudrum, and Elizabeth Baisley, Canadian Association for Studies in Discourse and Writing (CASDW) Conference at Congress 2011, University of New Brunswick.
I have 10 years of experience working in education. My love of language, research and writing led me to complete a Bachelor of Journalism degree, as well as a Bachelor of Education with a specialization in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL). I am currently completing a Master of Arts in Social Justice and Community Engagement.
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