Thursday, December 20, 2018

[261] University Writing Center’s director in spotlight on ‘MTSU On the Record’

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. —The professor in charge of one of the university’s most widely used learning resources will be the guest on the next “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

Host Gina Logue’s interview with Erica Cirillo-McCarthy, an English professor and director of the University Writing Center, will air from 9:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 25, and from 6 to 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, on WMOT-FM and

Since students must write papers in practically every class they take, the center is an essential aid to students with questions and concerns. Located in Room 362 of the James E. Walker Library, the center provides students one-on-one tutoring sessions with writing consultants by appointment. 

“We see writing as a social act,” Cirillo-McCarthy said. “Even though you might write, say, at 2 a.m. in your dorm room, at the end of the day, your writing is for an audience. So why not start that relationship, that partnership with someone who can act as an interested audience? And that’s what tutors do.”

The center’s personnel also engage in outreach services to local schools and compiles and edits “Off Center: A Creative Magazine for the MTSU Community.” The latest edition is at​.

Cirillo-McCarthy took over directorship of the center in fall 2018. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Florida Atlantic University in 2003 and 2006, respectively, and her doctorate from the University of Arizona in 2012.

To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, go to

For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800. 

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