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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
April 24, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Boba Samuels

Manager, Writing Centre

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3869

Office Location: DAWB 1-102
Office Hours: 8:30 - 4:30
Academic Background
BA (Hons) Psychology (University of Western Ontario); PhD (ABD), Education (University of Western Ontario)

As manager of Laurier's Writing Centre, my primary responsibilities are to create, conduct, and evaluate writing programs that help all Laurier students write more effectively in academic and professional settings, and to provide Laurier faculty with support for writing instruction in their disciplines.  My goal is to encourage the participation of students, faculty, and staff in developing writing excellence.

At the writing centre, our work draws on research from writing studies, education, psychology, and applied linguistics.  My doctoral work explores how undergraduate students learn to write in the disciplines, specifically in anthropology.  Current studies at the writing centre include a collaborative, cross-Canada SSHRC-funded project exploring university writing assignments in the Faculty of Science, and we have just completed a HEQCO-funded study of our on-line Assignment Planner.

Prior to coming to Laurier in 2010, I had the pleasure of working in writing centres tutoring students and teaching several writing courses, including ESL writing, rhetoric and exposition, and oral discourse, at Western University.

Additional Information

My publications:

Garbati, J. F., & Samuels, B.* (2013). Publishing in educational research journals: Are graduate
students participating? Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 44(4), 355-372.

Garbati, J., & Samuels, B.* (August 22, 2012). Reflections on mentorship. University Affairs. Available

Klein, P.D. & Samuels, B.M. (2010). Learning about plate tectonics through argument writing.  Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 56, 196-217.

*Graves, R., Hyland, T., & Samuels, B.M. (2010). Undergraduate writing assignments: An analysis of syllabi at one Canadian college.  Written Communication, 27 (3), 293-317.

Samuels, B.M. (2009). Can the differences between education and neuroscience be overcome by Mind, Brain, and Education? Mind, Brain, and Education 3(1), 45-55.

* Authors listed in alphabetic order.