Matt Gilchrist

Advisory Board Member, Latham Science Engagement Initiative
MFA in Creative Writing, University of Iowa
162 EPB

Prior to joining the Rhetoric faculty as a lecturer in 2011, Matt served six years as the assistant director of the University of Iowa Writing Center where he served as acting director in 2008 and 2014. He earned his MFA in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2004. His scholarly interests include writing center pedagogy, online writing instruction, collaborative writing, socio-cultural approaches to literacy education, writing program administration, and creative writing in diverse contexts.

Matt focuses on public engagement through his teaching and volunteering.  Students in Matt’s classes have partnered in service-learning projects with the Johnson County Crisis Center, Children of Promise, the Rape Victim Advocacy Program, University of Iowa Child Life Services, the Iowa Youth Writing Project, and the Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities. Matt has led and co-led creative writing workshops for teens in the Iowa City Public Library, for incarcerated men in the Iowa Medical and Classification Center, for people experiencing barriers to stability in the Iowa City Shelter House, and for university students interested in informal writing peer support in the Writing Center.

Matt regularly presents scholarship at regional, national, and international conferences including most recently at the Midwest Writing Centers Association, the International Writing Centers Association, the Conference on College Composition and Communication, and Computers and Writing. He is a founding member of the Online Writing Centers Consortium. He recently served on the board of the International Writing Centers Association.