Kenneth Bruffee

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Kenneth Bruffee is an American Writing Center administrator and a professor emeritus in the department of English at Brooklyn College.


He published the first peer tutoring handbook, A Short Course in Writing, in 1972.[1] He established the field of Writing Centers and peer tutoring's place in university administration at Brooklyn College in conjunction with administrators at other New York colleges. The rise of Writing Centers were necessitated by a growing population of students who were unprepared for college writing.[2] In 1979, Bruffee and colleagues founded the Brooklyn College Institute for Training Peer Tutors, which trained peer tutors and encouraged the development of Writing Centers and Writing Labs.[3]

In 2007, Bruffee gave the keynote address at the 25th National Conference on Peer Tutoring and Writing.[4] In 2008, the Writing Center Journal issued a special issue on Kenneth Bruffee and the Brooklyn Plan.[5]

According to Brooklyn College, Bruffee is a "graduate of Wesleyan University with a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University, he has taught at the University of New Mexico, Northwestern University, the University of Virginia, Columbia University, Cooper Union, and the University of Pennsylvania."[6]


  1. ^ Kail, Harvey (2008). "From the Guest Editor". Writing Center Journal 28 (2): 3–4. 
  2. ^ Sterling, Richard (2008). "Bruffee and the CUNY Circle". Writing Center Journal 28 (2): 19–24. 
  3. ^ Kail, Harvey (2008). "Innovation and Repetition: The Brooklyn College Summer Institute in Training Peer Writing Tutors 25 Years Later". Writing Center Journal 28 (2): 43–51. 
  4. ^ Maxwell, Ron (2008). "Kenneth Bruffee and the National Conference on Peer Tutoring in Writing". Writing Center Journal 28 (2): 11–18. 
  5. ^ IWCA Web Editor (Oct 6, 2008). "Writing Center Journal Special Issue on Kenneth Bruffee and Collaborative Learning". Retrieved January 17, 2009. 
  6. ^ Bruffee, Brooklyn College. Retrieved 11 August 2012.

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