Tyler Gardner graduated from BYU with a BA in English and a whole lot of questions—questions that propelled him through an MA at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and a PhD in English at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a Mellon Fellow in Religion. Along the way, he stumbled into a campus writing center and discovered the unparalleled thrill of collaborating with peers on how to effectively approach questions and communicate potential answers. His enthusiasm for this magic space led him to pursue opportunities in writing center administration, most recently at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and now in the BYU Research & Writing Center. Originally from Southern California, he lives in Provo with his family and enjoys sunshine, water sports, and conversation.
As a writing center practitioner, my research centers on collaborative learning and effective peer-to-peer writing support. As a scholar, I am interested in the way writing shapes reality. My past work has concentrated on American literature and culture, particularly the religious and secular metanarratives of the nineteenth century.
Teaching students at Notre Dame, Indiana University-South Bend, Holy Cross College, Cal Poly, and now BYU, I have relished the opportunity to create space where people from disparate disciplines with different backgrounds, identities, and abilities can gather to explore and exchange ideas. In the Research & Writing Center, I work with a talented team of students and administrators who are focused on curating such a space for students to collaborate with peers on their writing projects.