Writing Center Co-director Nancy Linh Karls wins Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Leadership

The superb work of Nancy Linh Karls has improved the quality of writing of students, faculty and staff at all levels of the university. Far beyond campus, she’s made a profound impact through community outreach.

Karls has been part of the core leadership team of The Writing Center and its Writing Across the Curriculum program for 17 years, serving as co-director of both since 2019. Tireless and upbeat, Karls has helped institute best practices in multilingualism and multiculturalism while greatly bolstering the acclaimed center’s staffing and offerings.

Drawing special praise is her longtime leadership of two efforts within The Writing Center, the popular Dissertation Writing Camp for graduate students and the Madison Writing Assistance program. The latter provides free, weekly, one-to-one writing assistance to Madison-area residents at local libraries and neighborhood centers — truly the Wisconsin Idea in action.