After 6 years as Writing Lab Coordinator, Paul Kratwell is leaving the position he loves to pursue a PhD in English at the University of Oregon.
Kratwell’s contract at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point ends in late June. He is excited about the opportunity to not only work towards his PhD, but serve as a teaching assistant at the University of Oregon.
Kratwell admits that leaving his current position will be difficult because of the good relationships he has with his students and colleagues. As the writing lab coordinator, Kratwell oversees about 50 writing lab consultants, works with interns and has been able to present at various conferences.
“It’s been a great six years here and it’s going to be really painful to leave. There is just this next thing in my life that I want to accomplish,” Kratwell said.
Kratwell said he will miss his student employees the most when he leaves. He feels that he has recruited the best students on campus to work in the Tutoring and Learning Center.
Trisha Lamers is the director of the TLC. She explains it will be tough to see him go.
“I am sad that he is leaving, but I am happy for him. He has always wanted to be an English professor and now he is on his way,” Lamers said.
Jordan Straight, senior history major, is a writing lab consultant in the TLC. Straight has been working there for almost three years.
“Paul is definitely one of the biggest reasons that there is such a nice and welcoming environment down here. He is very approachable for his employees and his door is always open,” Straight said.
Straight said that Kratwell is extremely passionate about his position and treats all of his employees with respect. She admits that leaving the university will be difficult for him because of all of the hard work he has put into his job.
“I think Paul is such a staple of working down here. Him being gone will have a big impact, it’s going to be quite a change down here,” Straight said.
Even though Kratwell is leaving, Straight is optimistic about the person who will be chosen to replace him.
“The future of the writing lab depends on who gets hired, what they envision and what we discuss and put into motion,” Straight said.