Briefing: Faculty Write program events for Spring and Summer

February 7, 2018

The Faculty Write Program helps advance faculty as writers through workshops, retreats, research, and faculty learning communities. Please visit the website for more information:

Spring Events

Writing Lives & Teaching Lives Series: How Faculty Integrate Scholarship and Teaching

Getting Personal and Going Public: A Process for Writing from Your Teaching and Academic Work.

  • Thursday, March 1, 1:30-3:00
  • Forum for Scholars and Publics, Old Chem 011

The work we do is rich with narratives which can help us better understand our students and ourselves as our practices evolve. Those narratives are also worth sharing with wider publics inside the academy and beyond. How can faculty take their ideas about teaching into public domains? What are our responsibilities and opportunities for doing so? Join a discussion with novelist, columnist, humorist, and Inside Higher Ed writer John Warner. In this interactive session, we’ll explore the process of translating life and work into stories and scholarship.

Integrating Research and Teaching

  • Friday, April 13, 12-1:15
  • Perkins 217

How do research faculty make the turn to studying their teaching? Join a discussion with Professor Leslie Schiff and Professor Julie Reynolds about their National Science Foundation-funded research into teaching in STEM disciplines. Drs. Schiff and Reynolds will discuss their collaboration on the grant, how their own research has informed their teaching, and why they study teaching and learning in their fields. Participants will (1) learn strategies to integrate their research and teaching roles; (2) understand motivations for engaging in scholarship about teaching; (3) identify possible pathways for their own work as teacher/scholars and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to

This series is co-sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, Learning Innovation, Duke History Department, and the Language, Arts and Media Program.

Faculty Writing Groups

Make space for your own scholarship during the week by writing alongside other faculty in write-on-site writing groups. Bring any materials you will need to work on your project. Contact the lead conveners for more information.

  • Mondays 9-11:30am on the mezzanine (6th floor) of Environment Hall. Indoor and outdoor writing spaces. Convener: Dori Canelas (Chemistry),
  • Tuesdays 9-11:30 in Perkins 413. Convener: Magda Silva (Romance Studies),

Annual Scholarly Writing Retreat

  • May 21-24
  • 9am-4pm
  • King’s Daughters Inn in Durham, NC

Want to jump start your summer writing? Interested in learning how to be a more productive and engaged writer this summer? Would you benefit from writing and learning alongside others who also are committed to making progress on a scholarly writing project? Each day of this four-day scholarly writing retreat includes both hands-on workshops and time to write independently in a comfortable, relaxed space. Learn practical skills about productive writing habits, make progress on a writing project, and participate in a writing community.

Participants should plan to work on one specific project during the week. Cost: $250. Registration information is online. Space is limited to 25 participants.

Learn more about faculty experiences in the summer retreat in the Duke Today article: At summer retreat, faculty brush up on their writing.

Faculty Write is an initiative of the Thompson Writing Program. For more information, contact Faculty Write Director Jennifer Ahern-Dodson (