Conversations & Writing Workshops

Creating and Sustaining Writing Groups. Thursday, September 7, 1:30-3:00 in Perkins 218.  How can writing groups help you advance your scholarship during the academic year?  Faculty who’ve participated in writing groups will share their own motivations, successes, and strategies.  Participants will (1) Learn about different types of writing groups; (2) Identify which type of writing group may work best for them; (3) Learn how to join existing groups or start their own.

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


Balancing Teaching and Scholarly Productivity. Thursday, November 2, 1:30-3:00. Perkins 217Teaching takes time and energy, two of our most precious and limited resources. In this workshop, we will discuss how to direct your time and energy to promote learning while also making time for your other responsibilities (especially writing). Participants will: (1) Track how they are spending their time and energy on teaching; (2) Assess the effectiveness of these choices for student learning; (3) Discover principles and strategies that enhance efficiency and learning. Workshop leader: Dr. Monique Dufour, an award- winning teacher with extensive experience in faculty development. Space is limited. RSVP to


Integrating Research and Teaching.  Friday, January 19, 12-1:30.  Rubenstein 153.  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

Leslie Schiff is a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Associate Dean for University Curriculum at the University of Minnesota. Julie Reynolds is an Associate Professor of the Practice in Biology at Duke University. She leads the $3 million NSF funded project Collaborative Research: Accelerating the pace of research and implementation of Writing-to-Learn pedagogies across STEM disciplines.

Teaching as Public Scholarship. Thursday, March 1, 1:30-3:00. Forum for Scholars and Publics.  How can faculty take their ideas about teaching into public domains? What are our responsibilities and opportunities for doing so? Join a discussion with faculty who have published in Inside Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Ed, Change Magazine, and other higher ed outlets. Participants will identify strategies for writing about their own teaching, generate possible topics, and learn how to select publication outlets for their work.

This series is co-sponsored by the Center for Instructional Technology  and the Language, Arts and Media Program

Workshops to support faculty writing 

  • Developing a semester writing plan
  • Overcoming writing blocks
  • How to collaborate effectively
  • Cultivating readers for your work
  • Creating and sustaining writing groups
  • Making space for writing as a teacher/administrator
  • Revising your writing space
  • Supporting graduate students as writers

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