Due to “always on” culture and the many personal and professional obligations facing faculty, setting aside time for scholarship writing is becoming more challenging. The Writing Group at Muhlenberg College offers writing and professional development support to faculty as they work toward their scholarship goals. This grassroots group was conceived by a small group of faculty members in the fall of 2015, with the formal establishment of an Ad Hoc committee in 2020. More information about events, support, and resources are provided below.
Events and Support
These bi-weekly events offer a space for faculty to set and work toward their scholarship goals in a supportive environment. Participants meet (either in person or virtually) to set their goals for the event, write individually for a designated period of time (anywhere from 15 minutes to 4 hours), and then reconvene to discuss their progress and future plans. Those present often discuss strategies for dedicating time to scholarship during the semester and overall tips for productivity, balance, and well-being. These events are a great way to increase scholarship productivity by encouraging faculty to set aside time for scholarship and providing a mechanism for accountability.
Shortly after the semester ends, a multi-day Writing Retreat is sometimes offered in which faculty write for ~2-5 days in a row. This event is structured like the Writing Retreats described above, only with full-days instead of half-days.
In addition to Writing Retreats, we offer support through Google Chat for faculty to set their goals and discuss their progress on a more regular basis. Those interested in joining the Chat should contact Tineke D’Haeseleer.
If you are interested in receiving additional support, you can sign up to be part of a Writing Triangle here. This would provide additional flexibility with scheduling writing sessions, setting goals, and encouraging one another. We will do our best to group you with those who have similar schedules, communication preferences, etc.
Look for event updates and writing/productivity tips on our Twitter page @BergWriters. If you are interested in getting more frequent email updates, sign up for our writing list here.
Ad Hoc Committee
Sherri Young, Associate Professor (Chemistry)
Tineke D’Haeseleer, Assistant Professor (History)
Mirna Trauger, Assistant Professor (Languages, Literatures, and Cultures)
Kate Richmond, Professor (Psychology)
*If you have ideas for other events, please contact one of the Ad Hoc committee members.