Faculty Writing Residency

About the Residency

Since 2006, this annual four day writing retreat has catalyzed faculty writing about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Participants meet off-campus for four consecutive days at the start of the summer to write and to exchange feedback on drafts. Balancing dedicated time for faculty writing with small group feedback on drafts, these intensive summer retreats help faculty make the crucial, and often difficult, step of going public with their SoTL research.

Pen and NotebookWe welcome applications from faculty writers at any stage of their writing projects—from beginning ideas to completed drafts. Applicants, however, must be available for all four days to focus on their writing and must be working on projects that they can further develop through the residency activities (dedicated time/space for writing and daily feedback from colleagues).

Residency participants meet daily at Timberlake Farms, a local environmental education foundation. This serene setting offers a nature preserve with walking trails, a “treehouse” with three comfortable small-group spaces spread across two levels, porches and a picturesque view of a pond. While this setting is deep in the woods, Timberlake Farms is only 20 miles from campus and is easy to reach on local highways. There are modern bathroom facilities and a full kitchen. Timberlake works with a local caterer to provide coffee, tea and pastries for the morning and lunches at mid-day.

The 2014 Writing Residency is scheduled for June 2-5, 2014. Applications are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 4, 2014.

For more information about the residency, contact Peter Felten or Deandra Little.

Residency Outcomes

To date, approximately 60% of Faculty Writing Residency participants have published their residency projects in peer-reviewed publications. (Faculty looking for publication venues for their SoTL projects can review this list of SoTL Journals.) Beyond publication outcomes, the residencies have helped faculty fine-tune their writing habits, connected colleagues from across campus for ongoing writing groups, and inspired participants’ renewed motivation to pursue SoTL research agendas.

Past participants have said:

  • “I was astounded at how rich and helpful the feedback was – not just from the facilitator, but from each group member. My progress was so accelerated!”
  • “The writing residency helped by providing a quiet and peaceful place to draft and positive peer pressure to produce each day.”

Sample publications by Writing Residency participants:

Note to Writing Residency Alumni: We love celebrating your accomplishments. Please email us your citations so that we can add them to this list.