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Thursday, June 23 • 10:30 - 11:20
CON05.12 - Scholarly writing programs that improve writing and increase productivity

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Faculty—and increasingly, graduate students—work under intense pressure to publish. For faculty, scholarly productivity is the single best predictor of salaries regardless of institution type (Fairweather, 2005). Graduate students are also expected to produce large numbers of high-quality manuscripts (Aitchison, 2009). Nonetheless, scholarly productivity is elusive for many. Among faculty at four-year institutions, 28 percent of professors have not published a manuscript in the last two years (Eagan et al., 2014, p. 30). Low publication rates are also common for graduate students (Kamler, 2008) who have little knowledge about the process of academic writing and limited support for it (Lee & Aitchison, 2011; Humphrey & Simpson, 2012). Fortunately, educational developers can help without a big budget, a lot of time, or specially trained staff. Participants will hear an overview of three types of writing programs that double scholarly productivity: workshops, support groups and coaches. A review of studies where pre-post tests were available showed that each of these interventions improved publication rates at least two-fold (McGrail, Rickard, & Jones, 2006). Participants will also learn about a hybrid program that combines a four-hour workshop with writing support groups and some writing coaching. Preliminary results suggests that this particular program triples scholarly productivity and produces writing that is clearer, better organized, and more compelling (Gray, Madson and Jackson in progress). From the various models presented, participants will combine elements to propose a program to host on their home campuses and field questions about their proposal.

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Tara Gray

Tara Gray serves as associate professor of criminal justice and as founding director of the Teaching Academy at New Mexico State University (NMSU). Tara has presented faculty development workshops to 10,000 participants at more than 120 venues, in thirty-five of the United States, and in Canada, Thailand, Guatemala, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Michelle Jackson

Michelle Jackson is the Associate Director of Teaching and Learning at New Mexico State University’s Teaching Academy. Prior to NMSU, she earned her Ph.D. in language education while teaching Spanish at UT Austin and English at UT El Paso and Harvard University.

Thursday June 23, 2016 10:30 - 11:20
UCC 146

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