Chapter 7 Faculty Writing Groups

A Tool for Providing Support, Community, and Accountability at Mid-Career

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Laura Plummer
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Eliza Pavalko
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Abstract

Indiana University began its Faculty Writing Groups to address the gendered and midcareer challenges felt by many women on research campuses. Our goal was to provide support, community, and accountability. The program has been an unmitigated success; it now is gender-inclusive and comprises 250 faculty from over 60 departments, drawing writers from all academic ranks and offering leadership positions to 15 midcareer women. Participants indicate increases in productivity, greater satisfaction with their writing agenda, and deeper affinity with colleagues and campus alike. This chapter describes the program structures while indicating its versatility and scalability for adoption at other universities.

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Mid-Career Faculty

Trends, Barriers, and Possibilities

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