Chapter 2 “We’ll Do Whate’er We List”

Growing, Creating, and Writing Together as Faculty of Difference

In: Critical Collaborative Communities

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Through a serendipitous discovery six years ago, we came together to create a collaborative writing partnership that transformed how we work, how we feel about that work, and the directions that work has taken. Before joining forces, we had individual trajectories as a literary scholar of the nineteenth century and as a cognitive psychologist, and we successfully negotiated tenure journeys despite the obstacles facing us as women faculty of difference (Latinx and LGBTQ). Together we pursued a professional development opportunity to explore cross-disciplinary investigations of affect. In this chapter, we share our origin story, position collaborative writing as a place of strength and growth for faculty of difference and share specific suggestions for how to make collaborative writing work in an academic setting with high teaching, research, and service demands. We explore how collaborative writing partnerships can foster self-care and care for each other and keep us focused, energized, and authentically engaged. Overall, we convey both practical nuts and bolts about increasing scholarly output through a writing collaboration and capture the sense of agency, passion, and humor that collaborative writing can provide.

Critical Collaborative Communities

Academic Writing Partnerships, Groups, and Retreats



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