Inside Higher Ed: Why Aren’t You Writing?

In a continuing series in Inside Higher Ed by Kerry Ann Rockquemore to foster faculty writing, this week’s installment “Why Aren’t You Writing?” distills the considerable evidence base established by Joseph Ferrari and his colleagues in procrastination studies and Robert Boice and others on faculty productivity.

In this week’s installment, Rockquemore asks you to consider if you are burdened by one or more of seven errors:

Error 1: You haven’t set aside a specific time for your research.

Error 2: You’ve set aside the wrong time for writing.

Error 3: You have no idea how long writing tasks take.

Error 4: You think you have to do everything yourself.

Error 5: The tasks you have set out are too complex.

Error 6: You can’t remember what you have to do.

Error 7: Your space is disorganized.

The article “Why Aren’t You Writing?” is open access and available on line.


CFS: Women’s Health

WOMEN’S HEALTH & URBAN LIFE JOURNAL is looking for academic papers on any topic that relates to women’s mental and/or physical health. The journal accepts both quantitative and qualitative works. For submission guidelines, and for the earlier issues, please visit the free-access website at:

The journal continuously reviews and accepts papers, so there are no ‘rigid’ deadlines. Please send your manuscripts to Prof. Aysan Sev’er (general editor) at the following address: Aysan Sev’er, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, 1265 Military Trail, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, M1C 1A4

tel: 416-287-7296 fax: 416-287-7283 e-mail:

Rockquemore: Writing Every Day

In a continuing series published on line in Inside Higher Ed, Kerry Ann Rockquemore discusses obstacles to writing every day, including resistance driven by fear.

“Meet Your Bodyguard” is available on line.

This series of articles is recommended for novice writers or for writers who need to jump start a quiescent writing agenda.

CFS: J of Radiology Nursing

Nurse faculty, nurse educators, advance practice nurses and nurse clinicians are invited to submit manuscripts on professional issues or issues related to/or impacting the practice of radiology (imaging) nursing to the Journal of Radiology Nursing (JRN). JRN is the official peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Radiologic and Imaging Nursing and is published quarterly by Elsevier. JRN publishes original manuscripts, research, book and article reviews, nursing essays and other short communications. Query letters are welcome; send these to the editor Kathleen A. Gross, MSN, RN, BC, CRN, at .

For more information see  or to submit a manuscript to the Journal of Radiology Nursing go to .

Nurse in the House?

Writing in today’s New York Times op-ed pages, Theresa Brown calls for federal action to increase hiring of nurses:

Doctors can indeed be heroes. But when a patient takes a sudden turn for the worse, it’s the nurses who are usually the first to respond. Each patient has a specific nurse assigned to watch over him, and it is that nurse’s responsibility to react immediately in the event of an emergency.

That’s getting harder to do, though. Cost-cutting at hospitals often means fewer nurses, so the number of patients each nurse must care for increases, leading to countless unnecessary deaths. Unless Congress mandates a federal standard for nurse-patient ratios, those deaths will continue.

The essay, “Is There a Nurse in the House?” is available on line.

Brown, an oncology nurse, is a contributor to The Times’s “Well” blog and the author of Critical Care: A New Nurse Faces Death, Life and Everything In Between.

Rockquemore: Summer Writing

Kerry Ann Rockquemore writing recently in Inside Higher Ed discusses how to jump start your summer writing, including a frank assessment of what you need and what you need to do to make progress on your writing projects.

“No More Post-Summer Regret” discusses challenges and offers sound advice for developing a plan: Identify goals and tasks, develop a schedule, work on the tasks daily, and create support and accontability.

“Shut Up and Write” invites you to consider what you need, and it proposes that a writing group may provide you with the support and accountability required to overcome inertia and anxiety.

According to Robert Boice (1989) faculty writers frequently suffer from two maladaptive behaviors that inhibit their scholarly productivity: the belief that they need large amounts of uninterrupted time in order to accomplish writing (what Boice calls “bingeing”), and the concomitant belief that they are already too busy to “find” the time to write (what Boice calls “busyness”). Rockquemore offers a practical guide to overcome both maladaptive behaviors.


Boice, R. (1989). Procrastination, busyness and bingeing. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 27(6), 605-611.

CFP: Unite for Sight, Global Health

Unite for Sight Global Health & Innovation Conference

Presented by Unite For Sight, 8th Annual Conference Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, April 17, 2011

Unite For Sight’s must-attend, thought-leading conference convenes leaders, changemakers, and participants from all fields of global health, international development, and social entrepreneurship. The conference convenes 2,200 people from all 50 states and from 50 countries. Conference registration is now open. Register during June to secure the lowest registration rate. The registration rate increases after June. Interested in presenting at the conference? We have two types of presentation opportunities:

* Call For Abstracts: Do you have an abstract for oral or poster presentation? Submit your abstract for presentation. The first abstract deadline is August 15, 2010. Complete details are on the conference website.

* Call For Social Enterprise Pitches: Do you have an innovative idea or a new program in development? Submit your idea for presentation. Social enterprise pitches are accepted on a rolling application deadline, and the first quality pitches will be accepted for oral presentation. When the social enterprise pitch spots are filled to capacity, applications will no longer be accepted. See social enterprise pitch instructions on the conference website: