Inside Higher Ed: A Research Group of One’s Own

English novelist and essayist Virginia Woolf famously declared that a productive writing career required “a room of one’s own” and observed that historically women lacked such a room (as well as the uninterrupted time to use it).

Women academics may have the literal room but often lack room in their schedule because they tend to take on more service roles than men and spend less time on research, as reported in Inside Higher Ed.

However, women at Texas Tech and Indiana University are making room for research with faculty writing groups, which have been so productive that there has been a request for co-ed groups as well.

Details here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2016/07/01/encouraging-female-faculty-publish-research

Midsummer Writing Advice

Kerry Ann Rockquemore, Ph.D., president of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity and columnist for Inside Higher Ed, observes that we are at summer’s mid-point and advises those who have so far not made progress on their writing projects:

  1. Forgive yourself.
  2. Commit to a 14-day challenge.
  3. Pick one goal for those 14 days.
  4. Turn off all distractions and set a timer.
  5. Don’t go it alone.

Her essay is on line, open access: https://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2016/07/06/advice-how-get-yourself-out-writing-rut-essay