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How I Wrote My First Book

Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Nicole Elizabeth Barnes On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, historian Nicole Elizabeth Barnes joined the First Book Faculty Writing Group to talk about her experience writing her first book, Intimate Communities: Wartime Healthcare and the Birth of Modern China 1937-1945 (University of CA Press, 2018... Read More »

Whose Paper is it Anyway? A Discussion on Authorship

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
This article by Dosi Asist courtesy of Duke University School of Medicine. Authorship remains both a primary means for sharing scientific discovery and a primary currency for demonstrating an individual’s scientific contribution.  Consequently, deciding authorship has the... Read More »
Engaged Scholars Retreat

Building and Sustaining Momentum as Engaged Scholars

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
“As scholars, we often find ourselves being asked to separate teaching from scholarship from service,” says Dr. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Thompson Writing Program and founder of the Faculty Write Program. The reality, however, is that all of those... Read More »
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"How I Write": A Conversation with Engaged Scholars Emily Janke and Rebecca Dumlao

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
On November 9, 2018, Jennifer Ahern-Dodson spoke with Engaged Scholars Emily Janke and Rebecca Dumlao about their writing lives. Emily Janke is Associate Professor of the Peace and Conflict Studies department and Director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement at UNC... Read More »
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Constrained Thought and the Unexpected Merits of the Un-Conference

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
“What does it mean to write an informed opinion that does not include quotations or references?” This was the prompt, and the complaint, that I was posting about on my social media late on August 16, a day after my position paper was due for the conference Flow. Or rather, I should say, the un-... Read More »
John Warner Workshop

Writing about Teaching

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Six years ago, writing instructor John Warner realized that higher education had a problem. Record numbers of students were experiencing anxiety, sometimes so severe they could hardly bring themselves to attend class. Yet data showed that college students were studying less. “Somehow, they’re... Read More »
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Integrating Research and Teaching

Thursday, June 28, 2018
On April 13, 2018, Reynolds and Schiff led a discussion at Duke’s Perkins Library on how faculty can integrate their research and teaching. Questions they addressed included: What is writing-to-learn? What is “hot” right now in the field of STEM education? How can researchers learn to live with the... Read More »
Faculty Writing Retreat 2017

At Summer Retreat, Faculty Brush Up on Their Writing

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The Duke Faculty Write Program’s annual retreat came just in time for statistician Elizabeth “Liz” Turner who was facing a looming deadline for an important grant proposal.  With time short but the pace of the academic year finally past her, Turner packed her bags for the cozy amenities of... Read More »
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Scholarly Writing Hacks: 5 Lessons I learned Writing Every Day in June

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
[This is a guest post by Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, an assistant professor of the Thompson Writing Program at Duke University where she teaches digital storytelling and researches learning communities and community-university partnerships. You can follow her on Twitter @jaherndodson.--@JBJ] On May... Read More »
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From Brain to Paper: How to Write Well

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
A new Duke writing group aims to improve faculty writing Until recently, Huffin the Puffin -- a quirky little bird perched on a fencepost above a pebbly seashore -- existed only in Dan McShea's mind. Then the Duke biologist tried to move his laser-sharp image of Huffin, a bedtime... Read More »