Scholarly Writing Fellows

Scholarly Writing Fellows

As part of OFD's ongoing mission to support scholarly productivity, the Scholarly Writing Fellows Program offers selected faculty the opportunity to engage with OFD to expand support for faculty writers. 

Call for Applications: OFD Scholarly Writing Fellows 2024-25

The Office of Faculty Development invites applications for a new cohort of Scholarly Writing Fellows (SWFs) for Fall 2024 - Spring 2025. 

SWFs partner with Senior Fellow and Associate Director of Scholarly Writing in OFD, Rebecca Dingo, in working with faculty and librarian writers across campus to carve out time to meet their writing goals in Writing Accountability Circles (WACs). 

SWFs launch and lead one Writing Accountability Circle (WAC) each semester. SWFs will facilitate each session and guide their writing community by facilitating conversation, writing goal setting, and planning the weekly meeting format to meet the needs of the group.

Over the academic year, SWFs not only benefit from developing new connections with other writers, but also from having dedicated time for their own scholarly writing. As an additional benefit, SWFs also receive a stipend for the academic year.

The SWF Program is open to all full-time faculty and librarians at UMass Amherst. Scholarly Writing Fellows will participate in one two-hour training session prior to the first WAC to become oriented to the process and principles and another meeting prior to the Spring 2025 semester to check in and share approaches.

Throughout the year, Fellows also receive guidance from Rebecca Dingo, OFD Senior Fellow and Associate Director to support the implementation of their WACs.

Appointments will be made for 4-6 Fellows. Applications are due Friday, April 12th.

Application Questions: 

  1. In 100 words or less, describe why you are interested in becoming a Scholarly Writing Fellow.
  2. In 200 words or less, describe how being a Scholarly Writing Fellow contributes to your professional goals.
  3. In 300 words or less, describe your experience working in a scholarly writing group. What part of that experience would you bring (or leave behind) if you were to be a SWF? If you have not been in a scholarly writing group before, please describe a group you have led in the past and the sorts of experiences you would bring or leave behind if you were to be a SWF. 
  4. In 100 words or less, please describe any conflicts you may have with facilitating writing groups during the academic year.

2023-24 Scholarly Writing Fellows: 

Felicity Aulino - Associate Professor, Anthropology

Theodore Eisenman - Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning

Isabel Espinal - Librarian, Research Services, W. E. B. Du Bois Library

Kimberley Geissler - Associate Professor, Health Promotion and Policy

Sophie Horowitz - Associate Professor, Philosophy
John Kingston - Professor, Linguistics

Sara Mamo - Assistant Professor, Communication Disorders

David Mednicoff - Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies and Public Policy; Chair, Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies

Stephen Paparo - Associate Professor, Music Education
Lucy Xiaolu Wang - Assistant Professor, Resource Economics

Veronica Martin Ruiz - Assistant Professor, Marketing

Brian Ogilvie - Department Chair and Professor, History