Contact Newton Cheung, Programs Manager or Rania Sanford, Director of Faculty Professional Development, Office of Academic Affairs.

Summer 2023 Sessions

  • Session 1: June 19 - June 23
  • Session 2: August 21 - August 25
  • Session 3: August 28 - September 1

Faculty Writers Retreat

For Assistant Professors

The Faculty Writers’ Retreat is a widely popular and longstanding program for assistant professors.  Grants, fellowships, papers, and books are all examples of work that was successfully accomplished at past retreats. The retreat offers participants dedicated time for academic writing in a quiet setting in the company of other faculty, in-person.  

Each retreat session is one week.

Eligible Participants

Assistant professors who are research investigators in their early years of appointment. Other faculty are eligible based on space availability.  

What can you expect in the retreat:  

Bring your laptop, notebook and a headset.  Turn off your phone. Block your calendar and cancel any appointments during the retreat week.  You join a small community of colleagues who are also focused on their writing project for the week and are present from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm daily.  

It is required that you attend the entire week you sign-up for.  We know this can be difficult, but so is finding time for ‘long thoughts’ and high writing productivity. 

The program requires it be related to academic publication or proposal (no administrative or service-related tasks).

Our Commitment: Free lunch and unlimited coffee and tea, water and snacks.  A communal large desk space (conference room style).  We will provide you with the colleagues and a process to keep you accountable to your week’s writing goals.

Retreat Program: The retreat has minimal programming. The week starts on Monday morning with introductions and brief sharing of the week’s goals.  The retreat ends with a debrief on Friday over lunch (at noon).   

Where?  The retreat takes place on campus but far enough from the SoM to allow for separation from the daily humdrum.

Interested? Participation is limited to 8 faculty per session.  Please do not register if you will not be able to meet the attendance commitment.  We utilize a waitlist. You may register for more than one session.

To sign up, contact Newton Cheung