Faculty Writing Services

Professional Writing Consultations

Individual consultations are available to help faculty with all aspects of professional writing. This includes internal and external grant proposals; tenure and promotion documents; academic articles; book chapters; presentations; or other pieces geared toward professional publication.

Brainstorming, drafting, revising, editing, and grammar and punctuation checks—we can work with you to address any stage of the writing process. All faculty, both full-time and adjunct, in any discipline are welcome. Multilingual writers are especially encouraged.

Dr. Mary ReichardtTo schedule a one-on-one consultation, contact Dr. Mary Reichardt, Faculty Development, at mrreichardt@stthomas.edu or (651) 962-6040.  Depending on your needs and the scope of your project, this might be a one-time consultation or series of consultations spread over the calendar year.

Writing Retreats

The Centers for Writing and Faculty Development offer 1-week on-campus retreats three times a year (June, August, and January) for full-time and adjunct faculty to make substantial progress on their writing projects. The retreats provide quiet space on campus where writers establish individual workspace and write among other focused, productive faculty. Participants bring all materials needed for their projects (including laptops if they’d like), and spread out for the week at tables in the Center for Writing or one of two computer classrooms in the John Roach Center on the St. Paul campus. Retreats are not opportunities for furthering research; in fact, faculty refrain from accessing the Internet or email to focus on writing and revising. Opportunities for individual support during the retreats are available.

Susan CallawayRetreats are designed and provided by Dr. Susan Callaway, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Center for Writing.

Look for announcements of upcoming retreats on the Faculty Development home page or contact Dr. Callaway at (651) 962-5602 or sjcallaway@stthomas.edu.

Writing Groups

For ongoing support throughout the year, a writing group can give faculty writers perspective, motivation, and structure to keep productive. Resources are available from the Center for Faculty Development to help faculty establish and maintain small writing groups. Two to five members are ideal. These groups can be short-term, e.g. over January-term or the summer, and they can be online or in-person. Among other benefits, writing groups can help members identify individual writing goals, be accountable for maintaining a schedule for writing, and gain helpful feedback during the writing process.

Interested in setting up a writing group? Dr. Mary Reichardt and Dr. Susan Callaway are available to consult about establishing and sustaining a writing group.

Writing Across the Curriculum Program

Scheurer, ErikaThe mission of the Writing Across the Curriculum program is to create a culture of writing at the University of St. Thomas, enabling students to think critically, to engage deeply in their learning, and to write with confidence, precision, and grace. 

Faculty members interested in undergoing training for the Writing Across the Curriculum program should contact Dr. Erika Scheurer, Director of the Writing Across the Curriculum Program, for more information.

Grant Workshops

The Center for Faculty Development collaborates with St. Thomas' Office of Sponsored Programs and the Corporate and Foundation Relations Office to provide occasional workshops on grant-seeking and grant writing.

We also offer annual information sessions for faculty preparing to submit internal Faculty Development grants such as the Sabbatical Leave, Sabbatical Assistance, and Research Grants. Information sessions are announced on our website, in Synergia, and by e-mail. 

Sabbatical Prep: An information session, offered annually in late August with members of the Faculty Development Committee, offers tips and answers questions about Sabbatical Leave and Sabbatical Assistance Grant applications.

Research Grant: An information session, offered in late Fall, provides tips for faculty preparing a Research Grant. Members of the Faculty Development Committee facilitate the session and are available to answer questions about the Research Grant, eligibility, and application process.

Publishing Scholarly Work

Dr. Stephen Brookfield, Distinguished University Professor and Ireland Endowed Chair.Dr. Stephen Brookfield, John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas, provides workshops for faculty seeking support in publishing their scholarly work. The workshop “Publishing Book Proposals for Scholarly Writers” is offered each year and orients faculty to the main elements of a book proposal, how to approach publishers, and the process of writing a preliminary proposal.

Dr. Brookfield is available for individual consultations regarding scholarly publishing. He can be reached at (651) 962-4982 or by e-mail: sdbrookfield@stthomas.edu.