Veronica Watson has been awarded a $32,500 grant from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education to deliver writing retreats for faculty members at the fourteen State System campuses.
The Weekend Writing Retreat aims to create positive perceptions of and attitudes about the writing/publishing process by providing an intensive focus on scholarship development for women and minority participants. Selected faculty members will work to advance a research project during the retreat and will participate in professional development workshops on topics such as increasing scholarly productivity, the publication process, developing a research agenda, and nurturing your scholarly voice.
The Weekend Writing Retreat proposal was initially envisioned for IUP and submitted as part of the Diversity and Social Equity grant competition, but was adopted by the State System office for implementation statewide. Two Weekend Writing Retreats will be held in Summer 2009, serving over fifty faculty members across the State System.