Writing & Research Groups

At the Office for Faculty Excellence, we like to bring people together for motivation, accountability and community. Many people just prefer to write together, even if it’s silently on Zoom. 

 Check our OFE Scholarship calendar on the OFE Events page to see when writing groups are offered. If you have questions, please send an email to faculty@montclair.edu

Research Bootcamp pop-ups

  • In this 3-hour Zoom session, researchers are invited to come together to work on their solo scholarly projects. The idea here is that many researchers have trouble prioritizing and making time for research. For many, teaching comes first too much of the time, and scholarly goals get short-shrift. By carving out time, and committing to it, researchers who struggle for time, make time. We come together, close email and other distractions, and work silently, the camera on or off. During the 3-hour period, the facilitator will pull people together 3 or 4 times, with brief focusing activities. Faculty are welcome to commit to the full 3 hours or whatever works.  Offered on an ad-hoc basis.

Writing & Research groups

  • Faculty pursuing research and writing goals are invited to sit quietly and write with other purposeful researchers. The 90 minutes will begin with some brief conversation and goal-setting, and then we will write quietly, “together” on Zoom, until we come together again at the end for a five-minute closing. Some materials to support writing and engagement will also be provided. But the time itself is for research activities. 30-minute additional optional time scheduled at the end.  Offered as a term program, 90-120 minute sessions once a week. Facilitated by Emily Isaacs. Interested? 

Writing Circles

  • In writing circles, groups of faculty working in broadly related areas come together monthly to commit and report on research progress and to offer feedback to one or two faculty members’ research-in-progress.  During these 75-minute sessions, the first 15 minutes are reserved for each individual to share his or her progress toward an identified goal and commit to a new or revised goal.  The rest of the 60-minute period is for responding to research-in-progress.  Faculty who join the writing circle commit to working on their own writing, sharing their research-in-progress at least once a year, and reading one or two draft articles or reports each month. Faculty are also expected to commit to attending most of the sessions.

Week-long Research & Writing bootcamp

  • Join this program if you’d like to jump-start your summer with a boot camp that will intensify your research productivity this summer.  The group will have a few defined tasks to support planning, intention-building, and accountability and lots of time for “Zoom” writing together. An in-person option is available. The week will end with an opportunity to come together for some sharing and intention setting for the rest of the summer, hybrid.