1. Purpose and Overview

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) in the Office of the Provost sponsors the Junior Faculty Writing & Creative Works Summer Academy (“Academy”) to support faculty success with their scholarly publications and/or creative works. Scholarly publications include manuscripts for journal articles, book chapters and monographs in a university press or other academic presses. Creative works include, for example, original compositions, orchestrations, arrangements, original scripts, adaptations, theatrical designs, choreography, installations, and exhibitions of two- and three-dimensional works of art, video and motion graphics, or performance/conceptual works of art and design. This Academy will offer up to twenty-four (24) junior faculty the opportunity to participate in this community of scholars from Howard University. Additionally, the Academy seeks the service of twelve (12) Scholar Coaches who will provide mentorship to the 24 Faculty Scholars. Each Scholar Coach will mentor two Faculty Scholars.

  1. Who Should Apply for the Faculty Scholar Opportunity?

Junior faculty who are assistant or associate professors on tenure track should apply. Also, junior faculty who are lecturers, instructors or master teachers are eligible for this program. Junior faculty without tenure who participated in the 2016 and/or 2017 Summer Academy are also eligible to apply for the 2018 summer program. Faculty members who apply must be interested in enhancing their scholarly agenda through the process of writing or creating, reflecting, and receiving critical feedback in a summer-long faculty development learning community. The key components of this Summer Academy include: coaching through the writing or creating process of a publication or creative work, and interacting with peers and senior colleagues about successful strategies focused on enhancing your scholarly productivity.

As Summer Academy participants, junior faculty will commit to writing and submitting a piece for publication or producing a creative work for submission to a juried show or other exhibition opportunity, for an exhibition design, a musical/theatrical recording/performance, or for a workshop presentation. A small stipend will be provided to each Faculty Scholar who successfully completes the program with a submitted piece for publication or jury consideration. To be considered for the Academy, the faculty member must submit an application and an abbreviated CV by Wednesday, March 21, 2018, by 4:00 p.m.

Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. This Summer Academy is underwritten, in significant part, by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, therefore up to seventy-five percent of the available slots will be designated for faculty in the Fine Arts, Humanities (English, Classics, and Foreign Languages), History, Sociology, African Studies, and Afro-American Studies. Faculty members who participate in this opportunity must commit to attending the Academy in its entirety. The schedule for the Academy is provided at Section 6 below.

Faculty members who participate in this opportunity must commit to attending the Academy in its entirety. The schedule for the Academy is provided at Section 6 below.

  1. Who Should Apply for the Scholar Coach Positions?

Senior and mid-career faculty members who have excelled in two areas should apply. The Summer Academy is seeking colleagues who have a distinguished track record of maintaining a steady regime of scholarly production to mentor Faculty Scholars. In addition to scholarly productivity, Scholar Coaches should also have an equally long and distinguished history of patiently and successfully mentoring junior colleagues. In other words, senior and mid-career colleagues who thoroughly enjoy and have mastered the craft of providing mentorship to non-tenured full-time faculty are encouraged to apply. Senior and mid-career faculty from any discipline can apply. A stipend will be provided to Scholar Coaches who successfully mentor Faculty Scholars. To be considered for the Academy, the faculty member must submit an application and an updated CV by Wednesday, March 21, 2018, by 4:00 p.m.

  1. Successful Applications

A successful Faculty Scholar applicant for the Writing & Creative Works Summer Academy will possess the following qualities:

  • A current project that can be developed into a solid piece of writing ready for publication or a creative work ready for submission and review over the summer;
  • A commitment to the writing and/or creative process;
  • A commitment to submit Academy assignments to scholarly coaches and meet all deadlines of the Academy;
  • A willingness to submit a final product to the Scholarly Coach and the OFD on or before Friday, August 17, 2018, by 4:00 p.m.; and
  • Each applicant must provide proof that the final product was submitted to a publisher or appropriate external party for the creative work to the OFD by Friday, September 14, 2018, by 4:00 p.m.

Each Summer Academy Writing & Creative Works Faculty Scholar benefits from the following:

  • An encouraging environment to work on writing a monograph, book chapter, or journal article or developing creative works (at a beginning and ending retreat where everyone has come for only one reason: to work on scholarship);
  • A Scholar Coach from Howard University who will offer feedback and advice throughout the writing and/or development of a process for a creative work;
  • Information from experienced colleagues about successful strategies to achieve your scholarship objectives;
  • Interdisciplinary opportunities catalyzed by faculty interactions across disciplines; and
  • A network of colleagues across the University to support you beyond the Summer Academy.

FACULTY SCHOLAR APPLICATION and AN ABBREVIATED CV are due by Wednesday, March 21, 2018, by 4:00 p.m.

SCHOLAR COACH APPLICATION and CV are due by Wednesday, March 21, 2018, by 4:00 p.m. Information about the program, Faculty Scholar Application and Scholar Coach Application can be found at online at https://howard.infoready4.com/CompetitionSpace/#competitionDetail/1769292

  1. Decisions will be sent to Faculty Scholars and Scholar Coaches on Friday, April 27, 2018.

  1. Dates for the 2018 Junior Faculty Writing & Creative Works Summer Academy are:

  • Faculty Scholar Orientation Meeting, Scholar Coach Orientation Meeting, and the Pre-Retreat Meeting will be held jointly on 

Monday, May 21, 2018, 9:30am in the Blackburn Center 

  •   Off-Campus Retreat

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 through Friday, June 1, 2018, at Wintergreen Resort in Wintergreen, VA

  •   Faculty Scholars meet with Scholarly Coaches

2 hours in June 2018

2 hours in July 2018

2 hours in August 2018

  •  Research Retreat (not overnight)

Monday, July 30 and Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (Location TBA)

  •   Deadline for submission of summer work product

Friday, August 17, 2018

  •   Deadline for proof of submission of summer work product

Friday, September 14, 2018 or Friday, September 21, 2018

Attendance at and/or adherence to the aforementioned activities is MANDATORY. Important Note: Each Junior Faculty, Faculty Scholar, and Scholar Coach signs a contract committing to programs. If a Junior Faculty, Faculty Scholar or Scholar Coach withdraws more than 24 hours after signing the contract, they will be responsible for expenses incurred by the program management staff on their behalf.

  •  Closing Celebration! Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The leadership team for the Junior Writing & Creative Works Summer Academy:


Dr. Rubin Patterson, Department of Sociology and Criminology
Contact at:  Rubin.Patterson@Howard.edu

Dr. Elka Stevens, Department of Art
Contact at: EStevens@Howard.edu

Okianer Christian Dark, Associate Provost for Faculty Development
Contact at: Okianer.c.dark@Howard.edu

  1. If you have questions about the program or the application, then please contact either of the Co-Directors of the Summer Academy or Ms. Jacqueline Young, Program Manager, Office of Faculty Development, Office of the Provost, at jyoung1@howard.edu.