Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity



Ongoing Faculty Development Initiatives

Finding the Time: Faculty Writing Retreats

(all faculty)

Intensive writing retreats (a.k.a., boot camps) in those nooks and crannies of the academic year – fall break, early January, spring break, late May, summer. Intensive daylong writing sessions with breaks for food, community, and perhaps a bit of healthy griping. Come with an achievable goal and good attitude. We’ll do the rest. Retreats held at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. Sign up in advance with the Office of Academic Affairs so that we can make arrangements. More information, including schedule.

Finding the Path

(mid-career faculty)

Support group and strategy sessions for faculty who wish to pursue promotion to full professor. Includes two respected senior faculty mentors who understand various Associate traps. Co-mentors: Mary Lowe (Physics) and Jean Lee Cole (English). More information.

Faculty Reading Groups

(all faculty)

Faculty reading, writing, and interest groups nurture scholarly activity and cross-disciplinary intellectual community. Academic Affairs is happy to partner on the creation and maintenance of these building blocks of faculty life. There are several active faculty groups on campus, including on peace and justice, sustainability, and research in the humanities, and many more possibilities. Academic Affairs is open to partnering on any additional efforts to engage faculty across divisions. The office can help coordinate meeting space and provide modest funds for books, refreshments, etc. Contact Cindy Moore if you are forming a group and want to discuss how Academic Affairs can support your efforts. More information.

Writing Resources

Developing a Writing Routine, Brian Norman, Dean of the Gwen Ifill College of Media, Arts, and Humanities, Simmons College

A 5-step reflection and schedule process to  integrate writing as a professional habit and daily routine, not the stuff of binge sessions, romantic inspiration, or harried deadlines. 

"Writing 20 Minutes. Every. Single. Day." Ryan Cordell, Chronicle of Higher Education, 10 Feb 2014

A helpful article with tips on how to move away from binge writing and toward the structure, routine, and external accountability that leads to successful, sustainable scholarly writing. A good companion piece to the handout on "Developing a Writing Routine."

Faculty Development and Diversity Library, Beatty Hall 311

Stop by to peruse resources to support your scholarly writing, including:

  • Wendy Belcher, Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success
  • Robert Boice, Professors as Writers: A Self-Help Guide to Productive Writing
  • William Germano, From Dissertation to Book
  • W. Germano, Getting it Published: A Guide to Scholars and Anyone Else Serious about Serious Books
  • Paul Silva, How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
  • Eviatar Zerubavel, The Clockwork Muse: A Practical Guide to Writing Theses, Dissertations, & Books
  • ...and many more.