Junior Faculty Writing and Creative Works Summer Academy

2021 Summer Academy Directory

The 2021 Junior Faculty Writing and Creative Workshop Summer Academy

Purpose and Overview

The Office of Faculty Development (OFD) in the Office of the Provost sponsors the Junior Faculty Writing and Creative Works Summer Academy (“Summer 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. 

The 2021 Summer Academy will be conducted virtually. The Summer Academy will offer up to twenty (20) junior faculty the opportunity to participate in this community of scholars at Howard University.  Additionally, the Summer Academy seeks the service of ten (10) Scholar Coaches who will provide mentorship to the twenty Faculty Scholars. Each Scholar Coach will mentor two Faculty Scholars.

Who Should Apply for the Junior Faculty Scholar Opportunity?

Junior faculty who are assistant or associate professors on tenure track should apply. Full-time junior faculty who are lecturers, instructors or master instructors are eligible for this program as well.  Junior faculty are limited to participating in the Summer Academy three times only. Any junior faculty who participated in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, or 2020 are eligible to apply again unless they have already met the three-time only participation threshold.  Full-time junior 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 the Summer Academy include coaching through the writing or creating process of a publication or creative work, interacting with peers in small accountability groups, attending information sessions about successful strategies focused on enhancing your scholarly productivity, optional brown bags to help with research, writing and overall development as a member of a learned community, and whenever  possible having fun with colleagues.

In the Summer Academy, 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, exhibition design, or a musical/theatrical recording/performance.  A small stipend will be provided to each Faculty Scholar who successfully completes the program with a submitted piece for publication or exhibition consideration. To be considered for the Academy, the faculty member must submit an online application and an abbreviated CV by Friday, March 19, 2021, by 4:00 p.m.

Although junior faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to apply, we strongly encourage faculty from Fine Arts, Humanities (English, Classics, and Foreign Languages), History, Philosophy, Sociology, African Studies, and Afro-American Studies to participate in this Summer Academy.  The Summer Academy promotes cross disciplinary collaboration and coordination throughout the program and it is important to have these disciplines represented in the scholarly community.

Finally, faculty members who participate in this opportunity must commit to attending all mandatory sessions in their entirety. The schedule for the Academy is provided at Section 4 below.

Who Should Apply for the Scholar Coach Position?

Senior and mid-career faculty members who have excelled in the following two areas should apply: scholarship and mentorship.  The Summer Academy is seeking colleagues who have an established track record of pursuing their scholarly agenda. In addition to scholarly productivity, Scholar Coaches should also have a background or experience in patiently and successfully mentoring junior colleagues.  In other words, senior and mid-career colleagues who thoroughly enjoy and have excelled at providing mentorship to non-tenured full-time faculty are encouraged to apply.  Senior and mid-career faculty from any discipline can apply, but those from the Fine Arts, Humanities, (English, Classics, and Foreign Languages), History, Philosophy, Sociology, African Studies, and Afro-American Studies) are especially encouraged. Scholar Coaches will also be required to attend all mandatory sessions and monthly Scholar Coach meetings during the summer months.  A stipend will be provided to Scholar Coaches who mentor Faculty Scholars. To be considered for the Academy, the faculty member must submit an online application and an updated CV by Friday, March 19, 2021, by 4:00 p.m.

Successful Faculty Scholar (Junior Faculty) Applications

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

  • 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 at the end of the program;  
  • A commitment to the writing and/or creative process;
  • A commitment to submit assignments and meet all deadlines of the Academy;
  • A commitment to submit a final product (summer project) to their Scholar Coach and the Office of Faculty Development on or before Friday, August 27, 2021, by 4:00 p.m.; and
  •  Proof that the final product was submitted to a publisher or appropriate external party for the creative work to the OFD by Friday, September 24, 2021, by 4:00 p.m.

Faculty Scholars

Sylvia H. Anderson, DHED, MBA, Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Occupational Therapy, College of Nursing and Allied Health Sciences

Alaina S. Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Cathy Hughes School of Communications

Nicole C. Dillard, JD, MS, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Strategic, Legal, Management Communications, Cathy Hughes School of Communications

Michelle A. Dovil, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Criminology, College of Arts and Sciences

Stacy C. Farina, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, College of Arts and Science

Barbara A. Fears, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Divinity

Farhana Ferdous, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Architecture, College of Engineering and Architecture

Heidi L. Gerber-Salins, MA, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Media, Journalism, Film, Cathy Hughes School of Communications

Christine L. McWhorter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Media, Journalism, Film, Cathy Hughes School of Communications

Kendall L. Moody, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work

Shana D. O’Connell, Ph.D., Master Instructor, Dept. of Classics, College of Arts and Sciences

Stacey A. Patton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Media, Journalism, Film, Cathy Hughes School of Communications

Monica L. Ponder, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Communication, Culture & Media Studies, Cathy Hughes School of Communications

Dominique L. Pritchett, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences

Catherine L. Quinlan, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of Curriculum & Instruction, School of Education

Denise W. Streeter, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Dept. of International Business, School of Business

Darlene R. Taylor, MFA, Lecturer, Dept. of English, College of Arts and Sciences

Andrew A. Yabusaki, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Administrative Pharmaceutical Services, College of Pharmacy

Scholar Coaches

Angela Cole Dixon, Ph.D., Associate Provost and Professor of Psychology, Office of the Provost

David Kwame Dixon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences

Hazel R. Edwards, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Dept. of Architecture, College of Engineering and Architecture

Lenese C. Herbert, JD, Professor, School of Law

Amol A. Kulkarni, PharmD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy

Kehbuma Langmia, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Strategic, Legal, and Management Communications, Cathy Hughes School of Communications

Debra D. Roberts, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Dept. of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences

Sandra G. Shannon, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Dept. of English, College of Arts and Sciences

Tracy R. Whitaker, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Academic and Student Advancement, School of Social Work

Sonja D. Williams, MA, Professor, Dept. of Media, Journalism and Film, Cathy Hughes School of Communications

The 2021 Visiting Scholar Coach

Jeffrey Stewart, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Black Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara