Junior Faculty Writing and Creative Works Summer Academy

A seminal program of the Office of Faculty Development is the Junior Faculty Writing and Creative Works Summer Academy. Since 2016, close to 200 members of the Howard University faculty participated in the Summer Academy as either Faculty Scholars, Scholar Coaches, or Visiting Scholars. The Summer Academy has significantly impacted the scholarly and creative output of junior faculty. Dozens of papers and research articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals across a broad spectrum of disciplines. Junior faculty engaged in the program have published books or book chapters and have also produced creative works. The Summer Academy is supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

2023 summer academy participants

A community of scholars. Members of the 2023 Junior Faculty Writing and Creative Works Summer Academy at Wintergreen Resort, May 22-26.


Pictured front row (l to r)

Sandra Kalu, Tiffany Williams Brewer, Angela Cole Dixon, Amol Kulkarni, Pat Parks, Miguelina Zapata, Patience Williams, Okianer Christian Dark, Susanna Sacks, Carolivia Herron, Brandon Hogan, Loren Coleman, Michael Ralph, Kehbuma Langmia, Michael Robinson, Rubin Patterson


Pictured back row (l to r)

Kathryn Wiley, Reynaldo Ortiz-Minaya, John Stigall, Reese Faust, Jermaine Young, Jacoby Carter, Marcus Board Jr., Ingrid Sturgis, Olanrewaju Shitta-Bey, Mesi Bakari-Walton, Sandra Shannon, Elka Stevens

 Meet the Members of the 2023 Writing and Creative Works 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
  • performance/conceptual works of art and design. 

The Summer Academy offers selected junior faculty members the opportunity to participate in this community of scholars at Howard University.  Additionally, the Summer Academy engages the service of a group of Scholar Coaches who provide mentorship to the cohort of Faculty Scholars. Each Scholar Coach mentors two Faculty Scholars.


1. 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, 2020, 2021, or 2022 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 24, 2023, by 5:00 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.

2. 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. 

SCHOLAR COACH APPLICATION and CV are due by Friday, March 24, 2023, by 5:00 p.m. Apply on InfoReady at: https://howard.infoready4.com. Use your Howard University email address and password to log in (SSO).

3. 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. For written projects, an abstract must be included with the application. For creative works projects, a project description, including materials, methodologies, outcomes, etc., must be included with the application.   
  • 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 25, 2023, by 5:00 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 29, 2023, by 5:00 p.m.

Each junior faculty member accepted in the Junior Faculty Writing and Creative Works Summer Academy benefits from the following:

  • An encouraging environment to work on writing a monograph, book chapter, or journal article or developing a creative work (at the Opening Retreat and at the Research 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 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 Friday, March 24, 2023, by 5:00 p.m.  

Apply on InfoReady at: https://howard.infoready4.com. Use your Howard University email address and password to log in (SSO).

4. Dates for the 2023 Junior Faculty Writing and Creative Summer Academy

Summer Academy Leadership Team

Okianer Christian Dark, Esq., Associate Provost for Faculty Development

Contact at: Okianer.c.dark@Howard.edu


Elka M. Stevens, Ph.D., Department of Art, Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts

Contact at: EStevens@Howard.edu

Jacoby A. Carter, Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, College of Arts and Sciences

Contact at: Jacoby.carter@Howard.edu


For More Information about the Summer Academy

If you have any questions about the program or the application, then please contact either of the Co-Directors of the Summer Academy or Ms. Jacqueline C. Young, Program Manager, Office of Faculty Development, Office of the Provost, at jyoung1@howard.edu or by phone at (202) 806-2776.

2023 Junior Faculty Writing & Creative Works Summer Academy