Virtual Workshops by Christine Tulley

Christine Tulley is Professor of English and Founder and Director of the Master of Arts in Rhetoric and Writing at The University of Findlay. As the campus Academic Development Coordinator, she runs faculty writing groups and offers tenure and promotion application support including effective practices for writing teaching philosophies and persuasive reflective statements. She is the author of How Writing Faculty Write (2018) and contributes regularly to Inside Higher Education on faculty productivity issues. She also serves as a research adviser to Prolifiko, a UK-based writing productivity think tank, and as a dissertation writing coach with Defend and Publish.

You can select from the following virtual workshops:

Her two-hour virtual workshops delivered via Zoom include up to 150 TAA memberships that provide your faculty with access to TAA's extensive writing and publishing resources. These memberships are available to faculty whether or not they participate in the virtual event.

TAA manages event registration, providing you with a registration link to share with your faculty, and workshop participation information in their confirmation emails. E-mail templates are provided to host institutions to promote the event. Institutions must have an expectation of at least 15 participants per workshop or retreat.

Institution Fee: $1,000

To schedule a workshop, please contact [email protected]

Time Management for Academics: How to Increase Scholarly Productivity While Teaching Effectively and Efficiently 

Making time to write can be a struggle for faculty with heavy teaching loads. Writing for publication is often pushed off as faculty work to stay on top of student grading and responding to student emails. Yet many faculty publish regularly because they have developed a writing system that enables them to find time and use it productively.

In this interactive workshop, participants will be invited to identify specific teaching tasks that infringe on writing time. Next, participants will be taught to use a combination of “pattern teaching” and grading “templates” that efficiently shorten these tasks without sacrificing effectiveness in order to preserve more time for writing for publication. In addition, we will review academic writing moves that can level up scholarly writing and increase chances of publication. Using this combination of strategies, participants will create and leave with a weekly framework of a writing/teaching system that safeguards time for scholarly productivity and prioritizes scholarly writing. 

Effective Academic Collaboration: How to Solicit, Strengthen, and Survive Collaborative Projects, Presentations, and Publications 

Collaborating with co-authors on articles, grants, and presentations often seems like a timesaving strategy for busy academics. Yet collaborative relationships often fail because writing partners find their styles and schedules don’t mesh, collaborators disappear or roadblock projects, and managing the back and forth of a collaborative workflow proves to be time consuming.  

In this interactive workshop, participants will be invited to identify specific challenges that affect productive writing collaborations. Next, participants will be taught specific techniques to begin or revise collaborative work with a focus on five key areas: initiating a collaborative project (grant, conference presentation, article, textbook, etc.), dividing up collaborative work, deciding on the collaborative writing process, managing deadlines, and problem solving for collaborative work challenges. Free software tools and templates will be used with participants to assist in these areas. Using this combination of strategies, participants will leave with a “collaboration plan” for a future or current project.  

Developing an Academic Media Presence on Websites and Social Media 

Developing a “media identity” is increasingly important for academics as universities seek to promote academic research as publicly relevant. In addition, as scholarly journals proliferate it is increasingly difficult to find readers for scholarship. Developing a cohesive “academic” media presence can address both issues.  

In this interactive workshop, participants will identify types of academic media they already have and use, and compare promotions of academic work across platforms such as Twitter, Google Scholar, YouTube and more. Next, participants will be taught specific techniques to promote academic research (and if desired, teaching) that can be used across various platforms and identify 2-3 main platforms to use to promote scholarship along with times during the semester to keep these platforms updated. The workshop will showcase free software tools and templates will be used with participants to assist in these areas. Using this combination of strategies, participants will leave with an “academic media plan” to establish, maintain, and enhance an academic media presence.