Virtual Writing Workshops by Felicia Moore Mensah

Presenter: Felicia Moore Mensah, Professor of Science Education, Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Teachers College, Columbia University

  • Hosting fee: $1,000
  • Each workshop includes 65 one-year TAA faculty memberships.
  • Workshop hosts must have an expectation of 15 or more participants.
  • Email templates will be provided to the host institutions to promote the event.

To schedule a workshop, please contact [email protected].

Choose from two different workshops designed to assist authors in their academic writing efforts and in the process of obtaining tenure.

Remaining Productive During COVID-19: Writing and Publishing Your Scholarly Journal Article

This workshop will provide practical support for publishing in academic venues, especially during the current time where remaining productive is a challenge. Mensah will share her personal strategies, motivations, and insights about academic writing, specifically for journal publication as an author, a current journal editor, an editorial review board member, and a special guest reviewer for journals in the social sciences, including education. Participants will learn how to put a manuscript into "journal submission format" for publication. Mensah will also share with participants how to improve "bad drafts", respond to "reviewer comments", and review a "published work" as examples of the submission to print process.

Rethinking COVID's Impact on Tenure and Promotion: Developing the Tenure Binder

This workshop targets junior faculty members in the preparation for tenure and promotion. The elusive "tenure binder" or "dossier" and the process of obtaining tenure will be explained and discussed, including the impact of COVID on the tenure-clock. Though institutions differ in their process of appointing tenure and promotion, this workshop will provide participants with information that will assist them in asking the appropriate questions to faculty, your dean or department chair at their home institution. Participants will establish a foundation and timeline for tenure and promotion as adjustments need to be made as scholars consider the impact of COVID on academic advancement.

What previous participants have said about Felicia's workshops:

"This workshop was informative, practical, and motivational. It provided specific actionable steps to implement many of the tips she provided and demystified the publishing process."

"Her peaceful demeanor and Southern charm put us all at ease. She showed how she put her 'money where her mouth is' by living her own advice. Very applicable to my daily life as a new faculty member."

Felicia Moore Mensah is a Professor of Science Education in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She earned her Ph.D. in Science Education from The Florida State University (2003), her M.S. in Biology and Secondary Education from NC A & T State University (1992), and her B.S. in Biology from UNC-Chapel Hill (1988). She also completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Michigan State University, the second year while in residence at Teachers College, in the Center for Curriculum Materials in Science. Dr. Mensah serves as co-editor of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) and Cultural Studies of Science Education (CSSE) as a lead-editor. Her book, Like Words Falling onto the Page: Demystifying the Academic Writing and Publishing Process is a valuable resources for doctoral students and junior faculty to support their productivity and career advancement.

TAA can help your faculty move from writing to publication by sponsoring an expert-led virtual workshop on academic writing for your institution. TAA's sponsorship covers the presenter fee and TAA will manage online registration for the event. The host institution is responsible for a fee of $1,000, which includes up to 65 TAA faculty memberships, available to faculty whether or not they participate in the workshop. These workshops are offered on a first-come first-serve basis until program funding has been exhausted.

To schedule a workshop, please email [email protected], or you can contact Felicia directly at: (212) 678-8316 or [email protected]