Get in Gear Writing Program

Announcement, Guidelines, and Application

Get in gear by joining a faculty reading, writing, and feedback group.

  • Small (4-5 member) groups of faculty will be formed based on areas of interest
  • Each group member will define a significant, goal-oriented project to complete during the term
  • Groups will meet throughout the term ( and/or online) to track progress and share results
  • Participants who successfully complete a project will receive a travel supplement of up to $500 (see below for details)

We’ll provide support throughout the term, including weekly follow-ups, in-person writing group meetings with lunch/snacks (“Fuel-up sessions”), resources (including IRB advice), and consultations (“Roadside Assistance”).

Sample 12-Week Structure »

This program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and the Center for Teaching Excellence.


Application Deadline for Summer 2015: May 31, 2015

Summer 2015 Program Begins: June 22, 2015

Program Application Deadline Notification to Applicants
Summer 2014 May 16, 2014 May 23, 2014
Fall 2014 September 5, 2014 September 12, 2014
Spring 2015 January 30, 2015 February 13, 2015
Summer 2015 May 31, 2015 June 15, 2015


  • All full-time UTPA faculty are eligible to apply.
  • To be eligible for travel funding, participants must complete a manuscript or grant proposal during the 12-week cycle. Evidence that this completed manuscript/grant proposal was submitted to a refereed journal, conference proceedings, or funding agency must be sent to the CTE by the cycle's stated deadline.
  • Active participation in at least 8 meetings scheduled during the semester is required to qualify for travel funds.
  • Travel funding will support academic travel (for research, conference presentations, etc.) and must be documented. While travel does not have to be associated with the GIG project, costs must be substantiated and pre-approved (e.g. estimates from travel agencies or websites, federal per diems, registration receipts). Travel must occur after the completion of the GIG cycle.
  • Preference will be given to those who have not participated in a GIG group during the previous academic year.



Provide working title of writing project. Include project development stage (e.g., first draft; second revision). Identify project's targeted journal, funding agency, or other publication outlet. Justify this targeted choice. Explain how travel funds, if awarded, would be used.

500 words max