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Get in Gear Writing Program

Announcement, Guidelines, and Application

Get in gear by joining a summer-long 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 summer
  • Groups will meet throughout the summer ( 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 summer, 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 »

Week Description
1. Driver’s Seat Define project and goals, review past experiences and potential roadblocks, define map for the summer project
2. Tune-up Review literature, re-read any existing drafts of project, make notes online
3. Ignition Begin writing/revising in earnest
4. 1st gear Writing; check-in with group
5. 2nd gear Writing; check-in with group
6. 3rd gear Submit work to group for feedback
7. Cruise Control Writing
8. Cruise Control Writing; check-in with group
9. Cruise Control Writing
10. Cruise Control Writing; check-in with group
11. Overdrive Final editing/proofreading, writing cover letters for submission, ensuring formatting is correct for venue
12. Finish Line Submission of publication/presentation/grant and celebration
Also Included
Fuel-up Sessions/
Pit stops
Scheduling/food support for in-person group meetings on or off campus
Roadside Assistance On-call help from consultants  for feedback and assistance to get back on track

This program is sponsored by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Center for Teaching Excellence, UTPA-NSF ADVANCE and Office of Undergraduate Research and Service Learning

Deadlines

Program Application Deadline Notification
Summer 2014 Friday, May 16 May 23
Fall 2014 Friday, September 5 September 12
Spring 2015 Friday, January 30 February 5

Guidelines

  • All full-time UTPA faculty are eligible to apply.
  • To be eligible for travel funding, a full proposal or a completed manuscript ready for submission to a funding agency or a refereed journal/conference proceeding will be required at the end of the summer. Any alternate projects must be approved in advance by GIG sponsors.
  • Active participation in at least 10 out of 12 scheduled meetings is required to qualify for travel funds.
  • Travel funding will support academic travel (for research, conference presentations, etc.) and must be supported with documentation. 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 haven’t participated in a GIG group during the academic year.

Form

Provide a short description of the scholarly project you want to work on this summer. Include current goals for the project. Explain how completion of this project is important for your professional goals.

250 words max