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.


Program Application Deadline Notification
Summer 2014 Friday, May 16 May 23
Fall 2014 Friday, September 5 September 12
Spring 2015 Friday, January 30 February 13


  • 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 a short description of your scholarly project, including specific writing goals. Explain how completion of this project is important for your professional development.

500 words max