Office of the
Provost

Faculty Writing Initiative

The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce the Faculty Writing Initiative designed to support faculty in achieving their academic and creative goals through work on writing projects of any kind—such as grant applications, book chapters, articles, essays, creative work, conference presentations.

Faculty Writing Initiative

The Faculty Writing Initiative entered its third semester this spring. Fall 2020 participants recommend participating in FWI:

  • "I really do write more if I schedule time for it!"
  • "I have learned several organizational strategies as part of this initiative that is helping me as a writer. Also the connection to the group is helping me with motivation."
  • "I found "Nothing will work unless you do." Since English is not my first language I always had some sociological barrier that this writing practice helped me to overcome that barrier (not 100% and still need to work on it)."
  • "I've learned that I love to write but I need accountability to improve my productivity."
  • "I like the accountability! It's helpful to see others in the same boat and I appreciate the fellowship."
  • "I work better in chunks of time larger than 2 hours, but the 2 hours are still helpful."

Spring 2021 faculty writers began the first Friday of the semester and will continue meeting and writing together each week during the semester.

Based on successful programs at the University of Wisconsin Madison, Baylor University, and Texas Tech, the Faculty Writing Initiative offers weekly writing sessions during the spring semester 2020. The focus of each session is devoted to structured writing time so that faculty can make substantial progress on writing projects, and ideally feel free of writing-guilt going into the weekend. Each session begins with goal setting and ends with progress check-ins and brief discussions about writing strategies to bring structure and a sense of community to the solitary work of writing. Many faculty who have participated in similar projects noted that there is a sense of camaraderie that forms through individual writing in a group environment. The Faculty Writing Initiative is different from a typical writing group in that it supports faculty in building writing time consistently into their weekly work schedules. Facilitators and participants will not be reading and responding to each other's writing; rather, they will encourage each other in building their writing practices.

Faculty across all ranks, including non-tenure track, are encouraged to apply. FWI will meet via Zoom until the public health situation is sufficiently resolved to make meeting on campus feasible. Participants will be expected to attend weekly writing sessions throughout the semester.

If you're interested in participating in the UMKC Faculty Writing Initiative, complete the online applicationby January 4 Applicants will be selected to ensure that the Faculty Writing Initiative serves writers from all disciplines and across all ranks in the university.

Facilitators for the Faculty Writing Initiative are Dr. Antonio Byrd, Assistant Professor of English, and Dr. Jane Greer, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Both Drs. Byrd and Greer focus their research and scholarship on Writing Studies and Rhetoric. They have enjoyed considerable success as writers as well as their fair share of writerly frustrations, anxieties, and disappointments.They have both participated in a variety of initiatives and workshops designed to support faculty writing, and they are eager to help launch this new initiative.

If you have any questions, please email  Dr. Byrd (antoniobyrd@umkc.edu) or Dr. Greer (greerj@umkc.edu).

Faculty writers spring 2021
When Name Title Academic Unit Department
AM Mike Abel  Associate Director Institute for Human Development
AM Jenifer Allsworth  Associate Professor School of Medicine Biomedical and Health Informatics
AM Margaret Brommelsiek Associate Research Professor School of Nursing and Health Sciences OB/GYN
AM Antonio Byrd Assistant Professor College of Arts and Sciences English
AM Donna Davis Professor School of Education Educational Leadership, Policy, and Foundations
AM Kelly Hantak Senior Research Associate Institute for Human Development
AM Dawn Iwamasa Assistant Professor Conservatory Music Studies
AM Michelle Paquette Associate Research Professor School of Computing and Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences Physics and Astronomy
AM Jennifer Phegley Professor College of Arts and Sciences English
AM Stephen Simon  Professor School of Medicine Biomedical and Health Informatics
AM Molly Uhlenhake Assistant Professor School of Medicine Internal Medicine-Pediatrics
AM J. Van Horn Associate Professor School of Biological and Chemical Studies Chemistry
PM Karen "KB" Brown Assistant Professor Conservatory Dance
PM Matthew Edwards Associate Professor College of Arts and Sciences Foreign Languages and Literatures (Spanish)
PM Jane Greer (facilitator) Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor English  College of Arts and Sciences
PM Neisha King Research Assistant UMKC Institute for Human Development
PM Karen Landay Assistant Professor Henry W. Bloch School of Management  Entrepreneurship & Management
PM Nuria Lara Senior Associate Researcher School of Dentistry  Oral & Craniofacial Sciences
PM Mohammad Rafiee Assistant Professor School of Biological and Chemical Sciences Chemistry
PM Alice Reckley Associate Professor College of Arts and Sciences  Foreign Languages and Literatures
PM Jacqueline Rifkin Assistant Professor Henry W. Bloch School of Management Marketing & Supply Chain Management
PM Ganesh Thiagarajan Professor Civil & Mechanical Engineering School of Computing and Engineering

Faculty writers fall 2020
Name Title Academic Unit Department
Mohammad Rafiee  Assistant Professor School of Biological and Chemical Sciences Chemistry
Shou Han  Research Assistant School of Biological and Chemical Sciences Biology
Donna Davis  Professor School of Education Education, Leadership, Policy and Foundation
Amy Robertson Assistant Professor Conservatory Music Studies
Joseph Lightner Assistant Professor School of Nursing and Health Sciences Nursing
Keerthana Satheesh Associate Professor School of Dentistry Periodontics
Anita Skarbeck Assistant Clinical Professor School of Nursing and Health Sciences Nursing
Stephen Simon Teaching Professor School of Medicine Biomedical Health Informatics
Holly Hagle Assistant Research Professor School of Nursing and Health Sciences ATTC National Center
Dawn Iwamasa Assistant Professor Conservatory Music Studies
Margaret Brommelsiek Associate Research Professor School of Nursing and Health Sciences Nursing
Thiagarajan Ganesh
Kaylan Durbhakula
Karen Landay
Jacqueline Rifkin
Erin Bumann
Theresa Torres
Ryan Mohan
Karen Brown

Faculty across all ranks, including non-tenure track, applied. Congratulations to the faculty participants!

Faculty writers spring 2020
Name Title Academic Unit Department
Janet Garcia-Hallett Assistant Professor College of Arts and Sciences Criminal Justice and Criminology
Jenifer Allsworth Associate Professor School of Medicine Biomedical/Health Informatics
Gwen Nally Assistant Professor College of Arts and Sciences Philosophy
Jennifer Frangos Associate Professor College of Arts and Sciences English
Jennifer Phegley Professor College of Arts and Sciences English
Sirisha Naidu Associate Professor College of Arts and Sciences Economics
Sookhee Oh Associate Professor College of Arts and Sciences Sociology
Alexis Petri Associate Research Professor College of Arts and Sciences Psychology
Anthony Vatterott Visiting Assistant Professor Henry W. Bloch School of Management Marketing and Supply Chain Management
David Van Horn Associate Professor School of Biological and Chemical Sciences Chemistry
Mujahid Abdulrahim Assistant Professor School of Computing and Engineering Civil and Mechanical Engineering
Stefan Lohfeld Assistant Professor School of Dentistry Oral and Craniofacial Sciences
Ekaterina Strekalova-Hughes Assistant Professor School of Education Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies
Michelle Maher Professor School of Education Education Leadership, Policies and Foundations
Jasmine Abel-khalik Associate Professor School of Law
Julie Cheslik Associate Professor School of Law
Sharon White-Lewis Assistant Professor School of Nursing and Health Studies Nursing
Simon Friedman Professor School of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences
Deborah Smith Professor College of Arts and Sciences Sociology