Summer Writing Retreat

The Summer Writing Retreat (SWR) provides a means of support for the research careers of women faculty in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) and Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS). The overall goal of the SWR is to redefine the role of women faculty in STEM and SBS by strengthening their publishing and grant writing productivity within their departments. The SWR curriculum is designed to enhance the participants’ research and writing skills that will increase publication of peer-reviewed articles; and to increase the quality of grant proposals submitted. The SWR also encourages a cohesive community of scholarly writers, and promotes self-discipline of daily writing. The SWR can support pre-tenure or tenured faculty, as part of the university’s promotion and tenure review process.

The first residential week of the 2015 Summer Writing Retreat is scheduled for May 18 – 23, 2015 at the Twin Lakes Conference Center in Florence, MS; and the second residential week is scheduled for July 20-25, 2015, with the location to be announced at a later date.


  • * Participants are required to complete one of the following by the end of the Summer Writing Retreat: a grant proposal for submission to a funding agency; an article to a peer-review journal or conference proceedings; or a book chapter.
  • * Participants must present their research to the group of participants and invited guests at the end of the summer.
  • * The stipend amount will be determined by the summer funding each participant is eligible to receive. Total of awards received from grants cannot exceed two months’ salary for the faculty.
  • * Participants are required to provide weekly updates on the status of their projects throughout the entire Summer Writing Retreat.
  • * Participants must sign a contractual agreement upon their selection to participate.


All Jackson State University full-time faculty in science, technology, engineering or mathematics disciplines as well as social and behavioral science disciplines are eligible to participate. The program exercises an initial preference for women faculty approaching tenure or promotion in those disciplines.

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