NCA Mid-Career Scholar’s Writing Retreat
Application Deadline: January 12, 2017
Retreat dates: June 26-June 30, 2017
Retreat Location: Chapman University Orange, CA.
Finding it difficult to get time to work on that project
that will get you promoted to Full? The NCA Mid-Career Scholars' Writing Retreat
(MCSWR) is designed to provide the opportunity for intensive writing time in a
non-distracting environment and to provide guidance from mentors during the
process. This retreat is specifically targeted to faculty that hold the rank of
Associate Professor in order to support significant progress toward the
completion of an in-progress writing project.
Applicants are not limited by area of inquiry, topic, or method. Applications reflecting the diversity of scholarship
in the discipline are encouraged. This NCA-sponsored Mid-Career Scholars’ Writing Retreat is based in part on the good work of Drs. Sonja Foss and William Waters, whose Scholars’ Retreats have been so helpful to so many colleagues over the years.
MCSWR participants will present their projects on a panel at
the 2017 NCA Convention in Dallas, Texas.
You are eligible for the MCSWR if you have already begun a
research project (e.g. have at least an outline of an essay or longer writing
project, or have data collected). The MCSWR offers an excellent opportunity to make
progress on your project and also get feedback from other scholars on your
During the Retreat, facilitators Dr. Michelle Miller-Day and
Dr. Tammy Afifi will serve as on-call mentors, working individually with
participants to maximum productivity, including assistance in:
feedback on ideas
qualitative data efficiently
up qualitative and descriptive research
and reporting quantitative data
Date and Location
The 2017 MCSWR will
held on the campus of Chapman University in Southern California on June 26-30. There
will be an optional beach day or Disneyland day on July 1st.
Transportation will be provided to these optional excursions.
is located in the heart of Orange County, California and approximately 10
minutes from Disneyland. Chapman offers
traditional undergraduate programs in the arts and sciences and select
pre-professional and graduate programs. Ranked in the top tier of western
universities by U.S. News and World
Report, Chapman has gained national recognition with its commitment to
excellence through research and innovative teaching.
participant will receive a travel stipend to travel to the retreat.
fly into the SNA (John Wayne, Santa Ana) airport in Orange County, CA.
The airport is 12
miles away from the University and easily accessible via cab or Uber.
MCSWR participants will be housed in private dorm rooms on
the campus of Chapman University in Orange, CA.
You will have your own room but
may share a bathroom with one other person (some participants may have their
own bathrooms). The dorms are air conditioned with wireless internet
throughout. There is also an Olympic size swimming pool for participants
to use if desired. (Fun fact: The U.S. Olympic Swim Team practices in this
pool!). Housing is provided at no cost
to the participant.
All breakfasts and lunches will be provided at the Retreat, with
participants responsible for covering the cost of their dinners. There are a variety of nearby restaurants for
dinner. Feel free to bring snacks with
you to munch on during the writing times.
A trip to the grocery store will be arranged on the first or second day
of the Retreat so that those from out of town can get food or other
Smoking is not allowed on the campus. If you are a smoker,
you can walk half a block to get off campus, where you may smoke. You
also will be able to smoke before or after lunch and dinner, which are held off
Plan to arrive at the Retreat no later than 4:00 pm on June
26th. Participants will meet
for dinner and an orientation session. The schedule for the Retreat is:
meetings with mentors
To enable participants to accomplish their writing goals,
the schedule is rigorously enforced. The Retreat ends with a celebratory
dinner on June 30th and an optional day at Disneyland or the Beach
on July 1st. All participants
must be checked out of the dorms by 5 pm on July 1st.
- Submit a letter that includes: (1) a brief project
description (project summary, primary argument and/or research questions,
text(s) and/or location(s) and/or data, and method); (2) a statement about the
current status of the project/ the amount completed on the project; and (3) an articulation
of any obstacles you are encountering in completing the project.
- Provide your name, address, telephone number,
and e-mail address
- A copy of your vita
Eight participants will be selected to participate. If more individuals apply to participate in
the Retreat than spaces are available, the following applications will be
privileged: (1) Applications submitted earliest; and (2) Applications of
individuals who appear most able to benefit from the services offered at the
Retreat. If your application is accepted, you will receive an acceptance letter
and additional details about the Retreat.
Applications should be sent to: Applications
should be sent to: Dr. Michelle Miller-Day, Chapman University, firstname.lastname@example.org.