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NCA to Host Mid-Career Scholar’s Writing Retreat

December 6, 2016

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.

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 ideas.

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:

  • providing feedback on ideas
  • writing techniques
  • time management
  • organizing ideas
  • coding qualitative data efficiently
  • writing up qualitative and descriptive research
  • analyzing 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. 

Chapman University 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.

To Apply: 

  • 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,

Please visit the NCA website to learn more about the MCSWR and apply.