New faculty often struggle to publish research during their first or second year of full-time teaching. A dizzying array of professional responsibilities certainly makes maintaining an aggressive research agenda more difficult than in graduate school. The key is to develop a new practice for a new environment, to isolate productive blocks of time for research and writing within a schedule that otherwise may seem out of one’s control.

Sponsored by the Faculty Development Office in the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), Research Boot Camp is designed to provide faculty the opportunity for focused, supervised writing time so that you may make significant progress toward the completion of articles, book chapters, grant applications, and other publishable research projects. You are a good candidate for RBC if you have data collected for your article, book, or study, and now need time, space, or more productive writing strategies to complete your writing.

Fall 2014 Schedule

All sessions are from 2:00PM to 4:30PM in Old Main 109 on the following Fridays:

  • September 5
  • September 26
  • October 3
  • October 24
  • November 14
  • December 5

The Office offers a semester-long Research Boot Camp every spring term for new full-time faculty in their first two years at Marshall. In the space of six sessions during the semester, RBC members engage in a total of 15 intensive on-site hours of research writing. Each session also includes time for individual progress reports.

Participants must clear their schedules, make a commitment to attend all work sessions, and submit a work plan in advance of the first meeting. (Instructions will be sent after you register.) Faculty at the South Charleston campus will be accommodated remotely via polycom link. Those who complete the full boot camp will receive $100 in travel funding.

If you would like to make substantial progress on your research, then Research Boot Camp is for you! BYOL (bring your own laptop). CTL will provide high-quality energy foods (no twinkies!). All sessions will convene in Old Main 109.

Questions? Call Karen McComas at 6-2983 or email at mccomas@marshall.edu.