Summer is different for everyone. For some, it is a time to relax after the stressful academic year. For others, it is a time to travel abroad and experience the world.
And for some, it is a time to work, research and be productive.
For faculty members with a working mindset, the Center for Faculty Excellence and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities have come together to create a program to support faculty in the research and writing process through the Summer Writing Group Program.
Participants are divided into groups depending on their interests and preferences, and the groups are given the freedom to decide how to approach the program and their own goals, said journalism professor Debashis Aikat.
Eric Muller, director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, created the program.
After nearly eight months of planning, the program was launched the summer of 2013.
“It was very successful. It drew close to 70 faculty and this year the number was similar," said Maria Wisdom, executive director of the Institute of Arts and Humanities.
"(This was) something (Muller) wanted to do for some time to see if he could put together some writing groups for faculty.”
Aikat said some groups decide to meet once a week to write together, while others communicate electronically. The group members are not necessarily from the same department or field of study.