Center for Faculty Innovation

Scholarship Residency (Faculty Community)

Wed, 10 Oct 2018 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Location:  Rose Library room 3313 and Mountain Valley Retreat Center.

Fri, Nov 2 - Sun, Nov 4, 2018.

Extended application deadline: Wed, Oct 10 at 5:00 PM.

Want to prepare an application? Click here for a preview of the questions.

Seeking renewal with your scholarship? Participate in a three-day residency with a community of faculty scholars at Mountain Valley Retreat Center at the base of Massanutten Mountain near Harrisonburg, VA (this program was formerly called Writing Renewal Retreat). 

Reconnect to your scholarship and stimulate creativity through mindfulness mediation, nature walks, and more as you commit sustained time dedicated to completing a project or developing your research agenda. The retreat curriculum is balanced between long open-sessions of self-directed time to work on your scholarship and facilitated sessions that involve reflection and discussion of creative ways to sustain a positive relationship with your scholarship.  Overnight stay strongly encouraged.  Meals and housing will be provided courtesy of the Center for Faculty Innovation.


Tentative General Schedule for November 2-4, 2018    

Friday Nov 2           1-2 Introduction 
                                  2-4 pm Scholarship/ Research sessions 
                                  6-8 pm Evening session (Mountain Valley Retreat Center)
Sat Nov 3                 9-5 pm Scholarship Sessions/ Group Discussions (Mountain Valley Retreat Center)
                                  6-8 pm Evening session (Optional)
 Sun Nov 4                9-12 am Closing Session  (Mountain Valley Retreat Center) 


Here’s some ways faculty members from different academic units have reflected on productivity and their retreat time:

“It was so energizing to be in a context in which I was only focusing on my scholarly identity. I was able to get excited about my project again.”

“Making progress on a scholarship progress. I was avoiding the paper that I ended up working on while I was at the retreat. I have been putting off working on it for months, so it was nice to finally have organized time set aside (in a beautiful location!) to work on it.”

“I think the mindfulness along with the scholarship helped me to be productive. It was also helpful just being around others who wanted to be productive in their work.”

“I had hoped to finish a book proposal at the retreat, but that plan was a bit unrealistic. Everything about the retreat exceeded my expectations. I did get some writing/editing done, but I also gained so much more: a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm, helpful writing and productivity strategies, new friendships with wonderful colleagues, and a strong sense of community.”


  • Becca Howes-Mischel, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology;
  • Jenn Almjeld, Ph.D., Writing, Rhetoric & Technical Communication; and
  • Ed Brantmeier, Ph.D., Learning, Technology, and Leadership Education and Center for Faculty Innovation.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Renewing oneself as a scholar;
  • Making progress on a scholarship project;
  • Developing metacognitive awareness of writing process and habits; and
  • Appreciating contemplative practices for increasing focus, awareness, and well-being.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these scholarship outcomes:

  • Appreciating the diverse forms, purposes, and communication modes of scholarship in higher education; nad
  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.

If you require non-dietary accommodations to participate in this program, please email the CFI at or call (568-4846) immediately to convey your needs.  We will work with the HR department to provide you with reasonable accommodations, if time permits.

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