Online Scholarship Residency: Making a Place for Scholarship During a Pandemic (Faculty Community)

Mon, 11 May 2020 12:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Online Scholarship Residency will be held on Tuesday, May 26 from 9 AM-4 PM with an optional evening session from 6:30-7:30 PM, and Tuesday, June 2 from 9 AM-12 PM.


Extended deadline: Monday, May 11th at 5:00 PM. 

Seeking renewal as a critical scholar during COVID -19? Struggling to find time in your schedule and space in your home to consistently work on scholarly writing and/or creative activities? Participate in this two-part, day and half-long, online program with a community of faculty scholars who are also making the effort to maintain or regain momentum on their scholarship projects.

Engage in contemplative practices in order to care for the scholarship by caring for the scholar. Commit sustained time to completing a scholarship project. Create physical spaces within and around your home that are specifically reserved for scholarship. The retreat experience is balanced between a day long goal-setting and writing session, a week of self-directed time to practice implementing goals and establish good habits, and a half-day reflective and integrative session at the end of the week. Synchronous sessions will involve wellness practices, reflection and discussion of vital ways to sustain a positive relationship with your scholarship, and unstructured time for collegiality and creative expression.

May 26th-June 2nd: Spend the week establishing consistent writing routines and tracking progress.

All sessions will be held on  Zoom (link forthcoming, pending application acceptance).

Online Residency Tentative Schedule: 

Tuesday, May 26th:

  •  9:00 am: Introductions, goals of the retreat, mindfulness/quiet centering, setting goals for a writing project
  •  10:00 am-12:00 pm: Two hours of uninterrupted asynchronous writing time
  •  12:00 pm to 1:30 pm Lunch and Interactive Webinar
  •  1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Uninterrupted scholarship time and/or optional scholarship consultations with CFI co-facilitators
  • 3:30 to 4:30 pm: Reflection on goals and setting goals for upcoming week
  •  6:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Optional “hangout” during which colleagues can share and experience creative work and other talents

Tuesday, June 2nd:

  •  9:00 am to 9:30 am: Re-introductions, Mindfulness/quiet centering
  •  9:30 am to 10:30 am: Discuss our progress, overcoming challenges in the process, and sharing successes
  • 10:30 am to 11:30 am: Scholarship Agendas: Prioritize Projects and Manage Your Time workshop
  •  11:30 am to 12:00pm: Close and Group Picture


Read what faculty have said about the power of past in-person retreats:

  • “I felt this program was a safe space to learn and grow together and emphasized the importance of connecting with and helping others in their academic journey.”
  • “It was encouraging to meet JMU scholars with diverse backgrounds and identities and to exchange challenges, strategies, and stories around our scholarly journey. I believe part of the reason I felt peace is the inclusive space intentionally designed by CFI.”
  • “Making progress on a scholarship project. 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… 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.”
  • “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.”


Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes:

  • Evaluating the impact of COVID-19 on scholarly productivity;
  • Making progress on a scholarship project;
  • Developing metacognitive awareness of writing process and habits amid Covid-19 quarantine; 
  • Appreciating contemplative practices for increasing focus, awareness, and well-being; and
  • Enhancing scholarly productivity.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please reach out to us at or (568-4846) with any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, dietary, etc.) you want us to know about.

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