❦ To develop writing strategies for academic publication;
❦ To examine and pursue directed reading practices;
❦ To edit and revise one's prose given feedback.
You will complete a writing project, or projects this term. The writing project(s) is yours to determine. Allow me describe my thinking in developing the course as a way guide your choice.
I assumed—as the course title and description attest—your interest in the practices of academic publishing. While a thesis or dissertation may provide content for academic publications, I had not thought to focus on thesis or dissertation writing per se. If you wish to pursue thesis or dissertation writing I can certainly help, but I would ask that you also work on a writing project that would lead to in academic publication on a blog, in a journal, in a book of some sort, or in any sort of proper outlet.
If you want an academic post, you must publish in peer-reviewed journals and at peer-reviewed presses. In our readings we will examine the wisdom and environment of this state of affairs, but "publish or perish" persists as a truism for a reason. However, different academic institutions (please refer to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education)—an R1: Doctoral University (like Virginia Tech) compared to a Baccalaureate College (like the University of Richmond—demand different kinds and numbers of publications (we can talk, too, about productivity accountancy at universities across the globe). And disciplinary preferences further muddy the waters (we'll take up those preferences as well).
Assuming, then, that you are early in your publishing career, I suggest that you consider initially writing a book review, a review essay, or piece for an established digital publication that connects to your research interests, and that might help you establish relationships with practitioners in the field.
There are other paths to take—a handbook or encyclopedia entry (in print or online), a commentary on, or reply to, a published article or book. A piece co-authored with a colleague. If you are at a point where you can develop an article for a journal, please feel free to do so.
In any case, I would like you to send me a proposal regarding your writing project, I ask that you follow these guidelines:
• The proposal is no longer than 300 words;
• You identify the genre of the piece you will writing (e.g., book review, blog post, commentary ...);
• You provide a synopsis of the piece—please include the central issue, or question, you will address;
• You offer a brief explanation of why you pursuing this project and, so, how it relates to your academic trajectory.
Please send me the proposal—as an email or document attachment—by midnight January 31.
We will conduct a workshop on your piece at some point after spring break. The piece does not need to finished by the time of the workshop. Relatively speaking, however, conducting a workshop on a more completed piece would be more productive.