SSRC Solicits Applications for the Second Annual Academic Research Retreat

One of the missions of the Social Science Research Center is to facilitate and support faculty research.  To this end, the SSRC is hosting a faculty research retreat in Kenosha, WI during Spring Break March 20-23, 2017.  During this time, selected faculty will participate in two and a half days of intensive research time.

The retreat will take place in a rental property large enough to accommodate 3-5 researchers for three nights.  The retreat events will be organized by a facilitator, who will organize the retreat and conduct accountability sessions.  Attendees will be responsible for their own meals and for securing transportation for themselves to the retreat location.

Applications are due by 5pm Monday February 27, 2017 and should be emailed to Jessi Bishop-Royse at jbishopr@depaul.edu.  In 2-3 pages, potential applicants should indicate the name of their project, its current status, and what they intend to complete during the retreat.  The competitive review process will favor established research projects over those that need more development.

Last year, participants from Sociology,  Public Health, The School for New Learning, and Writing, Reading, and Discourse attended the retreat.  Generally, participants appreciated the opportunity to network with faculty from other departments.  On average, participants completed about 90% of planned research tasks.  Two of the four participants submitted manuscripts for publication within one month of the retreat.  Additionally, the manuscript that participant Sarah Read completed during the retreat was recognized for the James M. Lufkin Award for Best International Professional Communication Conference Paper.

Tentative Schedule

Monday 3/20

6pm-8pm Check in and Welcome Chat, Dinner +Evening Accountability Meeting

8-10pm Writing Session

Tuesday 3/21

8am-9am: Morning Accountability Meeting/Breakfast

9-Noon: Morning Writing Session

Noon-1pm: Afternoon Break

1pm-4pm: Afternoon Writing Session

4pm-7pm: Evening break.

7pm-9pm: Evening Writing Session

Wednesday 3/22

8am-9am: Morning Accountability Meeting/Breakfast

9-Noon: Morning Writing Session

Noon-1pm: Afternoon Break

1pm-4pm: Afternoon Writing Session

4pm-7pm: Evening break.

7pm-9pm: Evening Writing Session

Thursday 3/23

8am-9am: Morning Accountability Meeting/Breakfast

9-11: Morning Writing Session

11-12: Evaulation +Check Out

Questions should be directed to Jessica Bishop-Royse by email (jbishopr@depaul.edu).

Three Apps/Websites to Get You Writing

We here at the SSRC are all about helping researchers make their research better by making their lives more manageable.  We often do this by training research assistants or trouble shooting data problems or software problems.  Sometimes we do it by reporting about resources that our readers might find interesting.  Today, I report on three gems that I have discovered that have been crucial for helping me make steady progress towards writing goals.

Don’t Break the Chain is a very simple web-based calendar where you indicate all the days that you have successfully completed a daily task.  For many academics, daily writing is a MUST-DO.  Don’t Break the Chain allows users to set several goals and mark progress on each one.  It’s best for daily tasks that might require a little encouragement.  Particularly for individuals who like to keep a trend going.

Screenshot 2013-10-16 11.41.07 750 Words is very simple site where users write text.  The user’s words are counted with the goal of reaching 750 words per day.  This probably isn’t the best tool for polished writing (as in that kind of writing that would require tables and figures and such), but it’s a nice place to just get one’s thoughts down.   Words are counted in the lower right hand corner.  Text can be copied and pasted into a text editor for more polishing and massage.  When a user meets the 750 word requirement, a mark is made by that date.  A nice long row of those might be useful for individuals who like to keep track of their progress.

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Write or Die offers a web interface, desktop program, or app where users are penalized for not producing enough words with the deletion of previously written words.  Users can select their time goal and word goal, as well as the strictness of their consequences (which ranges from gentle to electric shock mode) and forgiveness period.  This is probably better for people that just need to spend time getting their ideas down.  And those who are easily distracted, who might sit down to right, but who suddenly find themselves perusing the DePaul SSRC blog or Facebook doing other things.

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