Engaged Scholar Writing Retreat


Since 2018, the Duke University Faculty Write Program and NC Campus Compact have hosted an Engaged Scholar Writing Retreat. The retreat was proposed and designed by Dr. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson during her term as a 2018-19 NC Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Scholar.

This gathering is intended for faculty who teach an engaged pedagogy such as service-learning, community-based research, or participatory action research and who are working to advance their scholarship. The retreat includes discussion on strategies for effective writing, opportunities to write, and networking with other North Carolina faculty and administrators who are working on community-engaged scholarship. Each year the retreat features a conversation with an accomplished NC engaged scholar.

The retreat is facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Thompson Writing Program and Director of the Duke Faculty Write Program.

4th Annual Retreat
October 22, 2021 (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) [Virtual]

Gather with other community engaged scholars across North Carolina to set aside time for writing, in community. This mini-retreat will include directed writing time and optional breakout consultation sessions with veteran engaged scholars in our state. Registered participants will have an opportunity to sign up for consultation sessions a few days before the retreat. Space is limited. Registration closes October 15. Facilitated by Jennifer Ahern-Dodson. Co-sponsored by North Carolina Campus Compact, Duke Service-Learning, and the Duke Office of Civic Engagement.

This year we are privileged to have several published engaged scholars willing to share their expertise during 30-minute, one-on-one consultations. After the registration deadline, we will invite registrants to sign-up for a consultation.


Bob Bringle, Ph.D.  was the Executive Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning (1994-2012). Now retired, he consults with campuses, on national initiatives, and internationally on issues related to civic engagement

Rebecca Dumlao, Ph.D., professor of Communication at East Carolina University and 2019-20 engaged faculty scholar with North Carolina Campus Compact

Peter Felten, Ph.D., executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and professor of history at Elon University

Emily Janke,  Ph.D. director of the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement (ICEE) and associate professor in the Peace and Conflict Studies department at UNC Greensboro


Retreat Schedule 

9:30 -10:00     Introductions and Goal Setting for Writing Sessions

10:00 -12:15   Writing Session

10:30 -11:00   Optional Consultation Session 1

11:15 – 11:45  Optional Consultation Session 2

12:15- 12:30   What’s Next? Keeping the Momentum Going

Previous Featured Speakers

2020 Dr. Keisha Bentley-Edwards, Duke University

2019 Dr. Peter Felten, Elon University

2018 Dr. Emily Janke, UNC Greensboro  & Dr. Rebecca Dumlao, East Carolina University

Questions? Contact Leslie Garvin, Executive Director

Testimonials from the 2019 Retreat

First time I’ve really stepped back to think about the process of writing. Very helpful to get a new perspective on how to be more efficient and intentional with writing goals

It was so warm, welcoming and productive! Thank you for hosting – it was a breath of fresh air in my schedule and yet, we accomplished so much!

The dedicated, uninterrupted writing time was HUGELY beneficial, the writing tools will hold me in good stead moving forward and I imagine will have a greater impact than a single highly productive day.

Thank you for giving us the time to have such a productive and pleasant retreat experience. I enjoyed interacting with new colleagues and sharing this experience with colleagues I knew already. This was time well spent away from my home campus.”

“Really respected the no judgement approach demonstrated & shared today. I have tried to participate in other similar writing sessions/retreats and find that experts tend to think their way is the only way that works. Typically involves being selfish to everyone else (students, colleagues, and especially family) so not much of a model for work/life balance. I think this balance is especially important for engaged scholars.