Are you ready to share your research with the world?

Building on the University of Iowa’s (UI) national reputation as the Writing University, the Writing for the Public Good initiative seeks to support and expand the strengths of faculty writers across all disciplines and departments to share UI research and scholarship with Iowa, the nation, and the world.

Writing for the Public Good offers a variety of skills-based workshops to position faculty researchers and scholars to write essays, op-eds, and research-informed journalistic essays that are public facing in ways that traditional scholarship is not.

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If you know a faculty member who would be a good fit for a Writing for the Public Good program, please let us know. Self-nominations are welcome!

Workshops and Programs

Communicating Ideas Workshop

The Communicating Ideas workshop is held once annually for a small, interdisciplinary group of 9-10 faculty researchers and scholars. Throughout the half-day program, which includes short presentations, a panel of journalists, and one-on-one coaching, participants gather insights about communicating their research to individuals outside of their discipline.

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Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Workshop

Participants will learn how to share their work and its significance in a way that helps others appreciate the wonder and value of science. We will offer the first workshop at the beginning of the fall semester, as faculty gear up for the academic year. We will offer a second, more in-depth Alan Alda Center workshop at the beginning of the spring semester to help researchers expand their skills.

Virtual writing retreat with InkWell

In partnership with the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies

Michell Boyd of InkWell Academic Writing Retreats is an experienced writing coach who has led thousands of writers to communicate their ideas more effectively. We have timed this retreat for early in the fall semester when faculty may need to recharge and jumpstart their writing. The goal is that participants will have a document, whether it is an op-ed or Conversation-style piece begun by the end of the day and ready to continue editing and eventually submit.

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OpEd Project Writing Workshop

Writing op-eds is an excellent way for faculty to share their research with external audiences. In these virtual workshops, participants explore how to establish credibility; how to present ideas quickly and powerfully under pressure; the components of an effective, evidence-based argument; and the difference between being "right" and being effective. In the workshop, participants explore and pitch ideas, and begin to draft an op-ed. They are connected with a national network of journalists after the session.

The Conversation

The Conversation is an independent news organization dedicated to unlocking the knowledge of academic experts for the public good. With a monthly readership of 20 million, The Conversation expertly shares a scholar’s expertise far beyond the borders of our state. Articles are geared toward the general public and republished by major news outlets, which can generate thousands of views across multiple platforms.

Through our institutional membership, faculty receive personalized assistance from an editor to translate their work for a general audience.

View Conversation articles published by University of Iowa researchers

“In terms of eyeballs per hour of work, it was the highest ratio of anything I've done.”
Charles Stanier, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering

Iowa Researchers Featured in The Conversation

HIV self-test kits are meant to empower those at risk − but they don't necessarily lead to starting HIV treatment or prevention

Monday, October 2, 2023
Oluwafemi Atanda Adeagbo, Assistant Professor of Public Health, University of Iowa
Many people at heightened risk for HIV have never been tested. Those who have self-tested for HIV often don’t go on to receive care or change their sexual behavior.

The story of Ohio's ancient Native complex and its long journey for recognition as a World Heritage site

Monday, September 25, 2023
Stephen Warren, Professor of History and Program Coordinator, Native American and Indigenous Studies, University of Iowa
An Indigenous sacred site, Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks has served as a military barracks, a fairground and, more recently, a golf course.

Apa itu jurusan 'Liberal Arts'? Berikut penjelasan ahli

Tuesday, September 19, 2023
Blaine Greteman, Professor and Chair of English, University of Iowa
Istilah ‘liberal arts’, mungkin terdengar seperti ungkapan yang bernuansa politis. Seorang ahli literatur menjelaskan mengapa hal itu salah dan melihat lebih dekat asal usul dan maknanya.

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Kristy Nabhan-Warren

Kristy Nabhan-Warren

Associate Vice President for Research
Professor, V.O. and Elizabeth Kahl Figge Chair in Catholic Studies
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Leslie Revaux

Director of Strategic Communications
Casey Westlake

Casey Westlake

Communications Manager