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.
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.
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.
Writing op-eds, is an excellent way for faculty to share their research with external audiences. These workshops will occur at least once annually. Experts with the OpEd Project will offer a half-day workshop to 12-15 selected faculty. Each participant will also have a working draft of an op-ed to submit to external audiences.