Workshops & Consultations

Throughout the year, the CFDE hosts and presents multiple workshops, presentations, and opportunities for individual consultations with key professionals in scholarly publishing, funding organizations, and other areas of expertise in research and scholarship. These offerings are a powerful way to help get your work into publication and receive advice and feedback on your grant applications and book proposals. Watch this area of the website for dates and details for such events throughout the year.

Some previous events are available on video or as podcasts.

Thinking Together: Scholarly Collaborations Series

The frisson of thinking together exists at the heart of collaboration in academic research and writing. But for collaboration to work well, partners must embrace a shared understanding of process as well as product. In this series of programs in 2017-18, faculty are invited to explore the ways collaboration is approached, understood, and manifested in different scholarly environments.

International Collaborations

Faculty Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at Noon

Location: Ethics Center Commons, Room 102

Presented in partnership with the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives. 

What are the most important things to know for scholars collaborating across continents and cultures? In this session, four faculty from different fields who have collaborative projects in other parts of the world and/or with international partners discuss best practices and advice, common pitfalls to avoid, what they think makes for a great international collaboration, how they found collaborators, and more.


  • Aryeh D. Stein, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health
  • Jeffrey Lesser, Department of History, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
  • Deborah Bruner, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
  • Gonzalo Vazquez-Prokepec, Department of Environmental Sciences, Emory College of Arts and Sciences

Lunch will be provided. Registration link coming soon.

Meet the Editor and Agent


Emory faculty are invited to Meet the Editor and Agent, an annual event that brings experts in publishing to campus, sponsored by the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. Please join us on for an illuminating panel discussion and Q&A session with Michelle Tessler, Tessler Litarary Agency, and Jason Weidemann, University of Minnesota Press. Our expert guests will discuss trends and expectations for faculty authors in the current environment of scholarly publishing.

Public Panel Discussion

Monday, April 9 • 4:00 pm

Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Visiting editor and literary agent will discuss the changing landscape of scholarly publishing and current trends.

Individual Consultations

Monday, April 9 • scheduled throughout the day

Tuesday, April 10 • morning

Faculty authors will have opportunities to meet one-on-one with Ms. Tessler and Mr. Weidemann to discuss individual projects and proposals. This is a tremendous opportunity to make an impression and connection that will help faculty get their work into publication. To meet with one or the other, please submit a short summary or abstract of your book project to Allison Adams ( no later than April 2. Our visiting editor and agent will review the summaries before their visit to campus. This brief description of your book should be two pages maximum and include some abbreviated biographical information. Please also include contact information. A limited number of these slots are available and they tend to fill up quickly, so make your appointment request early (first come, first served).


Michelle Tessler is the principal of Tessler Literary Agency, a full-service boutique agency that represents both established and first time authors of upmarket fiction and non-fiction. Tessler previously worked at the prestigious literary agency Carlisle & Company (now Inkwell Management) and at the William Morris Agency. In addition to her agenting experience, Michelle worked as an executive of business development and marketing in the Internet industry. In 1994, just as the Internet was becoming a mainstream medium, she was hired by best-selling author James Gleick to help launch The Pipeline. She later worked at Jupiter Communications, an Internet market research company, and at ScreamingMedia, an online content syndication company, before returning to publishing. In light of the digital opportunities that are transforming publishing, Michelle's experience in the Internet world is of great benefit to her authors, both as they navigate ebook and app opportunities, and as they look for creative and effective ways to market their books to niche communities that can be targeted online. A native New Yorker, Michelle has a Master's Degree in English literature and is a member of the Association of Authors' Representatives and Women's Media Group. 

Jason Weidemann is the editorial director of the University of Minnesota Press. He seeks manuscripts that make field-defining interventions in their core disciplines, contribute to interdisciplinary conversations, and communicate to readers beyond the academy, including activists, policymakers, and general readers. His interest in Native and indigenous studies draws on literary studies, the social sciences, legal studies, and education. He also acquires works in cultural and human geography, anthropology, and sociology. Special interests include environmental politics, multispecies ethnography, urban studies, global flows of labor and capital, and Asian studies. Of specific interest are manuscripts that examine the social and racial dimensions of medicine and science. Proposals for translations from Japanese are welcomed, specifically science fiction and critical theory. He is also interested in manuscripts on the social aspects of video games and digital communication. As Chair of the Press’s Journals Program, Jason Weidemann is interested in forging publishing partnerships with new and existing journals based on principles of intellectual independence and a commitment to ethical and equitable partnerships.