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.

Feb 18: Your Sabbatical: Operating Instructions, Part 1 - Finding Funding

Are you seeking sabbatical funding? Not sure where to start?

In this first of three Spring 2020 sessions on Your Sabbatical: Operating Instructions, Director of Foundation Relations Tiffany Worboy will offer an overview of potential sabbatical funding resources from private foundations – ranging from fellowships to research grants. Come with your questions, leave with ideas, advice, and leads.

Tuesday February 18
Noon - 1:00 
Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Bring your lunch, CFDE will provide drinks


Tiffany Worboy joined the Office of Foundation Relations in April 2014 as an associate director.  She works with faculty and administrators to secure external support via foundation grants and to raise the profile of Emory faculty and their research. Tiffany’s previous Emory positions range from Communications Specialist for the Office of the University Secretary, to Assistant Director of the Pre-Health Mentoring Office, to administrative roles in the Provost’s Office and the College Dean’s Office. Tiffany came to Emory in 1999 to pursue her doctoral degree in Women's Studies. While at Emory, she has taught a variety of undergraduate courses specializing in feminist theory and women’s health. 


Feb 26: Turn Writing Blocks Into Building Blocks

This workshop will focus on the common blocks that writers encounter: behaviors, beliefs, feelings that frustrate your efforts at scholarly productivity. Participants will go through an exercise designed to help assess and understand individual experiences of writer’s block. Then we will begin to identify and apply ways to chip away at a block and move beyond it.

Wednesday February 26
Noon to 1:30
Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Lunch Provided
Register at this link

Mar 2: Writing Through Writer's Block

Join us on Mar 2 in the CFDE for a Webinar Viewing Party

Noon - 1:30 pm

In the CFDE (216 Woodruff Library)

Bring your lunch, CFDE will provide drinks


  • Are you feeling stuck in your writing and experiencing a sense of boredom, intimidation or self-loathing when you think of sitting down with your project?

  • Do you have ongoing guilt or shame about how much time you spend avoiding your work because it’s painful to write, or you’re no longer sure exactly where or how to start? 

  • Do you maintain unrealistic standards for your research that turn each paragraph into an opportunity to feel you have insufficient expertise, or couldn’t adequately respond to readers’ expectations or critiques?

If any of the above sounds familiar or reflects your experience with the writing process, you are not alone. It may be useful to regard those $%#$% writing blocks as opportunities for clarity around your research aims and intellectual investments. In this guest expert workshop, we will explore the multiple forms that writing blocks take, consider challenges that underrepresented faculty may experience in relation to writing, and identify strategies for attending to blocks so as to turn obstacles into insight. Along the way, we will share stories about how incredibly tough writing can be, and develop strategies that will help us sit down with our projects and make progress -- writing through writer’s block.

March 16: Share Your Scholarly Output and Increase its Impact

Increase the Impact of Your Work: How to Share Your Scholarly Output

Jody Bailey, Director, Office of Scholarly Communications, Woodruff Library

Eric Weeks, Director, CFDE, Professor of Physics

Monday, March 16
Noon - 1 pm
312 Woodruff Library

Academia.eduResearchGatearXiv.orgSSRNHumanities Commons – the list of places scholars can share their work goes on and on. But how do you decide what the best places to share are? Which sharing sites are considered to be a positive force in scholarship, and which ones might have hidden motivations? Attend this workshop to gain a greater understanding of why sharing your work is beneficial and how academic social networks, institutional and discipline-specific repositories, and other sharing sites work. The information you learn will empower you to make informed decisions about when, why, and how to share your scholarly output.

Register here. 


Mar 30: Your Sabbatical: Operating Instructions, Part 2 - "Maximizing Your Sabbatical"

Join us on Mar 30 in the CFDE for a Webinar Viewing Party

Noon - 1:30 pm

In the CFDE (216 Woodruff Library)

Bring your lunch, CFDE will provide drinks


While the word “sabbatical” is derived from “ceasing or a rest,” the reality of being on sabbatical could not be further from those derivations. Sabbaticals are (in many institutions) highly competitive and recipients are expected to use their time away from other academic duties and responsibilities to focus on their research agenda, with the resultant expectation of a tangible scholarly outcome. Unfortunately, competition can be very stress producing for many academics. While having “free time” can be wonderfully productive, it can sometimes cause anxiety or even paralyze productivity.

In this webinar, we will be exploring the above issues, and create positive ways to deal with:

  • Discovering what the sabbatical process is in your particular institution
  • Making your application most attractive and competitive
  • Planning on how to use the “free time” effectively and with the most benefit to both the applicant and the institution
  • Dealing with rejection if sabbatical isn’t approved

Apr 6: Your Sabbatical: Operating Instructions, Part 3 - Structuring Unstructured Time

A panel of three faculty will walk participants through their advice, experiences, and best practices for structuring the unstructured time of a sabbatical. 

Monday, April 6
Noon - 1:00 pm
Lunch provided
Location TBD

Robert Hampton is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Yerkes National Primate Research Center; Director, Program in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior; and Co-Director, with Patricia Bauer Mechanisms of Learning training grant. He received his B.A. in psychology from Macalester College in 1988. He did his graduate work in psychology at University of Toronto, completing his M.A. in 1990 and his Ph.D. in 1995. He continued his training at the National Institute of Mental Health as a Training Fellow from 1996 to 2000 and a Research Fellow from 2000 to 2004.

Sharon T. Strocchia is a professor in the Department of History. She explores the social and cultural history of Renaissance Italy; gender and sexuality in early modern Europe; health and medicine in the premodern world. She is author of Death and Ritual in Renaissance Florence (1992); Nuns and Nunneries in Renaissance Florence (2009), awarded the 2010 Marraro Prize by the American Catholic Historical Association. She is most recently author of Forgotten Healers: Women and the Pursuit of Health in Late Renaissance Italy (2019).

Dieter Jaeger is a professor in the Department of Biology. His research areas are neuroscience and computational biology. His lab combines electrophysiological recordings and detailed computer modeling to examine how neurons in the basal ganglia and in the cerebellum process their inputs. In particular they are interested in the functional significance of inhibition and of active neural properties in network processing. They also apply these concepts to investigate the mechanisms underlying the clinical effects of deep brain stimulation using multisite recordings in anesthetized rodents. The ultimate goal of this work is to understand the motor function of basal ganglia and cerebellar networks in normal and disease states.

Apr 20-21: 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.

Monday-Tuesday April 20-21, 2020

Please join us on for an illuminating panel discussion and Q&A session with Sara Cohen, Senior Acquiring Editor, University of Michigan Press (American Studies, Disability Studies, and Class Studies) and Geri Thoma, literary agent, Writers House (New York). Our expert guests will discuss trends and expectations for faculty authors in the current environment of scholarly publishing.

Faculty authors will have also opportunities to meet one-on-one with Ms. Cohen or Ms. Thomas during the visit 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.

Please save the dates. More information to come on this annual program.

If you require a disability-related accommodation to participate in any event, please contact Allison Adams, CFDE, at 727-5269 or to arrange services. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.