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 now available on video or as podcasts.



An Introduction to Fulbright Scholar Grants for US Faculty and Professionals

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Presentation and Q&A
Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Woodruff Library, Jones Room (3rd floor)
Free box lunches will be served.
Register by Feb 10 >>

Individual Meetings with Fulbright Program Officer
9:00 - 11:00 am
Center for Faculty Development and Excellence
216 Woodruff Library

Register by Feb 6 (see details below)


The Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives (GSI) and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence (CFDE) are partnering to host a day of free Fulbright information sessions on Wednesday, Feb 15, for Emory faculty and professionals interesting in applying for Fulbright grants.

Andrew Reiss, Assistant Director of Outreach at the Institute of International Education, which administers the Fulbright Scholar Program, will be on campus to give a presentation on the grants for U.S. faculty and professionals. A limited number of brief, one-on-one morning meeting slots for faculty who have questions about the process will also be available. Attendees will learn about opportunities to teach and conduct research abroad and get tips on preparing Fulbright grant applications.
  • A presentation and question-and-answer session on Fulbright Scholar grants will take place from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the Jones Room on the third floor of Woodruff Library, and boxed lunches will be served. Register online to attend by Friday, Feb 10: http://bit.ly/2jB38AA.
  • Brief one-on-one meetings with Reiss will run from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the CFDE (216 Woodruff Library). He will review draft proposal summaries before his visit and provide guidance and feedback to strengthen them. To sign up for a time slot, email a short project abstract (and a draft proposal if available) to Allison Adams, associate director of the CFDE, by Monday, Feb 6. The description should be no more than two pages and include a brief bio and contact information.

The deadline for applications to the 2017-18 Fulbright Scholar Program is Aug. 1, 2017. The program provides approximately 800 teaching and research grants each year to U.S. faculty and professionals in a variety of fields. Grants are available in more than 125 countries. For more information, contact Kevin Kelly, assistant director of the Office of Global Strategy and Initiatives.

The CFDE also offers multiple online resources and advice for applying for a Fulbright Scholar Grant.


Meet the Editors 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 Patrick Allen, acquisitions editor, University of Georgia Press; Walter Biggins, executive editor, University of Georgia Press; and Rob McQuilkin of Massie & McQuilkin, Literary Agents (New York). Our three expert guests will discuss trends and expectations for faculty authors in the current environment of scholarly publishing, focusing in particular on finding the right press for your book project.

More information about this event will be forthcoming.


Patrick Allen is acquisitions editor at the University of Georgia Press, specializing in "trade" titles intended for general (non-specialist) readers. He works on book series with the Southern Foodways Alliance, Georgia River Network, and the Library of American Landscape History. Before joining UGA Press, he co-founded Hill Street Press, a small press focusing on titles of regional interest.


Walter Biggins is an executive editor at the University of Georgia Press. His writing has been published in RogerEbert.comThe Quarterly ConversationGlide MagazineBookslut,The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. With Daniel Couch, he is the author of the forthcoming book, Bob Mould’s Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017).


A graduate of Phillips Academy and Columbia University, Rob McQuilkin (agent) started out in publishing at Warner Books, where he acquired the paperback rights to books including Primary Colors, by Anonymous (Joe Klein). He left Warner Books for Anchor Books/Doubleday, where, as Editor, he acquired books by and/or worked closely with writers including Anita Hill (Speaking Truth to Power), Phillip Lopate (Totally, Tenderly, Tragically), and Lois Gould (Mommy Dressing), also acquiring the paperback rights to bestsellers such as Jon Krakauer’s Into Thin Air. Rob cut his teeth as an agent while working with Ike Williams and Jill Kneerim at The Palmer & Dodge Agency (later known as The Hill & Barlow Agency and then Kneerim & Williams at Fish & Richardson), before leaving to start his own agency, which, from 2003 to 2016 was known as Lippincott Massie McQuilkin and, as of January 2017, has been Massie & McQuilkin, Literary Agents.


Among the agency's clients are Roxane Gay; Kelly Link; Peter Ho Davies; Dan Chaon; Amber Dermont; and Lydia Millet. Rob himself specializes in fiction, memoir, history, and cultural criticism. Among his own clients within the agency are: Pulitzer Prize-winner and Two-term U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey; Internationally bestselling and prizewinning novelist Nickolas Butler; Director of African American Studies at Emory Carol Anderson; Pulitzer Prize-winning Essayist, Poet and Novelist Annie Dillard; PEN Open Award-winning poet and Director of the NYPL's Schomburg Center Kevin Young; Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet and Essayist Gregory Pardlo; and National Jewish Book Award-winner Shulem Deen, whom The Jewish Week has called "The poet laureate of ex-Chasidim." He also represents literary estates including those of Barbara Tuchman and Eudora Welty.