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Scholarly Writing and Publishing

The Center for Faculty Development and Excellence offers the Scholarly Writing and Publishing fund, a grant program designed to help faculty seeking professional support for projects in development across a range of serious scholarly works, including book manuscripts, article manuscripts, grantwriting, and digital scholarship. 

Previously known as the Author Development Program, the Scholarly Writing and Publishing (SWAP) fund supports faculty writing and publishing. In addition to the grant program, SWAP will also offer a series of workshops, panel discussions, and lectures throughout the spring 2014 semester. Please see below for details.

The Scholarly Writing and Publishing Fund is no longer accepting applications for 2013-14. Please check back for the 2014-15 call for proposals. 

The call for proposals for the 2013-14 Scholarly Writing and Publishing fund included two different tracks:

  1. To support scholarly writing projects in development.
  2. To support experimental projects that will result in digital media projects or publications.

Please click on the above links for full descriptions, particulars, deadlines, and other details for these funding tracks.

Please see the menu to the left for more information and resources.

Events & Opportunities, Spring 2014

The Scholarly Writing and Publishing project is offering a series of workshops, panel discussions, lectures, and consultation opportunities throughout the spring 2014 semester. Please contact Allison Adams ( for more information about the offerings.

Meet the Agent
Public Discussion
Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Jones Room, Woodruff Library

*Originally this event was to include Robert Dreesen, an editor from Cambridge University Press. Mr. Dreesen has had to cancel his visit to Emory next week. We are hoping to reschedule in Fall 2014.

Individual Short Consultations for Faculty
Wednesday, Apr 9, Throughout the Day (times to be assigned, see below to request a consultation)

Emory faculty are invited to Meet the Editor and Agent, an annual event that brings experts in publishing to campus, sponsored by the Scholarly Writing and Publishing project of the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. Please join us on for an illuminating Q&A session with Cecelia Cancellaro of Idea Architects - Creative Book and Media Development Agency. Our expert guest will discuss trends and expectations for faculty authors in the current environment of scholarly publishing.

Faculty authors will have opportunities to meet one-on-one with Ms. Cancellaro and Mr. Dreesen on Wednesday, April 9. To meet with one or the other, please submit a short summary or abstract of your book project to Allison Adams ( no later than March 25. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 26. Mr. Dreesen and Ms. Cancellaro 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).

Cecelia A. Cancellaro has more than twenty years of publishing experience, most recently as the cofounder of Idea Architects, a creative book development agency. She provides a wide-range of book and publishing related services including shaping book ideas, developing books and book proposals, editing manuscripts, agenting, writing, and providing guidance and expertise throughout the publication process. She began her career as an editor at Routledge Press and was also an editor at Schocken Books in the Knopf Group at Random House. Her goal has always been to bring intellectually and politically important work to a wide readership. She has published many award-winning and paradigm-shifting books in a variety of areas close to her heart, including feminism, history, race, and legal studies.

Copyright for Authors - Rescheduled

Tuesday, Sept 8, 2014, 3:30 p.m. (This event was postponed from February 2014 due to inclement weather and university closures.)
Joseph W. Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Lecture and Q&A with an expert in copyright law in research and scholarly publishing

Lisa A. Macklin, director of the Scholarly Communications Office in Woodruff Library, will offer an overview of what every faculty author should know about copyright law and intellectual property rights, from permissions around images and other works to the "bundle" of rights afforded to authors over their own work. Macklin joined Emory in 2005 and was appointed the first director of the Scholarly Communications Office (formerly the Libraries Intellectual Property Rights Office) in 2007. In this role she works with faculty, students, and staff on the application of copyright law to teaching, research, and publishing. She holds a law degree from Georgia State University, an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida, an MA English from Texas Woman's University, and BA in English from the University of South Florida.

Past Events

Scholarly Writing in the Digital Milieu
Monday, Mar. 17, 2014 | 3 p.m.
Math and Science Center E208 (NOTE ROOM CHANGE)
Joint presentation and Q&A with two experts in digital scholarship

As scholars increasingly move their work to the web, and with an estimated third of all scholars now active on social media, conversations that previously took place within campus walls are now open for the world to pitch in. The benefits of using the digital milieu for scholarly communication have been cited, among myriad others, as democratization, widening participation, and engaging new audiences on a global level. But these rapid changes come with challenges, including the way that these new modes for communication change the nature of scholarly writing itself. How does a project go from Twitter to a blog post to an article to a book? Or some other form?

Adeline Koh is director of the Digital Humanities Center and and assistant professor of literature at Richard Stockton College. Her work spans the intersections between postcolonial studies and the digital humanities, 19th/20th Century British and Anglophone Literature and Southeast Asian and African studies, and games in higher education. Koh runs the postcolonial digital humanities website and tumblr blog with Roopika Risam. She is also a core contributor to the Profhacker Column at the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Roopika Risam is assistant professor of world literature and English education at Salem State University. She works to address the intersections of postcolonial studies and minority discourse in the United States and the role of digital humanities in mediating between the two. Risam has contributed to Postcolonial Studies @ Emory, a digital humanities project that provides a home for postcolonial studies on the web, and she runs the postcolonial digital humanities website and tumblr blog with Adeline Koh. She is currently serving on the Modern Language Association's Delegate Assembly.

Grant Writing in the Humanities
Co-sponsored with the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry and the University Research Committee
Friday, January 31, 2014 | 3:00 p.m.
Joseph W. Jones Room, Woodruff Library
Half-hour panel discussion followed by individual meetings with interested faculty

Faculty in humanities fields are especially encouraged to attend a half-hour panel discussion with Jason Rhody (via Skype), a senior program officer in the Office of Digital Humanities at the National Endowment of the Humanities, and who will speak to what the NEH is looking for and qualities in a successful proposal; Yanna Yannakakis, associate professor of history, who has an impressive track record of securing grants; and Vincent Cornell, Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Middle East and Islamic Studies, who has served on multiple NEH review panels.

In the following hour and a half of the program, the three panelists will individually speak one-on-one with faculty who might have an idea for a grant, or perhaps a proposal in progress, to give feedback and advice. Faculty are invited to sign up in advance for these ten-minute consultations (first come, first served). To do so, please send an email to Allison Adams ( by January 28 that briefly summarizes your grant proposal or concept, its current stage of development, and some abbreviated biographical information (no more than 500 words).