CARHS Updates: Workshops, Mixers, & Research Support

by Amy D’Andrade

Writing Supports

NCFDD on-line workshop on “Developing a Daily Writing Practice”

There is an upcoming on-line workshop “How to Develop a Daily Writing Practice on March 6, from 12-1:30, facilitated by NCFDD director Kerry Ann Rockquemore. In the workshop you will learn “the 30-minute strategy that will increase your writing productivity AND decrease your stress, anxiety and guilt.” If you haven’t had a chance to experience a workshop with NCFDD, I highly recommend it. NOTE: You must be registered with NCFDD to participate! It’s free, but we need a few days advance notice to sign you up. Contact Amy D’Andrade at with questions or to register.

The Writing Room

Every Wednesday morning, you will find a group of faculty members meeting together in the library to work on their writing projects. Students don’t stop by to ask questions. They aren’t disturbed by phone calls. Colleagues don’t drop in to chat. For two hours, every week, they create the time and space to focus on their scholarship. If you’ve been frustrated by a lack of time to write, consider creating the time to write by meeting in the Writing Room. We meet on the 8th floor of MLK Library, near the north windows, from 9-11AM every Wednesday. Contact Danielle Harris at with questions or for more information.

On-line Writing Accountability Group

Another group of faculty has begun a virtual writing group. Every week they check-in via email, set specific, manageable goals, and report on progress over the past week. It’s very helpful for staying on track and moving ahead on a writing project. Contact Lori Rodriguez at to participate.

Research Supports

On campus workshop about the federal funding landscape

SJSU Research Foundation workshops this semester from the Office of Sponsored Programs focus on federal grant writing skills. An upcoming workshop with Dr. Richard Dunfee from the American Association of State Colleges and Universities in Washington D.C. is on the landscape for federal research funding. The workshop will be held March 11, 9AM-12PM in MLK Library Room 255/257. RSVP to Nancy Riley at

Summer Research Training

If you would like to brush up on your research or analysis skills, there are usually opportunities for research training held every summer. Here are links to two examples, one focusing on quantitative methodology (the 2013 Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program in Quantitative Methods of Social Research), and one focusing on qualitative research (10th Annual Qualitative Research Summer Intensive sponsored by ResearchTalk and The Odum Institute). We may have funding to reimburse registration and travel expenses for one or two tenured or tenure- track researchers who are looking to improve their research skills by attending training over the summer. If interested, draft a brief proposal and budget and forward by 3/31/13 to Ed Cohen at

CARHS Research Supports

Don’t forget that we have software support including users groups for NVivo (contact Amy D’Andrade, to sign up) and SPSS (contact Ed Cohen, to sign up) and one-on-one support for NVivo from a faculty member with special training (contact Amelie Pedneault, Statistical consultation is also available for CASA faculty members (up to five hours per individual per semester). Contact Kathy Lemon Osterling, for a referral.

Work/Life Balance Supports!

Upcoming First Friday at Flames

We had a great time at the first First Friday at Flames.  To be honest, not all the conversations were about research and scholarship, but the company was excellent and it was a lot of fun. The next one is coming up this Friday, March 1 at 4PM. Everyone is welcome. Contact Ted Butryn at  with questions or for more information.

A tip to maximize productivity

Lastly, here’s a refreshing commentary from the NYT on the effects of relaxation on productivity.

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