Welcome to the July 2019 Faculty Advisory Board sponsored discussion. This discussion is open to all GCU faculty. I have been an online adjunct faculty member at GCU in the College of Theology since 2015. When I facilitated the April 2019 FAB discussion about Professional Development, the topic of writing was mentioned so this month’s discussion will be devoted to exploring that more in-depth. As we post comments and perhaps ask questions throughout the discussion, my desire is that we all converse on a first-name basis and that you feel free to interact with others who join the conversation. In other words, I don’t want this to be just me having a separate discussion with each person who participates. During this month’s discussion, I might mention or post links to items, but that does not mean that those are promoted or supported by me or GCU.
My planned schedule for this month’s discussion is as follows:
Week 1 - Reasons: Why should (or shouldn't) teachers write for publication?
Week 2 - Risks: What are some pitfalls of writing (or attempting to write) for publication?
Week 3 - Results: How can (or can't) writing for publication benefit teachers and/or their readers?
Week 4 - Resources: Where can teachers go to become better writers and/or get published?
Depending on how the discussion goes, that schedule might be modified.
So why should (or shouldn’t) teachers write for publication? To get this discussion started, I invite you to share any thoughts you might have regarding the article “Publish or Perish?”
As I read through that article, I had some agreements and disagreements. To share just a couple, I disagree that teachers should try to get something published just to make themselves feel good, but I agree that writing for publication can enhance your teaching and expand your influence to audiences beyond your classroom.
As you read that article, what thoughts came to your mind regarding why teachers should or shouldn’t write for publication?