Faculty Writing Assistance

Faculty Writing Assistance is consulting support available to faculty for their writing projects.  Collaboration can make the writing process more efficient and productive. 

Dr. Emily Carson has been appointed to offer one-on-one consults for projects such as articles, proposals, book-length manuscripts, revise and resubmit edits, and course assignments. She has a Ph.D. in comparative literature, has worked as a writing consultant and editor, and has taught technical writing and composition.  

Set up an appointment to:

  • Collaborate on revisions
  • Have a new perspective on an overly familiar project
  • Talk through ideas to organize thoughts
  • Improve clarity by questioning passages, ideas, or structure
  • Identify patterns of error when English is a second language
  • Hear a reader response from a scholar outside of the field
  • Learn new genres: proposals, teaching statements, etc.
  • Interpret and implement reviewer feedback
  • Work through effective slide design for a presentation
  • Keep to a schedule
  • Adapt a dissertation chapter or a presentation into a publication
  • Consider how to tailor a manuscript to a specific journal

Faculty Testimonials

On the addition of faculty writing support at Villanova

“Usually, writing is something I try to squeeze in to my schedule. Dedicating time to it, with the Writing Center’s support, made me really happy about writing. I also appreciated that it wasn’t tied to external goals (tenure requirements, etc.), but rather independently-determined projects. Writing is so crucial to knowing and this [support] made me feel like I was in a space that truly valued writing as a process, not simply as a product. We teach our students this lesson, but so often do not give ourselves time to focus on the process.”

Mary Mullen
Assistant Professor
English

 

“As teacher-scholars, our products are often the written word. There is no question that the quality of the writing, even in well-regarded publications in my field, has slipped noticeably. While the occasional well-written papers are a pleasure to read, the poorly written ones are not. The editorial boards do not seem to be concerned with the quality of the writing, leaving it to the discretion of the authors. What is published by the faculty carries the reputation of Villanova University around the world and it must be of the highest quality. The addition of Emily Carson to help with faculty scholarly writing has been long overdue."

Bijan G. Mobasseri
Professor
Electrical and Chemical Engineering

On the benefits of a one-on-one writing consult

“I started working with Emily last July on my grant proposals. In addition to making edits on grammar and terminology, she helped me with the structure of the proposals and creating logical transitions. We met several times in my office to work on making my abstract clearer. She helped me greatly in adding clarity and making the sections more appealing to the reviewers. I am pleased to report that I was since awarded a much-sought-after NSF grant!”

Wenqing Xu
Assistant Professor
Chemical and Environmental Engineering

 

“I was able to talk through an essay that I have been working on with [the consultant]. This conversation not only helped me develop an action plan for revisions, but spurred me on to write more than 2,500 words over the course of the two days.”

Megan Quigley
Associate Professor
English

 

“As a junior faculty whose English is a second language (on top of struggling with normal time management issues) knowing there is assistance available to help with different parts of the writing process is invaluable. This is a nice closure as I was stuck with a manuscript for a long time, then restarted working on it in with assistance, and now, three months later I’m resubmitting after revision!”

Peleg Kremer
Assistant Professor
Geography and the Environment

Contact:

To set up an appointment, contact:

Dr. Emily Carson
Contact by email
Phone: 610-519-4273