Reflections from Villanova Faculty


On the addition of faculty writing support at Villanova.

"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 the Villanova University around the world and it must be of the highest quality. The addition of Emily Carson to Villanova to help with faculty scholarly writing has been long overdue."

Bijan G. Mobasseri
Professor of Electrical and Chemical Engineering


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

"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 2500 words over the course of the two days." 

Megan Quigley
Associate Professor of English

On attending a writing retreat.

"[This writing retreat] gave me structured time and support from writing experts, required me to practice goal-setting, encouraged self-reflective work habits, and provided me with a community of like-minded peers. I also benefited specifically from one-on-one consultation. For the first time in years I felt as if my institution was supporting my research agenda in active way. I can't tell you how encouraging that was."       

                                                                      Jean Lutes
Associate Professor of English