About the Faculty Write Program

Jennifer Ahern-Dodson founded the Faculty Write Program in 2011. She joined a multi-disciplinary writing group a few years earlier, and discovered that her scholarship and writing were transformed by it. As she worked with faculty across disciplines in her writing pedagogy workshops, she realized that they also wanted and needed support as writers, not just as teachers of writers. 

Faculty Write, an initiative of the Thompson Writing Program, has grown to offer an annual week-long summer retreat, academic year retreats, and workshops. It also offers individual consultations and coaching with faculty on a one-on-one basis, and it facilitates a robust writing group program. Since its inception, the program has fostered interdisciplinary collaborations across faculty, programs, and colleges at Duke, and between many institutions. 

Our Team

Jennifer Ahern-Dodson, Director

Dr. Ahern-Dodson’s work has been sponsored by the Trent Foundation and the Duke Office for Faculty Advancement, among others. Currently she is an Associate Professor of the Practice in Writing Studies and Director of Outreach for the Thompson Writing Program. She was selected as a North Carolina Campus Engagement Scholar in 2018-19. She has facilitated and co-facilitated scholarly writing retreats and workshops at Duke, UNC, and Virginia Tech, and for organizations including North Carolina Campus Engagement and the Central New York Humanities Corridor. 

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Michelle Gregersen, Program Coordinator

Gregersen started as Program Coordinator for the Thompson Writing Program in September of 2019. She graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business from University of North Carolina Wilmington in December 2017. Her background is in Marketing and Communications as well as many Customer Service roles.


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To schedule an individual consultation, or to discuss planning a workshop or writing retreat for your university, department or program, contact Dr. Ahern-Dodson at  jahern@duke.edu.