About the Faculty Write Program

Jennifer Ahern-Dodson founded the Faculty Write Program in 2012. 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 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 among faculty across 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. Her research centers on the role that community plays in shaping faculty attitudes toward writing and cultivating learning spaces that promote critical reflection, meaningful engagement, and a sense of belonging. She has worked with faculty writers and community-engaged scholars as writers and teachers for over 15 years and has facilitated and co-facilitated scholarly writing retreats and workshops at Duke, UNC, Virginia Tech, Case Western Reserve, 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.