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Professional Development Workshops with Tara Gray, PhD

Monday, October 23
Whipple Auditorium (Room 2-6424)
University of Rochester Medical Center

RSVP here by Wednesday, October 4

Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Increase your productivity by a factor of three. Write clearer, better organized, and more compelling prose. Many scholarly writers are educated at the School of Hard Knocks, but it’s not the only school or even the best. Much is known about how to become a prolific scholar, and anybody can.

In this workshop, you will gain skills to:

  • triple your productivity by writing daily, even 15-30 minutes/day
  • create effective outlines after you write
  • write research that is clearer, better organized and more compelling
  • solicit meaningful feedback before formal peer review


Ten Ways to Manage Your Time

1:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

University professors are pulled in many directions at once, facing publication deadlines, piles of student papers, committee obligations, and that  ever-growing list of unanswered emails. In all of this clutter of activity, we might begin to wonder: are we making the best use of our time? Clearly, we need to develop strategies and concrete practices to open up some “space” in our lives in which we can reflect, consider the long term, and function more productively in our daily lives.

Learn ten ways to manage your time:

  1. Write your career mission statement.
  2. Write your career goals.
  3. Align your behavior with your goals.
  4. Create a weekly budget for your time.
  5. Wrestle your email to the ground.
  6. Tone down your perfectionism.
  7. Delegate: Do only that which only you can do.
  8. Work on big tasks in small increments.
  9. Procrastinate consciously.
  10. Just say, “No.”


About Dr. Gray

Tara Gray serves as an associate professor of criminal justice and the founding director of the Teaching Academy at New Mexico State University. She has used these steps to publish three books, including Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar. She has presented workshops to more than 10,000 scholars in 120 institutions in thirty-five states and around the world. As a workshop presenter, Dr. Gray is “spirited, informative and entertaining—she’s anything but gray!”


Sponsored by the Susan B. Anthony Center, the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity, and the Office of the Vice Dean for Research at the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Also sponsored by Text and Academic Authors (

About TAA

Because our campus is hosting this workshop, we receive a one-year Institutional Membership to TAA, a non-profit, interdisciplinary organization dedicated to helping text and academic authors thrive. Our Institutional Membership covers the membership dues for up to 75 faculty members to join TAA, whether or not you attend the workshop.

We invite you to take advantage of our Institutional Membership and join TAA today. TAA provides you with the key resources you need to succeed as an academic author on topics such as:

  • How to get your writing done efficiently and well
  • How to organize your writing process for maximum productivity and success
  • How to promote your brand and market your work
  • What you need in your contract and what to watch out for

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