Staff development strategies for publication in the faculty of community and health science at UWC: a short

  • José M. Frantz
  • Mario Smith


Strategies for improving the publication output of academics are an essential component of research directives at tertiary institutions. The aim of this report was to highlight the effects of a writing retreat as an intervention strategy used by a university faculty to improve academic publication output. The strategy used included a structured programme over a period of three days guided by a facilitator.

The report uses a qualitative design to report the effects of the writing retreat on the participants.

The major themes that emerged were reviewing and critical reading, writing for publication, personal growth and confidence, dedicated time, peer mentoring, programme structure and facilitation, and future directives.

From the feedback obtained, it is evident that strategies such as a writing retreat, provide academics with an opportunity to produce articles that are a benefit to the authors’ career trajectories as well as the institutional publication profile of their university.



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