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

  • José M. Frantz
  • Mario Smith

Abstract

Introduction:
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.

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

Results:
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.

Conclusion:
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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