In collaboration with Women On Track (WOT), the Office of Faculty Affairs organizes and facilitates the VUSM Faculty Writing Group. The goal is to provide support, community, accountability, and feedback for scholars working on academic writing. Faculty members can work on any project during the writing groups – seminar papers, journal articles, grant proposals, conference presentations, etc. The intent of the writing group is to have a focused time and space for writing and to discuss writing issues with peers. Each meeting will begin with a 30 minute program on a specific writing topic, three 25 minute writing intervals, followed by a conversation about the progress of projects and questions and concerns that have come up about writing.

Vivian Siegel, Ph.D., Research Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University, will facilitate the weekly writing group sessions. Vivian Siegel holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Siegel is also a Lecturer of Scientific Communications at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has served as Editor in Chief of Cell, Molecular Cell, Developmental Cell, and Disease Models & Mechanisms, Executive Director of the Public Library of Science, and Executive Editor of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. Dr. Siegel also founded the Center for Science Communication at Vanderbilt University, and served as Director of Scientific Education and Public Communication and as Director of Education and Outreach at the Broad Institute.

Target Audience

  • VUSM Faculty Members
  • All Ranks and Tracks

Program Organization

  • 8 Week Program
  • 2 Hour Virtual Sessions, Friday 8am-10am
  • Participants are expected to attend all sessions

Program Dates and Interest Survey

For more information on the VUSM Faculty Writing Group, please contact Ashley Wood (