Community Engagement Writing

The Community Engagement Writing Learning Community aims to connect community-engaged scholars to explore opportunities and challenges related to writing for scholarly publication through collaborating, networking, and supporting each other’s ideas.

The Community Engagement Writing Group will meet weekly throughout the fall and spring semester. During each weekly meeting we provide individual and collaborative writing space. The purpose of this group is to establish an interdisciplinary community of practice among faculty whose scholarship connects to community engagement. Specific activities of the group will include networking, sharing writing projects and goals, and time for individual or collaborative writing. Periodically, the group will host guest speakers to share their expertise on relevant topics. This group is sponsored by the Institute for Community and Economic Engagement.

We have reserved space for individual writing and a separate space for collaboration with colleagues. You are welcomed and encouraged to bring colleagues from the campus and the community to be a part of the community.
Meeting Dates:
  • Each Thursday between January 16 – April 23, 2020 *As of 3/20/20 this writing group is not being held in person due to COVID-19. Please contact Michael Hemphill or Rachel Boit if you have questions about future dates.
Meeting Locations:
  • 3603 MHRA (individual writing space)
  • 3501 MHRA (collaboration space)
Tentative Agenda for each week:
  • 9:00 – 9:30: Discussion
  • 9:30 – 11:00: Writing
  • 11:00 – 12:00: More writing time!

To be included in regular communications regarding this learning community, email Michael Hemphill, or Rachel Boit,

Hemphill photoDr. Michael A. Hemphill is an Assistant Professor of Kinesiology with teaching and service responsibilities in the new EdD in Kinesiology Online program. Dr. Hemphill’s research focuses on teaching personal and social responsibility in through sport, physical activity, and physical education with specific applications to urban communities and professional development programs for physical activity providers.


Dr. Rachel J. Boit is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS). She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Birth through Kindergarten program within the HDFS department at UNCG and conducts research on early literacy development. Specific topic areas of research include, but not limited to: children and families from low-income communities; promoting literacy through home-school partnerships among refugee populations, and teacher-child relationships in cross-cultural contexts.