CILMAR Writing Group

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment and Research (CILMAR) will be relaunching a writing group in Spring 2020. CILMAR writing group is an innovative combination of accountability tools and support, including weekly meetings, daily progress tracker, online peer support and interactive workshops. It is designed primarily for faculty and staff who focus on social scientific paper writing in intercultural learning and intercultural competence development, to help develop productive writing habits. PhD students may also be eligible (contact Dr. Lan Jin at for more information). Join now!


The CILMAR Writing Group meetings will be held on-line for the rest of the semester. For more information, please contact Dr. Lan Jin.

Expectations for Writing Group Participants

Weekly meetings. The writing group members will meet for 3 hours on alternating Thursdays and Fridays weekly. Each meeting consists of two segments. The first segment focuses on setting personal goals and group discussion. The second segment concentrates on individual writing in the same location, with refreshments provided. Each member will also receive constructive feedback from peers on individual drafts twice per semester. Weekly meetings will start from Friday, January 24.
  • Thursdays every two weeks, 9 am – 12 pm
  • Fridays every two weeks, 9 am – 12 pm

Daily progress tracker. This tool helps each member self-manage personal goals and establish a daily writing habit by tracking writing progress.

Online peer support. HubICL ( will function as a platform for online peer support. The group members will respond to questions and struggles posted on HubICL’s writing group community, and provide comments and encouragement. This practice will help to build connection and a sense of belongingness.

Interactive workshops. These are created to improve understanding and skills of writing social scientific papers in the field of intercultural learning.


  • 3 hour meeting in person at least every other week
  • 3 hour (1.5 hour * 2) feedback to peers in person per semester
  • Feedback to peers online as needed, every other week
Ground rules
  • Set clear individual goals for each meeting
  • Stick to writing goals, not other professional goals

For more information, please contact Dr. Lan Jin, Intercultural Research Specialist of CILMAR, at

Goals: Learning Outcomes and Evidence

Per the recommendations of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) Transparency Framework and the NILOA Excellence in Assessment Standards, we provide the goals for each program offered through CILMAR.

75% of participants in the CILMAR Writing Group will demonstrate increased (A) self-efficacy and (B) productivity in producing scholarly, evidence-based written products relating to intercultural learning, mentorship, theory and/or pedagogy. Evidence will include: (A) retro pre/post administration of a survey on professional writing self-efficacy, to include open-ended reflection questions, and (B) completion of at least a first draft of at least one scholarly written product, which may include white papers, research reports, grant proposals or blogs/newsletter articles, as well as dissertations, theses or journal articles.

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