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Every Summer Needs a Plan

Facilitator: Rachel McLaren, PhD
  • Do you often start the summer or term with high hopes for your writing projects, but end disappointed by your actual productivity?

  • Do you desperately want (or need) to write a lot this summer?

  • Do you want to figure out how to be more productive AND enjoy your life this summer?

We offer this planning webinar at the beginning of each term so that you can take time out of your schedule to identify your personal and professional goals, create a strategic plan to accomplish them, and identify the types of community, support, and accountability you need to make this your most productive and balanced summer ever!


To view a captioned version of the recording, click here.

Available Downloads:
To download the handout, click here.

Additional Resources
If you would like to see what a complete strategic plan looks like, you can download the following samples:

If you want to learn more about accountability mechanisms, click here.

If you want to learn more about the Sunday Meeting, click here.


About the Facilitator:

Rachel McLaren, PhD, is a professor at the University of Iowa.Her research focuses on interpersonal communication in families, romantic relationships, and friendships. Specifically, she examines issues related to emotions, conflict, and how people make sense of and talk about difficult experiences in their relationships. Rachel's current work examines hurt feelings between parents and adolescents. Rachel teaches undergraduate courses in the areas of conflict, small group communication, and issues in relationships that are typically considered problematic or dysfunctional. She teaches graduate courses on theory as well as the intersection of communication, cognition, and emotion. Rachel works hard to squeeze the most out of her work hours so she can enjoy time with her husband, 3-year old daughter, 1-year old son, and two dogs. She enjoys hosting get-togethers at her home, working out, reading fiction, and using technology to keep in touch with her friends and family that live far away.

Rachel is also a Faculty Success Program Coach and a certified Campus Workshop Facilitator for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity. Rachel's participation in the Faculty Success Program transformed her connection to her work and writing and resulted in explosive productivity, reduced stress, and more work-life balance. If you would like to invite Rachel to give a workshop on your campus, contact our campus workshop coordinator: Ruben Jimenez (




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