ABOUT CAROLE SARGENT, PhD
I'm Carole Sargent, and I founded Academic Authors to take my work at Georgetown to a national level. I lead faculty members and other research scholars to understand how valuable their individual intellectual contributions actually are to scholarly publishing. Through a surprisingly clear process, I inspire authors to move out of supplicant mode, and transition naturally into attitudes of peaceful strength and confidence. The result is a radical re-imagining of the faculty-publisher relationship that benefits everyone and results in more peer-reviewed journal articles and university press books accepted at the very highest level.
I teach scholars how essential their unique perspectives -- including gender, race, socio-economics, regionality, sexuality, nationality, religion, and much more -- are in the publishing world. No mentor can gate-keep for you. No colleague is an expert on what your ideas mean, and no one has any power to stop you. Only editors get to vote on your publishing future, and even they are subjective, flawed decision makers. The editor who turns you down may be followed by another who loves every word you write. Keep asking.
My scholars learn to slip by obstacles as they discover their true intellectual communities, ones usually hiding just beyond that last un-knocked-upon door.
As adult returning college student, my struggles with academia and eventual success now form the most popular aspect of my seminar, and I have a heart for anyone who feels like a late-blooming rose. I joined Georgetown as a faculty member in the English Department in 1997, working as a writer in residence and also teaching eighteenth-century literary history. In 2006 I created the Office of Scholarly Publications and became its founding director. To date I have guided over 4/5 of Georgetown’s tenure-line faculty to publication. In 2017 I will join a group known as vicennial medalists, those who have served for twenty years at Georgetown.
Because of my early hard knocks and inspiring backstory, I relate in a down-to-earth way with scholars facing all sorts of challenges such as two-city academic couples, parents of children with special needs, and scholars living with disability. Working with me, authors learn to identify the spirit inside themselves that brought them to the pursuit of a doctorate in the first place. By understanding who they are and what their ideas are worth, they’ll leave my courses with a fresh perspective: that they and their ideas are precious and irreplaceable, and when framed properly, they are absolute gold to editors. In her seminars, scholars learn the best paths to tenure or promotion at their individual institutions and they see their work as part of a larger story: one that can only thrive with their input offered with assurance, clarity, and appreciation of an artfully well-shared conversation.
IN THE MEDIA
"60 Minutes" filmed me teaching on campus in Georgetown University's historic Healy Hall. The Chronicle of Higher Education profiled my faculty scholarly publishing office. The New York Times photographed me in front of the statue of Georgetown founder John Carroll. My two books with Farrar, Straus & Giroux, famed house of such notables as Susan Sontag, Flannery O’Connor, Madeline L’Engle, Bernard Malamud, and Philip Roth, have been featured on National Public Radio, CNN, in Time and Newsweek, and in many more national and regional outlets. Interestingly, I was turned down by my first editor, but instead of walking away I revised the proposal and sent it back to the same editor (who initially didn't want it). She took it, and we remain friends to this day over 20 years later.
I also have experience as a radio host. When I was a visiting postdoctoral scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill's English Department, I concurrently worked for North Carolina Public Radio, NPR's Southeastern Bureau, where I was the regional host for "All Things Considered" and "Fresh Air," and I reviewed books for The News and Observer.
From an Italian-American family,* I am a first-generation college graduate, and author of a book embraced by many adults returning to college: Traditional Degrees for Nontraditional Students. I insist that talented and motivated adult students from all backgrounds and ages belong in the traditional classrooms of elite universities, where they are welcomed, instead of in separate programs or online.
You can learn more about how your interests might fit with my focus by reading my LinkedIn biography.
* Sargent is her mother's maiden name. She retains her birth surname, Fungaroli, as a middle name.