Although I remain a full-time employee at Georgetown University, I founded Academic Authors as a side project to lead faculty members and other research scholars to understand how valuable your individual intellectual contributions actually are to scholarly publishing. Through a comfortingly clear process, I inspire scholars to move out of supplicant mode, and transition naturally into attitudes of peaceful strength and confidence. The result is a 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.
Faculty learn how essential their unique perspectives -- including gender, race, socio-economics, regionality, nationality, religion, and much more -- are in the publishing world. You'll learn to slip by obstacles as you discover your true intellectual communities, ones usually hiding just beyond that last un-knocked-upon door.
As an adult returning college student, my struggles and eventual academic success now form the most popular aspects of my seminars. I have a heart for anyone who feels like a late-blooming rose! Because of early hard knocks and a just-folks backstory, I relate to people facing all sorts of challenges including emerging scholars from under-served communities, two-city academic couples, parents of children with special needs, and scholars living with disability. My 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 contributions 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 my seminars, scholars learn to see their work as part of a larger story: one that can only thrive with their input offered with assurance, clarity, and appreciation of well-shared conversation.
I joined Georgetown as a faculty member in the English Department in 1997, teaching eighteenth-century literature and writing books. In 2006 I created the Office of Scholarly Publications and became its founding director. To date over 4/5 of Georgetown’s tenure-line faculty have come here for conversation about publication. In June of 2017 I celebrated twenty years at Georgetown.
IN THE MEDIA
Media background: If you want your research featured in the media, I can teach you how to do it without losing your soul. It can be stressful, and I stepped away from it for a reason, but I also understand enough to help you find your own way. "60 Minutes" filmed me teaching 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 books have been featured on National Public Radio, CNN, in Time and Newsweek, and in many more national and regional outlets, and I can help you do the same.
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From an Italian-American family,* I am a first-generation college graduate, and author of two books from Farrar, Straus & Giroux embraced by many adults returning to college.
* Sargent is my mother's maiden name, and I took it legally for feminist and logistical reasons. When I told her my intention, it made her cry, because she missed the simplicity of a shorter name! If the Italian birthname, Fungaroli, had been easier I would have kept it, but I do retain it as a middle name. So hey, I didn't lose it... just moved it over a little. And according to genealogists we are each both our father and our mother, so in the genealogical sense nothing changed at all.