Retired Professor Network

Dear UO graduate students in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences,

Ever wanted to get another set of eyes on your writing projects?

We are a body of retired UO professors, largely from the College of Arts and Sciences, who want to assist you in preparing texts relevant to your development as a professional academic.

The Retired Professor Network (RPN) will read drafts of your writings and offer suggestions for revision at no cost to you.

We will read drafts of CVs, cover letters for job applications, conference papers, journal articles, and grant proposals. (Master's papers or theses, dissertation chapters, and class assignments are not eligible for this service.)

If you want a reading of a draft, email the Retired Professor Network.

Provide the following details in your email:

  1. First and last name
  2. Email address
  3. The kind of text to be read
  4. The length of the text in pages
  5. The time frame within which a reading would be helpful to you
  6. The kind of feedback that would be most useful to you

Submit your documents in Microsoft Word format:

  • CVs: Send the entire document
  • Cover letters: Send the entire document plus the posting if you are responding to one
  • Conference papers and journal articles: Send no more than eight pages
  • Grant proposals: Send no more than five pages and provide the URL of the desired funding agency

Edits will be provided via track changes.

While we offer a range of expertise, we do not cover all subjects, topics, approaches, and frameworks, so it may not be possible to match you with someone in our network. If we cannot match you, you will be told so in a timely way.

But if there is someone in the network who can assess your draft and make suggestions for improvement, you will be connected to that person.

Always remember to consult with your advisor and committee members about your writing. RPN recommendations are meant only to supplement, never to replace, those of the advisor and committee members, who are your indispensable mentors during your graduate years.

We look forward to working with you!

The Retired Professor Network