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Office of Academic Development

Office of Academic Development


The mission of the Office of Academic Development (OAD) in the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine is to assist and increase the scholarly activity of faculty and trainees in the department. OAD staff will provide grant, manuscript, and poster editing services, assist in identifying new funding opportunities, and present seminars and training in areas such as grantsmanship and scientific writing.


The services provided by the OAD are free to department faculty and trainees.

The staff of the OAD will:

  • Assist in editing and revising posters, manuscripts, and grant applications;
  • Support investigators in crafting and submitting regulatory protocols (IRB, IACUC, etc.);
  • Aid Pathology faculty and trainees to identify potential sources of funding for research and training. This will be achieved by one-on-one consultations available by appointment, personalized email notification, and general postings on the OAD web page;
  • Present workshops for faculty and trainees, e.g. identifying funding sources, proposal writing, how to structure a manuscript, how to collaborate with others in research;
  • Maintain an updated website with links to funding opportunities, training modules, and information regarding credentialing, MORTI, and other research-related activities.

The staff of the OAD will not:

  • Generate grants or manuscripts de novo. That is, the staff of the OAD will not ghost write. Grants or manuscripts to be edited should be in near-final submission form. The services offered are meant to increase the clarity of a submitted work through improved organization and syntax.

Editing Services:

Two levels of editing services are offered: basic and detailed. Investigators may request either level of editing based on their perceived need, but ultimately OAD staff will determine which level is necessary. Grants initially will be limited to NIH R or K series awards or their equivalent from other agencies, such as the American Heart Association or the National Science Foundation. Exceptions can be made by prior approval of the Chair.

  1. Basic – The existing structure and flow of the document is maintained, and OAD staff will proofread for typographical errors. Corrections will be made to spelling, grammar, and syntax.
  2. Detailed – Detailed editing includes all services provided in basic editing, but will address gaps in logic or background. Certain sections may be restructured to enhance clarity. For each detailed editing of a manuscript or grant, the author will receive a summary statement with suggested changes that the author may wish to consider prior to submission.

Prioritization of Work

Faculty and trainees are strongly encouraged to work with OAD staff well in advance of submission deadlines. Projects will be prioritized by OAD staff with supervisor approval. For all projects submitted to the OAD, a turn-around date will be agreed upon by the investigator, OAD staff, and the OAD supervisor. Projects generally will be prioritized as first come, first serve. Grants applications to be edited should be received by OAD staff no later than four weeks prior to the due date to allow sufficient time for editing and revision.

Contact Information:



Kathryn Stockbauer

Kathryn Stockbauer, Ph.D.
Manager, Office of Academic Development
Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine
Office: Brown 5-029
Phone: 713.441.5889
Email: KStockbauer@houstonmethodist.org



Abstract Writing by William E. Fisher, M.D.

Academic Inquiry and Manuscript Writing by Philip T. Cagle, M.D. and Philip Randall (presentation and notes)

How to Write a Patient Case Report by Henry Cohen, M.S., Pharm.D.

How to Write a Scientific Masterpiece by Ushma S. Neill, Ph.D.

Me Write Pretty One Day by William A. Wells, Ph.D.

The "Getting Started" Guide for RefWorks, an Online Reference Manager

The Research Paper: Writing a Manuscript and Getting it Published by Kathryn Stockbauer, Ph.D. (presentation)

Writing Readable Prose by Amin S. Bredan, Ph.D. and Frans van Roy, Ph.D.