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Classes and Workshops

In addition to my regular coaching programs, I also offer a series of workshops and addtitional classes. These affordably priced programs are a nice complement to any of my regular offerings or as a la carte boosts to your academic portfolio. Most single-session workshops are offered every semester. The longer courses are offered in alternating terms.

Word for Dissertations and Books


Introducing Word for Dissertations and Books - 90 minutes that will change your academic life for the better! Cost: US$10 nonrefundable

Did you know that Word can generate your table of contents, table of figures, and all that nonsense for you? Learn to use styles, captioning and other strategies so that you can take advantage of the powerful built-in tools in Word and simplify the assembly of your dissertation, thesis, or book manuscript. This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to employ these techniques on sample materials.

Core Content

During the workshop, if you request assistance, it may be necessary to share your screen with me and the other participants so that I can troubleshoot with you. This is why we use a set of premade practice documents, so that no personal information is shared if this is necessary. (Your background and other visible documents may be visible to other participants; minimize anything you don't want seen.) You will be given a link to download the *.zip file of practice documents at the start of the workshop.


Registration and Upcoming Sessions

Next offering: Friday 14 May 2021
Two identical sessions: 9 AM Chicago time (US Central time) and 3 PM Chicago time (US Central time). The morning session is suitable for participants from Europe and Africa. The afternoon session may be viable for participants in Australia, East Asia, and environs.
To register, click HERE and choose the session date and time you want to attend. Each session is limited to 25 participants. You will be given an option to pay by credit card or by PayPal. Confirmation of your payment is confirmation of registration. You will receive a meeting invitation with a link to the Zoom room approximately 24 hours before your session.

Me, You, and the Lit Review


Introducing Me, You, and the Lit Review - 2 hours that will pay dividends over and over! Cost: US$10 nonrefundable

The literature review serves a purpose, and it's not simply to demonstrate that you did your homework prior to writing the paper. Literature reviews need to engage the audience (me) with your research question (you) to guide the reader to a desired end, in support of the claims you make. This interactive workshop will give you the opportunity to employ these techniques on sample materials. Workshop works well for social sciences, most natural sciences, and those humanities fields that write conventional literature reviews (i.e., not historiographies or similar). If in question, please HERE and choose the session date and time you want to attend. Each session is limited to 25 participants and registration closes Tuesday 11:59 PM US Central time. You will be given an option to pay by credit card or by PayPal. Confirmation of your payment is confirmation of registration. Reading assignments will be distributed on Wednesday. You will receive a meeting invitation with a link to the Zoom room approximately 24 hours before your session.

Ten-Week Courses

Advanced Academic Writing

Advanced Academic Writing: 10 hours, 10 critical skills and concepts that puzzle native and non-native speakers alike! Cost: US$150

This ten-week course starts with 5 weeks of fundamentals - everything from parts of speech to comma use and sentence structure - and then continues on to 5 weeks of applied writing content, including outlining, abstracts, framing, and more. Weekly lessons include brief readings, a class Zoom session, and a short homework assignment that is typically designed to advance professional development. Total workload per week is approximately 2-2.5 hours.

Core Content

The experience of learning writing skills by definition requires practice and employment of these skills. We use a safe, protected environment to share and collaborate on assignments. Our Google Classroom is password-protected and accessible only to class participants. This course is offered in alternating terms; I run 3 four-month terms per year. Certificate of completion offered.


Registration and Upcoming Sessions

Next offerings: Fridays at noon during Summer 2021 Term (May-Aug); Fridays at noon during the Winter 2022 term (Jan-Apr)
NOTE 1: Additional or alternate session times may be possible with a minimum of 6 participants. If you are interested but the timing is problematic, please email and ask about alternate times.
NOTE 2: This course runs for 10 weeks of the 16 week term. The precise dates are not yet clear because I am expecting surgery in June or July that will cause a 2-3 week break in the course, but that surgery has not been scheduled. Please allow all Fridays during this period and I will update the specific dates as soon as they are known.
To register, click HERE and click on "Writing Courses" to find this option. Each course session is limited to 15 participants and requires a minimum of 6 participants to run. Registration closes 10 DAYS BEFORE THE COURSE STARTS. You will be given an option to pay by credit card or by PayPal. Confirmation of your payment is confirmation of registration; if the course is canceled for low enrollment, you will be refunded your fee within a week of the anticipated start date. A pre-course survey will inform the syllabus. You will receive a meeting invitation with a link to the Zoom room approximately 1-2 days before the course begins.


Stats, Then and Now

Stats, Then and Now: 10 hours, 10 critical skills and concepts that puzzle scholars across disciplines! Cost: US$150

This ten-week course starts with five weeks of fundamentals: all that critical stuff you need to know but probably forgot since you took stats. (Why do we care about the sampling distribution again?) The second half of the course explores 5 of the hottest tools in use in conteporary social science research (list will vary by term and student interest). The purpose of this section is not to make you able to do these types of analysis, but to bring you up to the level where you can read them effectively and with confidence. Depending on the tools we choose to study, guest speakers may visit class to discuss their articles.

Core Content

Weekly lessons include journal article readings, a class Zoom session, and occasionally a short homework assignment to confirm your understanding. Total workload per week is approximately 2-2.5 hours. We use a safe, protected environment to share and collaborate on assignments. Our Google Classroom is password-protected and accessible only to class participants. This course is offered in alternating terms; I run 3 four-month terms per year. Certificate of completion offered


Registration and Upcoming Sessions

Next offerings: Fridays at noon during Fall 2021 Term (Sept-Dec); Fridays at noon during the Summer 2022 term (May-Aug)
NOTE: Additional or alternate session times may be possible with a minimum of 6 participants. If you are interested but the timing is problematic, please HERE and click on "Writing Courses" to find this option. Each course session is limited to 15 participants and requires a minimum of 6 participants to run. Registration closes 10 DAYS BEFORE THE COURSE STARTS. You will be given an option to pay by credit card or by PayPal. Confirmation of your payment is confirmation of registration; if the course is canceled for low enrollment, you will be refunded your fee within a week of the anticipated start date. A pre-course survey will inform the syllabus. You will receive a meeting invitation with a link to the Zoom room approximately 1-2 days before the course begins.


Last updated on Monday, 15-Feb-2021 10:21:15 PST