Dissertation coaching, and academic coaching more generally, is a process in which an author hires a coach to help him or her achieve writing goals that are for some reason stymied. Most of the time, those goals are related to writing process, accountability (or lack thereof), or substantive challenges that manifest themselves in writing (like most organizational problems). For Faculty Services, click here. For Grad Student Services, keep reading.
Many people can benefit from working, even for a short while, with a dissertation or academic coach. Maybe you’re struggling to make a chapter’s organization work, or perhaps your lit review won’t come together or perhaps you have no idea how to present your results. Maybe you’re working remotely from your program without easy access to peer or faculty support. Maybe you know what you want to say but writing issues impede communication with your reader. Maybe your writing’s fine, but the lack of accountability has left you making only a trickle of progress when your new job’s start date demands a flood. If you’re struggling with any part of your dissertation, then coaching might be the solution for you.
Most of my work with clients is centered around management strategies: time management, project management, writing management, self-management, and the like. I am not a committee member; I will talk substance with you only to the extent that you request it. That said, I've got an eclectic background and I'm widely read, so I often have interesting insights. But my goal is NOT to be a committee member - it's to help provide whatever guidance or skills you may be looking for.
In one year, I've had two successful defenses and two more students are defending this spring term. Others are on track to defend this fall. Previous student clients have come from the schools listed in the word cloud to the right.
To see what previous clients had to say about working with me, try reading some of the Testimonials.
If you're interested in coaching, please email me and tell me a little about why you're looking for coaching. We'll set up a (free) initial consult where we can discuss your situation in more depth and determine whether we're a good match to work together and under what terms.
Problem Solver Package: $75Two focused one-hour consultations, usually a couple weeks apart, preceded by a document review. Ideal for those struggling with a manuscript that’s been rejected or got conflicting revision recommendations, and those working on shorter projects like grant applications. It can be helpful for breaking through a logjam on a prospectus. It’s also a good way to try out coaching before committing to a full semester; the cost of this package can be applied to any full semester package should you decide to continue. Problem Solver packages can happen at any time in the year or term.
Dissertation Coaching: $350Four months of weekly meetings, including one document review with comments per month. Access to group dissertation support activities. Mid-term starts are possible, space permitting.
Please note: I am not a copyediting service. If your primary challenge is that you are a non-native speaker of English who needs English-language editing help, please seek out an individual who specializes in that; I am happy to provide a referral. If you have other primary challenges and also need a small amount of English language help, then we may be a match; feel free to email me and we’ll see if it works.
At this time I am limiting my practice to political science (all subfields) and international relations, and related fields like public policy or international development; dissertations for American or Canadian programs only, please.