Photo of Leanne Leanne C. Powner Ph.D., Political Science

Dissertation and Academic Coaching


Winter 2018 dissertation coaching slots are now open - only 5 seats available, so act soon!

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).

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.

Other times, faculty struggle to make time for writing around all their other pressing deadline-attached obligations. Maybe there's been a serious snag in the paper and you don't know how to get unstuck. Maybe what you thought was a perfectly good paper got a desk rejection, or a rejection that just doesn't seem right to you, and you're left wondering where to go from here. Maybe you just need accountability in your writing, someone who on a weekly basis wants to know what kind of progress you've made - and who can give you tips to keep your productivity high even under the stress of a full teaching load or the emptiness of a sabbatical. Maybe you're working on a book, but your editor isn't giving you a lot of guidance or you feel like you want more support. These are all reasons to consult with a coach.

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.

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.

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.

Last updated on Tuesday, 19-Dec-2017 17:41:01 PST