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Dissertation Coaching

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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.


Online registration for Summer 2022 starts 1 April!

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.

Small-Group Dissertation Coaching is back! The early-stage dissertators group will meet Mondays at 12 PM US Eastern time, the middle-stage dissertators group on Tuesdays at 12 PM US Eastern time, and the late-stage dissertators group will meet Wednesdays at 12 PM US Eastern Time. These times are late afternoon/early evening for European and African participants. This highly affordable option ($150) gets you 13 weeks of support from Leanne and a group of similarly-situated peers. Package includes ~11 weeks of structured content and several weeks of workshopping student documents with feedback from peers and Leanne. Early-stage small-group coaching is ideal for students writing their prospectus or project proposal, or having recently completed it. Middle-stage is for those who are done with data collection and actively writing up. Late-stage is for those in the final push, with a defense/submission date within the next 4-6 months. Look below for more details, including pricing.

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 six years, I've had 23+ successful defenses; I expect another couple this summer. 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. Keep reading below the signup block for a FAQ, including prices. Registration for Summer 2022 sessions for new clients will open on 1 April.

Please note: My copyediting services are separate from coaching services. Coaching is a long-term relationship where we improve habits and work on writing fundamentals. It is not a mechanism to obtain proofreading or copyediting services for your dissertation. Dissertation copyediting is available by priot arrangement for $3 per double-spaced page. Email Leanne if you are interested in this service. ALLOW AT LEAST TWO WEEKS FOR TURNAROUND.

Last updated on Sunday, 20-Mar-2022 10:59:26 PDT