I'm excited to offer a whole collection of new offerings this term! Most of these opportunities are even FREE!
Free Sessions for Academics of All Levels
Back Again: The Summer Academic Working Groups
Summer Academic Working Groups (SAWG) are clusters of 4-6 scholars working on related topics. The nature of the relationship may be substantive (19th Century Social Movements, across disciplines), or disciplinary (race and political participation in the US). Groups then engage in rounds of document sharing and feedback, on a biweekly basis, with the specific exchange date and feedback pattern or mechanism to be determined by the group. More information about last year's SAWG is available here (page is not yet updated for 2021).Registration Deadline: 10 May 2021
Registration Opens: 1 April 2021
Cluster Announcement Emails: week of 17 May 2021
First Exchange Due: week of 24 May 2021, then alternating weeks after that.
Final Exchange: week of 2 August 2021, with optional 7th exchange week of 16 August.
The SAWG are free to register and participate in, but free will donations ($5 suggested) help support the program and keep it free for all. More information will be on the registration form.
Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks Groups
Wendy Belcher's classic Writing Your Journal Article In Twelve Weeks (2nd ed.) will serve as the basis for these participant-led writing circles. Members of each small group will progress through Belcher's book together to achieve revision of an article and preparation to submit it by the end of the summer. This is appropriate for faculty, postdocs or PhD students finalizing a job market paper. It can be done alone or in conjunction with a Summer Academic Working Group that provides more substantive feedback. (Graduate students at earlier stages are recommended to participate only in the SAWG.) At Belcher's recommendation, the program works best with a document that is already mostly complete and needs revision, not a document that you are currently drafting. The 12-week program includes two bilateral exchanges, at roughly weeks 5 and 12. Groups are responsible for negotiating their own meeting time and schedule, and procuring their own copies of the book.Registration Deadline: 10 May 2021
Registration Opens: 1 April 2021
Group Announcement Emails: week of 17 May 2021
Week 1 of Program: week of 24 May
Week 12 of Program: week of 9 May
The 12 Week groups are free to register and participate in, but free will donations ($5 suggested) help support the program and keep it free for all. More information will be on the registration form.
Learn Stats with R! Peer Support Group
This group will work through a free online statistics course using a user-friendly R interface such as R Studio. While the specific course has not yet been selected, you can expect a 12-14 week program with weekly assignments using R, a free, open-source platform for statistical analysis. This group is designed to be peer-led, with the group determining its weekly scheduled meetings and a Slack channel for discussion and support. Individuals with previous experience in statistics who want to learn R, as well as those who want to learn both stats and R, are welcome.Registration Deadline: 10 May 2021
Registration Opens: 1 April 2021
Group Announcement Emails: no later than week of 17 May 2021
Program Starts: TBD depending on program length
Summer 2021 Regular Offerings
In Summer 2021 I will offer all my regular coaching offerings for faculty and PhD students. Brief summaries appear below. I will also offer two single-session workshops and the 10-week Advanced Academic Writing course. Registration for all of these closes on Friday 23 April to allow time for scheduling. Summer term starts the week of Monday 3 May. The registration link is live for all the classes; coaching registration opens on 1 April.
NOTE on scheduling: I am slated to have jaw surgery during the summer, sometime between late June and early August. The precise date won't be known until about a month out, when my orthodontist tells the oral surgeon I'm going to be ready. I expect a 3 week gap in the writing course and a 2 week gap with a modified return schedule for regular weekly clients. All coaching fees will be prorated from what is currently listed on their pages; the values here are already prorated unless noted. Editing and writing course fees remain the same.Faculty Offerings
Classes and Courses
PhD Student Offerings
Early-Stage Small Group Dissertation CoachingEarly-Stage group coaching is for students who are still in the coursework/topic development stage of the dissertation. We'll cover a combination of coursework skills, professional development, research question development, and related skills. Includes one collaborative document review, which for most will be a prospectus or proto-prospectus. Limit: 5 participants. Meets: Noon CT on Mondays, full semester (minus surgical break). Cost: $150. Time expectation: 50 minutes class, occasional assignments up to 1 hr, one round of peer review. Minimum enrollment of 3 students; if more than 6 students enroll, a second section will be added.
Late-Stage Small Group Dissertation CoachingLate-Stage small group coaching is for students who are actively writing up a dissertation from an approved proposal and with field work/data collection effectively complete. Mini-coaching sessions will focus on healthy writing habits, project management tools, tools for managing document versions and feedback, and other topics as suggested by students. Includes one collaborative document review. Limit: 5 participants. Meets: Noon CT on Tuesdays, full semester (minus surgical break). Cost: $150. Time expectation: 50 minutes class, occasional assignments up to 1 hr, one round of peer review. Minimum enrollment of 3 students; if more than 6 students enroll, a second section will be added.
One-On-One Dissertation Coaching
Individualized coaching is an hour a week of time dedicated to helping struggling dissertators succeed. We'll spend the first session or two doing some inquiry and diagnostics to determine where to direct our attention. You may have some ideas, but I have a whole toolbox of strategies and experience with lots of kinds of problems. We then implement a week-by-week plan to change your habits as needed while still making substantive progress, with accountability all the way. Includes 3 complete document reviews to be used during the term. Meets: mutually convenient time, full semester (13 weeks). Cost: $325 (prorated from $400). Spaces limited by time constraints and scheduled in order of registration.
Problem Solver sessions are for individuals with clearly defined issues who just need a hand getting out of it. Need to go from research question to topic? Sure! Need help with research design? Sure! Struggling to write a literature review that pleases your advisor? Sure! Problem Solver packages can be either two 50-minute sessions and one document examination (not an edit, but I will read over it and provide verbal or written feedback), or three 50-minute sessions, depending on the situation. Cost: $75 (not prorated as schedule is unaffected)
Job Market Material Review
$125 for review and comments on cover letter, CV, and research, teaching and diversity statements. Optional consultation before or after review. Add a practice job talk for $50 or a copyedit of your job market paper for $75. This service is only available to students in political science, international relations, and public policy. (price not prorated because schedule unaffected)
More details and longer descriptions:
Advanced Academic Writing
This 10-week course for faculty and senior graduate students (last year) begins with a review of foundational grammar and structural concepts, and then proceeds to more complex issues of tone, style, and framing as well as common academic genres. Limit: 12. Meets: Noon CT on Fridays, 10 weeks with surgical interruption. Cost: $150 (not prorated as full 10 weeks will meet). Time expectation: 2-2.5 hrs/week (1 hr class, 1-1.5 hr homework/preparation). Suitable for both native and non-native speakers. Inconvenient day or time? Custom sessions of this course are available with a minimum of 6 participants. Please contact Leanne as soon as possible to arrange this; scheduling occurs about 2 weeks before the term starts (i.e., mid-April).
Word for Dissertations and Books
90 minutes to a new understanding of how to use all the powerful built-in tools that Word has for formatting your dissertation or book. Tables of contents, styles, captioning, and more. Nonrefundable $10. Offered Friday 14 May, 9 AM and 3 PM US Central (Chicago) time. Registration link above.
Me, You, and the Lit Review
Conquer the beast with this two-hour workshop! We'll cover the role of the author and audience in the literature review, how to structure sections, and how to avoid missing the forest for the trees. Brief reading assignment (15 pages) necessary; registration closes TUESDAY 1 Jun as a result. Offered Friday 4 June, 9 AM and 2 PM US Central (Chicago) time. Registration link above.
Faculty Academic Coaching
Faculty Academic Coaching
60 minutes a week to develop a schedule, writing plan, or whatever else you need to be a better scholar and/or teacher. Collaborative problem solving and a deep toolkit are the hallmarks of this approach. Approximately 4 seats available. Meets: weekly, full term (minus surgical break). $245 (prorated from $300).
Faculty Accountability Coaching
30 minute weekly check-ins give you a reason to get some work done. Goal-setting help will make finding achievable goals easier. Trouble-shooting available as necessary if you're struggling to meet your goals. Approximately 5 seats available. Meets: weekly, full term (minus surgical break). $125 (prorated from $150).
Small-Group Book Development
This new small-group offering is for authors who are beginning the process of converting a dissertation into a book. I'll provide support, guidance and prompts as we work through the term. We'll begin with the differences between dissertations and books, cover locating and querying a press, frame our proposals, and dig into the toughest part, the theory chapter/section. Group limited 4 social science or adjacent fields (linguistics, positivist history, etc.). Includes one collaborative peer review of either proposal or theory chapter core. Meets: full term (minus surgical break); time and day TBD based on enrollment. Cost: $175 (price already prorated).
One-on-one developmental editing is a long-term relationship in which you and I work together to strengthen your book. Sometimes this starts at the conceptualization phase; other times, clients have a concept but need help figuring out how to execute it. Take advantage of my expertise in structure, argument, research design, writing, and more with unlimited draft reviews and up to 6 terms of weekly meetings. Packages start with a nonrefundable minimum of 200 pages at $10 per page ($2000), with a final invoice to cover any pages beyond that threshold or any additional terms of meetings. One, possibly two seats available starting Summer 2021. Those interested MUST contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for an intake interview and to ensure that seats are available before registering. Payment plans available.