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Guest Lectures and Workshops

Customized Presentations for Your Group

I currently have three prepackaged programs that can be customized to meet your group's needs. All are deliverable remotely, appropriate for faculty or graduate students, and are cost-effective ways to deliver professional devleopment to your group. All three ready-to-deliver presentations can be scheduled and customized within a month's notice and cost $200 for up to 20 participants and $250 for more. Please note: slide deck distribution is not permissible.

From To Do to Done: Time and Project Management for Dissertations and Books

From To Do to Done: Your roadmap to effective project planning for dissertation and book-scale undertakings!

Anyone in business can tell you that projects require active management. You can't just wave your hands at them and expect them to organize themselves. Yet academics rarely invest time and energy into their projects, and it shows. This workshop introduces three levels of planning, strategic, operational, and tactical, and a collection of project management tools to facilitate effective organization. Participants end the workshop with the beginnings of long-, medium-, and short-term planning calendars, and a collection of useful tools and links.

Core Content

Word for Dissertations and Books


Introducing Word for Dissertations and Books - 90 minutes that will change your academic life for the better!

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. Hosting group may be asked to provide one or more additional virtual assistants to trouble-shoot with participants. (This course is offered once per term with open enrollment.)

Core Content



Me, You, and the Lit Review

Introducing Me, You, and the Lit Review - 2 hours that will pay dividends over and over!

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). Hosting group may be asked to provide one or more additional virtual assistants to trouble-shoot with participants and ensure conformity to disciplinary norms. (This course is offered once per term with open enrollment.)

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 material, 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. This workshop has a brief (approx. 10 page) reading assignment to be completed prior to the session.

Customized Courses

Both my Advanced Academic Writing and Stats, Then and Now courses are available at custom times and with customized content for groups of 6 or more. The normal price for each 10-week course is $150 per participant; group discounts are possible if a college or department wants to organize a session. Because of scheduling constraints on my end, courses must begin and end within a single term (Jan-Apr, May-Aug, Sept-Dec), unless we specifically discuss otherwise. I realize this term demarcation does not align with many European universities, and I am willing to work with you as much as I can.

Custom Programming Options

Need a topic that's not listed here? I am open to developing additional presentations on topics of interest to a specific group: how to build and maintain a research pipeline or routine, time management for post-tenure faculty, strategies for positive dissertating experiences, etc. Such talks require a longer lead time to enable research and presentation design, as appropriate, and would probably start around $400-500 for a 90-minute session depending on the topic and audience size. Please email if interested, and we can schedule a consultation to discuss your needs.
Last updated on Monday, 15-Feb-2021 11:07:52 PST