Editing and Coaching
Through editing and coaching, I have the opportunity to share experience gained through academic appointments in a variety of departmental and institutional settings, including having been granted tenure at one institution, and denied tenure at another.
Academia is rife with gatekeeping - and so often even effective mentors who would like to open those doors, especially for traditionally underrepresented groups into the ranks of faculty, are overwhelmed with competing obligations and too many mentees. In a university context where faculty are ever-more overworked, I hope to contribute to helping more academics find a way to thrive in this career on their own terms.
Over the years, I have built up a wide-ranging portfolio of coaching and editing services (discussed in more detail in the slide-show below). In addition to the typical areas of teaching, service and research, I have also built up expertise on strategies for navigating chronic illness and disability in academic settings - an area in which I look forward to continuing to expand my work and impact.
If you are interested in learning more about any of my services, please contact me to discuss your situation, we can set up a free conversation to discuss rates and which services would best meet your needs.
I am a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association (I also serve on their board), and I often seek out professional development activities in editing to better serve my clients.
Productivity and Strategic Planning: Many academics are familiar with the mismatch between the towering to-do list and the feeling that there are just not enough hours in the day, or days in the week, for all the work to get done. Through a variety of exercises and one-on-one coaching sessions, I work with my clients to triage among competing expectations. Together, we develop a strategic plan and, if appropriate, also put in place schedules and accountability mechanisms that facilitate successfully reaching their goals. Depending on client needs, this coaching can focus on teaching or research priorities, but in many cases includes considering of the full range of expectations an academic may face. Coaching can be undertaken with shorter (3-6 months) or longer (multi-year, tenure-track) time horizons.
Job Materials and Career Exploration: I'm available to help academics ensure their job materials reflect their strengths and excellence. This service is available whether you are applying for a new job or putting together materials for a promotion or tenure review. I also coach academics through preparation for job interviews, refining of job talks, or negotiating hiring and/or retention packages.
Book Coaching: Book projects can be daunting: not only can it be difficult to maintain momentum through a project that may be the culmination of several years' work, but it can also be a very lonely process that invites self-doubt and anxieties (and usually when facing very high career stakes!). As a book coach, I provide a safe and supportive haven where I support the author as they plan, strategize, and execute the writing process, where we celebrate successes, and regroup and build on setbacks.