Formed in 1998, we are a network of graduate professors, research methodologists, and academic editors.
Our experience serving as graduate committee members—and our combined reading, critiquing, evaluating, and editing of thousands of theses, dissertations, and capstones—provides us with an insider's perspective that will help you complete your master's thesis, doctoral dissertation, or capstone project and earn your degree.
We offer one-on-one, personalized thesis, dissertation, and capstone consulting services to help you produce a research proposal, thesis, dissertation, or capstone project that conforms to scholarly writing standards and that is earned legitimately.
We work with U.S. and international students, from both campus-based and online universities: American InterContinental University (AIU), Capella University, Colorado Technical, DeVry University Online, Everest College, Herzing University, Kaplan University, University of Phoenix, Walden University, Nova Southeastern, Strayer, Ashford ... and many others.
Thesis and Dissertation Editing and Writing Consultants
BARRY COLLINS is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at UCLA. His numerous publications cover social psychology, applied social psychology, research methods, attitude change, persuasion, and social influence, Dissonance Theory, the design and evaluation of questionnaire measures, interviewing, health education, and community-based participatory research. These publications use a wide variety of statistical analyses. He served as Director of Research at Healthy African American Families II. He has taught at Yale and Stanford and was a Prof. of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin. He has written a textbooks on social psychology and research methods. He coauthored a book on Theories of Attitude Change. He has served and chair and vice chair of the human subjects protection committee (IRB). He has been an advisor for over a hundred undergraduate honors theses and MA and PhD theses. He has served as a social-psychology expert witness in court cases. His BS and MA were in communication at Northwestern University. He has focuses on one-on-one mentoring on activities ranging from: (a) the choice of a research topic that is relevant to the interests and skills of a particular student, (b) the identification of the most relevant theories, (c) the development of hypotheses, (d) research design, (e) the organization of research writing, (f) methods sections, (g) data analyses and the presentation results, and (h) the interpretation of results.
He has frequently served as a consulting editor for the major journals in social psychology, evaluating manuscrips for potential publication.
BRANDY COOPERis an APA guru who specializes in editing scholarly work. Brandy holds a Master’s in English and has been helping other writers produce their very best work since 2001. Her clients appreciate not only her excruciating attention to every detail, but also the fact that as she edits their documents, she explains to them why certain errors need corrected. Through the editing process, Brandy’s clients become better writers.
Brandy is a Lecturer in the College of Engineering and Computer Science at a Midwestern university, where she teaches technical communication. She emphasizes clarity, concision, precision, logic, and organization throughout the editing process because simply correcting grammar and sentence mechanics often fails to address the requirements of the writing task. She will ensure 100% compliance with the assignment requirements and your institution’s formatting guidelines.
In her many years as an editor, Brandy has helped thousands of writers with:
Successful Grant Proposals
Resumes and Cover Letters
Brandy has worked with students and scholars from around the world, and specializes in working with clients for whom English is not their primary language.
Brandy is a published scholar, and understands the complexities of academic writing. She specializes in the following fields:
Engineering and Computer Science
Brandy prides herself on meeting even the tightest deadlines, and she is available 7 days a week.
MARGARET EATON, BA, Religious Studies; MDiv; PhD, biblical studies. Her dissertation topic was on the way an aspect of Hebrew stylistics was translated into the Greek of the Septuagint. She also has qualifications in linguistics and is writing a book on conversational strategies in the Hebrew Bible.
She is a distance educator in theological education and a translation consultant with the World Bible Translation Center.
Courses taught: Classical Hebrew; Old Testament issues, such as oral tradition, literature, history, exegesis, theology; Koine Greek; New Testament issues; history; exegesis; theology.
DEBRA FISHER, M.S.Ed, B.A., is president and owner of an independent education, learning, and communications consulting company that serves both individual graduate learners and institutions of higher education. When working with graduate learners, Debra perceives her role as that of a personal writing coach and academic advisor, providing guidance and encouragement during the prospectus, proposal, analysis, and publication phases of scholarly writing. Whether helping clients brainstorm a researchable thesis; providing theoretical guidance relative to research focus and/or positional development; recommending structural and organizational revisions to enhance the clarity and cohesion of an argument; or editing for grammar, mechanics and punctuation, she customizes her services to meet the specific needs of her clients. More than achieving the completion and committee approval of a scholarly manuscript, clients appreciate Debra’s emphasis on the development of skills that help them communicate effectively using all the techniques of good writing—skills that serve them well beyond their graduate program. Debra has enjoyed coaching-advising relationships with hundreds of learners who represent a broad spectrum of academic disciplines, and all have been awarded their graduate degrees.
Debra graduated summa cum laude (B.A.) with double majors in English and education from Grand Canyon University, a Christian liberal arts university in Phoenix, Arizona. With a minor in philosophy, critical thinking permeates all her work. She received her M.S. in education from Capella University with a specialization in instructional design for online learning, and she is presently pursuing her Ph.D. in educational leadership for higher education.
"With Debra for a writing consultant, I have benefited from both the art and craft of her natural abilities and professional commitment to excellence. Not only is she an insightful visionary who perceives the completed project as it takes shape, she exemplifies the best in teacher as coach, guiding progress toward the author's desired goals. She possesses exceptional communication skills, a wealth of knowledge about educational theories and practices, and a work ethic that places a high priority on the quality and timeliness of service. In short, she delivers with the utmost integrity.”
Val Gerard retired in 1999 after 30 years as a scientist and professor. With a strong record of publications and successful research funding, she now uses her skills to help others achieve similar successes.
Past and current clients from Australia, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Norway, Patagonia, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, the U.K., the U.S., and Venezuela.
High rate of client success with manuscripts submitted to scientific and medical journals, and with grant proposals to various funding agencies, including NIH and NSF (largest successful grant to date, $120 million).
Assists clients in developing written materials for commercial websites, brochures, etc.
Specializes in organization, interpretation, and clear presentation of complex information.
Helps clients improve their own writing skills for future projects, including non-native English speakers.
Provides rapid turnaround. Helps you submit your grant proposal, manuscript, book, chapter, or report on time.
More than fifty publications (see publication list, below) and one million dollars worth of successful grant proposals of her own.
Past experience as associate editor and/or reviewer for over two dozen scientific journals, including Science, and government funding agencies.
“Dr. Gerard is a wonderful writer. She took something that was a bit dry and made it engaging and easy for regular people to understand. Also, she is lovely to work with.” Vanessa Spann, associate editor, Healthy Travel Media
“Dr. Gerard help was the key for the success of my PhD thesis. She right away picked up my writing flaws and worked with me so I could understand the right way to write. Also, her suggestions about structure and comprehension were right on the mark. My committee was very impressed with the quality of the work presented and I have already recommended Dr. Gerard work to some of my colleagues.” - Successful Ph.D. Candidate in immunology, 2010
"DONE!!! The paperwork is signed and submitted, the after-defense party has been held, and I am feeling very good!!! As far as congratulations go - you deserve MUCH credit. Thank you once again, Val. That mock defense was incredibly helpful, as at least 2 questions were nearly word-for-word! Your assistance with the talk was also of great benefit, as [my advisor] said that it was one of the best defense presentations he had ever witnessed! I can put this project on the 'finally finished' pile. Your help in all this has been pivotal. I will never forget it. I have neverin my lifeeverreceived such targeted, useful professional advice, and productive feedback. It has been a true pleasure working with you, and learning a new way of writing and putting together a scientific story."Successful Ph.D. candidate in Ecology, U.S. 2007 (contact information on request)
"I had completely given up on the Masters, I emailed my tutor again this week and he said he would chase it up. He has just emailed back saying it has not only passed but been awarded a distinction! I owe this to you over and over, I would have given up but you just kept pushing me on." M.Sc. in Medical Education, UK, 2009 (contact information on request)
JEFF KARONis a writer, teacher, proofreader, and consultant who has helped students and professionals for over twenty years. He has edited, revised, and proofread publications that include reports, theses, dissertations, textbooks, proposals, essays, stories, and articles. His Ph.D. is in English with a specialization in Rhetoric and Composition, a choice that signals his devotion to clarity and power in language. Prior to his years as an English professor, he studied and taught philosophy, critical thinking, and logic, publishing in these fields as well as in literary studies. He also is a published poet and essayist; he was a finalist in the Sandhill Review/St. Petersburg Times 2010 essay contest. He has led writing and editing workshops for students, teachers, business people, and artists. Currently, he is leading creativity workshops and developing ways to build honor in the classroom and workplace.
As a writer and teacher, he believes that we should strive for excellence by practicing effective and fair techniques at all times. He has combined a life-long interest in the martial arts with writing: if you choose to work with him, he will ensure that your writing is powerful, not merely competent.
CAROL LEVINE has B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan and more than 25 years of experience as a writer, editor, English instructor, writing coach, and APA format expert. As the Writing Specialist for the University of Phoenix for 17 years, she worked extensively with students in the Master of Counseling, Master of Education, and MBA programs. In this role, she provided editorial assistance and APA format expertise to graduate students completing master's theses and business research projects. Carol also developed and conducted numerous workshops on the use of APA format for University of Phoenix students and faculty members (e.g., The ABCs of APA; APA Formatting: From Soup to Nuts; APA: Changes in the Fifth Edition Manual) and earned the unofficial title of "APA Queen."
Carol has personal content knowledge in the areas of education, psychology, workforce and economic development, and animal behavior and service-dog training. In all of her writing and editing work, Carol focuses on accuracy, correct usage, readability, consistency, and adherence to the required format. Carol is not only an APA format expert. She is also a meticulous proofreader who takes pride in spotting errors that are overlooked by spell check programs, as well as a skilled editor with a vocabulary that enables her to complete the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle. She is highly efficient, never misses a deadline, and is comfortable doing either paper or electronic editing.
Academic Editing -- Masters Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation Writing Consultant
Sociology, Criminal Justice, Criminology, Deviance, Social Control, Juvenile Delinquency,
Social Problems, Qualitative Methods, Law Enforcement and Victimology
After over 25 years of teaching at the college/university level, Dr. Gary Michaels continues to guide students in their quest for academic excellence. He is an outstanding content editor who helps decode committee comments and guides the rewrite process.
Dr Michaels has authored five books and eight articles that explore, describe and analyze a wide variety of criminal and deviant behavior. Topics of qualitative inquiry include detailed studies of young offenders, uniformed police subcultures, hockey enforcers, outlaw motorcycle clubs, arsonists, youth gangs and how detectives use informants. Further, a nine-year qualitative investigation closed a previously unsolved murder/suicide case, granting closure to the remaining victims.
During his teaching career, Dr Michaels was the proud recipient of six teaching awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Teaching Excellence Award, the Who’s Who of American Teachers Award, the President's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Top Five Professors of the Year Award, the University-Wide Contribution to Teaching Award and the esteemed John O'Neill Award for Teaching Excellence. Courses such as Introduction to Sociology, Social Problems, Conformity, Deviance and Social Control, Troubled Youth, Victimology, the Sociology of Policing, Leadership, Music and Society and Qualitative Methods are some of his specialties.
Dr. Gary Michaels abundant knowledge and expert research and writing skills place him the upper echelon of social science consultants.
CHRISTINE D. TOMEI, PhD, was a professor in departments of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She is currently working in academic research. Her book, Russian Women Writers (Garland Press, 1999) met with widespread critical acclaim and has become a standard reference in the field. It was also awarded the Heldt Prize for Best Book in 1999.
She has assisted graduate students at all levels in the preparation and presentation of research for over 10 years, with considerable success. Some of her students/advisees have gone on to win awards themselves.
She is proficient in MS-Office, including Powerpoint, Excel and Access, and has created documents in these formats for many purposes.
Courses taught: Freshman humanities, general education, English as a second language, Russian language; Russian romanticism & realism, women in Russia and the U.S.S.R., the silver age in Russia, Soviet socialist realism, Soviet film, nineteenth-century literature, Russian intellectual history, twentieth century, Russian literature, nineteeth-century Russian literature, Russian folklore.
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"You were absolutely correct!! My advisor accepted my proposal after I incorporated your changes and recommendations and it is now in the hands of my committee. When I finish Chapters 4 and 5, I will contact you – I very much appreciate your guidance and counsel. It changed a frustrating situation into a success!"
"I did it! I passed! It was an unconditional pass from all faculty members! The head of my department said it was one of the top 3 defenses he has ever seen and probably one of the most professional presentations ever... and he has been doing this for over 20 years!!! Talk about feeling good!!!! I am so very happy!!!"
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