It is no secret that one of the biggest challenges academics face (outside the brutality of the job market) is staying on track in writing and publishing. The inherent isolation of writing combined with the challenges of adapting to life as an academic can leave even the most successful scholar struggling to produce.
As with all things related to the Ph.D, the Professor Is In is dedicated to helping you succeed. We created a range of services to help you overcome the two elephant-sized roadblocks to your productivity — procrastination and isolation.
Once you make the decision to take control of your writing life, academic productivity coach Kellee Weinhold will move you step by step toward completion of of your writing goals while helping you establish habits that support academic success over the long haul. She offers both group and individual support. (Check out the end of this post for testimonials!)
UNSTUCK: The Art of Productivity
Are you a tenure track professor struggling to get your article finished? Have a book chapter that is languishing? Are you teaching on a contingent contract, juggling your limited time to get the publications you need to go on the market again? Are you grad student looking for that final push over the finish line? In other words, are you an academic writer? This course is for you.
NEW SESSION BEGINNING IN NOVEMBER.
How it works:
UNSTUCK: The Art of Productivity is a self-directed online course devoted to changing your writing habits and getting your work from stalled to submitted.
The course is divided into Twelve Steps to Productivity (Think recovery from bad habits!) Each step is devoted to 1) setting up your writing practice for success and 2) moving you step by step through the standard parts of an academic publication.
Each of the Twelve Steps to Productivity come with five installments of information beginning with a daily (M-F) email reminder. In addition to a Just for Today “practice,” which is simply an idea to consider about your thinking and approach to writing, the course content includes a brief post and video offering concrete guidance on how to reach your goals. (Focusing not how to but why aren’t you? and more importantly, how do you fix begin to change it.)
In addition to the online modules, participants will have access to a secret FB page, cohort of support and accountability and FB live sessions with Kellee, who will take up common struggles and concerns.
The course, FB group, and FB lives sessions combine to provide structure AND community. The two things so often lacking in an academic writing life.
- Do I have to have completed my Ph.D to register?
No. You need only be pursuing the completion of an academic writing project.
- Do I have to be working on a journal article?
No. Although the material does take up the standard parts of a journal article, those same sections (lit review, methods, results, etc. are key elements of any full-length academic work.
- What if I don’t finish in 12 weeks? How long will I have access to the material?
Access to the material does not expire.
- What if I don’t have a Facebook account?
You will miss out on the FB live sessions and community support.
- Will there be other people in my discipline in my group?
There will be people from a range of disciplines
- Do I have to have a tenure track position to participate?
No. You only need an academic writing project.
- What if I can’t make it to all 12 FB live sessions?
First, we encourage you to examine “can’t.” Is it inconvenient or impossible? Inconvenient: I am on vacation and I will have to go to a local café for internet. Impossible: I will be mid-air on a flight with no wi-fi. If a session is truly impossible, then you can watch the recording. They will remain available throughout the course.
- Do I have to buy the book?
Belcher’s book is not required for the process, but the experience will no doubt be deepened by reading the text. (Belcher provides valuable guidance in the thinking and goals of the sections that The Art of Productivity does not.
INDIVIDUAL ACADEMIC SUCCESS COACHING AND MENTORING
For those PhDs who want more, I also offer PLATINUM LEVEL UNSTUCK COACHING PACKAGES*
Maintaining a productive publishing trajectory in the face of the demands of an academic life is an ongoing challenge for many junior faculty. Improving your productivity with personalized support and guidance will decrease your stress, help you get your work submitted faster and move you one step closer to tenure.
Want more information, schedule a free 20-minute information session with Kellee to see which Platinum Level would work best for you.
UNSTUCK Platinum Consulting packages can cover many areas, including:
- Time Management
- Teaching Demands
- Negative Self-talk
- Prioritization, etc.
- Workflow Improvement
- Project Management
UNSTUCK PLATINUM30 – 30 days ($950)
You are feeling bogged down or overwhelmed and you SIMPLY HAVE to get on track and move forward NOW. After an initial session examining what you have in place, we will identify what area(s) you want to FINISH and make a clear plan to get you there.
Three (3) 50-minute coaching calls over 30 days focusing on goals established in an initial 30-minute strengths and weaknesses assessment, personalized writing plan (including specific assignments) to move you forward, daily accountability check-ins and email support.
UNSTUCK PLATINUM3 – 3 Month ($1,650/$550 month)
You are near the end of a project (and perhaps have been stuck there for a very long time), and you are facing a critical deadline. No more time to procrastinate. You need to get this project finished and need someone to hold your feet to the fire to make it happen.
Six (6) 50-minute coaching calls over 3 months, plus initial strengths and weaknesses assessment, personalized writing plan, daily accountability check-ins and email support.
UNSTUCK PLATINUM6 – 6 Month ($3,150/$525 month)
You are at a critical point in your academic career and need to make the most of the next six months. You are ready to face your own self-sabotage, identify how YOU work best and create a realistic, personal strategy for success.
Twelve (12) 50-minute coaching calls over 6 months, plus initial strengths and weaknesses assessment, personalized writing plan, daily task management, weekly accountability check-ins and email support.
UNSTUCK PLATINUM12 – 12 Month ($6,000/$500 month)
You are at a turning point in your academic career and need to make the most of the next year. You need to establish better writing habits, learn what is keeping you from doing what you know needs to be done, talk through your ideas and have someone hold you accountable.
Twenty-four (24) 50-minute coaching calls over 12 months, plus an initial 30 minute strengths and weaknesses assessment, weekly motivational emails with productivity tips, bi-weekly accountability check-ins (between skype meetings), personalized productivity plan and email support.
Email me, Kellee, at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more or sign up! (* Platinum level coaching can be done as group sessions with 9 or fewer participants.)
Kellee is, by far, the best mentor and writing coach I’ve ever had. The UNSTUCK program has encouraged me to reach out to colleagues, it’s provided me with an excellent group of scholars who offer daily support and encouragement and it’s forced me to be honest about what I can and should accomplish this summer. Overall, the last 6 weeks have been (realistically) productive and a pleasure. Can’t say enough good things about Kellee’s program and guidance.
I have always had issues with writing to the extent that I have questioned my choice of profession. Last year, which was my second year in a TT position, was specially challenging due to some life events. When the opportunity came to take this seminar, I took it with some enthusiasm but also doubt. I am a professional slacker! Can a weekly hour long writing workshop actually change habits that took almost a decade and a half to solidify? The answer is a very strong yes! I have written and worked more on my research in the last six weeks than in the last several months combined. The wonderful coach that Kellee is, the very structured approach to writing she teaches, the methods I learned on how to approach writing when it appears to be a very angry Hulk, have indeed changed my work habits. I still get anxiety about writing, I still get the nagging feeling that my work is not good enough, but now, I work as opposed to just worrying and being anxious about tenure. When I read my paper now, I see progress. It is not a paper I have been sitting on for a year now, it is a project that is getting close to submission. I write and I make lists and approach the paper from an entirely new and much improved perspective. I have also noticed an improvement in my non-work related habits. I have just become so much more proactive about so many other things.
I might actually stop seeing my therapist as regularly so it saves money too!! 🙂