Productivity Support

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 STARTING IN NOVEMBER! 

If you would like to join before the next session and are brave enough to jump in without a live welcome and Q&A from Kellee you can still SIGN UP HERE

The only thing that will be different from the regular session, is that you will join the group without a cohort and get your orientation information from a video rather than live.

INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT POINT: No matter when you join, access the course material starts the following Monday.

COST: $360.

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 live sessions with Kellee, who will take up common struggles and concerns.

The course, FB group, and live sessions combine to provide structure AND community. The two things so often lacking in an academic writing life.

FAQs

  • 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 of the 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 one-on-one coaching

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.

 

Let’s Talk: A 50-minute conversation covering the topic(s) of your choice regarding productivity. Let me help you get out of your own way and get published!  Book your Let’s Talk Session HERE.

Academic Life Reboot Strategy Session: A 90-Minute session that includes assessment of current challenges, including identification of what’s got you stuck; strategies for overcoming those barriers, organizational and accountability tools and personalized goal achievement plan. Book your Academic Life Reboot Session HERE.

Email me, Kellee, at tpiiintervention@gmail.com to learn more or sign up!

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TESTIMONIALS

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!! 🙂 

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I’m emailing to say Happy Birthday from one of the TPII Unstuck writing groups!  (Apparently Skype lets you know when there is a birthday to celebrate).  When I shared it today with my fellow summer writing group members, I suggested that we list our accomplishments for the month in honor of your birthday and everything that you’ve done to help ALL of us at various points in our careers.  Here’s the list:
-5 journal articles submitted, under review, or in revision
-1 sample chapter submitted for a book proposal
-1 fellowship submitted
-consistent writing EVERY day, even with kids, jobs, and service
-personal sanity and a professional support network in this crazy academic life
As a group, we are definitely “unstuck” thanks to you and The Professor Is In site. I hope you will copy and paste this for a special blast on Facebook so others can post what they’ve accomplished with your help or “like” covertly from the shadows.  Whether it’s job applications, career advice, or writing support, we could not have done it without you!