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Carol M. Booton, Ph.D. is an independent researcher, dissertation coach, and academic editor based in Portland, Oregon.

Are you a doctoral candidate?

Sometimes doctoral candidates need support during the doctoral process. I provide coaching services to doctoral candidates in Business and Social Sciences who are working on concept papers, dissertation proposals, IRB applications, and dissertation manuscripts. I can assist you with both quantitative and qualitative methods. My objective is to help you obtain approvals, complete your manuscript, prepare your oral defense, and earn your doctorate.

I offer coaching services to help you succeed. I will review your document and offer suggestions for a flat fee (see the pricing page).

I offer academic editing services.  I can also help you with your oral defense and slide presentation, the culmination of all your hard work. See the pricing page for more information.

Are you an online learner?

If most of your academic experience happens online, you may feel isolated. I know I did. I was an online learner for eight years. During the course work, I was fine working alone, but when I got into the research stage, I found myself wishing I had someone to talk to about my methodology and approach. I was lucky to have a responsive chairperson on my committee. But I still felt very alone with my questions. Gentle feedback from someone who had just completed a doctorate would have been very helpful.

Are you attending a for-profit university?

Some for-profit universities have strict guidelines and policies, which they must follow in order to maintain their accreditation. This may mean you will not be allowed to choose your dissertation chairperson and committee—your committee will be appointed by the institution. Sometimes the result is conflict and dissatisfaction.

Are you satisfied with the attention and feedback you are currently receiving?

I was lucky to have a responsive chairperson. I have discovered that not everyone is so fortunate. Your chairperson and committee may not provide the kind of feedback you need to move forward. Sometimes just having an outside perspective can help you break through roadblocks. I will coach you to successful completion of your degree by listening, encouraging, cajoling, supporting, and inspiring you to keep taking action toward your goal. I will offer you the lessons I learned from my own experience with the institution, the committee, the reviewers, the approval process, and the research process.

Who am I?

You can find out more than you probably wanted to know about me on the about page.

My Ph.D. is in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. I completed my doctorate through Northcentral University, an online for-profit university based in Prescott, Arizona. My dissertation was a phenomenological study of faculty members’ experiences with academic quality in for-profit vocational college programs. I used a systems thinking framework and incorporated the systems thinking tool of “rich pictures” to triangulate my data. You can download and review my dissertation for free. Just go to Proquest Open Access and enter my last name into the search box.

Here are the PowerPoint slides from my oral defense on Slideshare.

Why work with me?

I defended my dissertation at the end of 2013, so I’m a recently minted graduate. That means APA format is fresh in my mind! I’ve been writing graduate level papers for the past eight years, culminating in my dissertation. That means I have had lots of practice with academic writing. I can help you structure your essays and topic papers so they are clear, readable, and compelling. I understand the challenges of aligning your problem statement, purpose statement, research questions, and methodology. I understand what the reviewers are looking for. I can help you revise your paper so it receives approval. 

I was also a college instructor for ten years at a career college. I taught business courses to students who were anxious about writing and speaking. I understand that not everyone is a natural writer or public speaker, and it can be especially difficult if English is not your first language. I will offer you suggestions, but I never forget that it’s your paper, it’s your work. You need to feel good about your writing. I can help you do that. 

I offer a range of services, from a written review of your topic paper, proposal, or dissertation to a range of editing services. See the pricing page for more information.

Can we work together?

Call me for a free 30-minute consultation to find out if you like me. In the meantime, keep  trudging the road toward your happy academic destiny.