Kate Vacek, PhD – Dissertation Coach and Consultant
Kate Vacek earned her PhD in English Composition & TESOL from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research on doctoral writers and on early career academics has been published in Studies in Continuing Education and Academic Labor: Research and Artistry. Kate loves introducing students to qualitative research and helping them gain confidence in qualitative data collection and analysis. She has taught qualitative research methods and action research and supervised M.Ed. scholarly projects and independent studies. For undergraduates, Kate has taught first year composition and an interdisciplinary capstone writing course. Kate’s skills as a writing coach were honed in a university writing center, where she coached students and faculty writers in all disciplines and at any stage of the writing process. She also led writing development workshops across campus and facilitated interdisciplinary faculty writing groups. Endlessly curious, Kate enjoys working with writers from any discipline. Through her research and practical experience, Kate has a deep understanding of how every writer brings unique linguistic, cultural, and academic experiences–along with a host of other roles and responsibilities–to the task of writing. She supports students as they seek balance, creating a space for productive writing and the transformation from student to scholar.