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September 12th - November 12, 2023
Dissertation Group Coaching

What is it?

The primary focus of group-based dissertation coaching is to address challenges encountered during the dissertation completion journey and develop actionable plans to propel progress. Strategies to help move the dissertation forward, including time management, project management, writing management, and self-management will be addressed. It's important to note that coaching does not substitute for committee input, but is a focus on the process, rather than the content, of dissertation writing. Coaching is also not a substitute for therapy and some individuals may benefit from both coaching and therapy.

Our small group coaching sessions cater to individuals at various stages of the dissertation process. This option is particularly helpful for those seeking to be part of a consistent and well-structured support network. By participating in group coaching, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with peers, benefit from shared experiences, and receive guidance from an experienced coach in a group setting that fosters a supportive environment to enhance your dissertation progress.

Dissertation challenges such as struggling to how to organize a literature review, develop and support hypotheses, or present results can be daunting.  Some students may be working remotely and looking for support in the dissertation process. Some may be looking for accountability to support making time to work on the dissertation while juggling family and work responsibilities. Group-based coaching can help!


Cost: $750, payable in advance or 3 monthly payments of $233.33.


  • At registration, participants will need to pay a $50 fee to be applied to the total fee.

  • Full payment due by September 11th, or initiation of a 3-month payment plan (reoccurring payment date initiated at date of purchase). After paying the registration fee, participants will be contacted to resolve remaining balance.

Please note that there is no refund or proration for missed sessions.

Who: Graduate students in the Social Science or Liberal Arts disciplines at any stage of the dissertation process. Graduate students can be based at domestic or international institutions.

  • The group will be run with a minimum of five members and a maximum of ten members.  This allows for a blend of individual attention and group support during the coaching sessions.

When:  Tuesdays from 7-8pm EST, September 12 – November 28 (12 weeks)


Format:  Remote, Google Meet

  • Meetings will be focused on goal setting, accountability, problem-solving and support

  • Each meeting will be comprised of a mini-workshop on topics determined by the group, followed by group discussion

  • Weekly attendance is encouraged in order to get the most out of the coaching as well as to maintain group consistency, but not required as life can get busy!


BONUS: One optional 8 hour virtual writing retreat (date TBD)

  • This day-long retreat will provide space for writing and support. Your dissertation coach will be available for one-on-one discussions during the entire session for questions and discussions that may arise as well as group discussions and debriefs.

  • Time will also be available during the retreat for feedback on targeted sections of the dissertation from peers and coach.

Meet Your Coach!

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Catherine Kwantes, MS, MA, PhD is an experienced dissertation coach.  She is currently a university faculty member with a research program that has a focus on multiculturalism and DEI workplace initiatives. She has supervised numerous doctoral students from varied backgrounds to successfully navigate the dissertation phase of their academic careers.  In addition to being a dissertation supervisor, she has served extensively as a dissertation committee member and has been an external examiner for dissertation defenses internationally.

Learn more about Coaching services with Dr. Kwantes!

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