Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC
Nancy Whichard, Ph.D., PCC

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"Nancy Whichard was very helpful as I wrote my dissertation. Her wisdom and grounding presence helped me set and reach my writing goals."

Chantal Follett, Ph.D., University of Michigan

"I connected with Nancy at a time when I thought it was impossible to complete my dissertation. I was working full-time, parenting two children, and my major professor announced her retirement! Nancy was my advocate. She listened carefully, never judged me, and offered insightful coaching. She taught me to understand my own work patterns. I am pleased to report that I recently crossed the finish line and received a national award for my research."

Kathleen Shea Smith, Ph.D.,
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Florida State University

"I came to coaching as a last resort, two years into a process that seemingly had no end. Nancy helped me turn the entire experience around, and enabled me to complete my thesis according to my intended deadline."

John Bradshaw, Jr.
Acting Executive Director
Asia Society Texas Center

Dissertation / Writing
Life / Career

ABOUT NANCY: Focused, Optimistic, Skilled

When I was teaching in the English Department at The George Washington University, I decided to increase my credentialing and earn a doctorate. I entered the University of Maryland English Department's doctoral program while continuing to teach at GWU full-time. My two children were then in middle school and high school. Working toward my PhD taught me a great deal about prioritizing, letting go of the unimportant, and juggling the three important aspects of my life—family, teaching, the doctoral program.

  • I empathize with clients whose children are the most important part of their lives, yet whose work/writing demands are a constant challenge.
  • I acknowledge the courage necessary for clients to take risks and to step out of their comfort zone.

Clients hire me because I have been through the dissertation process and because I have a thriving coaching practice of guiding ABD's through the dissertation process.

  • I understand the coaching relationship from the client's perspective, as well as from the coach's perspective.
  • When I was an ABD, I hired a coach.

My education, training, and experience give me a unique perspective on dissertation coaching.

  • My doctorate is in literature and rhetoric, plus I have a special interest in writing and writing theory.
  • I have 30 years of experience in working with people at all stages of the writing process. I have been of help to many struggling, inefficient, or procrastinating writers.

I offer clients a unique combination of education, training, experience, and a fresh, positive approach to coaching:

  • I am a Professional Certified Coach, certified through the International Coach Federation.
  • I am a graduate of the Authentic Happiness Coaching program, taught by Dr. Martin Seligman, and I have taken additional courses in positive psychology and coaching with the late, extraordinary positive psychologist Dr. Chris Peterson.
  • Because of my coach training in positive psychology, I use strengths-based coaching to help clients become stronger in such strengths as resilience.

Other experiences that I bring to coaching include having been director of academic and writing coaching for the MentorCoach Coach Training School, and assistant editor at Commerce Clearing House in Chicago and at the University of Georgia Press. In addition, I have served as coach and resources coordinator at Computer Core, a nonprofit in Alexandria VA.

My husband and I live in Falls Church, Virginia—a suburb of Washington, D.C. Our two children are now grown. Our daughter lives in New Jersey and works in Manhattan; our son lives in Alexandria, VA, and works in Washington, D.C.

If you are interested in talking to me about coaching, I would love to hear from you.

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