Our Editors

Professional editors who can help make your proposal even better:

Joanne Muzak, Ph.D. Editor

Joanne Muzak, Ph.D. Editor
Joanne is an experienced researcher and editor with a specialization in editing academic writing in the humanities and social sciences. She works with a variety of academic presses, including the University of Alberta Press, McGill-Queen’s University Press, and Oxford University Press, as well as with emerging and established scholars on monographs, collections, journal articles, white papers, research reports, dissertations, and grant applications. She holds PhD in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Community Service-Learning (CSL) and designed and taught interdisciplinary CSL courses, also at UAlberta. She knows the challenges of explaining complex research to a varied audience and the critical importance of clear, concise, and compelling writing. Joanne is committed to seeing humanities and social sciences research supported, acknowledged, and celebrated for its contributions to society.

Joanne is the author of:

“Women’s Studies, Community Service-Learning, and the Dynamics of Privilege.” Atlantis: A Women’s Studies Journal, Special Issue Women’s Studies Pedagogy. Spring 2012.

“Trauma, Feminism, and Addiction: Cultural and Clinical Lessons From Susan Gordon Lydon’s Take the Long Way Home: Memoirs of a Survivor.” History, Memory, Trauma: A Special Issue of Traumatology 15.4 (December 2009): 24-34.

“‘Addiction got me what I needed’: Depression and Drug Addiction in Elizabeth Wurtzel’s Memoirs.”Depression and Narrative: Telling the Dark. Ed. Hilary Clark. New York: SUNY P, 2008. 97-109. 

“‘They Say the Disease is Responsible’: The Social Identity of the Drug Addict and the Disease Concept of Addiction.” Unfitting Stories: Narrative Approaches to Disease, Disability, and Trauma. Eds. Valerie Raoul, Connie Canam, Angela Henderson, Carla Paterson. Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2007. 255-64.

Joanne is familiar with:

  • Scholarship of Engagement; Community-Based Research; Experiential Learning
  • Feminist Theory; Women’s and Gender Studies
  • Literary Theory; English Studies, Cultural Studies 
  • Medical Humanities
  • Historiography
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Knowledge Mobilization

Joanne can:

  • Provide a full range of editing services, from substantive and structural editing to copyediting and proofreading, for all kinds of academic writing
  • Engage with academic content, concepts, and arguments to deepen analysis, ensure the logical flow of ideas, and assure readability among varied audiences
  • Consult with authors to assess writing and editing needs at any stage of a project (from design to research, organization to analysis, and editing to publication), discuss content and style, and create clear, clean writing
  • Verify scholarly references and edit bibliographies and citations according to discipline-specific style (APA, MLA, Chicago, Harvard, etc.)

 

Donna-Lee Wybert, M.A. Editor

Donna-Lee Wybert, M.A. Editor

Writing is rarely easy and having a partner in this process can make a world of difference. I understand the intricacies of academic writing, including the challenges of successfully communicating complex information and experience to readers in accessible and meaningful ways. I’ve been editing academic, creative, and business texts for several years, but specialize in the social science and humanities disciplines—they are essential to a thriving society and mobilizing this knowledge is crucial. As a freelance editor and writing coach, I have mentored and/or edited the work of hundreds of academics to produce effective grant applications, research papers, journal articles, books, dissertations, and the like. I am also an experienced qualitative researcher, hold a Professional Editing Certificate, have taught for Mount Royal University’s Professional Editing Certificate program, and have a wide interdisciplinary background that includes former careers as a social worker (BSW) and a visual artist (BFA), before my turn back to academia.

Donna can:

  • Provide all types of editing services (copyediting, stylistic, substantive/structural, and developmental) in a variety of genres and contexts. 
  • Engage with content across many disciplines, tightening the logic and flow of ideas and arguments to enrich analysis and clarity.
  • Offer flexible support to authors as their needs and projects dictate, including coaching, planning, researching, critical analysis, organizing, writing, editing, and publishing.
  • Assist non-native English speakers to craft meaningful and grammatically accurate English sentences, or work with their writing to enhance naturalness, fluency, and accuracy.
  • Integrate plain language principles into complex texts to improve readability for non-specialist or wide-ranging audiences. 

Donna is also familiar with:

  • Qualitative Research Methodologies; Narrative Inquiry
  • Cultural and Communication Theory; Critical Social Theory
  • Narrative Identity Theory; Feminist Theory
  • Film Studies and Reception Theory
  • Visual Culture; Art Theory; Performance Studies
  • Postmodern Meta-Cinema; Cinematherapy
  • Adult Learning Theory, Qualitative Health Research
  • Various academic citation styles 

I have worked with scholarly writers in many disciplines, among them: Anthropology, Archaeology, Architecture (Engineering, Design, History, Landscape), Arctic Studies, Audio Studies, Business, Canadian Studies, Child Development, Comic Studies, Communication Studies, Comparative Literature, Computational Media Design, Counselling Psychology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies, Digital Humanities, Ecology, Economics, Education, Educational Psychology, English, Energy, Environmental Studies, Epidemiology, Fashion Studies, Feminist Theory, Film Studies, Fine Arts, Game Studies, Gender Studies, Geology, Geomatics, Greek and Roman Studies, History, Indigenous Studies, Industrial Design, Kinesiology and Sport Studies, Latin Studies, Law, Linguistics, Music, Naturopathic Health, Nursing, Political Science, Religious Studies, Philosophy, Psychology, Slavic Studies, Social Marketing, Sound Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Sustainability Studies, Urban Design, Urban Planning, and Women’s Studies.  

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Kara Stephenson Gehman, Editor

Kara Stephenson Gehman, Editor

As a professional academic editor, Kara works with professors and students from a variety of academic disciplines to create manuscripts that are not only clear and concise, but also interesting and engaging to readers. She partners closely with her clients to perfect academic books, journal articles, dissertations, grant proposals and other scholarly manuscripts in order to provide an edge in today's intensely competitive academic environment.

Specifically, Kara:

  • Edits for grammar, punctuation and word choice.
  • Ensures clarity and precise language.
  • Organizes content to structure an argument and ensure a strong thesis.
  • Formats documents to ensure compliance with style requirements using her expert knowledge of APA 6th Edition, Chicago Style, MLA, Turabian and Blue Book.
  • Performs citation management services, including citation-reference list cross-checking and reference formatting.
  • Provides feedback to clients on how improve their writing, in terms of both mechanics and content.
  • Uses her expertise in MS Word to: manage heading styles in order to create an automatically-populating table of contents, format tables and figures, and ensure visual consistency.

Kara has edited hundreds of published academic manuscripts, and dozens of successfully-funded grant applications. Most notably, she:

  • Re-wrote a successful renewal application package for Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program (2015), a federal initiative administered jointly through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), in partnership with Industry Canada and Health Canada.
  • Edited several successfully-funded SSHRC KSG, IG and IDG grant proposals, including 2013's #1 ranked IDG proposal among those submitted by emerging scholars in the “Business and management; economics; and related fields” category.
  • Edited grant proposals submitted to the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the World Health Organization (WHO).