JEFF KARON, Ph.D. is a former university English professor and current writer, editor, poet, teacher, and consultant with over 25 years of experience working with writers of all skill levels. While part of this editing network, he has edited over 100 books, articles, stories, and poems across a broad range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and business. His specialties include general fiction, biography/memoir, literary criticism, philosophy, poetry criticism, creative writing (including poetry), business writing (including reports, proposals. web content, résumés, vitas, and cover letters), journal articles, and scholarly books.
His Ph.D. is in English with a specialization in Composition and Rhetoric. He is experienced at helping students from around the world for whom English is a second language (ESL) and has taught and trained thousands of traditional and nontraditional students. Before returning to graduate school in English, he was Ph.D. student and teacher in philosophy, concentrating on linguistics, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and logic.
As a professor and instructor, he has guided a few thousand students in courses including creative writing, technical writing, literature, philosophy, rhetoric, ethics, and logic, among other subjects. As a current business consultant (www.jeffkaron.com), he helps individuals and organizations build their reputations and brands through writing, editing, deep web design, instructional design, and marketing, and can bring his strategic focus to bear on your projects. He is a webmaster and board member of a nonprofit literary press a published writer, poet, and scholar in subjects such as literary criticism, linguistics, and ethics. He is a published expert on how to help students and teachers prevent plagiarism and academic dishonesty. .
Jeff Karon fuses his lifelong passion for the martial arts into all aspects of his life, including editing in order to help others create powerful, effective writing. One writer he worked with summed up Jeff Karon’s mission: “He showed me how beautiful written language can be and reinvigorated in me the writing spirit I had nearly lost.”
Specialties include the following:
- General humanities
- Composition theory and practice
- Literary criticism
- Poetry criticism
- Creative writing (for students pursuing creative writing degrees),
Thesis and Dissertation Services:
- Topic / research proposal selection
- Content organization and development
- Editing/revising for development
- Editing/revising for clarity
- Proofreading/ copyediting
- Format consistency
- MLA format
- Coaching for defenses and presentations;
- Designing and building strong vitas, résumés, and application letters
- Turning dissertations and theses into academic books
Selected Sample of Thesis/Dissertation Titles:
Healing the Effects of Medical Errors: A Vision of Justice as Wholeness; Burton and Orientalism; Dynamic Mediated Interaction: An Approach to Study the Role of Media Use in Team Interaction; Analysis of the Marketing Efficacy of the Arts: The LG Group; A Study of the Relationship between Teacher Use of Benchmark Assessment Data and Student Math Grades; Reconfiguring the Narrative of Subject Formation in Postwar Korean Fiction; The Liberation Theology of Albert Camus; Interests in Technology: From Marx, Marcuse, Heidegger, and Social Constructivism to Feenberg and the Internet; Out-Tasking: Management and Integration of Private Technical Service Companies in New Product Development; Closing the Gap: Examining Parental Involvement School Improvement Plans and the Effect in Academic Achievement.
“Jeff Karon was a real pleasure to work with, and he contributed significantly to the quality of my final draft. He was also very prompt and precise in his communication. I should also say that I chose Jeff as my preferred editor because of his background in philosophy, rhetoric, ethics, and logic (besides being a Ph.D. in English), because my manuscript requires that the editor be able to follow an argument.” – Frank Armstrong
“I am very satisfied with Dr. Karon’s work. Maybe most noteworthy, he clearly understood the content of the article, which is not at all self-evident and was very helpful. I accepted practically all of his changes to the article.” – Professor, Northwestern University
“I contracted Dr. Jeff Karon to copy edit my doctoral dissertation on philosophy and ethics. Not only was the quality of his work outstanding, his enthusiasm about creative writing and his encouragement carried me through very difficult times at the end of my program. I truly appreciated his comments and suggestions, many of which I will continue to work with as I am preparing a manuscript from my dissertation to be published as a book. Without reservation, Dr. Karon has my highest recommendations. He showed me how beautiful written language can be and reinvigorated in me the writing spirit that I had nearly lost in the strategic aspects of the dissertation process. It was a perfect fit both in terms of the topic and personality.” – (Contact information on request)
“Jeff brought a fresh perspective, was easy to talk to, and is comfortable addressing different types of writing, and different levels of the editing process. Jeff did exactly what I asked him to do to my manuscript, in a timely manner.” – Laura A. Macaluso, PhD Candidate
“Maybe most noteworthy, Jeff clearly understood the content of the article, which is not at all self-evident and was very helpful. I accepted practically all of his changes to the article.” – Professor, Northwestern University