In 1999, Vernetta entered a doctoral program in English on a full fellowship that allowed her to focus on her studies. Having earned her B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in four years and her M.A. in English from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in a year and a half, Vernetta expected to obtain her Ph.D. within four years.
Life happened, and Vernetta faced the reality of being "ABD" (All But Dissertation). After her fellowship ended in year four, Vernetta obtained a position as a Department Chair at a private college, working 50+ hours a week while writing her dissertation. In the midst of work and academic demands, Vernetta relocated an ill family member from another state to live with her. The family, financial and personal challenges persisted as the daunting task of writing a dissertation remained Vernetta's reality. Academically, she persevered through four dissertation chairs, including the unexpected death of her first advisor. Without the mentorship and consistent encouragement of ONE faculty member knowledgeable about higher education culture, Vernetta still would be "ABD" today.
Founder - Vernetta K. Mosley, PhD
Finally, eight years after starting a doctoral program, Vernetta became Dr. Vernetta K. Mosley (Williams), or Dr. V. Since earning a PhD, she has utilized her educational training, expertise and devotion to mentorship to assist universities, government agencies and nonprofits in providing budding scholars and workplace employees the academic, leadership and professional skills needed to thrive. As someone who has had to develop translatable and transferrable skills and continues to do so, Vernetta understands that technical knowledge, degrees and subject matter expertise produce limited success. Therefore, removing barriers to educational and career advancement via skill development motivates Vernetta professionally.
As the CEO of Cultivate the Writer (CTW), Vernetta is committed to the mission of cultivating writers, critical thinkers, effective communicators and skilled leaders across academe and industry. During her tenure as a faculty member and academic administrator, Vernetta developed a passion for program administration and teaching. She continues to embrace opportunities to strategize, design and deliver learning programs, explain complex concepts and give practical "how to" steps. Vernetta has spearheaded the development of the subscription based, on-demand CTW graduate level writing courses and instructional materials/services for commercial authors. Additionally, Vernetta has published a writing guide (I Am Not a Writer...I am Just in Graduate School: A Guide to Writing Critically, Clearly and Coherently) that is used as a textbook in graduate level writing and research-based courses.