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. Williams, PhD
Finally, eight years after starting a doctoral program, Vernetta became Dr. Vernetta K. Williams (Dr. V). Since becoming Dr. V, she has utilized her credentials, educational journey and devotion to mentorship to assist universities and educational funds in providing budding scholars with the academic and professional skills needed to thrive in academia. Removing barriers to graduation motivates Dr. V professionally. During graduate school and her 10 year tenure working at the university, Dr. V mastered various forms of academic writing and developed a passion for teaching; Dr. V absolutely enjoys the process of facilitating knowledge, explaining complex concepts and giving practical "how to" steps.
Dr. V started Cultivate the Writer, a company designed to develop scholars into proficient writers through academic writing boot camps, editing services, coaching sessions and customized writing services. Additionally, she 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 text in graduate writing and research based courses.
Dr. V’s mission is to utilize every available resource to equip upcoming scholars with the resources needed to become confident, skilled scholars who can accomplish their educational and professional goals.