Some years ago, I was stiffed for $100, but I let it go and took steps in my business model to be sure it never happened again. However, my colleague, is being stiffed for $600, an amount that is pretty painful to ignore.
- The university provides a list of approved editors to students. (The editors are not university employees.)
- Student pays deposit for editing their doctoral proposal.
- When invoiced for the balance, student ignores the editor. They will not respond to texts, emails, or phone calls.
- Student is still in the doctoral process.
- Student is also a prof at a different university.
Is any part or parts of what has happened an ethics violation that can be reported? If yes, to who (the chair? DSEM? student's advisor? Other?)
This is a response to questions from viewers of this post who might find it helpful to have more context. Please take note this is in a U.S. context.
DSEM = Dissertation Scholarship Editorial Manager. This person approves the readiness of a study for the next step at different stages (i.e., ready to write the proposal, ready to defend the proposal, ready to defend the final, ready for dean's review).
At the start of their writing, all students are advised to plan for an editor because in the end, all final doctorals must be submitted to DSEM with an editor's signed certificate of compliance with APA and university standards.
Some students take this immediately to heart, starting with the doctoral justification. Others do nothing until either the chair or DSEM insists on it.
Chairs who take their role seriously will know early on which students need immediate editor help to ensure that DSEM approves the work at every stage. Other chairs will "pass the buck" and let DSEM reject the manuscript over and over.
Although students do not need to use an editor from the approved list, it's high risk because students do not know what they do not know about the expected standards or process and therefore how to vet an editor's qualifications.
In addition to proofreading and copyediting for APA standards and university Handbook standards, it is very typical to provide coaching on how to synthesize, "connect the dots" within and across chapters, write transitions, and more.
On occasion, the university does contract directly with an approved editor on a student's behalf. This is not the case in this situation.
Debtor's Academic Experience and Credentials
To the degree that a LinkedIn profile can be trusted, the debtor claims to be a
- graduate with a PsyD in Industrial Organization at the same university related to this post;
- current adjunct instructor at a different university and a technical college, and an adjunct professor at a community college;
- past dean of academics at a business school; and a
- past faculty program advisor at a different university where they provided subject-matter expertise in "... global financial markets, legal environments, ethics, ... ."