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Welcome to APA Perfection

Professional Editing of Doctoral Proposals and Dissertations

Instructional Modules for New Chairs and Committee Members


We are very selective and only employ APA editors with Ed.Ds or Ph.Ds and who have extensive experience with chairing dissertations. Our APA editors have taught graduate research courses at Research 1 and 2 universities such as 
Virginia Tech, University of Wyoming, Lamar University, Idaho State University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Sam Houston State University, Abilene Christian UniversityUniversity of Tennessee, Valdosta University, Texas A&M University, and the University of Texas.  Editors are required to have a solid background in research training, including research design, statistical analysis, and report writing.

Our APA Senior Editors have published work in both manuscripts and full-length books, have extensive experience as peer-reviewers for academic journals, are Founding Editors of several professional journals, and possess familiarity with the publication processes.

Who are APA Perfection?

Dr. Theodore Creighton, Executive Director and Senior Editor

Theodore Creighton received his Ed.D. from the University of California at Davis, and is Professor Emeritus from Virginia Tech, where he served as Program Director for the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.  Previously, he taught at the University of Wyoming, Idaho State University, and Sam Houston State University where he served as the Director of the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership. Most recently, Dr. Creighton served as a Core Research Faculty for the American College of Education. Creighton has served as the Dissertation Chair of over 100 doctoral students, and though mostly quantitative methodologies, many were qualitative and mixed methods designs.  Prior to his experience in higher education, Dr. Creighton served as both a Principal and Superintendent of Schools in Fresno County, California.   Curriculum Vita

Dr. Sandra Harris, Senior Editor

Sandra Harris received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and is Professor Emeritus from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Dr. Harris served as Doctoral Dissertation Coordinator and Director of the Center for Research and Doctoral Studies in Educational Leadership at Lamar University. Harris served as the Dissertation Chair of over 100 doctoral students, and though mostly qualitative methodologies, many were quantitative and mixed methods designs.  Prior to her experience in higher education, Dr. Harris served as both a Principal and Superintendent of Schools in San Antonio, Texas.   Curriculum Vita

Dr. John Slate, Senior Editor
John Slate received his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Dr. Slate has served as a Professor and Chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Counseling at Texas A & M University, Professor at the University of Texas-El Paso, and Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, GA.  Dr. Slate is nationally recognized as a researcher in all three methodologies: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods. John is widely published in both peer-reviewed professional journals and numerous book publications.  Dr. Slate is currently a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Sam Houston State University where he chairs a wide variety of dissertations.   Curriculum Vita


APA Perfection specializes in the style guide, Publication manual of the American Psychological  Association (6th ed.). The APA style manual is commonly applied in the social and behavioral sciences, including the fields of business, education, and psychology.

A Comprehensive Description of Our Reviews 

APA Perfection Senior Editors follow the APA Manual very closely.  For example, our reviews parallel the APA Manual's Contents at a Glance.

1.  Mechanics of Style
    Punctuation, Spelling, Italics, Abbreviations, Use of Numbers, and Statistical and

    Mathematical Language

2.  Writing Clearly and Concisely
    Manuscript Structure and Content, Organization and Writing

    Style, Reducing BiasGrammar and Usage

3.  Displaying Results

    Appropriate Formatting of Tables, Figures, or Other Visual Additions

4.  Crediting Sources

    Direct Quotation of Sources, Citing References in Text, Referencing Electronic Sources, and Cross-checking References in Text with Reference Section 

5.  APA Perfection Words To Avoid in Academic Writing

    Suggestions for Words To Avoid including Why To Avoid and Replace With

CLICK HERE - APA Perfection Words Not To Use (TOP 10 !!)

Specific Initial Areas of Review:

  • Check that your work complies with your institutional style guidelines
  • Check appropriate heading levels and accurate Table of Contents
  • Review table titles and figure captions and inclusion of accurate lists of tables and figures
  • Ensure page numbers are in the correct locations and formats
  • Inspect proper line spacing and paragraph indentation
  • Remove any extra spaces and tabs
  • Check block quotations and other text artifacts according to your style guidelines
  • Make certain figures and tables comply with style guidelines

APA Perfection's Two-Tiered Review System

Tier 1

In Tier 1, APA Perfection will review any part of the Proposal (Chapter 1, or 2, or 3) or the entire Proposal (Chapters 1,2,3).  This service is to assist the doc student in the right APA path early on. We will work closely with the doc (and the chair) if desired.  Our belief (based on years of chairing dissertations) is that the sooner the doc student can become familiar with and develop expertise with the APA guidelines, the better.  Our task is to help the doc student transition from a ‘conversational writer/researcher’ to a ‘scholarly writer/researcher.’  In a real sense, waiting until the doctoral dissertation stage to address the intricacies of APA, is not productive in the long run.  Many docs have already established good APA knowledge and habits and would be ready for our Tier 2.  Others may need some more time and effort early on.  Though our fees are dependent on a timely review of the work desired, we would anticipate a significant reduction in fees compared to our Tier 2.  

Tier 2

 In Tier 2, APA Perfection will conduct a full review of the Dissertation draft (Chapters 1,2,3,4, and 5).  Expectations are that the candidate will already have a substantive dissertation draft (one that has already been through Chair and Committee member review) but, lacking in specific APA issues.  This review and editorial assessment will be more time-consuming than the Tier 1 review.  Tier 2 fee is based on the draft submitted for review, which we will respond with a free quotation in 24 hours.

Unlimited Access to Senior Editor
Clients will be provided email and phone contact with their Senior Editor anytime 'after' the contracted review, should there be follow up questions or clarifications desired. The relationship is ongoing if desired.

Submission Steps Made Simple

  1. Email us a draft of your Proposal (Tier 1) or Dissertation (Tier 2) and send to: apaperfection@gmail.com
  2. If your institution or department has dissertation guidelines, we request either a copy or a link to a website for us to access.  This is an important step since as a general rule, the guidelines of the institution that will approve or publish your writing always takes precedence.
  3. We will review your draft and provide an estimate of time and fee within 24 hours.  Your writing style is a major factor in determining the time required and types of edits we will need to make. We are not a company giving you an estimate based on Page or Word Count - we are committed to providing you an estimate based on a thorough review of your entire dissertation.
  4. If you decide to proceed with APA Perfection, confirm by sending us an email and we will then email an invoice that you can pay online using Credit Card with the (secure) Virtual Terminal here on our website.
  5. The Senior Editor will complete their edits and email you a final revised  Proposal or Dissertation within 2-3 days.  We use the Track Changes feature in Microsoft Word so you can see every change and comment.
  6. We remain available and you will always have access to our editors afterward in case you have questions or desire clarifications.



APA Perfection: committed to scholarly reviews of your Dissertation and to support and encourage you to contribute to the knowledge base in education.  We believe strongly that doctoral graduates have a responsibility to move beyond the mistaken notion that a dissertation is the finish line.  APA Perfection believes the dissertation is really the 'beginning.'  And, to assume sharing your research is accomplished by adding your dissertation to the library electronic database (to spend for eternity), is not the answer.

APA Perfection Purpose: to disseminate the results of doctoral research in educational leadership and administration. Practical interest is to publish doctoral dissertation research: (a) to provide doctoral students (and their advisors) a specific publishing outlet for the dissemination of their research, (b) to assist doctoral students in successfully publishing their work, and (c) to provide the field at large a significant and specialized database of the most recent studies, findings, and implications. In addition, such a database will continue to serve up and coming doctoral students with a literature review that is most current and dynamic.

No Additional Fee: your Senior Editor who conducts your dissertation review, will also assist with preparing your submission for publication in the Education Leadership Review of Doctoral Research (ELRDR), published by the International Council of Professors of Educational Leadership (ICPEL).  This is an optional feature of APA Perfection, and if interested, there is no additional fee beyond the fee for your dissertation review.  This offer is a complimentary extra for clients of APA Perfection.

Why The ELRDR?

You may visit current and past issues of the ELRDR at https://www.icpel.org/elrdr.html



(under construction and coming soon)

APA Perfection will be offering instructional modules for new Chairs, Committee Members, and Doctoral Candidates

Proposed Modules will include:
1.  Doctoral Candidates: "Managing Your Topic, Your Advisor, and Your Committee Member: Making Them All Work for You"

2. Doctoral Candidates: "Criteria to Consider in Selecting a Chair and Committee Member"

3.  Chairs: "Roles and Responsibilities of the Dissertation Chair and Communicating with the Committee Member"

4. Committee Members: "Roles and Responsibilities of the Committee Member and Communicating with the Chair"

5. Doctoral Candidates: "Now, What Do I Do with my Dissertation?"


Feel free to contact us via email, phone or address:
Email: apaperfection@gmail.com
Phone:  970-749-7384 (Mountain Standard Time)

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