Who is Joy A. J. Howard? 

Joy A. J. Howard is a coach and editor for faculty, graduate students, and writers at all stages. She has over 15 years of experience in academia. Joy has a proven record of helping academics solve their biggest problems, such as writing blocks, project management, job application success, mid-career transitions, tenure/promotion achievement, and leadership growth, to only name a few. She's located in West Philadelphia, but works with clients all over the world via Zoom online software.


Why hire Joy as a coach? 

When you hire Joy Howard, you are hiring someone who has a proven record of helping academics solve their biggest problems. Whether you need to be more productive to earn tenure or promotion, or you need to learn how to manage Ph.D. students in your lab, or address writing blocks, Joy’s coaching frameworks empower you to develop new, effective practices. Joy's personalized one-on-one coaching empowers people to create professional habits that are productive and satisfying, whether you are a writer, a professor, a grad student, a job seeker, or an instructor. 

Not only will you get the book written, or the promotion packet completed, or the mid-career plan sketched, you will also find new wellness. Joy believes success in stress environments can indeed walk hand in hand with deep, satisfying wellness. Her clients report that they are more productive and that they return to coaching year after year with Joy because she continues to guide them toward a life that is more satisfying, healthier, and peaceful.

Joy specializes in one-on-one coaching for faculty and researchers who are marginalized or underrepresented in academia and publishing. Working with Joy, you find success and wellness even though the mountains you face are huge. Joy will be in your corner and help you fight for success.  

Why hire Joy as an editor? 

As an editor, Joy is deeply interested in YOU, the writer. Joy wants your voice to be heard.  She connects with you as a person & seeks to edit so that you sound more like you. She offers different levels of editing so that the ending you receive meets your needs. Joy also helps writers plan research projects, cope with writer's block, address anxieties and fears, navigate the review system, and develop into a more satisfied researcher or writer. 



“I would recommend Joy's help to anyone.”   

— H.H., ph.D., now a tenure track AsSISTANT Professor at a state school in TENNESSEE