Kelly Searsmith, Ph.D.

Thank you for considering working together. I’ve written professionally for 24 years. A former university professor, I also hold a doctorate in English from one of the top-ranked graduate programs in the United States. I will deliver—on time and within budget—work that is clear, correct, and focused on meeting your needs. Easy to work with, I am always glad to revisit work in response to your feedback.


  • 6 years as a public relations and administrative writer in higher education at a Tier 1 research university, including substantial grant-writing experience
  • 14 years as an academic writer
  • 24 years as a professional writer and editor, with two standout projects as a freelance editor for University of Illinois faculty members: a late-career dissertation passed without any requested revisions (interdisciplinary: arts/humanities and technology) and an article revised for the flagship journal in the field (marketing)


  • Special expertise in developmental / substantive editing
  • Range of interdisciplinary knowledge (humanities, social sciences, computer science)
  • Experienced researcher with advanced search skills
  • Capacity for presenting complex information simply and clearly
  • Ability to shape text to persuade, inform, or move readers
  • High degree of technical literacy (document management, new media, web)
  • Depth understanding of multimodal literacy and multicultural competency
  • Expert knowledge of writing theory and practice


  • Ph.D., English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999
  • M.A., English, Case Western Reserve University, 1990
  • B.A. cum laude, English and Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, 1987


  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • University of Illinois Department of English Outstanding Teaching Award as Non-Tenure Track Faculty for 2003-04
  • University of Illinois Department of English Leo B. Kneer Award for Outstanding Teaching as a Graduate Instructor for 1997-98
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers 2000, 2002 (student nominated)
  • University of Maryland-University Nominee for College Stephen J. Drazek Award for Excellence in Teaching 2003-04, 2004-05