Ron Tulley

Vice-President, Executive Writing and Leadership Coach

Ron Tulley is Vice-President of Defend & Publish and senior writing coach. He earned a PhD in Writing History and Theory from Case Western Reserve University. He holds four masters’ degrees in English (Technical and Scientific Communication), Business Administration (Organizational Leadership), Health Informatics, and Education (Curriculum and Instruction). In addition to his expertise in various areas of writing, information design, informatics, and business, Ron served on a tenure and promotion granting committee for four years evaluating dozens of faculty dossiers. He has 15 years’ experience in academic leadership in positions as varied as College Dean, Department Chair, and Program Director. In these positions, he has continually reviewed faculty writing. He directed the Writing Center at the University of Findlay for five years serving a diverse population of international and domestic students through all modalities (online and face-to-face). Ron currently serves as Dean of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and Professor of English at the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio, USA. As Professor of English, he teaches in the MA in Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Findlay and has directed and/or advised hundreds of student theses. His research focuses on the intersectionality of writing and technology as showcased in peer-reviewed article such as “Is There Techne in My Logos? On the Origins and Evolution of the Ideographic Term Technology” and “Is That an Autobiography? Channeling Wittgenstein’s Family Resemblances in Self-Life Writing.” Ron also serves as Vice President of the International Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi (Division IV) and is a Peer Reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, he is Quality Matters (QM) program, master, peer, and K-12 certified.


Languages: English; German reading; basic Japanese and French

Why I Love Coaching

I enjoy helping academic writers discover and develop their ideas from general notions to that aha! moment when they realize they have stumbled upon a research gap. Once that moment happens, I am as excited as my students to coach them as they synthesize their ideas with primary/secondary sources and organize around an argument that holds up under the rigors of the peer-reviewed process. Having a background in business (MBA, consulting) and science and medical writing (technical and scientific communication and health informatics), I also enjoy working with writers in areas outside the humanities. As a current dean, former chair and director, and past member of a tenure and promotion committee, I also offer coaching in areas such as interview preparation and dossier preparation. If you need help in any of these areas, please request me when you contact Defend & Publish.

Academic and Professional Credentials and Certifications

Grant Writing

  • University of Georgia, Advanced Grant Proposal Writing Certification (2022)
  • University of Georgia, Fundamentals of Grant Writing Certification (2022)

Higher Learning Commission

  • Peer Reviewer Certification (October 2019-present)

Lean Six Sigma

  • Green Belt Certified (2022)

Quality Matters

  • QM Certification—Higher Education Program Reviewer (March 2019-present)
  • QM Certification—Higher Education Master Reviewer (July 2016-present)
  • QM Certification— Higher Education Peer Reviewer (July 2015-present)
  • QM Certification—K-12 Reviewer (October 2020-present)
  • QM Certification—K-12 Publisher (October 2020-present)
  • QM Certification—Independent Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR)

Google Analytics

  • Google Analytics for Beginners
  • Advanced Google Analytics
  • Foundations: Data, Data, Everywhere

Philanthropy Development and Advancement

  • Charitable University—Ohio Attorney General
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