About Michelle

The services offered by Michelle are focused on written submissions, and in the process, coaching clients towards academic excellence. They are founded upon her pursuit of knowledge and Truth, not only in terms of what we know, but how we know what we know.

The story begins with my mother allowing me to join the public library at age ten. After reading all the books in the children’s library, I was permitted to use my mothers’ two non-fiction cards for the grown-up’s library. I systematically went through the philosophy, psychology, sociology, and esoteric stacks.

Formally, the journey started off studying for a degree in Journalism. After realizing that Marx did not include metaphysical possibilities, I had to consider in which two of the three disciplines left I might major. I chose Psychology and Social Anthropology, with a sub-major in Industrial Sociology.

At the end of my second year, I was awarded a bursary from the Chamber of Mines that included a three-year stint with the Chamber after graduating with an Honors degree in Psychology. It proved a miracle (financially) and a blessing: I spent an immeasurably valuable seven years engaged in research for their Human Resources division. It was an exciting time in the mining industry: trade unions, specifically the NUM, were just beginning to have an influence. Using archival methods, I continued with the creation of a conflict database, refining it, and reported the significant correlations that emerged [1]. I also constructed, conducted, and analyzed attitudinal surveys to identify trends that would inform management and executives’ decisions.

In the course of earning a living as a researcher, I continued with my independent learning with Philosophy I and Science of Religion I through UNISA and then registered for a Master of Research Psychology at Rhodes University. I returned to Grahamstown to complete my thesis The Meaning of Stress: A Qualitative Approach [2], while holding the position of Junior Lecturer in the Psychology Department in 1988. At the end of that year, I was selected to train as a clinical psychologist with a paid internship and graduated with distinction in 1991. For the following five years, I held the position of Lecturer in the Psychology Department, teaching critical social psychology and methodology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; published a paper and had a review of a work published [3]; practiced, taught, and supervised candidates in the clinical program; and was registered for a PhD that explored lesbian gender diversity and development [4].

Reading a PhD, especially in psychology and about a personal question, runs the risk of whipping the carpet out from underneath one’s feet and whip the carpet that journey did. Now Dr. Crowley, my attention shifted to things more metaphysical after 2001. I initiated and wrote for a magazine called Talking Total Health [5], distributed free from health shops. I reviewed, experienced, and promoted alternative healing modalities, served on the committee for the Creative Living Festival, and was part of a group that initiated and edited a community-based newsletter, the Walmer-Gqebera Network Newsletter [6]. I earned a living teaching English to Asian students who had registered for degrees at the Nelson Mandela Bay University. 

In 2005, I was contracted by Language Online, an agency contracted to evaluate (grade) essays for Ashford University initially and then review student papers for Smarthinking, a Pearson-based company. Over the next 16 years, besides evaluating and then reviewing a steady stream of student essays, I also edited over 500 dissertations on behalf of the agency. Students were mostly from Peru and the USA. I completed the equivalent of English II for UNISA, where I was awarded a certificate as the most promising student in English Literature, and participated in numerous community courses and initiatives focused on designing and conducting HIV/AIDS workshops. 

More recently, I completed a TEFL certificate [7], and I am currently engaged in establishing an independent presence as an editor, tutor, and coach for academic excellence under the guidance of the Remotania Coaching program. You can find me on Upwork.com or communicate directly with me right here and now.

[1] List of Reports and Presentations while employed at the Chamber of Mines

[2] Crowley, M. L. (1991). Discovering the Meaning of Stress: A Qualitative Approach. Master in Research Psychology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown. http://vital.seals.ac.za:8080/vital/access/manager/Repository/vital:2957?site_name=GlobalView&view=null&f0=sm_subject%3A%22Stress+%28Psychology%29%22&f1=sm_creator%3A%22Crowley%2C+Michelle+Laureen%22&sort=null

[3] Crowley, M. L. (1995). Crisis as challenge: Counselling counsellors, persons living with HIV/AIDS and survivors. Journal of Social Development in Africa, 10(2):35-52. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12291992/

Crowley, M. L. (1996). Book Review: Social Psychology. Journal of Psychology in South Africa 26(4), 258-259. https://doi.org/10.1177/008124639602600411

[4] Crowley, M. L. (2001). Sapphic Experience: Lesbian Gender Identity Development and Diversity. Doctoral Thesis in Psychology, Rhodes University, Grahamstown. https://vital.seals.ac.za/vital/access/manager/Repository/vital:2956?site_name=GlobalView&view=null&f0=sm_publisher%3A%22Faculty+of+Humanities%2C+Psychology%22&f1=sm_creator%3A%22Crowley%2C+Michelle+Laureen%22&sort=null&f2=sm_type%3A%22PhD%22

[5] Example of an article from Talking Total Health

[6] Example of an article published in the Walmer-Gqebera Newsletter

[7] TEFL Certificate of Achievement