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Mary-Anne Pops, Ph.D.

Member of:

  • Editorial Freelancers Association
  • STET: Professional Copy Editors
  • Copy Editors & Proofreaders (LinkedIn)


I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in European History, a Master's in Special Education, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology.

I have always been an instructor in higher education. At the City University of New York (CUNY) I was an adjunct faculty member at many of CUNY's branches, where I taught Introductory Psychology and Child Development courses.

When I moved to California I became a full-time faculty member in two teacher credential programs—9 years at National University and 11 years at California State University, Los Angeles. Even as a full-time faculty member I continued to teach part-time at UCLA, California State University, Northridge, and California State University, Dominguez Hills.

Always Editing:

In my years in higher education, I have taught hundreds of students who became teachers, school administrators, school psychologists or speech-language pathologists. I always volunteered to edit the resumes and cover letters of my students when they graduated. I found that I was very good at editing and enjoyed it a lot. I also helped students who wanted to go on for a master's degree or a doctorate. I volunteered to edit their graduate school admission essays, and they were all grateful for my help with this important step in their career.

Editing Business:

When I retired from California State University, Los Angeles, I found that retirement gave me too much free time. I missed working. So I started my own editing business—One-on-One Editing. I enjoy editing tremendously. It is almost like a treasure hunt for me, as I search out the errors in a document, or search for the right word to express a thought. Editing is as personally fulfilling to me as university classroom teaching was for more than 25 years.


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