Coaching provides timely and pertinent resources for the challenges, projects, tasks, and situations faculty and academic administrators face on a daily basis.

Coaching sessions can include:

  • Personal goal setting (leadership role choices, research/teaching/service balance, work/life balance, career advancement)
  • Training in how to think strategically about organizational realities, including how to navigate the system, how to initiate change, how to leverage resources, etc.
  • Assessment and development of leadership skills and style, including managing people, delegation, consensus-building, meeting and project management, mentoring, working with department staff, communication and negotiation, etc.
  • Problem solving regarding specific situations, people, and other challenges
  • Strategies for negotiating the ways that social identity (gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.) can impact the experiences of individuals and of departments
  • Strategies on how to work effectively within the norms and expectations of academia

Those who have taken advantage of these services (including me) have been universally pleased by them.
Dean at a large research university

Coaching contracts are available for individuals (who may pay out-of-pocket, or through designated university funding) or for departments, schools, colleges, or universities who wish to provide this as faculty development resource. With either approach, all coaching is conducted as a confidential relationship between the coach and the individual being coached.

NPR recently interviewed an academic surgeon on coaching - see highlights here (or listen to the whole interview):