Individual Coaching Helps Faculty to:
- Identify research, writing, and teaching goals
- Negotiate conflicts and effectively maneuver around institutional challenges
- Develop and maintain more successful and satisfying professional relationships
- Manage pressure and stress
- Forge a more satisfying and productive work life
Faculty who are members of a socially marginalized group (e.g., people of color, women, sexual minorities), may find individual coaching particularly helpful in dealing with the common pressures of:
- Feeling devalued and dismissed in the university context
- Facing pressure to constantly “prove themselves”
- Having their opinions and ideas marginalized
- Encountering exclusion from inner circles and informal networks critical to professional success
- Feeling over-burdened with extra service-related requests and demands
- Consistently facing subtle biases and discrimination while struggling to find effective ways to challenge colleagues and power-brokers
How Does Coaching Work?
- Faculty have an initial consultation to establish their goals and concerns.
- The coach and faculty member agree on a weekly meeting time.
- Each week, faculty call in (via telephone) for a 45 minute individualized session.
- During the session, faculty review their previous weeks progress, discuss problems and concerns that arose the previous week, and strategize on solutions for the upcoming week.
- Coaches listen, help clients devise solutions to particular problems, and hold them accountable for following through on their action-plans.