Job Coaches

In an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education (26 Sept. 2008) entitled “Job Coaches Help Professors Get Back on Track,” Audrey Williams June explores the use of private career coaches for scholars who are stuck.

The article’s concluding points (danger signs?) are worth considering:

Junior professors, midcareer faculty members, and even the most seasoned of academics sometimes need help with managing at least one aspect of their careers. Here are a few signs of when you might need to give a faculty coach a call:

  • You’re mired in a departmental battle.
  • You can only work under deadline pressure.
  • You’ve allowed teaching and service work to take up all of your time.
  • You’re a chronic procrastinator.
  • You start papers but never finish them.
  • You’re baffled by putting together a promotion and tenure portfolio.
  • You can’t find time to do research.
  • You avoid writing at all costs.
  • You’re not clear on the expectations for tenure.
  • You need help maintaining momentum.

The article is available on line for subscribers.

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