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THE POSITIVE ACADEMIC

Erin McTigue: Coach for Academic Productivity

Academic coaching is for faculty and researchers wanting to improve how they go about their daily work - to understand their motivations & roadblocks, harness their strengths, and try new approaches to get the important work done efficiently. Academic coaching overlaps with inquiry models of executive coaching in the business world but is specific to academia.

 

Productivity is the output of academia and is usually writing (e.g., articles, proposals, technical reports).  My work includes typical “writing coaching”, but goes beyond that.  For while  “not getting enough writing done” may reflect a need to improve writing skills, just as often, it can signal other work challenges (e.g., project management, effective limit setting, value conflicts).  Furthermore, I believe in Positivity -- that academics possessing greater well-being, less stress and more joy at work will be more productive. 

WHAT "THE POSITIVE ACADEMIC" CAN DO FOR YOU?

Support and partnerships take many forms ... here are some common ways that I support academics.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

  • Identifying project priorities 

  • De-constructing large projects into doable tasks (i.e., I can do it in 30 minutes)

  • Macro & Micro Planning

  • Reducing stress & procrastination as projects are better managed.

TEAM BUILDING & MENTORING

  • Structuring teams/research groups for effective work processes

  • Planning for and running efficient meetings

  • Proactively managing conflicts &  work relationships that require much energy.

  • Individualizing & optimizing mentorship efforts for students

ACCOUNTABILITY

  • Identifying personal motivators and roadblocks at work

  • Creating systems for adhering to new work plans, schedules, and goals

  • Providing personal accountability at desired intervals (daily, weekly, etc.).

FEEDBACK ON WRITING PROJECTS

  • Regular & timely feedback on articles, grants, presentations and other forms of academic writing (e.g., personal statements)

  • Formative feedback with the goal of improving writing acumen and efficiency

  • Specialized support for international authors writing in English (i.e, ELL writers)