Coaching and Mentoring Faculty Across Career Stages: A Bootcamp for Department Chairs


Coaching and Mentoring Faculty Across Career Stages: A Bootcamp for Department Chairs

This event has been cancelled.

Fine-tune your approach to faculty development in order to support, motivate, and empower your faculty.


Mentors share their experience by teaching and providing advice to guide you through your toughest challenges. Coaches, on the other hand, help others discover and realize solutions on their own. As a Department Chair, you might not see yourself as a coach or mentor but serving in both capacities is critical to the success of your faculty and to your success in the role.

Join us online for a five-session bootcamp to discover when and how to lean into your role as both coach and mentor. This bootcamp is designed to equip you to lead your department through some of the most common challenges Chairs face, including ensuring difficult personalities don't derail departmental goals, supporting junior faculty through their tenure journeys, and reinvigorating mid- or late-career faculty who might be stalled or disengaged. Your instructors will offer strategies and advice that will enable you to adapt your approach to faculty development across the faculty lifecycle to better support faculty throughout their careers. You’ll also have the opportunity to share your toughest scenarios with your peers and instructors for discussion and feedback.

Additionally, a certified coach will introduce you to the coach’s mindset by demonstrating how to implement select coaching skills into your conversations. You’ll then apply and practice those skills each week with your peers in small groups through a case study approach. The first five people to sign up for Success Coaching will be given the opportunity to continue with this same coach so you can fine-tune your skills and reflect on lessons learned during the bootcamp.


A Highly Personalized Experience

To be responsive to your needs, the final session will provide you with the opportunity to recommend discussion topics that are most salient to you. You may choose to revisit topics from previous sessions or define new topics not yet discussed. To preserve the intimate and interactive nature of this training, the bootcamp is limited to 30 participants. Register early to reserve your spot!


What You Will Get

In this virtual bootcamp, you will get:

  • Five 3-hour live sessions with interactive discussions and activities with your instructors and peers.
  • A workbook with case studies and reflection questions for each session to build self-awareness around key concepts
  • Feedback from a certified coach to help you develop as a coach
  • The opportunity to extend your network and connect with colleagues who are experiencing the same challenges.


Who Should Attend

This bootcamp is designed for all department chairs and program directors who are looking to:

  • Acquire and practice new skills and strategies that allow them to empower and motivate their faculty.
  • Develop the ability to adapt their coaching and mentoring skills to different faculty, contexts, and situations.
  • Strengthen their relationships with faculty of all kinds.


Follow Through With Success Coaching

Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?

Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a program helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done.

As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select programs.

  • Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.

To get success coaching, simply purchase the Online Bootcamp + Success Coaching product below.

Learn More About Success Coaching

Hear About the Bootcamp Experience

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- Malone Plummer

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Session 1: Understanding Your Roles as Mentor and Coach

Date TBD
You’ll begin the bootcamp by exploring the importance of developing your faculty. You’ll discuss how mentoring and coaching can play a part in that, when to lean into your role as coach and mentor, and how to be effective in doing so. You’ll reflect on how your institutional and departmental contexts (e.g., department size, health, and diversity), as well as the career stages and social identities of the faculty you’re working with, can help you determine your coaching and mentoring approach.

Your bootcamp coach will also introduce you to the following coaching skills, which you’ll practice with your peers each week:

  1. Active listening and how to use powerful, strategic open-ended questions. These skills make up “Level 3 conversations,” which are the foundation for building trust and empowering faculty to develop their own personal vision and intrinsic motivation.
  2. Identifying barriers and obstacles that prevent faculty from moving forward.
  3. Designing next steps and action plans that resonate with an individual’s values and strengths.



Session 2: Early Career Faculty

Date TBD
Early career faculty often struggle to find their footing. They need to learn the requirements for tenure and work diligently to promote their successes during the tenure process. They must make connections with others but can find it difficult to do so in departments without strong cultures of mentorship or collegiality. They must find balance and purpose in their teaching, scholarship, and service. All of this takes time to learn and, for many, this process can feel overwhelming. As Chair, it is essential for you to provide ongoing and proactive support to set them up for success long-term.

In this session, you’ll explore how to:

  • Cultivate new faculty in a way that encourages integration, collaboration and engagement within the department
  • Help build the research careers of other faculty members
  • Review criteria for reappointment, promotion and tenure
  • Establish expectations around documenting progress toward tenure

Please note: There will be no live session the week of October 11, 2021.



Session 3: Mid-to-Late Career Faculty

Date TBD
As faculty progress through their careers, the complexity of the challenges they face – and thus the complexity of issues you must support them through - increases. In some cases, a professor’s productivity may decline by choice, circumstance, or ignorance. It’s also not uncommon to work with faculty who have negative attitudes, including those who bully, complain, or ignore policies. Much of your time as Chair is devoted to working through these situations, sometimes at the expense of elevating your high-performing faculty. And because these issues take time to influence and can impact relationships across the department, you may feel ill-equipped to effect change.

In this session, you’ll explore how to:

  • Review timelines and expectations for promotion to full professorship
  • Build personalized promotion and career advancement plans
  • Support long-term associate professors who do not progress to full professorship
  • Make the post-tenure review process more effective
  • Cultivate full professors as mentors and leaders
  • Get full faculty who no longer have active research agendas back on track



Session 4: Non-Tenure Track (NTT) Faculty

Date TBD
Whether you’re working with adjunct professors, lecturers, part-time instructors, or post-doc fellows, these groups of faculty are growing more prominent in higher ed. Since their responsibilities, workloads, engagement, and growth opportunities vary (both among these groups and compared to tenure-track faculty), you may be navigating issues of equity or feelings of NTT being overlooked or marginalized within the department.

In this session, you’ll explore how to:

  • Approach promotion and professional development in ways that recognize and value the unique contributions from NTT in different roles
  • Foster feelings of equity and inclusion across different faculty groups with different expectations



Session 5: Cultivating Your Coaching and Mentoring Skills

Date TBD
To be responsive to your needs, this final session will provide you and your peers with the opportunity to recommend discussion topics that are most salient to you. You may choose to revisit topics from previous sessions or define new topics not yet discussed. The bootcamp will culminate with an activity that allows you to define goals for yourself related to cultivating your coaching and mentoring skills and building them into your everyday leadership practice.


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Catherine Kaukinen

Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice, University of Central Florida

Catherine (Katie) is an award recognized scholar, honored by her national disciplinary organizations (2020 Coramae Richey Mann Leadership Award from the Minorities and Women Section of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; 2019 American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime Distinguished Scholar Award; and 2019 American Society of Criminology Division of Victimology Bonnie S. Fisher Victimology Career Achievement Award).

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Jonathan Millen

Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, University of New England

Jonathan brings more than a decade of higher education administrative experience to his position and is currently the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences president. He is also a past president of the New Jersey Communication Association and a member of the editorial board of the Atlantic Journal of Communication.

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Karen J. Souter

Anesthesiologist and ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC)

Karen is a practicing anesthesiologist and an ICF Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with 23 years’ experience as a university faculty physician. Her extensive knowledge of academic medicine informs her work as a coach. Karen’s areas of coaching expertise are in career planning, promotion portfolio development, medical leadership and navigating the fine balance between a successful career and a nurturing home and family life.

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Lisa Lafflam
Learning & Development Manager,
Academic Impressions

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