Jennifer Askey is an individual and group academic coach with over 25 years of experience in higher education in the U.S. and Canada. Her career has included work experience all over the academic map as support staff, sessional/adjunct lecturer, tenure-track faculty, tenured faculty, and professional administrative staff. As a coach, she helps her clients achieve clarity around the impact they want to have as an academic and the habits they need to develop to reach their goals.
As an ACC certified coach through ICF, Jennifer enjoys leveraging assessments (e.g., DISC, Emotional Intelligence, Belbin Team Roles, etc.) for faculty clients to boost their self-awareness around key workplace behaviors and motivators. In her service of helping faculty members create their dream careers and jobs, she focuses on celebrating self-awareness and using that awareness as a jumping off point for exploration, innovation, and decisive action. A core of her coaching philosophy is to help clients establish patterns of noticing and recognition around self-sabotaging behaviors and to choose more resonant and empowering options.
Writing productivity can be a key stressor for faculty members, so Jennifer works with clients on both the practical aspects of developing a successful writing practice and the less visible mindset shifts often required to do this work joyfully and consistently. Mindfulness and emotional intelligence form the foundation for much of her coaching work, as does an intersectional feminist lens on work-life issues.
Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages & Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, was Associate Professor of German at Kansas State University, and has taught literature (in German and English, specializing on children’s and young adult literature) at universities in the U.S. and Canada. She continues to develop her own repertoire of skills and reads and speaks widely on emotional intelligence, faculty resilience, and mindfulness. She is pursuing certification in Positive Intelligence coaching—a framework based in positive psychology that helps to quiet inner saboteurs and build emotional intelligence muscles.