Women in STEM: Creating a Space Where You Can Thrive


Women in STEM: Creating a Space Where You Can Thrive 

Learn how to set boundaries and build a support system so that you can advance your research and career.

Managing the more immediate demands of teaching and service while also staying on track with research and writing is a challenge for most faculty. But for many women STEM faculty, these challenges are often compounded by academic cultures of individualism and competition that result in sexism, academic bullying, and isolation in academic units that are insensitive to their unique needs and ways of working. In this course designed for early-career, women-identifying faculty in STEM fields at research universities, you will learn ways to better organize your academic life in order to foster focus and stay on track with your professional goals.

This video course highlights a vision-driven approach for negotiating the challenges and pitfalls that often derail women STEM faculty during their early career. In this course, you will learn:

  • How to craft and use a professional vision statement to set priorities and align your decision-making with your career goals;
  • Strategies for identifying limiting beliefs, setting boundaries, and saying no; and
  • How to build a support system in order to keep your professional goals front and center in your daily academic life.

If you feel like you spend most of your time dealing with others’ “urgent” tasks to the detriment of your research and career advancement or that you lack the mentoring or support you need to make progress in your career, this video course will provide tips and guidance on recentering your needs in your professional life.

The following lessons are included with this course.

Course Highlights

  • 1 hour, 46 minutes of video instruction
  • 18 short videos
  • 1 workbook that can be completed digitally and/or printed
  •  Valued at $695. Free for members.

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Corinne Nicolas, Ph.D., ACC


Corinne is a faculty coach who leverages 25 years of experience in higher education to help early-career and mid-career female faculty navigate key professional transitions. In her academic career, she was a writing professor who enjoyed helping students find their academic voices, as well as leading colleagues to experiment with student-focused and engaging pedagogies. She also led several academic programs, serving as chair of a humanities division and director of a general education program, while also leading efforts to revise curricula and faculty policies. More recently, she was a faculty development consultant for a large university’s teaching and learning center, working closely with the provost’s office to design and implement a university-wide, programmatic assessment training for academic leaders as part of a reaccreditation process.

Corinne’s interest in coaching and her decision to become a full-time, certified coach were driven by her observation that the support women get as they build their academic careers is often inadequate or counterproductive, leaving them isolated, second-guessing themselves, and limiting their career advancement. As a coach, she strives to provide the unconditional support and guidance women desire, in order to build careers in ways that align with their goals and how they move through the world.

Corinne primarily coaches women faculty in STEM and professional fields, many of them at research universities, as they wrestle with expectations around productivity, professional identity, parenting, academic authenticity, and their next career steps. She partners with them to clarify their professional vision, to identify goals that support that vision, and to create a path for achieving their goals that aligns with their values and context.

Corinne holds a Ph.D. in Composition and Rhetoric from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s Degree in Education from Tusculum University, and a Master’s in English from the Université de Haute Bretagne, in France, where she completed her undergraduate work. She is also credentialed as an Associate Certified Coach by the International Coach Federation.

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