Academic coachingWhat is academic coaching?

Academic coaching is a collaborative on-going relationship between a trained coach who holds a PhD/EdD designation and a doctoral student currently seeking a degree.

What is the purpose of such coaching?

The primary purpose of the academic coaching relationship is to empower and support the student through the rigors of a doctoral program in the following ways:

  • Encourage student engagement via effective timelines and action plans that may help crystalize academic goals
  • Provide ongoing support and feedback that may enhance personal and professional growth throughout the process
  • Support the relationship between the student and the academic committee by increasing the student’s level of responsibility, awareness, and structure throughout the academic journey
  • Collaboratively troubleshoot issues and concerns in order to overcome obstacles in ways that strengthen relationships


What does the process involve?

The coaching process may include, but is not limited to making suggestions on items and deliverables such as KA’s, concept paper, comprehensive exams, dissertation proposal, etc., all of which can become overwhelming at times. It does not replace or otherwise impinge on the existing relationships that the student has established with faculty, including the guidelines that must be followed at school. It is meant to be supportive and collaborative, rather than directive.

What is the code of ethics?

Our underlying principles and philosophy are rooted in the Latin maxim, “First, do no harm!” Our coaches must abide by these guidelines at all times, keeping a student’s interests foremost. The academic coaching process is also aligned with the International Coach Federation (ICF) Code of Ethics with emphasis on coaching competence and integrity. The premise of this process is to guide and support the student in realizing their dream of attaining a doctoral degree in a timely, yet meaningful way.

Why doctoral coaching?

"The biggest problem with the current doctoral degree model is that modern educational economics have obliterated the original model of mentoring. It is a rare individual who has the time to properly mentor a doctoral student, between teaching, managerial and research duties. The upshot is that students are too often abandoned to the process without adequate guidance or preparation for the journey. Hiring a properly qualified academic coach protects one's investment of time, money and sweat equity and pays dividends for the rest of one's career. It also saves on future therapy costs!!"
--Paul Furtaw, PsyD (Psychologist Coach and Associate Director, Drexel University Counseling Center)

Check out this LinkedIn article entitled “Academic Coaching for Doctoral Students” published by Dr. Anil Behal
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