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Work in Progress: Coaching as a Midcareer Faculty Development Approach

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

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June 23, 2018

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July 27, 2018

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Faculty Development Work-in-Progress Poster Session

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Faculty Development Constituency Committee

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Heidi M. Sherick University of Michigan

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Dr. Heidi Sherick has worked in higher education for over 25 years. Currently, Heidi is the Faculty Development and Leadership Specialist in the College of Engineering and the Medical School at the University of Michigan. Her primary role is to design and initiate a suite of professional leadership development activities and coaching, mentoring, and sponsoring strategies for faculty. She provides one-on-one coaching for faculty in new executive leadership roles and for Associate level faculty in Engineering, facilitating career advancement, fostering connections, and providing leadership development opportunities. Heidi served as the Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Diversity in the College of Engineering at Montana State University from 2001-2012. She also served as the Director of EMPower, the engineering minority program. Heidi earned her PhD in Educational Leadership from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014. She studied developmental relationships in higher education and investigated the processes through which higher education leadership is fostered including mentoring, coaching, role-modeling, sponsoring, and networking.

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This work in progress describes a piloted coaching program targeting recently promoted Associate Faculty at Michigan Engineering. As engineering faculty enter the workforce, they are often supported through New Faculty Orientation, start-up funding, Launch Committees, and pre-assigned departmental mentors. It is after they have completed the tenure process that there is often a void of concerted effort to offer enriched career support. Simultaneously, this can be a time when feelings of isolation and disengagement emerge.

The College of Engineering has implemented a program that uses individual coaching as a career development approach. The faculty members are offered coaching service and can craft the engagement frequency as well as the agenda topics in that coaching. This paper will highlight the approach and common themes that emerged from these coaching engagements. Such themes may serve as framework for mid-career faculty development interventions more broadly.

The next phase of the program will engage participants in an optional group coaching experience. The objective of the proposed group coaching program is to reinforce and build on the gains made by faculty who have participated in individual coaching and to emphasize shared experiences.

Sherick, H. M. (2018, June), Work in Progress: Coaching as a Midcareer Faculty Development Approach Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. 10.18260/1-2--31275

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